Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) handed over the first of three maritime patrol-configured CN235s to the Indonesian navy at a ceremony in Bandung on 2 October.
Indonesia’s defence ministry contracted IAe to build the three aircraft, designated as CN235 PATMAR, in 2009. They will complement the navy’s NC212s, providing long-range patrol missions across the Indonesian archipelago.
The aircraft has been fitted with a search radar, forward-looking infrared camera, identification friend or foe transponder, tactical navigation systems and a bubble window to equip it for a surveillance role. In addition, IAe says the CN235 has been fitted with winglets to improve its stability.
IAe adds that it has received expressions of interest from other countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that are interested in acquiring the CN235 PATMAR aircraft.