Indonesian state-owned enterprise PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) will soon begin the first batch production of its twin turboprop, 19-seater, N-219 transport aircraft.
Indonesian state-owned enterprise PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) will soon begin the first batch production of its twin turboprop, 19-seater, N-219 transport and utility aircraft. An amphibious version of N-219 is also in development.
The successful final test flight of the aircraft happened on Dec. 11. “The N-219 production will initially start with 4 aircraft per year,” Elfien Goentoro, the president director of PTDI, said. “But to fulfil the market share, we will upgrade and automate our production facility”.
Formally named “Nurtanio” after Indonesia’s aerospace pioneer Air Rear Admiral Nurtanio Pringgoadisuryo, the N-219, which development began in 2007, performed its first flight on Aug. 16, 2017.
The Short Take Off and Landing capable (STOL) N-219 “Nurtanio” was designed with Indonesian geographical conditions in mind. It is able to take off and land on short and unprepared airstrips that are frequently found in remote areas of the archipelago. Other than transport, it is also designed to perform various tasks such as military surveillance, search and rescue, and medical evacuation.
The N-219 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42 turboprop engines. It has a maximum cruise speed of around 210 knots (380 km/h), with economical cruise speed of 170 knots (315 km/h). It can also carry 2 tons of cargo to its maximum range of 1533 km.
In order to reach Indonesia’s numerous remote islands that are too small to build airstrips at, an amphibious version of N-219 is also being actively developed.
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