Until 2016, the Army is scheduled to receive six single-engine helicopters and six twin-engine helicopter.
"This delivery is in line with our responsibility to the Indonesian government to develop a defense system locally to improve the country's defense capabilities," said President of PT Air Indonesia Budi Santoso release received by AFP on Thursday.
A total of 12 of the series Ecureuil helicopter rotorcraft / Fennec will form a light attack squadron of the army. Under an agreement between Airbus Helicopters strategic industries with PT Indonesian Aerospace, mission equipment for the fleet - including machine guns and rocket launchers - to be installed by PT Indonesian Aerospace at its plant in London.
Fennec military -versi of Airbus Ecureuil helicopter series known Equa- has many combat missions, air support, tracking, escort and training around the world, including Asia.
Series consisting of single and double type of machine that has the capability of this adaptation, combining a powerful light attack capability with the body frame and the mission system solutions cost-effective.
"Indonesia's decision to receipts Fennec demonstrate the suitability of this series for operation in a wide range of conditions. Fennec has a high maneuverability with a platform that is agile, and difficult to detect," said Head of Region Airbus Helicopters for South-East Asia and the Pacific Philippe Monteux.
Purchase Fennec by the Army is carried out following the purchase of six EC725 helicopters by the Indonesian Air Force in 2012. In Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Royal Thai Army also ordered eight Fennec for reconnaissance missions in 2011.
PT Indonesian Aerospace has established a partnership with Airbus Helicopters for nearly 40 years. Airbus Helicopters is the prime contractor for the Indonesian government to provide a complete service, from sales, customization and settlement, through to delivery and after sales service for all Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft products.
PT Indonesian Aerospace is also part of the Airbus supply chain Helicopters, which produces tail boom and order the agency to assemble EC225 and EC725 series helicopters for the global market.