Indonesia has reached an agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft and its parent company Lockheed Martin for the future purchase of 24 S-70M Black Hawk helicopters. The deal includes provisions for Indonesian aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to produce components and facilitate maintenance for the multi-role helicopters. Let’s Explore the Indonesia to Acquire 24 Sikorsky Black Hawk Helicopters in New Deal.
Under the terms of the deal, PTDI will collaborate with Sikorsky to manufacture parts and assemblies for the Black Hawks that will be acquired by Indonesia. The final assembly of the helicopters will take place at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Poland.
PTDI President Director Gita Amperiawan and Sikorsky Vice President Jeff White signed a memorandum of understanding formalizing this industrial partnership. Minister Subianto observed the signing ceremony.
Black Hawk Capabilities
The versatile Black Hawk is a proven workhorse used by over 30 nations. Capable of transporting up to 12 fully equipped troops, it can conduct missions ranging from combat assault to medical evacuation and disaster response.
Sikorsky Vice President Jeff White noted the Black Hawk is “designed and built to the toughest military standards” and can reliably deliver personnel and supplies across Indonesia’s expansive geography.
Local Maintenance and Upgrades
Director Amperiawan said the agreement will expand PTDI’s aerostructures business while enabling localization of maintenance and upgrades for Indonesia’s future Black Hawk fleet.
Indonesia has been boosting defense acquisitions, including deals for F-15EX fighter jets from Boeing and Rafale fighters from France. The Black Hawk agreement further supports military modernization aims by strengthening army aviation programs.
Sikorsky President Paul Lemmo said the rugged, survivable Black Hawk will help Indonesia meet its security needs. Over 4,000 Black Hawks are currently in service worldwide.
The Indonesian Ministry of Defense did not disclose financial details of the procurement deal. But the agreement represents deepening cooperation between Indonesia and American defense firms as Jakarta upgrades its military capabilities.