Indonesian Aerospace N-245

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N-245
Role Light utility transport
Manufacturer Indonesian Aerospace
Status Under development
Unit cost
$ 37–44 million[1]
Developed from CASA/IPTN CN-235

Indonesian Aerospace N-245 is an Indonesian turboprop airliner being developed by Indonesian Aerospace. A refinement of CASA/IPTN CN-235, the N-245 is designed for greater passenger capacity and lower operating costs than the CN-235. The N-245 has a longer body, and a newer engine type, a T-tail and no ramp door.[2]

Design and development[edit]

When President Joko Widodo took office, he ordered the revival of several Indonesian aircraft in order to boost the Indonesian economy, including the N250 which captured world attention in 1997. After the successful revival of the N219 aircraft, Indonesian Aerospace decided to make a better and larger aircraft, and chose the N-245, a 50-seat turboprop airliner, as the N219's successor. The airliner was named N-245 for "the spirit of 45", Indonesia's 1945 independence. The program to produce the N-245 began in 2016. Indonesian Aerospace also stated its intention to produce the N-270, the 70-seat version of the N-245 and the N-219.[3]

The design phase was to begin in 2017 and the first N-245 was to be done by 2020. The Indonesian government pledged to provide a total of $44 million to develop the aircraft.[4]

On 8 December 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Industry opined that the N-245 and the RAI R-80 (id) (another turboprop aircraft to be built by Indonesian Aerospace) should be designated as Strategic National Projects.[5] On 10 February 2017, the N-245 and the R-80 were added to the project list. Due to this decision, the government was to prioritize the development of both aircraft, and accelerate the production timetable, saying that both aircraft could make a first flight as soon as 2019.[6]

In July 2017, Indonesian Aerospace announced that it has entered into an agreement with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to collaborate in the development of N-245 and N-219. Under a Framework Agreement, the two organizations will work together on technical aspects as well marketing initiatives.[7] TAI's portfolio includes licensed production of General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 trainers, Cougar AS-532 search and rescue (SAR), and the N235, which the N245 is based on. The collaboration is expected to facilitate the conversion of the N245 from an aircraft designed for lightweight transport into a cost-effective commuter airplane. Initial report specifically cited TAI's involvement in the conceptual design activities of the N245.[8] Aside from the N245, the agreement also covered the joint development of a new medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will have a capability to operate in an altitude of 40,000 feet.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pemerintah akan Danai Rp 600 Miliar Proyek Pembuatan 'Adik' Pesawat N250".
  2. ^ "Rancangan Pesawat N245 dirilis PT DI – Inilah sang N250 reborn ?". October 4, 2016.
  3. ^ Nurmatari, Avitia. "Usai N219, PTDI Kembangkan Pesawat Kapasitas 50 Orang". Detik. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Pemerintah akan Danai Rp 600 Miliar Proyek Pembuatan 'Adik' Pesawat N250".
  5. ^ "Pesawat N245 dan R80 Buatan Lokal Diusulkan Jadi Proyek Strategis Nasional".
  6. ^ "Pesawat N245 dan R80 Masuk Proyek Strategis Nasional Jokowi".
  7. ^ "Indonesian and Turkish aviation firms agree to collaborate on N245 commuter aircraft". quwa.org. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  8. ^ "Turkish Aerospace Industries To Participate In Indonesian 50 Seater Aircraft, UAV Projects". www.defenseworld.net. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  9. ^ "Turkey and Indonesia Join Forces on a 'New' UAV". Aviation International News. Retrieved 2018-06-08.

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