20 June 2017: The Nepalese Army is buying a CN235-220 light medium Military Transport aircraft from Indonesia, an Indonesian media reported today.
According to TEMPO.CO, representatives of the Nepalese Army and Indonesian officials have already signed a purchase contract to that end.
Citing press release from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), the state-owned aerospace company the Nepalese Army is buying the plane from, TEMPO.CO reported that Maj Gen Purna B Silawal as the Master General of Ordnance of the Nepalese Army and PTDI president director Budi Santoso inked the contract on June 16.
The CN235-220 ordered by the Nepalese Army is designed for paratroop transport, medical evacuation, passenger transport, VVIP transport and cargo transport that can be adjusted, the report said.
“A small vehicle can even fit in the aircraft,” PTDI legal manager and spokesperson Irland Budiman was quoted as saying by temp.co report.
The signing of purchase contract was witnessed by Nepal’s Chief of Army Aviation Maj. Gen. Sudhir Shrestha and PTDI commissioner Fajar Satriyo.
“This new multi-purpose aircraft has a Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capability at 800 meters rugged airstrips, ramp door for easy loading/unloading, and low cost maintenance characteristic,” PTDI claims in its website.