The Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas launched the 2022-2045 Aerospace Industry Ecosystem Development Roadmap document, one of which targets Indonesia to become a producer of turboprop aircraft with a capacity of under 100 passengers in 2045. In the coil notes, this type of aircraft has been made by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) or PT DI since 1983, when the aviation industry company was still called Nusantara Aircraft Industry (IPTN). The Minister of PPN/Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa, said the launch of the Roadmap document was an effort to create a resilient and globally competitive industry. "A roadmap for the aerospace industry is needed to create a strong and competitive industry towards golden Indonesia in 2045," said Suharso Monoarfa at the 2022 Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) in Jakarta, Monday (21/11).
The document contains various targets to be achieved by the Indonesian aerospace industry by 2045. Among them, Indonesia is targeting to become a Turboprop type aircraft manufacturer with a capacity of less than 100 seats with the latest technology. In addition, Indonesia is also expected to become a producer of Large Cargo Drones with a capacity of 2 tons, and become a major producer of flight simulators. "A strong ecosystem must be supported by all stakeholders," said the Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas. Regarding Indonesia's target to become a turboprop producer in 2045, on PT DI's official website it is stated that this type of aircraft was named CN235 and had been produced domestically in 1983. At that time PT DI was still called the Nusantara Aircraft Industry (IPTN). The pioneering of the manufacture of the aircraft began in 1979, when IPTN and CASA (now Airbus Defense & Space) formed a company called Aircraft Technology (Airtech), to design the CN235. The first prototype made by IPTN, first flew in December 1983, and was named CN235 Tetuko. The civil transport version of the double-propeller aircraft can carry up to 40 passengers. Now this type of aircraft has been developed by PT DI, such as versions 110 and 220. The CN 235-220 is equipped with 2 of the latest General Electric GE CT7-9C turboprop engines. The aircraft can fly at altitudes up to 25,000 feet with speeds reaching 237 knots. The aircraft is also capable of Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL).