Indonesia’s National Search and Relief Agency (Basarnas) took delivery of two AS365 N3+Dauphin helicopters from PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI).
The helicopters were delivered during a ceremony at a Rotary Wing PTDI hangar in Pajajaran Street, Bandung City on Dec. 12. The handover document was signed by President Director of PTDI Elfien Goentoro and head of BASARNAS Marshal Madya Bagus Puruhito, witnessed by Deputy Minister I Ministry of SOE, Budi Gunadi Sadikin.
The contract for the two helicopters was signed on Nov. 16, 2018, between PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero), also called Indonesian Aerospace (IAe), and BASARNAS.
Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS365 Dauphin (Dolphin), also formerly known as the Aérospatiale SA 365 Dauphin 2, is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters.
The helicopter was originally developed and manufactured by French firm Aérospatiale, which was merged into the multinational Eurocopter company during the 1990s. Since entering production in 1975, the type has been in continuous production for more than 40 years.
The Dauphin 2 shares many similarities with the Aérospatiale SA 360, a commercially unsuccessful single-engine helicopter; however the twin-engine Dauphin 2 did meet with customer demand and has been operated by a wide variety of civil and military operators.
Since the type’s introduction in the 1970s, several major variations and specialized versions of the Dauphin 2 have been developed and entered production, including the military-oriented Eurocopter Panther, the air-sea rescue HH/MH-65 Dolphin, the Chinese-manufactured Harbin Z-9 and the modernized Eurocopter EC155.
The intended successor to the Dauphin is the Airbus Helicopters H160.