Netherlands-based Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has laid the keel for the Indonesian Navy's first SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) frigate at the PT PAL (Persero) shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Upon completion in December 2016, the first of the two ordered frigates under a $220m contract will provide the navy with its largest domestically built warship.
Of the six modules to be built, four will be constructed at PT PAL's facility, with the remaining two, including engine and bridge, to be built in Vlissingen.
Assembly will be carried out at the PT PAL facility, with harbour acceptance tests and sea acceptance trials to follow.
Powered by a combined diesel and electric (CODOE) propulsion system, the 105m-long and 14m-wide warship can accommodate up to 120 crew, has a displacement capacity of 2,400t and could be commissioned for naval warfare and maritime security missions and tasks, in addition to humanitarian support activities.
The combat system of the new frigate includes extensive air, surface and sub-surface surveillance capabilities, guided missile systems and gun systems for anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare, torpedo systems for anti-submarine warfare, active and passive electronic warfare systems, and a tacticos combat management system. It can also transport an organic helicopter.
Construction on the second SIGMA 10514 PKR frigate is expected to start in the next three months, with an anticipated completion date of October 2017.
Image: The Indonesian Navy's SIGMA 10514 PKR frigate. Photo: courtesy of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding.