Netherlands-based shipyard Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has delivered the first SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigate to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The frigate was assembled at PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. Named Raden Eddy Martadinata, the 105m-long SIGMA 10514 PKR vessel has been primarily designed to carry out anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions for the Indonesian Navy.
The 2,365t PKR frigate can also perform search-and-rescue, maritime security and humanitarian support tasks, and are specially equipped to undertake a series of missions in and around the waters of Indonesia, which comprises more than 18,000 islands.
The vessel was constructed through a collaborative modular process operating simultaneously at DSNS and PT PAL shipyard.
Raden Eddy Martadinata comprises six modules, with four of these developed at PT PAL shipyard. The remaining two modules, the power plant and the bridge and command centre, were developed and tested at DSNS before being sent for final assembly at PT PAL.
The second SIGMA 10514 PKR vessel is currently under construction, with sea trials slated for May and delivery slated for October.
In December 2012, DSNS was awarded a contract by the Indonesian MoD to serve as the main contractor for development of the first frigate.
The SIGMA 10514 PKR project was launched by the MoD in August 2010. The first steel for the first vessel was cut in January 2014, with the keel laid in April that year at PT PAL shipyard.
In November 2013, French company Thales secured a contract from DSNS to supply a full mission systems suite for the first two SIGMA 10514 PKR frigates.
Image: Indonesian Navy’s SIGMA 10514 PKR guided-missile frigate. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.