French company DCNS has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indonesian shipyard PT PAL to boost their cooperation in a number of Indonesian naval projects.

The MoU will help the two companies boost their cooperation in the submarine and surface ship fields, in accordance with the Indonesian French Defense Dialogue (IFDD).

Indonesia is currently in discussion with France to explore projects of submarine and surface vessels that can be built in the Asian country through long-term cooperation and with maximum local industrial content.

DCNS chief executive officer Herve´ Guillou said: “As the European leader in naval combat systems, warship designer and builder, DCNS is committed to establishing long-term partnerships with the Indonesian industry to enhance Indonesia’s local high-tech industrial content.

"As the European leader in naval combat systems, DCNS is committed to establishing long-term partnerships with the Indonesian industry to enhance its local high-tech industrial content."

“Our cooperation with Indonesia’s largest shipyard PT PAL is a perfect illustration of this ambition and we are looking forward to bringing our strong expertise in technology transfers for complex naval programmes to provide an industrial project and develop Indonesian Navy operational capability.”

The two companies have been working together over the past few years, with an aim of identifying the best industrial solution for naval developments.

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The cooperation has paved way for the development of a new and advanced multipurpose submarine of the Scorpene-class family, which is designed to be able to perform shallow and blue water missions.

Several other opportunities regarding corvettes and frigates are also planned for evaluation by both the companies in the near future.

Image: Signing ceremony of the MoU between DCNS and PT PAL. Photo: courtesy of DCNS.