DamenSchelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has begun steel cutting for the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia’s first of two Sigma 10514 guided missile frigates, Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR).
The Ministry of Defence of Indonesia awarded a contract to DSNS in June 2012 to construct a Sigma 10514 guided missile frigate, PKR.
Under the contract, DSNS will engineer, build and deliver PKR as a part of the Indonesian Navy, TNI AL, plans to modernise its fleet and extend its patrol capabilities.
The company will construct two modules simultaneously at different locations and will integrate them at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard, followed by harbour acceptance tests and sea acceptance trials.
Currently, engineering process for the second SIGMA 10514 PKR frigate is underway while construction is expected to commence in approximately six months.
In addition to performing traditional naval tasks and maritime security operations, the 105m-long PKR frigate will support humanitarian aid operations for the Indonesian Navy.
The 14m-wide new Sigma PKR 10514 frigate will have a displacement capacity of approximately 2400t and features extensive air, surface and sub-surface surveillance capabilities and torpedo systems for anti-submarine warfare (AWS).
The frigate will also feature guided missile systems and gun systems for anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare (ASW), active and passive electronic warfare systems, as well as Tacticos combat management system.
The Sigma 10514 PKR vessel is scheduled to be delivered to the Indonesian Navy in 2016.
Image: DSNS managing director Hein van Ameijden handing over the PKR contours to the Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.