Thales has upgraded the Indonesian Navy’s Diponegoro-class corvette through the installation of the Kingklip hull-mounted sonar.
The integration of the sonar follows a series of repair works that were carried out after the ship suffered accidental damage during a routine sea operation in January 2015.
Thales has also upgraded the vessel’s operator console, signal processing systems and hardware technology as part of the initiative, which is expected to boost the performance of the warship’s sonar.
The sonar upgrades are intended to provide the Indonesian Navy with enhanced communicative capabilities between the user and the machine using the human machine interface (HMI), which is already installed on-board the country’s Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) class frigates.
Thales Indonesia country director Erik-Jan Raatgerink said: “We are proud to be part of the Indonesian Navy’s modernisation ambitions by supporting them in the refurbishment of the sonar system on its warships.
“As the leading supplier and integrator of mission and combat systems for multiple naval programmes in Indonesia, this is telling of the trust the Indonesian Navy has in Thales to continuously share expertise and deliver excellent support.”
Thales collaborated with local industrial partner PT Dharma Satya Nusantara (DSN) during the repair of the sonar system.
The collaboration furthered the company’s commitment to establishing long-term relationships with local industrial partners.