Indonesian Navy’s first Sigma frigate successfully completes sea trials

14 September 2016 (Last Updated September 14th, 2016 18:30)

The Indonesian Navy’s new Sigma 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigate has successfully concluded its sea trials.

The Indonesian Navy’s new Sigma 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigate has successfully concluded its sea trials.

The frigate, to be named to KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata, is the first of the two Sigma 10514 frigates jointly constructed at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Netherlands and Indonesian shipyard PT PAL.

The sea trial involved conducting basin trials for seven days to ensure operational readiness of the propulsion and safety systems, prior to the vessel’s passage from the PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya to the open waters of the Java Sea.

"The 105m-long frigate weighs 2,365t and has been developed to conduct missions such as anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare."

It was followed by two weeks of sea trials, which witnessed the testing of weapons system and the combat radar and commissioning of the sonar. Trials also included noise measurements and cavitation observations.

Almost all the equipment passed its evaluation first time. Minor modifications will be conducted on elements such as accommodation, which will be undertaken prior to three days of final tests at the end of this month.

The 105m-long frigate weighs 2,365t and has been developed to conduct missions such as anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare in and around Indonesian waters.

The frigates are also equipped to engage in maritime security, search-and-rescue, and humanitarian support missions.

Both the frigates are made up of six modules, out of which four modules for the first frigate were built at PT PAL and the other two built and tested at DSNS in the Netherlands before being shipped to PT PAL for final assembly.

The first Sigma 10514 frigate is slated to be delivered next year after completing three months of crew training.


Image: Indonesian Navy's Sigma 10514 frigate completes sea trials. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.