Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Indonesia completes upgrade of combat systems of first Martadinata-class frigate

The Indonesian Navy Martadinata-class frigate, KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (331). Photo c/o Damen.

Dutch shipyard Damen Shipyards Group and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have recently completed the upgrade works on the first Martadinata-class frigate of the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL), the KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (331). 

Handover ceremonies were held on 4 December 2019 in Surabaya.

The Martadinata-class are based on Damen’s SIGMA 10514 small warship design acquired under the TNI-AL’s Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) frigate project, with technology transfer among included in the deal between Damen and Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Damen provided training to the ship’s crew in operation and maintenance of the combat systems installed as part of the upgrade works. 

Among the combat systems involved were the electronic warfare suite from Thales, which includes the electronic support measure (ESM) for tracking radar signals, and an electronic counter measure system (ECM) which allows jamming of radar signals for electronic warfare (EW) operations.

Structural firing tests and alignment of ship’s sensors to the ship’s guns was done with Rhinemetall, while surface-to-surface missile launching system was tested by MBDA.

Testing of anti-air warfare (AAW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) were also made, which includes validating the ship’s weapons and sensors, including the degaussing system to control the ship’s magnetic signature.

The second ship of the class, the KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) is scheduled to undergo the same installations and testing up to February 2020, and is expected to be completed at the end of April 2020.

[1] Damen
[2] Jane’s Navy International

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