Indonesia shortlists frigate designs as follow-on to Martadinata-class


A Bergamini-class (FREMM) frigate of the Italian Navy, which was among those said tl be shortlisted for an Indonesian requirement. Photo c/o Italian Navy.

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MOD) was reported to have shortlisted 4 frigate designs, as it plans to procure additional frigates as a follow-on to the Martadinata-class of the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).

According to British defense press Jane’s, the four designs shortlisted were the SIGMA 10514 design from Dutch shipbuilder Damen, the 30FFM design from Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, the Bergamini-class (FREMM) from Italian shipbuilder Fincantierri, and the Arrowhead 140 design from a British consortium led by Babcock International.

Currently, the TNI-AL’s Martadinata-class frigates are its most capable surface warfare ships, which were based on the SIGMA 10514 design from Damen, and built locally by Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL.

The new frigates, together with the two existing Martadinata-class frigates, will replace the entire Ahmad Yani-class (Van Speijk-class) frigates of the TNI-AL, which are already operating beyond their service lives and were built more than 55 years ago.

Three ships are planned for construction, and are expected to be better equipped than the current Martadinata-class.

The Indonesian MOD has previously been looking at acquiring two large frigates based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class design of the Royal Danish Navy. A Preliminary Contract has been signed between the Indonesian MOD and Danish Odense Maritime Technology (OMT) in 2020.

It is still being confirmed if the plan to build two Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate is separate from this new frigate program.

[2] Orissa International

Indonesia shortlists frigate designs as follow-on to Martadinata-class Indonesia shortlists frigate designs as follow-on to Martadinata-class Reviewed by Asia Pacific Defense Journal on March 22, 2021 Rating: 5

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