Indonesia signs contract with Fincantieri for 2 new multipurpose offshore patrol vessels


The Italian Navy's Francesco Morosini (P431), a PPA in Light configuration. Photo c/o Decode39.

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has confirmed on 28 March 2024 that it signed a contract with the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the delivery of two new Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura (PPA) Thaon di Revel-class Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Vessels to the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).

The contract worth €1.18 billion (US$1.27 billion) and involves two PPA ships already being constructed by Fincantieri’s Integrated Shipyard in Riva Trigoso-Muggiano in Italy for the Italian Navy.

This will allow Fincantieri to deliver the ships faster to the Indonesian Navy, with the consent of the Italian Navy and Italian Government.

Both ships would be diverted and fitted to the requirements of the Indonesian Navy, with Fincantieri acting as prime contractor which will coordinate with other industrial partners.

It is now yet clear though which of the ships will be diverted for Indonesia. There are currently three ships under construction for the Italian Navy that are scheduled for commissioning between October 2024 and August 2026.

This will depend on when the contract is finalized considering Indonesia’s unusual procurement process where signing a contract does not immediately constitute a confirmed sale. 

Funding is believed to be an issue as there have been previous reports of the Indonesian Government still trying to find ways to fund an earlier contract with Fincantieri for the supply and delivery of six FREMM-class large frigates and two refurbished Maestrale-class light frigates. 

It is still unclear if Indonesia will prioritize this new contract for two PPA ships, although this might depend on the availability of funding.

The base PPA offshore patrol vessel are 143 meters long, has a crew of 170 officers and sailors, and capable of speeds of more than 32 knots and powered in Combined Diesel and Gas Turbine (CODAG) configuration plus an electric propulsion system.

The Italian Navy has three configurations for their PPA ships with a varying degree of capability, although all have a common weapons configuration that includes an Oto Melara 127mm/64 Vulcano main gun, an Oto Melara 76mm/62 Strales secondary gun, and two Oto Melara RCWS with an Oerlikon KBA B06 25mm autocannon

The full configuration has allocation for two 8-cell DCNS SYLVER A50 VLS for 16 MBDA Aster 30 Block 1NT surface-to-air missiles, eight launchers for the MBDA Teseo MK2/E anti-ship missiles, and two triple WASS B515/3 torpedo launchers for the Black Arrow 324mm lightweight anti-submarine torpedoes.

The Indonesian Navy might opt to revise the configuration for their ships and not necessarily follow the configurations set for the Italian Navy, and could even re-categorize the ships as frigates considering its extensive anti-air and anti-submarine warfare potential that even exceeds comparatively-sized frigates in the Indo-Pacific region.

[1] Fincantieri

[2] Defense News

[3] Janes

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