Indonesia Getting Three More Nagapasa-Class Diesel-Electric Submarines

Indonesia’s Ministry of Defense inked a $1.02 billion agreement with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) on April 12 for three follow-on Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs). These submarines were included as an option within the original $1.1 billion contract between the two parties that was signed on December 20, 2011.

That contract involved three of DSME’s 400-ton Chang Bogo-class diesel-electric submarines, built for the South Korean Navy based on the German HDW Type 209 design. The first two of these submarines – referred to in Indonesian service as the Nagapasa class – were built by DSME at its local shipyard in South Korea and have both been commissioned.

Under the contract, the tools and technology necessary for construction of the third unit were then transferred to Indonesia’s state-owned PT PAL, which is undertaking production at its facilities in Surabaya, East Java. That vessel – which will be named KRI Alugoro (pennant number 405) once in service – was launched by PT PAL on April 11 at its Semarang Dock.

Negotiations regarding the latest contract had been ongoing since January. Under the optioned agreement, PT PAL will assume a greater workshare role with each submarine, though it will not undertake wholesale production.


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