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Jakarta Post

Indonesia looks to build its own warships

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 23 2011   /  10:00 am

Come sail away: Naval cadets line up next to Indonesia’s Banda Aceh warship in Surabaya on Monday. Indonesia is looking to build its own warships, including submarines.JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana The Indonesian government is looking into the possibility of building its own warships in order to strengthen the country’s defense systems and reduce its dependence on other countries for warships.

Next month, state-owned shipbuilding company PT PAL, in cooperation with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding of the Netherlands, will begin designing light corvettes — ships designed for anti-submarine warfare — for the Indonesian Navy in anticipation of their construction in the country. The warships will be the largest ever produced by a local shipbuilding firm.

The government has also given the green light for the building of a submarine beginning in 2014. The sub will be built afte...