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Jakarta Post

RI orders 3 submarines worth $1b in regional ‘catch-up’

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 22 2011   /  08:16 am

Indonesia’s signing of a contract to procure three submarines from a South Korean company is an effort to keep pace with other countries in the region.

The order will more than double Indonesia’s existing fleet of two submarines; the KRI Cakra and KRI Nenggala.

Andi Widjajanto from the University of Indonesia, told the The Jakarta Post that ordering three submarines was not enough as the 2024 Defense Strategic Plan required 10 submarines as the minimum essential force.

“Actually it is rather late because other countries in the region have received or are already building new submarines,” he said over the phone.

“So far Indonesia’s move is more to catch up with developments rather than to match them.”

Separately, Indonesian Navy spokesman Commodore Untung Surapati told the Post that ideally 14 to 18 submarines were needed to monitor the c...