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Jakarta Post

Domestic submarine new milestone for Indonesia’s defense industry

  • Fachrul Sidiq and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Malang   /   Mon, June 10 2019   /  12:11 am

The recent completion and launch of the KRI Alugoro 405 submarine, the third to join the country’s naval fleet, has marked a milestone for Indonesia in its dream of empowering the country’s domestic defense industry amid demand for modernization of its primary weaponry defense system, locally known by the acronym alutsista. The brand new submarine, the first to be domestically assembled, was realized through a US$1.1 billion contract sealed in December 2011 between state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL and South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) as part of a technology transfer program. The two other submarines, the KRI Nagapasa 403 and KRI Ardadedali 404, which were built in South Korea, were completed in 2017 and 2018, respectively.“The government’s focus is to be able to independently manufacture submarines. The cooperation with South Korea to devel...