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Jakarta Post

Indonesia's first domestically assembled submarine 'milestone' to boost defense industry

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 29, 2020   /  09:25 am
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President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (center), joined by several of his Cabinet ministers like Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto (left) and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (second right), listens to an explanation from the president director of state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, Budiman Saleh (right) during a visit to the company's shipyard in Surabaya, East Java on Jan. 27. (Antara/Zabur Karuru)

In Javanese puppet stories, the alugoro was the weapon of Baladewa, the older brother of Kresna, the focal figure in the Hindu Mahabharata epic. The weapon, a gada (club) with two pointy ends, was said to have magnificent and massive destructive power. The strength of the weapon inspired the name of Indonesia’s first domestically assembled submarine: KRI Alugoro 405. The submarine, which was completed and launched in June last year, is the third vessel to have been built in an ongoing US$ 1.1 billion partnership between state-owned ship maker PT PAL Indonesia and South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). The Alugoro marked a milestone for Indonesia’s domestic defense industry amid demand for modernization of its primary weaponry defense system (alutsista). The government expressed pride that the success of assembling the Alugoro...