Damen completes combat systems installation and trials on second Indonesian guided missile frigate

Damen Shipyards Group and its partner PT PAL recently completed installation and testing of combat systems to the second of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided missile frigates, the KRI Gusti Ngurah Rai (332).

The combat systems installed and tested include weapons such as the MBDA’s MICA VL surface-to-air missile and Exocet anti-ship missile, an anti-submarine torpedo system and 35mm Rheinmetall Oerlikon GDM-008 (also known as the Millennium Gun) rapid-fire cannons for use against air and surface targets.

Other equipment fitted include an “electronic detection system to divert enemy attacks with electromagnetic redirection” which should be the Thales Scorpion ECM and/or Terma SKWS, DLT-12T 130mm decoy launchers. The ship’s combat management system was also modified for operating the newly fitted systems.

This was followed by sea trials as part of the acceptance tests which was successfully completed on February 21st prior to the handover. According to Damen the purpose of this was to” demonstrate that installations throughout the entire chain of weapons systems meet desired efficiency and accuracy.”

“All our prior efforts paid off. Already at the start of the tests it was clear that installation had been carried out with great precision during construction and that preparatory alignment activities and agreements had been carefully followed. The second PKR vessel achieved similar results to the first one. This demonstrates that the complete concept implemented in the SIGMA PKR Class can be considered reliable and robust”, said Hein van Ameijden, managing director of DSNS.

Meanwhile, Len Industri and Thales have signed a contract for the modernisation of the Indonesian Bung Tomo-class corvette (or light multi-mission frigate) KRI Usman-Harun’s mission system

The up install the TACTICOS Combat Management System, the SMART-S Mk2 air and surface surveillance radar, the STIR EO Mk2 radar and EO fire control system and the Vigile Mk2 tactical multi-purpose R-ESM system.

This system is similar to that used on Indonesia’s SIGMA 10514 frigates. The contract is reportedly worth US$60 million ($104 million), although it does not include the provision of a new surface to air missile system, which is still undergoing a tender process with the MICA VL seen as a possible front-runner.

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