Indonesian Navy to procure 24 fast boats to patrol shallow waters
Indonesian Navy plans to acquire 24 guided-missile fast boats to be
deployed in shallow waters in the western part of the country, a top
Navy officer said on Wednesday. Assistant for planning to the Navy
chief of staff, Rear Adm. Sumartono, said the Navy had confirmed the
order for the 24 patrol boats.
“When we will buy them depends on the Defense Ministry’s
financial ability,” he told reporters.
be deployed in the western part of Indonesia and in North Sulawesi.”
Sumartono was speaking at the sidelines of a visit by Deputy Defense
Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin to privately-owned shipyard PT Palindo
Marine’s facilities in Tanjung Uncang, Batam, in Riau Islands.
The company has delivered two guided-missile fast boats, KRI Clurit
and KRI Kujang, to the Navy and is working on a third boat. Each boat,
worth Rp 73 billion (US$7.98 million), has a top speed of 30 knots.
Palindo director Harmanto said the production of the boats was 45
percent locally sourced.
“We use special steel from state-owned steelmaker PT Krakatau
Steel for the bows and hull,” he said.
The 40-meter boats come with Chinese C-705 anti-ship missiles with
a range up to 120 kilometers, a six-barrel 30-millimeter close-in
weapons system and two 20-millimeter guns.
Indonesian Navy new Fast Patol Boat KRI Kujang
Meanwhile, Sjafrie said that private shipyards were
better than state-owned ones in conducting transfer of technology (ToT)
processes for naval platforms.
He said that state-owned shipyard PT PAL should copy the practices of
private shipyards such as in workers’ recruitment and payment
to improve their performance.
Sjafrie emphasized that PT PAL had to start recruiting young workers
in their 20s to be ready for ToT in the manufacture of submarines.
Indonesia has ordered three submarines from Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine
Engineering (DSME) of South Korea worth $1.07 billion. The third submarine
will be built at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya.
“PT PAL has to be restructured so that its human resources can
compete with those of private companies,” Sjafrie said.
“Fresh graduate engineers should be paid at least Rp 5 million
per month while vocational school graduates Rp 3 million.”
Sjafrie stressed that there was no longer a monopoly in naval systems
and the private sector had the same opportunities to win contracts as
long as the requirements were met.
Also in the entourage were the ministry’s Defense Facilities Agency
chief, Maj. Gen. Ediwan Prabowo, former navy chief Adm. (ret) Sumardjono,
PT PAL management as well as ministry officials.
In addition to PT Palindo Marine, the group also visited PT Citra Shipyard
and PT Bandar Abadi to
observe their facilities.
From: Jakarta Post