Indonesian MoD officially launches construction of new 90-meter and 60-meter Offshore Patrol Vessels

On August 26, 2021, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense has officially launched the construction of two OPVs (Offshore Patrol Vessels) including an OPV of 60 m and another OPV of 90 m, for the Indonesian Navy at DRU (PT Daya Radar Utama) Shipyards.
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During an official ceremony, the start of the construction of the two OVs (Offshore Patrol Vessels) was marked by pressing the button by the Head of the Defense Facilities Agency of the Ministry of Defense Marshal TNI Yusuf Jauhari, M.Eng., accompanied by Logistics Assistant Kasal Rear Admiral TNI Puguh Santoso, SE., MM ., and Commissioner of PT Daya Radar Utama Steven Angga Prana.

Shipbuilding is the main business of PT Daya Radar Utama. Since its establishment in 1972, PT Daya Radar Utama has built nearly 400 ships of various types and sizes, both for government agencies, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and national private interests.

The Head of the Defense Facilities Agency Yusuf Jauhari said, "The construction of the 90-meter OPV and the 60-meter OPV is a form of promoting the Indonesian defense industry to increase the capacity and expertise in the construction of warships in the future, as well as encourage the recovery of the national economy.

According to a drawing published on Internet, the 90-meter OPV will be able to reach a top speed of 28 knots (51 km) and will have a crew of 94 people. The ship will have a length of 90 m and a width of 13.5 m and will be motorized with four Diesel engines developing 7,280 kW. She will have a flight deck and a hangar able to accommodate one helicopter.

The 90 m OPV will be armed with 35mm automatic cannon, eight tube launchers able to fire anti-ship missiles, and one 76 mm naval gun mounted at the front deck.

The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is a type of warship designed to perform Economic Exclusion Zone management roles, including the provision of maritime security to coastal areas and effective disaster relief.

The 60-meter OPV will have a length of 60 m and will be able to reach a maximum speed of 25 knots (46 km/h). She will have a crew of 55 people. The front deck will be fitted with a naval gun, while the rear part of the ship will able to carry to RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) boats.