Indonesian Navy receives first SIGMA 10514 guided missile frigate

The Indonesian Navy has received its first SIGMA 10514 guided missile frigate built by PT PAL.

The state-owned shipbuilder delivered the frigate on January 23 at its shipyard in Surabaya, after the vessel completed sea trials in September 2016.

Named KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata, the vessel is the first of two Perusak Kawal Rudal-class guided-missile frigates constructed modularly in the Netherlands and Indonesia in collaboration with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS).

The 105-metre, 2,365 tonne PKR frigates are designed to undertake a range of missions in and around the waters of Indonesia. Their primary mission is anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. However, they are also equipped for maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian support tasks.

The SIGMA 10514 is a project initiated in August 2010 by the Indonesian Ministry of Defence. Damen was awarded a contract for the construction of the first SIGMA 10514 PKR in December 2010. First steel was cut by the former Minister of Defence, Purnomo Yusgiantoro in January 2014 and the keel was laid in April 2014 at PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya.

SIGMA stands for Ship Integrated Geometrical Modularity Approach. In essence, the PKRs are divided into 6 modules of which 4 were built in PT PAL’s shipyards while the other two modules were built and tested at DSNS in the Netherlands.

The propulsion system of the 105-meter PKR vessel utilises a combined diesel or electric (CODOE) which consists of two 10,000kW maximum continuous rating (MCR) diesel engines, two 1,300kW electric motors, two double input gearboxes and two 3.65 metre controllable pitch propellers. The vessel will be equipped with a sensor and weapon package to counter air, surface and sub-surface threats. It also carries two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for rescue and patrol operations.