Naval Group, PT PAL to collaborate on submarine propulsion solutions

French shipbuilder Naval Group and Indonesian counterpart PT PAL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to start the creation of an Indonesian Energy Research Lab and cooperate on energy and propulsion solutions in the naval field.

Naval Group and PT PAL, together with other Indonesian industry and research partners, are working on an ambitious R&D collaboration project to prepare the future of naval technologies.

This project consists of the creation of the Indonesian Energy Research Lab to develop, in Indonesia, the next generation of submarine energy solutions. This network will bring together industry and research partners as well as universities.

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Several key Indonesian stakeholders (academics, industrial partners, scientists) have been identified to develop the next generation of submarine energy solutions. They will work together on various research and development topics such as embedded electrical network, new energy storage or new generation Li-Ion battery.

On 2 November, Naval Group and PT PAL also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PT Garda which will develop and maintain lead batteries in Indonesia, in the framework of the Energy Research Lab, thanks to a transfer of technology and knowledge from Naval Group.

“…This strategic cooperation will provide added value for Indonesia, especially for PAL in mastering defense technology. In the future, with the trust of the government, Indonesia will have the ability to be equivalent to developed countries in the construction technology of submarines independently, not only limited to one type of submarine,” Kaharuddin Djenod, CEO of PT PAL said.

“Our goal is to develop a long-term partnership with Indonesian partners for the Submarine program, either during construction and maintenance phase, but and also to collaborate on R&D projects so as to prepare the future of the naval domain in Indonesia,” Nicolas de La Villemarqué, Vice President India, Asia & Pacific at Naval Group noted.