18 March 2020

English version


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 I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332).

The PKR frigates are constructed via a modular process operating simultaneously at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands and the PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia. In this manner, Damen is able to build high quality vessels anywhere in the world. This method also enables Damen to fulfil its commitment to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to deliver an extensive knowledge and transfer of technology (ToT) programme.

A significant part of this transfer programme is the installation of combat systems along with provision of training to the crew in their usage and maintenance.

Hein van Ameijden, managing director of DSNS, said, “From the outset of this project DSNS and our partner Thales Netherlands have been fully committed to the development of the Indonesian defence industry and its supporting sectors. This commitment is demonstrated with a series of ToT and local content programmes starting in 2013 when project execution commenced.

“For example, DSNS has trained and educated more than 328 yard personnel, including welders, planners and engineers, during the project. Thales Netherlands has contributed by subcontracting local industry for software development, providing support, ultimately, for Indonesia to develop an indigenous combat management system.”

The combat systems installed and tested include the following:

  • VL MICA for defence from airborne threats
  • Exocet for defence from offensive targets at greater distance
  • Torpedo system for protection against submarine threat
  • 35mm rapid-fire cannon to respond to threats from both air and sea
  • Electronic detection system to divert enemy attacks with electromagnetic redirection
  • Modification of the computer operated operational system in order to operate the above

The final phase prior to handover was successfully completed on February 21st with sea-going trials – the sea acceptance test (SAT). 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”, concluded Mr Van Ameijden.

Dutch version


Damen Shipyards en haar partner PT PAL hebben eind februari de proefvaarten van het tweede SIGMA PKR-fregat Gusti Ngurah Rai afgerond. Daarbij werden ook de onlangs geïnstalleerde gevechtssystemen getest. Het doel van de proefvaarten was om aan te tonen dat de installaties in de gehele keten van wapensystemen, voldoen aan de gewenste efficiëntie en nauwkeurigheid.

De PKR-fregatten zijn in een modulair proces gebouwd bij DSNS in Nederland en de PT PAL-scheepswerf in Indonesië. Daarmee brengt het bedrijf hoogwaardige technologische kennis over naar Indonesië. Een belangrijk onderdeel van dit overdrachtsprogramma is de installatie van gevechtssystemen en het geven van training aan bemanningen bij het gebruik en onderhoud hiervan.

Hein van Ameijden, Directeur Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS): "Het tweede PKR-schip behaalde vergelijkbare resultaten als het eerste schip uit deze klasse. Dit toont aan dat het complete concept dat in de SIGMA PKR-klasse is geïmplementeerd, als betrouwbaar en robuust kan worden beschouwd. Ons bedrijf heeft tijdens het project meer dan 328 mensen, waaronder lassers, planners en ingenieurs, getraind en opgeleid. Thales Nederland heeft bijgedragen door de lokale industrie in te schakelen bij de ontwikkeling van software voor het combat management systeem”.

Na de proefvaarten zal het schip naar verwachting in mei in gebruik worden genomen.


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