South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) (Hall A, Stand 013) is looking to cement its position as the principal submarine supplier to the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).
Having previously refitted two Type 209/1300 boats for the TNI-AL, DSME was in December 2011 awarded a US$1.1 billion contract to build three new DSME 1400 submarines for the service. This deal – the single largest defence export contract ever won by a South Korean company – signalled DSME’s arrival as a major player in the international submarine market.
Manufacture work on the first two of these boats is already underway at DSME’s Okpo yard, with construction of the third unit to start at the end of this year. Delivery of all three submarines to Indonesia is planned by 2019.
Evolved from the German Type 209/1200 design originally licensed to DSME back in the late 1980s, the DSME 1400 being supplied to the TNI-AL includes a Kongsberg-supplied MSI-90U Mk 2 command and weapon control system, and a Sagem navigation system, incorporating two Sigma 40XP laser gyro inertial reference units, a computer, and safety-critical navigation software.
DSME is currently developing its strategy for a follow-on submarine competition intended to include a significant transfer of technology components to enable PT PAL (Persero) to establish an in-country submarine build capability.
A number of technical and engineering staff from PT PAL (Persero) are already receiving training from DSME in Okpo.