BAE Systems (Hall A, Stand AP301) is looking at options to establish a long-term partnership in Indonesia to support the three Bung Tomo-class corvettes recently acquired by the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).
The three vessels – KRI Bung Tomo (357), KRI John Lie (358) and KRI Usman Harun (359) – arrived in Indonesia in September this year following reactivation in the UK. The ships were originally built by BAE Systems at its Naval Ships facility in Scotstoun, Glasgow.
Speaking to the Show Daily, Alistair Castle, BAE Systems vice president, ASEAN, said the company’s immediate objective was to ensure that the three ships can be supported in service by the TNI-AL. “These are complex ships for which we are the OEM and design authority,” he said. “We are now in the very early stages of discussion with the navy and Ministry of Defence to explore support solutions.
“This presents us with an opportunity to look at an industrial partnership model that would help benefit Indonesia,” Castle added. “We are looking at options to re-energise maritime support in-country, and have a number of ideas as to whom we might partner with.
“We are conducting a market survey of both military and commercial yards. Our aim is to identify a partner who is a good fit so that we can grow and build a long-term relationship that is sustainable.”
In the longer term, the TNI-AL is expected to examine options for the introduction of upgraded weapon, sensor and command systems on the Bung Tomo-class ships.
“We see some aspects from the UK’s Type 23 upgrade and Type 26 Global Combat Ship programmes that could have application here,” said Castle.