Indonesia is moving forward with plans to develop and build an indigenous mini-submarine (Kapal Selam Mini) after completing final engineering design activities earlier this year.PT Palindo Marine (Hall D, Stand 077) has confirmed to the Daily News that it plans to begin construction activities at its yard next year for a prototype boat. This is intended to serve as a technology demonstrator to prove the design ahead of follow-on production.
Work has been under way since 2007 to develop an indigenous submarine design capability, and to mature the Kapal Selam Mini concept to a production-ready state.
The Ministry of Defence’s research and development arm (Balitbang Kemhan) has worked with a core team of local industry and academia, including PT Palindo Marine, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, the University of Indonesia, and BPPT. Other companies contributing to the work to date include PT Len, PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT Barata and PT RiSEA.
The Kapal Selam Mini design baseline is a 22m boat with a 3m diameter pressure hull and a submerged displacement of 127.1 tonnes. The design, to be classified to DNV GL standards, is able to accommodate up to 12 personnel (a crew of five and seven combat swimmers), remain submerged for up to three days without snorkelling, and dive to a maximum depth of 150m.PT Malindo Marine anticipates delivery of the Kapal Selam Mini technology demonstrator in 2019.
The company is developing plans to upgrade its facilities in Batam in order to enable pressure hull manufacture.