- Indonesia has commissioned its first SIGMA 10514 guided-missile frigate
- Vessel will bolster the Indonesian Navy's Eastern Fleet capabilities
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has commissioned its first Martadinata (Sigma 10514) class guided-missile frigate, KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata.
The vessel, which has been given the pennant number 331, was commissioned on 7 April at Tanjung Priok, in a ceremony officiated by Indonesian defence minister Ryamnizard Ryacudu.
Raden Eddy Martadinata is the first of two 105 m frigates jointly constructed by Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL and Damen. The vessel was handed over to the TNI-AL in January 2017.
The 2,400-tonne platform features an overall length of 105.1 m, an overall beam of 14 m, and a hull draught of 3.7 m. Powered by two diesel engines with 26,820 hp, the vessel can attain a top speed of 30 kt, and a range of 4,000 n miles at 18 kt.
The frigate's core mission systems have been supplied by Thales Nederland, including the TACTICOS combat management system, SMART-S Mk 2 surveillance radar, and STIR 1.2 EO Mk 2 radar/electro-optical tracking system.
Weapons onboard the platform includes a Leonardo (Oto Melara) 76/62 Super Rapid gun. The vessel has also been fitted to deploy MBDA VL-MICA anti-air missiles, MM 40 Exocet anti-ship missiles, and 324 mm torpedoes for submarine prosecution.
Raden Eddy Martadinata will join the TNI-AL's Eastern Fleet where it is expected to eventually assume duties that include partaking in the service's contribution to international peacekeeping operations, such as the Maritime Task Force United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (MTF UNIFIL).
The second-of-class, which will be known as KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai with pennant number 332, was launched by PT PAL in September 2016 and is expected to be commissioned in the later part of the year, according to Jane's Fighting Ships.
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