Turkish defence engineering firm Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) and German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) have recently signed an agreement to collaborate on a bid to supply submarines to the Indonesian Navy (TNI–AL).
The letter of intent (LOI) was signed at the 2017 IDEF defence exhibition in Istanbul, which concluded on 12 May. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has not commented on the agreement, but Jane’s understands that the STM-TKMS partnership is geared towards meeting Indonesia’s long-held ambitions to significantly boost its fleets of submarines.
A statement said that under the terms of the accord STM and TKMS would co-operate in offering Indonesia an industrial package through which “one or two submarines” would be built in Turkey and additional platforms constructed by Indonesian industry.
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