Multiple firsts for combat system [INDODEF16-D2]

02 November 2016

Thales Nederland (Hall A, Stand 020) has completed the ground-breaking supply and integration of a prepackaged mission system for KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata, the first of the Indonesian Navy’s (TNI-AL’s) new SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) frigates.

Under contract to PKR prime contractor Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS), the company is supplying and integrating the core mission systems for the two PKR frigates. This includes the latest iteration of its TACTICOS combat management system (CMS), the SMART-S Mk 2 medium-range radar, the STIR 1.2 EO Mk 2 radar/optronic fire control system, and a Link Y datalink terminal.

Other Thales companies have provided the Kingklip hull-mounted sonar, and the internal/external communications suite. Thales Nederland additionally took on responsibility for the integration of the navigation subsystem (including gyro, log, and DGPS).

The PKR programme has marked a number of firsts, including an innovative modular build/ test/delivery scheme that saw most of the combat system installed, integrated and tested in a ship module built in the Netherlands prior to shipping to PT PAL in Surabaya.

“This was the first time we have undertaken a project with DSNS for a full modular build,” explained Edie Heuvelink, Thales Nederland’s PKR programme manager. “Ship module 5 [built by DSNS in Vlissingen] was the most interesting for us because it included the combat information centre [CIC] below decks and the SMART-S Mk 2 and STIR EO Mk 2 radars above decks.

“Our TACTICOS system was integrated in the CIC, the radars installed on board the mast structures, and we performed approximately 80 per cent of the integration in the Netherlands over a six-month period from the start of 2015. The whole module was then shipped to Indonesia for consolidation with the remaining ship modules at PT PAL.

“We did the remaining 20 per cent integration in Indonesia. This included all the other equipment – such as the 76/62 Super Rapid gun and hull-mounted sonar – that was not fitted in module 5, various alignments and calibrations on the ship, followed by harbour and sea acceptance tests.”

One noteworthy aspect was that module 5 was shipped essentially intact, with both the SMART-S MK 2 and STIR 1.2 EO Mk 2 sensors fitted. “DSNS had originally intended that we would remove the two radars for the journey, and then re-install in Surabaya,” said Heuvelink.

“But we discussed an alternative strategy under which the module would be hooked up to air conditioning, chilled water and power during the transport phase.

“This alternative strategy was agreed upon jointly. So the radars remained in operational condition on the module, albeit with environmental housings to protect the antennas.”

Sea acceptance trials on the first PKR were successfully completed in September this year.

These included a full range of combat system tests, and live gunnery firings. Following crew training, Raden Eddy Martadinata will be handed over in January 2017. Its sister ship, the future KRI Gusti Ngurah Rai, was launched by PT PAL in late September and is scheduled for delivery in October next year.

The PKR contract marks another milestone in that it represents the first embodiment of the latest generation TACTICOS CMS. Known internally as ‘Baseline 2’, this revised and updated configuration introduces new MOC Mk 4 multifunction consoles (each PKR has 10 MOC Mk 4 stations], a revised operator-centric human machine interface based on individual worksets, and a collaboration wall featuring three large screen displays.

Another important aspect to PKR was the industrial cooperation forged with Indonesian company PT LEN, which includes significant transfer of technology. Hennie Everlo, Thales naval marketing and sales director in Indonesia, explained: “Next to the extensive technology transfer, we have subcontracted PT Len for three specific software modules in TACTICOS. That means the company is now developing its skills on the basis of our CMS technology.”

He added: “We actually began our cooperation with PT Len back in 2011 without any specific programme, and began the transfer of technology programme in 2012.

We subsequently signed a memorandum of understanding with PT Len in 2014. The intent is for the two companies to work together as partners in the Indonesian market, and for PT Len to be able to build up its own skills.”

Raden Eddy Martadinata is also the first ship to receive the latest production standard STIR 1.2 EO Mk 2 director. In its original production configuration, the STIR 1.2 EO Mk 2 was configured with distinctive box structures on either side of the tracking mount to accommodate solid-state transmitter assemblies associated with dual-band (I and K) monopole radars. However, the redesign accompanying the introduction of the new unified casting assembly has now allowed both transmitters and associated processing to be accommodated within the structure of the director, so enabling the two external equipment boxes to be engineered out.

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