Bolstering at-sea capability [ID18D3]

09 November 2018

The Indonesian Navy is investing in new capabilities to either modernise its incumbent vessel fleet or to acquire new systems – something which has piqued the interest of Saab (Hall D, Stand 075), which has seen successes in the naval domain in both the domestic and regional markets.

The navy is interested in investing in new capabilities to bolster its at-sea capability, and the sales of systems such as Saab’s 9LV combat management system (CMS) to Australia and Thailand have shown the company has experience in the region and has proved its technology there.

Thailand has additionally acquired the company’s Ceros fire control system.

Furthermore, Saab provides corvettes to India; corvettes, submarines and mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) to Singapore; MCMVs to Japan; and submarines and shipyard capability to Australia.

The CMS installation on Australian ships is a particular success for the company, which claims that a retrofit on a legacy vessel is doable, and is something that has been done previously.

“For us, this is a standard project,” Anders Dahl, head of Saab Indonesia, told the Show Daily. Dahl said there is demand in Indonesia for both new-build and retrofit capabilities, both of which Saab can offer.

The RBS 70 short-range air defence system is another possible area of upgrade for Indonesia that Saab could offer – a capability the nation has been operating for more than 35 years. The new NG configuration from Saab would upgrade the capability of the system, which includes the addition of an auto-tracker function and a night sight on top of the legacy configuration, and has been previously demonstrated to Indonesia.

It also includes a Bolide missile, and would be offered with Saab’s Giraffe 1X X-band radar, which would form a man-portable system.

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