- Indonesia has kicked-off the procurement process for a new class of offshore patrol vessels
- The vessels will fill the perceived operational gap between the Indonesian Navy's patrol boats, and larger surface combatants
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is soliciting prequalification proposals from a select group of shipbuilders for a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) acquisition programme.
According to official documents that were provided to Jane's by an industry source on 8 January, the programme will be worth some IDR1.09 trillion (USD79 million), and funds for the acquisition will be drawn from Indonesia's national budget allocation for defence in 2020-22.
The documents have stopped short of providing required technical specifications, nor minimum hull numbers for the programme, but Jane's reported in December 2019 that the TNI-AL has requested at least USD340 million for an initial class of four hulls.
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