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Indonesia cuts steel for second ‘Red White' frigate

A segment of the first ‘Red White' frigate, seen here during a visit by Janes to PT PAL on 30 May 2024. The shipbuilder held a steel-cutting ceremony for the second ship on 5 June. (PT PAL)

Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has begun work on the country's second ‘Red White' frigate.

A ceremony to mark the first steel cut for the vessel was held at PT PAL's facilities in Surabaya on 5 June, an Indonesian Navy source has confirmed to Janes.

The frigate is the second of two Iver Huitfeldt class-derived warships that are on order for the Indonesian Navy under a contract signed in April 2020.

Like the first-of-class, the second vessel is also being built according to Lloyd's Register classification standards for warships. A ceremony to mark the keel-laying for the first ‘Red White' frigate was held in August 2023.

The ‘Red White' frigates are being built to the Arrowhead 140 design provided by UK defence group Babcock under a licence agreement.

Babcock's Arrowhead 140 design is in turn based on the Royal Danish Navy's three-ship Iver Huitfeldt class, which were commissioned between January and November 2011.

The Indonesian warships will each displace about 5,996 tonnes at full load and have an overall length of 140 m. Turkish defence electronics company Havelsan has been selected to supply its Advent combat management system (CMS) for both warships.

For its combat systems, the frigates are being built to accommodate a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) for medium-range surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), a separate 12-cell VLS for long-range SAMs, a 16-cell VLS for surface-to-surface missiles, two 76 mm naval guns, and a 35 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS).


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