DSME announces $26m contract for Indonesian Cakra-class submarine refit

Illustration: DSME photo of KRI Nagapasa

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) on Thursday announced it has received a 30 billion-won (approx. US$26.7m) contract to refit the Indonesian Navy’s KRI Cakra-class submarine.

The company’s announcement comes several months after it was first reported that DSME was selected by Indonesia to perform work on the first of two Type 209/1300 diesel-electric submarines operated by the Indonesian Navy.

Under the contract, DSME will work with Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL on upgrading the submarine’s periscope mast, conducting hull works and fitting the boat with a new combat management system (CMS).

The announcement comes shortly after DSME delivered KRI Nagapasa, the first submarine to be exported by South Korea, to Indonesian Navy.

The Type 209/1400 submarine is also the first of three boats Indonesia will receive from DSME.

Works on the second boat are already underway with delivery scheduled before the end of the year. The final boat will be built by Indonesia’s PT PAL in Surabaya under a technology transfer program.

KRI Cakra, the submarine which will be overhauled by DSME, was built by Germany’s Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft and delivered to Indonesia in 1981.

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