Damen Completes Combat Systems Installation & Trials on Indonesian Guided Missile Frigate

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Damen Shipyards Group and its part­ner PT PAL have com­plet­ed the instal­la­tion of combat sys­tems to the first of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s series of SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided mis­sile frigates, the KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata, the com­pa­ny announced on Dec 6The combat sys­tems instal­la­tion project’s suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion was marked by a small han­dover cer­e­mo­ny on the Dec 4 at Surabaya.

The PKR frigates are con­struct­ed via a col­lab­o­ra­tive mod­u­lar process oper­at­ing simul­ta­ne­ous­ly at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands and PT PAL ship­yard in Indonesia. With this method, Damen is able to con­struct high qual­i­ty ves­sels any­where in the world. This also enables Damen to fulfil its con­trac­tu­al com­mit­ment to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to deliv­er an exten­sive knowl­edge and tech­nol­o­gy trans­fer pro­gramme. 

This combat instal­la­tion and test­ing phase of PKR con­struc­tion forms part of this trans­fer pro­gramme, with Damen pro­vid­ing train­ing for the vessel’s crew in the oper­a­tion and main­te­nance of all sys­tems installed. This has proven to be a suc­cess, says Colonel Dwi Cahyo Kuncoro, DANSATGAS (head of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s SATGAS team super­vis­ing the project): “There has been a very smooth coop­er­a­tion with Damen and the PT Pal ship­yard, both with the con­struc­tion of the ship and during the instal­la­tion and test­ing of combat sys­tems.”

The combat system sea accep­tance trials were car­ried out over a three-week period. During this trail the elec­tron­ic war­fare suite was tested by Thales. This con­sists of two main sys­tems, an elec­tron­ic sup­port mea­sure (pas­sive radar receiv­er), which enables the vessel to record and inter­pret the var­i­ous radar sig­nals it receives from the oper­a­tional envi­ron­ment and an elec­tron­ic counter mea­sure system – mostly referred to as jammer. These two sys­tems work togeth­er with the combat man­age­ment system – the centre point in the entire web, in order to per­form elec­tron­ic war­fare oper­a­tions.

This was fol­lowed by struc­tur­al firing tests and the align­ment of the ship’s sen­sors and the ship’s guns, done with the sup­port of Rheinmetall to make sure the sen­sors and weapons are “look­ing in the same direc­tion”. Exocet sur­face to sur­face mis­sile launch­ing system was tested by MBDA France.

The test­ing of the anti-air war­fare (AAW) and anti-sur­face war­fare (ASuW) func­tion­al changes, were the last tests in the sched­ule. This com­pris­es detect­ing and track­ing sur­face and air tar­gets, mea­sur­ing the point­ing accu­ra­cy of the guns at var­i­ous heights and dis­tances and to eval­u­ate engage­ments of air and sur­face tar­gets with var­i­ous weapon sys­tems. It also includ­ed the trials of the degauss­ing system, used to con­trol the ship’s mag­net­ic sig­na­ture.

Jeffrey Vader, Project Director DSNS said, “The results of the combat sys­tems instal­la­tion and test­ing have been hugely suc­cess­ful. As with the con­struc­tion of the vessel, we have com­plet­ed this phase both on time and on budget. We are now look­ing for­ward to get­ting under­way with the instal­la­tion and test­ing of the combat sys­tems on the second vessel.”

The second vessel is sched­uled to under­go the same instal­la­tions and test­ing up to February 2020, and is expect­ed to be com­plet­ed at the end of April. 

Source: Asian Defence Journal

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