Sigma PKR 10514 (photo : Navy Recognition)
(IMP) -- Dutch shipbuilder Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, working in partnership with Indonesia's PT PAL, has confirmed the programme and build strategy for the construction of the first two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided missile frigates for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).
Damen Schelde and the Indonesian Ministry of Defence signed a contract for the engineering, construction, and delivery of a single PKR in June 2012, with the contract coming into force at the end of 2013. An option for a second ship has subsequently been exercised, with this contract coming into effect in the next few weeks, Damen Schelde confirmed at IMDEX Asia 2013 in Singapore.
Displacing 2,365 tons and with accommodation for 120 (100 crew plus 20 spare), the 105 m PKR will be the largest SIGMA variant built to date. While Damen Schelde is prime contractor for the programme, assembly and trials will be undertaken in conjunction with PT PAL in Surabaya under a transfer of technology arrangement.