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Frigate frenzy for FREMM in Indonesia

11th June 2021 - 02:35 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Indonesian Navy will receive six FREMM frigates, similar to the Italian Navy’s Carabiniere pictured here on a Malaysian port call. (Gordon Arthur)

Indonesia has been spreading its net widely for new warships, but it has finally made a catch with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

In something of a coup given its limited success in the Asian naval market to date, Fincantieri announced on 10 June that it had won a contract to supply eight frigates to the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL). 

The package deal consists of six new FREMM-class warships and two second-hand Maestrale-class frigates.

The Italian shipbuilder stated it would act as the prime contractor for the entire programme. However, Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will have a role to play, suggesting that some construction will take place in Indonesia.

The Indonesian MoD had allegedly shortlisted four platforms for a follow-on buy to …

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