KUALA LUMPUR-(IDB) : At
DSA 2014, the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference
currently held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Indonesian shipyard North Sea
Boats (PT. Lundin) and SAAB are showing an updated model of the 63m
FMPV Trimaran design ordered by the Indonesian Navy.
Talking to Navy Recognition during DSA 2014, a SAAB representative
explained that the Swedish company is planning to fit its new Sea
Giraffe 1X 3D radar higher up in the mast for better radar coverage and
less limitation because of the curvature of the Earth. This is possible
because the new radar is only 150 kilograms. This explains the quite
unique shape of the newly designed mast onboard the FMPV (Fast Missile
Patrol Vessel) Trimaran. The mast would integrate the radar, the ESM and
the communication systems.
Following the accidental destruction of the first-of-class ship KRI
Klewang shortly after its launch in 2012, SAAB and North Sea Boats have
now signed a partnership for the project. SAAB is planning to offer this
turnkey solution to both TNI AL (Indonesian Navy) and for export under
the name "Stealth FAC" (Stealth Fast Attack Craft).
According to the SAAB representative, the new FMPV Trimaran would be fitted with
> 4x RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missiles
> 1x BAE Systems 40Mk4 gun under a stealth cupola
> A stern ramp to deploy a 12 meters RIB
> SAAB's 9LV combat management system
> SAAB's Ceros 200 radar and optronic tracking system
> SAAB's TactiCall Integrated Communications System
The original class (KRI Klewang) was supposed to be fitted with mostly
Chinese weapons and systems. PT Lundin representatives at DSA 2014 told
Navy Recognition that officially, the Indonesian Navy is still
evaluating which weapons and sensors should be fitted onboard the
updated Trimaran design.
RBS15 Mk3 is a fire-and-forget, subsonic cruise type missile with all weather capability with a range in excess of 200 Km.
Construction of a new 63m FMPV Trimaran started in February 2014 at the
North Sea Boats facility in Indonesia. The newly designed ship should be
launched 24 months from now. According to SAAB, a future version may be
fitted with an anti-submarine warfare suite (weapons + sensors).
According to a BAE Systems Bofors representative at DSA 2014, this could
be the first export case for the new 40Mk4 naval gun system, even
though the company is in discussion with other countries as we speak.
We learned that the current order from TNI AL is for 4 vessels, but
overall close to 30 units could ultimately be produced for TNI AL alone. Source : Navyrecognition