Indonesia Halts Klewang-class Stealth Attack Craft Programme
Indonesia has indefinitely suspended a stealth trimaran programme known as the Klewang class.Klewang Class [Padang Ekspres]☆
Halt may signal a shift in acquisition priorities for the new navy chief who assumed command in December 2014.
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has suspended the 63m stealth fast attack craft programme known as the Klewang class and will not be making further acquisitions beyond the single vessel that is currently under construction.
Vice-president and head of Saab Indonesia, Peter Carlqvist, told IHS Jane's at the 2016 Singapore Airshow that the company's weapons and systems will now also not be fitted onboard the vessel that is under construction at Indonesian shipbuilder PT Lundin's premises in Banyuwangi, East Java.
Saab previously said the Klewang-class vessels would be equipped with the company's suite of combat systems including a four-console 9LV Mk 4 combat management system, a Sea Giraffe 1X surveillance radar, the SME-150 radar electronic support measures (ESM) and the CEROS 200 fire-control director. The vessel was also to have been armed with a BAE Systems Bofors 40mm Mk 4 gun concealed in a stealthy cupola and four Saab RBS 15 Mk 3 anti-ship missiles.
"Saab will continue to promote the trimaran concept with our combat systems with other customers and we remain open to producing the platform with other shipbuilders in other countries", said Carlqvist who added that the concept has received strong indications of interest in other parts of the world. "We have even been called in by the United States' Littoral Operations Center [an institute of the United States Naval Postgraduate School] and they have shown strong interest in this trimaran concept so we remain optimistic", he said.