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01:38 PM, April 10, 2017
Indonesian Navy Operationalizes First Modern Guided Missile Frigate

The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) has commissioned its first Martadinata class guided-missile frigate, KRI Raden Eddy which has anti-ship and anti-submarine combat capabilities.

Indonesian defence minister Ryamnizard Ryacudu officiated a ceremony to commission the frigate into the Navy last weekend at Tanjung Priok , IHS Jane's 360 reported today.

Raden Eddy Martadinata is the first of two 105 m frigates jointly constructed by Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL and Dutch shipbuilder Damen. The vessel was handed over to the TNI-AL in January 2017.

The 2,400-tonne platform features an overall length of 105.1 m, an overall beam of 14 m, and a hull draught of 3.7 m.

The vessel can attain a top speed of 30 kt, and a range of 4,000 n miles at 18 kt.

The frigate's core mission systems have been supplied by Thales Nederland, including the TACTICOS combat management system, SMART-S Mk 2 surveillance radar, and STIR 1.2 EO Mk 2 radar/electro-optical tracking system, Janes reported.

Weapons onboard the platform includes a Leonardo (Oto Melara) 76/62 Super Rapid gun. The vessel has also been fitted to deploy MBDA VL-MICA anti-air missiles, MM 40 Exocet anti-ship missiles, and 324 mm torpedoes.

The second ship, christened as KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai was launched by PT PAL in September 2016 and is expected to be commissioned later year.

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