The Indonesian Navy is expected to receive its first locally-assembled submarine from state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia in October.
Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji told the press here on Monday that the submarine would be the third order for the firm, Antara News reported.
Two other submarines, which had been delivered last year, were built jointly by PT PAL Indonesia and a South Korean ship builder in the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) facility in Okpo, South Korea.
The third submarine was completely built and assembled in the firm`s dock yard in Tanjung Perak port, Surabaya, under a technology transfer agreement with the South Korean firm.
"By the end of the year, around October, we will commission the submarine manufactured by PT PAL
Indonesia and South Korea had signed a $1.1 billion contract for the three Nagapasa-class diesel-electric submarines in December 2011. The lead submarine in the class, KRI Nagapasa, arrived in Indonesia on Aug 28, 2017, while the second Nagapasa-class submarine, KRI Ardadedali, arrived on April 25, 2018.
The subs procurement is part of the Ministry of Defense`s 2024 Defense Strategic Plan, which calls for the acquisition of at least 10 new submarines.
In addition to submarine, the Indonesian Navy has ordered other warships to PT PAL Indonesia five years ago, including the Landing Platform Dock (LPD) and fast missile boat, with some of them having been delivered in the past two years.