Navy's fifth and sixth missile speedboats enter the Keel Laying stage

Surabaya, Friday 20 December 2019 – The production of two fast-boat missile (KCR) (W000300 & W000301) entered the stage of keel laying or the full installation of the vessel. Seremoni Keel laying was held on Friday, 20 December 2019 at the Assembly Hall of the battleship division of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero). The event was attended by Kapus Alpalhan Baranahan Ministry of Defence Marsma TNI Asfan Jauhari accompanied by President Director of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) Budiman Saleh, and witnessed by the officials of the Ministry of Defense RI, TNI AL and the ranks Management of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero).

Figure 1. Symbolic submission of keel-laying coins

 In his speech, President director of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) Budiman Saleh expressed his gratitude for the trust given by the Ministry of Defence RI in the construction of the fifth and sixth KCR vessels both the platform and the Sensor system and weapons ( Sewaco). It is also said that the progress of the development of the fifth and sixth KCR ship until the time of keel laying has reached 30% and is faster than the schedule of March 2019, it shows the readiness of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) as strategic partner Government, in this case the Ministry of Defence and TNI AL.

Meanwhile, Kapus Alpalhan Baranahan Ministry of Defence Marsma TNI Asfan Jauhari in his speech said that PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) is a STATE defence industry in accordance with the mandate of LAW No. 16 year 2012 must continue to maintain and To improve the quality of the fifth and sixth KCR vessels. Moreover, it also conveyed appreciation to all ranks of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) who have worked hard to realize the independence of domestic industry.

Picture 2. Symbolic pressing of the ceremonial button Keel Laying

PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) According to the mandate ACT No. 16 of 2012 (article 11) and the decision of the Defence Industry Policy Committee (KKIP) No. 13/2013 was appointed as the Lead Integrator Alutsista Matra Sea (Kombatan ship). One manifestation of the policy is the KCR contract. KCR ship is state of the art PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) where the whole process of design is done by PT PAL Indonesia (Persero), the vessel is fully constructed both platform and sensor system and weapons (Sewaco). The KCR ship building project is one of the proven capabilities of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) in realizing the independence of the defence industry of Matra Sea. Until now, PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) has handed over 4 KCR ships to the Ministry of Defence RI as a buyer

Fig. 3. Laying of coins on the stand in the Keel Laying ceremony

This stage of keel laying is important because the age of the vessel will be counted from the first time of installation. The fifth and sixth KCR NAVY has a length of 60 meters, 8.10 meters in width. The vessel was able to accommodate a crew of 55 people. The vessel weighs 500 tonnes and speeds up to 28 knots with endurance 5 days, the vessel has a 2400 Nm cruising distance at 20 knots. Until the stages of keel laying both vessels have reached 30% of the overall stages of development and timely. International Standard rules require keel laying is implemented at least 25% of ship building progress. The ship will later be equipped with a weapon system and radar. The process of development is done by modular strategy divided into 4 modules divided into 21 blocks. In the development of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) Use the main facilities of the Battleship Division.

Fig. 4. Shared photo session after the Keel Laying ceremony

The main function of KCR vessels is the security of maritime territory and is particularly relevant to Indonesia's geographical characteristics. The KCR ships enter the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) category, which has agile maneuverability, able to move quickly, and can be used to perform the pursuit of foreign vessels that violate territorial territories. As an archipelago country that is majority of the sea is 6.4 million km² and has a coastline of 108,000 Km, with a large maritime area there are many insecurity or threats. The biggest threat or insecurity today is the breach of territorial boundaries and criminal activities such as fish theft, smuggling, trafficking, and others. With the speed and cruising that owned by KCR vessel, supported with the better security strategy of maritime territory and the quantity of warships owned by the NAVY, the state losses caused by the violation of foreign vessel territory Less. In addition to security functions, KCR vessels can also carry out law enforcement functions in territorial and ZEE areas, as well as the naval diplomacy.

Prepared by: Department of Public Relations of PT PAL Indonesia (Persero)