A variant of Denmark’s Iver Huitfeldt class has emerged as a front-runner in Indonesia’s USD720 million two-frigate acquisition programme. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been exploring the possibility of acquiring the variant to fulfil its need for two more frigates for the country’s navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL).
According to a report in Jane’s 360, the frigates are being acquired as part of the second phase of the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) modernisation blueprint, which runs from 2015 to 2019. Indonesia acquired two SIGMA 10514 vessels from Damen that now serve as the Martadinata class as part of this programme, but the country has a requirement for at least four more hulls in the longer term as part of wider MEF requirements.
Referring to a piece of unclassified correspondence between the country’s defence minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, and the cabinet secretary of President Joko Widodo, that was provided to Jane’s, the Iver Huitfeldt class featured as the one with “reliable combat capabilities, and can operate in the extremities of Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone”.
“In reference to the TNI-AL’s frigate acquisition programme, and how we are now approaching the final year of the 2015-19 strategic plan without a decision, we hereby would like to request for a closed meeting [with the cabinet] to further discuss an acquisition plan for these ships,” Jane’s quoted the correspondence further.