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Babcock Sells First New Frigate Design Licence to Indonesia

Babcock David Lockwood, Babcock CEO (L) and Kaharuddin Djenod, CEO PAL (R) sign contract on board HMS Argyll. Our Bureau - : Sep 17, 2021 - : 4:53 am

Babcock has secured the first export contract for its Arrowhead 140 (AH140) frigate through a design licence agreement with PT PAL Indonesia (Persero), a state-owned enterprise that builds and maintains ships for military and commercial use from its facilities in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The design licence will enable PAL to build two Arrowhead 140 frigates in Indonesia with bespoke design modifications for the Indonesian Navy. The deal comes two years since Babcock’s AH140 design was first announced as the preferred bidder for the UK Type 31 frigate programme at DSEI 2019, with the contract confirmed in November of the same year.

The agreement was signed at the ongoing DSEI 2021 on board HMS Argyll, by Babcock CEO David Lockwood and Kaharuddin Djenod, PAL CEO. Present on the occasion were Prabowo Subianto, Defence Minister of Indonesia, and UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace.

Babcock is one of the bidders down selected by the Polish Government to provide a potential design solution for the Polish Navy’s Miecznik (Swordfish) frigate programme.

The baseline Arrowhead 140 design can be configured to meet a broad range of naval requirements. With Babcock’s support, PAL will now engineer the required modifications to configure the Arrowhead 140 for the Indonesian customer.

“Today is a really exciting moment for Babcock and our frigate export programme, as we sign the design licence with PAL for two new frigates for the Indonesian Navy,” said Lockwood. “The beauty of our export product is that it is a readily transferable design that can be tailored to the customer’s needs as part of our strong Arrowhead frigate portfolio. What’s more, the design licence and subsequent build programme will be a significant catalyst for prosperity in Indonesia.”

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