The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) will soon acquire a replacement submarine after the loss of a Type 209 submarine KRI Nanggala (402) with all of its crew in April.
After consultations with the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (Kemhan RI) and the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia (Bappenas), the Indonesian Ministry of Finance (Kemenkeu RI) has approved a US$600 million foreign loan for the purchase of least one refurbished submarine while waiting for new submarines to be delivered.
Indonesia is in the market for at least six newly built submarines to boost TNI-AL submarine force. There are indications that Kemhan RI is considering the improved Scorpene-class submarines from France, Type 214 submarines from Germany, or both. According to reports, Japan has also offered its Soryu-class submarines to Indonesia.
TNI-AL currently has four submarines in service. Apart from the older KRI Cakra (401) which was acquired in the early 1980’s along with the doomed KRI Nanggala (402), the rest are South Korean improved Jang Bogo-class submarines commissioned between 2017 to 2019 – also known as Nagapasa-class in Indonesia.
There is another contract to build three more Nagapasa-class submarines in Indonesia with assistance from South Korea, but the continuation of the project after the loss of KRI Nanggala is currently uncertain.
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