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Indonesian Navy Charts Ambitious Procurement Plan

Yulian Ardiansyah - : Apr 22, 2024 - : 5:26 am

The Indonesian Navy (TNI Angkatan Laut – TNI AL) aims to enhance its operational capabilities between 2025 and 2044 with an ambitious procurement plan. This initiative includes acquiring Maritime Patrol / Anti-Submarine Warfare (MPA / ASW) aircraft, Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) and destroyer-class ships, coastal defence missile systems, Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs), and Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs), representing a significant advancement in maritime strength.

“It is hoped that with this posture, the TNI AL’s strength development plans will be realized to support the vision of a golden Indonesia 2045, namely creating a maritime country that is sovereign, advanced and sustainable,” said Adm. Muhammad Ali, Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff during an event at Jakarta on Friday (Apr. 19).

During his address, Admiral Ali highlighted various military equipment categories, specifically mentioning the P6 MPA, Bayraktar Akinci, and Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs. The inclusion of these Turkish-made UCAVs is of particular interest given the Indonesian Navy’s focus on acquiring LHD-class warships. It is anticipated that these UCAVs will be integrated into these vessels, potentially forming the navy’s inaugural ship-based fixed-wing air strike squadrons.

The mention of P6 MPA, made by Canada’s PAL Aerospace, came as a surprise to Indonesian military observers. This was due it was known for some time that the Indonesian Navy was highly interested in acquiring the Boeing P-8 Poseidon MPA from the United States. However, due to funding challenges and lack of progress, the plan for the P-8 Poseidon appears to have been put on hold.

Additionally, the presentation included an image depicting a Chinese Type 052D destroyer and a U.S.-manufactured HiMARS launcher, positioned unspecified under the “Destroyer” and “Coastal Defence” categories respectively. The significance of these images remains unclear and may serve as placeholders or signify other intentions.

Lastly, another unspecified image of a military amphibious vehicle was presented under the “AAV” category. While the Marine Corps of the Indonesian Navy (Korps Marinir TNI AL – Kormar) currently operates around 10 U.S.-donated LVT-P7A1 AAVs, alongside an ageing fleet of 128 BTR-50s acquired from the Soviet Union in the 1960s, some indications suggest that Turkiye’s ZAHA, produced by FNSS, could form the backbone of the Corps’ AAV fleet going forward.


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