KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata-331 is the first SIGMA 10514 ship built in the domestic PT PAL shipyard of Indonesia and she is the lead ship of her class
Indonesia is a country with thousands of islands. With such geographical features, they must have a strong, large and modern navy to protect their coastline and exclusive economic zone. The Indonesian naval history began on September 10, 1945 and until now the Indonesian navy has grown into a major naval force in the region.
According to the indexes and ratings of many international military forums, Indonesia is considered the country with the largest naval potential in Southeast Asia today and is one of the 10 largest navy forces in the world.
The origin of the warships of Indonesia is mainly from the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. In recent years, Indonesia has invested heavily in the domestic naval shipbuilding industry.
KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata-331 is the first SIGMA 10514 ship built in the domestic PT PAL shipyard of Indonesia and she is the lead ship of her class.
The vessel was commissioned on April 7, 2017 at Tanjung Priok, this is the result of a collaboration with the Dutch Navy’s Damen Schiede Naval Ship Building under a contract signed with the Indonesian Ministry of Defence in June 2012.
Named after Indonesian Navy admiral Raden Eddy Martadinata, who was one of the founders of the Indonesian Navy. He was awarded the honorary title of “National Hero of Indonesia” posthumously in 1966.
The acquisition of this ship is part of the further modernization and expansion of the Indonesian Navy. The main missions and tasks of the Martadinata will be in the domains of naval warfare as well as Maritime Security missions and tasks. Also, the ship may be used for humanitarian support tasks.
The first impression with this ship is that it is very beautiful, angled design optimized for stealth, the Sigma 10514 family ship is one of the most beautiful frigates in existence today.
Raden Eddy Martadinata’s hull structure is made using grade AH36 shipbuilding steel. When completed, the ship had a length of 105m, 14.2m wide and has a displacement of approximately 2,365t.
The frigate can accommodate a crew of 120, and it can hold a 10-tonne helicopter like Eurocopter AS565 Panther on its flight deck with astern fuelling capabilities during day and night, it also has a full service hangar. It can carry two rigid hulled inflatable boats for patrol and transport operations.
The Indonesia Navy’s warship is equipped with a combined diesel or electric propulsion system consists of two 10,000 Kilowatt maximum continuous rating diesel engines, two 1,300 Kilowatt electric motors, two double input gearboxes, and two 3.65m controllable pitch propellers.
This platform has a top speed of 28 knots, a maximum range of 5,000 Nautical miles at 14 knots, and a standard range of 4,000 Nautical mile at 18 knots. The endurance is more 20 days at sea.
Raden Eddy Martadinata ‘s weapons include an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, launchers for MBDA MM40 Exocet Block II anti-ship missiles.
Two triple Eurotorp B515 torpedo launchers are provided for anti-submarine warfare, the Rheinmetall Defence Millennium 35 mm close-in weapon system, and a 12-cell vertical launch system that can deploy the MBDA VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles.
Its countermeasure capabilities include two decoys or chaff, electronic support measures, and electronic countermeasures.
Sensor and electronic systems
The Martadinata incorporates STIR 1.2 Mk2 electro-optical fire control system, identification friend or foe, KINGKLIP hull-mounted sonar, SMART-S Mk2 3D multi-beam surveillance, and target indication radar.
The frigate also feature a LINK-Y datalink, an integrated internal and external communication system and extensive air, surface and sub-surface surveillance capabilities.
The onboard Tacticos combat management system designed by Thales integrates the ship’s sensors, weapons and other equipment to provide real-time situational awareness. The frigate’s nautical equipment includes two radars, global maritime distress and safety system A3 and a reference gyro.
Raden Eddy Martadinata number 331 became the center of world attention when Indonesian Navy joined the Rim of the Pacific 2018 with other 27 countries. Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji said the KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata-331 was a proud ship because it was able to be in the spotlight of participating countries in the RIMPAC exercise.
The exercise was aimed at increasing interoperability between the Navy in the Pacific Region, as well as to enhance the Indonesian Navy’s presence in joint operations and exercises on an international scale.
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