Based on the procurement contract between the government and Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME), the submarines were scheduled to be delivered last year and this year.
Now, the Defense Ministry has revealed that South Korea will be ready to deliver the [two] submarines by September , however, as Indonesia has yet to complete the necessary infrastructure, the delivery has been postponed until December .
“The government has disbursed Rp 1.5 trillion [US$112.1 million] to PT PAL for building the submarine infrastructure, including hangars and floating equipment,” Rear Admiral Leonardi, chief of the Defense Ministry’s procurement center told in Jakarta recently.
It was reported that the Defense Ministry and DSME signed the contract for the three Chang Bogo-class submarines in 2011. The contract was worth $1.07 billion.
Under the contract, two submarines would be built in South Korea in cooperation with state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, while the third submarine would be built at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya [Pete comment - the 3rd will probably be launched in 2020]..
Leonardi said that besides infrastructure preparation, Indonesia also needed to train the crew members and operators who would be building the submarine in Surabaya, East Java.
...According to [PT PAL production director Edy Widarto] PT PAL’s new submarine infrastructure will have the capacity to build or restore two submarines at once.
...Edy acknowledged that there was a delay in the plan due to budget disbursement issues. However, he asserted that submarine modules would be delivered from South Korea in December , and that PAL would start to assemble [the 3rd submarine] in January 2017.
Edy said PT PAL would assemble the modules under the supervision of DSME’s experts.
...PT PAL is an experienced ship builder, the company having built several warships for the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) and also products for sale overseas.
In addition to Chang Bogo-class submarines, the Indonesian Navy has revealed its plans to purchase another two new Kilo-class submarines from Russia to expand its fleet. The procurement is part of a strategic plan for 2015 to 2019.
However, the Navy has yet to decide on which type of Kilo-class submarines to order.
Submarines, with their stealth capacity, are regarded as effective deterrents and Indonesian needs at least 12 such vessels to protect its territory.
The Navy currently operates two German-made submarines, the KRI Cakra [link in Indonesian] (401) and KRI Nenggala (402), which were built in the 1980s. The vessels are due to be decommissioned in 2020. [see WHOLE ARTICLE]