South Korea will export $1 billion worth of submarines to Indonesia, three of which have been sold before.

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 South Korea will export $1 billion worth of submarines to Indonesia, three of which have been sold before.


Indonesias first domestic submarine, the Arugro, was launched at the Sishui Shipyard of PTPAL on April 11, local time.

South Koreas Defense Agency said on April 12 that South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding Ocean Company signed a contract with the Indonesian government on the same day to build three submarines for the Indonesian Navy at a total cost of $1.02 billion. This is the second time that Indonesia has placed an order, which also means that South Koreas submarine construction technology has been recognized abroad.

South Korea Defense Agency said that Indonesia is the core cooperative country of the Korean governments New South Policy. Since the two heads of state upgraded the relations between South Korea and Indonesia to a special strategic partnership in 2017, military-industrial cooperation between the two countries has been very active. As a key project of the New South Policy, the submarine export project has received strong support from both governments and various parties.

Earlier, Daewoo Shipbuilding signed three submarine export contracts with Indonesia for the first time in 2011. The first two submarines (Nagapasa and Adadali) were delivered last year and last year respectively. Daewoo Shipyard was responsible for the construction. Indonesian technicians participated in the whole construction process. The third submarine was built by Indonesian Shipyard and related technology was transferred by South Korea. The day before the contract was signed, on April 11, local time, Indonesias first domestic submarine, Arugro, launched at the Sishui Shipyard of PTPAL. Indonesian Defense Minister Riamizad, Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Didico Sadi Yuno, Senior Vice President of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering, South Korea, and General Manager of PTPAL Group, Bodiman Sadi Lech and other senior military officials attended the ceremony. The Arugro was also Indonesias first modern submarine.

The submarine is 61 meters long, can carry 40 people, drainage capacity is about 1400 tons, maximum underwater speed is 21 knots, and endurance is 10,000 nautical miles. It is the first export-type submarine developed independently by South Korea, which is improved by the Zhang Baogao I submarine developed by German teaching submarine technology. Wang Jinghong, Director of the Korean Defense Agency, attended the signing ceremony of the project and said that he was very happy to carry out reciprocal defense cooperation with Indonesia again. The Korean government will provide strong support for this. On the same day, Wang Jinghong also held consultations with Indonesian Minister for Political, Legal and Security Coordination, Vilando, on strengthening defense cooperation between the two countries. He hoped that Indonesia would give strong support to the ongoing Korean-Indonesian defense cooperation projects such as KF-X, IF-X fighter planes and submarines, and provide more Korean enterprises with opportunities to participate in Indonesian defense construction. In recent years, South Korea has exported amphibious dock landing ships, fighter planes, armored vehicles and other weapons to Indonesia, and the defense cooperation has been deepening. Source: Peng Mei News Responsible Editor: Li Hang_BJS4645

The submarine is 61 meters long, can carry 40 people, drainage capacity is about 1400 tons, maximum underwater speed is 21 knots, and endurance is 10,000 nautical miles. It is the first export-type submarine developed independently by South Korea, which is improved by the Zhang Baogao I submarine developed by German teaching submarine technology.

Wang Jinghong, Director of the Korean Defense Agency, attended the signing ceremony of the project and said that he was very happy to carry out reciprocal defense cooperation with Indonesia again. The Korean government will provide strong support for this. On the same day, Wang Jinghong also held consultations with Indonesian Minister for Political, Legal and Security Coordination, Vilando, on strengthening defense cooperation between the two countries. He hoped that Indonesia would give strong support to the ongoing Korean-Indonesian defense cooperation projects such as KF-X, IF-X fighter planes and submarines, and provide more Korean enterprises with opportunities to participate in Indonesian defense construction.

In recent years, South Korea has exported amphibious dock landing ships, fighter planes, armored vehicles and other weapons to Indonesia, and the defense cooperation has been deepening.