“A lot of the performance of the ship is affected by
how many crew you have on board — a smaller crew
means you need fewer bunks, and less food and water.
So we’re trying to keep the ship operational with a 20-
person crew,” he said.
The 230-ton diesel-powered trimaran uses water jets
to achieve speeds of more than 30 knots, even in high
seas, and there is a larger engine option that can deliver
40 knots. Compared to a frigate with similar surveillance
capabilities, the trimaran uses 90 percent less fuel.
At a cruising speed of 16 knots, the trimaran has a
range of 2,000 nautical miles. Lundin said the ship
would likely return to homeport following most patrols.
However, the shallow 1.2-meter draft — less than 4
feet — and waterjets allow the ship to slide onto a sandy
beach and be indistinguishable from the land on radar.
The trimaran has a stern ramp for boat operations.
“We’ve included our 11-meter X2K special forces
RHIB that can carry a 12-person boarding team and is
capable of 50 knots,” Lundin said.
The ship currently under construction will be the first
“It’s about 30 percent complete,” Lundin said. “We
expect sea trials within 18 months.”
“We envision multiple units, working together
using data links as a netted and distributed force. This
will be the most effective and efficient way of
patrolling and defending large areas at sea,” he said.
The ship has potential for sale beyond Indonesia.
“There is a global market for this kind of ship, and
we have a good, skilled workforce,” Maconaghie said.
“Our cost of labor and infrastructure means we can
produce these ships at an attractive price.”
“We have great interest from export markets,”
Lundin said. “We need to have approval by the
Indonesian Navy to be able to export it, but the general strategy from the Indonesian defense industry
and Navy is to promote Indonesian-made products
and try to sell them first to neighboring and friendly
countries around the region. And with the great global network that Saab already has, we see good potential in this.
“For their ‘cutting-edge’ systems, which Indonesia
now considers the trimaran to be, they are looking at a
state-of-the-art combat system that is maintainable,
sustainable and interoperable,” he said. “That greatly
helps our international sales effort.” ■
Edward Lundquist conducted interviews in Jakarta, Surabaya
and Banyuwangi, Indonesia, for this report.
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The new missile attack craft is being built by North Sea Boats shipyard in Banyuwangi, Indonesia, on the eastern tip of
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