by John Lavalle
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According to British specialized media, Jane, the Naval group was to be handed over Show in Indonesia for constructionIn the context of technology transfer, Two Scorpene-class submarines.
These diesel-electric submarines, 14 units of which have already been sold to Chile, Malaysia, India and Brazil, will be equipped with AIP systems, and anaerobic propulsion to increase diving autonomy.
Naval Group had no comment.
With an Indonesian industrial partner
It has been just over two years since Indonesia showed interest in the submarines developed by Naval Group. this was He reiterated it during the visit of Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to Jakarta in mid-February. While she then confirmed the Republic of Indonesia’s order of 42 Rafale combat aircraft from Dassault Aviation, she emphasized that the partnership between the two countries “also extends to the maritime domain: Indonesia has announced its intention to purchase two French Scorpene-class submarines.”
The Minister was accompanied by the Head of the Maritime Group, Pierre-Eric Baumelet. He subsequently signed a cooperation agreement with Indonesia’s PT PAL group “aiming to utilize the capabilities of the two partners in order to meet the increasing demands of the Indonesian Navy”.
We welcome the statements of the Indonesian Defense Minister to start submarine cooperation between PT PAL and Naval Group. We look forward to working together on this program to meet the needs of the Indonesian Navy and enhance its maritime and defense industry. »
This agreement also includes the opening of a joint research and development center that will include other Indonesian companies.
Indonesia wants to strengthen its navy
The Indonesian Navy currently has four submarines: three Chang Bogo-class submarines, Germany-designed 209-1200 built by Daewoo in South Korea, and the 209-1300 submarine built by HDW.
Building naval capabilities is one of the Indonesian government’s priorities, due to the dispute between it and Beijing over the Natuna Islands. A year ago, Indonesia had already announced the order of six multi-role frigates from Fincantieri.
If everything remains to be negotiated for the Scorpènes family, France is also seeking to maintain influence in Southeast Asia after the Australian Ring. The Philippines is also interested in two Scorpene-class submarines.
Judicial information about the Malaysia contract
In this context, the closure of the investigation opened twelve years ago by the Financial Chamber of the Court of Paris, dated Suspicion of illegal commissions paid on the sidelines of the submarine contract for Malaysia falls badly.
In this file, which must now be sent for requests to the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office, the Thales and DCN International groups are targeted. The latter “challenged the commission of any offense related to the conclusion of the Malaysian contract.”
The Naval Group nor any of its leaders, past or present, have been indicted. Naval Group strictly adheres to the provisions of international treaties as well as the local laws of each country in which it operates, just as it applies the highest level of compliance to all of its activities.
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