Combat systems installation completed on Indonesian frigate

first_img March 18, 2020, by Damen: Combat systems installation, trials completed on Indonesia’s 2nd SIGMA frigate Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Damen: Combat systems installation, trials completed on Indonesia’s 2nd SIGMA frigate navaltoday View post tag: Damen View post tag: Indonesian Navy Damen Shipyards Group and its partner PT PAL recently completed installation and testing of combat systems to the second of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided missile frigates, the KRI Gusti Ngurah Rai (332).The PKR frigates are constructed via a modular process operating simultaneously at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands and the PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia.This method enables Damen to fullfil its commitment to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to deliver a knowledge and transfer of technology (ToT) programme.A significant part of this transfer programme is the installation of combat systems along with provision of training to the crew in their usage and maintenance.“From the outset of this project DSNS and our partner Thales Netherlands have been fully committed to the development of the Indonesian defence industry and its supporting sectors. This commitment is demonstrated with a series of ToT and local content programmes starting in 2013 when project execution commenced,” Hein van Ameijden, managing director of DSNS, commented.The combat systems installed and tested include the following:• VL MICA for defence from airborne threats;• Exocet for defence from offensive targets at greater distance;• Torpedo system for protection against submarine threat;• 35mm rapid-fire cannon to respond to threats from both air and sea;• Electronic detection system to divert enemy attacks with electromagnetic redirection;• Modification of the computer operated operational system in order to operate the above.The final phase prior to handover was successfully completed on February 21 with sea-going trials – the sea acceptance test (SAT). The purpose of this was to demonstrate that installations throughout the entire chain of weapons systems meet desired efficiency and accuracy.“All our prior efforts paid off. Already at the start of the tests it was clear that installation had been carried out with great precision during construction and that preparatory alignment activities and agreements had been carefully followed.”“The second PKR vessel achieved similar results to the first one. This demonstrates that the complete concept implemented in the SIGMA PKR Class can be considered reliable and robust,” Van Ameijden concluded.The 105-metre, 2,365 tonne PKR frigates are designed to undertake a range of missions in and beyond Indonesian waters. Their primary mission is anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. However, they are also equipped for maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian support tasks.Related:Indonesian Navy commissions second SIGMA frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah RaiIndonesian Navy receives first SIGMA 10514 guided missile frigatelast_img read more

Mapuches: Piñera Modifies Law Untouched in Twenty Years

first_img In modifying an anti-terrorist law inherited from Augusto Pinochet and applied to Mapuches who were on a hunger strike, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera did what “we never managed to get from the center-left in twenty years,” Marco Enríquez Ominami affirmed in Paris on 10 November. “For twenty years, it was the center-left that applied this anti-terrorist law. In twenty years, we never managed to get a center-left president” to cease applying it, the Chilean congressional deputy maintained in a talk hosted by the Maison d’Amerique Latine in Paris. Enríquez Ominami affirmed that since he became a deputy in 2006, he had been calling on successive Concertación administrations not to apply this law, “but they told me that the only one who could do that was the president.” “And it was Piñera, after twenty years of the center-left, who announced the modification of the anti-terrorist law that was applied to the Mapuches,” on a hunger strike for almost three months, the thirty-six-year-old leader emphasized. The anti-terrorist law inherited from the dictatorship tripled the penalties imposed by ordinary legislation. Thirty-four Mapuches, most of them imprisoned on charges of burning farms in the context of their claim to their ancestral lands, carried out a hunger strike of almost three months seeking that this law, which put them at risk of sentences of up to one hundred years, not be applied to them. Piñera, who became president in March 2010, succeeding the Socialist Michele Bachelet, promoted the modification of the law, which was approved by the Chilean Congress on 30 September. “The resolution of the Mapuche issue was one of the things that Piñera did well, above all coming from where he does, from a reactionary right wing,” Marco Enríquez Ominami affirmed. The son of Miguel Enríquez, a prominent member of the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) assassinated by Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-90), and raised in exile in France, Marco Enríquez Ominami abandoned Chile’s Socialist Party months before the 2009 presidential elections, in which he ran as an independent leftist candidate and obtained 20% of the votes. By Dialogo November 12, 2010last_img read more