The Indonesian government has received proposals from two overseas shipbuilders to carry out maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) work on the Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL's) lead Cakra (Type 209/1300)-class diesel-electric submarine, KRI Cakra (401).
TNI-AL sources told IHS Jane's that separate bids have been submitted by French shipbuilder DCNS and South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the MRO work.
PT PAL first told IHS Jane's in January 2014 that Cakra was slated to undergo an MRO project.
IHS Jane's understands that the MRO work is now planned to encompass an overhaul of the vessel's machinery, the installation of new electro-optical components on Cakra 's periscope mast, and a replacement of the vessel's combat management system (CMS), as well as work on the hull.
The TNI-AL's two Cakra-class submarines were built by German company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), and have been in service since 1981. According to a January 2014 IHS Jane's report, Cakra underwent a USD60 million refurbishment that included the installation of new radar, sonar, navigation, and combat systems in 2006.
Officials from both DSME and DCNS declined to comment on the MRO bids, citing confidentiality clauses. "There is indeed an ongoing competition for this project and for commercial reasons we cannot make any comment at this stage," said a DCNS press officer.