09 Mei 2017
An Indonesian delegation has arrived in Turkey to consider the acquisition of Type 214 submarines. Development could see the Indonesian Navy operate its first air-independent propulsion-equipped boats (image : HDW)
A senior delegation comprising of senior Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) officers has arrived in Istanbul to further explore the feasibility of acquiring air-independent propulsion (AIP)-equipped Type 214 submarines from Golcük Shipyard, sources close to the matter confirmed with Jane's on 9 May.
The delegation is led by the TNI-AL's Assistant for Logistics to the Navy Chief, Rear Admiral Mulyadi. He is accompanied by the service's Chief of Electronic and Weaponry Service, Commodore Christianto Purnawan, and Chief of Material Service, Commodore Aziz Ikhsan Bachtiar.
Among activities taking place during the visit is a tour of Golcük Shipyard's facilities near Istanbul, where work on the Type 214 platform is taking place. The shipyard has been contracted to deliver six boats of the type to the Turkish Navy, and the first-of-class is slated for launch in 2019. The officials will also visit the IDEF 2017 exhibition during their stay in Istanbul.
The delegation's visit comes in the wake of a presentation made by Golcük Shipyard and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) officials in early 2017 that took place at the TNI-AL headquarters in Cilangkap near Jakarta, as reported by Jane's on 13 April. TKMS is supporting Golcük Shipyard's bid to supply a variant of the Reis (Type 214)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) to Indonesia.
According to Jane's Fighting Ships, the Reis-class platform features an overall length of 67.6 m, an overall beam of 6.3 m, and a hull draught of 6.0 m. The submarine can accommodate a crew of 27 including five officers, and can attain a top speed of 20 kt when dived, and 12 kt when surfaced.