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Indonesia selects Naval Group Scorpene class submarines.

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According to a PR published by Naval Group on April 2, 2024, Indonesia has officially selected Naval Group, in collaboration with PT PAL, for the development of two Scorpène Evolved Full Lithium-Ion battery submarines.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Scorpene class submarine. (Picture source: Naval Group)

This decision is a direct result of the Defence Cooperation Agreement between France and Indonesia, which was initially signed in August 2021. The agreement includes a comprehensive transfer of technology from Naval Group to PT PAL.

These submarines have a surfaced displacement between 1,600 and 2,000 tons and an overall length of 72 meters. They can travel at speeds greater than 20 knots when submerged and are capable of diving to depths greater than 300 meters.

They have an autonomy of more than 78 days on missions that can last up to 80 days, with a submerged autonomy of over 12 days. The crew consists of 31 individuals. The total weapon payload is 18, distributed among six weapon tubes. They are equipped with the SUBTICS combat management system and have an operational availability at sea of more than 240 days per year.

The Scorpene-class submarines, developed by the French Naval Group (formerly DCNS) are utilized by several countries around the world. Here's an overview of the countries that are operating in the Scorpene-class submarines:


The Indian Navy has ordered six of these submarines, which are being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai under Project-75, with technology transfer from the French defence firm, Naval Group. The deal, signed in 2005, had an estimated cost of $3.75 billion.


Brazil ordered four Scorpene-class submarines in 2009, along with a technology transfer agreement and a second agreement to develop a French/Brazilian nuclear-powered submarine. The submarines, part of the Riachuelo class, are being built with significant contributions from Brazilian defense companies.


The Royal Malaysian Navy acquired two Scorpene-class submarines, with the first vessel, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, being launched in October 2007 and arriving in Malaysia in September 2009. The second vessel, Tun Razak, was commissioned in 2009.

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