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Indonesia to build submarines

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PT PAL Indonesia, a state-owned enterprise in shipyard industry, should be able to make military submarine prior to 2025. The company's shipyard will be divided into two specialized sections.

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"There will be a special line for combatant, and the other one for civil or commercial," said Budi Dharmadi, Director General for High-Technology Priority Industries of the Industry Ministry.

Based on the cooperation framework signed by Indonesia and South Korea, three units of submarines of Changbogo type ordered by the Ministry of Defense will arrive gradually by 2025, at the latest. The submarines are made by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).

He explained the first submarine is fully constructed by Daewoo as for the second unit is involving PT PAL in the process. It is expected that the third unit could be fully made in Indonesia.

The total preparation of PT PAL will be something that is absolute since South Korea has urged Indonesia to make a fast action in transfer of technology. To build a submarine manufacturing infrastructure, Indonesia will have a specific cooperation with South Korea. Such cooperation will be starting from licensing agreements, engineering manufacturing development, and prototype.

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