Thales and MBDA chosen to modernize the Indonesian light frigate KRI Usman-Harun

With a defense budget having increased by 16% in 2020, the Indonesian armies have increased resources to modernize their equipment, in a context of growing tensions with China under the guise of territorial claims in the South China Sea. Outraged air forces negotiating to acquire new combat aircraft , the Indonesian Navy is also accelerating its planning to modernize its ships. In this case, the Indonesian authorities announced this week that they have selected theThales company and the European missile-maker MBDA to modernize the light frigate KRI Usman-Harun , one of three Bung-Tomo class units. The modernization of the other two frigates, the KRI Bung Tomo and KRI Usman Harun, will take place soon, once the necessary budget of $ 60 million has been released.

In concrete terms, the Dutch subsidiary of Thales has been awarded a contract to modernize the detection and electronic protection capabilities of the Indonesian ship, which will receive a TACTICOS combat management system, a SMART-S Mk2 surveillance radar. , a STIR EO Mk2 radar, the Vigile Mk2 electronic defense system as well as Electro-optical fire control systems. For its part, MBDA received a mandate to bring the MM40 anti-ship missiles already equipping the ship to block 3 standard, as well as the delivery of the VL MICA short-range anti-aircraft missiles to equip the 16 vertical launch silos in place on vessel.

MBDA's VL MICA missile is today one of the best short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems available on the market

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