France-based defense technology company Thales has signed a contract with local company Len Industri for the modernization of the Indonesian Navy frigate KRI Usman Harun.
The contract, signed on March 10 in Jakarta, will see the two companies work together to deliver an upgraded mission system for the multi-role light frigate.
KRI Usman Harun has more than 15 years of service under its belt. It is now set to receive the TACTICOS combat management system, the SMART-S Mk2 air and surface surveillance radar, the STIR EO Mk2 radar and EO fire control system and the Vigile Mk2 tactical multi-purpose R-ESM system.
These systems are currently also installed on the Indonesian Navy’s new Raden Eddy Martadinata-class frigates, enabling consistency in operations for the navy.
The upgrade work on the KRI Usman Harun is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, and will extend the service life of the frigate.
“This contract underlines the excellent relations between the Republic of Indonesia, Len Industri and Thales. The program will strongly contribute to the independence of the Indonesian defence industry and lays a strong foundation for future naval contracts, both for new builds as well as modernisations.” Erik-Jan Raatgerink, Country Director, Thales in Indonesia.
Thales has collaborated with Len Industri over the last decade, signing memorandums of understanding and naval combat management systems, through research and transfer of technology. The modernization of the KRI Usman-Harun is Len Industri’s first major mission modernization and its first mission systems integration program.