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Swede Launches Advanced Stealth Warship in Indonesia ^ | 03 September 2012 | Wachiraporn Janrut

Posted on 09/05/2012 8:29:44 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Swede Launches Advanced Stealth Warship in Indonesia

Following up on the report by ScandAsia in 2010 about the secretive project of Swedish PT. Lundin Industry Invest (North Sea Boats Ltd.), for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL), the company has launched the 63m Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel which is claimed to be the most advanced stealth warship ever built in Southeast Asia.

The formal launching ceremony took place on 31 August 2012 at PT Lundin’s shipyard facility in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. Among those attending were the Chief of the Indonesian Navy, high ranked navy officers, the Regent of Banyuwangi, local government authorities, prominent Indonesian business people and local and international reporters including ScandAsia.

Swedish entrepreneur John Lundin, owner of PT. Lundin Industry Invest, welcomed guests to the event and expressed his delight with the outcome of the project which started its intensive Research and Development in 2007.

After the contract with the navy was signed in 2009, construction started discretely in early 2010. Now the company is happy to showcase to the public its new 63m Carbon Fibre Trimaran, named “KRI KLEWANG” (a traditional Indonesian long single edged sword).

“It’s like a dream has come true for us,” said John Lundin. “This is new, cutting edge technology, and I’m very happy that we can do something like this for Indonesia and I’m proud that it has been done here in Banyuwangi.”

Mr. Lundin gave special thanks to the local government for its support, as well as his team and suppliers for making it all happen. Other speakers included Mr. Abdullah Azwar Anas, Regent of Banyuwangi, and Logistic Deputy to Indonesian Navy’s Chief of Staff Admiral Sayid Anwar.

Guests and media inspected the gigantic stealth vessel before it was officially launched in the waters off Banyuwangi. The ship will be tested by the navy in two months. If the test is successful, it’s likely that the navy will purchase three more vessels from PT Lundin. The full operation of KRI KLEWANG is expected to start in 2013.

A Talk with John Lundin

According to Mr. Lundin, the value of the contract is 140 million Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) or almost USD 15 million. This value is just for the platform and does not include weapons which cost more.

“Five years ago the chief of Indonesian navy asked me to come up with something innovative for the navy and I thought that he probably said that to a few people so I aimed to find the best technology from around the world,” said Mr. Lundin, who went to Sweden and New Zealand to look at new technologies.

He found that the construction material used by the Swedish military was the best as it builds warships from carbon fibre, the material used also in the aircraft production industry.

Though the cost of carbon fibre is quite high, Mr. Lundin said that the material is lighter and stronger, leading to energy-efficiency and less maintenance costs in the long run. Unfortunately, the material is not available in Indonesia yet. Carbon Fibre can be imported from Europe, Japan and America.

However, only the best material is not good enough for Mr. Lundin. “We needed a cutting edge design for it, too,” he said.

PT Lundin collaborated with New Zealand naval architects, LOMOcean Design Ltd., a company which designed the 24m Earthrace (later called Ady Gil) - the wave-piercing trimaran that broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat.

Mr. Lundin said that the trimaran design offers stability and seakeeping. Instead of going over the wave, it goes through the waves. Its ability to keep a ‘low signature’ gives it its stealth status. The ship's sprint speed is +30 knots.

“We mixed the trimaran design and the best material technology together. And the navy was brave enough to go ahead with the new technology,” said Mr. Lundin.

Mr. Lundin’s philosophy is to always build a boat at the highest possible quality.

“Instead of having lots of low quality boats, it’s actually better to have a few good ones that can do something. I also believe that the cost of energy will be higher in the future,” said Mr. Lundin.

The company aims to be a niche in the industry, offering specialized ships with high technology.

Designed for patrolling the littorals, the KRI KLEWANG will be useful by the navy to prevent smuggling, illegal fishing and illegal trades.

Over the past 6 years in the business, the company has supplied its technology to military forces in Brunei, Timor-Leste, Malaysia and Indonesia. It has also supplied private boats to customers in over 10 countries. The main markets for the company’s private boat are Singapore, Australia and Thailand.

The company has been approached by a few countries in The Middle East and Asia after signing the contract to build KRI KLEWANG.

Now that PT Lundin has the experience of building the first carbon fibre Trimaran, Mr. Lundin believes that the production time for the next ships will be much faster.

The company also plans to export more as well as providing the maintenance contract for its clients in the future.

“We want to be competitive in the international market,” said Mr. Lundin.

To read more about John Lundin in ScandAsia report in 2010, follow this link

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: indonesia; stealth; sweden; warship

1 posted on 09/05/2012 8:29:49 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It looks like something that Darth Vader would build and it even has his smile.

2 posted on 09/05/2012 8:42:11 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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3 posted on 09/05/2012 8:44:24 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The stealth factor just makes the ship and her survivors harder to find in a typhoon.

4 posted on 09/05/2012 8:48:20 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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5 posted on 09/05/2012 9:00:05 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1325 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It looks like it’s wearing a dunce cap.

6 posted on 09/05/2012 9:05:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It’s okay looking, but actually has a retro look instead of giving off a cutting-edge-ship-of-tomorrow vibe.

7 posted on 09/05/2012 9:22:49 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: sukhoi-30mki

About 2 months ago I saw a military ship very similar to this picture going up and down the lower Chesapeake bay. It came to a stop then did a about face 180 and took off like a bat out of hell only to repeat the turn and come back.

Honky stuff!

8 posted on 09/05/2012 9:35:31 PM PDT by primatreat (I am really tired of "0"s hustlers slinging defecation. i.e. "shit.")
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It’s the Meatball class, I think.

I wonder if this is as sneaky as their subs are

9 posted on 09/05/2012 9:48:11 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : This is a civil war, not an election)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

American boat racer and millionaire Gar Wood, was experimenting with Catamarans during WW2. He lived on Fisher Island and was making ships the Navy used for targets off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida. Most of his boats were made of plywood but I believe he also experimented with Ferro-cement.
During WW2 there was a large contingent of Navy ships on the west side of South Miami Beach, on the lower end of Indian Creek waterway, from McCarthur Causeway to Government Cut. There where also smaller Navy craft stationed all around Miami waterways.
Catamarans are known for speed and stability.
The one question I have of these new Stealth ships is, why so tall?

10 posted on 09/05/2012 10:03:37 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: primatreat

About 2 months ago I saw a military ship very similar to this picture going up and down the lower Chesapeake bay. It came to a stop then did a about face 180 and took off like a bat out of hell only to repeat the turn and come back.


11 posted on 09/05/2012 10:07:01 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Two Kids' Dad
What Tvtropes calls Raygun Gothic - The World of Tomorrow, viewed from the 1930s

MV Kalakala(ferry) operated on Puget Sound from 1935

12 posted on 09/06/2012 10:31:13 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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