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On November 26, 2020, the first special steel plates were burned for the two new mine-hunting boats, which are intended to replace the Pulau-Rengat-class mine defense units that were put into service in Indonesia in 1988. This marks the start of production after almost a year of design lead time. Non-magnetizable steel is used to build the two boats. "We are one of the few shipyards in the world that can process this special steel," says Hans M. Schaedla, CEO of the manufacturing company Abeking & Rasmussen. The company developed the 3D laser welding system itself.

Baubeginn der Minenjäger für die indonesische Marine
The start of burning at Abeking & Rasmussen Photo: Abeking & Rasmussen

The order placed by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense on January 29, 2019 has a volume of 204 million US dollars (approx. 183 million euros). The design of the 62-meter ships goes back to the Frankenthal class of the German Navy. No details were given about the equipment. It can be assumed that a state-of-the-art sonar system and drones for mine control will be part of the equipment. Similar to the MCM mission systems used on the Frankenthal class of the German Navy, anti-mine drones such as Seafox I and Seafox C or Pinguin B3-ROV could be part of the equipment - as well as a four-meter inflatable boat (RHIB) for Intervention tasks.

Both boats will be handed over to the client, the Indonesian army, by May 2023. The almost 500 shipyard employees and their boss are confident that they will be able to keep to the tight schedule. “One of our strengths is solidarity - especially in difficult times,” says Schaedla.

Baubeginn der Minenjäger für die indonesische Marine

Hans Uwe Mergener