Indonesian Navy receives second PKR frigate

The Indonesian Navy has received its second Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai during a ceremony at Surabaya, Indonesia.

Named after the Indonesian War of Independence hero who fought against the Dutch between 1945 and 1949, KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai is the second of two frigates built by Indonesian shipbuilder Pal and Dutch shipbuilder Damen through a transfer of technology agreement.

The 105-metre, 2,365-tonne PKR frigates are designed to undertake a range of missions in and around the waters of Indonesia.

The frigate’s primary mission is anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, but they are also equipped for maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian support tasks.

The vessel will be equipped with a sensor and weapon package to counter air, surface and sub-surface threats. It also carries two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for rescue and patrol operations.

It has a top speed of 28 knots and can be sailed up to 5000 nautical miles over 20 days.

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