National ship-building company PT Palindo Marine Industri (PMI) based in Batam has produced a warship, the KRI Clurit-641, that will soon reinforce the Indonesian Navy’s fleet.
"We now have something to be proud of because we prove to have human resources capable of making a warship," Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said when visiting PMI’s ship-building yard here Sunday.
KRI Celurit-641 which was built with the help of graduates from the Surabaya Institute of Technology is equipped with a Sensor Weapon Control (Sewaco) system, 6 caliber 30 canons forming a Close in Weapon System (CIWS) and missiles.
Some 44 meters long, 8 meters wide and 3.4 meters high, the ship can develop a maximum speed of 30 knots and fire C-705 guided missiles over a distance of several hundred meters.
Its engine powers a five-blade propulsion propeller. Rear Admiral Marsatio, commander of the Indonesian Navy’s Western Fleet, said KRI Clurit-641 featured technological devices that were not second to those used on foreign warships.
"We have reason to be proud because we can now make our own warships, he said.