Naval Group and PT PAL Sign Contract with Indonesia for Scorpène Evolved Full LiB Submarines

Naval Group and PT PAL Sign Contract with Indonesia for Scorpène Evolved Full LiB Submarines
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On March 28th 2024, Indonesia chose Naval Group and PT PAL to strengthen the capabilities of the Indonesian Navy with two Scorpène® Evolved Full Lithium-Ion battery (LiB) submarines to be built in Indonesia in PT PAL shipyard, through a transfer of technology from Naval Group.

In accordance with the Defense Cooperation Agreement signed between the governments of France and Indonesia in August 2021, the Indonesian authorities have chosen Naval Group and PT PAL for their submarine program. The two companies had joined forces through a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) signed in February 2022.

The contract includes the delivery of two Scorpène Evolved Full LiB submarines that will be built in Indonesia within PT PAL shipyard, thanks to a proven transfer of know-how and technology from Naval Group and reusing 100% of PT PAL assets.

“Naval Group is very honored to be part of this new chapter in the strategic alliance between Indonesia and France. With Scorpène Evolved Full LiB, Indonesia has chosen a high-performant, sea-proven submarine that will strengthen the country’s maritime sovereignty and support the Indonesian Navy in achieving regional superiority at sea. In addition to the submarines, our strategic partnership with PT PAL will also support the Indonesian defense industry to actively prepare the future of naval warfare in the country. We are pleased to welcome the Indonesian Navy in the Scorpène family,” said Pierre Éric Pommellet, Chairman and CEO of Naval Group.

“This step is a high commitment and trust of the Indonesian government in the capability of local engineers to advancing defense technology, especially submarine technology. The government’s commitment in realizing the independence of the defense industry is also supported by the provision of Government Capital (PMN) to fully support the whole local production of submarine at PT PAL. In the future, Indonesia is expected to be able to master submarine technology,” added Dr. Kaharuddin Djenod, President Director of PT PAL.

Strengthening Naval and Defense

Naval Group and PT PAL have a firm intention of pursuing cooperation not only regarding submarines, but also about building Indonesian sovereignty to the benefit of the Indonesian defense industry.

Thanks to an extensive transfer of know-how and the development of Indonesian industrial specific skills, the management, operation and maintenance of the force will be conducted in Indonesia, by Indonesian actors, ensuring both the autonomy of the country and the creation of thousands of long-term high skills jobs. To this day, Naval Group and PT PAL have already signed various cooperation agreements with Indonesian partners, for the submarine program and beyond.


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