Babcock the aerospace, defence and safety firm has secured the primary export contract for its Arrowhead 140 (AH140) frigate by means of a design licence settlement with PT PAL Indonesia (Persero), a state-owned enterprise that builds and maintains ships for army and business use from its amenities in Surabaya, Indonesia. The design licence will allow PAL to construct two Arrowhead 140 frigates in Indonesia with bespoke design modifications for the Indonesian Navy. The breakthrough deal comes two years since Babcock’s AH140 design was first introduced as the popular bidder for the UK Kind 31 frigate programme at DSEI 2019, with the contract confirmed in November of the identical 12 months.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace mentioned:“I used to be delighted to attend the contract signing between Babcock and Indonesia on board HMS Argyll at this time, representing the most effective of British maritime design and engineering to our worldwide companions. Signalling the energy of our defence relationship with Indonesia, each of our Naval Forces will function this world-leading frigate sooner or later and can work intently collectively to guard our mutual pursuits all over the world.” The Arrowhead 140 frigate design, advantages from a confirmed hull-form that has been tried and examined in real-world operational environments from NATO and coalition activity forces to nationwide regional and deployed operations. The baseline Arrowhead 140 design will be configured to satisfy a broad vary of operational necessities and profiles a worldwide frigate could also be referred to as upon to undertake and undertake and with a rising variety of customers it could additionally assist interoperability between naval allies.”


Signing Picture – David Lockwood, Babcock CEO (L) and Kaharuddin Djenod, CEO PAL (R) signal contract on board HMS Argyll.

David Lockwood, CEO Babcock mentioned: “As we speak is a extremely thrilling second for Babcock and our frigate export programme, as we signal the design licence with PAL for 2 new frigates for the Indonesian Navy. The great thing about our export product is that it’s a readily transferable design that may be tailor-made to the client’s wants as a part of our robust Arrowhead frigate portfolio. What’s extra, the design licence and subsequent construct programme will probably be a major catalyst for prosperity in Indonesia. Working with our Indonesian colleagues this contract will see Arrowhead 140 frigates in-built Indonesia, by the native workforce, contributing on to the social and financial worth of its sovereign shipbuilding neighborhood and nation as a complete. We look ahead to additional alternatives to assist PAL because the programme matures. It’s a proud day for the Babcock and PAL groups.”

The settlement was signed on the Defence and Safety Tools Worldwide (DSEI) 2021 occasion in London, on board HMS Argyll, by David Lockwood CEO Babcock and Kaharuddin Djenod, CEO PAL. And was witnessed by the Defence Minister of Indonesia, Prabowo Subianto and UK Defence Secretary, Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP. Babcock has been working alongside the UK Authorities to advertise the Arrowhead 140 Frigate into the worldwide market with robust curiosity internationally. The corporate lately introduced that it was one of many bidders down chosen by the Polish Authorities to offer a possible design answer for the Polish Navy’s Miecznik (Swordfish) frigate programme. The baseline Arrowhead 140 design will be configured to satisfy a broad vary of naval necessities and, with Babcock’s assist PAL will now engineer the required modifications to configure the Arrowhead 140 for the Indonesian buyer.