Indonesian Navy is considering to acquire a variant of Denmark’s -Iver Huitfeldt class frigate. The frigates are being acquired as part of the second phase of the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) modernisation blueprint. The country has a requirement for at least four more hulls in the longer term as part of wider MEF requirements. Indonesia runs frigate acquisition programme of USD720 million for two platforms. A defence industry co-operation agreement between Denmark’s Odense Maritime Technology, and the Indonesian Navy’s Naval Design Centre has been recently signed. Indonesia also acquired two SIGMA 10514 vessels from Damen that now serve as the Martadinata class as part of Minimum Essential Force (MEF) programme.
The Iver Huitfeldt class is a three-ship class of frigates that entered service with the Royal Danish Navy in 2012 and 2013. The class is built on the experience gained from the Absalon-class support ships, and by reusing the basic hull design of the Absalon class the Royal Danish Navy have been able to construct the Iver Huitfeldt class considerably cheaper than comparable ships. The frigates are compatible with the Danish Navy’s StanFlex modular mission payload system used in the Absalons, and are designed with slots for six modules. These ships share their Anti-Air Warfare suite with the Royal Netherlands Navy’s De Zeven Provinciën-class frigates and the German Navy’s Sachsen-class frigates.