JAKARTA, -- The Indonesian government has approved a sum of USD215 million for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) bid to acquire new mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) and associated systems.
The approval covers the 2015-19 timeframe and will be funded through the country's foreign defence credit programme.
Indonesia currently operates a fleet of nine Type 89 (Kondor II)-class and two Pulau Rengat (Tripartite)-class MCMVs. The vessels were commissioned between the early 1970s and the mid-1980s.
TNI-AL chief of staff, Admiral Ade Supandi, told reports in February 2015 that the service is seeking to replace its two Pulau Rengat boats, KRI Pulau Rengat and KRI Pulau Rupat .
KRI Pulau Rengat 711 & KRI Pulau Rupat 712.
KRI Pulau Rengat 711