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Indonesia’s first Type 209/1400 submarine launched 25 March, 2016

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has launched the first of three Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines (SSK) with pennant number 403 of Indonesian Navy. The vessel is part of a USD1.1 billion contract signed between DSME and the Indonesian Defence Ministry in December 2011. Under the contract the first and second vessels are to be built in South Korea, while the third boat will be produced at Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL's premises in Surabaya in a technology transfer arrangement. According to specifications provided by DSME the Indonesian Type 209, which displaces 1,400 tonnes dived, has a top speed of 21 knot and a maximum operating range of approximately 10,000 n miles at 10 knot while surfaced. The first boat will now undergo sea trials in South Korean waters and is currently scheduled for delivery by March 2017. The submarine will serve for anti-surface warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), mine laying, and special forces operations. 

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