Babcock, a British aerospace, defense and security company, has secured the first export contract for its Arrowhead 140 (AH 140) frigate to Indonesia. Through a design license arrangement, PT PAL Indonesia (Persero), a state-owned shipbuilder, will build two Arrowhead 140 (AH 140) frigates in Indonesia with bespoke design modifications for the Indonesian Navy. The agreement was signed at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 event in London.
Babcock’s AH 140 design was first announced as the preferred bidder for the UK Type 31 Frigate Programme at DSEI 2019. The baseline Arrowhead 140 design can be configured to meet a broad range of naval requirements.
The Indonesian Ministry of Defence inked a preamble contract for a variant of the Iver Huitfeldt frigate with PT PAL in April 2020. PT PAL will apply the Arrowhead 140 design for two Iver Huitfeldt class-variant frigates. Babcock and PT PAL are in communication on design modifications that will be carried out to fulfill the requirements of the Indonesian Navy.
(Sources: Babcock; Jane’s)