Indonesian shipyard PT PAL Indonesia has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with UAE company Marakeb Technologies LLC in the field of weapons systems for its Landing Platform Dock (LPD) project.
The signing was inked by the CEO of PT PAL Indonesia, Kaharuddin Djenod and CEO of Marakeb Technologies LLC Basel Shuhaiber at a recent defence show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
“This collaboration is the starting point for cooperation in the development of defence equipment with the United Arab Emirates,” said CEO of PT PAL Indonesia Kaharuddin Djenod.
The company said that the Indonesian government has a very large role in the global achievements of PT PAL Indonesia. This bilateral cooperation can be realised because of the very good diplomatic relations between Indonesia and the UAE.
The collaboration with Marakeb Technologies LLC not only focuses on combat management systems and integration, but provides space for both parties, especially PT PAL Indonesia as the largest maritime industry in Indonesia to develop the design, and development of underwater vehicles and submarines, as well as unmanned surface vehicles.
In addition, this collaboration will strengthen strategic projects in the regions of Indonesia, UAE, Middle East Asia and Africa.
“Through this cooperation, it will pave the way for future cooperation between the two countries and other friendly countries,” added Kaharuddin on the occasion.
The role of PT PAL Indonesia in participating in the global defence industry has been proven by the successful construction of the Landing Platform Dock type ship for the Philippines Navy better known as the Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) in 2016 and 2017.
Later, in 2022, Department of National Defense Philippines again confirmed their confidence in PT PAL to build the same type of ship to strengthen the Philippines’ domestic defence equipment.
In addition to the Philippines, other countries is also reportedly interested in PT PAL’s naval products, including countries in the Middle East Asia region, as well as friendly countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia which has requirement for three modern Multi Role Support Ships under its #15to5 modernisation programme.