A French FREMM frigate. According to the website of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Indonesia has signed a contract to purchase six new FREMM multipurpose frigates and two used Maestrale-class frigates. Photo: AFP A French FREMM frigate. According to the website of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Indonesia has signed a contract to purchase six new FREMM multipurpose frigates and two used Maestrale-class frigates. Photo: AFP
A French FREMM frigate. According to the website of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Indonesia has signed a contract to purchase six new FREMM multipurpose frigates and two used Maestrale-class frigates. Photo: AFP

Indonesia to buy 8 Italian frigates and hike defence spending as China tensions rise

  • Jakarta is planning a massive boost in defence spending, with a leaked document suggesting a budget of US$124 billion over five years – three times the previous level
  • Need to modernise fleet has been highlighted by sinking of the submarine KRI Nanggala and increasing Chinese activity near the Natuna Islands, experts say

Topic |   South China Sea
A French FREMM frigate. According to the website of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Indonesia has signed a contract to purchase six new FREMM multipurpose frigates and two used Maestrale-class frigates. Photo: AFP A French FREMM frigate. According to the website of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Indonesia has signed a contract to purchase six new FREMM multipurpose frigates and two used Maestrale-class frigates. Photo: AFP
A French FREMM frigate. According to the website of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Indonesia has signed a contract to purchase six new FREMM multipurpose frigates and two used Maestrale-class frigates. Photo: AFP
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