The Bunker Group
I saw their FB page couple days ago. I'm bit reluctant to put it here, cause I have serious doubt about the accuracy of that statement. Sometimes our SOE companies PR people has tendency to bit hype on their statement.Fasilitas hanggar kapal selam yang dimiliki PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) memiliki kapasitas produksi kapal selam secara bersamaan sebanyak 4 kapal selam jenis scorpene (atau sejenis) dan 2 kapal selam jenis midget berukuran 30 meter.
Why I'm doubting their statement, cause the facilities build with the consultancy help from DSME on one thing. Even DSME existing one does not have the capabilities to build 4 Submarine in 'pararel' ways. That kind of statement already making hype in some local forums, especialy from those milenials kids that has not seen how ship yard really work in their live.
Most yard even in the class of Fincantieri Marriete Marine that just enlarge their capacity for building USN new Constitution class Frigate, tell the media that their facilities has capabilities for 7 "serial" constructions and not "pararel" constructions. There's big difference on doing 'series' of production (as most Ship Yards doing) and claiming of 'pararel' production as PAL PR team claim. The word of 'secara bersamaan' reflect to Parrarel proses.
Doing in serial production is common way been done by many shipyards. I have seen some of yards in Batam (that basically more productive then SOE yards like PAL), during my days as Corporate Bankers some years ago. Most of yards doing serial production, as it is more efficient then parrarel productions. It's basically in principe have similar concept of rolling production line like in Car Assembly plant.
Thus I have doubt on PAL claim on parrarel production capabilities either in Frigate or Submarine as being claim by their PR people recently. Serial prodictions is more the likelihood.
Anyway, this is what I talk on money trails. When talking of ambitions to build local submarine manufacturing capabilities, there's information (before) and implementation (now) on further Investment for that. There's also Investment in land equipment in Pindad. However no Investment commitment of that kind for supporting manufacturing facilities for Fighter program.
With this, present administrations and whoever win in next ellections already being 'hold' by political cost to utilise the facilities that being Invest. Like DI (or IPTN previoulsy), even though most of the investment being done in Soeharto era, most subsequent administrations have political costs to utilise DI. That does not mean they will have to Invest more in DI (as example), but they have to (politically) utilised existing facilities.
Let's see how the Submarine project progressing. In the way, they are going to have shown (politically) how to utilise it.