Naval Group chief executive Pierre Eric Pommellet signed a memorandum of understanding with CEO of PT PAL Kaharuddin Djenod to support the Indonesian Navy, with the event occurring in the presence of both France and Indonesia’s defence ministers.
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On 10 February, Naval Group and Indonesian government-owned PT PAL signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to utilise the expertise of both companies to support the requirements of the Indonesian Navy.
Not only were the companies represented by their respective chief executive officers at the signing ceremony, but Indonesian Minister of Defence General Prabowo Subianto and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly were also in attendance.
The announcement comes amid growing cooperation between France and Indonesia in the maritime domains.
Dr Kaharuddin Djenod, chief executive of PT PAL, welcomed the signing.
“It is an important history for the two countries. The French government is very serious in supporting Indonesia's capabilities development of defense equipment. And we, PT PAL are proud to be an important part of this historic moment,” Djenod noted.
Djenod’s sentiments were echoed by Pierre Eric Pommellet, CEO of Naval Group, who heralded the opportunity to help support Indonesia’s maritime warfare capabilities.
“We welcome the declarations of the Minister of Defence of Indonesia to engage cooperation in the submarine domain between PT Pal and Naval Group. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for that purpose and are looking forward to working together on the submarine program to meet the needs of the Indonesian Navy and to strengthen the Indonesian naval and defence industry,” Pommellet said.