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French, Chinese Missiles Sink Indonesian Frigate in Sea Trial

The Indonesian military demonstrated the lethality of its French-made Exocet and Chinese-made C-802 anti-ship missiles during the sea phase of its Joint Exercise 2023.

Two Exocets fired from Sigma-class frigates successfully sank a decommissioned Indonesian Navy warship with the help of C-802 and C-705 missiles.

Two F-16 fighter aircraft also dropped four M117/MK-12 general purpose bombs to complete the kill chain.

The Indonesian Navy prepared two more warships to launch additional missiles in case more firepower was needed.

Photos and videos from the military show all munitions scoring direct hits on the target, causing it to split into several parts before descending into the depths.

The activity was the third missile live-firing exercise conducted by the Indonesian Navy in the last four months.

About the Sunken Frigate

Jakarta used its retired Van Speijk-class frigate “KRI Slamet Riyadi” in testing the capabilities of its French and Chinese missiles.

Measuring 113 meters (370 feet) long, the vessel was procured second-hand from the Netherlands in the 1980s.

It was decommissioned in August 2019 after more than 30 years of serving the military.

In 2020, the navy was urged to sink the ship in the western part of Bali Island to help boost local tourism in the belief that the sunken KRI Slamet Riyadi would be a great diving spot for tourists.

KRI Slamet Riyadi frigate
Fire engulfed Indonesia’s KRI Slamet Riyadi frigate after being hit by anti-ship missiles and bombs. Photo: Indonesian Navy

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