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The Indonesian Navy signed a contract to buy two “Scorpene” submarines made by French state-owned shipyard Naval Group, the company said on Tuesday on its website without disclosing the contract’s value.

The two 72 m (78.74 yard) submarines will be made in Indonesia, which has recently signed other major arm supplies with French companies, Naval Group said in a statement. The Asian country ordered 42 Dassault-made Rafale fighter jets in 2022.

The 31-crew “Scorpene” submarines have six launch pads, a capacity of 18 torpedoes and missiles and 12-day underwater autonomy, according to the company.

The larger defence cooperation between France and Indonesia is a component of Paris’s Indo-Pacific response to the AUKUS, a new strategic alliance formed in 2021 by the US, UK, and Australia.

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