Naval Weapons

Indonesia equips second KCR-60M attack craft with Chinese-made naval weapon

16 July 2018

Test-firings of the Type 630 CIWS were conducted on board in July 2018. Source: TNI-AL

Key Points

  • Indonesia has removed missile launchers from its second KCR-60M fast attack craft, and replaced these with a Chinese-made naval gun
  • The vessel has also been equipped with Chinese-made fire-control sensors and a combat management system

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has equipped its second KCR-60M fast attack craft, KRI Tombak (629), with a Chinese-made Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS) turret.

Tombak is the second-known KCR-60M vessel that has been modified to carry the six-barrelled weapon system. First-of-class KRI Sampari (628) received the same CIWS type in late 2017. Jane’s has been made to understand that both ships underwent the modifications at state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya in a process supervised by engineers from China.

The Type 630 is essentially a Chinese version of the Russian-developed AK-630. It is being marketed by China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC) as the “NG-18 30 mm six-barrelled naval gun”. It can engage low-flying aircraft at distances of up to 2,500 m, sea-skimming projectiles at up to 1,300 m, and can fire between 4,500 and 5,000 rds/min.

To accommodate the weapon system, missile launchers on both Tombak and Sampari have been removed, with the Type 630 turret installed on a pedestal at the stern position where a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) used to be positioned.

The RHIB has now been repositioned slightly forward to occupy the space that was previously installed with diagonally mounted missile launchers. These launchers were meant to have provided the vessel with anti-ship missile capabilities, and could deploy weapons such as the Chinese-made C-705.

In line with the installation of the Type 630, both Tombak and Sampari have also been equipped with Chinese-made fire-control sensors and combat management systems (CMS).

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