Power on water [ID18D2]

07 November 2018

For a hard-hitting coastal or riverine capability, PT Lundin (Hall D, Stand D221) has the ideal solution in the form of its X18 Tank Boat. In co-operation with CMI Defence and PT Pindad, the company is showing the innovative, fast, stealthy and highly manoeuvrable catamaran design sporting a 105mm weapon system.

The X18 is powered by two MAN 1200hp diesel engines and a pair of MJP450 waterjet propulsors. With its shallow draft, the 18m vessel operates effortlessly at sea and is able to execute beach and river landings to insert up to 20 special forces or marines. It carries a crew of six and a high-speed interdiction rigid inflatable boat (RIB) for boarding or Seal insertion.

The Tank Boat's main weapon is the CMI Defence Cockerill C3105, based on a powerful high-pressure low-recoil 105mm gun. It can engage a broad spectrum of targets at up to 5,000m range and indirectly up to 10,000m.

The 105mm is also capable of firing the Cockerill Falarick 105 gun-launched anti-tank guided missile (GLATGM) for exceptional engagement capability in complex situations. The weapon system can be augmented with the Bofors LEMUR remote weapon system incorporating a 7.62-30mm machine gun/cannon or 40mm grenade launcher.

This type of system allows for flexibility in logistics with various calibres already commonly used with NATO and other major powers.

According to the company, it is the first time it has conceived of mounting this type of system aboard a small, fast and stealthy catamaran, making it ideal for the confines of coastal waterway operations.

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