- Indonesia has acquired four more KCR-60M vessels, the first of which will be delivered in 2021
- Additional boats will be part of an overall effort to reconstitute the class for lower-tempo operations
The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order for four more KCR-60M-class fast attack craft with state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL.
A contract for the vessels, worth IDR2,800 trillion (USD195 million), was signed on 28 December at the MoD's office in Jakarta, a senior official from PT PAL has confirmed with Jane's . All vessels will be constructed by PT PAL at its facilities in Surabaya.
However, unlike contracts for four earlier vessels in the KCR-60M class, the latest order calls for construction work in the 'fitted-for-but-not-with' (FFBNW) configuration for all the vessels' combat effectors including weapons, sensors, and countermeasures systems.
Jane's understands that the Indonesian MoD will issue separate contracts for the vessels' weapons and sensors, although it is unclear when these are expected to materialise.
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) currently operates a fleet of three KCR-60M vessels, which were commissioned between May and September 2014, and is currently anticipating delivery of a fourth boat that was launched in February 2018.
The class has an overall length of 59.8 m, an overall beam of 8.1 m, and a hull draught of 2.6 m. Powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M73L diesel engines, the vessel can attain a maximum speed of 28 kt and a maximum range of 2,400 n miles at 20 kt. With its full crew complement of 43, the vessel has an endurance of nine days.
The KCR-60M was originally conceived by Indonesian defence planners as a 'hit-and-run' platform that could swiftly deploy guided anti-ship missiles against larger surface combatants, before quickly receding into the archipelagic background.
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