- Indonesia has acquired two more amphibious landing ships for its navy
- The vessels will improve the mobility of Indonesia's armoured vehicles, including its main battle tanks
Indonesia's Ministry of Defence has awarded an IDR360 billion (USD25.5 million) contract to supply the country's navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) with two more landing ship tanks (LSTs).
The contract was awarded to local shipbuilder Batam-based PT Bandar Abadi on 12 April. The vessels will be the eight and ninth in the Teluk Bintuni class overall and will be in service primarily as amphibious transports for the TNI's armoured vehicles.
The LSTs will largely inherit its main features from earlier vessels that are under construction at PT Dok & Perkapalan Kodja Baharai and PT Daya Radar Utama, although there will be slight variances to accommodate requests from the customer, said a PT Bandar Abadi official who spoke to Jane's on 15 April. These variances have yet to be finalised, he added.
The LST type has an overall length of 120 m, beam of 18 m, and a hull draught of 3 m. Powered by two 8,810-hp diesel engines, the vessel has a top speed of 16 kt and a standard range of 7,200 n miles (16,300 km) at 12 kt.
The LST can be equipped with up to two 40 mm naval gun systems on its foredeck and 12.7 mm machine guns at various locations throughout the vessel. It can carry and launch up to 15 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles via a roll-on/roll-off ramp at its bow, and deploy 10-tonne helicopter from its flight deck. The BMP-3Fs are currently operated by the Indonesian Marine Corps.
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