- The Indonesian Navy has commissioned a shore-based 76 mm naval gun
- It is the first of several weapon types that will be featured at the newly constructed range at Paiton
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned a shore-based 76 mm naval gun that has been installed at its newly built weapons range in Paiton, East Java.
The gun, which was salvaged from the retired Ahmad Yani-class frigate, Slamet Riyadi , was handed over by Indonesia's state-owned electronic company, PT Len, to the TNI-AL's Doctrine, Education, and Training Development Command (KODIKLATAL) on 6 December.
The gun was commissioned on the same day, a source close to the matter has confirmed with Jane's . It will be operated by KODIKLATAL, and the TNI-AL's maritime operations training command. Slamet Riyadi was decommissioned in August 2019 after 33 years of service with the TNI-AL.
PT Len is the lead integrator of the Paiton weapons range project, and has worked with several other companies in the programme including Italian firms, ICS Technologies and Omnia Engineering. The companies collectively conducted an inaugural test-firing of the weapon on 21 November.
Paiton was previously a small-calibre weapons firing range, and was primarily used by members of the Indonesian Marine Corps (KORMAR). Given the requirement to accelerate weapons competency among TNI-AL personnel, a decision was made to convert the facility into a weapons range for naval weapons of larger calibre.
The 76 mm gun is the first of several weapon types that the TNI-AL plans to operate as training and instruction aids at its Paiton weapons range. The water-cooled weapon has been incorporated with its revolving magazine and feeder assemblies, and a bridge, and combat information centre simulators.
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