Indonesia selects BAE Systems 57 mm naval gun for four KCR-60M-class vessels

by Ridzwan Rahmat


        KRI
        Halasan
        , one of four KCR-60M vessels that will receive the Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system from BAE Systems.
       (HIS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat)

KRI Halasan , one of four KCR-60M vessels that will receive the Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system from BAE Systems. (HIS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat)

Indonesia has selected the Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system from BAE Systems for four vessels in the KCR-60M class.

A contract for the weapon systems has been signed with state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, which will be involved in the weapon’s installation.

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) operates a class of four KCR-60M-class fast attack craft. The fifth and sixth vessels in the class are under construction at PT PAL’s premises in Surabaya.

Citing information provided by a TNI-AL source, Jane’s first reported in February 2018 that the country has selected the Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the KCR-60M.

The plan then was to install the gun system on the programme’s first-of-class, KRI Sampari (628), for initial evaluation purposes. However, information from PT PAL and BAE Systems now confirm that the weapons will instead be installed on the third-in-class, KRI Halasan (630); fourth-in-class, Kerambit ; and fifth- and sixth-in-class, both of which have yet to be named.

The Bofors 57 Mk3 can handle up to 120 ready-to-fire rounds, with rate of fire of 4 rds/s. It has a maximum range of 17,000 m and can be loaded with the 57 mm Bofors 3P (pre-fragmented, programmable, proximity-fused) ammunition from BAE Systems, which enables the weapon to engage a numbers of threats, including shore targets, aircraft, and anti-ship missiles. The first unit is scheduled for delivery to Indonesia in 2020, while the final unit will be handed over in 2021.

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