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Indonesian Navy receives two more Teluk Bintuni-class landing ships

The Indonesian Navy has taken the delivery of two more Teluk Bintuni-class landing ships.

The vessels were handed over to the service by Indonesian shipyard PT Bandar Abadi on 26 October in Batam, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on the same day. The vessels have been named KRI Teluk Weda (526) and KRI Teluk Wondama (527) and are the seventh and eighth vessels, respectively, in the class.

Teluk Weda and Teluk Wondama were launched by the shipyard in February 2021, while keels for both vessels were laid down in December 2019. An IDR360 billion (USD25 million) contract to build the ships was signed between PT Bandar Abadi and Indonesia's defence ministry in April 2019.

The earlier Teluk Bintuni-class vessels each has an overall length of 120 m, beam of 18 m, and a hull draught of 3 m. However, details released by the MoD on Teluk Weda and Teluk Wondama indicate a slightly shorter overall length of 117 m, and an overall beam of 16.4 m.

However, in terms of payload, both vessels can carry up to 15 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles, a 10-tonne helicopter from its flight deck, and up to four crane-deployed landing craft for vehicle and personnel. This capacity is similar to earlier vessels in the Teluk Bintuni class.

Each vessel is equipped with 12.7 mm machine guns for point defence and can also be equipped with up to two 40 mm naval gun systems on its foredeck.

Both Teluk Weda and Teluk Wondama will be inducted with an Indonesian Navy strategic sealift command unit.

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