Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) commissioned a new tank transporter ship KRI Teluk Youtefa (522) at Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta on Monday.
Also known as Landing Ship Tank or LST, the ship is the fifth Teluk Bintuni-class LST built by PT Daya Radar Utama (PT DRU). Launched in May 2019, KRI Teluk Youtefa (522) is also one of twelve Teluk Bintuni-class LSTs that TNI-AL has ordered from local shipyards, with the ninth ship having been launched in March 2this year.
Named after Youtefa bay in Jayapura, Papua province, KRI Teluk Youtefa (522) and other ships in its class are projected to replace some of the old LSTs in TNI-AL service which have been operational for more than 40 years. The ships in the class are also the first TNI-AL LSTs to be designed and built locally.
With a displacement of between 4500 to 5200 tons, each of Teluk Bintuni-class LSTs are designed to be able to carry 10 Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks (MBT) of the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD). In addition, each ship of this class still has the capacity to carry 476 passengers including crews, as well as having a hangar and a helipad to carry and operate one helicopter.
Armed with either two Bofors 40 mm/L70 or one Bofors 40 mm/L70 and a 20 mm cannons as well as two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns, Teluk Bintuni-class LSTs are powered with two 3,285 kW (4,405 hp) main engines, which give them a maximum speed of 16 knots. With full load and at 12 knots cruise speed, the ships of this class have a maximum range of about 11,500 km.
PT DRU is a private shipyard company based in Bandar Lampung, Lampung province. Established in 1972, the company is responsible for designing and building the Teluk Bintuni-class LSTs as well as the more recent OPV-90 offshore patrol vessel project for the Indonesian Navy.
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