The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) has officially started the construction of its third PC 60 patrol craft at PT Karimun Anugrah Sejati shipyard, Batam Island, Riau Islands province.
The first two boats, currently under construction by PT Caputra Mitra Sejati at Banten province, are expected to be launched in August this year.
“We ordered five (PC 60s), one built in Batam, two in Banten, and two more units are still waiting for the construction site. Hopefully (the shipyard for the next two boats) will be decided soon,” said TNI-AL Deputy Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Ahmad Heri Purwanto during the keel laying event at Batam on March 4.
As part of a multi-year contract for five PC 60 patrol craft worth IDR200 billion (around USD13.9 million) signed on October 28, 2021, the third PC 60 is expected to be launched in August 2023. The Indonesian Navy is planning to have these patrol craft patrolling the Malacca strait to deter piracy and to increase the security for the ships passing through that area.
PC 60 patrol craft design has a dimension of 60 meters length, 8.5 meters beam, and a displacement of about 450 tonnes. Each boat will be powered by two MTU 20V400M73 diesel engines capable of delivering 3,200 kW of power for a maximum speed of 24 knots. The boats will also have a maximum endurance of eight days under a cruising speed of 17 knots.
Each PC 60 patrol craft has a complement for 55 personnel and will be armed with a Leonardo’s Oto Marlin 40 mm cannon as well as two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns. The boats will also carry a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHB) on their stern for ship boarding and sea rescue purposes.
In addition to these patrol boats, the Indonesian Navy is also building a number of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). These have been under construction since August 2021.
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