Ridzwan Rahmat, Jakarta
The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL’s) Western Fleet Command (Komando Armada RI Kawasan Barat – KOARMABAR) will receive an additional four KCR-40 missile attack craft by the end of 2014 to strengthen its regional maritime interdiction capabilities.
Speaking to IHS Jane’s on 14 August in Jakarta, KOARMABAR chief of staff Commodore Amarulla Octavian described the additional vessels, which have a top speed of 30 kt, as instrumental in strengthening the command’s surveillance, patrol, and interception capabilities in its area of operations. This area includes the piracy-prone Strait of Malacca, as well as the disputed maritime regions of Tanjung Datu and the Natuna Islands.
Overall, the TNI-AL currently operates a class of four KCR-40 vessels out of an expected class of up to 24. Two boats, KRI Clurit and KRI Kujang , are assigned to KOARMABAR and completed sea acceptance trials for the C-705 surface-to-surface missile fire-control system in July.
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