BAE Systems has been contracted to provide its Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the Indonesian Navy’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel programme.

The company has reached initial contracts with shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia to supply four 57 Mk3 gun systems.

BAE Systems’ Bofors 57mm naval gun can tackle surface, air, and land threats in the littoral setting.

It is used by global navies and coast guards, including those of the US, Sweden, Canada, Finland, and Mexico.

BAE Systems Sweden Weapon Systems director Ulf Einefors said: “This most recent contract with PT PAL Indonesia signifies the nation’s continued trust that BAE Systems naval guns consistently meet quality requirements and capability needs.”

The 60m KCR-60 vessel can deploy guided anti-ship missiles against surface combatants and then withdraw into the region’s archipelagos.

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BAE Systems will manufacture the gun systems at facilities in Karlskoga, Sweden.

The company expects to deliver the first unit next year, with the delivery of the final unit under the contract anticipated in 2021.

The Indonesian Navy, Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL), currently operates three KCR-60-type vessels. A fourth is scheduled to become operational in 2021.

Of the four new 57 Mk3 systems to be supplied by BAE Systems, two will be installed on two KCR-60 ships currently under construction at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya.

The state-owned shipbuilder will integrate the remaining two guns onto two existing KCR-60 ships.

In December last year, PT PAL signed a contract to construct four additional KCR-60M fast attack craft for TNI-AL.