Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL announced that the newest Kapal Cepat Rudal 60 metre (KCR-60M) fast attack craft (FAC) has successfully conducted a live fire test.
The firing was held in the North Sea of Surabaya in the presence of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense Feasibility Team, Indonesian Navy Headquarters and Task Force elements.
To be named Panah-626, the vessel’s main weapon demonstrated its capability to destroy surface targets.
The sixth KCR-60M FAC’s main weapon is a 57mm Mk3 Bofors cannon produced by BAE Systems at its facilities in Karlskoga, Sweden.
The naval gun system is designed to tackle surface, air, and land threats.
During the series of live fire weapon tests, the Combat Management System (CMS) and C-Fire Control System software fitted onto the gun showcased potential to fire surface targets.
The series also included destroying uncrewed aircraft during aerial target shooting tests.
It also demonstrates PAL’s ability to integrate weapon systems on the KCR 60M type ship.
PT PAL Indonesia COO Iqbal Fikri said: “PAL’s proven design & capability related to KCR has been tested so that on this occasion we prove it is not only capable of building fast ships in construction or platforms, but the ability to integrate weapons as a whole which is a proven experience from PAL.
“We ensure that PT PAL’s products will be of high quality and will make it easier for the Indonesian Navy to carry out its operational functions in safeguarding Indonesia’s maritime sovereignty.”
The KCR Panah-626 vessel recently demonstrated the performance of its units as part of the Sea Acceptance Test (SAT).
The Indonesian Navy is acquiring a total of six KCR-60M FACs, also called as Sampari-class. Four of the vessels are currently in active service.