The Indonesian Navy has put in BAE Programs’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the sixth KCR-60 fast-missile boat (fast-attack craft) program. The preliminary contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia embrace 4 57 Mk3 gun methods. 4 KCR-60 vessels are at the moment in service with the Indonesian Navy with a fourth ship scheduled to be operational in 2022. Two of the brand new 57 Mk3 methods can be for 2 KCR-60 boats at the moment below development, whereas the remaining two weapons can be built-in into two current KCR-60 boats. The primary unit is scheduled for supply in 2020 and the ultimate unit in 2021.

Bofors 57 mm Naval Automated Gun L/70 (57 mm Sjöautomatkanon L/70 and 57mm Naval Gun System), amongst different names, is a sequence of dual-purpose naval weapons designed and produced by the Swedish arms producer AB Bofors (since March 2005 a part of BAE Programs AB), designed within the late Sixties as a substitute design for the twin-barreled Bofors 57 mm Naval Automated Gun L/60. Though the Swedish Navy has been the first person of the gun, it has been exported broadly by Bofors Defence to be used by the navies of Brunei, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Indonesia, Eire, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Singapore, Thailand, and the US.


The Bofors 57mm naval gun is designed to handle floor, air, and land threats within the littoral surroundings, and is already in service with a variety of navies and coast guards. (Picture by BAE System)

The most recent improvement of the gun is the Mark 3, designed in 1995 to be used on the then deliberate Visby-class corvette. Among the main modifications embrace the flexibility to make use of Bofors 3P all-target programmable ammunition, the addition of a small muzzle velocity radar housed in a radome externally above the gun barrel for measuring the muzzle velocity of the departing projectiles for fire-control functions, normally however not essentially with the brand new Bofors 57 mm 3P ammunition, the flexibility to immediately change ammunition varieties by way of a dual-feed system, one other 1,000 rounds stowed within the standby rack beneath deck, in addition to an improved hearth management system.

The Sampari-class quick assault craft is a category of domestically designed and constructed quick assault craft operated by the Indonesian Navy. The ships are also called KCR-60M and all ships are constructed by native firm PT. PAL in Surabaya. With a size of 60 meters, the KCR-60 was designed to rapidly deploy guided anti-ship missiles towards floor combatants after which quickly and safely withdraw into the area’s archipelagos. The brand new batch that’s already included with the western subsystem and CMS from Terma will use BAE System Bofors 57mm Mk.3 as a substitute. The brand new batch of this class is predicted to be fitted with MBDA anti-ship missile answer, presumably Exocet MM-40 Block III for commonality causes.

Bofors 57 Mk3 Naval Gun to Installed on Indonesia Navy’s New KCR-60M Fast-missile Boat
With this newest contract for Indonesia, now the navies of eight allied nations across the globe are deploying the Bofors 57 Mk3 Naval Gun. (Picture by PT PAL)