Indonesian Army inducts indigenously built assault craft

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JAKARTA, -- The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Darat, or TNI-AD) has inducted a locally produced fast assault craft into a sub-unit of its North Maluku regional command, Indonesian news agency Antara reported on 2 January.

The craft, known locally as the Kapal Motor Cepat (KMC) Komando, has been developed through collaboration between the TNI-AD, local shipbuilder PT Tesco Indomaritim, and the Surabaya Institute of Technology.

The vessel was conceived as a lightly armed platform to support swift amphibious landings on beaches and river banks. It has a top speed of 45 kt, a three-man crew, and space for 31 embarked personnel.

Armament comprises a single 12.7 mm machine gun, mounted on an autonomous controller equipped with a laser range finder that can track targets at up to 2 km. The TNI-AD did not reveal any further controller system specifications, but stressed that all components have been sourced indigenously.

A demonstration of the vessel's capabilities was first conducted in April 2014 at Ancol, Jakarta.

A spokesperson for the North Maluku regional command told reporters that the TNI-AD plans to deploy the vessel to support maritime security tasks, such as to counter smuggling and illegal fishing. The TNI-AD is expected to induct up to eight more of these vessels into various regional commands by the end of 2015.

Indonesian patrols to counter illegal fishing habitually have been undertaken by stakeholders such as the maritime police, department of fisheries, and (to a limited extent) the navy. The North Maluku regional command's statement that the TNI-AD will undertake such tasks marks the first time in recent history that army units have been used to support such missions.

Countering illegal fishing seems to have become a priority of Indonesia's new administration since President Joko Widodo was sworn in in October 2014 and outlined his vision of Indonesia's role as a 'maritime nation'. In November 2014, Indonesia announced that it was considering deploying ship-launched missiles against foreign fishing vessels that intrude into its territorial waters.

KMC KOmando TNI AD fast assault craft.


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