Indonesia tests “Tank Boat” patrol vessel to defend islands
On April 28, an Indonesian consortium led by public defense company PT Pindad launched a locally built prototype catamaran gunboat “Tank Boat” in the waters off Banyuwangi, east Java.
The tanker is derived from the X18 platform of Indonesian boat builder PT Lundin Industry Invest. In 2014, PT Lundin unveiled the design of the 18-meter vessel and partnered with public defense firm PT Pindad, electronics group PT Len, and engineering firm PT Hariff to develop the concept. During the Indo Defense 2016 exhibition in Jakarta, a full-scale model of the ship was made public for the first time.
The ship is unique for its turret-mounted cannon, and it is primarily intended for use in “brown water” operations in Indonesia, and is large enough to carry more than an Indonesian Army platoon. Turret cannon options include the Cockerill 105mm cannon, a 30mm automatic cannon, or a Belgian 105mm CMI Defense rifled cannon – powerful weapons typically found on tanks, not patrol boats.
Courtesy of PT Pindad
The first prototype, with a 30mm gun (PT Lundin)
PT Pindad said on April 29 that he hoped the tanker would help the Indonesian military [TNI] by patrolling along Indonesia’s oceans, rivers and coasts and also in supporting Coast Guard operations. It is also designed to provide short and long range fire support when needed.
The boat’s tank is fitted with a pair of MAN V8 1200 hp engines and MJP450 hydro jets, which can carry it at a maximum speed of 40 knots. The ship can cover transit distances of up to 600 nautical miles at nine knots and can carry up to 60 soldiers, according to PT Pindad.