The Chief of the Indonesian Navy, Admiral Yudo Margono, was the chief guest at the small ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Margono stated that the boats will enhance the Indonesian Navy’s capabilities to protect the country’s EEZs and that the vessels will be built in a convertible structure to increase armament if needed.
“In an emergency or when the country is in danger, the new patrol boats can be armed with missiles that allow it to be upgraded to a fast missile craft.”
Admiral Yudo Margono, Chief of Indonesian Naval Staff
According to Admiral Margono, the PC-60M class boat, built at the PT Caputra Mitra Sejati shipyard, is an evolution of the previously built PC-40 boats, which was later developed into PC-60 to support the Indonesian Navy’s peacetime law enforcement duties.
The launched ships were named “KRI Dorang-874” and “KRI Bawal-875“.
KRI Dorang-874 will operate under the patrol group of Ambon Naval Base (Lantamal IX), while KRI Bawal-875 will be attached to Sorong Naval Base (Lantamal XlV).
Each ship is 60 meters long, 8.5 meters wide, and weighs 440-520 tons. It can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots, a cruising speed of 17 knots, and an economic speed of 15 knots.
The patrol boats will be equipped with a 40-mm (millimeter) main gun equipped with a tracking system, and an electro-optical suite consisting of a laser rangefinder, an infrared camera, and a daytime camera. The gun can be operated with the fire control system. The ships will also carry two 12.7 mm guns.
The Indonesian Navy will acquire four PC -60M class patrol boats. 2 boats are being built in PT. Caputra Mitra Sejati shipyard while the other boats will be built in PT. Karimun Anugrah Sejati Shipyard and PT. Palindo Marine Shipyard.