Bofors 57 mm Mk3 cannon, Newest Arsenal for 4 Indonesian Navy's KCR-60 Vessels

Bofors 57 mm Mk3 cannon, Newest Arsenal for 4 Indonesian Navy's KCR-60 Vessels
BAE Systems' 57mm Mk110 cannon (internationally known as the Bofors' 57Mk3). Image source: BAE Systems.

avten.asia - British air defense and security system manufacturer, BAE Systems recently announced that it has received the newest contact from PT PAL Indonesia to equip four Indonesian Navy-owned Sampari Class, KCR (Fast Missile Craft)-60 vessels with Bofors 57 Mk3 cannon.

"This most recent contract with PT PAL Indonesia signifies the nation's continued trust that BAE Systems naval guns consistently meet quality requirements and capability needs," said Ulf Einefors, Director of Weapon Systems Sweden at BAE Systems in his official statement (8/20/2019).

He said, the Bofors 57mm Mk3 naval gun is designed to address surfaces, water, and land threats in the littoral environment. This weapon system is already in service with a wide range of navies and coast guards, including those of the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Mexico.

With a length of 60 meters, the KCR-60 was designed to quickly deploy guided anti-ship missiles against surface combatants.

At present, four KCR-60 ships are operating and strengthening the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL). While the fifth and sixth ships are under construction at the PT PAL facility in Surabaya, East Java.

The first 4 units of the Navy's KCR-60 ships were KRI 628 Sampari, KRI 629 Tombak, KRI 630 Halasan and KRI 627 Kerambit. While the other two ships that are being built, both of which have yet to be named.

BAE Systems said two Bofors 57 Mk3 cannons would be installed on the two vessels currently under construction. While the other two cannons will be integrated into two existing KCR-60 ships.

The gun systems will be produced at BAE Systems facilities in Karlskoga, Sweden. The company said, the first unit is scheduled for delivery in 2020 and the final unit in 2021.

The Bofors 57 Mk3 gun system will be produced at the BAE Systems facilities in Karlskoga, Sweden. The company said, the first unit is scheduled to be delivered next year and the final unit in 2021.

Quoted from janes.com (23/8/2019), a source from the TNI AL said that the selection of this arsenal was actually since February 2018. This cannon will be installed on the KRI Halasan (630), KRI Kerambit (627) as well as on the fifth and sixth KCR-60 ship that currently under construction.

In the previous contract, Bofors 57 Mk2 cannon made by BAE Systems was acquired by PT PAL Indonesia to arm the FMC and the FPB-57 series of Fast Torpedo Boat.