Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama (DRU) launched a 117 m-long tank landing ship (LST) for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) on 28 June at the company’s facilities in Bandar Lampung on the island of Sumatra.
Named KRI Teluk Lada (with pennant number 521), the LST entered the water in a ceremony presided over by Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, according to a statement issued by the TNI-AL that same day.
The platform, which is powered by two 3,285 kW engines, has a top speed of 16 kt, with a range of about 6,240 n miles at 13 kt.
The 16.4 m-wide vessel can carry up to 15 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles and a 10-tonne helicopter on its flight deck, as Jane’s reported in November 2016. The BMP-3Fs are currently operated by the Indonesian Marine Corps.
The LST can be equipped with up to two 40 mm gun systems on the foredeck, and 12.7 mm machine guns at various locations throughout the vessel.
The shipyard had previously built a similar but slightly longer ship, KRI Teluk Bintuni , which is now in service with the TNI-AL as a carrier for the army’s Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs).
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