Indonesia launches 2 new Teluk Bintuni-class landing ship tanks


The Teluk Weda (527) and Teluk Wondama (527) during launching on 27 February 2021. Photo c/o PT Bandar Abadi through Jane's.

Indonesian shipbuilder PT Bandar Abadi has launched two new Teluk Bintuni-class landing ships-tank (LST) built for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) during launching and ship naming ceremonies held in Batam on 27 February 2021.

The two new ships, previously designated as AT-8 and AT-9 during construction, were named as Teluk Weda (526) and Teluk Wondama (527), respectively.

Teluk Weda (Weda Bay) was named after a bay located in Weda Tengah in North Maluku, while Teluk Wondama (Wondama Bay) was named from a bay in Papua.

The two ships were built under a contract worth IDR360 billion (US$25.2 million) signed between the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MOD) and PT Bandar Abadi in April 2019.

The ships are to replace older amphibious assault vessels, and were also meant to improve the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) ability to move troops, armored vehicles and suppliers around the country.

The Teluk Bintuni-class were designed locally and have been built by several shipbuilders including PT Bandar Abadi. It is 120 meters long, has a beam of 18 meters, and are powered by two marine diesel engines allowing a maximum speed of 16 knots and a range of 7,200 nautical miles at 12 knots.

It has space sufficient for 368 troops and up to 15 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles through a roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ramp, and has a helicopter landing deck allowed for 10-ton class helicopters.

It also has allowance for deployment of up to four landing craft -vehicle and personnel (LCVP) on its deck.

[1] Indonesian National Armed Forces
[2] Jane's

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