MADE IN INDONESIA -- The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has held a handover ceremony for an indigenously produced landing ship tank (LST) vessel, dubbed the 'leopard carrier' by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL). The ceremony took place on 17 June.
The vessel, KRI Teluk Bintuni (520), had in fact been commissioned into the TNI-AL's Military Sea Lift Command (KOLINLAMIL) in a ceremony presided over by then Indonesian defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro in September 2014.
IHS Jane's understands that the LST returned to the shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama (PT DRU) for more work, following the commissioning.
According to specifications provided by the shipbuilder, Teluk Bintuni has a top speed of 16 kt and can accommodate up to 120 crew. The 5,200-tonne LST has a length of 120 m, a beam of 18 m, and a draft of 3 m.
Teluk Bintuni is powered by two South Korean-built STX MAN 9L27/38 engines, each rated at 3,285 kW at 800 rpm. (more)