Indonesian defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro commissioned the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentera Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL’s) third PC-43 patrol craft on 27 September.
The 250-tonne vessel has been named KRI Sidat (pennant number 851). The ship was constructed by Indonesian shipbuilder PT Citra Shipyard in Batam, as part of a contract awarded in 2012 to build two patrol boats for the TNI-AL’s Eastern Fleet (KOARMATIM).
The PC-43 class design is derived from that of the KCR-40 missile craft. It is intended to undertake fast intercept missions to support counter-piracy, counter-smuggling, and illegal fishing operations. Vessels in the class are equipped with two 12.7 mm machine guns, one 30 mm naval gun, and one rigid hull inflatable boat.
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