24 Agustus 2016
Indonesia has selected the Type 730 close-in weapon system for a second Kapitan Pattimura corvette. KRI Silas Papare that will be receiving the Type 730 CIWS in 2017. Similar to KRI Sultan Thaha 376. (photo : harianrakyatbengkulu)
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has signed a contract for a single Type 730 close-in weapon system (CIWS) from China North Industries (NORINCO), sources at the TNI-AL's headquarters in Cilangkap, Jakarta, confirmed with IHS Jane's on 23 August.
The system will be installed onboard the service's Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvette, KRI Silas Papare (386), and replace the ship's 30 mm gun located in the forward section.
Upon successful installation, Silas Papare will be the second known ship in the class to operate the Chinese-developed CIWS. Sister ship KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin (376) conducted successful test firings of the system with live rounds against radar-reflective seaborne and tethered airborne naval gunnery targets in August 2015.
The Type 730 CIWS is a radar-guided seven-barrelled Gatling gun-style system that provides a defensive capability against incoming precision guided munitions and aircraft. Variants of the weapon are in service with a number of People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels such as the Type 051C Luzhou-class and Type 052B Luyang I-class destroyers.
The Type 730 CIWS has also been selected for the TNI-AL's first two of three KCR-60M-class missile attack craft.
Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will work with NORINCO in Surabaya to install the system onboard Silas Papare in 2017.