Thursday, January 31, 2013

Indonesia to license produce Chinese C-705 missiles

The Indonesian Navy has recently received its third KCR-40 out of a planned 16 fast missile boats, the KRI Beladau-643, after the KRI Clurit-641 and KRI Kujang-642. A fourth vessel will be delivered in November and the remaining 12 are expected in 2014.

According to First Admiral Untung Suropati, the KCR-40 boats will all be armed in 2014 with the C-705 missile imported from China. At a later stage, state aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia is expected to locally produce the C-705 missiles by 2017 or 2018.

If realized, Indonesia would be following in the footsteps of Iran, which is also producing Chinese missiles under license. Both the C-701 and C-704 are produced locally as the Kowsar and Nasr-1 respectively.

The C-705 family of cruise missiles can be launched from land, surface vessels and aircraft. It can be equipped with a modular seeker and is available in radar, television and imaging infrared versions.

The C-705 specifications depending on variant include:
  • Weight: 320 kg
  • Warhead: 110 kg
  • Range: 140 km
  • Cruise altitude: 12 m
  • Seeker: radar, television, or imaging infrared
  • Propulsion: turbojet with solid rocket booster

The anti-ship variant is marketed as a lighter and smaller alternative to the C-802 missile to target ships with a displacement of between 1500 and 3000 tons. The most recent version is the C-705KD.

Indonesia plans to continue with its ongoing naval modernisation with the acquisitions of major weapons systems, such as:
  • submarines
  • maritime patrol aircraft
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopters
  • light frigates
  • guided missile destroyers
It has a current defense budget of 81 trillion Indonesian Rupiah or roughly $8.42 billion.

Credit original poster, via Chinese Internet

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