Actually it is neither….and both. Prominent at the entrance to the main hall of Indo Defence 2016, taking place in Jakarta this week, is the so-called TANK BOAT – a curious hybrid vehicle which was named ANTASENA by Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu on the first day of the exhibition .
First revealed in 2011, the newly named vehicle has been the subject of a detailed design feasibility study over the last two years. The design has now been frozen and industrial partners PT Pindad, PT Lundin and CMI Defence are now in the final stages of negotiation to build the prototype, currently ambitiously scheduled for delivery by the end of 2017.
The design revolves around an 18m composite catamaran platform, carrying a CMI 105mm gun turret mounted over the bridge. The concept has arisen from a desire to provide a mobile, amphibious and riverine fire support and manoeuvre capability for the ‘swamp battalions’ the Indonesian armed forces are in the throes of organising. The model on display at Indo Defence, Mönch understands, will now act as the mould for fabrication of the prototype, all structural design and hydrodynamic characteristics having now been finalised.
The remote controlled turret will provide ANTASENA operators with the capability to provide a wide range of fire support missions on demand, with the addition of a bustle-mounted automatic loading system. The model on display also has a BAE Systems Bofors LEMUR RWS and a low recoil Orbital ATK 30mm cannon fitted.