fighting ships of the world



BIMA SAMUDERA I jetfoil landing craft (1981-1986)

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Bima Samudera I   Boeing, Seattle, USA   22/10/1981 14/12/1981 stricken 1/2001
Bima Samudera II   Boeing, Seattle, USA / PT PAL, Surabaya  10/12/1983 1984 1/10/1986 stricken early 2000s
Bima Samudera III   Boeing, Seattle, USA / PT PAL, Surabaya  10/12/1983 6/1/1984 1/10/1986 stricken early 2000s
Bima Samudera...   Boeing, Seattle, USA / PT PAL, Surabaya   6/3/1986 --- never delivered
Bima Samudera...   Boeing, Seattle, USA / PT PAL, Surabaya   23/7/1986 --- never delivered


Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

foils down 27.4

Breadth, m


Draught, m

1.90 hull 5.20 foils down 2.00 max foiling

No of shafts

2 waterjets / 2


2 Allison 501-K20A gas turbines / 2 General Motors 8V92 TI diesels

Power, h. p.

7560 / 900

Max speed, kts

46 / 15

Fuel, t

gas turbine oil + diesel oil 33

Endurance, nm (kts)

900(40) or 1500(15)


Bima Samudera I: 1 x 1 - 40/70 Bofors 350 AFD

Bima Samudera II, III: 1 x 1 - 20/85 S.20, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90


Decca radar

Military load

Bima Samudera I: 260 passengers

Bima Samudera II, III: 100 troops



Ship project history: Bima Samudera I was purchased by the Indonesian Agency for the development and Application of Technology for evaluating such a craft in naval patrol, logistic support and civil roles. First craft arrived to Indonesia in February 1982. Aluminium construction.

    The hydrofoil contract with Boeing Marine Services called for two each of two versions of the basic Jetfoil design, with completion taking place in Indonesia. Initially 47 craft were planned to order. First four series craft were built by Boeing and delivered to Indonesia for fitting out. Only two first boat in troop transport configuration were commissioned by Indonesian Navy. Two others, intended as gunboats, were completed by Boeing in 1986 but were never delivered to Indonesia.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Bima Samudera I 1981

Bima Samudera II or III 1985

Ivan Gogin, 2017