26 April 2017

PAF Looking for Rocket Motors for S-211 Jet Trainers

26 April 2017


Air to ground rocket on PAF's S-211 (photo : fatbat_mca)

MANILA --- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for suppliers capable of delivering PHP8 million worth of rocket motors needed for the use of its SIAI-Marchetti S-211 trainer jets.

Bid opening is on May 5, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, Air Force bids and awards committee chair Brig. Gen. Nicolas Parilla said in a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System website.

The S-211 is the PAF's sole jet-powered aircraft following the retirement of the Northrop F-5 "Tiger" jet fighter fleet in 2005 and arrival of the Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 "Fighting Eagle" jet fighter in 2015.

Three S-211s remain in the PAF inventory and are used closely for training, recon, and sometimes ground-attack missions. 

(PNA)

TNI AU Gandeng Kemenhub untuk Integrasikan Radar

26 April 2017
Integrasi radar militer dan sipil (image : DilMil)

Yogyakarta - Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU), Marsekal TNI Marsekal Hadi Tjahjanto, menyatakan TNI AU akan menambah radar miliknya yang saat ini berjumlah 20 radar menjadi 32 buah. Selain itu TNI AU juga akan mengintegrasikan radarnya dengan radar milik Kemenhub. 

"(TNI AU) juga akan melengkapi radar Lanud yang saat ini ada 20 dan ke depan akan ditambah 6 dan 6 lagi (12 buah). Total yang akan kita miliki ada 32 radar," ujar Hadi usai meresmikan Monumen F-5 E/F Tiger II di Museum Pusat TNI AU Dirgantara Mandala Yogyakarta, Selasa (25/4/2017). 

Angka 32 radar, kata Hadi, masih merupakan jumlah basic minimun force dan dinilai belum ideal. Sedangkan jumlah idealnya lebih dari itu. Untuk mengatasi persoalan itu, saat ini TNI AU telah bekerjasama dengan Kemenhub untuk melakukan integrasi radar.

"Kita sedang bekerjasama dengan Kemenhub untuk menggunakan radar-radar mereka sehingga bisa kita integrated dengan radar yang kita miliki," kata Hadi. 

Pada awal tahun yang lalu, dalam Rapim TNI AU di Mabes Cilangkap, Jakarta Timur, (24/1), Hadi sempat menjelaskan 12 radar baru ini akan ditempatkan di daerah yang rawan pelanggaran. Selain itu, radar tersebut akan ditempatkan di daerah yang belum terjangkau.

"Sehingga jika ada pelanggaran, maka bisa kita deteksi. Radar itu akan digelar di mana saja, di Kupang, di Pontianak, di dekat Ambon, kemudian bagian Sumatera, jadi mana tempat yang bolong kita tempatkan radar itu," tutur Hadi saat itu. 

(Detik)

Australian AWD Program Advances

26 April 2017


HMAS Brisbane 41 (photo : Aus DoD)

Destroyer milestones mount

The project to supply new destroyers for the Royal Australian Navy continues in earnest with the delivery of the Hobart Class Command Team Trainer and the Aegis block of the future HMAS Sydney now in position.

The Trainer simulates the operations rooms of a destroyer and is a significant improvement on existing command team trainers already in service.

Consisting of mock-ups of a number ship systems, including the Aegis weapon system operator displays control panels and interfaces, the training environment delivery process involved the completion of formal acceptance tests, running over a four-week period and involving the execution of 24 separate test procedures. 

Then followed verification and audit against the original design specifications.


HMAS Hobart 39 (photo : Aus DoD)

Mr Brad Flemming is the Combat System Shore Systems and Services IPT Program Manager and said he was proud of the efforts of his small group of experts.

“Their dedication and hard work has produced a system with the quality and complexity you would expect of a much larger team,” he said.

Concurrently 'Block 709' dubbed 'the heart of the Aegis system' for Sydney was consolidated on 15 March.

Weighing 202 tonnes, it was lifted onto the top of the hull using a crane, where it was joined to blocks 703 and 705, in a process that took only 30 minutes.

The third Destroyer’s team continues to implement the lessons learnt from the previous ships, which has enabled enhanced outfitting of blocks from day one.


Prior to consolidation the aft diesel generator exhaust stack was capped, full paint system application internally and externally, the combat system was prepared and most importantly, the full-fitting of all four Array foundations and lining.


HMAS Sydney 42 (photo : Aus DoD)

To achieve the fitting of the Array foundations, the team had to work closely with the Accuracy Control Team to achieve foundation flatness of 0.02 millimetres.

NUSHIP Sydney Manager Jason Loveday commented on the importance of the block and its link to the progress of the project.

“The completion of Block 709 signifies a large achievement for the whole team involved," he said.

“Construction on the Block began over two years ago and through lessons learned from the first two ships, we have achieved a 30 per cent improvement in production hours from Ship 02 to Ship 03.

“Over 100, 000 person hours have been spent over the past three years on intensive production planning and hard work, and every member involved should all be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Ship 03 block consolidation continued with blocks 717 and 713 in April, and will be followed by the mast lift expected in early May.

(RAN)

Malaysia Signs Contract with China for Four Littoral Mission Ships

26 April 2017

CSIC Littoral Mission Ship (photos : Jane's)

Malaysia signed a contract on 21 April for the purchase of an initial four littoral mission ships (LMSs) from China for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

The agreement, which is part of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, was signed in Beijing by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Malaysia's Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) in a ceremony overseen by Chinese defence minister Chang Wanquan and his Malaysian counterpart, Hishammuddin Hussein.

Under the deal, the first two LMSs will be built by CSIC in China and delivered in 2019 and 2020, while the remaining two vessels will be built by BNS and delivered in 2021.



Malaysia's LMS programme is subsequently expected to expand, with BNS constructing up to 14 additional LMSs under licence to replace several classes of ship operated by the RMN as part of the service's '15-to-5 transformation programme'.

The RMN aims to increase the number of ships in service, while consolidating its fleet of 15 ship classes into five to reduce its dependence on single-mission vessels.

Under the '15 to 5' plan, the five remaining platform types - and the long-term aims for platform numbers - will be: three Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSSs), 12 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), 18 Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs), 18 Kedah-class (MEKO 100 RMN) guided-missile corvettes, and four diesel-electric submarines (SSKs).

(Jane's)

Dua Kapal Selam dari Korsel Segera Dikirim

26 April 2017


Tiga kapal selam TNI AL buatan DSME Korea Selatan (image : Korps Hiu Kencana)

JAKARTA – Kekuatan armada Angkatan Laut Indonesia bakal semakin tangguh. Juni mendatang, dua kapal selam jenis Chang-Bogo yang dipesan dari Korea Selatan akan dikirimkan. Kapal yang rencananya diberi nama KRI Nagapasa 403 dan KRI Ardadedali 404 itu bakal memperkuat Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur (Koarmatim) yang berpusat di Surabaya.

’’Saat ini yang punya fasilitas markas kapal selam baru Koarmatim. Maka, kapal baru itu nanti juga akan bermarkas di sana,’’ jelas Wakil Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Wakasal) Laksda Achmad Taufiqoerrochman.

KRI Nagapasa 403 dan KRI Ardadedali 404 dibuat oleh Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). Seharusnya selesai Maret lalu. Namun, karena beberapa hal, kapal baru dikirimkan Juni. Saat ini dua kapal bertenaga diesel tersebut sudah meninggalkan galangan DSME untuk menjalani serangkaian uji di perairan Korea Selatan.

Sebenarnya, ada tiga kapal selam yang dipesan Indonesia. Satu lagi adalah KRI Alugoro 405. Kapal itu saat ini masih berada dalam perencanaan produksi.

Taufiq menjelaskan, mundurnya pengiriman KRI Nagapasa dan KRI Ardadedali disebabkan penyelesaian yang harus bersamaan. KRI Nagapasa harus menunggu selesainya konstruksi KRI Ardadedali untuk memulai uji coba. ’’Kalau satu diuji, satunya juga harus menemani,’’ ucapnya.

Ke depan, TNI Angkatan Laut akan menambah markas kapal selam. Dengan demikian, kapal selam tidak hanya bermarkas di Surabaya. Yang paling berpotensi untuk menjadi pangkalan kapal selam adalah Teluk Terate, Lampung. Tanah di lokasi teluk juga sudah merupakan aset milik TNI-AL. ’’Rencananya sudah lama, sejak zaman Presiden Soeharto,’’ ujarnya.

Saat ini Indonesia hanya memiliki dua kapal selam kelas Whiskey buatan Rusia. Yaitu, KRI Cakra 401 dan KRI Nanggala 402. Setelah kedatangan kelas Bogo, dua kapal era Perang Dunia II itu akan tetap dioperasikan.

Sementara itu, Komandan Satuan Kapal Selam (Dansatsel) Koarmatim Kolonel Indra Agus Wijaya mengatakan, markas satuan kapal selam sudah mempersiapkan infrastruktur yang dibutuhkan untuk kedatangan tiga kapal selam Bogo. ’’Dermaganya sudah siap untuk tiga kapal. Berdampingan dengan dermaga yang ditempati Cakra dan Nanggala,’’ ujarnya.

Selain itu, saat ini prajurit TNI-AL dari satuan kapal selam sudah melakoni serangkaian pelatihan di beberapa negara seperti Jerman, Spanyol, dan Norwegia. Kru kapal pertama, KRI Nagapasa, juga sudah berangkat ke Korea Selatan untuk latihan operasional sejak beberapa bulan lalu. ’’Satu kapal nanti diawaki oleh 40 orang,’’ katanya.

(Pontianak Post)

25 April 2017

First Cape Class Patrol Boat Delivered to the Royal Australian Navy

25 April 2017


Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy (photo : Austal)

Cape Vessel Delivered Navy Marking 73rd Patrol Boat Built Austal

Austal (ASX:ASB) is pleased to advise that the first of two Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy, has been delivered from the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.

The two 58 metre patrol vessels are to be chartered by the Commonwealth of Australia on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy, which awarded the A$63 million contract to Austal in December 2015.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the delivery highlights Austal’s proven capability to design and build defence vessels a record that has seen the company build 72 patrol boats for domestic and international markets before this delivery.

“This latest Cape-class, for the Royal Australian Navy, further strengthens Austal’s position as the only patrol boat designer and builder in Australia and a major world class exporter for this class of vessels. The delivery of the Cape Class vessel clearly shows Austal’s unrivalled ability to design and construct defence vessels on-time and on-budget,” Mr. Singleton said.

“Austal has been building patrol boats for over 20 years and we look forward to more work in the future. This includes the opportunity to design and build 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Australian Navy with our design partner Fassmer in a continuous shipbuilding initiative being driven by the Government,” he said.

Austal currently has an order book of 20 patrol vessels to be delivered over the next 4 years and has successfully competed in a number of overseas markets. Austal is currently proposing variations of its Bay Class, Cape Class and Guardian Class Patrol Boats for customers in the Middle East and Asia and expects this activity to bring further construction work to Australia. Mr Singleton said, “Exports derived from national defence programs show the multiplier effect on creating jobs out of Austal’s strong and hard won reputation in overseas markets”.

(Austal)

"Tecmash" Plans to Open Production of Ammunitions in Indonesia

25 April 2017


Korps Marinir's BMP3F with 100mm canon (photo : zro)

MOSCOW - RIA Novosti. Group "Tecmash" (a subsidiary of "Rostec") is considering the possibility of opening in Indonesia licensed production of ammunitions of caliber 30 and 100 millimeters for the previously supplied Russian armored vehicles, he said in an interview with RIA Novosti director of the industrial cluster "Armament" state corporations "Rostec" Sergei Abramov.

Earlier it was reported that in December 2016 "Tecmash" management held talks with representatives of the armed forces and defense companies in Indonesia, during which the parties discussed the prospects of creating joint armaments.

"Tecmash" is actively expanding military-technical cooperation. Currently "Tecmash" considering the establishment of licensed production in Indonesia. We are talking about the production of ammunition for armored vehicles, purchased in the Russian Federation, in particular, the ammunitions caliber 30 millimeters and 100 millimeters, "- said Abramov.


Korps Marinir's BTR-80A with 30mm canon (photo : Kaskus Militer)

He recalled that "Tecmash" has successful experience in organizing licensed production of its weapons abroad. In particular, in 2014 the concern, together with "Rosoboronexport" was signed on the transfer of India license contract for the production of armor-piercing projectiles "Mango".

Scientific-Production Concern "Tecmash" - a holding company in the field of industry of munitions and special chemicals. Concern produces high-precision artillery and tank ammunition, artillery rounds for different purposes, multiple rocket launchers, unguided missiles, small-caliber ammunition, aircraft and bomb ordnance.

(RIA Novosti)