25 April 2018

KRI Ardadedali-404 Diberangkatkan dari Korea Selatan

25 April 2018


Upacara serah terima kapal selam KRI Ardadedali 404 (photo : Antara)

KRI Ardadedali-404 Segera Tiba di Koarmatim

Okpo, Korea Selatan, (Antara) - Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu mengatakan adanya kapal selam Ardadedali-404 meningkatkan kemampuan pertahanan nasional dan menambah daya gentar Indonesia di kawasan.

"Diresmikannya KRI Ardadedali-404, maka kekuatan TNI Angkatan Laut akan semakin bertambah serta memberikan efek gentar," ujar Menhan dalam acara penamaan kapal dan penyerahan KRI Ardadedali-404 di galangan kapal Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), Okpo, Korea Selatan, Rabu.

Meningkatnya kemampuan pertahanan nasional tersebut, tutur Menhan, akan menjadi momentum penting pembangunan kekuatan pertahanan negara di laut ke depan.

Selain itu, Ryamizard Ryacudu menuturkan bertambahnya kapal selam meningkatkan optimisme pada kemampuan dan kekuatan pertahanan negara di laut menuju pertahanan dasar minimum.

"Pada prinsipnya tidak akan pernah terjadi sebuah pertahanan negara yang kuat tanpa ditopang oleh alutsista yang kuat pula," ucap Menhan.

Dalam kesempatan tersebut, ibu kandung kapal selam kedua dari kerja sama dengan Korea Selatan, Nora Ryamizard Ryacudu meresmikan penamaan kapal selam KRI Ardadedali-404.

Komandan kapal selam KRI Ardadedali-404 Letkol Laut (P) Widya Poerwandanu beserta awak kapal sejumlah sembilan perwira, 16 bintara, dan 15 tamtama juga dikukuhkan.

Kapal selam KRI Ardadedali-404 diperkirakan akan sampai di Pangkalan Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur (Koarmatim) Surabaya kurang dari 20 hari sejak diberangkatkan hari ini.

Tahun lalu, kapal selam pertama, hasil kerja sama RI dan Korsel, yang diberi nama KRI Nagapasa 403 dan dikomandani oleh Letkol Laut (P) Harry Setyawan, tiba di Pangkalan Koarmatim Surabaya, pada 28 Agustus 2017 setelah berlayar selama 16 hari dari DSME.

(Antara)

South Korea Confirms Potential Indonesian Withdrawal from Fighter Programme

25 April 2018


IFX fighter (photo : Air Recognition)

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has confirmed that Indonesia – its partner in a project to develop a next-generation fighter aircraft – is reassessing its continued involvement in the programme.

DAPA said in a statement on 20 April that the reassessment had been launched after the Indonesian government fell behind on its payments in the programme to jointly develop the next-generation Korean Fighter Xperiment/Indonesia Fighter Xperiment (KFX/IFX) aircraft.

DAPA added that it is now liaising with the government of Indonesia to limit the impact of any disruption caused by Indonesia’s lack of payments.

“The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) failed to pay some of the contributions on the KF-X joint development project in 2017,” said DAPA.

(Jane's)

6 Meriam Baharu akan Perkuat Tentera Darat pada November 2019

25 April 2018


Meriam LG1 105mm (photo : Shephard)

Meriam 105mm baharu untuk Tentera Darat

KUALA LUMPUR  - Kementerian Pertahanan mengumumkan perolehan 18 buah meriam 105LG1 dari syarikat pertahanan Perancis, Nexter.

Meriam tersebut akan dioperasikan oleh Tentera Darat Malaysia.

Penghantaran pertama sebanyak 6 unit akan dilaksanakan mulai November 2019, dan dijangka diterima sepenuhnya menjelang Februari 2020.

Perjanjian perolehan tersebut ditandatangi sewaktu Pameran Pertahanan dan Perkhidmatan Asia (DSA) 2018, di sini hari ini.

Meriam ini direka untuk kegunaan pasukan gerak cepat, dan mempunyai jarak tembakan sejauh 17km. Selain mampu ditunda kenderaan ringan, ia juga mampu diangkut menggunakan helikopter, dan digugurkan dari udara.

Meriam 105mm iniini dioperasikan oleh lima kru dan mampu menembak 12 peluru setiap minit.

(Utusan)

Singapore and Indonesian Navies Conduct Bilateral Exercise Eagle Indopura

25 April 2018


RSN's Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Independence (foreground) with two GUSKAMLABAR Quick Reaction Force fast boats intercepting the "terrorist" at the new counter-terrorist exercise serial supported by TNI AL's KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (background) at Ex Eagle Indopura. (photo : Sing Mindef, RSN)

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) are conducting Exercise Eagle Indopura, from 19 to 27 April in Singapore and Surabaya, Indonesia. RSN Fleet Commander Colonel Edwin Leong officiated the opening ceremony at RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base on 19 April with TNI AL's Commander Sea Combat Task Force, Eastern Fleet Command First Admiral Rachmad Jayadi in attendance. The bilateral exercise aims to enhance the interoperability and professionalism of both navies through anti-surface and anti-air warfare serials, as well as maritime security serials. 

For the first time since inception, this year's exercise will feature a counter-terrorism serial in the maritime environment between the RSN’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) and the TNI AL's Western Fleet Sea Security Group, GUSKAMLABAR (GKBA). Both navies exercised information sharing and sense-making to enhance maritime awareness, and joint operational planning to provide effective responses for regional maritime security contingencies. During the serial, both headquarters collaborated effectively to deploy naval assets to disrupt a simulated terror attack threatening commercial shipping transiting through the Singapore Strait.



This year, the RSN participated with a Formidable-class Frigate RSS Formidable, a Victory-class Missile Corvette RSS Valour, and for the first time, an Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Independence. The TNI AL participated with two Diponegoro-class Frigates KRI Diponegoro (embarked with BO-105 helicopter) and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda, a Kondor-class Patrol Craft KRI Pulau Rusa and Quick Reaction Force teams from GKBA, and a CN-235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. 

Held since 1974, Exercise Eagle Indopura is the Singapore Armed Forces' longest-running bilateral exercise with a foreign military. The exercise underscores the close and long-standing defence relationship between Singapore and Indonesia. The RSN and TNI AL conduct regular professional exchanges, exercises and port calls, and also collaborate through the multilateral Malacca Straits Patrol and other activities such as socio-civic programmes. These regular interactions have enhanced the close ties and mutual understanding between the personnel of both navies.

(Sing Mindef)

Vietnam Upgrades Heavy Armour Fleet

25 April 2018


Modernization of T-54/55 tanks (photo : VTV1)

The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is upgrading its fleet of heavy armoured vehicles, Russian and Vietnamese defence sources have told Jane's .

Hanoi is receiving Russian T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs). “Deliveries of the T-90S/SK MBTs to Vietnam have already begun. The contract is to be implemented before the end of 2019,” a Russian defence industry source told Jane's . According to the 2016 annual report of the manufacturer Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), Vietnam is to receive 64 T-90S/SK tanks. This means Hanoi is receiving the baseline and command (T-90SK) version of the T-90S.

Meanwhile, the PAVN is upgrading some of its legacy T-54/55 tanks to the T-54M3 standard.

(Jane's)

24 April 2018

Meggitt Selected for KF-X Advanced Total Braking System

24 April 2018


Meggitt aircraft braking system (photo : MRO Network)

Meggitt PLC (“Meggitt” or “the Group”), a leading international company specialising in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, has secured a multi-million dollar contract for an advanced wheel and digital braking system for the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-X fighter.

South Korean aircraft manufacturer, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), has chosen Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems Corporation to supply advanced nose/main wheels, high performance carbon brakes and brake control system for the multirole fighter jet.

The South Korea government started the concept for an indigenous fighter in 2011 and now they are developing this next generation fighter aircraft. The KF-X is a partnership with the Indonesian government, which has agreed to fund 20 percent of the development costs of the aircraft. The South Korean Air Force plans to purchase around 100 KF-X jets once production starts in the mid-2020s to replace aging F-4D/E Phantom II and F-5E/F Tiger II aircraft, while Indonesia has a requirement for about 50 aircraft.

The proposed braking system equipment involves a blend of new development and field proven components to meet the KAI technical requirement. Meggitt is very excited to grow their relationship with KAI; which already includes the T-50 jet family and the Surion helicopter.

(Meggitt)

Vietnam Hands Over Simulation Training Centre to Laos

24 April 2018


Simulation training for Laos (photo : VNA)

The Vietnamese Defence Ministry on April 20 handed over a simulation training centre to Laos’ Ministry of Defence as a gift of the ministry’s Technical Application and Production Ltd. (TECAPRO).

The centre include emulating systems for training on handgun, AK, B41 and 12.7mm guns, aiming to develop reaction and skills of trainees before they go on live ammunition practice on training ground, thus enhancing efficiency and safety of training in drill-ground.

The software applied in the centre allows trainees to choose virtual training sections in 3D environment, imitating line of fire and sound effects. They can also decide suitable training level.

Addressing the event, Major General Kilakon Bounnaphon, head of the Lao Defence Ministry’s Department of Technology, lauded TECAPRO’s capacity in researching and applying advanced technology in training.

He stressed the significance of emulation training in enhancing skills of trainees and preventing accidents in training process, thus saving budget and help modernize Laos’ army.

He affirmed that the support of the firm is a good start for cooperation between TECAPRO and Lao Defence Ministry’s Department of Technology.

Major General Kilakon Bounnaphon noted that over the past years, the Ministry of Defence of Vietnam has effectively assisted Laos in building forces, developing infrastructure as well as human resources training, greatly contributing to the growth and modernization of Laos’ army.

He thanked TECAPRO and Vietnam’s Ministry of Defence for the great support, while pledging to manage and operate the centre in an efficient manner.

(VNA)