26 Mei 2018

Australian Army to Roll Out Black Hornet Micro UAVs

26 Mei 2018

Australian Army soldiers with a PD-100 Black Hornet UAV during an exercise at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland on 4 May 2018. (photo : Aus DoD)

The Australian Army (AA) will soon roll out the PD-100 Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) across one of its brigades in Brisbane, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a 24 May statement.

The rollout and sustainment of the micro unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is an AUD18 million (USD13.6 million) project and a “key capability milestone for the army as it continues to be a technologically advanced force”, said the DoD.

Brigadier Susan Coyle, commander of the AA’s 6th Combat Support Brigade and of the service’s only UAS unit – the 20th Surveillance Target Acquisition Regiment – was quoted in the statement as saying that the rollout is a “significant achievement for the army”.


25 Mei 2018

Czech-Slovak Unveils New Version of EVA 155-mm Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer

25 Mei 2018

A prototype of the Czech-Slovak 155-mm / 52 EVA self-propelled howitzer in a version with a wheel configuration of 8x8 (photo : BMPD)

At the 7th International Defense Exhibition IDEB-2018, held between May 16 and 18, 2018 in the Slovak capital Bratislava, the KONSTRUKTA Defense Company (actually the artillery KB, part of the Slovak holding company DMD Group), together with the Czech-Slovak Association Czechoslovak Group Yaroslav Strnada (CSG, partly controls the DMD Group) presented a new version of the EVA 155-mm / 52 self-propelled howitzer on the wheeled chassis. The new version of EVA is made on a wheeled chassis of 8x8, unlike the variant on the chassis of the 6x6, which was demonstrated in 2015.

In the new EVA version, the 155 mm / 52 howitzer is mounted on the Tatra T815-7 8 × 8.1R chassis with a wheel arrangement of 8 × 8. The combat mass of the installation is 28 tons, 11.5 meters long, 2.7 meters wide, 3.8 meters high. The machine is equipped with a diesel engine Tatra T3C-928.90 with a capacity of 300 kW and an auxiliary diesel power plant Lombardini 11LD626-3 with a capacity of 30 kW.

A prototype of the Czech-Slovak 155-mm / 52 EVA self-propelled howitzer in a version with a wheel configuration of 8x8 (photo : Miroslav Gyürösi)

The 155-mm / 52 howitzer has a capacity of 23 liters of charging chamber. The artillery part of the EVA is mounted on a turntable (angle of horizontal guidance of 60 degrees per side, maximum elevation angle of 75 degrees) in the rear of the chassis and can be controlled both from an armored crew cabin and with a remote control. The gun is equipped with a fully automated loading system with automatic loading, which contains 12 shells and 12 charges ready for firing. Another 12 shells and 12 charges are placed in a sealed pile. The automatic loader will allow five shots to be fired within one minute, or 12 shots in three minutes. It is possible to shoot in series of four to six projectiles for several different purposes in sequence according to the fire control system. The rate of fire when back-up manual loading is up to 2 rds / min.

A highly automated fire control system includes an autonomous inertial navigation system and a 24-hour Sagem CM3 MR opto-electronic system (including a laser rangefinder and a thermal imager) for direct fire capability. A radar was installed for measuring the initial velocity of the projectile.

The release of the system in the event of receiving orders for it should be carried out on the ZTS - ŠPECIÁL enterprise in Dubnitsa (former leading artillery production of Skoda), which is part of the DMD Group.


Philippines Commits to Naval Modernisation

25 Mei 2018

Goverment allocate P77-Billion projects to modernize Philippine Navy (photo : PN)

The Philippine government is looking to set aside PHP77 billion (USD1.47 billion) for the modernisation of the Philippine Navy (PN) during its second phase of modernisation, President Rodrigo Duterte said on 22 May.

In a speech to mark the 120th anniversary of the PN he said the government is committed to continuing the development of the PN through its ‘second horizon’ modernisation programme, which runs 2018–23.

The development programme – outlined under Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernisation Programme – allocated around PHP90 billion for total AFP modernisation in the 2013-2017 first horizon, with the third and final phase starting in 2024.


KSAL Baru Berharap Kapal Selam Ketiga RI Rampung Tahun 2019

25 Mei 2018

Pembuatan kapal selam pesanan TNI AL di galangan kapal DSME (photo : IMF)

Jakarta, Gatra.com - Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut yang baru Laksamana Siwi Sukma Adji akan memperioritaskan penyelesaian pembuatan kapal selam ketiga. Menurut Siwi, seluruh proses pembuatan kapal, dilakukan PT PAL.

"Sekarang kan ada kapal selam yang dibangun di PT Pal itu diprioritaskan. Karena itu dibangun di Indonesia full. Itu yang ketiga. Untuk membangun kapal selam, manusia dan teknologinya itu kan harus disiapkan," katanya seusai dilantik oleh Presiden Jokowi, di komplek Istana Negara, Jakarta (23/5).

Siwi menjanjikan proses pembuatan kapal selam ketiga tersebut pada tahun 2019. Sehingga, sambungnya, dapat mendukung program penguatan alutista Indonesia. "Diharapkan secepatnya, tahun 2019 sudah selesai," katanya.

Menurut Siwi pengadaan kapal selam bertujuan untuk mengamankan laut dan mendukung poros maritim. "Mengamankan jalur distribusi poros maritim itu sendiri. Mengamankan kemananan, nyaman bagi pengguna laut. Situasi kemanan kita ciptakan bahwa semua kapal-kapal di laut, navigasi semua aman," katanya.

Sebelumnya TNI AL telah mendapatkan dua kapal selam baru yaitu KRI Ardadedali 404 pekan lalu dan KRI Nagapasa 403 bulan Agustus tahun lalu. Keduanya merupakan pesanan pemerintah Indonesia dari Korea Selatan (Korsel) yang diproduksi Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Korsel.


HMAS Arunta Upgrade Marks Milestone for Frigates

25 Mei 2018

HMAS Arunta during its Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia. (photo : RAN)

The Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance has achieved a critical milestone with the removal of HMAS Arunta’s mast during its Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP).

The mast removal is required to allow for the installation of a new radar system and was conducted at BAE Systems, Henderson, Western Australia.

WAMA Alliance Major Projects Implementation Manager CMDR Steve Ford said the program would incorporate the SEA 1448 Phase 4B Air Search Radar, a replacement to the ageing SPS49 Long Range Air search radar. 

He said the new radar was developed by the Australian company CEA Technologies and complements the existing anti-ship missile defence system.

“Once operational, this system will provide increased capability and reliability, and lead to a significant reduction in ‘through-life’ costs for the Anzac Class,” he said.

“The SEA1448 Phase 4B project will also replace the existing IFF (Identification, Friend or Foe) and secondary surveillance radar capability with a new and enhanced system.”

HMAS Arunta before upgrade (photo : RAN)

During its time at Henderson, Arunta will also undergo a platform systems obsolescence program to improve platform reliability and maintainability.  Work will also be done to improve the ship’s habitability for the crew, while ensuring ‘through-life’ supportability and reduced ‘total cost of ownership’ into the future.

CMDR Ford said the AMCAP period also included an upgrade to the ship’s communications systems through SEA 1442 Phase 4, which will resolve a number of obsolescence issues that have arisen since the platform was introduced in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“This will result in significant improvements to the ship’s integrated communications system, including tactical and secure communications,” he said.

The WAMA Alliance is a strategic partnership between the Commonwealth of Australia, BAE Systems, SAAB Australia, and Naval Ship Management Australia to deliver total asset management of the Anzac Class Frigates.

Its mission is to deliver materially seaworthy warships, driving long term efficiencies to enable Navy to fight and win at sea. After completing a successful initial 18-month program agreement, the WAMA Alliance recently entered into its second program agreement term for a period of five years.

Arunta is expected to be back in service towards the end of 2019 with the remaining seven ships to completed by 2023.


24 Mei 2018

Pangkoopsau II Tengok Progres Proyek Falcon Star di Skatek 042 Lanud IWJ

24 Mei 2018

Program peningkatan kemampuan F-16A/B (Proyek Falcon Star) di Skatek 042 Lanud Iswahjudi (photo : TNI AU)

Pangkoopsau II Salut Dengan Kemampuan Skatek 042 Lanud IWJ

TNI AU - Panglima Komando Operasi Angkatan Udara (Koopsau) II Marsekal Muda TNI Fadjar Prasetyo, S.E.,M.P.P., bersama Ketua PIA Daerah II Koopsau II Ny. Inong Fadjar Prasetyo, mengadakan kunjungan kerja di Lanud Iswahjudi (IWJ). Kedatangan orang nomor satu di jajaran Koopsau II beserta rombongan disambut Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Marsekal Pertama TNI Samsul Rizal, S.I.P.,MTr (Han), beserta ibu dan segenap pejabat Lanud Iswahjudi, di main apron Lanud IWJ, Selasa (22/5).

Selanjutnya Pangkoopsau II beserta rombongan menerima paparan komando dari Danlanud Iswahjudi di ruang briefing Tedy Kustari. Pada kesempatan tersebut Pangkoopsau Marsda TNI Fadjar Prasetyo mengucapkan terima kasih dan merasa bangga terhadap personel Lanud Iswahjudi. ”Lanjutkan kebangaan saya terhadap kalian, meskipun banyak keterbatasan tapi Lanud Iswahjudi tetap dapat menampilkan yang terbaik,” ungkap Fadjar.

Dalam Paparan komandonya Danlanud IWJ menyampaikan rencana program yang telah dan akan dilaksanakan termasuk di dalamnya kesiapan kedatangan pesawat Sukhoi 35 dan kedatangan PSU (penangkis serangan udara). Termasuk Rencana pembangunan yang ada di Lanud Iswahjudi.

Kunjungan kerja ke Lanud Iswahjudi ini untuk pertama kalinya Marsda TNI Fadjar Prasetyo semenjak menjabat sebagai Pangkoopsau II. Dalam kunjunganya Marsda TNI Fadjar Prasetyo, meninjau kesiapan Skadron Udara 14, Skadron Teknik 042 dan Marshalling Area.

Ketika melihat pesawat F-16 yang sedang menjalani perawatan (Proyek Falcon Star) di Skatek 042, Pangkoopsau II kagum dengan kemampuan para teknisinya, dimana semuanya dikerjakan oleh prajurit TNI AU sendiri.


KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata-331 Dan USNS Rappahannock-204 Gelar Latma

24 Mei 2018

USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) (photo : Henry J. Kaiser)

Komandan Satuan Kapal Eskorta (Dansatkor) Komando Armada II, Kolonel Laut (P) Dato Rusman, SN, S.E., meninjau persiapan latihan Rimpac yang diikuti salah satu unsur TNI Angkatan Laut yaitu KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (REM)-331 yang melaksanakan latihan bersama dengan kapal perang U.S. Navy yaitu USNS Rappahannock-204, bertempat di Laut Natuna, Kepulauan Bintan. Minggu, (20/05/2018).

Mengambil tema, “TNI Angkatan Laut melaksanakan Latihan Bersama Multilateral Rimpac 2018 dalam rangka meningkatkan profesionalisme, kemampuan tempur dan kerja sama militer dengan negara-negara sahabat”, KRI REM- 331 yang dikomandani oleh Kolonel Laut (P) Sandharianto selama Linla sejak Jum’at, (18/05) melaksanakan serial latihan sampai di laut Natuna. Adapun latihan tersebut adalah latihan penembakan meriam 76 mm sebanyak 15 Amo dan gladi latihan Replenishment at Sea (RAS).

KRI RE Martadinata 331 menerima pengisian bahan bakar dari USNS Rappahannock-204 (photo : c7pf)

Tepat di perairan Laut Natuna, KRI REM-331 dari jajaran Satkor Koarmada II dan USNS Rappahannock-204 dari kapal AS dengan type fleet replenisment oiler ini melaksanakan latihan RAS, dalam latihan itu KRI REM-331 melaksanakan pengisian bahan bakar sebanyak 35 ton dengan posisi di lambung kiri dengan menggunakan system nato1 yang berukuran 178 mm dengan jarak 180 sampai 240 feet.

KRI RE Martadinata 331 (photo : c7pf)

Pelaksanaan latihan berjalan dengan  Lancar yang didahului dengan Approach KRI REM- 331 selaku kapal penerima, setelah kapal sejajar dengan halu dilanjutkan dengan rangkain peran RAS atau pembekalan di laut yang didahulukan dengan cepat kapal14 knot.