23 Maret 2018

Navy to Get 3 More Patrol Planes from Japan Next Week

23 Maret 2018

JMSDF TC-90 (photo : JMSDF)

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) will formally receive three more Beechcraft King Air TC-90 patrol airplanes from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on March 26.

The turnover ceremony will take place at the Naval Air Group, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City, Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said in a message Thursday.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will be the event’s guest-of-honor and speaker. He will be joined by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and other delegates of the JMSDF and Japan Ministry of Defense.

The first two TC-90s were delivered to the Philippines last March 27. With the arrival of the three airplanes, the number of Philippine-operated TC-90s will climb to five.

Last Jan. 31, one of the first two delivered planes, with tail number 390, conducted its first maritime air patrol mission off Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, Zambales.

The TC-90 has a range of more than 1,000 nautical miles, and a cruising speed of 260 knots, and is capable of carrying eight passengers along with the pilots.

As of this time, the Navy is operating six Norman Britten "Islander" patrol aircraft, four GAF "Nomad" airplanes, five AgustaWestland combat utility helicopters, and one Robinson R-22 training helicopter.

The TC-90, which is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized on Feb. 29, 2016.


Rheinmetall Wins Major order from Australia

23 Maret 2018

M777 field howitzer and ammo (photo : Military History)

Australia is procuring artillery ammunition from Rheinmetall. Under its “Land 17 Phase 1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition” project, the Australian Defence Force will soon be taking delivery of various projectile types from the Rheinmetall Assegai family as well as fuses and propelling charges, supplied by a team consisting of NIOA, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, Nitrochemie and Junghans Defence. The first qualification lots will already be shipped this year. A second partial delivery will take place in 2019. Following successful qualification, Australia will also procure war reserve stocks of the new ammunition.

Encompassing supply of the qualification lot and war reserve stocks, the order – awarded at the end of last year – is worth around AU$ 100 million, roughly €65 million. The contract also includes several options for further five-year periods, with a total value in the triple-digit million AU$ range.

The order represents a significant success for Rheinmetall in several respects. It will enable the Group to establish itself in coming years as Australia’s sole supplier of artillery ammunition. In addition, it is the first time a M777A2 field howitzer user nation has opted for the Assegai family. The armed forces of Canada and the United States, among other nations, also deploy the M777A2.

The ammunition will be supplied via Rheinmetall’s partner NIOA. Headquartered in Brisbane, NIOA is the largest supplier of ammunition and weapons systems to Australia’s military and law enforcement agencies. NIOA has also been cooperating closely with Rheinmetall for decades on other projects. The company joined the Rheinmetall Land400 team in May 2017.

Just last week, following a rigorous selection process, the Australian government announced its intention to buy Rheinmetall’s Boxer multipurpose wheeled armoured vehicle under Australia’s Land400 Phase 2 programme. Presuming the procurement contract is awarded as planned, the order will mean over €2 billion in sales for the Düsseldorf, Germany-based tech group. A total of 211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles are to be built for the Australian Forces.


Vietnam Meng-upgrade Korvet Pohang Class

23 Maret 2018

Korvet "18" Pohang Class Angkatan Laut Vietnam (all photos : Soha)

Seperti diberitakan sebelumnya, Korea Selatan telah menghibahkan Vietnam korvet anti kapal selam kelas Pohang bekas pakai, yang telah tiba di pangkalan Angkatan Laut Vietnam dan diberi nomor lambung baru "18".

Melihat gambar diatas, mudah untuk dilihat bahwa pada bagian buritan kapal bagian depan telah dilepaskan peluncur torpedo 324 mm beserta kanon 76 mm Oto Melara, kemudian didepannya dipasang kanon 40 mm Nobong gun menggantikan Sea Vulcan 20 mm.

Masalah yang menjadi perhatian setelah munculnya kapal itu adalah apakah Vietnam dapat meningkatkan konfigurasi senjata untuk Pohang, karena kapal ex Angkatan Laut Korea itu mampu berubah menjadi sebuah kapal berudal multi guna.

Baru-baru ini, korvet 1.200 ton ton ini diungkapkan secara rinci dalam sebuah laporan oleh Vietnam National Defense Television, serta dijelaskan tentang operasi kapal perang saat memasuki layanan di Angkatan Laut Vietnam.

Saat ini, korvet 18 masih ada di Depo X46 - Departemen Teknik Kelautan. Pada kuartal pertama 2018 ini, misinya adalah untuk memperbaiki dan meningkatkan kemampuan kapal korvet ini untuk menghadapi kapal selam besar kemudian menyerahkannya ke Wilayah Laut II.

Dengan demikian, kapal perang ini tidak hanya akan diperbaiki, dirombak tetapi pekerjaan juga termasuk "peningkatan".

Meskipun tabung torpedo 324 mm ringan telah dihapus, namun yang masih berharga adalah perangkat sonar kapal ini yang masih tetap ada.

Jika perangkat ini masih utuh maka semuanya akan jauh lebih sederhana, tetapi jika kasus kedua terjadi bahwa ternyata kosong maka Vietnam sepenuhnya mampu melengkapi itu dengan sonar BEL HMS- X2, yang menurut banyak ahli cukup dapat diandalkan.

Selanjutnya, jika kondisi memungkinkan, ruang di belakang kapal yang sudah kosong karena tidak ada lagi meriam 76 mm Oto Melara dapat diganti dengan pemasangan senjata yang canggih.

Secara khusus, dengan adanya ruang terbuka di belakang ini, Angkatan Laut Vietnam dapat melengkapi dengan tabung peluncur torpedo ringan 400 mm bersama dengan peluncur rudal KT-184 untuk rudal Kh-35 Uran-E, juga pemasangan radar Garpun-Bal yang terintegrasi di atap kabin ruang komando.

Rencana di atas akan membantu Angkatan Laut Vietnam memiliki kapal penjaga multi-guna 1.200 ton yang dilengkapi dengan torpedo anti-kapal selam dan rudal anti-kapal untuk mempercepat kemajuan armada. 


Saab Ready to Offer Radar Tech for KF-X Fighter

23 Maret 2018

Saab AESA radar (photo : AviationWeek)

Saab ready to offer radar tech for new Seoul fighter, if it lands maritime patrol aircraft deal

SEOUL, South Korea — In an attempt to snatch up a maritime patrol aircraft deal in South Korea, Swedish defense contractor Saab has opened the possibility of transferring its advanced radar technology for the KF-X, Seoul’s indigenous fighter jet development program, a Saab representative revealed.

The offer was made as Saab is trying to convince the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, or DAPA, to decide open up for a competitive bid the $1.8 billion anti-submarine aircraft acquisition program, which is expected to go to U.S. Boeing offering the P-8A Poseidon.

Saab is pitching the Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft, built on the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet platform, which the Swedish firm claim shares 70 percent commonality with the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft.

“We’re open to discuss lots of areas with the DAPA and Korean government,” Richard Hjelmberg, head of Saab’s marketing & sales of airborne ISR, told Defense News during a round-table session at a Seoul hotel on March 20. “If we come to the table for full negotiations and discussions, we’re open to discuss other areas than ones related to the maritime patrol aircraft program.”

The local rules of offset program requires the value of any arms contract bidder to meet at least 50 percent of the total costs of the deal concerned.

ROKAF first F-35A (photo : LockheedMartin)

Gary Shand, director of sales and marketing of airborne ISR, was more specific about Saab’s list of offset proposals, including the transfer of an advanced active electronically scanned array, or AESA, radar technology.

“We have been talking about the parts production happening in Korea obviously. We have been talking about local industry’s taking part in the integration of certain parts of our mission systems,” he said. “In addition to that, I think Saab has a wide variety of products in portfolio including AESA radar technology for the KF-X program. It could be a discussion point for us to look at the possibility and some cooperation on areas not directly related to the MPA program.”

The ideal of Saab’s AESA tech transfer is expected to draw key attention from the Seoul government since KF-X developers are striving to acquire proven AESA technology.

The state-funded Agency for Defense Development, or ADD, and Hanwha Systems, a local radar developer, joined hands in 2016 to build an indigenous AESA radar to be mounted onto the KF-X. The jet’s development schedule slipped a couple of years beyond its initial goal because of the lack of AESA technology, after the U.S. government’s disapproval of AESA tech transfer following South Korea’s purchae of 40 F-35As.

In May last year, Israel’s Elta Systems was selected by the ADD to support the AESA radar development. Under the contract valued at about $36 million, the Israeli firm is in charge of testing an AESA radar system in every phase of development and integrating it with the KF-X prototype.

KFX C-107 (image : chosun)

“The ADD originally wanted to get AESA technology either from Saab or Thales, but the plan was ruptured due to the issues of requirements and budget,” a local defense source involved in the radar competition said on condition of anonymity. “Elta, after all, participated in the project, but some remain skeptical of Elta’s AESA technology level, as the Israeli company has not actually developed an AESA radar.”

An official at Hanwah Systems, formerly known as Samsung Thales, was trying to brush off worries about the ongoing indigenous AESA development but admitted the benefits of taking other nation’s AESA technology if possible.

“Elta is in charge of certifying every phase of the AESA design and development process, and cooperation with the Israeli company has been quite successful,” the official said speaking on condition of anonymity. “But if we get more advanced technology of AESA, the timeline for development will be advanced for sure.”


22 Maret 2018

KRI Arun-903 Sekarang Dalam Posisi Normal

22 Maret 2018

KRI Arun 903 (photo : Portal Komando)

PK,.Surabaya - KRI Arun-903 dengan komandan KRI Letkol Laut (P) Victor Padamean Y. Siagian, S.T., kembali dalam posisi normal setelah sebelumnya sempat miring beberapa derajat. Penyebab miringnya kapal tangker tersebut menurut Komanda KRI terjadi saat proses pengisian bahan bakar. 

Kronologis kejadian dimulai pada hari Senin tanggal 19 Maret 2018 sebelumnya melaksanakan pengisian bahan bakar KRI dr. Soeharso-990 dengan jumlah 2.248 ton dan kapal posisi miring kiri 0,5 derajat kemudian dibalast ke kanan menggunakan air tawar dan HSD dari tangki 3 dan 4 (wing kiri) ke tangki 3 dan 4 (wing kanan) menggunakan klep, mengalir secara alami dari pukul 07.00 s.d. 07.05 perubahan posisi kapal miring ke kanan 1 derajat dari posisi semula. Posisi ini masih semu karena KRI Arun disandarai KRI dr. Soeharso-990 dan posisi klep sudah tertutup semua.

KRI Arun 903 (photo : balinewsnetwork)

Pada pukul 08.00 pengisian KRI SHS dimulai dengan mengambil tangki 3 wing kanan sampai dengan pukul 13.31 kapal tetap miring kanan 0,5 derajat dan pada saat itu KRI SHS masih menempel di lambung kanan KRI Arun. Selanjutnya pada pukul 15.30 KRI SHS lepas dari lambung kanan KRI Arun, posisi kapal mulai terjadi penambahan kemiringan sampai dengan lebih dari 10 derajat miring kanan. 

Melihat kondisi kapal yang miring tersebut Komandan KRI Arun dan seluruh ABK melakukan penanggulangan secepatnya dengan memperkuat tali-tali di dermaga agar kapal tidak bertambah miring. Untuk menghidari terputusnya aliran listrik, ABK menghidupkan DG (Diesel Generator) VII untuk mengganti aliran darat ke kapal. Kemudian untuk mengimbangi muatan kapal, dilakukan dengan menyalakan pompa balast. Untuk menahan kemiringsn kapal, komandan kapal berkoordinasi dengan Staf Operasi Koarmatim untuk bantuan kapal tunda. Langkah lainnya yang dilakukan dengan cara memindahkan muatan air tawar dari tanki 1 (wing kanan) ke tanki 1 (wing kiri).

KRI dr Soeharso 990 (photo : tribunnews)

Kemudian untuk mengembalikan posisi semula dilakukan dengan memindahkan muatan solar dari tanki 3 (wing kanan) ke 3 (wing kiri), namun penanggulangan belum berhasil karena kondisi laut yang surut dan kapal posisi duduk di lumpur. Pada pukul 19.00, posisi kapal masih miring kanan 10 derajat. Pada pukul 20.00 kemiringan kapal berkurang menjadi 8,8 derajat, kemudian pukul 21.00 menjadi 7,2 derajat. Proses transfer HSD dilanjutkan dengan pengisian dari tanki 2 dan 3 kanan menuju tangki kiri. Pada pukul 22.00 kemiringan kapal berkurang menjadi 6,5 derajat dan pada pukul 23.00, secara berangsur posisi kapal 3,5 derajat. 

Pemindahan HSD dari tanki kanan ke kiri terus dilakukan sampai kapal dalam kondisi miring 2,5 derajat pengisian tanki 2 dan 3 kanan di hentikan, dilanjutkan pengisian dari wing water balast lambung kiri KRI buritan sampai dengan kondisi kemiringan kapal 1 derajat pada pukul 00.00 dan 0,5 derajat pada pukul 01.00 WIB. Upaya yang dilakukan komandan KRI Arun dan seluruh anggotanya membuahkan hasil dan pada hari Selasa pagi, KRI Arun dalam posisi 0 derajat atau posisi normal. Dari peristiwa ini tidak menimbulkan kerugian baik materiel maupun personel.

(Portal Komando)

Pesawat N219 Diproduksi Massal 2019

22 Maret 2018

Prototype N219 ke-3 dan ke-4 yang tidak akan digunakan untuk terbang, melainkan untuk menguji Kekuatan Struktur dan Kelelahan yang dimasukkan ke dalam Laboratorium MMC, PTDI. (photo : PTDI)

Jakarta - Uji terbang pesawat N219 alias Nurtanio memasuki waktu tempuh 18 jam. Angka ini terus bertambah hingga sekitar 300 jam terbang di penghujung tahun ini.

Sekretaris Perusahaan PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) (PTDI) Ade Yuyu Wahyuna mengatakan jadwal uji terbang dilakukan sesuai dengan rencana. Jadwal uji terbang pun tidak serta merta dilakukan tiap minggu, akan tetapi didasarkan pada target 300 jam terbang hingga akhir tahun nanti.

"Itu kita kan sertifikasi 300 jam terbang, 325 jam atau 350 jam," kata Ade kepada detikFinance, Rabu (21/3/2018)

Uji terbang dengan waktu tersebut dibutuhkan sebagai syarat mendapatkan type certificate. Type certificate adalah sertifikasi kelaikan udara dari desain manufaktur pesawat. Sertifikat ini dikeluarkan oleh Direktorat Kelaikan Udara dan Pengoperasian Pesawat Udara (DKUPP) Kementerian Perhubungan.

"Type certificate akhir tahun ini baru boleh diproduksi setelah 2019," ujar Ade.

Ade mengatakan, di 2019 PTDI akan memproduksi enam unit N219. Pesawat N219 tersebut langsung dipasarkan kepada maskapai yang sebelumnya sudah berminat membeli N219.

"2019 produksi langsung enam. Itu target kita memang lumayan," kata Ade.


Philippine Navy Commissions Second Donated TC-90 Aircraft

22 Maret 2018

The Philippine Navy has inducted a second TC-90 aircraft it received from Japan (photo : PN)

The Philippine Navy has commissioned another Beechcraft TC-90 King Air aircraft from Japan.

The aircraft, which was formerly in service with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) as a training platform, was commissioned on 19 March in an ‘activation and blessing’ ceremony at the services Naval Air Group headquarters at Sangley Point, Cavite City, and given the tail number 392.

The aircraft is part of an assistance package of five TC-90s donated by the Japanese government to improve the Philippine Navy’s maritime surveillance capabilities.