26 Mei 2017

Ukraine Offers Joint Production of Guided Air-to-Air Missiles

26 Mei 2017

R-27 guided missiles at the Ukrobronoprom's booth. (photo : J.Sabak)

Indonesian marines begin using Ukrainian BTR-4M armored personnel carriers

The all-purpose maritime battalion of Indonesian marines have officially begun to use a test batch of BTR-4M armored personnel carriers produced at Ukraine's Kharkiv-based Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau. The contract was signed in February 2014 between the state-run SpetsTechnoExport Concern, which is part of Ukrainian state-run Ukroboronprom, and Indonesia's Defense Ministry.

Ukroboronprom's press service on Thursday cited SpetsTechnoExport CEO Pavlo Barbul as saying the first five BTR-4 vehicles have completed testing and have been transferred to Indonesia's military for use.

"The procedure for transferring Ukrainian BTRs to Indonesia's military has taken place. Since the start of May, Indonesia marines have been using them," Barbul said.

As earlier reported, the contract to produce and send a test batch of five BTR-4Ms was signed in February 2014. The contract provides the option for further supplies of 50 vehicles. The first batch was offloaded in Indonesia in 2016.

The success of the Indonesia contract comes within the framework of increased capacity of Ukraine's military industrial complex after supplying BTR-4s to Ukraine's armed forces.

Indonesia is one of Ukraine's best potential partners in the Asian Pacific region. Ukrainian tank and armored vehicles, as well as aviation equipment, have been provided to Indonesia on a bilateral basis, as well as repair and modernization services.

Kyiv and Jakarta have stepped up talks about increased military cooperation. Indonesia today is interested in the creation of a joint enterprise for the production of guided air-to-air missiles, Ukrainian radar systems and Ukrainian military cargo planes.


Phillipines Eyes Russian Submarines

26 Mei 2017

Amur Class Submarine (photo : Angad Singh)

DND mulls purchase of Russian weaponry

MANILA -- The Philippines is planning to acquire weapons, including advanced diesel-electric submarines from Russia

This was disclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in an interview on PNA Exclusive in Moscow, Russia around 2 p.m. Tuesday (7 p.m., Manila time).

"Yes, we have plans to purchase weapons from them. They have also very sophisticated and advanced weaponry. We will look into them, we have not decided what equipment but off the bat, we are looking, we would like to develop our submarine force so we will look into their submarines one of these days," he added.

Lorenzana was with President Rodrigo Duterte on his official trip to Russia which was cut short by the ongoing clash between government forces and Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur.

"If we can buy submarines or if they are affordable for us, or if the Philippine Navy would be willing to go there because we will give it to the Navy to decide what kind of submarine they would like to purchase. That is one of the plans that the PN (wants) is to develop some submarine capabilities," the DND chief pointed out.

And when asked on where these vessels will be based, Lorenzana said that they are looking into that detail.

"We will look into that. We don’t have any submarine base yet in the Philippines but if we will purchase already then we have to develop a submarine base to keep those submarines safe," Lorenzana pointed out.

Another Russian-made weapon being looked by the Philippines is sniper rifles and precision-guided munitions which can be used for the country's brand-new FA-50 "Fighting Eagle" jet aircraft and AW-109 attack helicopters.

"So one of the things that we are considering is the sniper rifles of the Russians, they have very good sniper rifles. They also have very good precision-guided munition that we can use with our FA-50s, and our attack helicopters. Those are the items. But we have to see more because sometime this year, there will be this defense exhibition that they are going to hold here and we will send some people to look into it," the DND chief added. 


Singapore and Indian Navies Conclude Annual Bilateral Exercise

26 Mei 2017

The RSN and IN ships sailing in formation. R1: RSS Formidable; R2 (left to right): INS Kamorta, INS Sahyadri, RSS Victory; R3 (left to right): RSS Supreme, INS Jyoti, INS Shivalik. (photo : Sing Mindef)

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indian Navy (IN) conducted the Singapore-Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) from 18 to 24 May 2017. Hosted by Singapore, the exercise comprised a shore phase held at RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base and a sea phase in the South China Sea. This year's exercise is the 24th iteration of the annual bilateral exercise held since 1994.

The RSN deployed two frigates (RSS Formidable, equipped with an S-70B naval helicopter, and RSS Supreme) and a missile corvette (RSS Victory), while the IN participated with two frigates (INS Sahyadri and INS Shivalik), a corvette (INS Kamorta), an oiler (INS Jyoti) and a P8-I maritime patrol aircraft.

SIMBEX 2017 saw the inaugural participation of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)'s F-15SG fighter aircraft. Aside from the two F-15SG fighter aircraft, the RSAF also deployed two F-16D+ fighter aircraft and a Fokker-50 maritime patrol aircraft for the exercise.

INS Shivalik, India's stealth frigate. (photo : Shiv Aroor)

During the exercise, the two navies conducted a series of advanced naval warfare serials, including air defence exercises and gunnery live-firings. The sea phase culminated in a mission-oriented surface action group exercise wherein assets and personnel from the two navies worked together to plan and execute a series of warfare missions.

Over the years, SIMBEX has grown in scope and complexity, expanding beyond its traditional emphasis on anti-submarine warfare to incorporate elements of maritime security, anti-air and anti-surface warfare. CO RSS Formidable, Lieutenant-Colonel (LTC) Albert Khoo said, "SIMBEX has progressed both in scale and complexity over the years – from a serial-based exercise to today's mission-based exercise incorporating scenarios with threats from surface, underwater and air."

Apart from SIMBEX, the two navies also interact regularly through professional exchange programmes, staff talks and training courses. Testament to the warm and long-standing defence ties between both countries, INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta joined in the RSN's Golden Jubilee celebrations, participating in both the inaugural Singapore International Maritime Review at RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base on 15 May 2017, and the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia from 16 to 18 May 2017. Both navies are also exploring new and enhanced areas of cooperation in the maritime domain.

(Sing Mindef)

Eks NCO TD Uji Keberkesanan Sistem Network Centric Operation

26 Mei 2017

Eksesais Network Centric Operation oleh Briged Keempat Infantri Malaysia Mekanize (photos : BTDM)

Tentera Darat Malaysia telah menguji keberkesanan Sistem Network Centric Operation melalui pelaksanan Eks NCO TD 2017 yang diadakan  di kawasan Kuantan, Pahang dan Dungun, Terengganu selama tiga hari bermula dari 10 hingga 12 Mei 2017.

Eksesais ini bertujuan untuk melihat sejauh mana peralatan sistem baharu dalam perkhidmatan yang membawa kepada pengintegrasian  angkatan sepenuhnya dan Markas Briged Keempat Infantri Malaysia Mekanize (MK 4 Bgd Mek) dilantik sebagai pelaksana eksesais yang mana berjaya mengenalpasti keberkesanan serta kekurangan sistem ini yang perlu diberi penambahbaikan pada masa akan datang.

Majlis penutup eksesais disempurnakan oleh Panglima 4 Bgd Mek, Brig Jen Dato’ Md Din Hj Abu di Felda Bukit Sagu yang melibatkan 26 pegawai dan 88 anggota Lain-Lain Pangkat (LLP) serta wakil dari Syarikat Sapura.

Panglima 4 Briged Mekanize, Brig Jen Datuk Md Din Abu berkata, eksesais NCO Tentera Darat yang dijalankan itu bertujuan untuk melihat sejauh mana peralatan sistem baru dalam perkhidmatan yang membawa kepada pengintegrasian  angkatan sepenuhnya.

Dalam ucapan Panglima 4 Bgd Mek semasa majlis penutup, beliau mahukan eksesais tersebut menjadi medan untuk melatih pegawai dan anggota dalam merancang pelaksanaan gerakan berpandukan protap briged sedia ada.

“Saya melihat, eksesais yang diadakan dapat mempertingkatkan kebolehan pemerintah di peringkat kompeni dan batalion dalam merancang penggunaan aset-aset yang ada di dalam unit gabungan membabitkan peperangan konvensional  selain penggunaan teknologi dapat dinilai keberkesanannya serta dapat mengenal pasti kelemahan sistem NCO yang digunakan,” katanya.

Turut hadir semasa penutup eksesais, Ketua Staf Am MK 4 Bgd, Lt Kol Mat Khalid Hamzah.


BAE Systems Australia Begins $30 million SATCOM Upgrade for RAN

26 Mei 2017

MASTIS as part of wideband military satcom (image : Aus DoD)

BAE Systems Australia will deliver a major capability improvement to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with the upgrade of maritime satellite communications terminals in a four year, $30 million project.

The upgrade of maritime satellite communications terminals (MASTIS - Maritime element of the Advanced SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure System) will provide a major enhancement to the RAN operations and life at sea.

The upgrade will be undertaken at BAE Systems facilities at Edinburgh Parks in South Australia and   North Ryde in Sydney and will result in the creation of up to 20 new jobs. The upgrade is an extension to BAE Systems Australia’s existing MASTIS support contract.

The upgrade will be achieved through the delivery of vastly increased bandwidth which will provide more efficient usage of defence satellite capacity and enhanced network interoperability between ships, aircraft and land based platforms.

The MASTIS terminals are equipped with two antennas which are capable of transmitting and receiving in X and Ka-bands simultaneously and they are able to connect to two different satellites at the same time.

This dual-band, dual-antenna approach will provide the Navy with advanced SATCOM availability and a substantial increase in the ship's data capabilities, even under heavy interference conditions.

BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips said:
“The upgrade will provide the RAN with a capability edge that will significantly improve its ability to keep our nation safe by providing the very latest in satellite communications interoperability.”

MASTIS terminals are fitted in three variants in the RAN fleet including the dual antenna terminal variant fitted to Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships and Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD). The upgrade addresses all of the Navy’s in-service MASTIS fleet of 17 ship fitted systems and 1 training suite.

MASTIS terminals were designed, developed and delivered by BAE Systems and entered service in 2005. The upgrade will see BAE Systems working with AIRBUS Defence and Space, which supplied a significant portion of the original terminals including the three axis stabilised antenna system.

(BAE Systems)

25 Mei 2017

Ukraine Offers Radars, UAVs and Air Defense to Phillipines

25 Mei 2017

Ukrainian made UAV (photo : iec expo)

"SpetsTeсhnoExport" starts cooperation in defense industry with Philippines

Pavlo Barbul, Director of SFTE “SpetsTechnoExport” and Oleg Hladkovskiy,  First Deputy to the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, during the working visit to the Republic of the Philippines, held an official meeting with the Secretary of National Defense Delfin N.Lorenzana and a number of negotiations with the senior leadership of defense offices of the country. The parties discussed the potential of cooperation between the countries, particularly in the field of shipbuilding, production of air defense means, UAV's, radar equipment and weapon systems.

"In fact, the Philippines with its market and economy are opening up huge prospects for Ukrainian developers and manufacturers. Shipbuilding, various weapon systems, radars, UAVs - this is nowhere near a full list of what Ukraine can offer as part of a mutually beneficial defense cooperation", - said the First Deputy to the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine.

This visit has to be a new starting point for the development of efficient cooperation and contribute to strengthening of national security of both states. 


Latihan Kuasa Tembakan (LKT 2017) Uji Kehebatan Aset TDM

25 Mei 2017

Latihan Kuasa Tembakan 2017 (all photos : BTDM)

Gemas 'dibedil'

Gemas: Bagaikan berada di medan perang sebenar apabila tembakan mortar dan dentuman meriam bertubi-tubi membedil Lapang Sasar Kem Syed Sirajuddin Gemas, di sini.

Gegaran dirasai cukup membuat kumpulan petugas media terpegun sepanjang menyertai Latihan Kuasa Tembakan (LKT) 2017 oleh Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM).

Bunyi letupan kuat memaksa peserta menggunakan penutup telinga bagi melindungi gegendang daripada cedera.

Bagaimanapun perkara itu tidak mematahkan semangat pengunjung yang hadir untuk melihat lebih dekat aset pasukan Mekanise dan Persenjataan Infantri milik Tentera Darat (TD) dan Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) seperti kereta perisai, kereta kebal, helikopter dan pesawat tempur.

Lebih menguja apabila pengunjung dapat melihat keberkesanan aset ATM menggunakan peralatan persenjataan dalam mengatur serangan dari darat dan udara dengan melakukan tembakan tepat ke arah lokasi sasaran.

Panglima Tentera Darat Jeneral Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim berkata, latihan itu dikenali sebagai Demonstrasi Kuasa Tembakan (DKT) dan diadakan sebagai aktiviti tahunan bertujuan memberi pendedahan kepada Siswa Kursus Pemerintah dan Staf Malaysia (KPSM) dari Maktab Turus Angkatan Tentera (MTAT) kepada kuasa tembakan.

Katanya, penyertaan KPSM tahun ini membabitkan 165 siswa termasuk 45 penuntut dari luar negara.

“Siswa tempatan membabitkan 78 pegawai Tentera Darat Malaysia (TDM), 20 pegawai Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM), 20 pegawai Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM), dua pegawai dari agensi penguatkuasaan lain membabit Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) dan Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM).

“Kursus ini turut disertai 45 penuntut dari 28 negara antaranya Australia, Bangladesh, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Labonan, Meldives, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka dan Arab Saudi,” katanya ketika ditemui pada sidang media Latihan Kuasa Tembakan 2017, di sini, kelmarin.

Turut hadir Panglima Angkatan Tentera Jeneral Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor dan Panglima Wilayah Udara Satu TUDM, Mejar Jeneral Datuk Mohd Faudzi Ahmad.

Mengulas mengenai latihan itu, Zulkiple berkata, ia diadakan membabitkan dua segmen iaitu Segmen Dinamik dan Pameran Statik serta Segmen Tembakan Tidak Langsung.

Katanya, objektif latihan diadakan untuk mempamerkan keupayaan kuasa tembakan dan impak ke atas sasaran sistem persenjataan di dalam inventori TDM termasuk keupayaan pesawat TUDM.

“Ia membabitkan 1,700 pegawai dan anggota tentera dengan aset ketenteraan seperti kenderaan berperisai seperti AV8 GEMPITA, ADNAN, kereta kebal PT91M Pendekar 125mm, meriam 105mm PH L5, Meriam 155mm G5 MK III serta aset udara antaranya Helikopter Agusta, Nuri, pesawat Sukhoi SU-30MKM FA 18D Hornet dan Hawk 208.

“Latihan ini juga secara tidak langsung memberi peluang anggota menggunakan aset terbabit bagi memahirkan diri serta menentukan keberkesanan senjata berikutan ia memberi kesan besar dalam pertempuran,” katanya.

Katanya, dia berpuas hati dengan kecekapan dan kemahiran yang dipamerkan pegawai serta anggota menerusi latihan berkenaan.

Menurutnya, kelainan pada latihan tahun ini adalah penggunaan senjata baharu iaitu Agusta-7.62mm Gatling Gun M 134D.

“Senjata ini digunakan untuk menembak dari atas helikopter Agusta. Kita dapat lihat keberkesanan senjata terbabit ketika digunakan.

“Selain itu, kita lihat keberkesanan kenderaan berperisai AV8 GEMPITA yang diterima ATM sejak 2014 dan kita sangat berpuas hati melihat keupayaan kenderaan ini,” katanya.

(Harian Metro)