24 April 2017

Sniper Targeting Pod akan Melengkapi Pesawat F-16A/B

24 April 2017

Sniper targeting pod (photo : Daniel Barackx)

Ini Daftar Kerja Sama Indonesia-AS di Bidang Energi dan Teknologi

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID,JAKARTA -- Indonesia dan Amerika Serikat (AS) berkomitmen untuk meningkatkan kerja sama di bidang energi dan teknologi. Hal ini ditandai dengan adanya penandatanganan Nota Kesepahaman (MoU) yang bersifat business to business. Tercatat ada 11 MoU dengan nilai mencapai 10 miliar dolar AS. 

Dari jumlah tersebut, dua penandatanganan MoU disaksikan oleh Wakil Presiden Republik Indonesia Jusuf Kalla dan Wakil Presiden Amerika Serikat (AS) Mike Pence. Sementara penandatanganan MoU lainnya disaksikan oleh Menteri Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral (ESDM) Republik Indonesia Ignasius Jonan dan Wakil Duta Besar AS untuk Indonesia Brian McFeeters.

F-16 serie A/B yang akan dipasangi Sniper targeting pod (photo : TNI AU)

Perjanjian kerja sama tersebut antara lain:

Honeywell telah dipilih oleh PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) untuk menyediakan 34 mesin turboprop TPE331 untuk NC212i selama empat tahun ke depan, yang akan meningkatkan kemampuan pesawat tersebut. Selain itu, Honeywell akan memberikan pelatihan TPE331 kepada para pakar mesin PTDI untuk meningkatkan keterampilan pemeliharan lini dan mentransfer pengetahuan teknis ke perusahaan berbasis lokal. Kesepakatan ini akan meningkatkan kinerja PTDI sebagai produsen pesawat, sekaligus membuka lapangan pekerjaan di AS.


RTAF telah lebih dulu mengupgrade kemampuan F-16A/B dengan Sniper targeting pod melalui program MLU (photo : thaidefensenews)

Lockheed Martin. Dalam kesepakatan ini, Angkatan Udara Indonesia akan membeli sniper advanced targeting pods produksi Lockheed Martin. Teknologi canggih, yang akan melengkapi pesawat F-16A/B yang ditempatkan di Pangkalan Udara Iswahyudi ini, akan meningkatkan ketahanan maritim dan wilayah Indonesia dalam menjalankan operasi bersama Amerika Serikat dan mitra-mitra regional lainnya. Lockheed Martin akan memproduksi sniper ATP di Orlando, Florida dan bekerja sama dengan AU untuk melatih para pilot beserta personil pemeliharaan.

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China May Build Six Carriers and Ten Overseas Bases

24 April 2017

Liaoning carrier battle group (photo : sinodefence)

In an editorial published Friday to mark the anniversary of China's navy, the official military outlet PLA Daily suggested that the nation needs six aircraft carriers, an enlarged marine corps and ten naval bases in friendly foreign nations. 

"In the long run, China needs to develop its own aircraft carrier battle teams, with at least six aircraft carriers, maritime forces led by guided missile destroyers, as well as attack submarines," said Xu Guangyu, a senior advisor to the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association. "China will build about ten more bases for the [carriers] . . . Hopefully, China could have bases in every continent, but that depends on countries which would like to cooperate with China."

The PLA Daily said that the purpose of the enlarged carrier fleet would be to enable the PLA(N) to "break through" the first island chain (Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines) to exert its power in the Western Pacific. 

The PLA(N) now has about a dozen fighter pilots trained to operate from the deck of its sole flat-top, the Soviet-built ski jump carrier Liaoning. It will soon take delivery of a second, similar carrier built by CSIC. A newer design for future hulls, the Type 002, is reportedly patterned on American carrier layouts. 

China is already building its first-ever overseas military base, a "support facility" in Djibouti, and it is also funding the construction of new seaports at Gwadar, Pakistan and Hambantota, Sri Lanka. While Hambantota is a commercial venture, Pakistani officials originally proposed the port at Gwadar as a naval base, and China is providing military assistance to guard it from a local insurgency. 

The three facilities are at the core of Chinese President Xi Jinping's 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, the seagoing component of his government's multi-billion-dollar "Belt and Road" project to connect China with markets to the west. In comments Thursday, Xi promised to "promote China's great opening up and development under the 'Belt and Road' framework."

(MarEx)

Dua Pesawat Su-27 TNI AU Akan Dilengkapi Jammer Pod

24 April 2017

Sorbtsiya active jamming ECM pod (photo : digitalcombatsimulator)

Dalam wawancara khusus dengan majalah Angkasa versi cetak April 2017 Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU) Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto mengatakan :
"TNI AU juga sedang menyiapkan skadron khusus untuk perang elektonik, electronic warfare. Su-27 yang 01 dan 02 nanti akan datang dengan dilengkapi jammer pod.  Ke depannya kita pikirkan skadron khusus, terpisah untuk perang elektronik".

Kutipan wawancara dengan KSAU dari majalah Angkasa (photo : defence.pk)

Sebagaimana diberitakan sebelumnya empat pesawat Sukhoi dari batch pertama sedang melaksanakan upgrade di Belarusia, pesawat ini adalah 2 Su-27 dengan nomor bodi TS-2701 dan TS-2702 dan 2 Su-30 dengan nomor bodi TS-3001 dan TS-3002. Dengan demikian paket upgrade pesawat ini termasuk didalamnya pemasangan jammer pod pada dua pesawat Su-27.

Belum ada informasi mengenai jenis jammer pod yang dipilih untuk pesawat Su-27 TNI AU, namun pemasangan jammer pod ini akan secara signifikan menaikkan kemampuan serang elektronik TNI AU sebagaimana yang telah dimiliki Angkatan Udara tetangga yaitu Australia, Singapore dan Malaysia. 

(Defense Studies)

22 April 2017

TNI AL Order Lagi 3 Kapal LST di Lampung

22 April 2017

Sebelumnya telah dibangun 4 kapal LST : 2 di PT.DKB (AT-1/KRI 518 dan AT-2/KRI 519) dan 2 di PT.DRU (AT-3/KRI 520 dan AT-4/KRI 521), 1 kapal sudah diserahkan, sedangkan 3 kapal masih proses penyelesaian. Dengan kontrak ini berarti ada tambahan lagi 3 LST baru yaitu AT-5, AT-6 dan AT-7 yang dibangun di PT. DRU (photos : DRU).

TNI AL Bangun Tiga Unit Kapal Angkut Tank Di Lampung

Lampung, Lindo - Asisten Logistik Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Aslog Kasal) Laksamana Muda TNI Mulyadi, S.Pi., M.A.P. melaksanakan kunjungan kerja ke galangan kapal PT. Daya Radar Utama (DRU) di Panjang, Bandar Lampung dalam rangka pemotongan plat pertama (first steel cutting) pembangunan tiga unit kapal angkut tank, Jumat (21/04).

Kedatanganya di bandara Radin Intan II Lampung, Aslog Kasal beserta rombongan disambut oleh Komandan Pangkalan TNI Angkatan Laut (Danlanal) Lampung Kolonel Laut (P) Kelik Haryadi, S.H., M.Si. dengan Danbrigif 3 Mar Kolonel Mar Hermanto, S.E., M.M. dan beberapa Perwira.  

First Steel Cutting merupakan sebagai tanda dimulainya fabrikasi pembangunan tiga unit kapal TNI AL jenis LST, yaitu AT- 5, AT-6 dan AT-7 sesuai kontrak kerja yang yang telah ditandatangani pada bulan Januari 2017.

“Terima kasih kami sampaikan kepada TNI AL yang telah memberikan kepercayaan untuk membangun tiga unit kapal angkut tank, sebelumnya kami telah banyak belajar dari membangun kapal LST AT-3 KRI Teluk Bintuni dan saat ini kami juga sedang proses membangun kapal LST AT-4, komitmen kami adalah menyelesaikan pekerjaan dengan tepat waktu dan tepat mutu” kata Agus Gunawan selaku Dirut PT. DRU dalam sambutannya.


Dalam sambutannya, Aslog Kasal menyampaikan “Pembangunan kapal AT-5, 6 dan 7 oleh PT. DRU merupakan hasil realisasi dari renstra pembangunan kekuatan TNI AL, pembangunan kapal-kapal TNI AL di galangan dalam negeri merupakan bentuk komitmen TNI AL dalam mendukung pemerintah dalam pemberdayaan potensi nasional yang tertuang dalan undang-undang nomer 16 tahun 2012 tentang industri pertahanan”

“Tahapan First Steel Cutting merupakan awal kegiatan fabrikasi, masih panjang teknis pembangunan sebuah kapal, masih ada tahap keep laying, launching dan pengetesan-pengetesan lainya, harapanya seluruh kegiatan dapat diselesaikan dengan baik dan dibutuhkan kerja keras, kerja serius dan kerja cerdas”.

Acara First Steel Cutting  dilaksanakan di workshop CNC PT. DRU ditandai dengan penekanan tombol sirine dilanjutkan dengan penandatangan berita acara oleh Kadisadal dan Dirut PT. DRU serta penyerahan siluet kapal AT-5, 6 dan 7 dari Dirut PT. DRU kepada Aslog Kasal, Kadisadal dan Kadismatal yang diahiri dengan foto bersama.

Hadir dalam acara tersebut Kadisadal Laksma TNI Prasetya Nugraha, S.T., Kadismatal Laksma TNI Aziz Ikhsan Bachtiar, Pati Itjenal Laksma TNI Dadi Hartanto, M.Tr (Han) dan beberapa Pamen dari Mabesal serta Manager dari PT. DRU.

(Liputan Indonesia)

PTDI CN-235 Special Mission Update

22 April 2017

CN-235 ASW of the Turkish Navy (photo : Marco Papa)

PTDI CN-235 Update

PTDI was energetically marketing its CN-235 turboprop special mission aircraft. The firm builds the CN-235 under licence from Airbus. The Indonesian company has worked on two batches of CN-235MPA maritime patrol aircraft under the Indonesian government’s Maritime Patrol-1 (MARPAT-1) and MARPAT-2 contracts in recent years. Tackling piracy, smuggling, people-trafficking and illegal fishing is now a top priority for a country boasting the biggest archipelago in the world.

PTDI experienced in MPA/MSA (image : PTDI)

The first batch of three CN-235MPAs for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut/TNI-AL) have been integrated with a FLIR Systems Star Safire-III optronics payload and Thales AMASCOS mission system. All three of these aircraft are now operational with the TNI-AL’s 800 Squadron in Surabaya, East Java. Work on a second batch of three aircraft started in 2014, which saw the integration of the the Telephonics AN/APS-143C(V)3 Ocean Eye X-band (8.5 Gigahertz/GHz to 10.68GHz) airborne surveillance radar and a Star Safire-III system onto two navy CN-235MPAs and a single example for the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara/TNI-AU).

CN-235 MPA of the TNI AU (photo : Marchel)

Work to this effect commenced in 2015 and was completed by late 2016. However, the TNI-AU example has also been fitted with a Leonardo SAGE electronic support measure. The SAGE system allows the TNI-AU to detect and locate potentially threatening radar systems. There is a requirement for the first TNI-AU CN-235MPA delivered in 2007 to be upgraded now, probably with a similar systems, possibly including SAGE, but so far no contract has been signed. This aircraft was one of three ordered in 1996 which were to be fitted with the Thales AMASCOS system. However only a single airframe was ever delivered (in 2007) because of the 1997 Asian financial crisis which saw the devaluation of the Indonesian rupiah. The balance of two aircraft were delivered in a transport configuration.

CN-235 MPA of the TNI AL (photo : Prime Kurniawan)

Meanwhile PTDI’s Ade Yuyu Wahyuna, vice president of business development and marketing was keen to point out to asianmilitaryreview.com recent successes in other areas of CN-235 business. The company continues to market the CN-235ASW anti-submarine warfare aircraft with which it collaborated with Turkish Aerospace Industries on a Turkish Navy contract for six CN-235ASWs. It carried out the aircraft modifications and assembly of the aircraft’s magnetic anomaly detector boom; the only CN235s fitted with such a system.

CN-235 MSA of the Korea Coast Guard (photo : Jan Seba)

Moreover, in the unlikeliest of partnerships, PTDI worked with Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) ELTA Systems division on a Republic of Korea Coast Guard acquisition for four CN-235-220MSA maritime surveillance aircraft between 2011 and 2012. PTDI built the aircraft’s radome which housed the IAI EL/M2022 X-band airborne surveillance radar.

(Asian Military Review)

OPV Tenderer Completes MATV Sea Trials

22 April 2017


Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore (all photos : Damen)

Successful sea trials for Australian MATV

Damen Shipyards Group has announced the successful completion of sea trials of the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore. The sea trials included testing of all on-board military systems. Following final vessel handover, MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties for the Royal Australian Navy.

In addition to the more traditional elements of sea trials such as manoeuvring and speed tests, the MV Sycamore was put through her paces with an extensive testing programme of all on-board military systems. This included testing of the air traffic radar, flight deck lighting and firefighting, flight deck communication systems and helicopter traverse installation procedures.

The results of the sea trials were successful. All systems and processes of the vessel were accepted by representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia.



Helicopter training tool

“We are proud to hear that the MV Sycamore has passed her first tests with flying colours,” says Damen Sales Director Asia Pacific Roland Briene. “Based on Damen’s successful and proven OPV series, the MATV is a very versatile ship.”

The chief role of the vessel will be to provide a training platform for all possible helicopter-related operations, such as helicopter deck landings and take off, helicopter (in-flight) refuelling operations and air traffic control.



Additional humanitarian role

However, Damen’s versatile MATV design will enable the Royal Australian Navy to accomplish numerous other secondary tasks also. To this end, the MV Sycamore will be able to undertake torpedo and mine recovery operations, navigation training, dive support, Officer Sea Familiarisation, target towing and consort duties as well as unmanned aerial vehicle support.

Furthermore, the 94-metre long vessel has a large storage capacity, which gives her the potential to be mobilised in humanitarian relief operations.

The coming weeks will see the MV Sycamore being prepared for her maiden voyage to her home port of Sydney, Australia, where she is expected to arrive at the end of May.

Talking about the future of Damen’s activities in Australia, Mr Briene comments: “We are making headway towards our ambitions of building further vessels for the Australian Navy, having recently submitted out tender for the SEA 1180 Program. It is our intention to work in close concert with local industry for the project, building not only the required vessels, but a sustainable shipbuilding industry for Australia with strong export potential.”

(Damen)

Kisah Heroik Penerbang TNI AU Selamatkan Sukhoi

22 April 2017


Pesawat tempur Su-30MK2 nomor ekor TS-3009 yang terhindar dari musibah (photo : Erwege)

RILIS.ID, Jakarta— Penerbang TNI Angkatan Udara, Letkol Pnb Anton Palaguna dan Lettu Pnb Ahmad Finandika berhasil menyelamatkan diri bersama Sukhoi-30 MK setelah salah satu mesin pesawatnya mendadak bermasalah karena ditabrak seekor burung.

Penerbang dari Skadron Udara 11 Lanud Hasanuddin Makassar itu mengalami kejadian tersebut pada saat gladi bersih HUT TNI AU, 7 April 2017 lalu di Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma Jakarta.

Anton menjelaskan, kejadian itu dialaminya pada saat Sukhoi yang dibawanya itu berada di ketinggian 700-800 kaki. Menurutnya, mesin sebelah kiri ditabrak burung, setelah Sukhoi yang dibawanya itu baru saja melakukan take off.

"Kami take off dengan benar, yaitu dengan daya dorong yang maksimum, tapi pada saat kami sudah melaksanakan clean konfiguration, tiba-tiba di ketinggian kurang lebih 700-800 feet, ada sesuatu yang menabrak kami," kata Anton di Mabesau Cilangkap, Jakarta, Jumat (21/4/2017).

Setelah mengetahui mesin sebelah kiri Sukhoi itu mengalami masalah, Anton kemudian meminta Ahmad yang berada di belakangnya untuk mengecek keadaan. Ternyata, mesin itu sudah mengalami ledakan api sebanyak lima kali.

Anton kemudian segera mengambil tindakan untuk menghindari resiko besar yang bakal terjadi. Dia memutuskan, untuk mematikan mesin sebelah kiri sambil mempertahankan yang kanan untuk menyelamatkan diri dan pesawat yang dibawanya.


Penyerahan sertifikat Well Done oleh KSAU (photo : Angkasa)

"Karena kalau kami tidak mematikan engine itu, maka pesawat ini akan meledak. Kami matikan," ujarnya.

Anton menegaskan, bisa saja keduanya melakukan penyelamatan diri dengan keluar melalui kursi lontar dari pesawat tersebut. Namun apabila itu dilakukan, katanya, maka Sukhoi-30 yang merupakan alutsista milik TNI AU dan juga masyarakat yang ada di sekitarnya akan mengalami bahaya.

Anton kemudian memutuskan untuk tetap melakukan landing dengan satu mesin sebelah kanan. Ia mencoba mengurangi bahan bakar dengan memutar-mutar dulu untuk memudahkan mendarat.

"Ini sulit, karena biasanya pada saat landing pilot akan mengurangi power, tapi kita harus dengan full power," ungkap dia.

Keberhasilan kedua perwira TNI AU itu kemudian mendapatkan apresiasi dari Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU) Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto. Keduanya langsung diberikan 'Penghargaan Welldone' atas tindakan berani dan tepat yang dilakukannya tersebut.

"Semoga penghargaan ini dapat memberikan motivasi yang baik bagi seluruh personel TNI AU," kata Hadi.

(Rilis)

UAE Concludes Joint Military Exercise with Malaysia

22 April 2017


UAE and Malaysian Ground Forces take part in a joint military exercise (photo : TheNational)

ABU DHABI // A military exercise in Abu Dhabi between UAE and Malaysian ground forces, Desert Tiger 4, ended on Thursday.

The Desert Tiger series is an annual joint exercise between the two countries to highlight professionalism and efficiency of UAE Ground Forces troops and to raise their level of combat readiness.

Maj Gen Saleh Al Amiri, Commander of UAE Ground Forces, attended the military exercise along with General Dato’ Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim, Malaysian army chief.

Desert Tiger 4 comes part of the UAE leadership’s continued desire to support and create distinguished partnerships between UAE and Malaysia.

Another aim is to promote mutual cooperation and achieve a common vision by sharing experiences, enhancing joint military actions, and raising the level of performance and combat efficiency.

The exercise also trains ground forces on the use of modern weapons for all types of combat operations.


The UAE Ground Forces have been drafting training plans for their personnel. The Desert Tiger 4 exercise highlighted the success of these plans, Wam said.

(TheNational)

Brazilian ARES Seeks Vehicle Tests for its Air Defence RWS

22 April 2017


Ares TORC30 air defence remote weapon station (photos : Ares, Defesa)

ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, Elbit Systems' Brazilian operation, hopes to field test its newly developed 30 mm TORC30 remote weapon station (RWS) on an Iveco VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious armoured vehicle.



ARES is awaiting a vehicle from the Brazilian Army in order to integrate the turret and carry out initial field evaluation tests, the company told Jane's on 20 April. Two prototypes - one experimental and another operational - were manufactured and the latter was approved for operation during factory tests, he added.



However, the Brazilian Army is not currently considering procuring the weapon station, a service official recently told Jane's .

(Jane's)

Air Force Effectively Grounds NH90 Fleet after Engine Failure

22 April 2017


RNZAF NH90 helicopter (photo : Phil Munsel)

All eight of the Air Force's NH90 helicopters have been all but grounded after a mid-air engine failure near Blenheim on Sunday.

Newshub understands the $630 million fleet isn't allowed to fly over water or dangerous terrain, and cannot carry VIPs. 

The restriction comes after the left engine of an NH90 failed while flying over Cook Strait on Sunday, forcing it to make an emergency landing at a private aerodrome at Cloudy Bay.

The NH90 fleet is only around six years old, and is one of the most advanced tactical airlift helicopters in the world.

The restriction has forced EQC Minister Gerry Brownlee and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to cancel their visit to Kaikoura tomorrow because the NH90 they planned to use is not allowed to fly over the Cook Strait.

The Defence Force has been approached for comment.

(NewsHub)

21 April 2017

LM's Sniper Targeting Pod for Indonesia

21 April 2017

Sniper advanced targeting pod for F-16 figthers (photo : f16-net)

US sells fighter jets in US$10 billion deals with Indonesia

U.S. and Indonesian companies are signing 11 commercial and investment agreements during U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Jakarta that the two governments say are worth a combined US$10 billion over time.

The deals include Lockheed Martin providing an advanced weapons targeting system for Indonesia's F-16 fighter jets, ExxonMobil selling 1 million tons of liquid natural gas to state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina for 20 years starting in 2025, 

Honeywell supplying turboprop engines to Indonesian aerospace company Dirgantara Indonesia, and a US$2 billion electricity metering system organized by a consortium of companies. 

Pence told business leaders today the signings represent the "tremendous excitement'' that U.S. based companies feel about investing in Indonesia. 

The deals were announced as part of Pence's meetings with Indonesian-based business leaders. The vice president was departing for Australia later today.

(The Standard)

AW-109 Attack Helicopters Now a Reliable Platform for Anti-Terrorist Ops

21 April 2017


PAF AW-109 Power (photo : defense ph)

The attack version of the AgustaWestland AW-109 “Power” helicopter is now becoming a reliable ground support aircraft for the military engaged in flushing out Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits and other lawless elements.

On April 11, Philippine Air Force attack (PAF) AW-109s provided covering fire for troops engaged with the band of ASG sub-leader Muanmar Askali alias “Abu Rami” invaded Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Napo, in Inabanga, Bohol.

In the said operation, the AW-109s conducted several airstrikes, demoralizing the bandits who were then forced to retreat from their enclaves leaving four of their members, including Askali, along with four high-powered firearms.

The attack versions of the AW-109s was also used in the series of airstrikes against the Maute Group in Lanao Del Sur early this year, causing severe casualties among the brigands.

The aircraft was also utilized in maritime patrols off Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi waters, foiling several ASG piracy attacks in the past months.

The first two PAF attack AW-109s were commissioned on Aug. 17, 2015 while the remaining six were formally accepted for PAF service on Dec. 5 of the same year.

The Philippines signed an eight-unit attack AW-109E order with AgustaWestland in 2013 for Philippine Air Force worth PHP3.44 billion. The eight attack AW-109es remedies the dwindling number of MG-520 attack helicopters primarily used for close-air support missions.

Two attack models are also being operated by the Philippine Navy aside from the three units dedicated for utility and recon purposes. The naval AW-109s were delivered in 2013 and 2015 and is worth PHP3.4 billion.

(Update)

MMEA Conducts Trials of Fulmar UAV from First-of-Class NGPC

21 April 2017


The Fulmar UAV, seen here mounted on KM Bagan Datuk, at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has conducted at-sea trials of the Thales Fulmar fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the first of its New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC), a service official confirmed with Jane's on 20 April.

The trials, which were conducted from KM Bagan Datuk (4541), took place over a period of about two weeks in early April 2017. Procedures that were conducted in the trials included launching and recovering the UAV under various ship operational conditions and wind speed, and training its crew in procedures to retrieve the UAV from the water should there be a failure in onboard recovery efforts.

The NGPC platform features a 3.5 m by 0.5 m catapult based launcher, situated just behind the position of its primary weapon - the SMASH 30 mm remote controlled stabilised naval gun system from Turkish defence company Aselsan. To retrieve the fixed wing UAV under normal operating conditions, the NGPC utilises a net-based impact-absorbing system deployed on the deck behind the bridge.

The Fulmar UAV features a wingspan of 3 m and a length of 1.2 m. It can operate at altitudes of up to 4,000 m (13,000 ft), and can carry a payload of up to 8 kg. According a Thales EspaƱa official who spoke to Jane's at the DSA 2016 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, the Fulmar UAV in MMEA configuration will each carry one high-resolution video camera that allows for automatic target tracking via operator consoles located either onboard the ship, or in a ground control station.

The MMEA is currently in the process of receiving six new 44 m NGPCs from Malaysian company Desini Shipbuilding.

(Jane's)

Six More HERCULES Armoured Recovery Vehicles Delivered

21 April 2017


Australian Army M88A2 Hercules Armoured Recovery Vehicle (photo : Army Recognition)

Defence has bought six new M88A2 HERCULES armoured recovery vehicles, marking an important milestone for Army.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the delivery of the HERCULES (Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System) vehicles is critical to ensure the safe and effective operation of Australia’s Abrams Main Battle Tank capability.

“The HERCULES is a 64 tonne tracked vehicle used primarily for the repair and recovery of tanks and other vehicles whilst under fire and will complement the seven currently in operation,” Minister Pyne said. 

“Valued at more than $58 million, the six new HERCULES will support armoured units based in Darwin and Townsville, and operator and maintenance training at Puckapunyal and Bandiana in Victoria.

“Pleasingly the maintenance, servicing and engineering support for this equipment will be delivered regionally by Broadspectrum, with four new jobs to be created in Darwin.” 

Since their delivery to Defence, all six vehicles have been accepted into service, painted in Australian camouflage and sent to their units.

(Aus DoD)

Uji Coba KAL-12 Patkamla

21 April 2017


Kal 12 Patroli keamanan Laut (Patkamla) (photo : Koarmatim)

Kepala Dinas Kelaikan Material Angkatan Laut (Kadislaikmatal) Laksma TNI  Sudarmoko,M.M., yang didampingi Kasatharmatim Kolonel Laut Atmuji melaksanakan kunjungan ke Koarmatim dalam rangka menyaksikan Uji Coba (Ucob) Kal 12 Patroli keamanan Laut (Patkamla) di perairan Selat Madura  Koarmatim, Ujung Surabaya. Kamis (20/04/2017).

KAL Patkamla ini produksi  PT Rizquna Jakarta   dengan  karateristik panjang 12 meter, lebar 3,4 meter, dengan jarak jelajah 10 jam/250 mil dan kecepatan 35 knot. Dengan kemampuan angkut 12 personil.

(Armada Timur)

Singapore AH-64Ds to Get New EW Suite

21 April 2017

Other report says the latest helicopter design is similar to the Israel Defense Forces AH-64D-I Saraf. (photos : kementah)

Singapore will upgrade its fleet of Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopters.

The work will involve installing a helicopter integrated electronic warfare system (HIEWS), says Singapore's defence ministry. This will improve survivability and satellite communications.



The defence ministry has not named the supplier for the new equipment, but says the project is expected to be completed "over the next few years".

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Singapore operates 17 AH-64Ds with an average age of 12.2 years. It originally obtained 18 Apaches, but one was lost in a September 2010 crash.

(FlightGlobal)

20 April 2017

50,000 hour Milestone for RAAF VIP Fleet

20 April 2017


One of two RAAF BBJs. (photo : Aus DoD)

The RAAF’s 34 Squadron has marked 50,000 flying hours with its current fleet of two Boeing BBJ and three Bombardier Challenger 604 Special Purpose Aircraft (SPA).

The 50,000 flying hour milestone was passed in March.

“Recent flood and cyclone damage in Queensland and northern New South Wales led 34SQN to provide transport for the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to those regions,” 34 Squadron commanding officer Wing Commander Angus Porter told Air Force News.


Bombardier Challenger 604 (photo : Eugene Butler)

“That such a task coincided with the squadron surpassing 50,000 flying hours with the SPA fleet is exemplary of the flexibility and reliability that we have provided government.”

The aircraft, which are leased, first entered service in 2002. Based at Fairbairn Defence Establishment at Canberra Airport, they are used predominantly on government transport/VIP tasks.

Northrop Grumman Australia provides lease management and maintenance services for the aircraft.

(Australian Aviation)

US Approves Transfer of Hamilton Class Large Patrol Ship to Vietnam

20 April 2017


USCGC Morgenthau WHEC 722 (photo : SBGrad)

US Coast Guard ship USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722) has withdrawn from service and will be transferred to Vietnam.

The information was published by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in its April 13, 2017 report, posted on its official website.

Specifically, the USCGC Morgenthau Coast Guard (WHEC 722) has just been withdrawn from the US Coast Guard, which will be transferred to Vietnam under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program.

Vietnam has proposed to buy three US patrol boats, however the figure passed is only one, which was approved on October 3, 2016.

The Hamilton-based USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722) patrol boat was built at the Avondale Plant, which was officially established on March 10, 1969, and has just retired on April 18,



The ship has a full load stretch of 3,250 tons; Length 115 m; Width 13 m; Draft of 4.6 m; 160 crew members (20 officers, 140 crew members); USCGC Morgenthau's home port in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The WHEC 722 is equipped with a combination of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines for a top speed of 29 knots (53.7 km / h), a range of 14,000 nautical miles (22,531 Km), 45 days continuous seeding time.

Weapon equipment of the WHEC 722 includes the AN / SPS-40 airborne surveillance radar, the 76.2 mm Oto Breda main gun, the 20 mm Phalanx CIWS close-in defense system, the 25 mm Bushmaster M242 automatic gun and 12.7 mm M2 Browning heavy machine gun and a 7.62 mm M240 light hun.

Based on the precedents of the Hamilton ships shipped to the US Navy by the United States, the equipment may be removed prior to transfer.

However, if everything goes well, USCGC Morgenthau will still be very useful to Vietnam as it is a large vessel with wide range of activities and long seas, This is important for our ability to enforce maritime law.

(Soha)

KRI Pati Unus 384 Pensiun

20 April 2017


Upacara penurunan ular-ular perang KRI Pati Unus 384 (photo : Koarmabar) 

Upacara Penurunan Ular-ular Perang KRI PATI UNUS-384 di Dermaga Lantamal I Belawan

Jakarta, 19 April 2017,-- Komandan Pangkalan Utama Angkatan Laut (Danlantamal) I Belawan Laksamana Pertama TNI Roberth Wolter Tappangan, S.H., mewakili Panglima Komando Armada RI Kawasan Barat (Pangarmabar) Laksamana Muda TNI Aan Kurnia, S.Sos., memimpin Upacara Penurunan Ular-Ular Perang dan pelepasan Kapal Perang Republik Indonesia (KRI) Pati Unus-384 dari dinas aktif TNI Angkatan Laut di Dermaga Lantamal I Belawan, Rabu (19/4).

Dalam amanat Pangarmabar Laksamana Muda TNI Aan Kurnia, S.Sos., yang dibacakan Danlantamal I Belawan menyampaikan bahwa, upacara penurunan ular-ular perang KRI merupakan upacara khas tradisi TNI Angkatan Laut yang menandakan berakhirnya operasional KRI dalam melaksanakan pengabdian dan menjaga perairan Yurisdiksi Nasional.


KRI Pati Unus 384, korvet anti kapal selam eks Parchim class (photo : Bintang)

Lebih lanjut disampaikan Pangarmabar Laksamana Muda TNI Aan Kurnia, S.Sos., pelaksanaan upacara ini sebagai tindak lanjut dari kebijakan Minimum Esential Force TNI Angkatan Laut yaitu pengadaan kapal-kapal perang baru dan penghapusan unsur KRI yang telah mengalami penurunan fungsi kapal perang secara bertahap.

“KRI Pati Unus-384 merupakan kapal kombatan jenis Parchim yang dibangun di galangan Penne Werft, Jerman Timur tahun 1983 dan masuk di jajaran TNI AL pada Tahun 1993. Kapal di bawah pembinaan satuan Kapal Eskorta Koarmabar ini berusia 34 Tahun dan selama 24 Tahun dengan kemampuan sebagai anti kapal selam”, jelas Pangarmabar.

Diakhir amanatnya Pangarmabar Laksamana Muda TNI Aan Kurnia, S.Sos., menyampaikan ucapan terima kasih dan penghargaan setinggi-tingginya kepada Komandan serta Prajurit KRI Pati Unus-384 atas pengabdian yang telah ditunjukan. 

Upacara tersebut diikuti Personel Perwira, Bintara, Tamtama dan pegawai negeri sipil (PNS) Lantamal I Belawan serta Personel Marinir Yonmarhanlan I Belawan.

(Armada Barat)

Cirrus to Provide Navy Electronic Warfare Simulation Training

20 April 2017


The Minister for Defence Industry awards two contracts to Cirrus, for the supply of the ‘Tactical Electronic Warfare’ (TACEW) simulation training system and an ‘Incident Training Application’ (ITA) prototype (photo : caxsupport)

Electronic Warfare Simulation Equips Sailors and Submariners to Project Fleets

In a collaborative project with Australian industry, the Royal Australian Navy is extending its use of simulation in training to ensure future electronic warfare sailors are equipped with the most advanced skills to successfully fight at sea.

Navy is planning to deploy a common electronic warfare sensor suite across the future fleet and is matching the training to meet upcoming demand.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a contract signed with the Australian company, Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems Pty Ltd would see advanced new maritime training systems designed and developed in Australia.

“The contract valued at around $4.4 million will see the development of a tactical electronic warfare training system to provide tuition, assessment and qualification of electronic warfare practitioners across the full range of Navy ships, from a single facility ashore,” Minister Pyne said.

Minister Pyne said the modernisation of training at the School of Maritime Warfare at HMAS Watson, in Sydney, would reduce the training burden on ships at sea and offers a consistent training continuum.

“Navy’s current training facilities are based on the equipment and systems in the Adelaide and Anzac class frigates, but as these systems develop, so too must the training,” he said.

“Tactical electronic warfare involves the effective employment of systems, tactics and operating procedures to exploit the electromagnetic spectrum to protect Navy’s ships and people from all manner of threats.”

The sailors who will train and qualify on these systems will have a greater understanding of electronic warfare and a broader range of skills before they are posted to a ship and work at sea.

“The enhanced training systems will be capable of generating scenarios that simulate physical and electronic attacks where control of the electromagnetic spectrum can neutralise those threats,” Minister Pyne said.

“The machines will be able to load relevant software to replicate different ship types and the layouts of electronic warfare systems at sea.”

Minister Pyne said in a second win for Australian industry, Cirrus had also been awarded an international contract to develop a complex prototype Incident Training Application (ITA).

“If accepted for further development, the ITA would be used in the jointly developed AN-BYG-1 Submarine Tactical and Weapon Control System to enhance submarine crew training,” he said.

(Aus DoD)

19 April 2017

Depohar 50 Mampu Membuat Radar dan Komponen Radar

19 April 2017


Komponen radar sudah mampu dibuat oleh Depohar 50 (photo : TNI AU)

Depohar 50 Kembangkan Inovasi dan Kreatifitas

Depo Pemeliharaan 50 (Depohar 50) adalah satuan pelaksana pemeliharaan di bawah Komandan Koharmatau bertugas melaksanakan pemeliharaan tingkat berat peralatan radar TNI Angkatan Udara, pembinaan personel spesialis radar dalam rangka pemeliharaan on site dan off site, maupun menyelenggarakan kesiapan test bench.

Dibawah kepemimpinan Kolonel Lek. Wahyu Widodo, Depohar 50 bersama satuan jajaran seperti Satuan Pemeliharaan (Sathar) Radar 51, Sathar Radar 52 dan Sathar Radar 53 berhasil mengembangkan inovasi dan kreatifitas dalam membuat komponen-komponen radar.


Sathar Radar 52 ketika memperbaiki Radar Plessey (photo : Sathar Radar 52)

Menurut Dandepohar 50 Kolonel Lek. Wahyu Widodo, Depohar sudah dapat membuat radar yang dapat memantau pergerakan pesawat-pesawat sipil maupun pesawat latih TNI AU, serta komponen radar yang sesuai dengan aslinya.

Kasau Marsekal Hadi Tjahjanto, S.IP., sangat mengapresiasi inovasi yang dilakukan Depohar 50 beserta jajarannya dalam mendukung operasional radar.

“ini sangat jauh menghemat anggaran pemeliharaan, karena harganya hanya seperempat dari harga yang ditawarkan mitra”, ujar Kasau disela-sela kunjungannya ke Depohar 50 Lanud Adi Soemarmo, Minggu (16/4).

(TNI AU)

PHL's Second SSV Now Completed, Awaiting Inspection Before Voyage Home

19 April 2017


SSV-2 BRP Davao Del Sur LD-602 (photo : Gombaljaya)

MANILA (PNA) -- Construction of the country's second strategic sealift vessel (SSV), the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), is now officially completed, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced on Tuesday.

With this development, the ship is now awaiting for the PN's pre-delivery inspection (PDI) team which will check the vessel for possible defect, said Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message to the Philippine News Agency.

"SSV 2 is now completed. PDI team for BRP Davao Del Sur is now enroute for Indonesia today (April 18)," he added.

Lincuna said BRP Davao Del Sur is scheduled to sail for the country by first week of May and her arrival is expected on the second week of the same month.

The BRP Davao Del Sur was launched last Sept. 29. She is the sister ship of the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), currently the largest Filipino warship in commissioned.

BRP Tarlac was commissioned during short ceremonies at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor last June 1.

She arrived in the Philippines last May 14 after a five-day journey from PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya which started on May 9.

BRP Davao Del Sur is also a Makassar-class landing platform dock like her sister ship BRP Tarlac.

Its delivery to the Philippines, tentatively scheduled this coming May, will complete the two-unit SSV procurement project with an approved budget contract of PHP4 billion sourced from the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund.

Just like the BRP Tarlac, the PN's latest SSV will serve as a floating command-and-control ship especially in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response and will also serve as a military sealift and transport vessel.

The ship has an overall length of 120 meters, breadth of 21 meters, draft of five meters, and can carry a payload of 2,800 tons.

She has a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.

BRP Davao Del Sur can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters. 

(PNA)