20 September 2017

November, Indonesia dan Rusia Tanda Tangani Kontrak Pembelian 11 Sukhoi

20 September 2017

Pesawat Su-35 Flanker E (photo : Sergei Chaikovsky)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu mengungkapkan bahwa proses pembelian 11 pesawat Sukhoi Su-35 sudah memasuki tahap finalisasi.

Menurut Ryamizard, penandatanganan kontrak dengan pihak Rusia akan dilakukan pada November 2017.

"Finalisasi pembelian Sukhoi, ya sudah, sudah sampai (finalisasi), nanti tanda tangan selesai semua. November orangnya (pihak Rusia) ke sini," ujar Ryamizard saat ditemui usai rapat koordinasi khusus tingkat menteri di Kemenko Polhukam, Jakarta Pusat, Rabu (20/9/2017).

Setelah penandatanganan, lanjut Ryamizard, diperkirakan sebelas Sukhoi tersebut baru akan tiba setelah dua tahun. Meski satu skuadron terdiri dari 16 pesawat, namun pemerintah belum berencana untuk membeli lima Sukhoi sisanya.

"Ya dibuat dulu dia, dua tahun paling enggak," kata Ryamizard.

Sebelumnya, Pemerintah Indonesia dan Rusia sepakat melakukan imbal beli dalam membeli 11 pesawat Sukhoi SU-35 dengan sejumlah komoditas nasional.

Barter tersebut terealisasi setelah ditandatangainya nota kesepahaman (MoU) antara BUMN Rusia, Rostec, dengan BUMN Indonesia, PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia.

Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu menegaskan bahwa pembelian Sukhoi melalui mekanisme imbal beli tersebut sesuai dengan Undang-Undang Nomor 16 Tahun 2012 tentang Industri Pertahanan.

"Ini baru pertama kali kita merasakan undang-undang itu sebelumnya belum terlaksana. Pembelian ini berdasarkan undang-undang, sesuai aturan," ujar Ryamizard saat memberikan keterangan pers di Kementerian Pertahanan, Jakarta Pusat, Selasa (22/8/2017).

Adapun Pasal 43 Ayat 5 (e) UU Industri Pertahanan menyatakan bahwa setiap pengadaan alat peralatan pertahanan keamanan (Alpalhankam) dari luar negeri wajib disertakan imbal dagang, kandungan lokal dan ofset minimal 85 persen, di mana kandungan lokal dan/atau ofset paling rendah 35 persen.

Sementara itu pihak Rusia hanya sanggup memberikan ofset dan lokal konten sebesar 35 persen, maka Indonesia menegaskan kembali bahwa pembelian Sukhoi ini dibarengi dengan kegiatan imbal beli yang nilainya 50 persen nilai kontrak.

Barter tersebut terealisasi setelah ditandatangainya nota kesepahaman (MoU) antara BUMN Rusia, Rostec, dengan BUMN Indonesia, PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia.

Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu menegaskan bahwa pembelian Sukhoi melalui mekanisme imbal beli tersebut sesuai dengan Undang-Undang Nomor 16 Tahun 2012 tentang Industri Pertahanan.

"Ini baru pertama kali kita merasakan undang-undang itu sebelumnya belum terlaksana. Pembelian ini berdasarkan undang-undang, sesuai aturan," ujar Ryamizard saat memberikan keterangan pers di Kementerian Pertahanan, Jakarta Pusat, Selasa (22/8/2017).

Adapun Pasal 43 Ayat 5 (e) UU Industri Pertahanan menyatakan bahwa setiap pengadaan alat peralatan pertahanan keamanan (Alpalhankam) dari luar negeri wajib disertakan imbal dagang, kandungan lokal dan ofset minimal 85 persen, di mana kandungan lokal dan/atau ofset paling rendah 35 persen.

Sementara itu pihak Rusia hanya sanggup memberikan ofset dan lokal konten sebesar 35 persen, maka Indonesia menegaskan kembali bahwa pembelian Sukhoi ini dibarengi dengan kegiatan imbal beli yang nilainya 50 persen nilai kontrak.

Selain itu, lanjut Ryamizard, pihak Rusia memberikan keleluasaan bagi Indonesia untuk membangun tempat pemeliharaan suku cadang pesawat di dalam negeri.

Menurut Ryamizard, skema tersebut akan menguntungkan Indonesia, sebab dua negara pengguna Sukhoi yakni Malaysia dan Vietnam akan melakukan pemeliharaan di Indonesia.

"Kami juga diberikan keleluasaan untuk pemeliharaan atau MRO. Jadi nanti ada tempat pemeliharaan, jelas, ada juga transfer of technology-nya. Jadi tidak usah dibawa lagi ke Rusia. Jauh dan mahal," ujar Ryamizard.

"Dengan ada di sini banyak untungnya. Apalagi yang punya Sukhoi-nya di asia ada dua yaitu Malaysia dan Vietnam. Mereka nanti akan melakukan pemeliharaan juga," ucap mantan KASAD itu.

Pada kesempatan yang sama Menteri Perdagangan Enggartiasto Lukita mengatakan, dengan skema imbal beli tersebut, Indonesia mendapat potensi ekspor sebesar 50 persen dari nilai pembelian SU-35.

Namun menurut Enggartiasto, Rusia belum memutuskan komoditas nasional apa yang akan dibeli.

"Persentase dalam pengadaan Su-35 ini yaitu 35 persen dalam bentuk ofset dan 50 persen dalam bentuk imbal beli. Dengan demikian, Indonesia mendapatkan nilai ekspor sebesar USD 570 juta dari USD 1,14 miliar pengadaan SU-35," ujar Enggar.

(Kompas)

Australian AUV Pilots Complete Two-Week Course

20 September 2017


One of the autonomous underwater vehicles used during the course at the HMAS Penguin Pittwater annex. (photo : RAN)

Underwater vehicles set course

Personnel from Mine Warfare Team 16 and the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic School took part in an Autonomous Underwater Vehicles training course recently.

They were joined by participants from the Australian Maritime College, Tasmania and the University of California-Davis.

The two-week pilot course, conducted at HMAS Penguin’s Pittwater annex, aimed to provide a comprehensive foundation in preparation for the delivery of significant new maritime autonomous systems through project SEA1778 – Deployable Mine Counter-Measures, commencing in 2018.

Led by Dr Alexander Forrest, of the University of California-Davis, with assistance from members of the Australian Maritime College – Isak Bowden-Floyd, Supun Randeni and Peter King – the course aimed to provide the future operators with the skills they needed to handle, maintain and operate the vehicles in a safe and effective manner.

The first of its kind, the course included theory and practical lessons in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles technology, mission planning, fault-finding, launch and recovery, as well as data analysis and optimisation.

Participants used their new-found knowledge to plan, execute and recover the vehicle on a number of missions, as well as to process and analyse the data collectedduring the missions.

Commanding Officer Mine Warfare Team 16 Lieutenant Commander Ryan Carmichael said the experience was invaluable for the divers.

“A key component to the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle’s development program is maximising opportunities to engage with and learn from organisations already operating these vehicles, such as the Australian Maritime College and Defence Science and Technology Group, as well as our partner nations,” Lieutenant Commander Carmichael said.

“This course was an exciting step in the right direction for generating a deployable Mine Counter-Measure capability in support of maritime task groups of the future.”

In total, 15 hours of vehicle missions were conducted over 55 operational hours using two Teledyne-Gavia manportable vehicles.

They were provided by the Australian Maritime College as well as the Science and Technology Group.

The vehicles collected high quality sonar imagery and detailed bathymetric products of the ocean floor, including mooring blocks and miscellaneous items.

The successful course was the first step in the implementation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles into Royal Australian Navy service.

(RAN)

Vietnamese Fleet will Add Three More Large Vessels

20 September 2017


Gepard 3.9 with temporary hull number from the shipyard (photo : parxis)

From now to early 2018, the Vietnam Navy and the Vietnam Coast Guard will put into service three large patrol ships and guards.

Last week, the first Gepard 3.9 rocket train belonging to Russia's second pair of ships to Vietnam was picked up by the super-heavy Rolldock Star ship.

The ship has officially left the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea, which is expected to last for more than a month.

Prior to that, Zelenodolsk Shipyard CEO Renat Mistahov announced that the couple's second Gepard 3.9 will be handed over in November.

So including the time to go to sea around January 1/1818 Vietnam will receive enough pairs.

At present, the Coast Guard has successfully completed the US Coast Guard (USCGC Morgenthau) (US Coast Guard) (WHEC 722) receiving vessel from the US Coast Guard, which has received the new number of CSB 8020.


The CSB 8020 of Vietnam ex USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722) of the US Coast Guard. (photo : Maritime Hawaii)

As is customary for the duration of the transfer as well as the training process, it is very likely that the ship will leave for Vietnam after the end of September 2017.

Because of the swim from Honolulu to the water, not depending on the heavy transport ship, the cruise time in the sea will only take a few weeks.

Therefore, it may be possible for the Vietnam Coast Guard to put the CSB 8020 on duty before the Navy's 3.9 Gepard pair.

Thanks to the addition of three large ships in a short time, Vietnam's maritime power will increase significantly compared to the present.

In the near future, when deploying the project of building six new patrol boats in the country, plus 6 Japanese ODA-funded vessels, and some old ships delivered by Korea, Vietnam is capable enough to ensure Maintain the sovereignty of the sea island of the country.

(BaoDatViet)

Lanud Atang Senjaya (ATS) Bogor Menerima 2 Helikopter EC-725 AP Caracal

20 September 2017


Lanud Atang Senjaya (ATS) Bogor menerima dua unit pesawat helikopter EC-725 AP Caracal dari PT Dirgantara Indonesia (photo : TribunNews)

Tingkatkan Kekuatan TNI AU, Lanud Atang Senjaya Kedatangan 2 Helikopter Dari PT Dirgantara Indonesia

TRIBUNNEWSBOGOR.COM, BOGOR BARAT - Lanud Atang Senjaya (ATS) Bogor menerima dua unit pesawat helikopter dari PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Selasa (19/9/2017).

Dua pesawat tersebut diantaranya adalah pesawat helikopter EC-725 AP Caracal dengan nomor registrasi HT-7205 dan HT-7206.

Penerimaan dua pesawat helikopter itu sendiri merupakan sisa dari total jumlah enam pesawat yang dipesan dari PT Dirgantara Indonesia, sebab sebelumnya telah diterima sebanyak empat pesawat.

Kehadiran kedua pesawat HT-7205 dan HT-7206 disambut dalam bentuk tradisi penerimaan pesawat yang berlaku di TNI Angkatan Udara Lanud ATS.

Asrena Kasau, Marsda TNI Fahru Zaini Isnanto mengatakan, dengan adanya tambahan dua pesawat tersebut maka kekuatan TNI Angkatan Udara secara umum dan Skadron Udara 8 Wing 4 Lanud ATS secara khusus akan bertambah.

"Pembelian pesawat helikopter EC-725 AP Caracal ini juga sekaligus melengkapi empat pesawat helikopter EC-725 AP Caracal sebelumnya," katanya dalam siaran pers yang diterima TribunnewsBogor.com.

Dia pun berharap dengan bertambahnya kekuatan pesawat tersebut, kegiatan operasi yang dilaksanakan Lanud ATS bisa semakin ditingkatkan.

“Kemudian juga dalam pelaksanaan kegiatan operasi, saya berharap dapat berjalan dengan aman dan lancar," terangnya.

Hal senada diungkapkan oleh Direktur Niaga PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Irzal Rinaldi Zailani yanga hadir dalam penerimaan dua pesawat itu di Lanud ATS.

“Dengan terus bertambahnya kekuatan pesawat di TNI Angkatan Udara yang semakin canggih, akan membuat Indonesia semakin disegani oleh negara-negara lain”, ucap Irzal.

Sebagai informasi, dalam kegiatan serah terima dua pesawat itu sendiri, Lanud ATS turut mengadakan kegiatan istighosah dengan menghadirkan 50 orang anak yatim dari panti asuhan Doratun Solihin Bogor untuk mendoakan agar pesawat yang baru tersebut dapat dipergunakan secara baik, aman dan lancar serta terhindar dari bencana.

(TribunNews)

19 September 2017

Hawk Mk-209 TT-0204 Selesai Menjalani Major Servicing

19 September 2017


Hawk Mk-209 TT-0204 (photo : Eda Perkasa)

Setelah Melaksanakan Major Servicing Hawk MK-209 Pulang Kandang

Penlanud Abd - Pesawat Hawk Mk-209 merupakan pesawat tempur ringan buatan Inggris British Aerospace (BAE) dengan nomor seri IS-002 dan nomor Registrasi TT-0204 masuk ke Sathar untuk pemeliharaan major servicing pada tanggal 26 Oktober 2016 dan 15 September 2017 pesawat tersebut telah selesai masa perawatannya dan siap mengikuti latihan operasi berikutnya.

Pesawat tempur Hawk Mk-209 TT-0204 milik Skadron Udara 12 Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin Pekan Baru Setelah hampir satu tahun mengalami pemeliharaan Major Servicing di Sathar 32 Depohar 30 Lanud Abd Saleh Malang, hari ini Jumat (15/9) diserahkan kembali ke home basenya bertempat di lapangan apel Sathar 32 Depohar 30 yang ditandai dengan penandatanganan berita acara penyerahan oleh Komandan Depohar 30 Kolonel Tek Edy Supriyono, SE kepada pilotnya Mayor Pnb Ferdinal Umar didampingi Kapten Pnb Martono disaksikan oleh Komandan Sathar 32 dan para pejabat Depohar 30 beserta anggotanya.

Satuan Pemeliharaan 32 (Sathar 32), satuan pelaksana dibawah Depo Pemeliharaan 30 (Depohar 30) Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh Malang mempunyai tugas melaksanakan pembuatan / perbaikan tingkat berat beragam pesawat tempur dari jenis Su-27/30, Super Tucano, Hawk 100/200 dan pesawat Cassa C-212.

“Setelah hampir satu tahun tepatnya tanggal 15 September 2017, Sathar 32 telah berhasil melakukan pengerjaan major servicing (servis berat) pesawat tempur Hawk Mk-209 dibawah komando Komandan Sathar 32 Mayor Tek Slamet Riyanto, S.T., dan telah dilaksanakan test flight beberapa kali dengan hasil baik.” Tegas Nya Hingga hari ini pesawat Hawk Mk-209 masih tes flight dengan melakukan terbang low pass di area Lanud Abd Saleh. Berdasarkan SPT: Spt/1769/IX/2017 Tgl 15-09-2017 Pesawat dinyatakan release rencananya hawk Mk-209 akan kembali ke sarangnya Tgl 18 September 2017.

(TNI AU)

P6.7B Allocated for Brand New Coast Guard Air, Sea Assets

19 September 2017


Philippine Coast Guard incoming assets (image : pdff)

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has been allocated with PHP6.7 billion for the acquisition of sea and air assets in 2018, House appropriations committee member Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel said. PHP3.1 billion was lodged in the budget of the PCG itself, while P3.6 billion is in the allocation of its mother agency, the Department of Transportation.

“The fresh funding will help pay for the acquisition of 10 newly built 44-meter patrol boats from Japan, of which five have already been delivered to the PCG,” Pimentel said.

The budget will also be used for the French-built four 24-meter fast boats and 82-meter vessel expected to be delivered in 12 months and in 2019, respectively.

The PCG is also acquiring two Japan-made 94-meter patrols vessels expected to be delivered in 2020 and 2021. “The 94-meter boats in particular can operate continuously for 15 days, so they can help reinforce existing Philippine Navy and PCG vessels that are now guarding our exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea,” Pimentel said.

He added that the PCG is also spending PHP922 million for firearms, PHP686 million for a chopper meant for deployment aboard a boat and PHP682 million for smaller watercraft.

4000 new PCG uniformed personnel will also be hired in preparation for upcoming new assets. “We’ve increased from 8,930 this year to 12,930 in 2018 the authorized positions for uniformed PCG personnel,” Pimentel said.

PCG is also acquiring 7 to 15 meters high-performance rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) which can be deployed from bigger patrol vessels.

“These high-speed RIBs will be helpful in vessel interdiction and non-compliant boarding team operations. They can also help fight off terrorists as well as drug smugglers aboard motorized boats,” he said.

(Update)

Indonesian Navy Outlines Specifications for Seventh LPD

19 September 2017


The Indonesian Navy is finalising parameters for a seventh landing platform dock ship. Vessel is projected to be the most complex LPD yet, given its secondary role as a command ship (photo : defence.pk)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) is in the process of outlining requirements for a seventh landing platform dock (LPD) ship, and is expected to request a sum of about USD72 million from the government for this acquisition, sources from the service’s headquarters in Cilangkap confirmed with Jane’s on 18 September.

This information has since been corroborated with an official from shipbuilder PT PAL in Surabaya, who confirmed that the company is in discussions with TNI-AL for a seventh LPD, but emphasised that a formal contract for the platform has yet to materialise. “The LPD is similar to the five vessels [already in fleet] and the one under construction, but it will be more complex”, the official told Jane’s , without giving further details.

PT PAL laid down the keel for the sixth vessel in Surabaya on 28 August. The platform is based on a design by South Korea's Dae Sun Shipbuilding and Engineering. The shipyard had previously constructed two similar platforms, KRI Banjarmasin (592) and KRI Banda Aceh (593), for the TNI–AL in-country.

Three earlier ships in the class, KRI Dr Soeharso (990), KRI Makassar (590), and KRI Surabaya (591), were built in Busan, South Korea by Dae Sun, with officials and engineers from PT PAL understudying the construction works under a knowledge transfer agreement. Dr Soeharso is currently operated by the TNI–AL as a hospital ship.

(Jane's)

Sixth RAAF KC-30A Arrives at Amberley

19 September 2017


Sixth RAAF KC-30A (photo : ADBR)

The sixth Airbus Defence and Space KC-30A MRTT for the RAAF arrived at Amberley, south-east Queensland on September 1.

The former A330-203 airliner saw service with Qantas and Jetstar as VH-EBH and first flew in 2007. It was converted to MRTT configuration by Airbus Defence and Space at Getafe near Madrid and arrived at Amberley, where it will enter service with 33 Squadron, wearing its Spanish test registration MRTT039.

The aircraft requires the completion of airworthiness directive (AD) and service bulletin (SB) work, Australian Defence Business Review understands, as well as hardware and software configuration upgrades to bring it up to a common standard with the RAAF’s five existing KC-30As before being accepted into service.

Once the ADs and SBs have been addressed and signed-off on by an Airbus-certified authority the aircraft can be accepted onto the Commonwealth register as A39-006.

The RAAF’s seventh and final MRTT, also a former Qantas A330 – VH-EBI – is currently being modified to MRTT standard at Getafe. Along with its standard air-to-air refuelling capabilities, A39-007 will also feature a “government transport” VIP interior. It is due for delivery in late 2019.

The government approved Project AIR 7403 Phase 3 for the acquisition of two additional KC-30As in June 2015.

(ADBR)

Tahun Depan, Pindad Produksi 100 "Medium Tank" Pesanan Kemenhan

19 September 2017


Tank medium Pindad (photo : fallenpx)

BANDUNG, KOMPAS.com - PT Pindad bersama FNSS Turki tengah membuat dua unit purwarupa medium tank. Satu medium tank saat ini sudah selesai dan segera menjalankan tes ledak.

"Satu dibuat di Turki satu dibuat di Indonesia. Prototipe pertama sudah selesai dan akan ditampilkan dalam parade 5 Oktober 2017 (HUT TNI) mendatang," ujar Direktur Utama PT Pindad Abraham Mose seusai sarasehan industri pertahanan di PT Pindad, Jalan Gatot Subroto, Kota Bandung, Senin (18/9/2017).

Abraham menjelaskan, purwarupa pertama akan menjalani tes ledak setelah dipamerkan 5 Oktober 2017. Tes ledak akan menyempurnakan purwarupa kedua yang akan dibuat di Indonesia. 

"Apa akan terjadi perubahan deformasi. Kalau terjadi deformasi baru kita lanjutkan prototipe kedua sehingga betul-betul sempurna," tuturnya. 

Setelah sempurna, PT Pindad akan mulai memproduksi pesanan medium tank dari Kementerian Pertahanan sebanyak 300 unit. Pengerjaan dilakukan 2018 mendatang.

"Kebutuhan (Kemenhan) paling tidak sampai 300 unit. Tapi tahun pertama 100 dulu," jelasnya.

Abraham menambahkan, PT Pindad dipastikan tidak bekerja sendiri dalam memproduksi 100 unit medium tank pesanan Kementrian Pertahanan.

Meski sudah memesan,  PT Pindad belum bisa membeberkan nilai kontrak produksi 100 unit medium tank. Sebab hingga kini, harga jualnya belum diketahui.

"Tahap pertama belum bisa sendiri. Kerja sama dengan siapa, kita akan tetapkan nanti untuk menyuplai baja dan lain-lain," ungkapnya. 

Mengenai keunggulan produk, Abraham mengatakan, medium tank tidak jauh berbeda dengan tank leopard yang sudah diproduksi sebelumnya. "Medium tank ini lebih kecil sedikit dari Leopard. Kurang lebih sama kemampuannya, battle tank medium," tandasnya. 

(Kompas)

18 September 2017

Menhan Ryamizard Ryacudu Tinjau Kesiapan Turret di Pindad

18 September 2017

Turret 105mm CMI Defense Belgia (photo : Tribun News)

TRIBUNJABAR.CO.ID,BANDUNG- Menteri Pertahanan RI, Ryamizard Ryacudu, meninjau kesiapan turret dalam mendukung medium tank pertama buatan dalam negeri hasil pengembangan bersama FNSS Turki pada acara sarasehan industri pertahanan, di PT Pindad (Persero), Senin (18/9/2017).

Menhan meninjau secara langsung kesiapan progress Medium tank beserta turret 105 mm kerja sama dengan CMI Defense Belgia.

Sarasehan ini juga dihadiri oleh Direktur Utama beserta Direksi dari industri strategis dan swasta.
Proyek medium tank adalah program negara yang termasuk pada 7 pengembangan strategis Kemhan.

Proyek medium tank dimulai pada tahun 2015, dan pada 5 Oktober 2017 nanti akan tampil dalam puncak perayaan HUT TNI ke-72 di Cilegon.

Direktur Utama Pindad, Abraham Mose mengapresiasi dukungan Menhan yang terus mendorong industri pertahanan dalam negeri untuk memenuhi kebutuhan Alutsista negara.

“Sarasehan ini merupakan atensi dari Menhan terhadap perkembangan terkini dari kesiapan indhan khususnya BUMNIS dalam mendukung Alutsista TNI dan Polri. Pindad merancang medium tank ini untuk melengkapi dan memenuhi kebutuhan alutsista dalam menjaga kedaulatan NKRI,” kata Abraham Mose.

(TribunNews)

New PH Patrol Vessels Built by Japan Spotted

18 September 2017


The sixth vessel BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407)

The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) sixth and seventh 44-meter Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV) surfaced online through photo and a video. These vessels are being named after primary lighthouses in the country to denote their significance as one of the navigational aids in the maritime industry.

The sixth vessel, BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407) was shown in a video suggesting the vessel is conducting sea trials. While probably the seventh (MRRV-4408), named BRP Cape San Agustin was shown docked in a photo.

These vessels are part of the 10-order deal with Japan Marine United Corporation (JMUC) under PCG’s Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) Phase I.

The fifth vessel, BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406) was received August 7. Deliveries are expected every quarter from the first delivery conducted August 2016.

According to MSCIP, these vessels will act as (1) “primary rescue vessels within the PCG District’s areas of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area.”

The MRRVs will also (2) assist in controlling oil pollution and protection of the marine environment. (3) These vessels will also enforce applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol. The vessels will provide (4) service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area, and (5) transport of personnel and logistical support.

(Update)

Pengembangan Anoa Sebagai Ranpur Infanteri Mekanis

18 September 2017

Ilustrasi ketahanan Panser ANOA 6x6 dari berbagai serangan (image : Kaskus Militer)

Tahun 2006, Pindad dan BPPT memulai pengembangan APS-3 yang tidak hanya bisa bermanuver di darat tetapi juga di perairan dangkal dan danau. Pengembangan ini menghasilkan varian 4×4, dan selanjutnya disempurnakan untuk diaplikasikan kemampuan amfibinya untuk varian 6×6. Uji coba varian pertama dilakukan awal tahun 2007 dan pada 10 Agustus 2008, 10 panser pertama APS-3 ANOA diproduksi. Tahun 2009, panser pertama diserahterimahkan kepada Kementrian Pertahanan.

Karena performa ANOA yang bagus dan adanya program kemandirian Alutsista yang digalakkan oleh Kementrian Pertahanan, PT. Pindad terus mengembangkan ANOA ke dalam beberapa varian. Khusus jajaran TNI AD sendiri, ANOA menjadi salah satu kendaraan tempur wajib yang harus dimiliki Satuan Infanteri Mekanis untuk mendukung tugas pokoknya.


Panser ANOA 6x6 (photo : Ryan Boedi)

Saat ini TNI AD mulai mengembangkan beberapa Brigade Infanteri (Brigif) di Indonesia menjadi Brigif Mekanis, diantaranya ; Brigif Mekanis-1/Pengaman Ibu Kota/Jaya Sakti di bawah Kodam Jaya, memiliki 3 Batalyon Mekanis (Yonif Mekanis-201/Jaya Yudha, Yonif Mekanis-202/Tajimalela dan Yonif Mekanis-203/Arya Kemuning), Brigif Mekanis-6/Trisakti Baladaya di bawah naungan Divisi Infanteri-2 Kostrad, yang menaungi 3 Batalyon Infanteri Mekanis (Yonif Mekanis-411/Pandawa, Yonif Mekanis-412/Bharata Eka Shakti dan Yonif Mekanis-413/Bremoro). dan Brigif Mekanis-16/Wira Yudha di bawah naungan Kodam V/Brawijaya, yang menaungi 3 Batalyon Infanteri Mekanis (Yonif Mekanis-512/Quratara Yudha, Yonif Mekanis-516/Caraka Yudha dan Yonif Mekanis-521/Dadaha Yudha).

Beberapa satuan di luar Jawa juga mulai dilengkapi dengan Ranpur ANOA untuk menunjang tugas pokoknya, seperti Yonif-113/Jaya Sakti di Kodam Iskandar Muda, Yonif Raider-134/Tombak Sakti di Kodam I/Bukit Barisan dan Yonif Raider Khusus-744/Satya Yudha Bhakti di Kodam IX/Udayana. Walaupun dalam pelaksanaannya belum terdukung sepenuhnya, TNI AD berupaya memenuhi kuota jumlah kendaraan tempurnya agar sesuai TOP (Tabel Organisasi dan Perlengkapan).


Panser ANOA 6x6 Kontingen Garuda (photo : Kaskus Militer)

Tiga Batalyon Lagi

Selain itu, kedepan, TNI AD berencana membentuk tiga Batalyon Infanteri Mekanis lagi di tiga komando daerah militer (Kodam) untuk menghadapi ancaman sesuai perkembangan lingkungan strategis global yang makin dinamis dan beragam. Pembentukan tiga Batalyon Infanteri Mekanis merupakan bagian dari penataan organisasi Angkatan Darat menghadapi tuntutan dan kebutuhan organisasi, agar lebih efektif dan efisien dalam pelaksanaan tugas.

Dari uraian di atas, menunjukkan bahwa ANOA merupakan salah satu Kendaraan Tempur (Ranpur) yang mumpuni jika dihadapkan dalam kondisi perang maupun tugas-tugas pengamanan. Ditambah performa gaharnya, tidak salah jika pimpinan TNI AD menempaatkan ANOA sebagai salah satu Alutsista yang dibutuhkan Batalyon Infanteri Mekanisnya. Pengakuan terhadap ANOA, produk karya anak bangsa ini, menjadi salah satu bukti kemandirian dan kemajuan sektor industri pertahanan Indonesia untuk memenuhi kebutuhan Alutsistanya di masa kini dan masa mendatang, khususnya TNI AD.

(TNI AD)

Army Chief Decommissioned Airship

18 September 2017


The Aeros 40D S/N 21, nicknamed Sky Dragon, together with the security patrol system was purchased for 350 million baht in 2009. Of the total price, 260 million baht was spent on a pair of AXsys V14 MS II surveillance cameras and 70 million on the ground control system that included an armoured vehicle. (photo : Bangkok Post)

Army chief defends decommissioned Bt350-million surveillance airship

Army commander-in-chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart said on Thursday a Bt350-million surveillance airship had been officially decommissioned after the airship reached its expiration date.

Army commander-in-chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart said on Thursday a Bt350-million surveillance airship had been officially decommissioned after the airship reached its expiration date.

Chalermchai was replying to reporters at the Army’s Command and General Staff College after being asked to comment on criticism about alleged wasteful spending on Army procurements for equipment that proved to be of limited value.

Chalermchai said the airship had reached the end of its term of operations because it was made of canvas, but the accompanying surveillance camera system could still be used. However, the Army did not plan to buy a new airship to replace the old one. 

The Army chief said the surveillance camera system would be dismounted from the airship and installed on another aircraft based on a decision by the forward command of the Internal Security Operations Command Area 4. The forward command was studying the issue in detail, Chalermchai said, adding that it would be unsafe to the airship at present.

“Its usage will have to be modified because the expensive part was the camera system,” Chalermchai said.

“No new airship will be bought, but we will adjust the use of the camera system, as it is expensive and the brains of the surveillance system. Now we are testing it on another aircraft.” 

Asked whether decommissioning marked the end of the airship monitoring programme in the southern border provinces, Chalermchai replied: “Yes. But other parts can be used on another aircraft.” 

The Army chief added that the trailer truck that hauled the aircraft would be sold in an auction to be held by the Army Transport Department to benefit the Army. He said it would be a waste to leave the trailer unused. 

Asked whether the surveillance airship project had been a “complete waste”, Chalermchai said it had still been functioning when he carried operations in the deep South in 2011.

Critics have said the airship was a graphic example of wasteful military procurement, exemplified by the purchase of handheld bomb detectors from Britain that proved to be useless. 

The airship project had a total budget of Bt350 million. The airship cost Bt260 million while the camera system, ground support equipment and other expenses cost Bt90 million. 

The airship was commissioned in 2009 but it suffered a leak and was required to be refilled with expensive helium, so it was subsequently stored in a hangar at the 15th Infantry Division in Pattani’s Nong Chik district. 

When Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha was Army chief, the Army hired a firm to provide maintenance for the airship for Bt50 million a year, after which it was subsequently used sporadically.

However, there was additional criticism that the airship flew lower than was safe, making it an easy target, so it was eventually put in storage again until its term of operations expired.

(Nation)

16 September 2017

Yonkav 12/BC Tanjungpura Dapat Tambahan 9 Kendaraan Tempur

16 September 2017


Kendaraan tempur AMX-13 diturunkan dari kapal ADRI ORCA XLVIII (photo : Tribun Pontianak)

TRIBUNPONTIANAK.CO.ID,  PONTIANAK - Batalyon Kavaleri 12/BC Jajaran Kodam XII Tanjung Pura mendapatkan dukungan dengan adanya penambahan unit Alutsista kendaraan tempur (Ranpur) dari Mabes TNI AD.

Alutsista ranpur berupa Tank sebanyak 9 unit dengan jenis meliputi AMX-13 Commando 4 unit, AMX APC 3 unit dan Tank AMX Ambulance 2 Unit.

Komandan Batalyon Kavaleri (Yonkav) 12/Beruang Cakti Letkol Kav Jamian menuturkan hal ini merupakan sesuai rencana dari Pussenkav Kodiklat TNI AD yang melaksanakan Penataan Alutsista di jajaran TNI AD Khususnya Satuan Kavaleri TNI AD.

Kemudian ia menambahkan hal ini juga merupakan Kebijakan dari Komando atas guna melengkapi Alutsista (Alat Utama Sistem Persenjataan ) di jajaran Satuan Bantuan Tempur Kodam XII TPR.

Di konfirmasi melalui telepon,  Letkol Kav Jamian mengatakan saat Ranpur Tank AMX Tiba di Pelabuhan Dwikora Pontianak Pada Rabu (13/9/ 2017) sore Pukul 15.00 wib dan malam ini dilakukan bongkar muat dengan menggunakan Kapal Pengangkut barang ADRI ORCA XLVIII

"Seperti diketahui kapal ADRI ORCA XLVIII merupakan kapal kebanggaan dan kepunyaan dari BEKANGAD (Perbekalan Angkatan Darat) TNI AD.  Malam ini ranpur itu dibongkar muat dan ranpur tersebut akan langsung dibawa ke Batalyon Kavaleri 12/BC Jl Raya Peniti Luar KM 29,2 Kabupaten Mempawah" jelasnya

Ia pun mengatakan dengan dilaksanakannya penataan alutsista dan penambahan ranpur (kendaraan tempur) lapis baja ini diharapkan akan dapat menambah kekuatan pertahanan wilayah.

"Karena mengingat letak pulau Kalimantan khususnya Kalbar yg merupakan wilayah dekat dengan perbatasan negara tetangga," ujarnya

Dikatakannya lagi, bertambahnya kendaraan tempur ini dapat memaksimalkan dan mendukung tugas pokok satuan Kavaleri khususnya Yonkav 12/BC dimana dalam bergerak satuan tersebut adalah satuan yang khusus menggunakan kendaraan-kendaraan tempur berlapis baja.

Ia berharap kedepannya harapan semua pelaksanaan penataan alutsista ini akan selalu dilaksanakan sesuai kebutuhan-kebutuhan dan situasi dinamika yang selalu berkembang.

PH Navy Buys 3 More Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts

16 September 2017


MPAC of the PN (photo : rhk111)

The Department of National Defense (DND) has launched the procurement of three (3) more Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts (MPAC) for the Philippine Navy. These will be the 10th, 11th, and 12th MPACs of the Philippine Navy.

The procurement project has an approved budget for contract (ABC) of PHP270,000,000.00 through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Act Trust Fund 2017.

Pre-Bid Conference was scheduled today, September 15. Deadline for submission of bids and opening of bids will be on September 29.

The Philippine Navy activated in May 2017 the three latest MPACs (488, 489, and 491) which are Mark IIIs. These MPACs were built by a joint venture between Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation and Taiwanese builder Lung Teh Shipbuilding Corporation in Propmech’s Subic facility.

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will be arming these recently activated MPACs with missile and other weapon systems. Delivery of these systems is expected in December this year.

(Update)

ST Kinetics Unveils Bronco Tracked Vehicle for Expanded Missions

16 September 2017


ST Kinetics unveiled its Bronco 3 all-terrain tracked carrier vehicle with a C-RAM radar and a mortar system at the DSEI conference in London. (photo : DefenseNews)

LONDON — Singapore’s ST Kinetics showcased its newest version of its Bronco all-terrain tracked carrier vehicle designed to support a wide variety of mission sets through easy reconfiguration.

First fielded in 2001 to the Singapore Army in 2001, ST Kinetics has produced several hundred of its first-version vehicles with more than 20 variants. The second version of the vehicle was built for the British Army — known in the U.K. as the Warthog — for operations in Afghanistan. The vehicle fleet was withdrawn from the country in 2014.

Bronco 3 is “the combination of the best of the lessons that we have learned in Bronco 1 and 2,” Phillip Ou, an ST Kinetics executive, said at a media briefing Wednesday at DSEI, a defense conference in London, England.

The vehicle is “lighter, more mobile and obviously more better protected,” Ou said.

The chief marketing officer for ST Kinetics, retired Brig. Gen. Winston Toh, said the Bronco 3 “has been 17 years in the making” and is now positioned to be deployed in all facets of a mission, from reconnaissance to troop carrying to combat support, as well as battlefield extraction to resupply.

A common chassis and some other design elements allow the vehicle to be modularly reconfigured, and some systems can be swapped out to meet different missions in about 20 minutes, according to Toh. Vehicle capability can also be expanded by added a trailer to the back with an identical tracked chassis equipped with other sensors or weapons systems.

The 16-ton vehicle — which would include a full payload complement — is able to traverse difficult terrain including sand and snow, which means it can creep up from unexpected directions and fire from locations that could not be accessed by other vehicles.

The vehicle unveiled at DSEI came equipped with a Green Rock tactical counter rocket; an artillery and mortar radar system; an Othello fire-source location system; a 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System; and a 12.7mm remote weapon station. The radar was fixed to the roof of a vehicle with the mortar system on the back of a trailer vehicle hitched to the first.

While the configuration at the show does not answer a specific requirement in the Singapore military or elsewhere, the company chose to showcase what it anticipates could meet operational needs of a variety of militaries, according to Toh.

The company has yet to find a first customer for Bronco 3, but Toh said ST Kinetics is hopeful the Singapore military would be interested in the new variant in the future.

As militaries around the world look for systems that are versatile, highly mobile, well-protected and can expand mission sets as threats and operational environments continue to change, ST Kinetics believes it has the answer in its Bronco 3.

The company noted its track record with survivability, saying that the Afghanistan-deployed British Warthog encountered more than 30 improvised explosive devices while in theater with no fatalities. Toh said in one particular catastrophic encounter, an IED explosion threw the vehicle up into the air. While one soldier lost his legs in the incident, Toh said the protection on the vehicle saved the soldier’s life.

ST Kinetics has built three preproduction versions of Bronco 3 and will demonstrate the vehicle’s capability in the U.K. next week as it looks for a first customer.

(DefenseNews)

Esterline Wins Deal to Equip 1,100 Thales Hawkei Vehicles in Australia with Displays and Servers

16 September 2017


Thales Hawkei protected mobility vehicle (photo : topsy one)

Esterline Corporation, a leading specialty manufacturer serving global aerospace and defense markets, has signed a contract with Thales Australia. Under the agreement, Esterline will supply Thales with rugged displays and servers to be installed in the Hawkei Protected Mobility vehicles. The contract has been awarded following an international tender on account of Esterline’s market leadership, unique system architecture and, most importantly, successful trials.

Thales chose Esterline’s rugged networked products for the vehicles after a rigorous selection process, which included extensive trials and technical information exchange sessions with the Esterline team.

“For Esterline, this deal confirms that we have the solutions in place to equip new-generation protected vehicles that are built around the Generic Vehicle Architecture,” said Steven Luys, vice president, rugged and ATC, Esterline Advanced Displays. He added: “We are delighted to deliver the displays and servers to create common situational awareness in this much-applauded, next-generation vehicle.”

 About Esterline

Esterline Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry specializing in three core areas: Advanced Materials; Avionics & Controls; and Sensors & Systems. With annual sales of approximately $2 billion, Esterline employs roughly 13,000 people across the globe.


Esterline rugged display (photo : Aus DoD)

Operations within the Avionics & Controls segment focus on technology interface systems for commercial and military aircraft and similar devices for land- and sea-based military vehicles, cockpit integration systems, secure communications systems, specialized medical equipment and other high-end industrial and gaming applications.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Thales in Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people, Thales in Australia recorded revenues of more than AUD 1 billion in 2016.

(RomeoOscar)

Navigation Bridge System for the Royal New Zealand Navy

16 September 2017


Radar display (photo : Kelvin Hughes)

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply the Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) for The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel.

The INBS system meets the requirements of IMO Lloyds Register Class Notation IBS and Naval Ship Code. It includes a dual redundant data distribution system and fully integrated Kelvin Hughes multifunction displays. The radar system takes advantage of the Kelvin Hughes’ advanced solid state SharpEye™ Doppler radars that bring full situational awareness to the bridge even in the most severe weather conditions.

The MSC tanker is the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) future ice-capable fleet replenishment tanker and will be the largest vessel to be operated by the RNZN. With a scheduled delivery of the ship in 2020 by Hyundai Heavy Industries and the RNZN planning to induct the vessel in 2021, Kelvin Hughes will supply the bridge system for installation in 2018. The MSC vessel was approved by The Government of New Zealand in June 2014 allowing the tender to be released in March 2015. The contract was awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries in July that year for $493 million and the vessel will be built at the Ulsan Shipyard in South Korea.

The scope of work includes the design and integration of the Kelvin Hughes supplied navigation equipment and Shipyard supplied systems in a suite of bridge consoles manufactured in Korea.


Sharpeye naval radar (photo : Kelvin Hughes)

Spike Hughes, Sales and Marketing Director at Kelvin Hughes stated:
“Kelvin Hughes has been designing integrated navigation bridge systems for over three decades and has a wealth of experience which enables us to meet the demanding requirements of specialist naval bridges for the RNZN and also The Royal Navy’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tide Class”.

The navigation radar sensors selected are to be SharpEye™ S and X-Band and one S-Band SharpEye™ sensor optimised for helicopter approach and control.

On the bridge of any ship, the navigation radars are essential for the safe navigation of the vessel and safety of life onboard. SharpEye™ provides an advanced radar sensor that through the Doppler processing, enhanced pulse compression and Moving Target Detection (MTD) processing, provides unprecedented situational awareness, detecting small targets on the sea surface and low aerial targets such as helicopters out to the horizon in severe weather conditions. The combination of these radar techniques enables the sea and rain clutter to be filtered out without losing the radar targets of interest. This is especially important when protecting the ship from threats such as swimmers, RHIBs and other low Radar Cross Section (RCS) threats.

SharpEye™ detection performance, removes the need for a helicopter transponder. The MSC will control flight deck operations, recovery and local airspace management through two helicopter control displays with tactical software. In total, there will be eleven displays on the bridge as part of the IMO compliant system.

(Kelvin Hughes)

15 September 2017

Coast Guard Looking into Getting 5 Airbus Helicopters, 2 AW139 Helicopters

15 September 2017


AW-139 helicopter (photo : Leonardo)

According to a senior Coast Guard officer, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is looking into getting five (5) Airbus Helicopters H145 and two (2) Leonardo (AgustaWestland) AW139, Pinoy Aviators said in its official social networking page.

The acquisition will be through the maritime disaster response helicopters acquisition project approved by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee (ICC)-Cabinet Committee last month.


Airbus H-125 helicopter (photo : Martin Tietz)

The approval of NEDA Board chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte is still needed before the said project could be finally implemented.

The project has a budget of PHP5.887 billion for seven helicopters which will include training of pilots and technical crew; purchase of mission equipment, maintenance tools and spare parts; construction of hangars; and project management.

The project aims to strengthen and expand the PCG’s capability to respond to maritime incidents during natural calamities.

(Update)