27 April 2018

PAF to Acquire Radar Transmitter for 2nd FA-50PH

27 April 2018


PAF F/A-50PH 002 (photo : Lester Langco)

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is setting aside PHP105 million for the acquisition of a radar transmitter needed for the maintenance of FA-50PH "Fighting Eagle" light-lift fighter trainer with tail number 002.

In a bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System, submission and opening of bids is scheduled on May 8, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

"The Philippine Air Force reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders," PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Ferynl Buca said in the same bid bulletin.

The PAF's 12 plane-order with Korea Aerospace Industries is worth PHP18.9 billion.

The first two aircraft, with tail numbers 001 and 002, were delivered on Nov. 28, 2015 while the last two, 011 and 012, were delivered on May 31, 2017.

The FA-50PHs have a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 "Sidewinder" heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons. 

(PNA)

26 April 2018

Divisi Infanteri-3/Kostrad Akan Segera Terbentuk

26 April 2018


Markas Divisi Infanteri 3 Kostrad (photo : TNI AD)

TNI AD-Sulawesi Selatan. Pangkostrad Letjen TNI Agus Kriswanto beserta Ketua persit Kartika Chandra Kirana Ny. Aik Agus Kriswanto meninjau lokasi pembentukan satuan baru Divisi Infanteri-3/Kostrad yang merupakan hasil bentukan pengembangan satuan jajaran Kostrad, di Pakato, Sulawesi Selatan, Rabu (25/4/2018).

Kunjungan Pangkostrad yang didampingi para Asisten Kas Kostrad dan Komandan Brigif Para Raider 3/TBS Kostrad merupakan kunjungan perdana Pangkostrad ke jajaran Divisi-3.

Kunjungan ini sebagai bentuk perhatian dan atensi khususnya dalam rangka percepatan pembangunan asrama dan satuan baru Kostrad yang memiliki tugas menjaga wilayah timur Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia sebagai pasukan Strategis Angkatan Darat (Kostrad) yang direncanakan akan diresmikan dalam waktu dekat ini.

Dengan adanya satuan baru yang dibentuk di wilayah Timur Indonesia merupakan salah satu wujud dan sikap bangsa Indonesia dalam mempertahankan keutuhan wilayah Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia dengan adanya dinamika global khususnya di Laut Cina Selatan, sehingga perlu adanya pengembangan satuan di wilayah Timur dalam rangka mengamankan wilayah yang berbatasan langsung dengan negara -negara tetengga di sekitar wilayah perairan dan daratan Laut Cina Selatan.

Dalam kesempatan ini, Pangkostrad juga menyempatkan diri mengunjungi satuan jajaran Kostad di wilayah Sulawesi Selatan yaitu di Batalyon Infanteri 433/JS di Sambueja dan jajaran Brigif Para Raider 3/TBS di Kariango.

Dihadapan prajurit, Pangkostrad menekankan agar tetap menjaga kekompakan, loyalitas dan kemampuan prajurit serta selalu melaksanakan motto Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat yaitu prajurit harus disiplin, jago perang, jago tembak, jago beladiri dan memiliki fisik yang prima.

(TNI AD)

Wuxi Confirms UAV sales to Indonesia and Malaysia

26 April 2018


Wuxi YFT-CZ36 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing surveillance UAV (photo : Shephard)

A representative at the Wuxi-based Jiangsu Digital Eagle Technology Development Company confirmed the first overseas sales of its YFT-CZ36 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing surveillance UAV to the Indonesian and Malaysian governments.

The company representative would not identify the government agencies or numbers sold. Besides Indonesia and Malaysia, the source did confirm that the aircraft had made additional sales to other undisclosed countries. These successes encouraged the company to exhibit for the first time at DSA 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.

The YFT-CZ36 has a 4,000m maximum altitude, 4kg payload, 70-100km/h cruising speed and a 60-90-minute endurance.

The company is also offering international UAV customers four different VTOL rotorcraft platforms.


Wuxi YFT-CZ36 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing surveillance UAV (photo : Alibaba)

The four-rotor YM-4140 security drone has a 1,000m maximum altitude, 3kg maximum payload, 5-10m/s cruising speed and 40-60-minute endurance.

The six-rotor YM-6130 security drone has a 1,000m maximum altitude, 16kg maximum payload, 5-10m/s cruising speed and 40-minute endurance. 

The eight-rotor YM-8120 security drone has the same maximum altitude, 3.3kg maximum payload and 30-minute endurance. 

The company also offers a fire-fighting UAV. The eight-rotor YM-8160 Digital Eagle Fire Drone has a 15kg maximum payload, 5-10m/s cruising speed and 10-15-minute endurance. It can carry fire extinguishers and break windows.

The company also offers a variety of UAV jammer systems, along with two- and three-axis cameras. 

(Shephard)

Philippine Navy Finally Receives Spike-ER Missiles and Launchers and RCWS for MPAC MK.III Boats

25 April 2018


An inert version of the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missile launcher as shown by officers of the Philippine Navy to Pres. Duterte aboard BRP Davao del Sur last June 2017. (photo : MaxDefense)

Finally, after several delays on the delivery, this week the Philippine Navy has finally received its shipment of Spike-ER short range surface-to-surface missiles, Typhoon MLS-ER missile launchers, and Mini Typhoon 12.7mm Remote Control Weapon Systems from Israeli defense company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

This would be an important milestone for the Philippine Navy as it marks its entrance to the missile age, with the Spike-ER being its first surface-to-surface missile system.

The missiles, launchers and RCWS will all be equipped on the Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.III, 3 units of which were activated last May 2017 and assigned with the Littoral Combat Force.

Each MPAC will get a Mini Typhoon armed with a Browning M2 50-caliber machine gun, and a Typhoon MLS-ER launcher. Each missile launching system can carry 4 ready-to-fire Spike-ER missile launchers and missiles, although the MPAC could carry more rounds due to availability of an ammunition storage.
The Rafael Mini Typhoon RCWS during remote operation. (photo : MaxDefense)

It would be remembered that the Philippine Navy had delivery issues with these products from Rafael, despite the contract making Rafael responsible for delivery from Israel to the Philippines.

The Philippine Navy even asked General Headquarters AFP for approval of their request to use C-130 heavy tactical transport aircraft from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to pick-up the missiles and launchers from Israel, although these requests were denied several times due to the limited availability of the PAF C-130s in line with events in the country that require their lifting capability.

Due to these availability issues, the PN and Rafael decided to push through with the delivery through commercial shipping.

See full article Max Defense

Menhan Ryamizard Nyatakan Pemerintah Fokus Pembuatan Kapal Selam Sendiri

26 April 2018

KRI Ardadedali 404 (photo : Detik)

Okpo, Korea Selatan (ANTARA News) - Menteri Pertahanan Indonesia, Ryamizard Ryacudu, mengatakan setelah kapal selam kedua kerja sama dengan Korea Selatan KRI Ardadedali-404 diserahkan, maka pemerintah fokus kepada pembuatan kapal selam sendiri.

“Ini dulu disempurnakan, kapal kelima keenam itu kita buat sendiri, masak sampai lima kali tidak bisa buat-buat, kita bukan orang bodoh, banyak orang pintar,” ujar Menhan di galangan kapal Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine (DSME), Okpo, Korea Selatan, Rabu (25/ 04).

Kapal selam ketiga kerja sama dengan Korea Selatan dibuat PT PAL, sehingga setelah ini PT PAL akan bekerja menyambung bagian-bagian kapal selam yang telah dikirim dari Korea Selatan.

Penyambungan kapal selam yang akan dinamai KRI Alugoro-405 itu sudah berjalan dan diperkirakan akan selesai dalam beberapa bulan ke depan.

Progres KRI Alugoro 405 di PT PAL (photo : saididu)

Setelah kapal selam ketiga kerja sama dengan Korea Selatan selesai, Menhan menuturkan diperlukan beberapa kerja sama lagi hingga akhirnya dapat benar-benar membuat kapal selam sendiri.

“Kemudian ditambah dua, tiga, kerja sama, setelah itu kita bisa buat sendiri, itu arti makna yang awal dari kerja sama ini,” ujar Ryamizard Ryacudu.

Pada 1960-an, ucap dia, Tanah Air mempunyai 12 kapal selam, sementara hingga sebelum kerja sama dengan Korea Indonesia hanya memiliki dua kapal selam.

Kini dengan tambahan tiga kapal selam, Indonesia memiliki lima kapal selam, tetapi jumlah tersebut dinilainya masih kurang dan setidaknya menyamai jumlah 12 kapal selam.

“Kalau tidak ya kita mundur dong, dulu 12 masa kurang dari itu, 12 saja sudah mundur, nanti akan bertambahlah, tetapi kita belajar terus kita akan membuat kapal lebih canggih dengan dasar ini,” ucap Menhan.

PTDI Offered Convertion of 3 RMAF's CN-235 into MPA

26 April 2018


RMAF CN-235 transport aircraft (photo : Stephen Fox)

MPA and Upgrades

KUALA LUMPUR: No contracts for the upgrades of the Nuri, Hawks and Hercules were signed at the recently concluded DSA 2018 although it was promised ahead of the show. However Indonesian Aerospace the manufacturer of RMAF CN-235s was awarded a three year MRO contract by the government.

What’s interesting is that the MRO contract provided for the conversion of three out of the six CN-235 transporters in service into MPAs. The seventh CN-235 is configured for VIP transport. The eight aircraft was written off after it ditched near Kuala Selangor in Dec. 2016.

However the conversion program will depend on the availibility of funds and the government has yet to indicate when money will be allocated. Indonesian Aerospace says that it will fit the Thales AMASCOS system on the CN-235s. No word however whether this will be brand new ones or the ones fitted on the King Airs.

Indonesian Aerospace has marketed new built CN-235 MPAs to Malaysia for some time now. The conversion program might well be the second prize.

(Malaysian Defence)

Rheinmetall to Supply Asian Customer with Skyshield Air Defence Systems

26 April 2018
Indonesia orders the next batch of Skyshield Air Defence Systems (photo : Hilaryo Oscar)

An Asian nation has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with advanced air defence technology. In a competitive bidding process, Rheinmetall Air Defence won the order to supply the customer with the latest generation of its Skyshield systems. The contract, booked in April of this year, is worth over €100 million. Production of the systems is already under way. Shipment will take place over the course of the next three years.

Besides reconnaissance sensors, 35mm fire units and the accompanying command and control equipment, the contract includes a comprehensive logistics and service package. Rheinmetall will be providing complete training for operators and maintenance personnel as well as technical assistance and live fire exercise support in the customer country. Moreover, local companies will take part in the project, including construction of buildings and vehicle procurement.

Rheinmetall attaches great commercial importance to this contract, with follow-up orders already on the horizon. The current project underscores once again Rheinmetall’s globally leading role in the field of state-of-the-art short-range air defence systems.

(Rheinmetall)