26 April 2017

PAF Looking for Rocket Motors for S-211 Jet Trainers

26 April 2017


Air to ground rocket on PAF's S-211 (photo : fatbat_mca)

MANILA --- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for suppliers capable of delivering PHP8 million worth of rocket motors needed for the use of its SIAI-Marchetti S-211 trainer jets.

Bid opening is on May 5, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, Air Force bids and awards committee chair Brig. Gen. Nicolas Parilla said in a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System website.

The S-211 is the PAF's sole jet-powered aircraft following the retirement of the Northrop F-5 "Tiger" jet fighter fleet in 2005 and arrival of the Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 "Fighting Eagle" jet fighter in 2015.

Three S-211s remain in the PAF inventory and are used closely for training, recon, and sometimes ground-attack missions. 

(PNA)

TNI AU Gandeng Kemenhub untuk Integrasikan Radar

26 April 2017
Integrasi radar militer dan sipil (image : DilMil)

Yogyakarta - Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU), Marsekal TNI Marsekal Hadi Tjahjanto, menyatakan TNI AU akan menambah radar miliknya yang saat ini berjumlah 20 radar menjadi 32 buah. Selain itu TNI AU juga akan mengintegrasikan radarnya dengan radar milik Kemenhub. 

"(TNI AU) juga akan melengkapi radar Lanud yang saat ini ada 20 dan ke depan akan ditambah 6 dan 6 lagi (12 buah). Total yang akan kita miliki ada 32 radar," ujar Hadi usai meresmikan Monumen F-5 E/F Tiger II di Museum Pusat TNI AU Dirgantara Mandala Yogyakarta, Selasa (25/4/2017). 

Angka 32 radar, kata Hadi, masih merupakan jumlah basic minimun force dan dinilai belum ideal. Sedangkan jumlah idealnya lebih dari itu. Untuk mengatasi persoalan itu, saat ini TNI AU telah bekerjasama dengan Kemenhub untuk melakukan integrasi radar.

"Kita sedang bekerjasama dengan Kemenhub untuk menggunakan radar-radar mereka sehingga bisa kita integrated dengan radar yang kita miliki," kata Hadi. 

Pada awal tahun yang lalu, dalam Rapim TNI AU di Mabes Cilangkap, Jakarta Timur, (24/1), Hadi sempat menjelaskan 12 radar baru ini akan ditempatkan di daerah yang rawan pelanggaran. Selain itu, radar tersebut akan ditempatkan di daerah yang belum terjangkau.

"Sehingga jika ada pelanggaran, maka bisa kita deteksi. Radar itu akan digelar di mana saja, di Kupang, di Pontianak, di dekat Ambon, kemudian bagian Sumatera, jadi mana tempat yang bolong kita tempatkan radar itu," tutur Hadi saat itu. 

(Detik)

Australian AWD Program Advances

26 April 2017


HMAS Brisbane 41 (photo : Aus DoD)

Destroyer milestones mount

The project to supply new destroyers for the Royal Australian Navy continues in earnest with the delivery of the Hobart Class Command Team Trainer and the Aegis block of the future HMAS Sydney now in position.

The Trainer simulates the operations rooms of a destroyer and is a significant improvement on existing command team trainers already in service.

Consisting of mock-ups of a number ship systems, including the Aegis weapon system operator displays control panels and interfaces, the training environment delivery process involved the completion of formal acceptance tests, running over a four-week period and involving the execution of 24 separate test procedures. 

Then followed verification and audit against the original design specifications.


HMAS Hobart 39 (photo : Aus DoD)

Mr Brad Flemming is the Combat System Shore Systems and Services IPT Program Manager and said he was proud of the efforts of his small group of experts.

“Their dedication and hard work has produced a system with the quality and complexity you would expect of a much larger team,” he said.

Concurrently 'Block 709' dubbed 'the heart of the Aegis system' for Sydney was consolidated on 15 March.

Weighing 202 tonnes, it was lifted onto the top of the hull using a crane, where it was joined to blocks 703 and 705, in a process that took only 30 minutes.

The third Destroyer’s team continues to implement the lessons learnt from the previous ships, which has enabled enhanced outfitting of blocks from day one.


Prior to consolidation the aft diesel generator exhaust stack was capped, full paint system application internally and externally, the combat system was prepared and most importantly, the full-fitting of all four Array foundations and lining.


HMAS Sydney 42 (photo : Aus DoD)

To achieve the fitting of the Array foundations, the team had to work closely with the Accuracy Control Team to achieve foundation flatness of 0.02 millimetres.

NUSHIP Sydney Manager Jason Loveday commented on the importance of the block and its link to the progress of the project.

“The completion of Block 709 signifies a large achievement for the whole team involved," he said.

“Construction on the Block began over two years ago and through lessons learned from the first two ships, we have achieved a 30 per cent improvement in production hours from Ship 02 to Ship 03.

“Over 100, 000 person hours have been spent over the past three years on intensive production planning and hard work, and every member involved should all be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Ship 03 block consolidation continued with blocks 717 and 713 in April, and will be followed by the mast lift expected in early May.

(RAN)

Malaysia Signs Contract with China for Four Littoral Mission Ships

26 April 2017

CSIC Littoral Mission Ship (photos : Jane's)

Malaysia signed a contract on 21 April for the purchase of an initial four littoral mission ships (LMSs) from China for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

The agreement, which is part of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, was signed in Beijing by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Malaysia's Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) in a ceremony overseen by Chinese defence minister Chang Wanquan and his Malaysian counterpart, Hishammuddin Hussein.

Under the deal, the first two LMSs will be built by CSIC in China and delivered in 2019 and 2020, while the remaining two vessels will be built by BNS and delivered in 2021.



Malaysia's LMS programme is subsequently expected to expand, with BNS constructing up to 14 additional LMSs under licence to replace several classes of ship operated by the RMN as part of the service's '15-to-5 transformation programme'.

The RMN aims to increase the number of ships in service, while consolidating its fleet of 15 ship classes into five to reduce its dependence on single-mission vessels.

Under the '15 to 5' plan, the five remaining platform types - and the long-term aims for platform numbers - will be: three Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSSs), 12 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), 18 Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs), 18 Kedah-class (MEKO 100 RMN) guided-missile corvettes, and four diesel-electric submarines (SSKs).

(Jane's)

Dua Kapal Selam dari Korsel Segera Dikirim

26 April 2017


Tiga kapal selam TNI AL buatan DSME Korea Selatan (image : Korps Hiu Kencana)

JAKARTA – Kekuatan armada Angkatan Laut Indonesia bakal semakin tangguh. Juni mendatang, dua kapal selam jenis Chang-Bogo yang dipesan dari Korea Selatan akan dikirimkan. Kapal yang rencananya diberi nama KRI Nagapasa 403 dan KRI Ardadedali 404 itu bakal memperkuat Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur (Koarmatim) yang berpusat di Surabaya.

’’Saat ini yang punya fasilitas markas kapal selam baru Koarmatim. Maka, kapal baru itu nanti juga akan bermarkas di sana,’’ jelas Wakil Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Wakasal) Laksda Achmad Taufiqoerrochman.

KRI Nagapasa 403 dan KRI Ardadedali 404 dibuat oleh Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). Seharusnya selesai Maret lalu. Namun, karena beberapa hal, kapal baru dikirimkan Juni. Saat ini dua kapal bertenaga diesel tersebut sudah meninggalkan galangan DSME untuk menjalani serangkaian uji di perairan Korea Selatan.

Sebenarnya, ada tiga kapal selam yang dipesan Indonesia. Satu lagi adalah KRI Alugoro 405. Kapal itu saat ini masih berada dalam perencanaan produksi.

Taufiq menjelaskan, mundurnya pengiriman KRI Nagapasa dan KRI Ardadedali disebabkan penyelesaian yang harus bersamaan. KRI Nagapasa harus menunggu selesainya konstruksi KRI Ardadedali untuk memulai uji coba. ’’Kalau satu diuji, satunya juga harus menemani,’’ ucapnya.

Ke depan, TNI Angkatan Laut akan menambah markas kapal selam. Dengan demikian, kapal selam tidak hanya bermarkas di Surabaya. Yang paling berpotensi untuk menjadi pangkalan kapal selam adalah Teluk Terate, Lampung. Tanah di lokasi teluk juga sudah merupakan aset milik TNI-AL. ’’Rencananya sudah lama, sejak zaman Presiden Soeharto,’’ ujarnya.

Saat ini Indonesia hanya memiliki dua kapal selam kelas Whiskey buatan Rusia. Yaitu, KRI Cakra 401 dan KRI Nanggala 402. Setelah kedatangan kelas Bogo, dua kapal era Perang Dunia II itu akan tetap dioperasikan.

Sementara itu, Komandan Satuan Kapal Selam (Dansatsel) Koarmatim Kolonel Indra Agus Wijaya mengatakan, markas satuan kapal selam sudah mempersiapkan infrastruktur yang dibutuhkan untuk kedatangan tiga kapal selam Bogo. ’’Dermaganya sudah siap untuk tiga kapal. Berdampingan dengan dermaga yang ditempati Cakra dan Nanggala,’’ ujarnya.

Selain itu, saat ini prajurit TNI-AL dari satuan kapal selam sudah melakoni serangkaian pelatihan di beberapa negara seperti Jerman, Spanyol, dan Norwegia. Kru kapal pertama, KRI Nagapasa, juga sudah berangkat ke Korea Selatan untuk latihan operasional sejak beberapa bulan lalu. ’’Satu kapal nanti diawaki oleh 40 orang,’’ katanya.

(Pontianak Post)

25 April 2017

First Cape Class Patrol Boat Delivered to the Royal Australian Navy

25 April 2017


Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy (photo : Austal)

Cape Vessel Delivered Navy Marking 73rd Patrol Boat Built Austal

Austal (ASX:ASB) is pleased to advise that the first of two Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy, has been delivered from the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.

The two 58 metre patrol vessels are to be chartered by the Commonwealth of Australia on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy, which awarded the A$63 million contract to Austal in December 2015.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the delivery highlights Austal’s proven capability to design and build defence vessels a record that has seen the company build 72 patrol boats for domestic and international markets before this delivery.

“This latest Cape-class, for the Royal Australian Navy, further strengthens Austal’s position as the only patrol boat designer and builder in Australia and a major world class exporter for this class of vessels. The delivery of the Cape Class vessel clearly shows Austal’s unrivalled ability to design and construct defence vessels on-time and on-budget,” Mr. Singleton said.

“Austal has been building patrol boats for over 20 years and we look forward to more work in the future. This includes the opportunity to design and build 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Australian Navy with our design partner Fassmer in a continuous shipbuilding initiative being driven by the Government,” he said.

Austal currently has an order book of 20 patrol vessels to be delivered over the next 4 years and has successfully competed in a number of overseas markets. Austal is currently proposing variations of its Bay Class, Cape Class and Guardian Class Patrol Boats for customers in the Middle East and Asia and expects this activity to bring further construction work to Australia. Mr Singleton said, “Exports derived from national defence programs show the multiplier effect on creating jobs out of Austal’s strong and hard won reputation in overseas markets”.

(Austal)

"Tecmash" Plans to Open Production of Ammunitions in Indonesia

25 April 2017


Korps Marinir's BMP3F with 100mm canon (photo : zro)

MOSCOW - RIA Novosti. Group "Tecmash" (a subsidiary of "Rostec") is considering the possibility of opening in Indonesia licensed production of ammunitions of caliber 30 and 100 millimeters for the previously supplied Russian armored vehicles, he said in an interview with RIA Novosti director of the industrial cluster "Armament" state corporations "Rostec" Sergei Abramov.

Earlier it was reported that in December 2016 "Tecmash" management held talks with representatives of the armed forces and defense companies in Indonesia, during which the parties discussed the prospects of creating joint armaments.

"Tecmash" is actively expanding military-technical cooperation. Currently "Tecmash" considering the establishment of licensed production in Indonesia. We are talking about the production of ammunition for armored vehicles, purchased in the Russian Federation, in particular, the ammunitions caliber 30 millimeters and 100 millimeters, "- said Abramov.


Korps Marinir's BTR-80A with 30mm canon (photo : Kaskus Militer)

He recalled that "Tecmash" has successful experience in organizing licensed production of its weapons abroad. In particular, in 2014 the concern, together with "Rosoboronexport" was signed on the transfer of India license contract for the production of armor-piercing projectiles "Mango".

Scientific-Production Concern "Tecmash" - a holding company in the field of industry of munitions and special chemicals. Concern produces high-precision artillery and tank ammunition, artillery rounds for different purposes, multiple rocket launchers, unguided missiles, small-caliber ammunition, aircraft and bomb ordnance.

(RIA Novosti)

Thailand's Cabinet Approves US$393m Purchase of Chinese Submarines

25 April 2017


Royal Thai Navy aims to equip the naval fleet with three subs in 11 years, with the total price of 36 billion baht. (image : TAF)

[BANGKOK] Thailand's Cabinet has approved the first of three planned submarine purchases from China worth US$393 million, a government spokesman said on Monday.

The plan to buy the three Chinese-built submarines worth 36 billion baht (S$1.46 billion) was confirmed in July, signalling warming ties with the regional superpower since relations with the United States cooled after a May 2014 military coup.

The first submarine purchase was approved last week. "The Cabinet approved one submarine purchase on April 18,"spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd told Reuters, adding that a budget of 13.5 billion baht has been earmarked for the Yuan Class S26T submarine over a six-year period.

The media were not told about the purchase following a Cabinet meeting last week because it was a matter of national security, he added.


Public criticism and questions have arisen as to whether Thailand really needs new submarines. "In the current situation, where the government cannot successfully solve economic problems, buying expensive submarines is completely unnecessary," Watchara Petchthong, a politician with the Democrat Party, told Reuters.

Navy spokesman Admiral Jumpol Loompikanon said the Thai navy owned four Japanese submarines nearly 60 years ago, so new submarines were necessary to protect the country's maritime interests. "Thai people can rest assured that the navy's submarine spending will be worth it and beneficial to Thailand," Admiral Jumpol told Reuters.

Thailand's navy chief, Admiral Na Arreenich, will visit China soon to finalize the government-to-government purchase, a source at the defence ministry, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, told Reuters.

Maritime security is a hot issue in Southeast Asia, given competing claims over the South China Sea, but Thailand is not a claimant in that dispute.

Thailand's defence budget this year is more than 210 billion baht, about 9 per cent more than the year the military took power.

(BusinessTimes)

Rostec: Fundamental Solutions for the Sale of Su-35 Indonesia Accepted

25 April 2017


Su-35 fighter (photo : ruwings)

Director of International Cooperation and Regional Policy of the state corporation "Rostec" Victor Kladov said in an interview with RIA Novosti on the interim results of the exhibition DSA-2016 and the prospects for Russian arms market of the Asia-Pacific region. -

In the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur from 18 to 21 April held 15th International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment DSA-2016, which presents more than 300 products of the Russian defense industry. On intermediate results of the exhibition and the prospects for Russian arms market of the Asia-Pacific region, told RIA Novosti Andrey Chaplygin said director of international cooperation and regional policy of the state corporation "Rostec" Victor Kladov.

Viktor, whether the Ministry of Defense of Malaysia retained interest to anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes "Pantsir-S1", to which it drew attention to the previous exhibition DSA-2014?

Put it this way, the interest of Malaysians transformed into a strong interest. The procurement process is rather complicated, Malaysians are looking for more than ten years to a variety of air defense systems, among a number of French, British, American and Chinese air-defense systems, they emit Russian equipment. Russian air defense elements are already in service with the Malaysian Armed Forces, it means close combat MANPADS "Igla", for their supply contract was signed in 2001, as well as short-range air defense aircraft MiG-29 - a squadron of 16 aircraft based in Kuantan. As the average radius VOP means considered here Russian SAM "Buk-M2" as well as the low, approaching to the middle - ZRPK "Pantsir-S". This complex is particularly interesting, given that it is on wheels, as well as all the equipment Malaysian Armed Forces in this country is quite well developed road system. As for interest, there is no way - came, saw and bought, is a very complex, multi-step process, it is very susceptible to the impact of budgetary and electoral constraints. There are election cycles, each time changing the priorities of the government. Naturally, the military wants, but the government can identify other priorities. Just today we came to the commander in chief of the armed forces, and he half-jokingly said: "Our Prime Minister will be in Sochi on May 20 at the Russia-ASEAN forum, please be reminded that we need this." Therefore, we can say that the Malaysian military there is a serious and substantive interest in our technology. We are ready to start negotiations as soon as will be ready Nashchi partners.


Su-34 bomber (thechive)

Given the fact that MANPADS "Igla" were delivered in 2002, whether Malaysia has no plans to purchase additional shots to them or purchase a new generation of systems "Verba"?

Why not? Yet to us with such a request not addressed, but if there is interest, we are ready to consider it.

Minister of Defense of Malaysia said that Russia and Malaysia have to look forward to a new era of military-technical cooperation. Is it possible to interpret the words of the Minister as an intention to buy Russian fighter jets of the new generation, or upgrade previously purchased the MiG-29 and Su-30?

Traditionally, Malaysians are guided by the highest standards in aviation. At one time, when the current Prime Minister Najib was defense minister and we discussed the supply of Su-30MKM aircraft to Malaysia, he expounded his concept. It lies in the fact that Malaysia can not afford to have hundreds of aircraft and meet the challenges of the number. In Malaysia, only two dozen pilots, so each man and each machine is priceless, they prefer to have a bit of aircraft equipped with the latest technology, increases its vitality. That is why the Malaysian version of the Su-30MKM get the most advanced and heaped up with the latest control systems, avionics and electronics. Stating that we must look forward, Malaysian partners have hinted that they would like once again to get the most modern machine, but an international tender for the purchase of multipurpose aircraft already postponed several times - the current economic problems have affected and Malaysia as oil-producing countries. In addition, the question of what this will be a Russian aircraft, has not been resolved, Malaysians are also considering the American Superhornet, Eurofighter, Swedish Grippen and a number of other aircraft. We believe that the Russian aircraft has a great chance both technically and in terms of aviation culture - after all Malaysian Air Force pilots overflew our Su-30, and are used to them, they would be easier to move on to the next generation of Russian.


Su-30MKM (photo : Jens Hameister)

That is the Su-35?

Let's wait, this may be the Su-35, may be Su-30MKM production Irkutsk aircraft factory. It needs a conceptual approach, everything will depend on the request, which we have received. The fact that the Russian Su-35 is a single-seater, and the concept of the Royal Malaysian Air Force is that the aircrfat must always be two people. They believe that the pilot must concentrate on flying the aircraft and flight engineer - in managing weapons systems. We note that the automation and computerization of the board enables the pilot, without detracting from the piloting of launching weapons, but Malaysians while this approach does not accept.

Maybe then they will approach the Su-34, because it is multi-purpose aircraft?

Su-34 - is a different story, it is primarily a heavy bomber. Yes, it is multi-functional, but it's a plane with a large bomb load, he has other tasks that do not face the Royal Malaysian Air Force. I do not think that they would consider such options, and we offer them.

Returning to the Su-35, a large interest in the fighter to have Indonesia. Were you able to reach an agreement on the supply?

Fundamental decisions are made, we are waiting for the start of negotiations. Defense Minister is expected to visit Indonesia in Moscow for a conference on security. On the sidelines of the conference will be a meeting of the military-technical issues, we are moving in this direction.

Based on the needs and financial capabilities of Indonesia, on what party is all about?

I think we can talk about 12-18 aircrafts. By the way, Indonesia is widely represented in the DSA-2016, and a large delegation headed by the commander in chief of the Indonesian Air Force, visited our stand. For an hour there were active negotiations, including on the subject.


Verba manpads system (photo : KBM)

Indonesia, is known to be interested in the Russian naval engineering, in particular in submarines of Project 636 "Varshavyanka". Are there any talks with the Indonesian side?

Preliminary consultations are in progress. Indonesia has a strong interest in the development of military-technical cooperation with Russia, and we are already working in all three components - the Army, Air Force and Navy. We conduct a number of consultations, including on the subject.

Whether Russia will continue a naval theme, is planning to participate in the project of the new Indian aircraft carrier?

Of course. In India, currently under construction is the second aircraft carrier, the first, as you know, was built in Russia - it is converted and thorough modernized. "Admiral Gorshkov" second aircraft carrier "Vikrant" Indians build their own, but, of course, they need technological assistance - this technology construction of aircraft carriers and a multitude of on-board equipment. In this part, we are ready to develop partnership with India. On board the aircraft carrier can be supplied guidance systems, air defense systems, as well as the various systems used the unit vectors of weapons, including anti-ship aircraft carrier -. it is a great platform, and we have something to offer to our partners.

What kind of projects are planned with India in the field of helicopter?

A very interesting project - a joint production of multi-Ka-226 helicopters. It multimodularity helicopter, it set the frame on which are mounted various units - medical and surgical, search and rescue and others. Ka-226 can also act as a helicopter reconnaissance and target designation. Now the negotiations are carried out in detail, the relevant agreement was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Modi in the Kremlin on December 24 last year. So far there is only an intergovernmental agreement, but before the end of the year we hope to generate and sign a contract with the Indian side. Accordingly, the field work starts from the beginning of 2017. Now we are discussing the issue of separation of work, we are ready to all that India is capable of producing at home, to convey to the Indian side. The first batch of helicopters will be produced in Russia, and the next will be assembled in India with a deep degree of localization. The program is designed for at least 200 cars.


Pantsir S-1 (photo : Vitaly V. Kuzmin)

Do with India similar developments on attack helicopters?

With regard to the attack helicopters from the Indian side had the intention to purchase around 50 Mi-17 helicopters, we are waiting. It was relevant plans, but they have been postponed, and we hope that this application we will eventually be received and subsequently implemented. The prospects for such an agreement is.

At the stand of "Rosoboronexport" is represented by a frigate "Gepard 3.9", these ships are currently being built for the Navy in Vietnam, but interest in them is, and Bangladesh. Is Russia ready to meet this request?

Ready, and serious interest is evident not only Bangladesh but also Sri Lanka. Our booth at the DSA-2016, a delegation of the Ministry of Defense in this country, they have shown their interest. This is a very modern ship of its class it is equipped with powerful weapons.

What are the prospects for combat training aircraft Yak-130 in the Asia-Pacific region?

Yak-130 is probably the most powerful, most armed in the world of training and combat aircraft, which according to its flight characteristics can simulate combat aircraft of any country and any class. Depending on the algorithm, which is incorporated in the onboard computer, he can fly the American F-18 as the Russian Su-30 and MiG-29, can mimic or Eurofighter Typhoon. This is a plane in which the pilots can prepare for the transition, not only on the Russian war machine, but also aircraft of other states. We offer a wide international markets, the Yak-130, and it enjoys great interest and attention, but not all can afford, as this combat trainer aircraft, with an emphasis not on the word "training", and the word "fighting". He is able to carry a real missile and bomb weapons, and in some countries it is used as a fighting machine. In particular, in African countries, where the need to have a large fleet of aircraft, it can play the role of a full-fledged combat aircraft. The Yak-130 is seen in the different markets, to him eyeing a number of Latin American countries, it has already raised in Bangladesh, a great interest in him experiencing Myanmar and several countries in North Africa.

(RIA Novosti)

Components Selection Ramps up in Massive French-Australian Submarine Deal

25 April 2017


Barracuda diesel submarine (image : DCNS)

PARIS — Lockheed Martin will report this summer results of studies for potential suppliers of sonar and other critical systems for Australia’s planned fleet of 12 new attack submarines, said Mike Oliver, program director for the future submarine combat system. 

“Lockheed Martin has been conducting trade studies in a number of key areas of the submarine’s design,” he told Defense News. “We are examining all options and will deliver the results of those trade studies in June to the customer.”

Sonar is among the key systems, the company’s program team said. 

Australia this time last year picked DCNS to build the future submarine after a tender which pitted the French company against Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, backed by Tokyo. 

“The choice of sonar systems and arrays is in the hands of Lockheed Martin,” Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt, general manager at DCNS, told Defense News. 

Canberra in September selected Lockheed as combat system integrator, partnering with DCNS, which will design, build and service a fleet of 12 ocean-going diesel-electric boats. The program is worth AUS$50 billion ($38.1 billion) over some 35 years. 

A survey of sonar and other systems marks a first step in a selection process that Thales hopes to win through its Australian subsidiary. 

The French electronics company expects to secure more than €1 billion of deals, with €100 million per boat based on sonar systems, electronic warfare and periscopes. A towed sonar array is part of the kit. 

A Thales spokesperson declined comment. 

Thales in November won a design and pre-production contract to modernize Australia’s six-strong fleet of Collins subs, with upgrades on cylindrical and flank arrays, and onboard processing. Winning that deal was seen as highly promising for work on the future boats.

See full article DefenseNews

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)