27 April 2015

Philippine will Install Xanatos Coast Watch System

27 April 2015

Xanatos coat watch sytem (all photos : Xanatos Marine)

Zambales taps Canadian firm vs intrusion in disputed seas

SUBIC, Zambales—The province that is staring Chinese aggression in the face has secured help from a Canadian surveillance firm to keep track of the intrusion of foreign vessels and other marine activities in the West Philippine Sea.

Backed by a March 23 provincial board resolution, the Zambales government has commissioned Xanatos Marine Ltd. to put up a system that would monitor in real time all vessels which enter the province’s territorial waters, Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said on Thursday.

Using the surveillance system, Zambales can “prevent foreign fishermen from illegally entering our territorial waters,” he said. “We will show them that they can’t just bully us,” he said.

Xanatos’ Provincial Coast Watch System was initially offered to Zambales as an initiative to protect the coastal waters of Zambales from waste dumping into the sea, Ebdane said.

“We’ve been receiving reports that there are many foreign vessels that dump human waste into our territorial waters. That’s the reason we are seeking the help of this Canadian company,” he said.

Xanatos is a Vancouver-based technology company which describes its product in its website as an automatic identification system that collates information about any vessel’s position, course and speed using a transponder system.

The company first offered its system to the Department of Transportation and Communication in 2012, to combat smuggling, piracy and terrorism and to help in search and rescue operations.

But the provincial board cited the benefits of the surveillance system for local fishing communities that have been harassed while fishing at Bajo de Masinloc, also referred to as Scarborough Shoal.

The Scarborough Shoal is an “ancient territory of the province of Zambales [that] has become one of the flash points of territorial dispute between the Philippines and China,” the board resolution said.

Recently, 80 fishermen from Zambales, Pangasinan and Bataan provinces were driven off Scarborough Shoal by water cannons fired by patrolling Chinese Coast Guard vessels.

The shoal, which is some 230 kilometers from Masinloc town, Zambales, serves as a mid-sea refuge for fishing boats during stormy weather. It is considered a free zone for local fishermen until the Chinese began patrolling the West Philippine Sea.

Ebdane said the Xanatos system would be integrated with the monitoring system of the Philippine Coast Guard. The system would also help Zambales keep track of vessels that would need to pay tariff when they dock to transact business in the province, he said.

“We want to identify every ship that enters our territory and get information about its purpose. If a vessel is not authorized to be here, then it will be questioned,” he said.

Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora said the system can bring back fishermen to the shoal. “Our fishermen have been afraid to return to the shoal. They would rather stay within the municipal waters of Masinloc,” Edora said.

She said a 127-hectare fishing sanctuary in the island village of San Salvador has become an alternative fishing ground for local fishermen.


Dua Prototipe Tank Medium Pindad Dibuat Tahun Ini

27 April 2015

Rancangan Tank Medium Pindad (image : istimewa)

Kunjungan Kerja Komisi I DPRI RI ke PT Pindad (Persero)

Para wakil rakyat yang tergabung dalam Komisi I Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Republik Indonesia (DPR RI) melakukan kunjungan kerja ke PT Pindad (Persero).  Rombongan yang dipimpin oleh Ketua Komisi I DPR Ri Mayor Jenderal (Purn) Supiadin Aries Saputra ini diterima oleh Direktur Utama PT Pindad (Persero) Silmy Karim di Auditorium Gedung Direktorat PT Pindad (Persero), Bandung. Acara ini dihadiri pula oleh jajaran Direksi dan pimpinan PT Pindad (Persero).

Adapun kunjungan kerja ini dilakukan untuk meminta data dan informasi dari PT Pindad (Persero) mengenai perkembangan kerjasama proyek medium tank dengan Turki. “Kunjungan ini dilakukan untuk mendapatkan data dan informasi mengenai perkembangan kerjasama pertahanan antara Pindad dengan Turki, termasuk bagaimana respon dari Kementerian Pertahanan dan TNI dalam mendukung implementasi kerjasama tersebut,” ujar Mayjen TNI (Purn) Supiadin Aries Saputra mewakili para anggotanya.

Silmy Karim, menanggapi hal tersebut, mengatakan bahwa proyek bersama Indonesia – Turki mengenai medium tank sudah diinisiasi sejak lama, namun analisis kemampuan Pindad terus dilakukan. “Kerjasama ini sebenarnya sudah dinisiasi sejak lama oleh Pemerintah, bahkan penandatanganannya sudah terjadi sejak tahun 2013. Secara manufaktur dan testing Pindad sudah siap. Namun ada beberapa teknologi yang masih memerlukan bantuan dari para mitra seperti turret dan firing control system, navigation system, serta self defence system. Kami ingin membuat medium tank yang sempurna baik dari mobility,fire power, dan survivability” ujar Silmy.

Jadwal pengerjaan proyek sudah dibuat. Jika semuanya berjalan lancar, pada tahun 2015 ini akan dibuat satu unit purwarupa produk di Indonesia dan satu unit di Turki. Komunikasi yang lebih intens juga sedang dilakukan oleh Kementerian Pertahanan Indonesia dengan Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı (SSM), Kementerian Pertahanan Turki. “Untuk progress B2B, sudah dikirimkan beberapa karyawan Pindad untuk mempelajari lebih jauh teknik pengelasan aluminium armored yang dipakai sebagai bahan baku medium tank,” ujar Silmy. Ia juga menyatakan rasa optimisnya bahwa proyek ini akan berjalan dengan baik di masa depan. “Kami optimis program medium tank ini akan berjalan dengan baik karena latar belakang teknologi industri pertahanan Indonesia dan Turki yang sudah cukup baik,” tutup Silmy.

Setelah diskusi panjang di auditorium selesai, rombongan Komisi I DPR RI mengunjungi beberapa fasilitas produksi PT Pindad (Persero) di Divisi Kendaraan Khusus dan Divisi Senjata untuk mencoba performa produk pertahanan dan keamanan Pindad secara langsung. 


25 April 2015

First RAAF Pilots Qualifies on F-35

25 April 2015

RAAF F-35 Lightning II (photo : Aus DoD)

AUSTRALIA'S first fully qualified F-35 Lightning pilot admits this controversial new aircraft takes his breath away.

SQUADRON Leader Andrew Jackson, 37, started out flying elderly Macchi jet trainers, then graduated to the RAAF's classic Hornets and Super Hornets.

Since January, he's been learning to fly the advanced new F-35, making his first flight in January and now qualifying to fly F-35s and also to instruct new RAAF F-35 pilots.

With 30 hours in his logbook, he says this aircraft and the opportunities it offers are equally awesome and exciting.

"It's awesome to have a challenge and do something new...for the RAAF ground-breaking. It's been quite comfortable as well, based on how the aeroplane flies," he says in a phone interview from Eglin US Air Force base in Florida.

"For the RAAF it's a new dawn. It's exciting to be a part of that."

Australia plans to acquire up to 100 F-35 aircraft but so far there's just two, both still in the US in the training pool at Luke US Air Force base in Arizona - Squadron Leader Jackson's next stop.

Later in the year he'll be joined by Squadron Leader David Bell, Australia's second qualified F-35 pilot and instructor. There Australian and other international pilots will learn to fly F-35s.

Squadron leader Jackson said the F-35 isn't that different to flying a classic Hornet or Super Hornet.
What's very different is the aircraft's advanced radar and other sensors which gather information and present it to the pilot in a manner unlike any earlier aircraft.

"It just makes for a very different experience. You are now looking at the overall battlespace. You have a much greater picture of what's going on outside your aeroplane than you ever did flying a legacy type," he said.

More than 100 F-35s are now flying but the aircraft isn't yet able to go to war.

That comes in the next few months when the US Marine Corps declares initial operational capability, 
with a squadron of 10-16 F-35B aircraft capable of conducting combat operations.

Marine F-35s will have a basic ability to drop bombs and launch missiles with capabilities steadily increased as software is developed.

Squadron Leader Jackson said this aircraft was really still in its infancy.

"Obviously the jet we will end up taking home in 2018 is going to have more of the capabilities turned on," he said.

Despite the controversy surround F-35, including high costs, technical challenges and delays, he's got no doubt Australia made the right decision.

"I have a fairly good idea of the threats we expect to face. The capabilities on the aeroplane are quite incredible. I am fully confident we have purchased a good aeroplane," he said.

(News Au)

Boeing: Five C-17As Still for Sale

25 April 2015

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (photo : wallpaperest)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Boeing said it still had five C-17A Globemaster transports for sale following confirmation that the Royal Australian Air Force would take another two.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced April 10 the purchase of the two strategic airlifters at RAAF Base Amberley, southwest of Brisbane. The two aircraft will bring the total number of C-17s in Australian ownership to eight.

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews said that AUS $1 billion (US $777 million) would be spent on acquiring the two aircraft, including $300 million of infrastructure works at Amberley.

"Australia has worked closely with the United States Air Force to acquire the first aircraft within six months of the initial order and the second aircraft within 10 months of the delivery of the first," the minister said.

"This will mean that the ADF will gain additional operating capability within a short timeframe."

Last October, former Australian Defence Minister David Johnston forecast the acquisition of the two additional aircraft and said the Australian government was also requesting pricing and availability data from the US government for a further two.

"On 3 October 2014, the government commenced the process of purchasing two additional C-17A aircraft, and requested pricing and availability data for two further aircraft," a Defence spokesperson said.

"The [forthcoming] Force Structure Review will consider two further C-17A aircraft [a 9th and 10th C-17A]."

However a Boeing spokesman denied knowledge of any options and said that five of the 10 "white tail" aircraft it has privately funded remain for sale.

"There are no options, all five are currently available for sale," the spokesman said.

In addition to the Australia pair, Canada has purchased one aircraft and two have been sold to an undisclosed customer in the Middle East.

New Zealand is another country linked to a potential C-17 purchase, having recently launched its Future Air Mobility Capability program to replace its 50-year-old Lockheed Hercules fleet.


RTA Will Have Six AW-139 Helicopters

25 April 2015

RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo : TAF)

Army sources said The Army has decided to supply 6 AW139 helicopter under budget 2,800 million baht, which is stationed in the center of Army Aviation missions in support of the task of the First-Fourth Army Region Commando.

Plan to supply helicopters was made after the accident in November of 2014, the Bell 212 helicopter has fatal crashed until the death of nine people, including deputy Third Army Region commander major general Songpol Thongjeen.

The source said the ThaiArmedForce.com that the Army plans to use the new aircraft in the Army as a general helicopter using EC145-T2. The AW139 into the regular army to replace the Bell 212 in the different sectors.

The Army will begin pilot selection, the first batch of 18 in total, a pilot and a flight instructor and aircraft mechanic include 2 officers, total 22 will be trained in Italy.


TNI AU Latihan Operasi Garuda di Jember

25 April 2015

Jalannya latihan Operasi Garuda di bandara Notohadinegoro, Jember (photo : Kabarjatim, antarajatim)

Jember (Antara Jatim) - Pasukan TNI AU Pangkalan Udara Abdurrahman Saleh Malang menggelar latihan "Operasi Garuda Perkasa" di Bandara Notohadinegoro Kabupaten Jember, Jawa Timur, Kamis.

Komandan Pangkalan Udara (Danlanud) Abdurrahman Saleh Marsekal Pertama TNI Sungkono mengatakan latihan tersebut dilakukan untuk mempersiapkan pasukan atas tugas yang diberikan negara kepada para prajurit.

"Kita gunakan Bandara Notohadinegoro di Jember agar anggota bisa melakukan skenario gerakan sayap kanan bersenjata yang bergerak di Jawa Timur bagian selatan dan gangguan dapat diantisipasi," tuturnya di Jember.

Latihan yang digelar di bandara Jember tersebut dipilih pasukan Lanud Abdurrahman Saleh karena merupakan salah satu objek vital yang perlu diantisipasi, apabila ada masalah di bandara yang berada di Desa Wirowongso, Kecamatan Ajung itu.

"Latihan yang diberi nama Latihan Operasi Garuda Perkasa itu melibatkan seluruh anggota Lanud Abdurrahman Saleh yang terdiri dari Batalyon Komando 464 Paskhas dan Detasemen Matra, dengan total anggota sekitar 1.300 personel," paparnya.

Latihan tersebut dilengkapi dengan satu unit pesawat intai C-212-Casa, 2 unit pesawat angkut berat C-130 Hercules dan 4 unit pesawat tempur taktis EMB-314 Super Tucano.

Latihan yang baru pertama kali dilaksanakan di Kabupaten Jember itu melakukan simulasi operasi perebutan dan pengendalian Bandar Udara Notohadinegoro Jember. 

Operasi diawali dengan penerjunan pasukan Pengendali Tempur (Dalpur) yang akan menyiapkan "dropping zone", kemudian disusul manuver-manuver tempur dari pesawat Super Tucano yang melakukan simulasi serangan udara.

Diakhiri dengan penerjunan puluhan pasukan dari Skadron Udara 32 dan penerjunan ini dilakukan dari pesawat Hercules yang terbang rendah sekitar 1000 kaki dari permukaan tanah. 

Latihan Pasukan Lanud Abdurrahman Saleh yang pertama kali di Jember itu menarik perhatian warga, sehingga ratusan warga beramai-ramai menonton atraksi latihan prajurit TNI AU tersebut.


LHD Model Hints at Potential Chinese Requirements

25 April 2015
A company-produced model of what could be China's first landing helicopter dock amphibious assault ship. (photo : CJDBY)

An apparent company-produced model of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship may offer an indication of the configuration and capabilities of such a ship that is expected to be produced for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

An image of the model appeared on Chinese military web pages on 22 April. A subsequent online search found the same image on a model manufacturer's website with the designation Type 081.

Chinese defence manufacturers have long used models to preview their platforms, although the models' veracity is often complicated by a lack of supporting information. In addition, Chinese model companies seeking sales often put speculative designs on the market and this model does seem to mirror some recent Chinese "fan art".

However, for nearly a decade Chinese and other sources have projected that the PLAN would acquire an LHD, with up to six platforms in the class. These would complement an expected force of six Type 071 landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ships, four of which have been launched.

The LHS has three sponsons featuring vertical launchers, possibly for SAM systems. (photo : CJDBY)

The model pictured fits the description of a future LHD by Admiral Yin Zhou during a November 2012 Chinese television interview, in which he stated that it would approach 40,000 tons displacement.

The model is shown with 14 helicopters embarked, including Change Z-18 and Kamov co-axial helicopters. While it is not possible from the model to determine the type of Kamov, reports from 2006 noted China's interest in "several dozen" of the Ka-29 armed assault version.

The LHD apparently employs a stern-mounted main aircraft elevator, similar to that employed by the French Mistral-class LHD, but positioned to the starboard to retain a longer "runway".

Below the elevator is a well-deck for disembarking and receiving amphibious assault forces. It is likely this size LHD could carry a mix of amphibious armoured assault vehicles or hovercraft for transporting wheeled or tracked vehicles.

China's LHD may also employ heavier integral missile armament than Western LHDs. In addition to two HHJ-10 point defence missile launchers, the model shows vertical launchers in three sponsons, two on the port and one on the starboard: a configuration similar to that used by the French Navy's carrier Charles de Gaulle for its Aster 15 SAMs.