17 Juli 2024

AS Tawarkan Thailand Suku Bunga Lebih Rendah untuk Pembelian F-16 Block 70/72

17 Juli 2024

F-16 Block 70 Viper Angkatan Udara Bahrain (photo: Lockheed Martin)

Amerika Serikat telah menawarkan penurunan suku bunga untuk pembelian jet tempur F-16 Block 70 untuk Royal Thai Air Force dalam upaya untuk membuat pemerintah Thailand memilih jet buatan Amerika dibandingkan pesawat tempur Gripen E buatan Swedia, demikian menurut sebuah sumber. di Kementerian Pertahanan Thailand pada hari Senin sebagaimana dilansir oleh Bangkok Post pada hari Selasa 16 Juli 2024.

Menurut sumber tersebut, AS menurunkan suku bunga pengadaan jet F-16 Blok 70/72 dari 5% menjadi 3,5% "dengan jangka waktu pembayaran yang diperpanjang", namun tidak memberikan rincian lebih lanjut mengenai syarat pelunasan.

Angkatan Udara Thailand sedang mencari pengganti 12 pesawat tempur veteran F-16A/B Fighting Falcon miliknya, dan kandidat yang diajukan adalah Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70/72 Viper dan SAAB Gripen E. Anggaran yang ada tahun ini adalah untuk pembelian 4 pesawat tempur, namun AS menyodorkan pembelian langsung 12 pesawat tempur dengan sebagian dananya menggunakan pinjaman dengan kredit lunak.

Pemerintah Thailand sedang menunggu tawaran balik (counteroffer) pihak SAAB sebagai pembuat pesawat tempur Gripen E terkait dengan penawaran baru dari AS ini.

Australia to Acquire 15 Bushmasters to Facilititate C2 of HIMARS

17 Juli 2024

15 Bushmasters will facilitate command and control of Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) long-range fires regiment (photos: Aus DoD)

Government invests in Bendigo with new Bushmasters

The Albanese Government is continuing to support local jobs in Bendigo with a $45 million contract to build an additional 15 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles.

Thales Australia will build the Bushmaster vehicles in Bendigo, supporting hundreds of jobs in the local economy and many more jobs across the supply chain in Victoria.​

This contact will continue Bendigo’s more than 20-year history of producing these iconic vehicles that have seen service around the world.

The additional 15 Bushmasters will facilitate command and control of Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) long-range fires regiment. This supports the Albanese Government’s $1.6 billion investment to accelerate the delivery of the first land-based long range fires capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), ensuring the ADF is equipped to deter potential threats and keep Australia safe. 

Since coming to office, the Albanese Government has invested over $200 million in Bendigo for an additional 93 locally made Bushmasters.


The iconic Bushmaster is currently in use in nine countries and is world renowned for its high level of protection and mobility for troops. In particular, it has seen commendable service in Ukraine through medical evacuation, command and control, and fire support roles as part of Ukraine’s efforts against Russia’s unilateral, illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:
“I am delighted to be back in Bendigo to announce a further $45 million investment in the region, with the production of an additional 15 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles.

“This additional investment in Bendigo is another example of the Albanese Government’s commitment to a future made in Australia.

“Protected vehicles such as the Bushmaster are part of the Sovereign Defence Industrial Priorities in the Albanese Government’s Defence Industry Development Strategy, and this announcement shows we are supporting the Australian defence industry to deliver our priorities."

Tampilan Pertama APC Amfibi 6x6 Guarani Angkatan Darat Filipina

17 Juli 2024

Kendaraan APC amfibi 6x6 Guarani buatan Iveco Defence Vehicles Italia yang dimanufaktur di Brazil (all photos: Philippine Armed Forces Unofficial II)

Lima unit dari gelombang pertama kendaraan pengangkut personel lapis baja amfibi (APC) Guarani 6×6 beroda dari Elbit Systems telah diterima Angkatan Darat Filipina  pada bulan Februari 2024 lalu.


Situs Philippine Armed Forces Unofficial II pada tanggal 29 Juni 2024 lalu mengunggah foto-foto APC amfibi Guarani yang telah bergabung dengan Divisi Lapis Baja ‘Pambato’ (Armor Division) Angkatan Darat Filipina pada tanggal 5 Maret di Camp O'Donnell yang terletak di kota Santa Lucia, provinsi Tarlac.


Pada bulan Februari 2020, Elbit Systems mengumumkan telah mendapatkan kontrak senilai USD46 juta untuk memasok sejumlah APC Iveco Defence Vehicles Guarani amfibi 6x6 kepada salah satu negara di kawasan Asia Pasifik yang ternyata adalah Filipina.


Jumlah kendaraaan yang dipesan adalah 28 APC amfibi Guarani 6x6, yang masing-masing harus dilengkapi dengan remote weapon station  untuk senapan mesin 12,7 mm dan peluncur granat otomatis 40 mm.

16 Juli 2024

Australia to Acquire Two New SUAS for Surveillance

16 Juli 2024

Quantum Systems (German company) Vector 2 in 1 small unmanned aerial systems (photo: Quantum Systems)

Albanese Government invests over $100 million to deliver next generation drones

The Albanese Government will invest over $100 million to boost the ADF’s arsenal of drones, ensuring Australian military personnel are provided with cutting-edge lethal and non-lethal capabilities and underscoring an unwavering commitment to National Defence.

The acquisition of two small uncrewed aerial systems (SUAS) will bolster the ADF’s ability to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance and augments the ADF’s existing stock of drones, including those with multiple payload options. 

The Quantum-Systems Vector 2-in-1 and the Sypaq Systems CorvoX will enhance ADF force protection and potency capabilities across land and littoral operations by supporting the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force in confined areas, including small marine craft, and urban environments. Both systems can be deployed as a complement to crewed systems. 

The partnership with both Quantum Systems and Sypaq Systems, which is expected to create at least 30 highly skilled jobs in Brisbane and Melbourne, highlights the Albanese Government’s support for Australian innovation and the defence industry, which now employs more than 100,000 people nationwide.

Sypaq Systems (Australian company) CorvoX small unmanned aerial systems (photo: Aus DoD)

The two new SUAS will be delivered in 2025 as Defence continues expediting the acquisition of new drones while continuing to trial low-cost, expendable uncrewed and autonomous systems which are capable of production at scale and able to operate in contested warfighting environments. This approach will add to the more than 20 drone systems already acquired including models that have been in service for more than a decade and platforms with multiple payload options. 

The 2024 Integrated Investment Program (IIP) includes investment in a range of uncrewed and autonomous systems that can work together and complement crewed systems on a range of missions that will support the strategy of denial, hold potential adversaries at risk and increase the potency of ADF capabilities. The Albanese Government is investing more than $10 billion on drones, including at least $4.3 billion on uncrewed aerial systems and $690 million on uncrewed tactical systems for Army. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:

“Defence’s partnership with two pioneering companies is an example of how the Albanese Government is not only investing in Australian ingenuity but also in the capabilities our ADF personnel needs to keep Australians safe.

“With this investment the Albanese Government will grow our defence industrial base, supply chains and create highly skilled, well-paid jobs. 

“The delivery of these uncrewed aerial systems in 2025, within a year of project approval, is a significant demonstration of Defence and industry’s strong partnership, and intent to enhance the speed at which we introduce capabilities in support of current and future Defence requirements.”

(Aus DoD)

Helikopter AW139 HOM TLDM Akan Dilengkapkan Kepada 8 Buah – Menteri Pertahanan

16 Juli 2024

Helikopter Operasi Maritim (HOM) AW139 (photos: TLDM)

KUALA LUMPUR – Perolehan Helikopter Operasi Maritim (HOM) AW139 untuk lengkap kepada 8 buah sedang diusahakan pada ketika ini.

Perkara tersebut dinyatakan oleh Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin dalam satu penyataan jawapan lisan di Parlimen.

“Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) turut mengusahakan perolehan pesawat Helikopter Operasi Maritim (HOM) AW139 bagi melengkapkan Skuadron 503 tersebut dengan 8 buah helikopter,

“Perancangan penggantian helikopter TLDM adalah selaras dengan komitmen Kerajaan untuk memelihara kedaulatan dan keselamatan perairan Malaysia di kedua-dua Wilayah,” kat Menteri Pertahanan yang menjawab persoalan dibangkitkan oleh wakil Lumut, Komander Nordin Ahmad Ismail TLDM (Bersara).

Terdahulu, Nordin mengemukakan persoalan kepada Menteri Pertahanan berhubung impak nahas helikopter di Lumut pada lewat April lalu terhadap kesiagaan Cawangan Udara TLDM.

“TLDM akan menangani perkara ini sebaik mungkin berdasarkan sumber sedia ada,

“Dari segi ketersediaan anggota dalam melaksanakan tugas, pihak TLDM akan meneruskan pembangunan modal insan yang kompeten bagi memenuhi keperluan operasi untuk masa kini serta masa hadapan,” kata Menteri Pertahanan dalam penyataan bertarikh 10 Julai 2024.

Sebelum ini, isu helikopter Cawangan Udara TLDM telah dibangkitkan oleh wakil Sik, Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman yang meminta pelan tindakan penggantian aset udara TLDM.

“Kementerian Pertahanan melalui TLDM sedang merancang perolehan beberapa buah HOM AW 139 secara berperingkat di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Ke-13 (RMKe-13) bagi melengkapkan bilangan helikopter ini kepada 8 buah kesemuanya,”

“Pada masa ini, pihak TLDM sedang meneliti dan mempertimbangkan tawaran perolehan pesawat jenis AW 139 melalui kajian terperinci oleh satu Pasukan Kerja Teknikal,” jelas Khaled dalam jawapan bertarikh 24 Jun 2024.

Sebelum ini, Air Times melaporkan kenyataan Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Abdul Rahman yang menjelaskan insiden 23 April itu memberikan kesan kepada Cawangan Udara TLDM.

Insiden itu turut menyebabkan kedua-dua helikopter yang terlibat dalam tragedi itu tidak boleh dibaiki berikutan tahap kerosakan yang teruk.

“Sudah tentu ia akan menjejaskan pengoperasian dan keperluan TLDM,

“Kita sedang berusaha untuk meningkatkan kesiagaan pesawat-pesawat yang sedia ada,

“Pada waktu yang sama, kita cuba dapatkan perolehan helikopter-helikopter baharu – sama ada secara terus atau sewaan,” jelasnya semasa sidang media di KD SRI GOMBAK pada akhir Mei lalu.

AW139 merupakan aset terkini TLDM yang diperolehi pada tahun 2022. Kontrak perolehan yang dimeterai pada 11 September 2020 dengan Galaxy Aerospace Malaysia (GAM) Sdn Bhd merupakan pembelian 3 buah helikopter AW139.

Helikopter Operasi Maritim yang dioperasikan oleh Skuadron 503 ini memainkan peranan yang tersendiri dalam memperkukuhkan kehadiran pasukan keselamatan di kawasan terhadapan perbatasan tanah air di Sabah. 

(AirTimes)

Royal Thai Navy and Republic Singapore Navy Hold Opening Ceremony of SINGSIAM 2024 Joint Exercise

16 Juli 2024

Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) held opening ceremony for the exercise SINGSIAM 21/2024 at Laem Thian Pier, Sattahip Naval Base, Chonburi Province, Thailand on 9 July 2024 (photo: Royal Thai Navy)

Exercise SINGSIAM 2024 is a bilateral exercise between the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The exercise has been held every two years since 1981, alternating between Thailand and Singapore. This latest exercise is the 21st to be conducted in the Gulf of Thailand, Thailand, during 9-16 July 2024.

RSN's RSS Indomitable (19), the Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) and RSS Valiant (91), the Victory-class corvette (photo: Royal Thai Navy)

The Royal Thai Navy, which is the host of the exercise, has brought ships from the Royal Thai Fleet (RTF) to participate in the exercise. The main force consists of HTMS Naresuan-class frigates, HTMS Taksin, 2nd Frigate Squadron (2nd FS) as the primary responsible unit for the exercise, and HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, 1st Frigate Squadron (1st FS).

RSN's RSS Indomitable (19), the Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) (photo: Royal Thai Navy)

The Republic of Singapore Navy has sent one Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), namely RSS Indomitable (19), and one Victory-class corvette, namely RSS Valiant (91), to join the exercise. Both ships have arrived and are anchored at Chuk Samet Pier, Sattahip Naval Base, Sattahip District, Chonburi Province, Thailand.

RTN's FFG-471 HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej and FFG-422 HTMS Taksin guided missile frigates (photo: Royal Thai Navy)

The opening ceremony of the SINGSIAM 2024 joint exercise on July 9, 2024 at Laem Thian Pier, Sattahip Naval Base also took place at the same time that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) conducted the AIR THAISING 2024 joint exercise at Wing 1, Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima Province.

(AAG)

15 Juli 2024

First Australian Navy Officers Assigned to UK Astute-class Submarines

15 Juli 2024

First Navy officers to graduate from the Royal Navy's Nuclear Reactor Course: Lieutenant Commander James (second from left) Lieutenant Isabella (centre) and Lieutenant Stephen (second from right) (photo: AUs DoD)

Following their completion of the Officers Nuclear Operator Course and Engineering Administration Course, the first three Royal Australian Navy officers have graduated from the Royal Navy’s Nuclear Reactor Course in the United Kingdom.

Lieutenant Commander James, Lieutenant Stephen and Lieutenant Isabella were among the top of their class in the Royal Navy’s elite program.  

The officers’ graduation marks the end of their shore-based requirements as part of the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine training program in Hampshire. The three will now begin practical training, deploying alongside Royal Navy sailors, in the UK Astute-class submarines based at His Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in Faslane, Scotland. 

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, AO, RAN congratulated the three graduates on the significant achievement of their critical training.

“It was pleasure to be at HMS Sultan for the first graduation ceremony for our people partaking in the world-class Royal Navy training program,” said Vice Admiral Hammond.

“I am incredibly proud of all three of our remarkable officers for their achievements and especially acknowledge Lieutenant Isabella who was awarded Dux of the graduating class.

Astute class nuclear-powered submarine (photo: Royal Navy)

“This demonstrates the exceptional skillset and knowledge of our people undertaking this unique training from the Royal Navy – a long-standing partner and friend to the Royal Australian Navy. 

“The graduation marks another significant step forward for the Royal Australian Navy’s ability to operate, maintain and support Australia’s future nuclear-powered submarine capability.” 

This practical qualification enables the officers to undertake their general submarine qualification and complete their engineer officer of watch training, while also learning the fundamentals of operating nuclear-powered submarines, and building upon the program already underway for Australian Defence Force personnel to gain education, experience and training in both UK and US shipyards, facilities and fleet vessels.

Director-General Australian Submarine Agency, Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead AO, RAN said the training was a critical step towards Australia operating and maintaining a sovereign fleet of nuclear-powered submarines from the early 2030s.

“The incredible training opportunities we are accessing through our AUKUS partners will ensure we can safely operate and maintain our sovereign fleet of nuclear-powered submarines,” said Vice Admiral Mead. 

“We are grateful for the solid support of the United Kingdom and the United States along with their enduring commitment to help Australia build a highly skilled and capable submarine workforce.”

(Aus DoD)