29 Juli 2016

RMAF Receives Five Pilatus PC-7 MK II Aircraft, Three EC 120B Helicopters

29 Juli 2016

RMAF Pilatus PC-7 MK II aircraft (photo : Paul Robinson)

ALOR SETAR: The Royal Malaysian Airforce yesterday received five Pilatus PC-7 Mk II aircraft and three EC 120B helicopters which will be used to train its pilots.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the new assets would be placed at the Air Force College (KTU) Kepala Batas, here.

“The addition of the new flight training assets will improve the efficiency, ability and effectiveness of RMAF in defending the security and sovereignty of the nation’s air space,”he said.

He was speaking to the media after attending RMAF’s Hari Raya celebration and launching both air assets at KTU here, yesterday.

Also present were Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Johari Baharum and RMAF chief General Tan Sri Roslan Saad.

Airbus Helicopters EC 120B (photo : SMAviation)

Hishammuddin said the acquisition of the new aircraft, making the total Pilatus PC-7 Mark II owned by RMAF to 21, which were received in stages since 2007 to replace the former Pilatus PC-7 which has been used for 33 years.

The PC-7 MK II is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25C turboprop engines which is able to produce as much power as 700hsp.

The single engine EC 120B helicopters were acquired to replaced the former Alouette III helicopters, specifically to give early exposure to the pilots on the operation of the new generation of advanced helicopters.

Weighing at 1.7 tonnes, the helipcopter which is capable of ferrying four passengers, is equipped with advanced technology that simplifies operations, is safe and cost effective.

(Borneo Post)

ST Kinetics is Expanding Market to UK

29 Juli 2016

Terrex wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (photo : STK)

Singapore company Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics, a division of the state of ST Engineering, sptsializiruyuscheesya in armored vehicles, is seeking to expand its presence in the international market of armored 8x8, offering a family of wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) TERREX, which currently includes three different platforms with a weight ranging from 24 to 35 tons.

Leaders of ST Kinetics argued during closed the press conference, which was held on July 22 during which were first shown together all three of the current family car Terrex - that successive company's efforts to improve the machines will allow them to meet the growing demands of international customers.

Toh Winston (Winston Toh), executive vice president and chief marketing officer ST Kinetics, said that the machines 8x8, some have already expressed interest in the Middle East, and North and South America. However, they are already participating in the tender for the project of the Australian Army Land 400 Phase 2 program in the United States Marine Corps Floating combat vehicle, stage 1 substage 1 (ACV 1.1).

Three different platforms of TERREX with a weight ranging from 24 to 35 tons. (photo : Shephard)

In addition, during the press conference, a representative of ST Kinetics, said the company is considering the possibility to take part in the planned UK tender for mechanized infantry MIV (Mechanised Infantry Vehicle).

"We have a different business model to meet customer requirements," explained Toh. "For example, we are the manufacturer of the machine, but we assure [our partners] design and technical capabilities for the production of the organization in their country ... to help manage the cost and risk to the customer on their own."

Toh acknowledged that while the Terrex has yet to make a breakthrough in the Asia-Pacific region outside Singapore, ST Kinetics has used its experience with TERREX to provide technical advice to the Thai Defense Technical Institute (DTI) to create a local 24-ton armored Black Widow Spider 8x8, generated for the Royal Thai army (RTA).


Serbia Tawarkan Meriam Nora B52 155mm SPH

29 Juli 2016

Yugoimport NORA - B52 155mm buatan Serbia. Serbia juga memasok munisi kaliber besar kepada Korps Marinir TNI.  (photo : 1080plus)

Presentasi Meriam GS NORA - B52 155mm Howitzer Buatan Serbia

Bandung – Senin, 25 Juli 2016 pukul 10.00 wib s.d. selesai dilaksanakan Presentasi Meriam GS Nora-B52 155 mm Howitzer buatan Serbia oleh PT. Esefa Krida bertempat di Meeting Room Hotel Aston Primera Pasteur Bandung dengan pimpinan acara Danpussenarmed Kodiklat TNI AD Brigjen TNI Yudi Satriyono, S.H. 

Acara ini dihadiri oleh Wadanpussenarmed, Danpusdikarmed Pussenarmed, Sekretaris Pussenarmed, para Pamen Ahli Pussenarmed, para Dirbin Pussenarmed, Paban III/Litbang Srenum Panglima TNI, Paban III/Pammat Spamad, Paban IV/Bindok Sopsad, Paban III/Alpal Slogad, Paban IV/Renproggar Srenad, Paban III/Litbangasro Srenad, Kasubditbinmu Ditpalad, Kasubditbinjat & Optik Ditpalad, Kasubditbinran Ditpalad, Kasubdismat Dislitbangad, Kabagbinsat Sdirbinsen Pussenarmed, Kabaglatorsat Sdirbindiklat Pussenarmed, Kabaglitbang Mat Sdirbinlitbang Pussenarmed, Kabaglitbang Sismet Sdirbinlitbang Pussenarmed, Kadepsista Pusdikarmed, Kasibinmatsus Bagbinsat Sdirbinsen Pussenarmed Serta Direktur dan Staf PT. Esefa Krida.

Myanmar adalah negara di kawasan yang telah terlebih dahulu mengoperasikan howitzer Nora B52 kaliber 155mm (photo : mmmilitary)

Berikut Spesifikasi Meriam GS Nora-B52 155 mm Howitzer Serbia:
1. Sistem Tembakan menggunakan Technologi Komputerisasi.
2. Kecepatan Tembakan 6-12 pluru per menit.
3. Jarak Capai Maximum 67 Km.
4. Kecepatan Kendaraan di Jalan Raya 90 km/jam, Kecepatan Kendaraan Lintas Medan 15 km/jam.


CSB-7011 Coast Guard's Largest Vessels of Vietnam

29 Juli 2016

CSB 7011 vessel of the Vietnamese Coast Guard. (photos : BaoDatViet, Soha, QPVN)

As the largest ship of the CSB, 7011 the ship is responsible for transporting oil and fuel supplies, technical supplies, logistics for ships operating at sea.

27/7 days, after the 7011 CSB ship journey from Hai Phong Port to Port Marine Police Region 3 BTL has landed safely. Train carrying children H222 is denoted transports synthetic biggest force Vietnam Marine Police.

According to the published information, CSB 7011 vessel of Vietnam Coast Guard has the greatest length of nearly 90 meters, the largest width near 14m, alongside about 6,25m height, approximately 4.5 m draft vessels.

The vessel has a gross tonnage of 2,900 tons full load of water stretch out 4,300 tons, maximum speed of 13.5 knots / h, a range of 6,000 nautical miles, continuous operation time up to 60 days at sea night and withstand waves, wind levels 9-11.

CSB 7011 vessel is designed for transportation of oil and mission to provide fuel, fresh water, food - food, supplies and engineering - logistics for ships operating at sea as well as for the islands and the rig.

Carrying capacity and fuel supply, fresh water of ships of up to 2000m3 and 500m3 of fresh water and oil. The possibility of international shipping and logistics: about 300 tons of dry cargo, refrigerated cargo of 30 tons; vegetable kinds about 80 tons.

In addition the system also arranged vessel examination room, first aid, treatment of military medical service of technical and repair shop serving ensure technical repair service for small and medium.

In addition, CSB 7011 vessel is also tasked to assist fishermen offshore fishing may in some days (oil supply, fresh water, supplies and minor repairs); participate in coordinated patrols, search and rescue, environmental protection, national security and maritime other work as required.

In addition, the ship is equipped with a 18m long crane systems, crane could be 5 tons of cargo tonnage resupply at sea.

It is one of seven modern vessels are Government investment in the Coast Guard Force program Resolution 72/2014 / QH13 of the National Assembly XIII, in order to enhance the capacity of law enforcement to force officials Vietnam's sea power required before promoting economic development associated with enhanced marine protection maritime sovereignty in the new situation.

Vessel construction contracted newbuilding on 11/26/2014 day. Tau cross fire boat is equipped with fire-fighting capabilities, will bring sailor crew plunged into the ocean in the event of a fire.

The Vietnam Coast Guard put to use multi-functional transport ships, to modern marine oil will help strengthen the capacity of law enforcement time and maintain a better presence of the maritime boundary Landscape fleet Coast Guard.


Korea, US Meet on Fighter Jet Project

29 Juli 2016

KFX fighter jet (photos : naver)

Korea and the United States held their first high-level talks in Washington, Tuesday, on the transfer of jet technologies for Seoul's project to develop its own fighter jets.

The Ministry of National Defense said the two sides discussed the vital intersection of foreign and national security policies on defense technology cooperation, including issues related to the transfer of technologies for the KF-X project.

It was the first high-level meeting of the Defense Technology Strategy & Cooperation Group (DTSCG), which followed the group's working-level talks held in March. The DTSCG was established last year based on an agreement between defense chiefs of the two nations.

During Tuesday's meeting, the Korea delegation, led by Vice Defense Minister Hwang In-mo and Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs Lee Tae-ho, stressed the need for the transfer of key technologies from the United States for the success of the KF-X project, according to a ministry official.

In response, the U.S. delegation, led by David Shear, assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, and Rose Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, said the two sides will continue to discuss the issue, the official said.

The official added that details about which technologies will be transferred were not determined during the meeting.

The joint press release of the two sides also said, "The U.S. delegation provided an overview of its conventional arms transfer and regional defense trade policies."

The release added that the two sides concurred on the need for regular information-sharing on relevant issues and decided to continue to utilize the DTSCG to advance policy and strategic discussions on technology security, foreign policy and defense technology cooperation in support of the ROK-U.S. alliance.

The 8.5 trillion won KF-X project is to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s. The government will invest an additional 10 trillion won to produce 120 jets by 2032.

The project is proceeding with the help of the U.S. defense company, Lockheed Martin, which vowed to transfer technologies used in the F-35 stealth fighter in return for Korea's purchase of 40 F-35s, signed in September of 2014.

In early December, the U.S. government approved the transfer of 21 technologies in a "large frame," according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

Since then, negotiations between DAPA and Lockheed Martin officials have been ongoing to list the details, as hundreds of technical items are part of 21 technologies.

Before its official kickoff in January, the KF-X project had suffered a severe crisis after the U.S. government refused in April of last year to allow the defense firm to hand over four core technologies — the active electronically scanned array radar, electronic optics targeting pod, the infrared search and radio frequency jammer and the infrared search and tracking system.

The DAPA said the nation will domestically develop those four technologies.

During the meeting, the Korea delegation also asked the United States to give it technologies related to the development of the medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (MUAV), the official said. Washington said that was being considered added.

The two sides plan to hold the next DTSCG high-level talks in 2017, according to officials.

On the sidelines of the defense talks, Hwang met Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work to discuss views on extended efforts between the two allies to cope with ever-growing nuclear and military threats from North Korea, according to the ministry.

TNI AD Resmikan Kapal ADRI-L (LCU-1200)

29 Juli 2016

Kapal LCU ADRI-L (photos : TNI AD)

Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat (Kasad) Jenderal TNI Mulyono menerima penyerahan pesanan TNI Angkatan Darat berupa sebuah Kapal pendarat serbaguna 1200 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) yaitu KM ADRI -L di Galangan II PT. Dok Kodja Bahari Tanjung Priok, Kamis (28/7).

Acara di awali penyerahan dan penandatangan naskah serah terima ADRI-L, dari PT. Dok dan Perkapalan Kodja Bahari (persero) kepada TNI AD untuk memperkuat Direktorat Perbekalan dan Angkutan Angkatan Darat (Ditbekangad) dengan Yonbekang-4/Air selaku pengguna kekuatan alat angkut air di jajaran TNI AD.

Dirut PT DKB (Dok dan Perkapalan Kodja Bahari) Ir. SA.Bandung Bismono pada sambutannya menyampaikan suatu kehormatan bagi PT DKB dapat membangun alutsista pendukung yang digunakan TNI Angkatan Darat sebagai garda terdepan untuk mempertahankan negara.

Pada sambutannya Jenderal TNI Mulyono menyampaikan terima kasih kepada Dirbekangad dan Direktur PT. DKB yang telah bekerja keras menyelesaikan kapal ADRI-L. Selanjutnya Kasad menyampaikan pembangunan Kapal ADRI-L ini didasari oleh luasnya wilayah perairan Indonesia dan kebutuhan alat angkut air untuk mendukung tugas-tugas TNI Angkatan Darat. Namun upaya ini tidak bertentangan dengan kebijakan interoperabilitas yang dicanangkan oleh Mabes TNI terkait dengan kerjasama antar angkatan.

Dalam konteks penggunaan (manuver dan operasi), TNI AD tetap akan memprioritaskan sarana angkut milik TNI AL. Sedangkan dalam konteks pembinaan dan operasi matra darat, kapal ADRI-L dimanfaatkan untuk mendukung tugas-tugas pokok TNI AD, seperti pelaksanaan gelar pasukan, dukungan logistik maupun sarana transportasi pasukan dan angkut materiil ke seluruh pelosok tanah air. TNI AD tetap memperhatikan dan memprioritaskan interoperabilitas dan sinergitas untuk konteks operasi gabungan antar matra.

Selain itu, Kasad menambahkan bahwa pembangunan kapal ADRI-L sudah sesuai dengan kebijakan pemerintah dalam memberdayakan industri strategis Nasional. Hal tersebut diwujudkan TNI AD melalui Ditbengkangad dengan mengedepankan PT. DKB dalam pembangunan Sarana Angkut Air.

Acara dilanjutkan dengan pengguntingan pita dan pemecahan kendi tanda diresmikannya Kapal ADRI -L. Kemudian Kasad beserta rombongan melanjutkan meninjau secara langsung di dalam Kapal ADRI-L.

Pada Akhir acara dilaksanakan Demonstrasi ketangkasan Kompi Kapal Motor Cepat Yonbekang-4/Air dengan menggunakan kapal cepat membentuk formasi pengamanan droping pasukan dan perbekalan.

Hadir pada acara penyerahan Dankodiklat TNI AD, Danpuspomad, Danpusterad, Para Asisten Kasad, Kabalakpus Jajaran TNI AD, para Danpussen, Deputi Menteri BUMN bidang Usaha Industri Strategis, serta staf PT DKB. 


28 Juli 2016

LAND 400 Phase 2 Shortlist – BAE Systems and Rheinmetall

28 Juli 2016

 Rheinmetall Boxer CRV 8x8 (photo : Australian Defence)

Today’s announcement of the two shortlisted bidders for the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle segment of the multi-billion dollar LAND 400 project is no particular surprise.  BAE Systems offered a well-proven Patria AMV35 8x8; Rheinmetall came in with another highly regarded vehicle, the Boxer CRV 8x8.  Both are in series production and both offer mature solutions featuring high levels of crew protection.

The culling of companies from a competition is always painful – and today both General Dynamics Land Systems along with Elbit and their partner Singapore Technologies will be hurting.  Only a few weeks ago, each shipped three of their vehicles to Australia for testing and now will face the expense of taking them back home having only just driven a few kilometres for media and public relations purposes.  They will each be out of pocket to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, with little or no chance of reimbursement – and they would be cursing the decision of the Government to delay the shortlisting decision until after the Federal Election.

BAE Systems Patria AMV35 8x8 (photo : Australian Defence)

It is too early to write definitively about the reasons for the elimination of two credible contenders as it will be at least a month before they are given their official debrief by the Department of Defence.  Having said that, the vehicle being offered by Elbit – the Singapore Technologies ‘Terrex 2’ – does not appear to be in series production and that might have counted against it.  The reasons for GDLS missing out with the LAV 6.0 and teamed with local power house Thales are more difficult to fathom.  The Army always maintained that it would prefer to shortlist two rather than three bidders to make the task of the ultimate evaluation easier and perhaps GDLS were squeezed out because of that determination.

The competition that will now take place will be evenly matched with two strong contenders offering comprehensive local production packages, technology transfer and opportunities for re-export.  The ultimate decision will be based on performance – with an emphasis on crew protection – as well as price and industry content.

It is perhaps significant that the only Ministerial release today has come from new Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, with nothing to be heard from Marise Payne.  The actual names of the contenders are contained in a separate release from the Department.  This might indicate that – in keeping with the new policy announced in the 2016 Defence White Paper – the quality and quantity of the Australian industry packages made in the final offers from BAE Systems and Rheinmetall will be the deciding factor.