30 Juni 2016

Skuadron Serbu 13 Beroperasi Setelah Lebaran

30 Juni 2016

Helicopter Fennec akan memperkuat Skuadron 13 Penerbangan Angkatan Darat (photo : Arturedo)

TANJUNG REDEB – Skuadron Serbu 13 Penerbad yang berada di Bandara Kalimarau, siap dioperasikan dalam waktu dekat. Komadan dan sejumlah personelnya, telah berada di Kabupaten Berau, saat ini.

“Penerbad (Skuadron Serbu 13, red.) tinggal diresmikan saja. Dan rencananya memang setelah lebaran ini mulai beroperasi,” ungkap Dandim 0902/TRD, Letkol Czi Slamet Santoso kepada Berau Post, Selasa (28/6).

Untuk progresnya, dikatakan Slamet, baru mencapai sekitar 60 persen. Pasalnya, peralatan, armada helikopter dan sebagainya belum bergeser ke Kabupaten Berau. Termasuk pembangunan rumah prajurit.

“Tetap dioperasikan dan itu sambil berjalan, ya setelah lebaran itu sebagian peralatan dan unit akan bergeser. Heli penerbad kan ada di Tarakan, nah itu nantinya akan di tempatkan di Berau,” terangnya.

Terkait pembangunan perumahan prajurit, rencana awal pembangunan telah disepakati dengan Pemkab Berau di depan lapangan golf Jalan Raja Alam, Kecamatan Teluk Bayur, sesuai persetujuan Bupati Berau saat masih dipimpin Makmur HAPK.

Tetapi, pihaknya tetap akan berkoordinasi dan bersurat kembali terkait rencana pembangunan perumahan prajurit, kepada Bupati Berau saat ini.

Rencananya, pembangunan perumahan untuk 50 prajurit yang akan bertugas di Skuadron Serbu 13, juga bisa dilaksanakan usai Idulfitri nanti.

”Saat ini sudah ada komandannya di Berau, dan ada sekitar 30 sampai 40 personel juga ada di Berau. Mereka sementara tinggal di barak Skuadron. Untuk rumah komandannya sudah jadi,” jelasnya.

Ditanya jenis helikopter yang akan beroperasi di Berau, Slamet belum mengetahui pasti. Informasi awal yang didapatkannya, baru satu jenis. “Kemungkinan ada jenis lain, saya belum tahu pasti,” pungkasnya.

Seperti diketahui, Skuadron Serbu 13 yang dibangun di area eks terminal lama Bandara Kalimarau, sudah dilengkapi Shelter, apron, markas komando (mako), hanggar, gudang har, barak siaga, mes perwira, rumah dinas komandan dan rumah dinas wakil komandan.


Vietnam Also Interested in Japanese SH-60J ASW Helicopter

30 Juni 2016

JMSDF SH-60J ASW helicopter (photo : yahoo)

Currently submarine hunt forces Naval Aviation Vietnam covers only 8 Ka-28 is a Soviet Union transferred in the period 1989-1990.

After nearly 30 years of service, anti-submarine capabilities of the helicopter with coaxial rotor configuration unique in being judged is outdated, does not meet all the requirements of modern warfare, though went through the upgrade process in Ukraine.

Realizing the weakness on Navy Vietnam last time has made the move to find alternative subjects, including "cult" is the most exposed group to evaluate AgustaWestland helicopter AW159 Wildcat underground hunt, but so far no progress.

After the US lifted the arms embargo, MH-60 Seahawk suddenly emerged as a top candidate. But P-3C Orion same unit prices 45-55 million / unit (depending on version) causing them to exceed the reach of Vietnam.

However with the latest developments, while Vietnam is Japan expressed interest in providing P-3C used (especially according to some statements, the Northeast Asian countries are willing to sell cheap or even financial support), it also opens up prospects for our ability to buy helicopters to hunt both underground SH-60J Seahawk.

SH-60J is the version based on the SH-60 Seahawk US, is produced in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Corporation under license from Sikorsky. Mitsubishi started transferring the first SH-60J JMSDF in 1991, they officially on the payroll shortly thereafter.

Basically, the SH-60J is the SH-60B hybrid SH-60F and, differences lie mostly in the electronic system. Japanese aircraft fabrication equipped with sonar embedded HQS-103, phased array radar scanning and proactive HPS-104 electronic warfare systems HLR-108. SH-60J using domestic motor T700-IHI-401C supplied by Ishikawa-Harima.

In addition to anti-submarine weapons like torpedoes dedicated Mk 46 lightweight, Type 74, Type 12, the bomb, the SH-60J sink ... also bring both 7.62 mm machine guns, rockets and rocket Hydra 70 mm Hellfire anti-tank for fire support missions for the Marines.

P-3C similar is being replaced by a P-1, Mitsubishi Corporation has now upgraded version produced SH-60K as a complement and ready bridging the gap of the SH-60J the production of the first batch money.

If Vietnam is Japan agreed to transfer the patrol aircraft P-3C Orion submarine hunt, the more likely we will buy SH-60J Seahawk attached to synchronize equipment. Although relatively "older" but of Japanese weapons has always been appreciated for the quality and reliability, will also serve to add a long time to come.

With rich combat experience and advanced facilities in Japan, Vietnam Navy will ensure complete protection tasks island sovereignty before a large submarine force of the enemy. The plan should be promoted to a deployed immediately in the near future.


Seagull Examines Offensive ASW with Torpedo Trials

30 Juni 2016

The trials saw two torpedoes successfully launched from a Seagull USV. (photo : Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems has conducted torpedo launch trials from its Seagull unmanned surface vessel (USV) in waters off the port of Haifa.

The tests involved two firings of a lightweight torpedo; however, the company would not disclose to IHS Jane's which torpedo was utilised except to say that it is an "off-the-shelf" solution.

The purpose of the trials was to verify and demonstrate the installation and launch of a torpedo, rather than test the capability in a target engagement cycle. "We wanted to prove that all systems functioned and that a torpedo could be launched from such a small vessel," the spokesperson said.

During the trials the Seagull operated in a swell of around 1 m (Sea State 3), although the torpedo launch capability can be utilised in higher Sea States, according to the spokesperson.

The launcher configuration for the trials represents that which will ultimately be used operationally, the spokesperson said, noting that this meets the tactical deployment considerations for the torpedo.

Seagull is designed to offer a multimission USV capability, filling a wide range of roles with an initial focus on mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare (ASW). Wider applications are set to include maritime security and force protection - the platform can be fitted with a remote weapon station - and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), among others.

Further tests of Seagull's torpedo capability - and of other payloads - are scheduled to take place, the spokesperson confirmed. For ASW operations, Seagull will be fitted with an L-3 Ocean Systems HELRAS low-frequency dipping sonar.

Seagull is 12 m long with a draft of just 0.8 m and a beam of 3.3 m. It has a top speed of 32 kt, can carry up to 2,500 kg of useful payload, and has the capacity for 3,500 litres of fuel, which equates to an operational endurance of 96 hours.


Elbit and ST Kinetics Introduce LAND 400 CRV Contender Sentinel II

30 Juni 2016

Sentinel II/Terrex 2-35, one of contender to LAND 400 Phase 2 (photos : ADBR) 

Team Sentinel, primed by Elbit Systems of Australia, has shown off its offering for LAND 400 Phase 2 in Tasmania, where Elphinstone would manufacture the Sentinel II combat reconnaissance vehicle, if successful.

The 8×8 Sentinel II vehicle – complete with Tassie devil paint scheme – is based on the Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics) TERREX 2 hull and driveline as shortlisted for the US Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1, Increment 1 (ACV 1.1) program. Also known as the TERREX 2-35, because it has a gross vehicle mass of 35 tonnes, the Sentinel II is fitted with an upgraded drivetrain and more powerful engine.

The Sentinel II is equipped with a variant of Elbit’s manned (but convertible) MT30 turret, fitted with a 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster cannon. This turret could be changed over to the unmanned UT30 configuration in four to six hours; for instance, such a decision could be made once a vehicle has been deployed. The UT30 Mk2 has been put on vehicles for Brazil, the Philippines and Israel.

Sentinel II is fitted with the latest generation of Elbit’s battle management system, integrated with the weapons systems and defensive systems to create Weapon Integrated BMS (WINBMS).

The media was given the chance to clamber over the vehicle – intended for the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) – on Tuesday, after the hull was flown in on Friday last week aboard an Ilyushin Il-76, and put together with the turret and combat system over the weekend.

Underlining its commitment to achieving 67 per cent Australian industry content within the Sentinel II, Elbit Systems of Australia has signed a memorandum of agreement with Marand to manufacture the third RMA vehicle’s turret.

If the Team Sentinel bid for LAND 400 Phase 2 is successful, Marand would manufacture and assemble 180 turrets in Geelong; these turrets would then be fitted to vehicles manufactured in Tasmania by Elphinstone at a final assembly and production facility to be located at Avalon Airport.


29 Juni 2016

RSS STEADFAST - First Non-US Navy Ship to lead RIMPAC Multinational Group Sail

29 Juni 2016

 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Formidable-class frigate RSS Steadfast (left) leading the Multinational Group Sail (MNGS) with two other warships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) (right) and United States Navy (USN) (in far background).

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Formidable-class frigate RSS Steadfast is the first non-United States Navy (USN) ship to lead a Multinational Group Sail to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise, the world's largest international maritime exercise. From 18 to 29 June 2016 (Singapore time), the RSN is leading two other warships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the USN in a sail from Okinawa, Japan, to Hawaii, USA, to participate in Exercise RIMPAC. The USN is leading three other multinational groups that are sailing from San Diego and the western Pacific Ocean.

The RSN conducted naval warfare serials with the two other naval ships en route, in preparation for the high-intensity sea phase during Exercise RIMPAC. RSS Steadfast, with an embarked S-70B Seahawk naval helicopter, led the conduct of helicopter operations, surface warfare drills, gunnery firings as well as manoeuvring and communications serials. The exercise serials enhanced interoperability and mutual understanding among the naval ships.

Commenting on the navy-to-navy interactions, Commanding Officer of RSS Steadfast, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Ooi Tjin Kai, said that the Multinational Group Sail presents a valuable opportunity to strengthen inter-navy partnerships. LTC Ooi said, "The exercises at sea help to build confidence in operating with one another. As commander of a Multinational Group Sail, the RSN plays an important role in catalysing cooperation between the participating navies and we are glad to be able to value-add to the interactions."

Hosted by the USN, the biennial Exercise RIMPAC will be conducted in the waters off Hawaii from 1 July to 5 August 2016 (Singapore time). This is the fifth time that the RSN will be participating in the exercise. Exercise RIMPAC, as well as the Multinational Group Sail component, serve as important avenues for the RSN to sharpen its combat proficiencies and deepen professional ties and interoperability with the other participating navies.

(Sing Mindef)

Indonesia Approves Defence Ministry Plans to Acquire Military Communications Satellite

29 Januari 2016

Airbus military satcom (photo : Airbus DS)

Indonesia has approved plans by the military to acquire a communications satellite that will be launched in 2019. Acquisition is expected to spur the usage of satellite-based communication systems across the Indonesian Armed Forces

The Indonesian House of Representatives commission on defence, intelligence, and foreign affairs (Komisi I) has approved a request for funding from the country's defence ministry and the Indonesian Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia, or TNI) to acquire a satellite from Airbus Defence and Space for USD849.3 million.

Plans to acquire the satellite were approved on 27 June, according to a transcript of proceedings between Komisi I and the Indonesian Ministry of Defence and TNI, provided to IHS Jane's on the day after.

The satellite will be used for military satellite communications on the L-Band frequency and is targeted for launch in 2019. The satellite is expected to be developed with input from the military and various Indonesian institutions, but Airbus Defence and Space will be fully responsible for its launch.

Upon launch, the satellite is expected to occupy the orbital slot of 123 degrees east longitude. The orbital slot, which has been allocated to Indonesia by the International Telecommunications Union, was previously occupied by the Garuda-1 satellite belonging to Asia Cellular Satellite. However, it has since been taken out of orbit due to various malfunctions.

The satellite's acquisition costs are expected to be disbursed by the Indonesian government over a five-year period leading up to 2019.


Gantikan Dewaruci, TNI AL Punya KRI Bima Suci Tahun Depan

29 Juni 2016

KRI Bima Suci (image : Oliver Design)

JAKARTA -TNI Angkatan Laut akan segera memiliki kapal latih tiang tinggi (tall ship) penerus sang legenda KRI Dewaruci. Hal ini akan terwujud 2017 dengan kedatangan sang pengganti.

Sebagaimana diketahui, KRI Dewaruci telah lebih dari enam dasawarsa mendarma-baktikan segenap kemampuannya dalam membidani lahirnya para perwira handal TNI Angkatan Laut.

“The Legend Dewaruci yang merupakan kapal latih taruna AAL akan menyerahkan kepercayaan dalam mencetak para pemimpin masa depan bangsa kepada generasi selanjutnya. Kepercayaan tersebut jatuh kepada sang pengganti yang rencananya akan bernama KRI Bima Suci,” kata Kadispenal Laksamana Edi Sucipto melalui siaran pers yang diterima Okezone, Selasa (28/6/2016).

Lebih lanjut Edi mengatakan pemotongan perdana baja (steel cutting) sebagai tanda dimulainya pembangunan KRI Bimasuci berlangsung medio November 2015 di Galangan Contruccion Navales Freire Shipyard, Kota Vigo, Spanyol.

“Bima Suci adalah kapal layar kelas Barque, yaitu kapal layar yang memiliki dua tiang dengan layar persegi. Kapal layar tiang tinggi ini memiliki panjang 110 meter dan lebar 13,5 meter melebihi KRI Dewaruci yang hanya memiliki panjang 58 meter dan lebar 8 meter. Dengan ketinggian mencapai 50 meter, KRI Bima Suci jauh lebih menjulang daripada KRI Dewaruci yang memiliki ketinggian 35 meter,” tukasnya. (Okezone)

Perbandingan Antara KRI Dewaruci dengan Bima Suci

JAKARTA - Kadispenal Laksamana Edi Sucipto menjelaskan keunggulan kapal latih tiang tinggi (tall ship) KRI Bimasuci sebagai penerus sang legenda KRI Dewaruci milik TNI Angkatan Laut.

“Jumlah layar 26 buah (KRI Bimasuci), sedangkan KRI Dewaruci 16 buah. Jika di KRI Dewaruci tidak terdapat ruang kelas, maka KRI Bimasuci menyediakan ruang kelas secara khusus sebagai tempat belajar para taruna AAL saat berlatih dalam operasi Kartika Jala Krida. Ruang kelas yang tersedia mampu memuat 100 orang taruna,” ujar Edi melalui siaran pers yang diterima Okezone, Selasa (28/6/2016).

Lebih lanjut Edi menjelaskan KRI Dewasuci memanfaatkan geladak terbuka sebagai ruang rekreasi, sementara KRI Bimasuci menyiapkan ruang rekreasi dalam sebuah ballroom berukuran 11 x 10,5 meter persegi. “Tingkat kenyamanan juga jauh lebih meningkat sebab KRI Bimasuci menyiapkan perangkat multimedia,” katanya.

KRI Bimasuci sendiri mampu menyediakan akomodasi bagi 203 personel. Kecepatan maksimal mencapai 12 knot jika menggunakan daya dorong mesin dan 15 knot jika menggunakan layar. Sementara itu untuk tingkat endurance (ketahanan berlayar tanpa mengisi BBM) dapat mencapai 30 hari. Kapal layar tiang tinggi ini pun dilengkapi dengan 5 dek, 7 kompartemen, dan 48 blok.

Medio Januari lalu atau tepatnya 27 Januari 2016 KRI Bimasuci memasuki tahap peletakan lunas (keel laying). Dalam sambutannya, Direktur Galangan Guillermo Freire Garcia menyampaikan ucapan terima kasih kepada Pemerintah Indonesia atas kepercayaan yang diberikan kepada perusahaannya untuk membuat kapal layar latih.

“Sebuah kepercayaan, sekaligus tantangan bagi kami, karena kami tahu bahwa pendahulu kapal ini, yakni KRI Dewaruci telah menjadi kapal yang terkenal dan menjadi legenda dunia”, kata Guillermo dalam bahasa Indonesia yang lancar.

Keel laying merupakan bagian dari empat tradisi yang melekat pada setiap pembangunan kapal angkatan Laut. Urutan lengkapnya adalah peletakan Lunas (keel laying), peluncuran (launching), peresmian kapal (commissioning) dan purnatugas (decommissioning).

Pihak galangan rencananya akan meluncurkan kapal layar tiang tinggi tersebut ke laut pada pada akhir September 2016. Pada Januari hingga Mei 2017 kapal layar itu akan menjalani tahap harbour trial dan sea trial.