27 Februari 2017

MMEA Builds Six New Vessels to Beef up Security in Sabah, Sarawak

27 Februari 2017


Next Generation Patrol Craft for MMEA with UAV launcher (photos : Malaysian Defence) 

KUCHING: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is building six large vessels in an effort to improve its maritime security supervision and monitoring of the country’s waters. 

MMEA director-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said two of the vessels would be deployed in the waters of Sarawak and Sabah and the remaining in the waters of Peninsular Malaysia to cover areas where the country shared its maritime borders with Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. 

“The safety of the country’s waters is always MMEA’s priority given the fact that the water passage is used as the main route for trading activities (exports and imports) between Malaysia and other countries,” he told the media after launching the Sarawak MMEA Volunteer team here, yesterday. 

He said first vessel would be launched in March and would participate in the upcoming Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA 2017) exhibition in Langkawi on March 21-25, while the second vessel was scheduled to be launched in May.



“I am optimistic that with the new vessels MMEA will be able to monitor the country waters efficiently,” he said.

 The vessels, according to Ahmad Puzi, would be equipped with modern and sophisticated technology ,including the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system that could get more information from the radar way above what the ordinary ships were capable of doing. 

In addition to the six large vessels, Ahmad Puzi said the agency would also receive two 90-metre vessels from the Japanese Government next month. 

According to Ahmad Puzi, the two vessels was the Japanese government’s gifts for MMEA in keeping the waters safe which was also the gateway for Japanese vessels in their import and export activities. 

“In fact, we also received same gifts from other countries such as Canada, which accounts for two speedboats, and Australia also contributed two vessels and five speedboats to MMEA,” he added.

(NST)

China Building Third Aircraft Carrier More Advanced than Liaoning

27 Februari 2017


Construction of the 001A or Liaoning II (photo : war is boring)

2nd carrier almost complete

China is close to completing its second aircraft carrier, which will begin service by 2020, experts said.  

China Central Television (CCTV) reported that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's Type 001A class aircraft carrier's scaffold has been removed and red undercoat has been painted below the ship's waterline in Dalian, northeastern Liaoning Province, and that a launching ceremony will soon be held.   

"Unlike the Liaoning (Type 001), China's first aircraft carrier, a refitted ship built by Ukraine (under the former Soviet Union), the 001A is China-built, and its design, combat capability and technologies will be much more advanced," Song Zhongping, a military expert, told the Global Times.

"One key difference is the design will be more 'humanized,' which means all personnel on the carrier will enjoy a more comfortable and modern environment," Song said. 

However, "there's still a long way to go from its launch to enlistment, which normally takes two years," Yin Zhuo, a senior researcher at the PLA Navy Equipment Research Center, told CCTV.

Song said "its status can be compared to a house whose paint job has been completed but requires decorating, which, in military terms, is called the 'outfitting stage.'"

It means all weapons and equipment, including the radar system, air defense system and communications system will be outfitted on the carrier. After this, the carrier and aircraft on it will be tested, and then the carrier will be ready to serve, Song said. 

"Construction of the aircraft carrier is on schedule. Most of its construction and design work has been completed. Its hull has already been assembled at the shipyard. The ship will soon be equipped with radar and other facilities," said Chinese defense ministry spokesperson Wu Qian in October 2016, in response to media inquiries on reported aircraft carrier images circulating online.

A large amount of work remains to be done on the carrier's outfitting stage after it's launched, presumably sometime this year, Li Jie, a naval military expert, said. "It will take about one to two years to carry out functional debugging of its devices, weapons and equipment. The new aircraft carrier can begin sea trials by early 2019."

Third aircraft carrier with catapult technology


On December 31, 2015 the Chinese defense ministry formally announced the construction of the 001A, and another spokesperson Yang Yujun said, "This carrier, with a displacement of 50,000 tons, will be the base for J-15 fighters and other types of aircraft." 

The design and construction of the second aircraft carrier is based on experience, research and training from the first carrier, the Liaoning, Yang added.



Based on information released by the Chinese defense ministry, 001A's aircraft will still use the ski-jump method of taking off from a ski ramp on the front of the carrier just like its "sister," the Liaoning, rather than more advanced catapult technology used by US aircraft carriers.

China is looking into catapult technology, Li said, and the technology will likely be adopted on the 002, China's third aircraft carrier, which is being built in Shanghai.

"In other words, 002 is entirely different from the Liaoning (001) and 001A, and it will look like US aircraft carrier rather than a Russian one," Li said.

Most advanced aircraft carriers use the Electromagnetic Catapult System, or Electromagnetic launcher (EML), to launch carrier-based jets, but China is still testing steam catapults, Li said. "The main difference is that EMLs are more flexible and the system's speed can be controlled, so it can launch aircraft of different sizes."

Yin said "in order to protect China's territories and overseas interests, China needs two carrier strike groups in the West Pacific Ocean and two in the Indian Ocean. So we need at least five to six aircraft carriers." (Global Times)

China’s FC-31 Fighter May Be Slated for Carrier Ops

Following the first flight of a second Shenyang FC-31 prototype, on December 23 last year, there are now discussions within the Chinese media that the improved aircraft might be slated for operations on the new Chinese carrier fleet. The aircraft has been named the “Gryfalcon.”

The second prototype is similarly configured to the model that was displayed at China's Zhuhai Airshow last November. It features some common design elements to the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter, such as cropped vertical stabilizers. It also has an Electro Optic Targeting Sight (EOTS) under the nose. In an interview on Chinese television, military analyst Chen Hu said that it is not surprising to see elements of the J-20 on the FC-31, since both jets are being developed by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AIVC).


A second prototype of the FC-31 has flown at Shenyang. (photo : AIN)

A new scale model of the FC-31 on display in the Shenyang Aviation Museum carries Chinese naval insignia, further hinting at a planned carrier capability for the aircraft. The museum is owned by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. Like most carrier-borne aircraft, the FC-31 has a twin nose gear, and it was recently reported that the third Chinese aircraft carrier would be fitted with three steam catapults.

Chen also noted that the smaller and lighter footprint of the FC-31 gives it an advantage on a carrier’s limited deck space. Moreover, Shenyang would have an advantage over other Chinese aerospace companies, because of its experience in adapting the Su-27 for Chinese naval use as the J-15.

Specifications revealed at the Zhuhai Airshow suggest that the length of the Gryfalcon has increased from 16.8 meters to 17.5 meters. The maximum takeoff weight has increased by three tonnes to 28 tonnes. In addition, the wheel wells of the second prototype are significantly smaller, allowing for a larger internal weapons bay, capable of accommodating up to 8 tonnes of armaments.

The aircraft was originally powered by the Russian-supplied Klimov R-93 turbofans, but Chinese analysts have noted that the latest test flight did not produce the thick exhaust smoke seen in earlier flights. This suggests that the second FC-31 has new powerplants.

The FC-31 is self-funded by Shenyang, which is hoping to export it. The current list price for the Chinese is at $70 million, significantly lower than the F-35A Lightning II. In 2014, Pakistan’s defense production minister Rana Tanveer Hussain stated his country’s interest in procuring 30-40 FC-31. Discussions have since reportedly advanced beyond the initial phase. (AIN)

PN's Second SSV Nears Completion, Sea Trials by March

27 Februari 2017

BRP Gavao Del Sur - 602 (photo : IMF)

MANILA (PNA) -- The country's second strategic sealift vessel (SSV), tentatively known as the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), is almost completed and will start dock and sea trials by March.

This was confirmed by Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a interview with the Philippine News Agency.

"LD-602 is more than 95 percent complete. By March (she) will have a series of dock and sea trials to test her systems, machineries and equipment," he added.

At the moment, PT PAL (Persero) shipbuilders in Surabaya, Indonesia are now installing navigational, deck and engineering equipment on the PN's second SSV.

The BRP Davao Del Sur was launched last Sept. 29. She is the sister ship of the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), currently the largest Filipino warship in commissioned.

BRP Tarlac was commissioned during short ceremonies at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor last June 1.

She arrived in the Philippines last May 14 after a five-day journey from PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya which started on May 9.


BRP Gavao Del Sur - 602 (photo : pdff)

BRP Davao Del Sur is also a Makassar-class landing platform dock like her sister ship BRP Tarlac.

Its delivery to the Philippines, is tentatively scheduled this coming May, will complete the two-unit SSV procurement project with an approved budget contract of PHP4 billion sourced from the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund.

Just like the BRP Tarlac, the PN's latest SSV will serve as a floating command-and-control ship especially in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response and will also serve as a military sealift and transport vessel.

The ship has an overall length of 120 meters,breadth of 21 meters, draft of five meters and can carry a payload of 2,800 tons.

She has a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.

BRP Davao Del Sur can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters. 

(PNA)

25 Februari 2017

Kapal Latih Indonesia Telah Dipasang Tiang Utama

25 Februari 2017

Pemasangan tiang utama KRI Bima Suci (photo : Freire Shipyard)

Galangan kapal di Vigo Spanyol, Construcciones Navales Paulino Freire (Freire Shipyard) mencapai kemajuan dalam pemasangan peralatan kapal latih baru untuk Angkatan Laut Indonesia, yaitu Bima Suci, panjang 110 meter dengan lebar 12,6 meter. Secara teknis, pada akhir pekan kapal telah terpasang tiang utamanya dengan bantuan derek besar.

Pemasangan tiang utama KRI Bima Suci (photo : Javier JAC)

Ketika kapal selesai, Bima Suci dapat membentangkan layar seluas 3.350 meter persegi yang tersusun pada barque (terdiri dari tiga tiang layar). Pengiriman kapal dijadwalkan pada musim panas mendatang. Perahu layar, yang dinamai tokoh mitologi dari Indonesia, akan dipasang patung di anjungan, karya pematung dari Galicia, José Molares..

Pemasangan tiang utama KRI Bima Suci (photo : Javier JAC)

Kapal ini akan berfungsi sebagai platform pelatihan angkatan laut yang dapat menampung 200 orang di dalamnya, termasuk 120 taruna dalam pelatihan untuk Angkatan Laut Indonesia.

(Faro de Vigo)

NZ could Host Singapore's Fighter Jets at Ohakea

25 Februari 2017


F-15SG of the RSAF (photo : US Military Update)

Singapore is eying Ohakea air base in Manawatu as a potential base for one of its own Air Force squadrons of F15 fighter jets.

Up to 500 people would be stationed in or near the base in the region.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed that the Singapore Government in undertaking a feasibility study to determine what the move would entail, including housing and education needs of family.

That study needed to be completed before any proposal could be put before the Singapore or New Zealand Governments.

Brownlee said that Singapore's position in Southeast Asia so close to Malaysia and near Indoesia meant that air space was very tight.

"New Zealand doesn't have the same congestion so the opportunity to fly more freely clearly exists at Ohakea."


F-15SG of the RSAF (photo : fighter sweep)

The Singapore Air Force has other overseas bases, in France, the United States and in Western Australia's Pearce Air Base where a squadron is based.

Brownlee suggested the benefits to New Zealand would be strategic and economic.

"It would mean there would be up to 500 people based out of Ohakea in the Manawatu region so that has a big economic effect on the local community," he told the Weekend Herald.

"But the benefit of strengthening the strategic alliance with Singapore is the most important aspect."

Brownlee said there was deadline by which the proposal needed to be considered by but he expected that it was approved, could take a couple of years to establish.

Singapore and New Zealand have a longstanding defence relationship. The New Zealand Army stationed a battalion in Singapore for 20 years until 1989. And both are members of the Five Power Defence Arrangement along with Britain, Australia and Malaysia.


Ohakea AFB, New Zealand (image : GoogleMaps)

New Zealand's combat arm of the Ari Force was axed in 2001 by the Helen Clark-led Labour Government.

Asked if the Singapore proposal might be a way for New Zealand to re-establish a combat arm, Brownlee said "definitely not."

"It would be a Singapore operation entirely but based at Ohakea."

He did not know how many aircraft would be involved but a squadron is usually between 12 and 24 aircraft.

Singapore has F15s in New Zealand at present to take part in an Air Force Tattoo at Ohakea this weekend.

(NZ Herald)

KKIP : Jangan Batalkan Pembelian dari PT DI

25 Februari 2017


Helikopter tempur EC 725 Cougar buatan PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Bandung, Jawa Barat, yang sudah lengkap dan siap diterbangkan (photo : Kompas)

Jangan Batalkan Pembelian dari PT DI

BANDUNG, KOMPAS -- Polemik pembelian helikopter Agusta Westland 101 diharapkan tak membuat pemerintah membatalkan kontrak pembelian 16 helikopter EC 725 Cougar buatan PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Pembatalan akan merugikan dan mencoreng nama baik PT DI di dunia industri penerbangan internasional. 

Permintaan ini mengemuka dalam kunjungan Tim Komite Kebijakan Industri Penerbangan (KKIP) ke PT DI di Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat, Rabu (22/2). Kunjungan tim KKIP itu ingin meninjau secara langsung kemampuan PT DI memproduksi EC 725 Cougar.

"Jangan sampai karena polemik AW101 ini mengganggu proses bisnis PT DI. PT DI sudah belanja untuk produksi hingga pemeliharaan, jangan sampai dibuat rugi," kata Ketua Pelaksana KKIP Laksamana (Purn) Sumardjono.

Sebelumnya, pemerintah dan PT DI menyepakati pembelian 16 helikopter EC 725 Cougar. Dua unit sudah dikirim 25 November 2016. Empat unit lainnya sudah rampung meski belum ada keputusan kapan pengiriman akan dilakukan. Sementara 10 unit lagi masih dalam proses pembuatan. 

Sumardjono berpendapat, heli EC 725 Cougar buatan PT DI sebenarnya punya kemampuan setara dengan AgustaWesland 101 (AW 101). Dengan demikian, apabila spesifikasi di antara kedua heli itu tidak terlalu jauh, sebaiknya TNI AU tidak membeli AW 101. "Kita perlu mendukung dan mengembangkan industri pertahanan dalam negeri," ujar Sumardjono. 

Kepala Bidang Transfer of Technology & Ofset KKIP Rachmad Lubis juga mengingatkan Kementerian Pertahanan bahwa pembelian 16 helikopter EC 725 Cougar itu sesuai dengan rencana strategis pertahanan.


Helikopter AW 101 TNI AU (photo : cliphistory)

EC 725 Cougar merupakan helikopter kapasitas dua mesin yang mampu mengangkut beban hingga 11 ton dengan kemampuan jelajah jarak jauh. Heli ini memiliki kapasitas ruang yang mampu mengakomodasi berbagai pengaturan tempat duduk hingga 29 anggota pasukan ditambah 2 orang sebagai pilot dan kopilot.

Kepala Divisi Rekayasa Manufaktur Direktorat Produksi PT DI Mukhamad Robiawan mengemukakan, EC 725 Cougar unggul dibandingkan AW101 dalam beberapa spesifikasi. Dalam hal pendaratan darurat di perairan, sistem pelampung Cougar dapat mengembang sebelum heli mendarat di air. Berbeda dengan AW 101 yang sistem pelampungnya baru akan terbuka setelah badan heli menghantam air. 

"Selain itu, untuk kedap suara di dalam kabin, Cougar relatif lebih bagus," lanjut Robiawan.

Sebelumnya, Direktur Niaga dan Restrukturisasi PT DI Budiman Saleh mengemukakan, harga jual EC 725 Cougar sekitar 30 juta euro atau lebih kurang Rp 420 miliar. Harga tersebut relatif lebih murah dibandingkan heli AW 101 yang diperkirakan seharga 55 juta dollar AS atau Rp 761 miliar (Kompas, 28/12/2016). 

Sementara itu, Direktur Teknologi dan Pengembangan PT DI Andi Alisjahbana menyebutkan, apabila PT DI diminta untuk memproduksi helikopter AW 101, hal itu memerlukan investasi besar, mulai dari sarana produksi hingga kemampuan dasar manusia.

(Kompas)

Spyder Missiles have been Deployed

25 Februari 2017


Spyder missile of the Vietnam (all photos : MAN motors)

In 2016, 377 Division 377 has successfully completed the training, live firing and acceptance, receiving missile deployment Spyder, according to Colonel Vu Jade Emperor, the Deputy Political Commissar of the Division.

The information was confirmed in the article "A number of measures to strengthen the discipline in the Air Defense Division 377" of Colonel Vu Jade Emperor, the Deputy Political Commissar of 377 Division published in national defense 2/2017 of January.

Receiving Spyder missiles

So this is the first time a military unit official information about the consortium received the first Spyder missiles under the contract signed with the Israeli side. Earlier, Lieutenant General Le Huy Bay - Commander of the Air PK-KQ also confirmed that Vietnam has ordered missile Spyder.

According to data in the report "Transforming the world of weapons" by the Institute for the Stockholm International Peace published recently, Vietnam has ordered 5 antiaircraft missile complexes Spyder-MR midrange under a contract signed 2015 and as of the moment they are the only one combination is transferred to Vietnam.

Spyder missile air defense weapon is the new generation, very modern Israeli fabrication and manufacturing. The consortium is designed to cater to the organization of air defense operations by mode center network warfare, warfare in all weather conditions, likely high self-propelled maneuver, fighting escalated quickly and aiming to be multiple targets simultaneously.

Consortium has the ability to kill the target aircraft types including fighters, helicopters, unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles and munitions have been fired from the other controls in an environment away from institutional pressure powerful electronics.



Vietnam the Spyder missile purchase is not merely to replace the missile S-75 Volga (SAM-2) was old but also a major breakthrough on the force, strengthening the firepower to against any threat from the air, catch up with the advanced level of technology of the world.

The units, which is equipped?

According to Colonel Vu Ngoc Hoang, deputy political commissar of Division 377, in 2016, the Division successfully completed the task, there are many tasks successfully completed, such as:
"Training, live firing and acceptance, receiving missile deployment Spyder; host and participate in team combat maneuvers by the missile C125M Air Defence - Air Force held the first prize; the unit participate in live fire exercises were achieving Proficient flak. "

Although the article did not elaborate on the training, live firing rockets Spyder acceptance but more likely where the work is being done in your country to fight Israel where the first team of Vietnam for transfer students line type this new generation missile.

Maybe each team fighting was practiced in schools reporter 2-3 shot rounds of Israel to evaluate training results and acceptance prior to sealing ammunition, moved onto the ship repatriated. "Complete Excellence" certainly means that kill target right from the first rounds, the traditional right of the opening game defeat PK-KQ Vietnam team.



Reportedly, 377 Air Defense Division is tasked with combat readiness, management and protection of the airspace south central and Spratly islands of the country and are now on the payroll of the only Division 1 medium hero of People's Armed forces missile regiment, the Regiment were 274 - Doan Hung Vuong missiles.

This is also a very special unit - the only missile regiment of the Air PK-KQ equipped mix of 2 missiles S-75 and S-125 Pechora Volga (SAM-3).

Earlier, Division 377 are also equipped with radar complex visual realm ELM-2288ER round of Israel, is acting as gods eye, watching all the static aerial.

SPYDER about this, combined with modern radar would be enormous advantages for this duo can connect with each other perfectly, doubly powerful private rooms in South Central region, up an air defense network modern, safety Cam Ranh - conjugate base is especially important before any threats.

Thus forces the surface ships, submarines, naval reviews can rest assured the implementation of its key tasks is trained and ready to fight protect and assist island.

(Soha)