16 Februari 2020

TRD Singapore Unveils Orion H+ Portable Counter UAS

16 Februari 2020

TRD Singapore unveiled its new Orion H+ handheld C-UAS system at Singapore Airshow 2020 (photo : Jane's)

TRD Singapore, a locally based developer specialising in the design and manufacture of counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) technology, has taken the opportunity at the Singapore Airshow 2020 to launch its new Orion H+ lightweight C-UAS jammer.

According to company specifications, the Orion H+ is a portable and IP65-rated ruggedised system that weighs less than 6 kg without its optional scope. It is powered by a hot swappable 22.2V 5000 mAh lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery that supports over 60 minutes of continuous operation or up to 48 hours of standby runtime.

Sam Ong, managing director of TRD Singapore, told Jane's that he believes the Orion H+ is the first of its type in the world to be capable of disrupting up to six radio frequency (RF) bands including the industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) RF bands of 433 MHz, 915 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz as well as other specified global navigation satellite system (GNSS) frequencies - such as Beidou, GLONASS, and GPS - at ranges of up to 1,000 m depending on the type of UAS being intercepted.

Orion H+ handheld C-UAS system at Singapore Airshow 2020 (photo : Shephard)

The Orion H+ offers an angle of coverage of between 30 and 35° directly ahead of the operator, and comprises up to six jammer modules that each offer a rated power output between 3-5 W. Each module can be individually triggered, although the system can also activate all six modules simultaneously.

"The coverage is effective against most widely used commercial and DIY [do-it-yourself] drones and even military class [UASs]," said Ong. "ORION-H+ is designed to disrupt the remote control, telemetry, video link and GNSS transmissions and [triggers] their automatic landing or return home protocols in less than 20 seconds."


Royal Thai Air Force Debuts Upgraded F-5THs

16 Februari 2020

F-5TH at Singapore Airshow 2020 (photo : Sompong Nondhasa)

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has displayed its first two newly upgraded Northrop F-5 fighter aircraft at the Singapore Airshow 2020.

The two aircraft, designated F-5TH, were commissioned into service in November 2019 and are now operated by the RTAF's Squadron 211 from the service's air base in the north-eastern Thai province of Ubon Ratchathani.

In total, 14 F-5s will be upgraded to F-5TH standard under contracts worth nearly USD100 million. The initial two aircraft were upgraded by Israel's Elbit Systems. Work on the additional 12 aircraft will be undertaken in Ubon Ratchathani by the RTAF in collaboration with Elbit Systems and Thai company RV Connex.

The upgrade features an all-glass cockpit and new avionics and communications equipment. Link-T tactical datalinks and Leonardo's Grifo-F electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar are also part of the programme.


Satu Lagi Hercules Ex RAAF Diserahkan kepada TNI AU

16 Februari 2020

Pesawat angkut C130H A1338 (photo : TNI AU)

Kedatangan Pesawat Hercules C-130 A-1338 dari Australia di Lanud Abd Saleh

Letkol Pnb Suryo Anggoro, M. Tr (Han) selaku Pilot in Command yang merupakan juga Komandan Skadron Udara 32 Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh bersama sebelas aircrew berhasil mendaratkan pesawat C-130 Hercules A-1338 di Base Ops Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang Sabtu siang (15/2). Kedatangan Pesawat C-130 Hercules A-1338 di tanah air, yang berangkat dari Australia pada tanggal 14 Februari 2020, diacarakan dalam suatu acara penyambutan di Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh.

Awalnya sekitar pukul 12.07 WIB pesawat mendarat di Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh dengan aman. Selanjutnya pesawat disambut dengan water salute saat memasuki Base Ops hingga parkir di depan VIP Room. Aircrew A-1338 kemudian turun dari pesawat dan disambut para pejabat dari Kementerian Pertahanan, Mabes TNI, Mabesau dan Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh.  Kemudian dilaksanakan penyerahan sertifikat airworthiness dari Kapuslaik Kemhan yang diwakili Kolonel Arif kepada Skadron Udara 32 yang diwakili Marsma TNI Hesly Paat selaku Komandan Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh.

Berikutnya serah terima sertifikat dan penanda tanganan dari Kepala Baranahan yang diwakili Marsma TNI Asfan Jauhari selaku Kapus Alpalhan Baranahan Kemhan kepada Aslog Panglima TNI yang diwakili Paban I/Slog Mabes TNI Kolonel Tek Andi Vincent. Kemudian penyerahan sertifikat dan tanda tangan dari Aslog Panglima TNI diwakili Paban I/Slog Mabes TNI Kolonel Tek Andi Vincent kepada Aslog Kasau diwakili Letkol Kal Nunik Intarti, S.E.,M.Si.

Marsma TNI Asfan Jauhari Kepala Pusat Alat Peralatan Pertahanan Kementerian Pertahanan (Kapus Alpalhan Kemhan) dalam amanatnya merasa sangat bersyukur, karena dengan berbagai upaya dari berbagai pihak dengan waktu yang cukup lama, pada akhirnya pesawat C-130 Hercules A-1338 dapat tiba di Indonesia dengan aman.  Dijelaskannya pesawat C-130 Hercules A-1338 merupakan pesawat kelima eks Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) yang diadakan oleh Kementerian Pertahanan Republik Indonesia sejak akhir 2014 yang kemudian direstorasi agar laik dan aman, hingga pada tahun 2020 ini, dapat didatangkan ke tanah air.

Sementara itu, Letkol Pnb Suryo Anggoro, M. Tr (Han) menyampaikan tim aircrew Skadron Udara 32 yang akan mengawaki A-1338 berangkat sejak tanggal 9 Februari 2020 bersama inspektor dan tim dari Indonesian Military Airworthiness Autority Kemhan.  Selanjutnya beberapa proses teknis dilaksanakan pada A-1338 seperti ground run, test flight dan lainnya.  Setelah semuanya dinyatakan laik, maka pada 14 Februari dilaksanakan ferry flight dengan rute Richmond AFB-Darwin AFB dan bermalam. Pada tanggal 15 Februari 2020, A-1338 melanjutkan penerbangan dengan rute Darwin AFB -Eltari Kupang dan berakhir di Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh.

Turur menghadiri acara penyambutan Hercules A-1338 tersebut antara lain pejabat List B dan C Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh, insub, pejabat terkait, undangan juga anggota Skadron Udara 32.


Cirrus Secures Three New Defence Contracts

16 Februari 2020

Cirrus Comcen simulator (photo : Cirrus)

Cirrus’ Managing Director, Mr. Peter Freed has today announced that the company has secured three new Defence contracts:

with the RAAF for the development of light weight, deployable and interoperable Electronic Warfare (EW) sensors for the localisation of RF transmitters.

with the RAN for the extension for of Cirrus’ Generic COMCEN Simulator (GCS) to additionally simulate the behaviour of the Maritime Tactical Wide Area Network (MTWAN) functionality that operates in concert with a ship’s COMCEN.

with the RAN (following the Commonwealth’s exercise of an option) for the expansion of engineering services provided for additional Tactical Electronic Warfare (TACEW) equipment recently delivered by Cirrus to the RAN (HMAS Watson) under a previously announced contract.

Mr. Freed stated that “Cirrus is very pleased to commence 2020 with these new work engagements with Defence. The breadth of engineering encompassed by these works - spanning from the development of sensor and simulation technologies to the supply of support engineering services - exemplifies the capability within the high technology SME sector of the Australian defence industry.”

About Generic Comcen Simulator

GCS provides end to end training for the COMCEN operators of the RAN’s Major Fleet Units (MFU’s), with all of the equipment of the COMCEN, the interactions between the equipment, and the impact of environmental factors simulated. This includes configuring of antennae, receivers, transmitters, multiplexers, demultiplexers, modems, RF cross bar switch, baseband cross bar switch, cryptographic equipment and COMCEN management software. Trainees learn how to configure equipment to create voice and data circuits, and to understand the impact of the environment on communications. The GCS provides instructors flexible tools to create, edit and run scenarios, and to automatically assess the performance on trainees.

The GCS is in operational use at the Defence Force School of Signals Maritime Communications Information Systems Wing (DFSS MCISW) at HMAS Cerberus.


15 Februari 2020

Indonesian Navy Seeks USD320 Million for Utility Helicopters

15 Fabruari 2020

6 utility helicopter have requested by TNI AL (photo : seapower6)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has submitted an IDR4.59 trillion (USD320 million) request for six utility helicopters to the country's finance ministry.

A declassified copy of the request was provided to Jane's by a military source at Singapore Airshow 2020, which runs from 11-16 February.

This document was submitted to the ministry in late January 2020, together with a separate USD375 million funding request for eight attack helicopters.

According to information from the document, the funding is sought from the country's national defence budget for the fiscal years spanning 2020-24.


Test-Firing of BRP Jose Rizal's Main Gun Successful

15 Februari 2020

BRP Jose Rizal's is seen test-firing its 76mm Oto Melara Super Rapid main gun off South Korean waters on Wednesday (Feb. 12, 2020). This is part of sea trials which are the last phase of construction prior to the frigate’s delivery to the Philippines scheduled tentatively in April or May this year (photo : PN)

MANILA -- Test-firing of the 76-mm main gun of the country's first purposedly designed missile frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), was successfully concluded off South Korean waters on Wednesday.

Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, said the test-firing of BRP Jose Rizal's Oto Melara Super Rapid main gun successfully went off during sea trials as per reports from PN representatives who witnessed the test.

"The recent one was yesterday (Wednesday) and that is our fifth sea trial. We conducted a structural test firing of our main gun (76mm Oto Melara Super Rapid SR main gun) with 12 rounds of ammunition. This is to check the effect of the main gun in the structure of the ship," Roxas said in a message late Thursday.

Roxas said the sixth sea trials involving the ship's combat systems (weapons and sensors), integrated platform management system and endurance test of the frigate will commence on February 17.

The third and fourth sea trials took place in the third week of January that involves testing the communications and navigational equipment of the BRP Jose Rizal and also went successfully.

The ship's first and second sea trials took place in November and December last year, respectively, which involves the vessel's general seaworthiness and propulsion and associated systems, including its radars.

BRP Jose Rizal has a maximum designed speed of 25 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles.

The sea trials are the last phase of construction prior to the frigate’s delivery to the Philippines scheduled tentatively in April or May this year.

BRP Jose Rizal was launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan May 23, 2019. The contract for the BRP Jose Rizal and its sister ship, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), is placed at PHP16 billion with another PHP2 billion for weapon systems and munitions.

These ships are capable of conducting anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and electronic warfare (EW) operations.


Program Reverse Engineering Sistem Rudal Kemhan Dimulai

15 Februari 2020

Reverse Engineering sistem rudal merupakan kerjasama antara Kemhan bersama PT DI, Pindad, Dahana, Len, dan PT TRESS (photo : Istimewa)

Penandatanganan Kontrak Reverse Engineering System Rudal Program Binpottekindhan TA-2020

Dalam rangka meningkatkan kemampuan pertahanan negara, pemerintah dalam hal ini Kementerian Pertahanan melaksanakan pengembangan Industri dan teknologi pertahanan guna mendorong dan memajukan pertumbuhan Industri Pertahanan. Kementerian Pertahanan melalui Ditjen Pothan Kemhan melaksanakan Program Pembinaan Potensi Teknologi Industri Pertahanan (Binpottekindhan). 

Program Reverse Engineering System Rudal TA. 2020 merupakan Program Binpottekindhan yang diinisiasi oleh konsorsium Industri Pertahanan yaitu PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero), PT. Pindad (Persero), PT. Dahana (Persero), PT. Len Industri (Persero), dan PT. TRESS.

Pada hari Kamis 13 Februari 2020, Ditjen Pothan Kemhan yang diwakili oleh Brigjen TNi Aribowo Teguh Santoso, S.T., M.Sc., Sesditjen Pothan Kemhan dan PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) yang diwakili oleh Dr. Gita Amperiawan, Dirtekbang PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) menandatangani Kontrak Reverse Engineering System Rudal TA. 2020.  

Sesditjen Pothan Kemhan menyampaikan kepada PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) selaku Lead Integrator dari Konsorsium Rudal bahwa melalui program Binpotekindhan TA. 2020 ini agar melaksanakan Kontrak tersebut sesuai rencana melalui pentahapan yang benar serta mendokumentasikan sesuai ketentuan. Diharapkan dengan penguasaan teknologi Rudal tersebut dapat mewujudkan kemandirian Industri Pertahanan dalam memproduksi Rudal Nasional guna mengisi kebutuhan TNI dalam menjaga kedaulatan NKRI.