18 April 2024

Northrop Grumman Expands Australia MQ-4C Triton Support Team

17 April 2024

Australia’s first multi-intelligence MQ-4C Triton takes to the skies for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 in Palmdale, Calif. (photo: Northrop Grumman)

BRISBANE, Australia – Northrop Grumman Australia (NYSE: NOC) has signed a contract with L3Harris Corporation (L3HCA) for the operation and maintenance of command-and-control systems aboard Australia’s MQ-4C Triton multi-intelligence uncrewed aircraft fleet. The collaboration is another milestone in advance of delivery of the platform to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Christine Zeitz, chief executive and general manager, Australia & New Zealand, Northrop Grumman: “L3Harris will support Triton’s wideband C3 functionality as we work collectively to deliver next-generation technology solutions that will help keep Australia safe.”

Andrew Rushbrook, managing director, L3Harris Communications Australia Pty Ltd, and regional vice president, L3Harris Tactical Communications: “L3Harris is delighted to be working with Northrop Grumman Australia to deliver this critical capability to the Commonwealth. Our wideband C3 solution for Australia’s MQ-4C Triton will help establish a world-class sovereign capability.”

Details on Triton
Built for the U.S. Navy and RAAF, the multi-intelligence MQ-4C Triton supports a wide range of missions including maritime patrol, signals intelligence, search and rescue and communications relay. These aircraft provide commanders with persistent surveillance for the prediction of an adversary’s behavior, enabling better planning and enhancing joint military responses.

Northrop Grumman successfully completed the first flight of Australia’s MQ-4C Triton uncrewed aircraft at its Palmdale facility in California in November 2023. The flight marks a major production milestone as Northrop Grumman progresses toward delivery of Australia’s first Triton in 2024. All four Australian Tritons currently under contract are progressing as planned through their production schedules.

Northrop Grumman is establishing a dynamic support environment for the progressive delivery of the Triton systems into Australia. This includes establishing ground stations at RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia and facilitating air vehicles into RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. The company is building a highly qualified Australian workforce across both locations, leveraging extensive knowledge and experience gained supporting U.S. Navy Triton operations.

Australia is part of the Triton cooperative program and is helping shape the requirements of the system. Together, U.S. and Australian defense forces will share data collected by their respective Tritons.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global aerospace and defense technology company. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect and protect the world, and push the boundaries of human exploration across the universe. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our employees define possible every day.

Danpasmar 1 Hadiri Uji Coba Drone Thermal

18 April 2024

Pasmar uji coba drone thermal (photos: Pasmar1)

TNI AL, Pasmar 1 -- Komandan Pasmar 1 (Danpasmar 1) Brigjen TNI (Mar) Umar Farouq, S.A.P., CHRMP., M.Tr.Opsla., M.Han., menghadiri uji coba Drone Thermal di lapangan Apel Brigif 1 Kesatrian Marinir Hartono Cilandak, Jakarta Selatan, Selasa (16/04/2024).

Drone Thermal ini merupakan barang pengadaan dari Dinas Material Senjata dan Elektronika Angkatan Laut (Dissenlekal) yang rencananya nanti akan mendukung dan dipergunakan pada Satuan Tugas Pengamanan dan Perbatasan (Satgas Pamtas) Mobile RI-PNG Tahun 2024.

Pada kesempatan tersebut hadir juga Asisten Operasi Angkatan Laut (Asops) Kasal Laksamana Muda TNI Yayan Sofian yang juga menjelaskan bahwa adanya Drone ini tidak lain adalah untuk mendukung kesuksesan jalannya misi penugasan para prajurit Satgas Pamtas Mobile RI-PNG Tahun 2024.

Pada kesempatan tersebut juga dilaksanakan uji coba oleh para personel Satgas Pamtas Mobile RI-PNG Tahun 2024 yang nantinya akan mengawaki Drone tersebut, sekaligus memastikan kesiapan dan kelayakan Drone tersebut untuk dibawa ke medan penugasan.

17 April 2024

US Army’s Mid-Range Capability (MRC) Makes Its First Deployment in the Philippines for Salaknib 24

17 April 2024

The MRC Launcher can fire the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) for extended-range anti-air warfare (ER-AAW) purposes and the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) (photos: US Army)

NORTHERN LUZON, Philippines – In a historic first, the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force successfully deployed the Mid-Range Capability (MRC) missile system to Northern Luzon, Philippines, on April 11, 2024, as part of Exercise Salaknib 24. This landmark deployment marks a significant milestone for the new capability while enhancing interoperability, readiness, and defense capabilities in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Covering a journey of more than 8,000 miles in over 15 hours, the Mid-Range Capability (MRC) reached the Philippines aboard the C-17 Globemaster III airframe. The historic deployment, undertaken in part with the pilots and flight crew of the U.S. Air Force's 62nd Airlift Wing from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, showcases the extensive reach and logistical precision of the Joint Force and represents a significant achievement for the Air Force, marking the first time the service has flown the exquisite capability.

“This is a significant step in our partnership with the Philippines, our oldest treaty ally in the region. We’re grateful to our partners in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and we’re excited to expand our security cooperation as we bring this new capability to Luzon. This creates several new collaboration opportunities for our bilateral training and readiness, we look forward to growing together,” said Brig. Gen. Bernard Harrington, commanding general of the 1MDTF.

The 1MDTF’s MRC is a land-based, ground-launched system that enhances multi-domain fires. A versatile capability, the MRC Launcher can fire the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) and the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM). The full configuration of MRC comprises a battery operations center, four launchers, prime movers, and modified trailers.

Salaknib 24 directly supports the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Army Pacific efforts in enhancing bilateral U.S. land power capacity and capabilities for joint operations. By bolstering our collective readiness with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Salaknib improves our operational capabilities and strengthens the longstanding and strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance, displaying our dedication to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Ini Jadwal Pengiriman Kapal PPA Pesanan Kemhan

17 April 2024

Kapal PPA Angkatan Laut Italia/Marina Militare (photos: Kemhan)

Dalam rangka memperkuat pertahanan dan keamanan maritim, Kemhan dan Fincantieri S.p.A telah resmi menandatangani kontrak pengadaan dua unit kapal fregat sejenis FREMM (Frigate European Multi-Mission), belum lama ini.

Berdasarkan kontrak yang telah disepakati, dua kapal perang yang tengah dibangun di galangan kapal di Trieste, Italia, pengiriman unit pertama dilakukan pada bulan Oktober 2024, sedangkan kapal kedua dijadwalkan pada April 2025. Kedua kapal perang jenis Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) tersebut memiliki kemampuan multi-misi dan dilengkapi dengan teknologi terkini.

Selain itu, kapal perang PPA memiliki spesifikasi panjang 143 meter dan lebar kapal sekitar 16.5 meter, Displacement 6.250 Ton (Full Load) Kecepatan max ≥ 30 Knots, Endurance 5000 NM, serta dipersenjatai dengan sistem rudal permukaan ke udara (Surface to Air Missile /SAM) Aster 15 beserta peluncur vertical DCNS Sylver A43.

Sistem rudal SAM Aster 15 ini dapat dipasang pada berbagai jenis kapal perang, seperti fregat, destroyer, atau kapal induk. Selain itu, kapal juga dipersenjatai dengan meriam 127mm Vulcano, meriam 76mm Strales, meriam ringan 25mm dengan Fire-Control Radar (FCR) RTN 10X system Dardo, Peperangan Elektronika RECM, RESM dan CESM, Tactical Data Link-Y serta Multifunction Radar Leonardo Kronos.

Pengadaan kapal ini juga diiringi dengan paket offset yang komprehensif, di antaranya mencakup konsultasi pengembangan galangan kapal, strategi bisnis jangka panjang, peningkatan fisik galangan kapal, pelatihan kelas di Italia selama enam bulan, termasuk pengembangan jalur pelatihan di Universitas Pertahanan RI.

KD LEKIU Ready for RIMPAC 2024 Exercise

17 April 2024

KD Lekiu at Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (LUNAS) (photos: LUNAS)

We are pleased to update the successful downslipping and towing of KD LEKIU back to RMN Lumut Jetty, completed on April 12. As usual, our team displayed exceptional commitment, ensuring that the Emergency Defect Repair (EDR) project remained on schedule even during festive holidays. Their hard work and determination are commendable and reflect our values of dedication and teamwork.

As KD LEKIU prepares for its upcoming role in the RIMPAC 2024 exercise, we extend our best wishes to the crew and the RMN for a successful deployment.

LUNAS Naval Shipyard

From humble beginnings to a modern maritime leader, Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (LUNAS) has made significant footprint in the industry. Established in 1984 as the Royal Malaysian Navy Dockyard, LUNAS transitioned to a corporatized entity in 1991 and ultimately became a private company, PSC Naval Dockyard Sdn Bhd, in 1995. LUNAS underwent a series of strategic acquisitions that propelled its growth. 

In the early 2000s, Boustead Holdings, a prominent Malaysian conglomerate owned by the Armed Forces Provident Fund, acquired the shipyard. This led to a name change to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd in August 2005. As of January 2024, a shift in the company's governance structure necessitated a renewed direction and strategy when the company became a company under the ownership of Ocean Sunshine Berhad, a wholly-owned entity under the Ministry of Finance (MOF Inc). Consequently, the shipyard embarked on a rebranding initiative, adopting its current name, Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (LUNAS).

Today, LUNAS flourishes as a fully modernized shipyard spanning 46 hectares. Recognized for its technological capabilities, LUNAS has secured numerous contracts, solidifying its position as a one-stop center catering to the defense and maritime needs of the region.


16 April 2024

VPAF Successfully Organized Live Firing and Bombing Drills

16 April 2024

Su-30MK2 and Mi-8 during live firing and bombing drills (photos: VPAF)

In 2 days (March 26 and 27), at the National Shooting Range Region 3 (TB-3); The Air Defense - Air Force (PK-KQ) successfully organized the 2024 Live Fire and Bombing Exercise for air force units, including: Regiment 917, Regiment 935 (Division 370); Regiment 916, Regiment 923, Regiment 927 (Division 371). Monitoring and directing the exercise were Lieutenant General Pham Truong Son - Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army; Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Hien - Commander of the Army; Lieutenant General Tran Ngoc Quyen - Political Commissar of the Army; Major General Vu Hong Son - Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Army; Heads of agencies and a number of some functional departments of the Air Force - VPAF.

At the live ammunition shooting and bombing drill, pilots and flight crews practiced attacking ground targets during the day and at night with the following contents: Flying bombs, shooting missiles, simple mobile rockets, and mechanical rockets. Complex operations by squadron and single unit, on Su-30MK2 and Mi-8 aircraft. During the process of preparing and practicing flying and shooting, the units performed well in command and control; Ensuring good technique, logistics, and information - radar in all stages. The team of pilots and flight crew members are carefully prepared in terms of technical skills, tactics, bravery, and psychology.

With a total of 27 flights using weapons and 30 successful attacks on targets, the live ammunition shooting and bombing drill at the TB-3 shooting range has successfully completed the set goals and requirements. Absolute safety is guaranteed. The results of live firing and bombing exercises accurately reflected the combat training results of the units; and contributed to training and improving the qualifications, experience, and fighting spirit of pilots and flight crew members; at the flight command level. At the same time, this is also an opportunity for units to check the quality of operation of aircraft systems, the working ability of stations and communication means, and enhance the ability to ensure operations. flight of units. Thereby improving the level and combat readiness of Air Force units, meeting mission requirements in the coming time.

At the end of the exercise, 100% achieved good and excellent scores, of which 73% achieved excellent scores; and 27% achieved excellent results. Among them, Regiment 917 (Division 370) had 100% excellent results. At the Drill Commentary Conference, the Army awarded certificates of merit to 2 groups and 6 individuals for their outstanding achievements in carrying out live fire and bombing drills at the TB-3 shooting range in 2024.

Australia Awards $139.5 Million Contract for P-8A upgrades

16 April 2024

The P-8A Poseidon will be enhanced the aircraft’s anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities (photo: Aus DoD)

Dozens of local jobs will be created in South Australia through a new contract to upgrade the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The Albanese Government has signed a $139.5 million contract with Boeing Defence Australia to upgrade the Poseidon’s software, systems and sensors at RAAF Base Edinburgh, supporting 50 new highly skilled defence industry jobs.

The Poseidon P-8A aircraft is Australia’s maritime patrol aircraft and this critical work will enhance the aircraft’s anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

These upgrades will also ensure continued interoperability with Australia’s allies and partners.

Boeing Defence Australia will recruit and train apprentices and supply chain trainees to provide P-8A Poseidon support, providing upskilling and pathways for Australians to gain long-term employment in a critical industry. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Defence Industry, Pat Conroy:
“This announcement creates 50 new jobs and builds on the existing 283-strong workforce currently employed by Boeing Defence Australia at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

“Investing in this critical upgrade to our P-8A Poseidon fleet will create new opportunities for apprentices to learn valuable skills and forge a career that offers long-term and well-paid employment, while also ensuring our Defence Force is equipped with the capabilities it needs to keep Australians safe.”