05 Agustus 2020

US Army Prepares Live-Fire Test of Anti-Air Version of Stryker Armored Vehicle After Pandemic Delays

05 Agustus 2020

Stryker IM-SHORAD variant (photo : Leonardo)

The US Army has already begun a limited user test of its new Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) at New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range. Those tests will now enter a live-fire stage as the Army brings in two new systems for testing: a new version of its MIM-108 Patriot missile battery and the Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD), a modified version of the Stryker, Brig. Gen. Brian Gibson, director of the Army’s air and missile defense modernization team, told Breaking Defense for a Monday report.

The essence of IBCS 2.0 will be the networking of different air defense systems. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) “Missile Threat” project, the IBCS is “intended is to integrate the communications between weapon launchers, radars, and the operators, allowing an air defense unit, such as a Patriot battery, to fire its interceptors using information provided by the radar of another.”

Stryker IM-SHORAD variant (photo : Leonardo)

The IM-SHORAD will fill a key gap in US air defenses, which have for decades prioritized targeting ballistic missiles and strategic bombers over short-range perimeter defense. The proliferation of drones on the battlefield in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the September 2019 suicide drone attack on two Saudi oil facilities, rushed short-range air defense to the top of the Pentagon’s list of concerns.

Enter the IM-SHORAD. With Stinger and Hellfire missiles as well as a 30-millimeter autocannon and a 360-degree multi-mission hemisphere radar, the Stryker could fill a vital gap. The eight-wheeled, armored vehicle can hit 60 miles per hour on roadways and hard surfaces and can go offroad as well, making it a potent way to quickly move anti-air systems into new areas and displace them from old ones.

The US Marine Corps has weighed a similar modification of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs), which will replace the service’s Humvees. The Direct Fire Defeat System could potentially include anti-air missiles such as the FIM-92 Stinger as well as a 30-millimeter autocannon and a suite of electronic warfare tools, Sputnik reported in April.

IM-SHORAD Stryker test-fires a Hellfire missile in February, 2020 (photo : JDW)

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the White Sands tests, which required extensive reworking in order to minimize the risk of spreading the disease. It’s just the latest delay for a system that should have gone active last year, Defense News noted. The Pentagon’s budget for upgrading the weapons systems of both anti-air and regular Stryker vehicles has also come under scrutiny, with the House Armed Services Committee questioning the fairness behind the awarding of contracts that were included in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act in June.

One day, the IM-SHORAD will get a less clinical name which, as Task & Purpose reported, has the potential to be derived from the fictional Manticore missile-armed tank from the “Warhammer 40,000” tabletop gaming franchise, depending on how many votes the suggestion gets.

KRI Alugoro Selesaikan Drydocking dan Siap Laksanakan Fase Lanjutan SAT

05 Agustus 2020

Kapal selam KRI Alugoro (photo : PAL)

Kapal Selam Alugoro menyelesaikan pengerjaan drydocking di Graving Dock Irian PT PAL Indonesia (Persero), Surabaya (30/7). Selanjutnya setelah proses suplai logistik di Dermaga Kapal Selam PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) Kasel Alugoro akan bertolak menyusuri Selat Madura, Laut Jawa, dan kemudian menuju perairan Banyuwangi untuk menjalani fase lanjutan Sea Acceptance Test (SAT).
Plt. Kepala Divisi Kapal Selam PT PAL Indonesia Satriyo Bintoro diwawancarai saat proses undocking menjelaskan Kasel Alugoro menjalani drydocking selama 7 hari untuk pembersihan badan bawah garis air. Dengan kondisi yang bersih diharapkan dicapai hasil yang optimal untuk pelaksanaan fase lanjutan SAT yang salah satunya adalah pelaksanaan Indiscretion Rate (IR). Kecepatan drydocking Kasel Alugoro tercapai berkat efisiensi pada pemakaian ulang fasilitas dock block yang sebelumnya dipergunakan docking Kasel Nagapasa Class.

Melalui kemampuan penguasaan teknologi kapal selam, Indonesia menjadi satu-satunya negara di Asia Tenggara yang mampu membangun dan melakukan pemeliharaan kapal selam.

Tectonica Secures over 25m in Land 400 and Global Supply Chain Contracts

05 Agustus 2020

Tectonica Altera LSAS (photo : BoxerCRV)

Tectonica is pleased to announce that it has secured a major contract with Rheinmetall Defence Australia for the manufacture of sophisticated camera technology for Army’s new Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) delivered under the Commonwealth of Australia’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability project (LAND 400 Phase 2).

Under this contract, Tectonica will deliver its ALTERA Local Situation Awareness System (LSAS) on all BOXER 8×8 CRVs to be manufactured at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) from 2021.

The LSAS uses visual technologies to provide vehicle crews and operators with improved situational awareness by enabling them to see their surrounding environment by day and by night while remaining protected under armour.

This is the second LAND 400 Phase 2 contract awarded to Tectonica, following on from the September 2019 award to install LSAS on vehicles on the early capability delivery fleet of BOXER 8×8 CRVs currently being built in Europe.

Boxer CRV (photo : Rheinmetall)

Contributing to the Australian Government’s focus on becoming one of the world’s top 10 defence exporters, Tectonica has also secured a significant export contract to design, develop, manufacture, and export its BANTAM data and power distribution system to the Germany Army under a contract with Rheinmetall Electronics. The technology will be deployed through the Bundeswehr’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) and is fitted to every soldier wearing a computerised backpack.

Developed in Australia, with the support of the Defence Science Technology Group and Australian Defence Force to reduce the bulk and weight carried by soldiers, the BANTAM power system distributes power from a central source and gives the dismounted soldier the freedom to concentrate on their mission, confident that the modular high-tech power management device will last the duration of their mission.

The total value of these contracts awarded to Tectonica is over $25 million.

Tectonica’s Managing Director, David Levy said, “Our partnership with Rheinmetall is a great example of industry working together to strengthen the Australian Defence Force and build sovereign industry capability”.

Delivery of Refurbished C-130 has Delayed

05 Agustus 2020

Delivery first of two C-130 has delayed (photo : Inquirer)

Pandemic delays delivery to PH Air Force of refurbished C-130s

MANILA, Philippines—The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the delivery of the first of two refurbished Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport planes to the Philippine Air Force on July.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told INQUIRER.net that the delivery would instead be set “sometime before the end of 2020.”

Insiders privy to delivery said that the United States, the source of the cargo planes, had advised Philippine officials that the delivery, intended for July, would be moved to October due to disruption in schedules caused by the global health crisis.

The delivery of the second C-130 might take place in 2021 instead of this year, Lorenzana also said.

The additional C-130s would have been a welcome inclusion in the Philippine Air Force inventory. Two full mission capable C-130s are currently helping out transport medical supplies and locally stranded individuals across the country.

The coming C-130s were procured through the US foreign military financing program. Both planes cost P2.5 billion but the Philippines would pay only P1.6 billion, while the US would bankroll the rest of the amount, P900 million.

Three MD530Gs Helicopters for Army have Ready

05 Agustus 2020

MD530G helicopter (photo : Dan parsons) 

Touching on the issue of the acquisition of McDonnell Douglas MD530G helicopters, Ismail Sabri explained that the Cabinet's decision on Dec 18 last year was to continue the contract, after taking into account the financial implications.

He said that currently all six units of helicopters have yet to be delivered to Malaysia because three of them are still not ready.

“While the other three which have been completed need to go through the certification process (Type Certificate and Certificate of Airworthiness) and Pre Delivery Inspections (PDI) at the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) premises, MD Helicopter Inc (MDHI) USA, before being sent to Malaysia.

“These helicopters are expected to be handed over to the government before November 2021 after the company involved fulfils all contract obligations that are still pending, namely helicopter certification; exercise; Pre Delivery Inspections (PDI); and Final Acceptance Test (FAT),” he said.

He said that the procurement of the aircraft was for the use of the army which was in dire need of 'air mobility' assets, especially in the military operations area of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).

04 Agustus 2020

KDB Darulehsan Sails for RIMPAC 2020 Exercise

04 Agustus 2020

KDB Darulehsan 07 offshore patrol vessels (photo : Alchetron)

MUARA, Wednesday – KDB DARULEHSAN set sail to embark on a 67-days deployment to participate in the 27th Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled to be held in and around the Hawaiian Islands, United States of America (USA) from 17 -31 August 2020.

KDB DARULEHSAN is captained by Commander Haji Edy Jofren bin Pehin Datu Penglima Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, who will be leading the Brunei contingent comprising of 70 personnels, comprising of officers, crews and technical staffs.

Exercise RIMPAC is renowned as the world's largest multilateral maritime exercise, held biennially and hosted by the Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT). The exercise will entail an involvement from more than 22 surface ships, multiple aircrafts and one submarine. KDB DARULEHSAN is scheduled to come alongside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on the 12th August 2020. To quell the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, RIMPAC 2020 will only be an at-sea-only construct and there are no plans for social events ashore. The sea phase evolutions will focus on anti-submarine warfare, maritime intercept operation and live-firing training.

This deployment marks a significant milestone in establishing Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) as a reliable maritime partner in the region on both bilateral and multilateral platforms. It is also noteworthy that it would be a great learning experience for officers and crew in achieving KDB DARULEHSAN full operational capabilities. KDB DARULEHSAN is scheduled to return to Muara Naval Base on 27th September 2020. Royal Brunei Navy participated in RIMPAC in 2014 and 2018.

RIMPAC 2020 will be led by Commander US Third Fleet, Vice Admiral Scott D. Conn.

Thai Navy Conducts a Launch Ceremony for Two Costal Patrol Boats

04 Agustus 2020

Tor 114 Costal Patrol Boats (photo : RTN)

The launching ceremony of 2 coastal patrol boats, consisting of Tor 114 and Tor 115 was held on July 31, 2020 at the shipyard of Marsun Public Company Limited, Thai Ban Subdistrict, Mueang District, Samut Prakan Province.

It is the latest progress of the project since the keel laying ceremony was held on 8 June 2018 at the Marsun Shipyard, with former Admiral Naris Pratumsuwan, while that is the president.

The coastal patrol boat Tor.111 class uses the Marsun M36 Mk II based model, modified from the M36 Patrol Boat design that is used as the base of the Costal Patrol Boats Tor. 111, or support vessels for ship operations Tor 111.

The 3 patrol boats that were previously in service, consisting of the Tor 111, Tor 112 and Tor 113, are one of the works of Marsun Thailand that received the construction contract ships for the Thai navy as well.

Tor 115 Costal Patrol Boats (photo : RTN)

Two new patrol boats of Tor 114 have been modified differently from the previous 3 series of patrol boats, using primary armament guns, size machine guns 30mm (likely the MSI-DS SEAHAWK) with a shot control system instead of the 20mm manual-controlled Denel Land Systems GI-2 machine gun.

Including the interior of the ship's room, supporting a special operation unit Naval Special Warfare Command (Royal Thai Navy SEAL), a total of 13 units, which is highly flexible in various operations.

Two new Costal Patrol Boats Tor 114 and Tor 115 are expected to have a delivery ceremony by August 2020 and will enter service in Coast Guard Squadron, Royal Thai Fleet, as well as the Tor. 111 set, previously.

The Marsun shipyard is currently being built two Costal Patrol Boats, the  Tor. 997 and the Tor 998, which were laid down on the November 14, 2019.