10 Februari 2016

BAE Systems Land 400 Vehicle Ready to Go

09 Februari 2016

BAE Systems Australia is ready to demonstrate its solution to the Australian Army’s mounted combat reconnaissance requirements. (photos : BAE Systems)

BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Glynn Phillips said: “Our three test vehicles are built and ready to go for the Army’s 12 months of rigorous testing in the Risk Mitigation Activity stage of the tender evaluation later this year. We believe the AMV35 is technically superior to its rivals and is a value-for-money solution for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) which also accommodates their on-going land combat vehicle needs.

“The fact that these vehicles are available now proves we have a low risk solution. We look forward to the Commonwealth’s announcement of successful tenders. If selected, the trials will enable us to demonstrate fully the exceptional capabilities and benefits of the AMV35.”

BAE Systems Australia and the Finnish Patria have teamed to produce the AMV35 as their offer for Phase 2 of the Australian Army’s Land 400 Program.  The vehicle integrates the combat-proven CV9035 turret from BAE Systems Hägglunds onto a modern, agile, highly protected military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV).

If selected as the successful tender, the BAE Systems/Patria team will manufacture, assemble and support the AMV35 in Australia, with manufacturing, technology and intellectual capability transitioning to an Australian production line. This will secure and retain in-country capability and contribute significantly to the Australian economy throughout the expected 30 plus year life of the vehicles.

The BAE Systems-led team is committed to ensuring a high level of Australian content and industry capability development. The decision to manufacture the vehicle in Australia assures that there will be opportunities for involvement and content for Australian suppliers.

The Patria AMV and BAE Systems Hägglunds’ CV9035 turret system are both qualified and in service with NATO nations.

The Patria AMV has been selected by seven nations with more than 1,400 contracted vehicles. The platform has attained a strong combat reputation, chiefly based on the strength of its operational performance with the Polish Army in Afghanistan.

The BAE Systems-Hägglunds manned turret system is fitted to the successful CV90 family of infantry fighting vehicles operated by seven nations. It has been used on UN and NATO missions across the globe, including Afghanistan. The unique features of the 35 mm turret provide the AMV35 with real battlefield advantage for Australian soldiers through game-changing levels of accuracy and weight of fire.

(BAE Systems)

Hydratek Failed to Deliver 10 Small Amphibian Vehicles

10 Februari 2016

Hydratek small amphibian vehicle (photo : Hydratek)

The acquisition of 10 small amphibian vehicles was a failed, Hydratek Inc was unable to deliver the vehicles at all. Since October 2015 they have been blacklisted.

On July 2014 Hydratek Inc, a privately owned manufacturer of multipurpose and amphibious vehicles based in Tennessee, USA  won the bid to supply of 10 small amphibian vehicle, worth P66 million. 

Hydratek must deliver 10 units of brand new small amphibian vehicle for Philippines Marine Corp with payload at least 2,000 lbs (on land) and at least 1,400 lbs (on the water) and powered by diesel engine.

The contract for the Small Amphibian Vehicle Acquisition Project including Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the Philippine Marine Corp.

DND will re-tender the project.

(Defense Studies)

Royal Thai Army to Procure New MBT with a Budget of THB8.9 Billion

10 Februari 2016

 M41 Walker Bulldog tanks (photo : pantip)

The Royal Thai Army have allocated a budget of almost THB 9 billion to procure new tanks after additional procurement of the OPLOT tanks from Ukraine ran into problems. Which 3 models have been short listed one of the short listed model is the T90S many observers think there will be some negotiations concerning the T-90S during the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prawit Wongsuwan visit to Moscow this February.

Further investigation by the Nation have revealed that the budget of THB 8,997,450,000 have already been allocated spread out across three fiscal years from 2016 to 2018 for the purchase of replacement of 51 M41 Walker Bulldog tanks produced by the US. Which has been in service with the RTA for 50 years since the Vietnam war.

“These tanks first appeared in service with the RTA in 2006, due to it’s long service RTA deemed it a necessity to replace them which originally the OPLOT tank was chosen as the replacement tank, however since the coup there are problems to procure additional OPLOT tanks which restricts sales to governments that have been taken over by a coup and if the RTA delayed the procurement till after the elections there would be problems with the budget which has already been approved and unused which would have to be returned to the Finance Ministry.”

Under these circumstances the RTA submitted other alternatives such as the Russian      T-90S, S.Korean KA1A and Chinese VT-4 of which the S.Korean KA1A have not been officially approved for export and the Chinese VT-4 failed due to quality issues.

(The Nation)

Drones an Option to Replace Orions

10 Februari 2016

MQ-4C Triton (image : Northrop Grumman)

The military is considering using unmanned drones to patrol waters surrounding New Zealand.

At present, six Orion aircraft provide airborne surveillance, support for customs and police operations, search and rescue missions and disaster relief.

Illegal fishing and drug smuggling need to be watched for in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which is the fourth largest in the world and 20 times the country's land mass.

The Defence Force's P-3K2 Orions, which normally have a crew of 12 and also provide surveillance in the Pacific and Southern Ocean, are due to be retired from service in the mid-2020s.

A Defence spokesman told the Herald that a project examining replacement options was under way.

"It is still in the early capability definition phase. Remotely piloted vehicles will be considered as part of the project, along with piloted and space-based systems."

Australia will supplement the replacement of its own Orions with up to seven MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have been under development by the United States Navy.

P3K2 Orions (photo : nzff)

The drones, made by American firm Northrop Grumman, have the wingspan of a small airliner, weigh nearly 15,000kg and and are able to fly for more than 24 hours at a time.

State-of-the-art sensors provide a 360-degree view of surrounds, for more than 2000 nautical miles.

Australia won't rely on drones - new manned Boeing aircraft are the primary replacement for the Orions. The US will likewise use a mixture of drones and conventional aircraft.

Drone technology will have advanced by the time New Zealand replaces its Orion aircraft - Aurora Flight Sciences has built a drone that recently set a world flight endurance record for unmanned aircraft at 80 hours - and landed with 60 hours of fuel left.

Remotely piloted boats are also being developed. Singapore's Navy has unveiled its new unmanned surveillance boat, which is 16m long and can stay at sea for more than 36 hours.

Labour's defence spokesman, Phil Goff, said it would be important to keep surveillance options open for as long as possible, given rapid advances in technology. "To say that either drones or satellite technology could totally replace all the functions of a crewed flight would be speculative and premature."

Illegal fishing and other activities such as drug smuggling meant surveillance was important, Mr Goff said, and he was aware that Customs and Police weren't satisfied with the current surveillance capacity of the Defence Force.

Peter Greener, a senior fellow at Victoria's University's Centre for Strategic Studies, said UAV technology was needed - balanced with manned aircraft and satellites.

"You would want to maintain some manned capacity, both for working up in the [Pacific] Islands and providing search and rescue, for instance."

It was important to recognise that surveillance UAVs were very different from those used in combat, Dr Greener said.

UAV technology would be costly, and still require trained pilots and a control base, including technicians to analyse data. That meant there wouldn't necessarily be large savings or job losses, because personnel would be retrained.


09 Februari 2016

Menhan Akan Teken Pembelian Sukhoi SU-35 Bulan Depan

09 Februari 2016

Pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 (photo : Vitaly V Kuzmin)

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu berencana melakukan kunjungan kerja ke Moscow, Rusia, Maret mendatang. Ryamizard ke Rusia untuk memenuhi undangan sebagai pembicara dalam sebuah acara di Negeri Beruang Merah tersebut.

"Selain itu saya akan teken kontrak pembelian Sukhoi SU-35," kata Ryamizard usai mengikuti pertemuan dengan Sekretaris Pertahanan Rusia di kantor Kementerian Koordinator Politik Hukum dan Keamanan, di Jakarta, Selasa, 9 Februari 2016.

Ryamizard mengatakan, sesuai rencana, pemerintah hanya akan membeli delapan hingga sepuluh unit Sukhoi SU-35 meski kebutuhan TNI AU adalah satu skuadron atau 14-16 unit pesawat. 

Ryamizard mengatakan, kebijakan ini diambil agar tak ketinggalan teknologi. "Begitu sudah jadi pesawatnya, ternyata ada (pesawat tempur) yang lebih canggih lagi. Jangan sampai kita tertinggal teknologinya," kata mantan Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat itu.

Ryamizard masih merahasiakan harga satu unit Sukhoi SU-35 dan besaran anggaran pemerintah. Namun menurut sejumlah situs pertahanan, harga satu unit Sukhoi SU-35 berkisar US$ 50-70 juta, atau antara Rp 680 miliar - 952 miliar dengan kurs Rp 13.600 per dolar AS.

Sukhoi SU-35 merupakan jenis pesawat tempur canggih buatan Rusia generasi 4,5 atau mendekati kemampuan siluman (antiradar). Pemerintah sepakat memilih Sukhoi SU-35 untuk menggantikan jet buru sergap F-5 Tiger TNI AU yang dinilai sudah uzur.

Jet tempur SU-35 ini berkursi tunggal, hasil pengembangan dari SU-27. Indonesia sudah mengoperasikan jet SU-27 sejak 2004 silam. Pemerintah memilih SU-35 lantaran memudahkan pilot dan teknisi TNI AU. Sebab pengoperasian dan perawatannya tak jauh berbeda dengan SU-27.

Sukhoi SU-35 dapat terbang dengan kecepatan maksimum 2.390 kilometer per jam. Pesawat ini dapat terbang sejauh 3.500-5.000 kilometer, memiliki 14 cantelan senjata yang bisa diisi dengan rudal, roket, dan bom.


Helmet Mounted Cuing System (HMCS) untuk Helikopter MD 530G Tentera Darat Malaysia

09 Februari 2016

Helm HCMS untuk helikopter MD530G (image : MMP)

Tentera Darat Malaysia telah membeli enam buah MD 530G Scout Attack Helikopter untuk kegunaan PUTD. Pesawat ini agak unik kerana buat pertama kali MD 530G ini akan merangkumkan pakej persenjataan yang custom termasuk Mission Management System yang lengkap yang tidak pernah terdapat pada model MD 500 yang sebelumnya. 

Pakej khas ini juga akan merangkumi satu Store Managment System dan helmet yang dilengkapi Alat Helmet Mounted Cuing System (HMCS) hampir sama seperti helmet pesawat pejuang. Sistem HMCS yang canggih ini akan digunakan untuk mengenal pasti sasaran dan melakukan penjejakan, dan membolehkan roket berpanduan laser dan missile Hellfire ditembak dengan ketepatan tinggi.

Dengan jarak penerbangan pesawat ini lebih jauh berbanding model-model lain, pesawat MD 530G PUTD akan ditempatkan di ESSCOM untuk memburu dan memusnahkan penceroboh dari selatan Filipina.


Royal Thai Armed Forces to Receive New H145M Helicopters

09 Februari 2016

H145M for Royal Thai Air Force with its camouflage pattern, the Airbus Helicopters H145M previously known as the EC645 T2 (photo : DefenceBlog)

The Royal Thai Navy ordered five H145M helicopters in October 2014. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2016. The Royal Thai Army signed for six H145M too  with a VIP installation, under the Light Utility Helicopter Type II requirement, to be deployed principally on official passenger transport duties, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016.

The first helicopters H145M for Royal Thai Air Force with its camouflage pattern are ready and spotted at the factory of Airbus Helicopters.

The H145M (previously known as the EC645 T2) is an economical and versatile military helicopter covering the entire spectrum of military missions, from light utility to light attack.

The H145M delivers the reliability and low operating costs of Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role EC145, which is a rotorcraft of reference for law enforcement organizations and military services – including the U.S. Army, with its UH-72A Lakota version.

Earlier in november 2015 was spotted Thai Army H145M 20069 is towed from the production line to the flight test hangar. 20069 is also its construction number.