24 Januari 2018

Boustead Mampu Refit Kapal Selam Scorpene TLDM

Tulisan ini tampil di Berita harian pada tanggal 9 Maret 2016, tentang program refit kapal selam KD TAR setahun yang lalu.

24 Januari 2018


LAPISAN luar badan KD Tunku Abdul Rahman yang ditanggalkan untuk kerja penyelenggaraan atau refit kapal selam. (photo : Berita Harian)


Kapal Selam TLDM Tidak Pernah Gagal dalam Tugasan

KAPAL selam pertama negara, Kapal Diraja (KD) Tunku Abdul Rahman, yang ditauliahkan pada tahun 2009, tidak pernah gagal melaksanakan peranannya sebagai aset pertahanan strategik maritim dalam menjaga keselamatan dan kedaulatan negara.

Meskipun pelbagai tohmahan dilontarkan pihak tertentu termasuk kononnya kapal selam kelas Scorpene buatan Perancis itu tidak boleh menyelam, ia tidak menjejaskan operasi Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) menggunakan aset berkenaan.

Malah, Panglima TLDM, Laksamana Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin, menegaskan selama tujuh tahun berkhidmat di bawah Angkatan Kapal Selam TLDM, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman bersama sebuah lagi kapal selam kelas sama, iaitu KD Tun Abdul Razak terbabit dalam pelbagai operasi rutin di dasar laut.

Katanya, setiap aset yang diamanahkan kepada TLDM dimanfaatkan sepenuhnya untuk melaksanakan operasi pertahanan sehingga ke tahap apabila aset berkenaan perlu direhatkan untuk menjalani proses penyelenggaraan, demi keberkesanan operasi dan keselamatan anggota.


KAPAL selam KD Tunku Abdul Rahman menjalani rutin penyelenggaraan atau refit kapal selam di Markas Angkatan Kapal Selam (MAKS) dan Limbungan Boustead DCNS Naval Corporation Sdn Bhd di Pangkalan TLDM Teluk Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu. (photo : Berita Harian)

"Sejak tiba di Pangkalan TLDM Teluk Sepanggar pada 17 September 2009, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman memainkan peranannya selaku teras utama pertahanan maritim negara dan menyempurnakan pelbagai misi serta tugasan dengan cemerlang sepanjang tempoh pengoperasian.

"Selepas tujuh tahun beroperasi, aset strategik negara ini kini perlu menjalani rutin pasang pulih atau refit bagi memastikan ia selamat dan sedia untuk dioperasikan di tahap optimum pada masa hadapan.

"Ini secara tidak langsung membuktikan kapal selam TLDM berfungsi dan sentiasa digerakkan untuk melakukan operasi pertahanan di dasar laut dan atas sebab itulah ia perlu diselenggara. Jadi apa yang orang kata kononnya kapal selam kita tidak boleh menyelam adalah tidak benar," katanya.

Infrastruktur paling lengkap

Terdahulu Ahmad Kamarulzaman meninjau operasi rutin pasang pulih atau refit kapal selam KD Tunku Abdul Rahman dan kemudahan penyelenggaraan aset terbabit di Markas Angkatan Kapal Selam (MAKS) dan limbungan Boustead DCNS Naval Corporation Sdn Bhd di Pangkalan TLDM Teluk Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu, baru-baru ini.


Refit kapal selam KD TAR (photo : DCNS)

Yang turut hadir ialah Panglima Angkatan Kapal Selam, Laksamana Muda Datuk Abdul Rahman Ayob dan Panglima Wilayah Laut Dua, Pangkalan TLDM Teluk Sepanggar, Datuk Khairul Anuar Yahya.

Ahmad Kamarulzaman juga meninjau seluruh kawasan refit kapal selam yang disiapkan syarikat Trans Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd (TRC) bermula 8 September 2014 dan selesai sepenuhnya pada 14 Januari lalu.

Ia membabitkan kerja penyediaan tiga blok bangunan menempatkan tujuh bengkel iaitu Bengkel Piping, Hull, Machining, Combat Systems, Composite, Mengecat dan Bengkel Bateri bagi melaksanakan kerja penyelenggaraan serta pembaikan kapal selam.

Pembinaan bengkel dan kemudahan terbabit menjadikan TLDM sebagai angkatan tentera laut yang memiliki infrastruktur penyelenggaraan kapal selam kelas Scorpene paling lengkap di Asia Tenggara.


Dinding kapal selam Scorpene menggunakan teknologi anechoic tile/coating untuk membloking sonar (photo : Daily Mail)

Pangkalan kapal selam terunggul

Ahmad Kamarulzaman berkata, kemudahan itu dapat mengurangkan keperluan untuk menghantar sebahagian besar komponen atau peralatan kapal selam ke luar negara untuk diselenggara dan dibaiki.

"Dengan terbinanya infrastruktur ini, ia menjadikan MAKS TLDM sebagai pangkalan kapal selam Scorpene terunggul di rantau ini.


HydroCat Robot membersihkan anachoic coating kapal selam Scorpene TLDM (photo : MMP)

"Kemudahan dan infrastruktur ini juga mampu menampung 250 pekerja limbungan dalam satu masa," katanya.

Beliau berkata, program pasang pulih atau refit kapal selam perlu dilaksanakan di Malaysia agar dapat memberi pendedahan dan peluang kepada industri tempatan terbabit dalam aktiviti penyelenggaraan atau pasang pulih kapal selam.

Pendekatan itu, katanya, secara tidak langsung mengurangkan kebergantungan kepada tenaga mahir asing dan pengaliran mata wang ringgit ke luar negara, selain menjaga kerahsiaan aset strategik negara.

(Berita Harian)

Lorenzana: Frigate Project Cancellation Unlikely

24 Januari 2018


Artist's impression on HHI frigate for Philippines Navy (image : MaxDefense)

MANILA -- Despite allegations hounding the Navy's Frigate Acquisition Program (FAP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that it is very unlikely that the project would be cancelled.

'With all the facts we know about the frigate (project)? No," he said in a message.

Earlier, the DND announced that it is welcoming any investigation on its PHP18 billion FAP, noting that it has nothing to hide regarding the matter.

DND public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong made the statement in response to plans of the Senate minority bloc to conduct an investigation on the FAP.

"The DND welcomes the plan of the Senate to conduct an investigation on the Frigate Acquisition Project. In fact, we have long been waiting for the opportunity to shed light on this issue so that the truth will finally be known," he added.

The FAP is one of the key pieces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program as it seeks to provide the country with the capability to deal with air, surface and sub-surface threats.

It will be armed with a variety of missiles and guns capable of defeating such threats.

Earlier, Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano claimed that the FAP project is riddled with anomalies and that its design was altered from the original.

According to the lawmaker, one of the anomalies surrounding the project is the alleged preference for the Hanwha CMS.

"There is a proper process prescribed in RA 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) concerning the termination of a procurement project and there are specific conditions that must be present in order to invoke it, none of which are existing at the moment in this project," Andolong added.

Also, the DND spokesperson said these claims are mere allegations and innuendos which hardly constitute grounds for termination of the project.

(PNA)

Growlers to Deploy Overseas for International Exercise for the First Time

24 Januari 2018


RAAF EA-18G Growler ( all photos : Jaryd Stock)

Four EA-18G Growler aircraft and crews from Number 6 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley are preparing to deploy on their first international exercise.

Around 340 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel will deploy to Nevada to train in the world’s most complex air combat environment during Exercise Red Flag 18-1 from 29 January - 16 February.

The RAAF personnel will support and participate in missions during the premier air combat exercise alongside counterparts from the US and the UK, reconstructing a modern and complex battlespace.

Deputy Exercise Director and RAAF Task Group Headquarters Commander, Group Captain Tim Alsop, said Red Flag is the pinnacle of advanced air warfare training.

"Every year the RAAF is invited to participate in Red Flag, we gain so much as an organisation in terms of how we train and also how we operate as a deployed force in a multi-national environment," GPCAPT Alsop said.

"The Growlers’ overseas deployment of to a multi-national exercise of this scale, a mere year after having been transferred to No. 6 Squadron, is an important milestone for both Air Combat Group and RAAF."



An AP-3C Orion and an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft will also participate in Red Flag, along with a Control and Reporting Centre from 41 Wing to support airborne personnel and aircraft.

"During the exercise, participants will practice planning and executing day- and night-time missions, using large numbers of aircraft and ground systems, co-ordinated to overcome a considerable simulated adversary," said GPCAPT Alsop.

"This includes a range of air power roles for RAAF personnel, from air superiority and strike; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to electronic warfare. It provides a comprehensive training environment for aircrew, maintenance and support personnel alike."

Established in 1980 by the US Air Force, Exercise Red Flag provides personnel with an opportunity to experience a complex, modern and dynamic combat landscape.

"This exercise is about understanding our international partners, how we train and communicate together and further strengthening our interoperability and preparedness for real-time operations," GPCAPT Alsop said.

(Defence Connect)

23 Januari 2018

Indonesia Asked for Pricing for an Additional 48 F-16 Aircraft

23 Januari 2018

Indonesia need three additional fighter squadron (48 aircraft) to covers all archipelago (image : Lockheed Martin)

Indonesia looks to U.S. to relax limits on its special forces

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia said on Tuesday it was pinning its hopes on U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to help ease American limitations on ties with an elite Indonesian special forces unit, imposed over human rights abuses in the 1990s.

The United States announced in 2010 that it had lifted its outright ban on U.S. military contacts with the Indonesian special forces unit, known as Kopassus, which was accused of rights abuses in East Timor as it prepared for independence.

But legal restrictions meant to ensure the U.S. military does not become entangled with rights abusers prevented contacts with Kopassus from advancing beyond preliminary levels, U.S. officials say.

“For a while there have been sanctions against Kopassus ... (Mattis) will try to remove this,” Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu told reporters in Jakarta, following talks with the U.S. defense chief.

“One of the sanctions is clearly that they are not allowed to go to America. They can’t do training together, and he will reopen this.”

Mattis expressed hope for deepening defense ties with Indonesia but he did not directly address Kopassus in his remarks to the press after talks with Ryacudu in Jakarta.

U.S. officials told reporters traveling with Mattis that they were exploring possible ways to expand contact with Kopassus, while complying with U.S. law.

Currently Indonesia operates 34 F-16 A/B and C/D series (photo : Sasak)

North Natuna Sea

Mattis’ trip came as Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 17,000 islands, appears increasingly ready to assert its sovereignty in the contested South China Sea.

Indonesia has clashed with China over fishing rights around the Natuna Islands, detaining Chinese fishermen and expanding its military presence in the area in recent years.

In July, Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea, a move seen as a significant act of resistance to China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.

Mattis seized upon Indonesia’s name for the waterway as he praised the country’s strategic maritime reach, calling the country “a maritime fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific area.”

“It’s critical,” Mattis said of Indonesia.

“We can help maintain maritime domain awareness in the South China Sea, the North Natuna Sea. This is something that we look forward to doing.”

Addiional F-16 aircraft

The United States is one of Indonesia’s top arms suppliers, recently delivering Boeing’s Apache helicopters and 24 of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 fighter jets. But Indonesia also buys arms from U.S. rivals, including Russia.

U.S. officials said Indonesia asked for pricing for an additional 48 F-16 aircraft, a deal which could be worth $4.5 billion. But Indonesia played down any imminent purchase and suggested it was still evaluating how many more aircraft it needed.

Ryacudu said Indonesia would buy weaponry when it “has the money.”

“We only just bought F16s and everything. In (the) future there will definitely be (more purchases) because, as the years go by, there are things that must be replaced,” he said.

(Reuters)

Singapore Reveals Delivery Date for First Airbus Tanker

23 Januari 2018


First Airbus A330 MRTT Singapore Air Force (photo : Jujug Spotting)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Singapore will take delivery of its first Airbus Defence and Space A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport later this year, as the country’s Air Force celebrates its 50th anniversary.

According to a news release issued by Singapore’s Defence Ministry detailing events and activities that the Republic of Singapore Air Force will hold to mark the anniversary, the A330 MRTT will make its first public appearance at a parade on Sept. 1, the date the service was formed in 1968 as the Singapore Air Defence Command.

Am Air Force spokesperson told Defense News that the exact date of the aircraft’s arrival is still being finalized and more details will be announced closer to the event.

The latest photos of the aircraft — taken at Toulouse, France, in November 2017 during the testing and evaluation phase following the conversion to the tanker configuration — show it still in its tan primer and not yet painted in the Air Force’s colors.

Singapore announced its order of six A330 MRTTs in March 2014 to recapitalize its fleet of midair refueling tankers. The Air Force currently operates a fleet of four Boeing KC-135R Stratotankers, acquired and refurbished in 2000 from stored ex-U.S. Air Force airframes.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force also has about five of its 10 Lockheed Martin C-130B/H Hercules airlifters plumbed for the tanker role, although they are no longer used in this role, as the Air Force currently does not operate aircraft equipped for refueling by probe.

The first Air Force A330 MRTT will be delivered in what is known as the MRTT Enhanced configuration, featuring a package of aerodynamic improvements, structural modifications and avionics updates over the previous baseline military variant. France and South Korea will also be receiving their A330 MRTTs in this standard.

(DefenseNews)

Harris to Support Philippine Military C4ISTAR System Delivery Under Navy FMS Deal

23 Januari 2018


Harris will deliver C2 system to AFP (photo : ADS)

A Harris subsidiary has received a $44.8 million contract to assist the U.S government in efforts to deliver command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance equipment to the Philippine military.

Harris’ RF Communications business will design, engineer and test a joint command and control system of systems for the armed forces of the Philippine under the foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Navy, the Defense Department said Friday.

Work is scheduled to occur through December 2020 and also includes program management along with post-installation test, training and maintenance services.

The Philippines will receive a Global Command and Control System – Maritime designed to integrate and disseminate information across the AFP’s multiple service-specific headquarters.

DoD noted the U.S. will also equip AFP command centers with satellite communications and microwave communications platforms in an effort to establish a unified interconnection between military C2 assets in the Philippines.

The Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command will obligate $40.3 million in FMS funds to finance base services under the sole-source contract.

(ExecutiveBiz)

Lagi, Kemhan Uji Kembali Prototipe Rudal Petir

23 Januari 2018


Prototipe rudal Petir yang diuji coba (photo : Kemhan)

Puslitbang Alpalhan Melaksanakan Uji Fungsi Pengembangan Prototipe Rudal Petir di Lanud Gorda Serang

Serang - Balitbang Kemhan dalam hal ini yang terkait Puslitbang Alpalhan melaksanakan uji fungsi pengembangan prototipe rudal petir di Lanud Gorda Desa Lamaran Serang, Banten. Uji fungsi pengembangan prototipe rudal petir disaksikan oleh Ses Balitbang Kemhan Laksma TNI Ir. A. Budiharja Raden, Kabid Matra Laut Puslitbang Alpalhan Balitbang Kemhan Kolonel Laut (KH) Ir. Indra Usmansyah, MM., para pejabat di lingkungan TNI dan Kemhan, Dislitbang AL, Dislitbang AU, dan tim uji coba dari PT. Sari Bahari Malang.

Kegiatan diawali sambutan oleh Ses Balitbang Kemhan Laksma TNI Ir. A. Budiharja Raden, pembacaan doa, dilanjutkan uji fungsi rudal petir dari tim PT. Sari Bahari dan terakhir evaluasi hasil pelaksanaan uji fungsi rudal petir. Pelaksanaan uji fungsi pengembangan prototipe rudal petir ini adalah hasil kerjasama antara Balitbang Kemhan dengan PT. Sari Bahari yang telah melaksanakan uji fungsi prototipe rudal petir yang ke-3. Dalam pelaksanaannya, uji fungsi rudal petir akan dilontarkan dengan platform peluncur dan mendarat dengan menggunakan jaring. Rudal petir ini adalah buatan dan dikembangkan di dalam negeri yang merupakan inovasi dan kemandirian industri pertahanan nasional.

Perlu diketahui bahwa untuk meningkatkan performance rudal petir tersebut telah dilakukan pengembangan diantaranya meningkatkan kecepatan yang diharapkan bisa mencapai 350 km/jam, jarak jangkauan sekitar 80 km, pengembangan sistem kontrol auto pilot dan seeker, pembuatan peluncur rudal serta pengembangan warhead. Scope of work dari pengembangan rudal petir ini dititikberatkan pada peningkatan kecepatan, jarak jangkau, sistem kontrol, dan uji fungsi. Dengan adanya target pengembangan tersebut maka terjadi perubahan air frame.

(Kemhan)