04 Juli 2015

Vietnam, Russia Closing in on Deal for 2 Gepard-Class Frigates

04 Juli 2015


Add with 2 more Gepard, Vietnam will have six Gepard class light frigates (photo : ttvnol)

Vietnam and Russia are in the final stages of negotiation for the sale of two Gepard-class (Project 11661) light frigates, sources familiar with the matter told RBTH.

Vietnam has four such Russian-made light frigates, with two of them undergoing weapons fitting at the moment.

A deal could be reached by the end of the month, the sources said.

The sources said the negotiations slowed down after China voiced its concerns over Russia supplying Vietnam with state of the art arsenal. China and Vietnam went to war in the 1970s and dispute certain islands in the South China Sea.

Moscow plans to overlook Beijing concern’s on Russia-Vietnam defense deals, the sources said 

Vietnam has four Russian-built Kilo class submarines and is expecting the delivery of two more. Vietnam is also looking to modernize its air force.

(RBTH)

Singapore Selects VL MICA for New Littoral Mission Vessels

04 Juli 2015


An artist's impression of the RSN's LMV in its final configuration. (Sing Mindef)

The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) new Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) will be equipped with MBDA's Vertical Launch (VL) Mica air-defence system, the service has confirmed.

The missiles will be deployed via a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) located on the forward section of the vessel, said Lieutenant Colonel Chew Chun-Chau who heads the RSN's LMV project office. He was speaking to IHS Jane's on the sidelines of a media briefing to mark the launch of first-of-class LMV Independence .

"The Mica system will be the platform's defence against a wide range of airborne threats, including hostile aircraft and missiles," said Lt Col Chew. (Jane's)

Malaysia, Singapore order VL MICA naval variant

European missile house MBDA Missile Systems has chalked up two additional sales for its VL MICA shipborne point defence missile system, bringing its total number of confirmed customers to six.

Malaysia and Singapore will now join Egypt, Morocco, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, all of which have previously specified the naval variant of the VL MICA system.

Earlier this year Malaysia's Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd disclosed that VL MICA had been confirmed as the point defence missile system for the Royal Malaysian Navy's six-ship Second-Generation Patrol Vessel - Littoral Combat Ship (SGPV-LCS) programme. 

(Jane's)

Komandan Korps Marinir Resmikan Puslatpur Lampon Banyuwangi

04 Juli 2015


Puslatpur Korps Marinir Lampon ini untuk menambah kapabilitas Komando Latih Marinir 
(photo : Antara)

Banyuwangi (Antara Jatim) - Komandan Korps Marinir Mayor Jenderal TNI (Mar) Buyung Lalana meresmikan sekaligus mengukuhkan Mayor Marinir Ronny Antonius Purba sebagai Komandan Pusat Latihan Pertempuran (Puslatpur) Korps Marinir-7 Lampon, Banyuwangi, Kamis.
     
"Peresmian Puslatpur Lampon ini merupakan realisasi dari kebijakan pemimpin TNI Angkatan Laut dalam rangka meningkatkan profesionalitas satuan dan efektivitas pembinaan latihan Pasukan Khusus TNI AL, Intai Amfibi Korps Marinir melalui penyediaan sarana dan prasarana latihan yang menantang," katanya.

Selain itu, katanya, peresmian Puslatpur Korps Marinir di Lampon juga sebagai bagian dari upaya pembangunan dan pembinaan kekuatan serta kemampuan Korps Marinir secara keseluruhan.

"Dengan peresmian Puslatpur Korps Marinir Lampon ini semoga mampu menambah kapabilitas Komando Latih Marinir dan juga dalam meningkatkan kemampuan daerah latihan Lampon dan sekitarnya sebagai kawah candradimuka prajurit-prajurit Intai Amfibi Korps Marinir," ujarnya.

Ia mengatakan bahwa letak geografis Lampon yang strategis berada di ujung timur Pulau Jawa dan berhadapan langsung dengan wilayah pantai selatan dan Samudera Hindia yang memiliki ombak besar serta arus yang menantang.

"Kondisi itu sangat memadai sebagai sarana latihan lanjutan aspek laut dari prajurit Korps Marinir, yaitu renang, dayung, menembus gelombang serta medan belakang pantai yang masih cukup ideal untuk dijadikan tempat latihan operasi khusus tempur darat," ujarnya.

Namun demikian jenderal Marinir yang dikenal peduli terumbu karang ini mengemukakan pembinaan kemampuan dan peningkatan profesionalitas prajurit Korps Marinir tidak cukup dengan latihan dan tersedianya sarana dan prasarana latihan yang memadai.

"Tetapi juga harus ditopang dengan pembangunan moralitas yang kokoh sebagai landasan dalam membentuk jati diri prajurit. Oleh karena itu, peran masyarakat Lampon sangat diharapkan untuk menjadi mitra dalam menjaga dan membangun jati diri sebagai prajurit yang dicintai rakyat," katanya,

Ia menegaskan keberadaan masyarakat Lampon akan menjadi mitra Korps Marinir dalam membangun jati diri dan sebaliknya kehadiran Korps Marinir dapat menjadi mitra bagi pemerintah daerah, TNI dan Polri serta komponen masyarakat lainnya dalam memacu pembangunan Banyuwangi dan sekitarnya yang dapat meningkatkan kesejahteraan masyarakat.

Buyung Lalana pada kesempatan itu mengucapkan terima kasih dan penghargaan yang tinggi kepada Bupati Banyuwangi Abdullah Azwar Anas beserta jajarannya, satuan TNI maupun Polri serta instansi terkait juga masyarakat Lampon atas terwujudnya peresmian Puslatupur tersebut.

Hadir dalam peresmian itu Komandan Pasmar-1 Brigjen TNI (Mar) Kasirun Situmorang, Komandan Pasmar-2 Brigjen TNI (Mar) R.M Trusono, Asintel Dankormar Kolonel Marinir Lukman Hasyim, Asops Dankormar Kolonel Marinir Hasanudin, Asrena Dankormar Kolonel Marinir Endi Supardi.

Selain itu juga hadir Dankolatmar Kolonel Marinir Imam  Sopingi, Dandenjaka Kolonel Marinir Nur Alamsyah dan Komandan Lanmar Surabaya Kolonel Marinir Nurhidayat dan lainnya. 

(Antara)

Two LCHs to (be) Immediately Commissioned into PN Service

04 Juli 2015


HMAS Brunei L-127 and HMAS Tarakan L-129 (photo : Aus DoD)

Manila (PNA) - The Philippine Navy (PN) expects the arrival in the country of two Australian donated ships late this month.

Upon arrival, the two LCHs (landing craft heavy) will be immediately commissioned into Philippine Navy (PN) service, according to PN public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna said.

This is because the two Australian donated ships are operational and will leave Cairns under their own power, Lincuna said.

"They are operational and will require no refurbishment upon arrival in the Philippines," he added.

The PN operates around five LCUs in its fleet.

The two LCHs are expected to arrive in the Philippines by the last week of July or first week of August at the latest.

Lincuna said that this timetable was dependent on weather conditions considering that July and August were the usual typhoon months in the country.

He added that an initial sailing crew of 10 PN personnel had already departed for Cairns last June 29.

These men will compose the initial training and logistic crews of the two ships. Another 20 Navy personnel are expected to leave for Australia anytime this month to join the first group.

These LCHs are named the HMAS Tarakan and HMAS Brunei in the Royal Australian Navy service.

The two LCHs were decommissioned from Australian service at a ceremony in Cairns last Nov. 19, 2014.

LCHs are an extremely versatile vessel, capable of moving large amounts of cargo, personnel and equipment from larger ships to shore.

A very shallow draft (two meters) allows these ships to deliver personnel and equipment to areas otherwise unreachable especially during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations (HADR).

It is an all-welded twin-screw vessel, able to trans-ship cargo and supplies from ships lying offshore to water terminals or across the beach.

Maximum cargo load is governed by the load-fuel balance and varies between 140 and 180 tons.

A typical load of 175 ton gives the LCHs a range of 1,300 nautical miles, increasing to 2,280 nautical miles for a load of 150 tons.

Up to five shipping containers with HADR supplies and equipment can also be loaded in an LCH.

An LCHs is 44.5 meters long and have a draft of two meters, beam of 10.1 meters and displacement of 364 tons.

It has a speed of 10 to 13 knots and a range of 3,000 nautical miles and a crew of 15.

(PNA)

Debarkation of 4th Vietnamese Kilo Submarine

04 Juli 2015


Debarkation of  4th Vietnamese submarine from mother ship Rolldock Storm (all photos : Baomoi)

Vietnamese 4th Kilo submarines reliable brave in Cam Ranh

At time 10h40 2/7 days, HQ-185 submarine - the 4th Vietnamese Kilo has left the mother ship at the port of Brigade 189 submarines in Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa.

Before leaving the mother ship Rolldock Storm, from the night of 1/7, part of the transport ship was sunk in order to HQ-185 ship exit.



At around 9am on 2/7, with the assistance of tugboats, Russian made 4 of 6 submarines for Vietnam have been put on submarines military port safety.



It remains unclear official ceremony handed over two of Kilo ship HQ-184 Hai Phong and HQ-185 will be held by Vietnamese Navy.



Speedboats were mobilized to ensure the safety for work of the vessels HQ-185 put into military ship port.



HQ-185 submarine was towed by tugboat to the military port.



Azimuth hybrid fleet towing 4th submarine for Vietnam.



Before entering the military port, right 7am 30/6, transports MV Rolldock Strom carrying HQ-185 Kilo submarines was advanced into Cam Ranh Bay.



HQ-185 submarine was built at the Admiralty Shipyard in Saint Petersburg (Russia). Launch date 03/28/2014, after completion of all the tests, the ship HQ-185 was set off to Vietnam.



Rolldock Storm put HQ-185 Kilo submarines for Vietnam follow along sea lanes from north to south Atlantic, around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa to advance into the Indian Ocean.



As well as ships carrying submarines Rolldock Star HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, Rolldock Storm does not go through the Malacca Strait to Singapore, but Sunda Strait. After a short stop in Singapore, Rolldock Storm passing Singapore Straits and ran straight into the South China Sea military port of Cam Ranh.

(BaoMoi)

Singapore Launches First Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel

04 Juli 2015


The RSN's first-of-class LMV, Independence, during its launch ceremony on 3 July 2015. (photo : IHS Jane's)

Singapore has launched the first of eight Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

The vessel, Independence , was launched on 3 July at ST Marine's shipyard in Benoi in a ceremony presided over by Singapore's defence minister Ng Eng Hen.

Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) signed a contract for the LMVs in January 2013, with the ships replacing the RSN's 11 Fearless-class patrol boats (which have been in service since the mid-1990s). The LMV has been jointly designed by Saab Kockums AB and ST Marine, and is being built in Singapore by ST Marine. Singapore's Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) is the overall manager and systems integrator for the programme.

The Independence class is fitted with one Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon stations (one each on the port and starboard sides), and a stern-facing Rafael 25 mm Typhoon gun system. Protection against hostile aircraft and missiles is provided by MBDA's VL Mica anti-air missile system deployed via a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section.

The platform's non-lethal options are provided by two water cannon and two remote-controlled long-range acoustic device (LRAD) system turrets with integrated xenon lights.

The sensor suite includes the Thales NS100 3D surveillance radar, Kelvin Hughes' SharpEye navigation radar, and an electro-optical director and 360° surveillance system supplied by Stelop (a business unit of ST Electronics). In response to a question from IHS Jane's , the RSN confirmed that the LMV does not have an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability.

The 1,250-tonne ship has a length of 80 m, a beam of 12 m, and a draught of 3 m. It has a top speed in excess of 27 kt and a range of 3,500 n miles on an endurance of 14 days.


The LMV's launch-and-recovery system, located at the stern, can accommodate up to two RHIBs or the Protector unmanned surface vessel (USV). (photo : IHS Jane's)

The LMV can embark a medium-lift helicopter on its flight deck. It also features a launch-and-recovery system (provided by Norwegian Deck Machinery) that can accommodate at the stern two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) or the Protector unmanned surface vessel (USV). The LMV has a baseline crew complement of 23, including five officers.

A concept that is being proven out in the RSN for the first time is the LMV's integrated command centre, which co-locates the ship's bridge, combat information centre (CIC), and machinery control spaces.

"The integrated command centre integrates and synergises the management of navigation, engineering, and combat functions to achieve greater operational effectiveness and efficiency, especially during maritime security operations", said MINDEF. This approach mirrors that adopted on the US Navy's Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

Also fitted is a remote monitoring system that allows for real-time reporting of serviceability data. "The ship's platform and combat systems' health status can also be transmitted back to shore for centralised monitoring and prognosis of the systems to detect anomalies and plan for pre-emptive maintenance," said MINDEF.

To maximise versatility, the LMV has been configured to deploy a range of containerised mission packages such as a medical module to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. The platform can also deploy unmanned systems for surveillance and mine countermeasures (MCM) operations.

Following the launch, Independence will undergo a combat system installation period, and will then start sea trials. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2016 and is expected to be fully operational by 2017. All eight LMVs are expected to achieve full operational capability by 2020.



Comment

Concepts such as the integrated command centre exemplify the RSN's service-wide effort to reduce manpower requirements. In an interview in the Singapore Armed Forces' publication Pioneer in May 2015, chief of navy Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han highlighted the republic's dwindling birth-rate as a challenge facing the service.

Other recent efforts to ease the manpower burden include the deployment on board RSN vessels of unmanned systems, such as the Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and the REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

The LMV's lack of organic ASW capability, in contrast to its sonar-equipped predecessors, suggests that the RSN is now relying on its Formidable-class frigates as the service's main submarine prosecutors. It could also be an indication that the RSN may employ helicopter-based submarine prosecution capabilities for the LMVs.

(Jane's)

TNI Hibahkan 10 Kapal untuk Bakamla

04 Juli 2015


Kapal patroli catamaran TNI AL (photo : Kaskus Militer)

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia -- Panglima TNI Jenderal Moeldoko menandatangani nota kesepahaman dengan Kepala Badan Keamanan Laut, Laksamana Madya Desi Albert Mamahit, Kamis (2/7). Melalui memorandum of understanding tersebut, TNI akan mengalihtugaskan sepuluh kapal milik TNI Angkatan Laut kepada Bakamla.

Mamahit mengatakan, penyerahan sepuluh kapal itu akan dilakukan secara bertahap, dimulai pada akhir tahun ini dan direncanakan selesai tahun 2016.

"Jumlah kapal kami masih terbatas, jadi kami menggunakan aset-aset TNI AL," ujarnya di Ruang Tamu Panglima TNI, Jakarta.

Mamahit memaparkan, saat ini Bakamla baru memiliki 19 kapal. Rinciannya, tiga kapal besar berukuran 48 meter dan 15 kapal jenis catamaran berukuran 12 sampai 15 meter.

Selama ini, menurut Mamahit, operasi pengamanan laut selalu dilakukan secara bersama-sama dengan lembaga negara lain yang memiliki irisan kewenangan di wilayah perairan Indonesia.

Lembaga-lembaga itu adalah TNI AL, Polisi Air, Ditjen Bea dan Cukai, Ditjen Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikaan serta Korps Kesatuan Penjaga Laut dan Pantai. Di darat, Bakamla juga berkoordinasi dengan Kejaksaan Agung dan Ditjen Imigrasi. 

"Jadi sebenarnya pada saat beroperasi kami belum menemukan masalah karena mendapatkan dukungan dari pemangku kepentingan," kata Mamahit.

Sementara itu, Moeldoko mendukung penguatan kapasitas Bakamla. Ia berkata, Bakamla harus dapat memperkokoh pengelolaan wilayah laut nasional, khususnya dalam konteks penegakan hukum di laut.

"Secara operasional Bakamla perlu disinergikan dengan instansi terkait, termasuk dengan TNI karena kami juga memiliki tugas mengelola keamanan laut," ujarnya.

Selain pengalihtugasan 10 kapal, nota kesepahaman yang ditandatangani Moeldoko dan Mamahit juga mengatur tentang bantuan TNI memberikan pendidikan dan latihan bagi personel Bakamla, pertukaran data atau informasi serta penugasan prajurit TNI dalam operasi yang dikomandoi Bakamla.

(CNN Indonesia)