23 Mei 2018

MoU Pembelian A400M Sudah Diteken, Airbus Tunggu Kontrak

23 Mei 2018

Airbus A400M (photo : Ronnie Macdonald)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Airbus masih menunggu kontrak kesepakatan pembelian dua unit pesawat angkut A400M, dari pemerintah Indonesia. Adapun nota kesepahaman dikatakan sudah ditandatangani.

"MoU-nya sudah ditandatangani, namun kita masih menunggu Indonesia menandatangani kontrak (pembelian)," kata juru bicara Airbus kepada KompasTekno, Senin (21/5/2018) di Jakarta.

"Sebagai wakil dari pemerintah adalah Pelita Air," imbuh juru bicara tersebut.

Untuk diketahui, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sifatnya tidak mengikat, hanya menunjukkan niat untuk membeli. Masing-masing pihak masih bisa membatalkan. Berbeda dengan kontrak pembelian yang sifatnya lebih mengikat.

Kabar pembelian 2 unit pesawat angkut berat Airbus A400M sudah berembus sejak Maret 2018 lalu, namun hingga kini belum ada kelanjutannya. Pembelian pesawat akan dilakukan oleh salah satu BUMN, dan pengoperasiannya akan diserahkan kepada TNI AU.

Airbus A400M tersebut kabarnya akan dipakai oleh pemerintah Indonesia, untuk mengangkut logistik dan kebutuhan pokok, ke wilayah Indonesia Timur. Saat ditanya kapan pesawat Airbus A400M tersebut bisa dikirim, perwakilan Airbus mengatakan bisa mengirimkan 2,5 hingga 3 tahun setelah kontrak pembelian resmi ditandatangani.

"Jika kontraknya ditandatangani sekarang, kami bisa mengirimkan dalam waktu 2,5 hingga 3 tahun, namun itu dikembalikan lagi bagaimana permintaan pembeli," ujarnya.

Adapun salah satu permasalahan yang masih menghambat kontrak selesai dibuat adalah skema pembiayaan.

Pembelian 2 unit A400M oleh pemerintah Indonesia ini melibatkan berbagai pihak. Selain Pelita Air, PPI (Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia) juga disebut terlibat.

"Mereka sedang memikirkan pembiayaannya," kata perwakilan Airbus.

Penurunan kapasitas produksi tak pengaruhi

Airbus sendiri saat ini telah menurunkan kapasitas produksi A400M di pabriknya di Sevilla, Spanyol mulai Maret 2018 lalu. Hal itu dilakukan karena sejumlah A400M yang telah selesai dirakit, belum dikirim ke negara pemesannya.

Sejumlah pesawat pesanan itu masih membutuhkan perbaikan di gearbox dan bilah baling-baling, setelah ditemukan kelemahan usai diinvestigasi.

Namun penurunan tingkat produksi itu dikatakan perwakilan Airbus, tidak bakal mempengaruhi pesanan pesawat dari Indonesia, jika kontrak telah disepakati.

Penurunan kapasitas itu juga dikatakan demi melengkapi kebutuhan berbagai negara pemesan, daripada mengirim pesawat namun dikirim kembali untuk melakukan upgrade.

"Proyek ini adalah multi-nasional, banyak negara terlibat dengan berbagai kebutuhan berbeda, kami berupaya memenuhi semuanya," ujar juru bicara tersebut.

Pengembangan A400M memang melibatkan sejumlah negara di Eropa, seperti Spanyol, Jerman, dan Perancis.

(Kompas)

22 Mei 2018

Philippine Navy to Receive Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar

22 Mei 2018


BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) during exercise with US Navy (photo : DefenceImagery)

Saab will supply its Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the US Navy (USN) as part of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the United States and the Philippines.

The radar system will be installed on two Philippine Navy frigates – BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) – both of which are former US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutters, said the company in a 21 May statement. The sale also includes Saab’s 9LV combat management system for radar control and display for enhanced situational awareness.

(Jane's)

Inilah Spesifikasi KRI Ardadedali 404

22 Mei 2018


KRI Ardadedali 404 (photo : Sindonews)

Kapal selam terbaru milik TNI Angkatan Laut bernama Kapal Perang Republik Indonesia (KRI) Ardadedali - 404.

Pemberian nama Ardadedali memiliki arti. Ardadedali merupakan nama panah milik Arjuna yang dikenal sebagai Penengah Pandawa, yang memiliki paras yang menawan serta lembut budinya.

Kedatangan kapal selam terbaru TNI AL itu disambut secara resmi oleh Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Kasal) Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi didampingi Panglima Komando Armada II (Pangarmada II) Laksamana Muda TNI Didik Setiyono di Dermaga Kapal Selam Koarmada II, Ujung, Surabaya, Kamis (17/5/2018).

KRI Ardadedali – 404 merupakan kapal selam type 209/400 DSME yang memiliki bobot 1.280 ton saat muncul di permukaan dan bobot menjadi 1.400 ton saat menyelam.

Kapal selam ini didukung dengan empat mesin diesel MTU 12V493 dengan jarak jelajah mencapai 18.520 km.

KRI Ardadedali – 404 memiliki panjang 61,3 meter, diameter 6,2 M, dengan draf 5,7 M yang mampu menampung 40 kru kapal. Kapal ini memiliki kecepatan mencapai 21 knot di bawah air dan 12 knot di permukaan serta mampu berlayar lebih dari 50 hari untuk menunjang fungsi operasinya.

Kepala Dinas Penerangan Armada II, Letkol Laut (KH) Suratno menjelaskan rute kedatangan KRI Ardadedali-404. Menurut Suratno, KRI Ardadedali berangkat dari Korea Selatan menuju Indonesia setelah melaksanakan lintas laut selam selama 17 hari sejak 30 April 2018 lalu.

KRI ini melewati rute Okpo (Korsel) – Selat Korea – Perairan Jepang – Laut Cina Timur – Selat Luzon – Laut Cina Selatan – selat Apo – Selat – Cuyo – Laut Sulu – Selat Sibutu – Laut Sulawesi – Selat Makassar – Laut Jawa – Alur Pelayaran Barat Surabaya (APBS) hingga akhirnya merapat di Dermaga Koarmada II Surabaya.



Setelah kapal berada pada posisi, Letkol Laut (P) Widya Poerwandanu selaku Komandan KRI Ardadedali – 404 menyampaikan laporan dan diterima langsung oleh Kasal Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi didampingi Ketua Umum Jalasenastri Ny. Endah Ade Supandi. Hal tersebut ditandai dengan pengalungan bunga kepada Komandan KRI Ardadedali – 404 dan dilanjutkan peninjauan ke kapal selam tersebut.

Selain itu, Ibu Kasal juga memberikan hand bouqet kepada keluarga awak KRI Ardadedali-404 yang pada saat sang suami bertugas a.n. Mayor Laut (E) Adam dan Koptu Lis Dofirul pengambilan kapal selam di Korsel, berhasil melahirkan putra-putrinya dengan sehat dan selamat.

Kasal dalam amanat singkatnya, menyampaikan KRI Ardadedali – 404 merupakan kapal selam type 209/400 DSME yang diproduksi oleh Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Korea Selatan yang dilengkapi dengan Latest Combat System, Enhanced Operating System, Non-hull Penetrating Mast and Comfortable Accomodation, dan merupakan kapal penyempurnaan dari pendahulunya KRI Nagapasa – 403.

Kepada seluruh pengawak KRI Ardadedali – 404, Kasal berpesan untuk menjaga dan merawat Alutsista terbaru yang dimiliki TNI Angkatan Laut ini, agar selalu siap untuk melaksanakan operasi.

Sedangkan kepada seluruh Ibu-ibu Jalasenastri, Orang Nomor Satu di TNI Angkatan Laut mengungkapkan rasa bangganya dan ucapan terima kasih karena dapat menjaga diri, anak-anak, serta keluarga dengan baik selama ditinggal oleh suami untuk melaksanakan tugasnya di Korea Selatan.

Dengan bergabungnya KRI Ardadedali-404 di jajaran Alutsista TNI AL diharapkan akan mampu mendukung lebih terciptanya stabilitas keamanan kawasan dan mewujudkan Indonesia sebagai poros maritim dunia.

Hadir pada acara tersebut, Sekjen Kemhan RI Marsekal Madya TNI Hadiyan Suminta Atmadja, Para Asisten Kasal, Pangkoarmada III, Para Pangkotama Wilayah Surabaya, Para Asisten Pangarmada II, Ketua Daerah Jalasenastri Armada II Ny. Retno Didik Setiyono dan Ibu-ibu Jalasenastri TNI AL, Para Delegasi Korea Selatan serta segenap undangan lainnya.

(JPNN)

India to Hold Naval Exercise with Vietnam

22 Mei 2018


First naval exercise of India and Vietnam (photos : defence.pk)

NEW DELHI: India will hold its first naval exercise with Vietnam, as part of the overall strategy to steadily build military ties with nations in the Asia Pacific region with an eye firmly on a confrontationist and expansionist China, even as defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is slated to visit Hanoi next month.

Three Indian warships on operational deployment to South East Asia and North West Pacific region, stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, missile corvette INS Kamorta and fleet tanker INS Shakti, will enter the Tien Sa Port (Danang) on Monday.

“From May 21 to 25, there will be a professional interaction between personnel of the two navies, official calls and interaction with dignitaries of the Vietnamese Government. On completion of the harbour phase, warships from the two navies would be undertaking the exercise,” said Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma.

With defence cooperation being a vital component of the “comprehensive strategic partnership” between the two countries, Sitharaman is scheduled to visit Vietnam in June to further bolster bilateral military ties. The chief of general staff of the Vietnam People's Army and the commander-in chief of Vietnam People's Navy are also slated to visit India later this year.

The two countries are wary of China’s aggressive tactics in Asia-Pacific, especially the contentious South China Sea, and have steadily cranked up their bilateral military ties over the last few years. 

There have also been a series of high-level visits to Vietnam, with PM Narendra Modi visiting Hanoi in September 2016 and announcing a new $500 million defence line of credit.



After inking a “joint vision statement on defence for 2015-2020” in May 2015, the two countries also decided to elevate their “strategic partnership” to “comprehensive strategic partnership” during Modi’s visit in September 2016.

India has also offered the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles as well as the Akash surface-to-air missile defence systems to Vietnam.

India is also set to train Vietnamese fighter pilots to fly the Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, much like it has been tutoring sailors from that country on the complex art of operating Kilo-class submarines for the last four years, as earlier reported by TOI.

Apart from regular port calls by warships, the Indian Navy cooperates with the Vietnam People’s Navy on a wide range of issues from operational interactions and training to logistics support and exchange of experts.

India, of course, has also stepped up defence cooperation, ranging from expansion in military visits and exercises to training and technology-sharing, with other Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.

As for the South China Sea, India has repeatedly stressed the need for all to respect the freedom of navigation in international waters, right of passage and overflight, unimpeded commerce and access to resources in accordance with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Arrival of VL MICA and Exocet Missiles for TNI-AL

22 Mei 2018


Indonesian military supply shipment from France (all photos : FPS Group)

FPS Indonesia Handles Indonesian Military Supply Shipment

PT. FPS Indonesia successfully handled a project shipment of ammunition to include: 3 VL MICA, 1  Exocet missiles, and weapon spare parts from Chateauroux France to Surabaya, Indonesia for the Indonesian Navy.

To facilitate the shipment FPS Indonesia arranged for a Boeing 747 through airline operator ACG for transport.



FPS Indonesia is experienced in transporting military shipments and has carried out many shipments for the Indonesian military. With the most recent shipment FPS Indonesia has handled:
-MICA and Exocet missiles from France
-90mm ammunition and Tarantula vehicle from Belgium
-Oerlikon 30mm ammunition from South Korea
-C-212 & C-235 engines from Spain
-F-16 spare parts from USA
-Torpedoes from Italy
-Trimaran missiles from China
-Radar systems from Canada
-Military Land Rover and spare parts from the UK

PT FPS Indonesia does more than military shipments and has also worked with the Indonesian government to support the Indonesian Railway by handling the carriage of train cars from factory to arrangement sites.

(FPS Group)

21 Mei 2018

AFP Plans Naval Base, Backs Research at Philippine Rise

21 Mei 2018


BRP Gregorio Velasquez (AGR-702) survey ship (photo : CNN)

ABOARD BRP DAVAO DEL SUR — The Armed Forces of the Philippines wants to build a naval base in Casiguran to guard against foreign intrusions on Philippine Rise off the coast of Aurora province.

“That is on the planning board,” Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, the head of the Northern Luzon Command, said on Wednesday.

Salamat said he also proposed the upgrade of port facilities to maintain the military’s presence in order to support efforts “to secure, preserve and conserve our rich resources here in Philippine Rise.”

Big ships, such as frigates and strategic sealift vessels like the BRP Davao del Sur, were needed to patrol the vast region.

“All area commands require this kind of [naval] platform to be able to ensure the protection and preservation of our natural resources and secure our territory,” he pointed out.

He hoped that the national government would provide the resources to improve the AFP’s “sea power.”

Big ships, such as frigates and strategic sealift vessels like the BRP Davao del Sur, were needed to patrol the vast region.

The Navy also will be backing scientific research.

Support committed

“All area commands require this kind of [naval] platform to be able to ensure the protection and preservation of our natural resources and secure our territory,” he pointed out.


Philippine Rise (photo : GMA)

He hoped that the national government would provide the resources to improve the AFP’s “sea power.”

The Navy also will be backing scientific research at Philippine Rise.

Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna said President Duterte has committed support to underwater researchers and would be given full use of the BRP Gregorio Velasquez, a research vessel capable of conducting oceanographic and hydrographic survey.

“Just make a request and the Navy, the Coast Guard, our boats are ready,” Luna said.

The ship was commissioned by the Navy in June 2016. It was named after a Philippine physiology pioneer and national scientist, Gregorio Velasquez.

Then US President Barack Obama committed to provide the ship to the Philippines during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in 2015.

Gil Jacinto of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute said he hoped that the research to be undertaken on Philippine Rise would be institutionalized.

“Work here will take us not only a couple of years, it will take decades. It is not for our generation only, it is for the next generation,” Jacinto explained.

The rise is a submarine prolongation of Luzon, extending up to 589 kilometers from the eastern Philippine seaboard. Its reefscapes—containing corals, algae, sponges and Halimeda—sustain a variety of fish including the Pacific bluefin tuna.

Its seabed is believed to hold cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts, hydrothermal polymetallic sulfides and gas hydrates.

(Inquirer)

ADF Trains with Partners at Ex BERSAMA SHIELD 2018

21 Mei 2018

HMAS Toowoomba and Royal Malaysian Navy ship KD Lekir (26) dispatch their boarding parties in Toowoomba's rigid hull inflatable boats during Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2018. (photos : RAN)

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken to the sea and skies of Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations.

Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom participated in the bi-annual Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 18, focusing on the conduct of a combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment.

Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the ADF’s ongoing support to Exercise Bersama Shield 18 is another example of Australia’s commitment to regional security and stability.



“This exercise allowed us to build on our already strong relationship with the FPDA nations,” Vice Admiral Johnston said.

“The FPDA has fostered successful, practical cooperation amongst its members for close to 50 years. Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD demonstrated the continued commitment by all members to pursuing closer interoperability.” 

The exercise involves approximately 440 ADF personnel, Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol and King Air aircraft, and Royal Australian Navy Ships HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success. 

Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 18 was conducted from 27 April to 15 May 2018. The next exercise in the series, Exercise BERSAMA LIMA, will occur in October 2018.

(RAN)