30 Juni 2010
Ka-135 UAV (photo : missile.ru)
At the 4th International Forum and Exhibition Unmanned Multipurpose Vehicle Systems - UVS-TECH 2010, held as part of Engineering Technologies 2010 that opens today in Zhukovsky, Russian Helicopters rotorcraft-manufacturing holding company showcases two perspective unmanned helicopters, Korshun and Ka-135.
These models are designed under Russian Helicopters program on developing a broad spectrum of vertical take-off and landing UAVs within three categories: long range (over 400 km), medium range (up to 400 km) and close range (up to 100 km).
Korshun medium-range unmanned helicopter weighs 500 kg and enjoys the range of 300 km, payload of 150 kg and maximum speed of 170 km/h.
In the niche of close-range vehicles Russian Helicopters debuts Ka-135, new UAV of co-axial scheme with piston-engine and tricycle landing gear, weighing 300 kg and boasting up to100 km operational range, up to 100 kg payload and 170 km/h max speed.
Korshun UAV (photo : missile.ru)
Both unmanned helicopters are multi-purpose and feature the capability of equipping base platform with a variety of functional modules. They are intended for monitoring the environment, aerial patrol and security, transporting cargo, ecological monitoring, meteorological tasks, providing communication with hard-to-reach areas.
“Unmanned helicopters are a new on-going trend in world unmanned aviation evolving within the past decade. We estimate UAV market as one of the most dynamic and highly perspective. Russian rotorcraft industry should take a niche on this market. In current context our company’s main task is to develop up-to-date and competitive UAVs that are multifunctional, highly reliable and easily maintainable“, states Andrei Shibitov, COO Russian Helicopters.
Russian Helicopters plans to design various-purpose unmanned vehicle systems for a wide range of operations.
“Manned light helicopters like Mi-34, Ka-226, Patrol, Ansat, Aktai can be utilized as platforms for developing unmanned systems”, says Unmanned helicopters’ systems program director Gennady Bebeshko. – “At present Russian Helicopters conducts initiative R&D to define technical configuration of unmanned helicopter automatic control system. This project is financed out of Russian Helicopters own funds”.
Dubes RI pada kesempatan kunjungan tersebut mendorong Samel-90 untuk berkerjasama dengan Indonesia dalam bentuk “joint production“ karena terbentang pasar yang luas yaitu negara-negara di Kawasan Asia Tenggara maupun Asia Pasifik. Berkaitan dengan ini, pihak Samel-90 diundang untuk partisipasi pada Indo Defense Expo (IDE) bulan Oktober/November 2010 di Jakarta.
Managing Director Samel-90, Dipl., Eng Peter Georgiev, menyambut baik tawaran dan undangan tersebut serta akan mengupayakan kembali berpartisipasi pada IDE 2010 guna menjajaki kerjasama dengan mitranya di Indonesia, setelah sebelumnya berpartisipasi pada tahun 2008. Kepada Dubes RI diminta kerjasama untuk mendapatkan mitra Indonesia yang betul-betul berminat untuk kerjasama tersebut. Dijelaskan bahwa produk Samel-90 telah memenuhi standar NATO dan digunakan di berbagai negara, antara lain di Pakistan, Thailand, Turki, negara-negara Afrika Utara, dan digunakan AB Bulgaria yang bertugas di Afganistan.
Deputy Director for the Special Purpose Production, Dipl. Eng. Georgi Ionchev, menambahkan bahwa perusahaannya siap bekerjasama langsung dengan Indonesia dan memproduksi peralatan tertentu sesuai kebutuhan dan spesifikasi yang diperlukan, serta dimungkinkannya transaksi langsung maupun melalui agen penghubung. Menjawab pertanyaan mengenai harga produk, Ionchev menyatakan harga produk Samel-90 sangat bersaing dengan mutu yang jauh lebih baik serta memberikan fasilitas sebelum pengiriman produk hingga after sales service.
29 Juni 2010
RAAF's F/A-18 Hornet (photo : wiki)
Under contract to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), L-3 Communications MAS Canada and BAE Systems Australia have completed the F/A-18 Classic Hornet fleet Centre Barrel Replacement Program.
Under Phase 3.2 of the Classic Hornet Upgrade program select Classic Hornet aircraft were identified as requiring replacement of the centre barrel.
The centre barrel is the major structural element of the aircraft fuselage to which the wings and main undercarriage are attached.
“I am pleased to announce the successful completion of the Classic Hornet Centre Barrel Replacement Program,” Mr Combet said.
“The completion of this program will ensure that the Hornet fleet safely achieves the planned withdrawal date of 2020,” said Mr Combet.
“The success of this program is a reflection of the strong relationships formed between the DMO and its’ Industry Partners, in delivering quality products to the Defence Services.”
Upacara serah terima dilakukan di Pangkalan TNI Angkatan Laut Batam, Kepulauan Riau, Selasa (29/6/2010). Mewakili pemerintah Amerika Serikat (AS) adalah Duta Besar AS untuk Indonesia, Cameron R Hume. Sementara dari Indonesia adalah Irjen Kementerian Pertahanan Laksdya TNI Gunadi.
IMSS meliputi sejumlah sebaran Coastal Surveillance System (CSS) yang koordinasinya dibawah Regional Command Center (RCC) . Untuk wilayah laut barat, mencakup Selat Malaka dan Selat Singapura. Sementara wilayah timur mencakup laut Sulawesi. Untuk wilayah barat, IMSS telah selesai dipasang, sedangkan wilayah timur masih dalam proses.
Di kawasan Selat Malaka dan Selat Singapura, CSS dipasang tersebar di delapan lokasi dan di tiga KRI Komando Armada Barat. Sementara Regional Command Center berada di Pusat Komando TNI Angkatan Laut Batam.
Menurut Cameron, bantuan peralatan IMSS ke I ndonesia nilainya 56 dollar AS yang meliputi 16 CSS, 11 radar kapal, 1 kantor perwakilan konfigurasi, dan dua RCC. Sistem pemantauan terpadu tersebut memiliki daya pantau lebih dari 1.205 kilometer dari garis pantai Selat Malaka dan sekitar 1.285 kilometer dari garis pantai sepanjang laut Sulawesi.
"Peralatan ini mampu mendeteksi, mencari dan memonitor kapal-kapal yang berlayar melintasi Indonesia dan kawasan perairan internasional," kata Cameron.
Saat ditanya manfaat hibah tersebut bagi AS, Cameron menyatakan, untuk membantu mengamankan jalur kapal-kapal AS. Ke depan, IMSS Indonesia diharapkan dapat terintegrasi pada kerjasama tingkat kawasan. Bantuan IMSS juga diberikan kepada Malaysia, Filipina, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, dan Maladewa.
Gunadi menyatakan, bantuan tersebut sifatnya hibah. Ia mengharapkan, peralatam tersebut dapat digunakan secara optimal tidak saja untuk kepentingan TNI AL namun juga instansi lainnya.
F-16 milik Angkatan Udara Turki (photo : cavok)
28 Juni 2010
To celebrate this milestone, past and present Super Puma community consisting of pilots, commanders and industry partners were invited to Sembawang Airbase for the occasion.
The US government approved an export policy in the second quarter for the
The export policy allows Boeing to request an export licence for specific customers, with South Korea as the first in queue, Jones says. The F-15SE is competing against the
Boeing has backed down from previous statements comparing the frontal-aspect radar cross-section of the F-15SE to an international release standard for the F-35.
However, Jones confirms that Boeing's original briefing chart - claiming the F-15SE provides frontal-aspect stealth offered by fifth-generation fighters - remains accurate.
Boeing unveiled the F-15SE in March 2009. The redesign adds conformal weapons bays, stealth techniques, fly-by-wire and canted tails to the F-15E configuration, providing a "first-day-of-war" stealth capability.
Lockheed and F-35 programme officials, however, have criticised Boeing's assertions that the F-15SE offers equivalent front-aspect stealth as the JSF, and denied that an international release standard exists for F-35 stealth characteristics.
Boeing plans to conduct three flights of the F-15SE in the third quarter, including one missile shot from the newly added conformal weapons bay.
27 Juni 2010
SM-39 Exocet (photo : MBDA)
KUALA LUMPUR, — PKR’s Chua Tian Chang today demanded that Parliament hold an emergency motion to discuss the acquisition of two types of missiles for the two Scorpene submarines Malaysia had purchased.
“Based on the acquisition records by the Pakistan government the SM39 missiles only cost €3.07 million (RM12.26 million) per unit while the acquisition records by Portugal show that the Black Shark torpedoes only cost €2 million per unit.
“After calculations were made, the total market price costs of the two types of missiles amounted to €182.8 million. But the Malaysian government’s cost of purchase is €219.265 million. This means that the government had overpaid 20 per cent (€36.465 million) compared to the market price,” said Chua.
He also questioned the delay in the delivery of the missiles.
“Also the warranty for the submarines have expired. The expiry date is in May 2010. After May, there is no warranty. The missiles have not arrived,” said Chua.
Another PKR MP, William Leong said that the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) should conduct an independent investigation into the acquisition of the Scorpene submarines.
“Why has the Malaysian government not done anything when the French government have?” said the Selayang MP.
In a written reply to PKR MP Chua Tian Chang, the ministry stated that the acquisition was completed last year, during the 2009 LIMA exhibition.
The total cost of the torpedoes amounted to €219.265 million.
26 Juni 2010
Italy's new LHD (photo : Mike Colombaro)
The Italian navy has received the go-ahead to procure two 20,000-ton amphibious assault ships (LHDs), with the possibility of a third ship, configured with extensive aviation facilities (LHA).
The preliminary LHD project is funded and will take 12 months for completion. It will be followed by a project definition phase requiring eight months and leading to a contract. Delivery of the first ship comes within 30 months after that. If everything goes to plan, the first LHD arrives in late 2014.
LHDs will replace two 8,000-ton San Giorgio-class LPDs, commissioned in 1987 and 1988. The LHA will eventually replace the carrier Garibaldi, which is being dedicated to amphibious and helicopter roles now that the Cavour carrier is in service.
The new LHDs will be 190 meters (623 ft.) long, feature a well dock that holds four LCACs (landing craft air cushions), and have a hangar with dedicated maintenance area where six medium-heavy helicopters can be recovered. The flight deck will provide six landing spots and be served by two elevators, one at the stern, the other forward of the island. It will thus be possible to launch air-assault operations, lifting a reinforced rifle company with each wave and rapidly moving personnel and equipment to the deck. Helicopter capacity will be 12-15, depending on mix.
Capabilities also include four smaller LCVP (landing craft, vehicle, personnel) vessels and two motorboats, all in dedicated spaces with cranes under the port flight deck.
The LHD can accommodate 760 troops, including an aviation detachment and staff personnel, in addition to a ship’s crew of only 200, a result of shipboard automation. The vessel will normally carry a reinforced marine battalion and aviation personnel, and be able to add an amphibious task force and landing force command, which will rely on extensive C4I spaces and systems. The basic space earmarked for the command staff is 500 sq. meters (5,380 sq. ft.).
The ship has a large garage deck with a capacity of 360 tons. The vehicles reach the garage from the well dock or through a large starboard door. The garage floor and ramps can support a 60-ton tank. The roll-on/roll-off concept permits rapid loading and unloading of cargo and vehicles, which can also be parked on the flight deck.
The navy has not yet selected a propulsion system. The general specification calls for a top speed of 20 kt. and range of 7,000 nm. at 16 kt., which translates to 45 days’ endurance. Basic proposals are built around a combined diesel and diesel scheme, with four diesels, each 6,000 kw., driving a shaft and variable-pitch propeller. Engine power will be 20-24 megawatts. There will also be powerful bow thrusters. A diesel-electric or pod configuration is being considered. The pod is popular, but would limit the size of the well deck.
The LHDs will have a large electricity generating capability, with four diesel generators in the 2.5-megawatt class.
A peculiarity of the design is that the ships, at least the first, will have civil protection as the primary operational role. The requirement is taken seriously and dictates many capabilities—for instance, large electricity generation and water purification capacity, including deployment of flexible hoses for ship-to-dock or ship-to-ship water transfer.
The LHD will have a hospital that treats 54, with 1,000 sq. meters of dedicated space. The hospital can expand by using space dedicated to the marines’ mess and loading medical containers in part of the hangar. The C4 spaces can be used as a command center for civil protection authorities.
The navy has not entered into discussions about the sensor suite and combat system. The LHD will have an extensive combat management and command system, multirole search and navigation radar, and electronic warfare protection system including decoy launchers.
The ship will have several 25-mm. gun mounts and machine guns, and possibly one or more Oto Melara 76/62-mm. SR guns in the Strales configuration for missile defense.
To minimize costs, the LHDs will be built to commercial standards, modified somewhat to improve survivability, but without full military specifications. Tradeoffs between cost and survivability are being assessed. According to one estimate, the ship can be built for €300 million ($369 million), excluding combat systems.
25 Juni 2010
Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, said a detachment of RAAF aircrew and maintenance personnel from No 1 Squadron is currently conducting work-ups with the brand new aircraft at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.
“The detachment is completing comprehensive flight testing which includes up to 96 hours of test and evaluation flying and two weeks of Electronic Warfare flight trials from Lemoore,” Senator Faulkner said.
“Another key task involves working with an air-to-air tanker conducting day and night refuelling flights to ensure we are ready for the flight to Australia.”
“When these jets arrive shortly, close to half of Australia’s twenty four Super Hornets will be based at Amberley, and Defence will be working toward the next milestone of achieving Initial Operating Capability by the end of 2010,” Senator Faulkner said.
The first five Super Hornets were welcomed at RAAF Amberley on 26 March this year. Since then, they have been conducting familiarisation training in Queensland.
The Super Hornet is a highly capable, battle proven, multi-role aircraft that has already proved its effectiveness in service with the US Navy. Its flexibility will enhance Australia’s air combat capability, through maritime and land strike, suppression of enemy air defence, reconnaissance, air-to-air combat and close air support. The F/A-18Fs are a bridging capability through Air Force’s transition to the Joint Strike Fighter.
“The Super Hornet project has been a fine example of team work. Reaching this stage of the project on time and on budget has been due to the great partnership between the Royal Australian Air Force, Defence Materiel Organisation, United States Navy, The Boeing Company and their industry partners, General Electric, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon,” Senator Faulkner said.
Details of the second tranche’s arrival at Amberley will be released closer to the date.
By the end of 2011, all twenty four of Australia’s Super Hornets are scheduled to be in Amberley.
24 Juni 2010
The Norwegian Advanced SAM System (NASAMS). The NASAMS launcher has six ready to fire AMRAAM missiles. (photo : Airforce Technology)
Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System
Chile is joining Finland, and several other countries, and adopting the Norwegian NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) for their air defense needs. Chile was particularly impressed by the track record of reliability NASAMS has compiled. Norway developed this system in the early 1990s and deployed the first missiles and radars in 1995.
The Raytheon AMRAAM AIM-120C missile is fitted with clipped fins and has longer range and has very high agility to counter targets making evasive manoeuvres. (photo : Airforce Technology)
NASAMS uses the American AMRAMM radar guided air-to-air missiles, but fired from a six missile container, instead of an aircraft. This ground based AMRAAM weighs 159 kg/350 pounds and has a range of 30 kilometers (it's radar can see out 50-70 kilometers), and can hit targets as high as 21 kilometers (65,000 feet).
Spanish Army NASAMS II launcher vehicle (photo : Outisnn)
French's Mirage 2000 and India's Su-30MKI (photo : pics-aeronef)
To participate in Exercise Garuda 2010, the RSAF conducted a long-range deployment, covering 11,500km from Singapore to France. It was the longest deployment the RSAF had ever undertaken to participate in an exercise. Two KC-135R tankers provided air-to-air refuelling for the six F-16D+ aircraft during the journey.
KRI Surabaya 591 (photo : Militaryphotos)
JAKARTA--MI: Menteri Keuangan Agus Martowardojo menyatakan bahwa pemerintah kekurangan anggaran untuk alat utama sistem persenjataan (alutsista) selama lima tahun ke depan sebanyak Rp50 triliun.Kekurangan itu berdasarkan Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional (RPJMN) yang dibandingkan dengan kebutuhan dari Kementerian Pertahanan. Meski ada kekurangan anggaran, Menkeu mengatakan kalau kekurangan itu tidak terlalu besar. Makanya dia tetap optimis kalau kekurangan anggaran itu bisa diatasi oleh Kementerian Keuangan.
"Kita bisa meningkatkan penerimaan negara dengan baik, baik itu pajak atau non pajak, penerimaan sumber daya alam. Itu sesuatu yang optimis ke depan," ujar Agus usai Rapat Pembahasan Alutsista di Istana Wakil Presiden Jakarta, Rabu (23/6).
Dalam rapat tertutup yang dipimpin Wapres Boediono itu turut hadir Menteri Koordinator bidang Politik, Hukum, dan Keamanan Djoko Suyanto, Menteri Koordinator Perekonomian Hatta Rajasa, Menteri Pertahanan Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Menteri Perindustrian MS Hidayat, Panglima TNI Djoko Santoso.
Agus menyakatan, untuk di tahun depan, pemerintah sudah bisa mengalokasikan anggaran sebanyak Rp7 triliun. Anggaran tahun depan ini sudah masuk dalam pagu indikatif dari Kementerian Pertahanan.
Agus mengatakan kalau dalam rapat tersebut, Kementerian Pertahanan memberikan pemaparan kebutuhan tentara untuk alutsista selama 15 tahun ke depan. Dengan peralatan senjata dan infrastruktur tersebut, Kementerian Pertahanan semakin baik untuk melaksanakan tugas pengamanan nasional.
Sebelumnya Menhan pernah menyatakan bahwa kebutuhan alutsista TNI untuk kurun waktu 5 tahun kedepan, Menhan mengatakan bahwa hal itu telah tercantum dalam Renstra 2010-2014, khususnya dalam rincian kebutuhan minimum essential forces (MEF).
Menurut dia, anggaran alutsista tahun 2010-2014 diperkirakan sebesar Rp149,78 triliun, yang terdiri dari pengadaan alutsista senilai Rp87,32 triliun dan perawatan/pemeliharaan sejumlah Rp62,46 triliun. (Tup/OL-9)
23 Juni 2010
KD Tun Razak (photo : The Hindu)
The sultans of Perak and Selangor, Sultan Azlan Shah and Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, are expected to grace the ceremony along with Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and military top brass, said a Defence Ministry spokesman. The Sultan of Selangor is captain-in-chief of the RMN.
It is understood KD Tun Razak is presently in the Indian Ocean after departing from Toulon in France on April 30 following successful sea trials in the Mediterranean. The country’s first submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, arrived at Port Klang on Sept 3 last year.
It has since become operational after overcoming minor hitches during tropical water trials in Malaysian waters.
Both SSK diesel-electric powered submarines of the Perdana Menteri-class will operate out of their main base — Teluk Sepanggar in Sabah. More than 150 RMN submariners were initially trained at Brest, France, to man the two submarines. Once here, KD Tun Razak, commissioned into the RMN at Cartagena, Spain in November last year, will undergo tropical water and operational trials.
Both the SSK submarines and an Agosta-class second-hand vessel boat were procured following an agreement with DCNS and its partner Navantia under a RM3.4 billion package in June 2002. The Scorpenes were jointly built at the Navantia shipyard in Spain and DCNS facility in Cherbourg, France. Each Scorpene submarine is 67.5m long, has a displacement of 1,550 tonnes, is manned by a crew of 31 and can sail for 45 days.
The new agreement will see Nulka production extended through to at least 2013, earning the company more than $800 million since production started and making Nulka Australia’s most successful regular defence export.
“To date, 940 Nulka rounds have been produced. Later this year we will complete production of the 1000th round, which will be a very significant program milestone,” BAE Systems program manager Simon Forrest said. “Its deployment on more than 130 surface combat ships is a testament to the trust that the US, Canadian and Australian navies place in the system.”
The system comprises a tube launched, rocket propelled active electronic warfare decoy which launches and hovers away from the ship, and lures anti-ship missiles away from their targets.
22 Juni 2010
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (photo : Australian Aviation)
Australia will pay around $US60 million ($A70 million) each for advanced Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft and all bugs will be fully sorted by the time the first aircraft arrive, the head of the JSF program says.
Lockheed Martin JSF program general manager Tom Burbage, in Canberra to update the government and Defence on JSF progress, said he could guarantee the price would not be as high as the claimed $US133 million per aircraft.
"Australia is buying the airplane with 2014-15 deliveries and then on out for a number of years. The airplanes will be bought on an annual basis initially so the cost in each year will be slightly different and will go down with time," he told ABC Television.
"In today's dollars it looks like it will be right around $US60 million ($A70 million)," he said.
Mr Burbage said JSF was planned to enter service with the US Marine Corps in 2012, two years before the first Australian aircraft is even built and four years before the first JSF comes to Australia.
"They will have the bugs worked out long before that. Our test program runs until about 2014 but the last two years of that is primarily qualifying different weapons for the airplane," he said.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning JSF is an advanced stealth multi-role combat aircraft that will be the mainstay of US and allied air forces to around mid-century.
Australia will acquire up to 100 aircraft, with the first entering service in 2018. This will cost about $A16 billion, making it Australia's most expensive ever equipment acquisition.
The JSF project has faced frequent criticism that the aircraft will be expensive, will arrive late and won't be as good as initially promised.
Mr Burbage said JSF was meeting all performance standards and would far exceed the capability of much vaunted Russian and Chinese aircraft.
"I don't believe their level of capability approaches the levels that we are putting in these aircraft. We'll see," he said.
"They are certainly not in production like we are. In order to be an adversarial force, you have got to build the airplanes in some numbers. They are not at that stage by any means yet."
(Sidney Morning Herald)
The A400M would be useful to Australia because "it is twice the size of the Lockheed Martin C-130 and carries twice the weight", says EADS corporate vice-president of international development for Asia Pacific and South America Christian Duhain.
"It is a stronger aircraft and can take off from rugged airfields," he adds.
EADS has also been putting forward the C-295 to meet the military's requirement for fixed-wing short take-off and landing aircraft. The requirement has come about because late last year the air force retired its last de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou transports.
Some of the Caribou's roles will be fulfilled by utility helicopters, but the Australian Defence Force has said publicly that it will also need fixed-wing aircraft.
This procurement will come under the Department of Defence's Project 8000 phase two, which calls for "first pass" approval in the 2010-11 to 2011-12 fiscal year and a decision in either 2012-13 or 2014-15.
While EADS may be hoping Australia can become the A400M's second export customer outside Europe, it is continuing to work to deliver five Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transports to the air force.
Duhain confirms that there may be an opportunity for Australian Aerospace to make helicopters for export customers.
21 Juni 2010
RNZAF's C-130H Hercules (photo : StereoImage)
The first modernised transport will to come to New Zealand in July or August, with the second to follow shortly after that, says defence minister Wayne Mapp.
The most recent delays to the programme were caused by software integration issues, says Mapp, who adds: “This was a lot more challenging than anyone anticipated.”
Work on the first two aircraft has largely been completed, but they are still at L-3 Communications' facility in Texas because subcontractor Honeywell is perfecting the software that has been installed, says a source in New Zealand’s defence ministry.
Once the first aircraft returns to New Zealand, it will have to undergo further testing by the air force before being properly inducted into the fleet, adds the source.
The upgrade involves installing a new avionics system, glass cockpit and navigation and communications suites, as well as structural work on the wings.
Mapp says Air New Zealand’s maintenance, repair and overhaul company Safe Air will still perform the upgrade work on the air force’s other three C-130Hs.
Safe Air announced in February that it was axing about 100 positions because of lengthy delays in the programme. It had expected to receive its first Hercules in August 2008, but the defence ministry source says it will now get this before the end of this year.
Safe Air is already performing a mission systems upgrade to the air force’s Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft fleet. Work on the first of six aircraft was done by L-3 in the USA and the aircraft is undergoing testing.
“We are hopeful the aircraft will arrive in New Zealand in the fourth quarter,” says the source. “The second Orion is now in at Safe Air.” A third aircraft will enter work later this year, and the entire programme is scheduled to be completed in 2012.
The fourth A330 for KC-30 conversion has arrived in Brisbane. (photo : Airbus Military)
Another ‘green’ A330 has arrived at Qantas Defence Services (QDS) in Brisbane ready for conversion to a KC-30A MRTT for the RAAF.
The aircraft, the fourth of the five on order and the third to be converted at Brisbane, was built as a standard A330-200 by Airbus in Toulouse, and will be substantially modified over a 10 month period into its MRTT form.
The second aircraft to be modified by QDS is nearing completion and is scheduled to receive ‘power-on’ in July, while the first joined the original Airbus modified aircraft in Spain late last year for flight test and certification work.
The first two KC-30As are due to be delivered to the RAAF by the end of 2010, with the remaining three due by early 2012.
KD Tun Razak is the RMN's second submarine (photo : KDN)
Malaysian submarine to call at KochiThe Royal Malaysian Navy's Scorpene submarine KD Tun Razak, which is on its maiden journey home from Toulon in France accompanied by corvette KD Lekiu will dock at the port here for a four-day visit on Friday.
The submarine, the second of the two Scorpene submarines procured by the Malaysian Navy from the French firm DCNS, will cast off for the Malaysian port of Lumut on Monday.
Commissioned into the Malaysian Navy in November last, the submarine will undergo its second phase of maintenance prior to tropical water trials once it reaches Malaysia.
Malaysia's Defence Attache in New Delhi Colonel Yusri bin Haji Anwar will be in Kochi in connection with the port call of Tun Razak.
Colonel Anwar, along with Tun Razak's Commanding Officer Commander Mohamad Azuwan bin Haroun and Lekiu's Commanding Officer Commander Baharudin bin Wan Mohamad Nor will call on Rear Admiral S.S. Jamwal, Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, on Friday.
Besides courtesy visit to each others' vessels, a game of football has been organised between the Indian and the Malaysian Navies.
19 Juni 2010
“Parts of the K-8 aircraft were transported by cargo ship from China and are being assembled at the Aircraft Production and Maintenance Base in Meikhtila,” said one of the sources.
The purchase of the 50 aircraft comes after Burma’s air force chief Lt-Gen Myat Hein traveled to China in November to negotiate an upgrade to the fleet of Chinese-made military aircraft already owned by Burma.
“There are two reasons to purchase K-8 trainers,” said the source. “Either for training exercises or for counter-insurgency.”
The K-8 jet trainer, sometimes called the K-8 Karakorum or the Hongdu JL-8, is a joint venture between China and Pakistan, and is fitted with air-to-air missiles and rockets.
In 1998-9, the Burmese air force bought 12 K-8 jet trainers from China, which are now stationed at Taungoo Air Base in Pegu Division.
In addition to purchasing Chinese-made fighters and trainer aircraft, Naypyidaw signed a contract in late 2009 to buy 20 MiG-29 jet fighters from Russia at a cost of nearly US $570 million.
“The parts of the MiG-29 jet fighters will arrive in July and September by cargo ship and by plane,” said an officer close to Col. Tun Aung, a key figure in the Burmese air force. He said that the 20 Russian aircraft will be assembled in Meikhtila.
Meanwhile, Burma's main air base for maintenance, the Aircraft Production and Maintenance Air Base (APMAB) in Panchangone in Mingaladon Township has been relocated to Nyaunggone, close to the regime's Flying Training Base in Shante in Meikhtila Township, according to a source from the air base.
“The APMAB got the order from Naypyidaw in January to relocate to the new location,” he said, but said he did not know why the relocation took place. Military sources from Rangoon said that Burmese ruling military council upgraded the air force’s facilities and expanded airfields, as well as two air force bases in Bassein and Homemalin in 2006, to fulfill operational capabilities.
Burma has brought 280 aircraft from China, Russia, Yugoslavia and Poland, including trainers and fighters, since the military took power in 1988.
The Burmese air force was founded in 1947 before Burmese independence. Its main objective has since been counter campaigns against the Communist Party of Burma and several ethnic armies.
Burma has 10 air force headquarters: Bassein Air Base in Irrawaddy Division; Mingaladon Air Base in Rangoon Division; Myitkyina Air Base in Kachin State; Myike Air Base in Tenasserim Division; Namsang Air Base in Shan State; Taungoo Air Base in Pegu Division; Meikhtila (Shante) Flying Training Base; Meikthila Grounding Training Base in Mandalay Division; Magwe Air Base in Magwe Division; and Homemalin Air Base in Sagaing Division.
18 Juni 2010
Comparison of 16DDH (Hyuga) and 22DDH (image : jeffhead)
Details of New Japanese 'Helicopter Destroyer'
TOKYO --- Rumors that the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's third "aircraft carrying destroyer" would mark a major improvement in size and capability over the Hyuga class ships now entering service have been confirmed.
The new 22DDH will be 248 meters long and 39 meters in beam, and displace more than 24,000 tons. This makes her almost 50 percent larger than the Hyuga class and places an unbearable semantic strain on the use of the term "destroyer" to describe these ships. To put the size of the ship into context, she is comparable with a World War II Essex-class fleet carrier.
Illustrations of the 22DDH show her to be a full-fledged helicopter carrier with no real destroyer characteristics. The superstructure is very similar to that of the Hyuga class with the difference that the 01 deck is extended forward, probably to accommodate a vertical launch silo for air defense missiles. The point defenses of the new ships are more than doubled, with three Phalanx Mk 15 mountings and two RAM launchers replacing the pair of Phalanx mounts on the older ship. Significantly, while one of the Phalanx mounts on the Hyuga is situated forward on the flight deck, and thus obstructs fixed-wing operations, the 22DDH has all of its mounts located on sponsons clear of the flight deck itself.
22DDH Landing Platform Helicopter (image : JMSDF)
The flight deck layout on the 22DDH differs significantly from that of the Hyuga class. One of the lifts has been moved from the centerline to the deck-edge position. The added width of the flight deck has been used to shift the axis of air operations clear of the remaining centerline elevator. The number of munitions elevators feeding the flight deck has been increased from two to four.
A vertical launch silo built into the rear of the flight deck on the Hyuga has been removed, once again reducing obstructions to flight operations. Flight deck operations capacity has been increased from two to seven helicopters.
Japanese accounts suggest that one of the reasons for the drastic increase in size of the 22DDH design is a planned shift to the V-22 Osprey as the primary air group element for these ships. It is not clear whether these would be replacements for or supplemental to the SH-60Ks that equip the Hyuga class. These accounts also make it clear that the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is seen as a key system for these ships. Apparently, provision for the operation of UAVs is being included within the design.
Kapal Landing Ship Tank buatan Amerika milik TNI AL (photo : TNI AL)
TNI AL perlu heli anti kapal selam baru untuk mengganti heli tipe Wasp yang telah dipensiunkan (photo : TNI AL)