Cutaway pesawat N-219 (image : FlightGlobal)
Kabin pesawat N-219 (image : FlightGlobal)
LUMUT, (Bernama) -- The government has issued a letter of intent to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd for the building of six second generation petrol vessels under a programme starting in 2012, Chief of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said today.
The additional vessels will ease the asset restraint that the Royal Malaysian Navy have had to endure since surrendering 17 of its ships to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, he said when launching KD Selangor, the sixth RMN petrol vessel, at the base here.
KD Selangor is the last ship ordered under a programme which started in 1999. The other vessels are KD Kedah and KD Pahang, based in Kota Kinabalu, and KD Perak and KD Terengganu, in Kuantan.
KD Selangor will be based in Lumut alongside KD Kelantan.
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LUMUT 28 Dis. – Projek pembinaan enam kapal peronda generasi kedua (SGPV) Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) oleh Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. (BNS) di sini melibatkan modal awal RM1.08 bilion untuk tempoh dua tahun pertama.
Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar berkata, kos keseluruhan pembinaan enam buah kapal tempur pesisir pantai (Littoral Combatant) itu bergantung pada jenis kapal serta sistem dan peralatannya.
“Kerajaan telah mengeluarkan surat hasrat kepada BNS untuk membina enam lagi kapal ronda di bawah program SGPV dan projek ini dijangka bermula pertengahan tahun depan.
“Saya percaya tambahan enam lagi kapal ronda akan mengurangkan kekangan aset yang dihadapi TLDM yang telah menyerahkan 17 buah kapalnya kepada Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia,” katanya.
Beliau ditemui selepas menyempurnakan majlis pentauliahan Kapal Diraja (KD) Selangor di Jeti Operasi, Pangkalan TLDM Lumut di sini hari ini.
Mengenai pentauliahan itu, Abdul Aziz berkata, ia merupakan kapal ronda generasi baru (NGPV) yang keenam dan terakhir dalam projek pembinaannya yang ditauliahkan dalam inventori TLDM.
BRP Benguet LST unloads a PA LAD Scorpion light tank in Mindanao. (photo : skyscrapercity)
MANILA, Philippines - The Navy plans to acquire seven vessels next year to improve its operations and upgrade its capabilities.
Navy spokesman Capt. Giovanni Bacordo told The STAR that they want to buy three offshore patrol vessels, three multipurpose attack craft and a landing craft utility in 2011.
“We seek to upgrade the capabilities of the Navy. The acquisition will help us perform our duties,” Bacordo said.
He said the attack craft, which will be used to insert troops during combat operations, would cost P89 million each.
On the other hand, the P178-million landing craft utility would be used to transport troops and logistics.
Bacordo said the patrol vessels would be used to conduct patrols at the Malampaya natural gas offshore facility in Palawan.
Information about the cost of the patrol vessels is not yet available.
Bacordo said the Navy has three multipurpose attack vessels in its inventory.
Two are deployed in Western Mindanao while another is stationed in Palawan.
He said they also have three landing craft utility but no offshore patrol vessels.
Bacordo said the purchase of a multi-role vessel is still in the pipeline but this would depend on the availability of funds.
He said they could not rely solely on the Navy’s annual budget for funds to cover the purchases since 70 percent of it goes to salaries while the rest is used to fund maintenance and operating expenses.
The purchase of the multi-role vessel, which costs about P5 billion, has been planned since 2007. Its acquisition, however, was stalled due to lack of financial resources.
A multi-role vessel is capable of delivering basic services to far-flung areas and can be used for disaster and humanitarian missions.
Earlier, the military announced plans to lease its properties to private firms to generate funds for its modernization program.
Officials said such a scheme would allow the military to procure equipment without bloating the deficit, which is expected to hit P325 billion this year.
Authorities are still determining how much would be generated from the project.
Last November, acting Navy chief Rear Adm. Danilo Cortez told The STAR that at least six firms have expressed interest in the project.
One of the six firms – Malaysian Resources Corp. Berhad – has submitted a proposal that would involve the lease of a 33-hectare Navy property in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig.
The Armed Forces Modernization Act, which took effect on Feb. 23, 1995, has given the military the opportunity to modernize in 15 years with a total fund of P331 billion.
More than 15 years have passed since the law was enacted but there are views that the military is not even close to what may be called a modern battle force. The delay in the law’s implementation has been attributed to the lack of state resources.
Kapal KD Selangor adalah korvet keenam seri Meko-100 yang dioperasikan AL Malaysia (photo : azbaa)
LUMUT - Majlis pentauliahan Kapal Diraja (KD) Selangor dalam perkhidmatan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) hari ini mengembalikan legasi serta kemasyhuran kapal peronda KD Selangor yang telah dilucutkan tauliah pada 1995.
Sepanjang perkhidmatannya selama 32 tahun dalam TLDM sejak 1963, KD Selangor yang dibina oleh syarikat Vosper Thrnycraft Limited Portsmouth, England pada 1961 telah banyak berbakti dalam menjaga kedaulatan melalui siri rondaan di perairan negara.
Salah satu peristiwa penting yang tercoret dalam sejarah KD Selangor ialah pertempuran antara kapal itu dengan Kor Komando Penggempur Indonesia di Selat Singapura pada 24 Julai 1964.
Dalam pertempuran itu, KD Selangor yang di bawah pemerintahan Leftenan P.K Nettur telah berjaya membunuh semua musuh serta menenggelamkan bot mereka.
Namun, kejadian itu mengakibatkan Laskar Kelas Satu Mekanik Elektrikal, Abdul Samad Sulaiman terkorban manakala Laskar Kanan Persenjataan, Kweh Onn Cheong dan Pegawai Kadet Kanan, Musa Jabar tercedera.
Pada majlis pentauliahan KD Selangor, Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar berkata, peristiwa itu membuktikan pengorbanan yang sanggup dilakukan oleh anak-anak kapal KD Selangor dalam mempertahankan kedaulatan dan integriti perairan negara.
''Oleh itu, saya harap pentauliahan KD Selangor ini dapat mengingatkan kita kepada rumpun sejarah perpaduan di antara The Navy People dan akan membakar semangat sedia berkorban di kalangan generasi baru warga kapal KD Selangor khasnya dan warga TLDM amnya," katanya.
Menurut Abdul Aziz, kehadiran kapal itu dapat memperkukuhkan kekuatan armada TLDM dalam menentukan keselamatan perairan negara sentiasa terpelihara daripada ancaman dan anasir pencerobohan.
Katanya, KD Selangor dibina berkonsepkan fitted for but not with yang membolehkan kapal peronda itu menukar peranannya menjadi kapal bercirikan kombat tanpa perlu melalui proses pengubahsuaian yang rumit.
''KD Selangor juga direka bentuk sebagai sebuah kapal bestari iaitu kecanggihan peralatannya boleh dioperasikan dengan jumlah krew yang minimum tetapi berupaya mengekalkan tahap dan tempoh pengoperasian tinggi," ujarnya.
Krew pertama KD Selangor terdiri daripada 10 pegawai dan 58 anggota lain-lain pangkat yang diketuai Komander Mohd. Samsuri Katemon selaku Pegawai Memerintah dan Leftenan Komander Mohd. Ezam Abdul Rahman sebagai Pegawai Laksana.
Beliau memberitahu, KD Selangor akan melaksanakan latihan kemahiran dan penyesuaian laut bagi menyediakan dan menyesuaikan fungsinya untuk menjalankan tugas-tugas operasi.
''Latihan yang juga dikenali sebagai 'work-up' ini bertujuan menentukan warga kapal yang baru ditauliahkan ini mempunyai tahap kesiagaan menyeluruh sebelum melaksanakan penugasan operasi yang sebenar.
''Apabila KD Selangor sudah bersedia sepenuhnya, kapal ini akan ditempatkan di Pangkalan TLDM Lumut di bawah pemerintahan Markas Armada untuk melaksanakan tugas rondaan khususnya di perairan Selat Melaka," katanya.
Untuk rekod, KD Selangor sepanjang 91.1 meter dan lebar 12.8 meter menggunakan sistem persenjataan STN Atlas Cosys 110-M1 dan senjata utamanya ialah meriam 76 milimeter (mm) OTO Melara dan meriam 30 mm OTO Breda.
Selain KD Selangor, sebuah lagi Kapal Ronda Generasi Baru (NGPV) yang ditempatkan di Pangkalan TLDM Lumut ialah KD Kelantan.
Empat lagi NGPV iaitu KD Kedah dan KD Pahang yang dibina di Limbungan Blohm & Voss di Hamburg, Jerman ditempatkan di Pangkalan TLDM Kota Kinabalu, Sabah manakala KD Perak dan KD Terengganu ditempatkan di Pangkalan TLDM Kuantan.
Panglima Tentera Laut menyatakan, semua kapal peronda tersebut kini merupakan tulang belakang kepada segala operasi yang dilaksanakan di wilayah masing-masing.
Pesawat N-219 (photo : Defense Studies)
Jakarta, Kompas -
Direktur Utama PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) Budi Santoso seusai menerima hasil uji aerodinamika pesawat N219 dari Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) di Jakarta, Selasa (28/12), mengatakan, pesawat ini bisa mendarat di landasan berumput dengan panjang hanya 600 meter. Karena itu, pesawat ini bisa mendarat di dataran sempit di antara pegunungan, seperti di Papua atau di pulau-pulau kecil.
Dibandingkan pesawat sejenis, N219 memiliki daya angkut lebih besar serta daya tampung bahan bakar lebih banyak. Selain untuk angkutan penumpang, pesawat juga bisa digunakan untuk angkutan kargo, bantuan korban bencana, evakuasi medik, patroli maritim dan perbatasan, hingga untuk kepentingan militer.
Pesawat dilengkapi dengan sistem navigasi komputer. ”Jika pesawat ini jadi, akan menjadi pesawat tercanggih di kelasnya karena desain terakhir pesawat sejenis dibuat pada 1950-an,” katanya.
Kepala BPPT Marzan Azis Iskandar mengatakan, kebutuhan pesawat ini untuk 20 tahun ke depan mencapai 97 pesawat versi sipil dan 105 pesawat versi khusus. Selain di Indonesia, pangsa pasar pesawat ini juga terbuka lebar untuk sejumlah negara Asia Pasifik dan Afrika.
Kepala Subdirektorat Transportasi Udara Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional Bastian mengatakan, 62 persen atau 34 unit pesawat berkapasitas 9-20 penumpang di Indonesia saat ini usianya sudah lebih dari 20 tahun. Jumlahnya pun sejak 2005 terus menurun.
Meskipun demikian, pesawat-pesawat kecil dan kuno ini masih menjadi andalan penerbangan perintis di Indonesia. Karena itu, produksi pesawat N219 mendesak dilakukan.
Namun, PT DI masih kesulitan dalam membiayai produksi pesawat ini. Menurut Direktur Aerostruktur PT DI Andi Alisjahbana, sejumlah daerah telah berminat membeli N219. Namun, mereka tidak bisa membeli secara tunai akibat terbatasnya dana. Dukungan perbankan nasional juga masih sulit. ”Untuk membuat 1 paket pesawat N219 sebanyak 25 unit hanya dibutuhkan Rp 1 triliun,” katanya.
Jika persoalan pendanaan tidak menemui kendala, pesawat ini akan mulai diproduksi pada 2013 dan mulai dipasarkan satu tahun kemudian.
NZ Airforce's Boeing 757 converted into multi-role combi configuration (photo : Aviation Week)
Singapore - ST Engineering today announced that its aerospace arm, ST Aerospace, has signed on its first commercial customer, Guggenheim Aviation Partners, LLC (GAP), to perform a passenger-to-passenger/cargo (combi) (PTC) conversion on a Boeing 757-200 aircraft for TNT Airways S.A. The aircraft is expected to be inducted into ST Aerospace's Singapore facility by end February 2011, and the converted aircraft is targeted for redelivery by end 2011.This PTC conversion is ST Aerospace's first 757-200 combi conversion for a commercial customer. It has previously successfully designed and converted two Royal New Zealand Air Force's passenger aircraft into multi-role combi configuration. These two combi aircraft are currently in operational service.
Mistrall class LHD (photo : Le Figaro)
Paris – Russia has selected France's controversial offer of two Mistral command and projection warships, with an option for two more units, for an undisclosed amount, a French official statement said Dec. 24.
"The president of the Russian Federation Dimitri Medvedev has today informed the president of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy that following the international tender launched Oct. 5 for the supply to the Russian Navy of two command and projection ships, the Russian authorities have selected the offer presented by the consortium formed by French companies DCNS and STX and the OSK Russian shipyard," the French president's office said in a statement.
The sale of the 21,300 ton Mistral class of helicopter amphibious assault ship, worth around 500 million euros ($6.6 million) per unit, marks the first major sale of military equipment by a NATO country to Moscow. The prospect of a sale of the advanced design warship has raised deep concern with the U.S. administration and the Baltic states, following the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia.
French officials have deployed various arguments to justify a sale, including emphasizing the civil standards to which the ship was built and that it would be inconsistent to call Moscow a partner of the West and then refuse to sell the warship.
"President Medvedev and President Sarkozy welcome the realization of this unprecedented cooperation, which will benefit industry and employment in our two countries, and which illustrates the determination and capacity of France and Russia to develop large scale partnerships in all domains, including in defense and security."
The deal represented the equivalent of five million hours of work or employment for 1,000 workers for four years for the French companies DCNS and STX, with most the work at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, northern France.
Mistral class LHD (photo : haborumuveszete)
"DCNS is delighted the Russian authorities have chosen the Mistral," a company spokesman said.
U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates, when asked in February about the French offer of the Mistral to Moscow, said: "Yes, we did discuss it. We had a good and thorough exchange of views. I will leave it at that."
It was not clear where the ships will be built as the industrial details have not been finalized.
"The consortium's offer initially envisages the common construction of two ships of this type, which should be extended by the building of two more units," the statement said.
The Mistral is designed around modular blocks so it is possible large blocks could be prepared in France and sent for assembly in Russia.
The first of class Mistral and sister ship Tonnerre were assembled at Saint Nazaire after blocks were built at Brest and Saint Nazaire, with a Polish yard at Gdansk subcontracted to build some of the blocks.
French officials feared that if Paris refused to sell the ships, Russia would buy rival products from Spain or the Netherlands.
Russia has insisted on a transfer of technology and construction of some of the ships, while the French government wanted the first two ships to be built at Saint Nazaire, and the second two assembled in Russia.
France owns a stake in STX France, which is a subsidiary of the Korean STX group. Defense electronics company Thales holds a 25 percent stake in DCNS, with an option to raise this to 35 percent.
The Mistral is a highly automated warship, with a crew of 160. The 199-meter long ship is designed to embark a headquarters command staff, equipped with a hospital, can carry 16 helicopters, landing ships and accommodate around 450 troops.
The French government last year ordered a third Mistral vessel to be built under a 2.3 billion euro defense stimulus package.
Tunis Air Force's C-130B Hercules (photo : planes)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is set to buy a refurbished C-130 cargo airplane that had overshot a runway.
An American company won the bidding to supply the PAF with the 26-year-old airplane that was previously owned by Tunisia.
Derco Aerospace Inc. was the lone bidder in the project, according to Department of National Defense (DND) spokesman Eduardo Batac.
Batac said Derco Aerospace passed the DND acquisition program’s standards.
"The post qualification is now finished. It's already okay. The result was positive," he added.
The US company offered a 26-year-old Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft, originally used by the Tunisian Air Force, for US $34 million.
Tunisia sold the aircraft to Derco in 2007 after the plane figured in the said accident.
Batac said a post-qualification team inspected the facilities of Derco in Wisconsin, including its repair facility in Malaysia where the C-130 plane offered is undergoing refurbishing.
"As reported by the post-qualification team, the package offered by Derco to the Philippine Air Force is over and above the required specifications for the project...The notice of award will be out shortly," said Batac.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, meanwhile, sought to downplay reports that the deal with Derco was disadvantageous to the government.
He said these perceptions were product of "incomplete information."
"In line with the government's policy of transparency and accountability, let us open our lines of communication so that a proper appreciation of what we do here in the Defense Department can be made, thereby preventing any misunderstanding that might ensue, owing to certain misperceptions formed by way of incomplete information," Gazmin said.
Batac explained that the acquisition project was first approved by the Air Force Weapons and Systems Board on the recommendation of the Air Force Technical Working Group.
"The proposed project was evaluated and endorsed for approval by the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] Weapons Board to the AFP chief of staff and, subsequently, the secretary of National Defense," he added.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order for the GIRAFFE AMB multi-mission radar system and related services from the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). The order amounts to 550 MSEK.
“We are very proud that the Giraffe AMB has been selected to enhance the force protection capabilities of the Australian Defence Force. This further underscores Saab’s strength as a radar supplier and the capability of our Giraffe system”, says Micael Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems.
Development and manufacturing will be undertaken by Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden. Contract deliveries will begin in mid 2012.
The Giraffe AMB system is a modular and flexible multi-mission radar that is capable of simultaneous air defence, air and sea surveillance, air/land integration and military air traffic management as well as weapon location.
The Giraffe AMB is part of Saab’s continuously evolving radar program and provides unmatched performance for critical targets and proven reliability. Whether as a part of vital point protection or area air defence solutions, the Giraffe AMB has become the radar of choice for armed forces worldwide, including those of Sweden, France, Estonia and the UK amongst others.
22 Desember 2010
HMNZS Te Mana (photo : Benchill)
The navy is back to full fighting strength after a multi-million dollar upgrade to the Anzac frigate HMNZS Te Mana.
Te Mana, one of the navy's two frigates, finished sea trials last week after a seven-month refit when engineers put in new diesel engines, which significantly improved its performance and reduced fuel costs.
The ship also has a jet engine which is used for high speed running.
Earlier this year Te Mana's sister ship, HMNZS Te Kaha came out of a refit with the same engine upgrade.
The new engines cost about $57 million for both ships.
While the new engines are more economic, they will not allow the ships to go faster than their top speed of 27 knots.
The old engines could push each of the two frigates to 18 knots before a gas turbine kicked in for high-speed running. The new engines could go to nearly 22 knots before gas turbines took over, making the ships more economic to operate.
Te Mana's engines had reached the end of their economic life span of 24,000 hours.
The ship also had auxiliary generators replaced, its quarterdeck deck space reduced to give added buoyancy and provide space for a new gymnasium and a relocated laundry, a new communications and control system and a modernised Phalanx gun system.
The 20mm gun system was the last line of defence against anti-ship missiles and aircraft but could also be used against fast inshore attack craft.
The cost of the upgrade to the gun systems on both ships was about $25m.
Both ships were alongside at the Devonport naval base in Auckland as the navy prepared to wind down for the Christmas and New Year break.
Te Kaha is expected to be in commission until at least 2025 and Te Mana until 2028.
21 Desember 2010Ohakea airforce base (photo : NZ DoD)
The Government has yet to make a final decision on turning Ohakea Air Force Base into New Zealand's major defence force hub - but the air force today awarded a contract worth $30 million to Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd.
The Palmerston North company will construct additional infrastructure at the base.
The Government has proposed creating the hub by moving the Linton army base to Ohakea, reducing the permanent personnel at Waiouru, and looking at other bases including Woodbourne and Trentham.
Wing Commander Peter Neilson said today the Mainzeal contract included the construction of 13 engineering workshops covering 11,000 square metres, which will be used by the Royal NZ Air Force "and possibly the NZ Army if plans to consolidate at Ohakea are realised in the future".
The building work was expected to be ready by June 2012.
"Its an exciting time for the NZDF and especially the Air Force at Ohakea," he said. "We are proud to be working with Mainzeal and the local community throughout the project."
Local communities have speculated that the creation of a big defence hub could mean personnel and equipment move into the area, bringing economic benefits to towns such as Sanson, Bulls and Feilding.
The proposed expansion of Ohakea stemmed from the Government's Defence White Paper, designed to review the nation's security needs for the next 25 years.