22 Juni 2017

Singapore Army Acquires Spike SR to Replace Saab Carl-Gustaf

22 Juni 2017

Rafael Spike SR anti-armour missile system (photo : Kementah)

Singapore Army acquires Rafael Spike SR anti-armour missile system

The Singapore Army has acquired the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike Short Range (SR) manportable missile system as its next generation guided anti-armour weapon for its infantry and guards forces, Jane's has learnt at its Army Open House 2017 event that was held in late May.

Jane's understands that the Spike SR has replaced the Saab Bofors Dynamics 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M2 recoilless rifle in army service.

"Soldiers will be trained in the Spike SR system from June 2017," the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) revealed to Jane's in an emailed statement on 18 June.

The Spike SR is the latest and most compact member of Rafael's Spike fire-and-forget missile family. Specifications released by the army describe the system as a disposable, day and night-capable weapon that is 970 mm long with an overall weight of 9.8 kg inclusive of the missile, control launch unit (CLU), and battery.

Singapore Army with Carl Gustaf (photo : Army Recognition)

Unlike the gimballed seeker installed in the Spike MR/LR/ER (medium-, long-, and extended range) missiles, the Spike SR incorporates an uncooled and fixed day/night-capable electro-optical (EO) seeker and tracker. According to company literature, the SR has a short activation-to-launch cycle of less than 6 seconds.

The baseline Spike SR configuration features a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead designed to hit static and moving armoured vehicle targets. However, Jane's earlier reported in 2016 that Rafael has introduced a new penetration blast fragmentation (PBF) warhead - employing the warhead technology developed jointly by the Singapore Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and the company's Dynamit Nobel Defence subsidiary for the 90 mm MATADOR (Man-portable Anti-Tank, Anti-DOoR) light support weapon - to provide troops operating in urban environments with a tactical anti-structure capability.


HMAS Anzac Completes MRH90 Multi-Role Helicopter Trials

22 Juni 2017

RAN MRH-90 (photo : Richard Goodman)

Multi-role helicopter support to the Royal Australian Navy Fleet has been enhanced by trials recently completed off the east coast of Australia. 

In a joint activity conducted during the months of May and June HMAS Anzac embarked an MRH90 flight from 808 Squadron for a trial designed to expand the capability of Anzac class frigates to include day and night flight deck operations in a range of weather conditions.

An Aviation Medical Officer, a meteorologist and a Flight Deck Marshaller also joined Anzac for the period.

Until now, the helicopter has only conducted utility evolutions such as vertical replenishment and light winch transfers to Anzac frigates. 

The test aircraft – callsign Cobra 22 – undertook landings and take-offs in a variety of conditions while at its maximum embarked operating weight of 10,600 kilograms. 

Commanding Officer Anzac Commander Michael Devine said his team was energised by their part in the successful trials.

“It was a professionally rewarding experience to have participated in trials that will inform the development of significant capability that will have an immediate and enduring benefit to the Fleet,” he said.

Anzac received a night vision lighting upgrade in 2016 which allowed the test team to safely perform landings in even the darkest conditions. 

HMAS Anzac 150 (photo : RAN)

Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit Test Director Lieutenant Commander Andrew Rohrsheim said he was impressed with the aircraft’s performance and features which were well suited to the frigate flight deck.

“The MRH90 is a wonderful aircraft to fly and the helmet-mounted sight and display provides great situational awareness for the aircrew in night and day conditions.” 

The aircraft remained on the flight deck for the period of the flight trial and was exposed to the elements day and night. Nevertheless Cobra 22 still achieved excellent reliability and availability which is a testament to the care and attention provided by the team from the 808 Squadron. 

Flight Senior Maintenance Sailor Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Paul Wilson said it was a busy time for his team.

“Moving the aircraft, stores and support equipment from HMAS Canberra to Anzac for the short trial was hard work, but we were pleased to see MRH90 performing so well in a new environment and proud that we helped make it happen.”

To ensure the aircraft was exposed to a wide range of environmental conditions, the embarked meteorologist Lieutenant Tim Forge worked closely with the ship’s navigator to position the ship correctly in preparation for each flying serial.

As a result, the ship operated as far north as Cooktown to find warm weather, then repositioned hundreds of nautical miles away the next day to find the required environmental conditions. Four weeks were necessary to explore the full spectrum of weather conditions. 

As a result of the trial, MRH90s will soon be available to perform the full spectrum of helicopter logistics support to the Anzac class.As a multi-role helicopter, the MRH90 can undertake personnel transport, search and rescue and replenishment activities.


Hanwha Techwin to Build Aircraft Engine Parts Factory in Vietnam

22 Juni 2017

Hanwha Techwin is produce engine parts from GE, Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and Rolls-Royce.(photo : theinvestor)

Hanwha Techwin has selected about 100,000 square meters of land near Hanoi, Vietnam to construct a plant to manufacture aircraft engine parts and is requesting the approval of its investment from the Vietnamese government. If approved, the company will start the construction of a plant in August and operate the plant beginning in the second half of 2018. The plant size is about 60,000㎡, which is about eight times the size of a regular football field.

Hanwha Techwin is planning to expand its sales of civilian aircraft engine parts to about 1 trillion won (US$900 million), which is the top level in the aircraft parts processing industry, by 2025 by expanding its engine parts production capacity through the establishment of overseas plants.

Hanwha Techwin is growing the volume of its engine parts business by winning large-scale parts orders from world-class aircraft engine manufacturers such as GE, Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and Rolls-Royce.

As a result, Hanwha Techwin selected Vietnam as a production base with a nice logistics environment and high cost competitiveness among many candidate regions by strategically studying the feasibility of a plan for the establishment of an overseas engine parts manufacturing factory,

"Aircraft engine parts makers such as Dynamic Precision, Barns and Magellan are also expanding their production capacity by constructing manufacturing factories at home and abroad," said an official of Hanwha Techwin. "In the future, based on its technological capabilities, Changwon Factory will serve as a production base for high-value-added products, providing technical support to the factory in Vietnam. The Vietnamese base will take charge of production of products that require price competitiveness by utilizing Changwon Factory’s superior technology capabilities and business experience."

(Business Korea)

21 Juni 2017

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries to Support Royal Thai Armed Forces Helicopter Engines

21 Juni 2017

H225M of the Royal Thai Air Force (photo : wwc234)

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) during International Paris Air Show to support helicopter engines operated by Royal Thai Armed Forces.

Royal Tai Armed Forces are operating Makila-powered H225M and Arriel-powered fleet of H125M, H145M, AS365N3+ and H155 in operation within the Royal Thai Air Force, Army, Navy, Police and Survey Department.

This MOU marks a new milestone between Safran and TAI after the signature earlier this year of a Global Support Package (GSP) to support Makila 2A1 engines operated by the Royal Thai Air Force. 

Safran aims to deliver world-class services to guarantee engine availability; thus demonstrating that the GSP model is particularly well-suited to supporting the engine fleets of modern air forces.

H145M of the Royal Thai Navy (photo : Airbus Helicopters)

This long-term agreement will be executed through TAI, the main aircraft repair and maintenance service provider in Thailand for the Royal Tai Armed Forces and Police. TAI, in partnership with Safran, will provide helicopter engine line maintenance, depot repair, inventory management and technical support expertise to ensure availability of the Safran Helicopter Engines' fleet in operation.

The Safran GSP contract optimizes turboshaft availability and enables military and parapublic operators to focus on their core activities. It guarantees availability at a fixed price per engine flying hour and provides the customer with high levels of autonomy and budget control.     

Safran Helicopter Engines supports its 243 customers in Southeast Asia and Indian subcontinent through its Singapore-based subsidiary Safran Helicopter Engines Asia.


NAVANTIA Begins Construction of the First AOR for the Australian Navy

20 Juni 2017

First cut steel for first AOR (photo : Navantia)

First cut of steel sees a major milestone achieved

The first cut of the steel being used to build the Royal Australian Navy’s auxiliary oiler and replenishment ships (AORs) has been undertaken on 19th. June, following the successful completion of the critical design review. 

Navantia was awarded the contract to construct the ships which will replace the Navy’s current supply ships HMA Ships Success and Sirius. The new AORs are scheduled to be delivered by 2019 and 2020. 

Managing Director of Navantia Australia Francisco Baron said today marks an important milestone in the SEA1654 project. 

"Today we have reached the first major milestone in the delivery of this key enabling capability to Navy”.

 “Navantia understands the importance of meeting targets at the initial design and build stages to deliver a capability on time and on budget and that’s why the importance of cutting steel today, on schedule, is so important”, Mr Baron concluded. 

Australian industry will play a key role in the build of the AORs with a minimum $120million of investment into Australian products, skills and expertise. As part of this, 4500 tonnes of the steel has been sourced from BlueScope. 

Navantia Australia Board Member Warren King says Navantia’s engagement with Australian Industry to build the AORs highlights the capability and capacity of local businesses which has been further demonstrated in the build of the Navantia designed Hobart Class destroyers. 

“We have a world class supply chain right here in Australia – it’s a combination of the right skills, right people and right attitude – that’s something Navantia Australia has come to know over the years engaged with the Australian supply chain. 

Mr King says Navantia’s understanding of the Australian supply chain makes Navantia confident that their bid for the SEA5000 Future Frigates project will provide the best opportunities for Australian industry. 

“Navantia sees our local industry as critical to the build of the Future Frigates and critical to the future success of a sovereign shipbuilding industry. It’s a relationship we at Navantia have invested in and will continue to develop to grow Navantia in Australia and to grow Australian industry. 

In addition to BlueScope’s steel the AORs Integrated Platform Management System – the system that controls and monitors all the platform systems – will be built in Australia by NSAG, Navantia’s joint venture with Adelaide based SAGE Automation’s Hobart’s Taylor Bros will supply a range of services including hospital, laundry  and galley fitouts while SAAB Australia will supply the combat management systems and Raytheon Australia will supply the communications systems.  

Navantia as full responsible for the sustainment of both ships for their first five years of operation is already working in the sustainment arrangements for the future ships which will imply a bigger presence in Sydney and the opening of an office in Western Australia to support and maintain both ships.


Embraer Declared as ‘Lowest Calculated Bidder’ for Close Air Support Aircraft Project

21 Juni 2017

Embraer A-29A Super Tucano (EMB-314) (photo : Flying Dutchman)

The Department of National Defense (DND) confirmed to Update Philippines that Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer was declared as the lowest calculated bidder in the ongoing Close Air Support Aircraft Acquisition Project for the Philippine Air Force.

“Embraer was determined as the lowest calculated bidder for the Close Air Support Project, but they still have to undergo and pass the post-qualification inspection to be awarded the contract,” DND told Update Philippines.

Post-qualification inspection includes the checking of manufacturer’s facilities and the aircraft offered.

The said project will acquire six close air support aircraft to replace/complement the Air Force’s Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” turboprop attack planes.

Embraer offered the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano also referred to as A-29.


20 Juni 2017

$500 Million for Enhanced Satellite Capability

20 Juni 2017

Artist's impression of WorldView-4 satellite (image : Aus DoD)

The Turnbull Government has announced a $500 million investment to improve Australia’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, to support ADF operations around the world and at home to secure our borders.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne today committed $500 million to improve Defence’s access to commercial satellites to provide information to government agencies.

This information will be used to support Australia’s defence priorities including defence operations, border protection and humanitarian missions.

Minister Payne said that Defence Project 799 was introduced in the 2016 Defence White Paper to enhance Australia’s geospatial-intelligence capabilities.

Phase 1 of the project will provide Australia with direct and more timely access to commercial imaging satellites to support a wide range of Defence and national security activities.

“Defence’s enhanced access to these satellites will increase Australia’s capacity to maintain surveillance and improve situational awareness for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and other national security agencies through the provision of high-quality imagery,” Minister Payne said.  

“This means imagery from high-end commercial satellites, now in orbit, will be integrated directly into the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation’s imagery dissemination systems, reducing the time it will take for satellite imagery to get to a member of the ADF or the officers of Australia’s national security agencies.”

Minister Pyne said these contracting arrangements will provide improved value for money for the Australian Government when accessing commercial imagery.

The investment will immediately create 22 new jobs in Defence and industry across Australia in direct support of the establishment and maintenance of the capability, with many others created in the supply chain as the project matures.  

“The Turnbull Government is committed to maximising Australian Industry content, with this project forecasting over $144 million to be spent in Australia, creating jobs and generating economic growth.” 

“Australian industry will benefit with around $14 million spent locally to build the ground infrastructure to collect imagery from commercial satellites”, Minister Pyne said.

A total of $130 million will be spent on support contracts over the 13 year life of the project providing commercial opportunities for Australian companies - including in the Northern Territory and South Australia.  

This investment will also create opportunities for Australian companies interested in satellite technology and imagery analysis.

(Aus DoD)

Singapore Details Ongoing Upgrades to Leopard 2SG MBTs

20 Juni 2017

An unspecified number of the Singapore Army's Leopard 2SG MBTs have received a new sighting system for the vehicle commander. At least two upgraded examples were shown at the Army Open House 2017 exhibition in May. (photo : Jane's)

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is continuing to improve the combat effectiveness of its fleet of ex-Bundeswehr Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) with new capabilities, with the most recent addition revealed to be a commander's panoramic sighting system.

At least two upgraded Leopard 2A4 MBTs - which are operated by the Singapore Army under the designation of Leopard 2SG - featuring the new system, called the Commander's Open Architecture Panoramic Sight (COAPS) were exhibited in public at the Army Open House 2017 (AOH 2017) event from 27-29 May.

"COAPS is part of the SAF's effort to upgrade the Leopard 2SG since 2010," the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) revealed to Jane's in an 18 June statement. "Other ongoing upgrades include [the installation] of battlefield management system (BMS), crew compartment cooling system, auxiliary power unit [APU], reverse camera, internal vehicle electronics, and fire-control system [FCS] modifications."

Singapore Army personnel with whom Jane's spoke to at AOH 2017 said the new sighting system is supplied by STELOP. The company is a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics, which is the advanced electronics and communication development arm of local defence prime ST Engineering. However, industry sources told Jane's that STELOP is manufacturing COAPS under license from Israel's Elbit Systems Electro-optics (ELOP), which has been offering the system on the international market since it was launched in March 2010.

According to Elbit's specifications, COAPS is a modular dual-axis stabilised sight aimed specifically at armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) and MBT applications. Based on an open architecture design, it can be configured with different sensors, including 3-5 µm or 8-12 µm thermal imagers, day and night charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras, and eye-safe laser rangefinders, to suit mission requirements.


Malaysia Outlines its Shopping List

20 Juni 2017

RMAF CN-235 (photo : Xu Zheng)

As the global aerospace industry descends on Paris for the biennial aviation spectacle, the chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has revealed the contents of his shopping list. 

A new multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA), new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and additional air defence radars are the primary capability acquisition goals, according to RMAF Chief Gen Affendi Buang.

In a written reply to Shephard, the RMAF Chief stated that these acquisitions would nevertheless be subject to the availability of funding allocations by the Malaysian government.

On the MPA requirement, Gen Affendi stated: ‘The RMAF is considering a few options to enhance the maritime patrol capabilities which is presently being undertaken by the Beechcraft B200T aircraft. Due to the age factor (23 years) and limited number and capabilities, more capable and fully-fledged MPA platforms (ASW and AsuW) with ISR and SAR capabilities are being evaluated to replace the B200T aircraft.’

As an interim measure, the RMAF is considering modifying and integrating some of its CN235 medium transport aircraft with the AMASCOS surveillance system from the B200T.

‘The procurement of [an] MPA is highly desirable to meet the ever-increasing surveillance and patrol requirement in the Malaysian Territorial Waters and EEZ but will still be largely dependent on the availability of funding from the government.’

Gen Affendi also said that in regard to the RMAF’s focus under the 11th Malaysia Plan of 2016-2020, and based on the budget allocated under the plan, the RMAF is focused on completing the existing procurement of A400M aircraft and its infrastructure, the final phase of EC725 helicopters infrastructure as well as the Sukhoi Service Technical Centre (located at RMAF Gong Kedak).

RMAF EC-725 (photo : urkyurky)

He also added that the RMAF was also in the process of upgrading its S-61A Nuri helicopters under the Nuri Upgrade Programme 4 (NUP4), its C-130H fleet under the C-130H Avionics Upgrade Programme 2 (AUP2) and its BAE Hawk 100/200s under the Hawk Upgrade Programme.

‘All these upgrade programmes are meant to optimise the asset’s capabilities besides meeting the present Air Traffic Management (ATM) requirement,’ he stated.

In regards to the Nuri upgrade programme (being carried out by Airod and Heli-One), the proof of concept helicopter (M23-37) was now on the final stage of issuance of the Supplementary Type certificate (STC) and Certificate of Airworthiness (COA) and this was expected to be done imminently.

On the C-130H upgrade programme, the RMAF Chief said the service forecast that the first phase of the programme would start by the end of this year.

He did not confirm which companies would be doing the upgrade, although it is known that Malaysia’s Airod would be the domestic company doing the upgrade with an undetermined foreign partner.

The Hawk upgrade programme was in the negotiation process, he stated, again not specifying the companies involved, although it is known that Airod and BAE Systems (as the OEM) will be doing the upgrade work.

Turning to the MRCA programme, Gen Affendi said with the service’s MiG-29 fleet passing the 20-year mark, they were starting to see ‘an increase in capability gap’.

‘Advancements in technologies especially the sensor fusion and weaponry is forcing RMAF to consider the available options for future operations of the MiG-29. The RMAF have proposed certain measures deemed fit and we are still awaiting the direction from Malaysian government.’

Regarding UAV capabilities for the RMAF, Gen Affendi stated that the RMAF was still in the early phases of planning on introducing UAV capabilities within the force. 

‘The introduction and integration of this capability with the present and future RMAF assets are very much in the planning process. Nevertheless, the RMAF will continue to monitor and evaluate the development of the UAV platforms to provide better insight in identifying the most suitable platform for future operation.’


19 Juni 2017

Kedatangan MBT Oplot #21-25 Angkatan Darat Thailand

19 Juni 2017

Kedatangan tank T-84 Oplot AD Thailand (photos : Oung Apicha‎)

Pada tanggal 13 Juni lalu di pangkalan Angkatan Laut Sattahip telah datang lima tank Oplot pesanan Angkatan Darat Thailand dari Ukraina. Kelima tank ini akan melengkapi 20 tank Oplot yang telah datang sebelumnya sehingga secara total Thailand telah menerima 25 tank T-84 Oplot. 

Kontrak pengadaan 49 unit tank T-84 Oplot ditanda-tangani pada November 2011 namun kendala peperangan dengan Rusia menyebabkan produksi tank ini mengalami banyak hambatan.

Ukraina berjanji akan menyelesaikan semua pesanan tank T-84 Thailand pada tahun ini, kemudian setelah selesai pengujian pengiriman ke Thailand paling lambat akan diterima pada tahun 2018.

(Defense Studies)

Australia Officially Joined the 'AEGIS Club'

19 Juni 2017

Hobart Air Warfare Destroyer (photo : Aus DoD)

Lockheed Martin Team Congratulates Australia in joining the global Aegis Fleet

ADELAIDE, Australia – Lockheed Martin Australia congratulates the Commonwealth of Australia for receiving its first Aegis-equipped ship, HOBART at a ceremony marking the occasion today in Adelaide.

The handover of HOBART to the Department of Defence marks a significant milestone for Australia – officially joining the Lockheed Martin global Aegis fleet alongside Japan, Spain, Norway, the Republic of Korea and the United States.

HOBART marks the 107th ship to join the fleet and the sixth Allied nation to benefit from Aegis capabilities.

“Lockheed Martin Australia is continuing to invest in growing Australia’s maritime workforce. We are proud of the superior warfighting capability of Aegis and stand ready to support the Commonwealth with future programs – such as Australia’s Future Frigates, said Vince Di Pietro, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia.

“I am personally proud to see this next milestone achieved in capability, having had the privilege of ceremonially bringing the system to life in Moorestown while the Naval Attaché based in Washington DC,” continued Mr Di Pietro.

The Aegis Weapon System is a centralised, automated, command-and-control weapons control system that was designed as a total combat management system from detection to engagement. The Aegis Weapons System enables multi-mission capability, network centric warfare, cooperative engagement capability and growth to SM-6 and future capabilities.

The Hobart Class destroyers are being built under Australia’s SEA 4000 program, which will ultimately deliver three advanced multi-mission ships by the end of 2019. These destroyers will be Australia’s first ships to be equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Weapon System, which integrates commercial-off-the-shelf hardware technology and open architecture software into the combat system.

The next Aegis-enabled Ship scheduled for Australia, BRISBANE, continues to make good progress. A team of Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians have completed installation of the Aegis computer program aboard BRISBANE, Australia’s second Aegis-equipped Air Warfare Destroyer.

In support of the Commonwealth, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy are committed to the successful delivery of Australia’s Hobart Class Aegis Destroyers.

(Lockheed Martin)

Menanti KRI Nagabanda 403 Tiba

19 Juni 2017

KRI Nagapasa 403 (photos : Hiu Kencana)

MN, Jakarta – Bulan Oktober 2017 mendatang, satuan kapal selam Indonesia siap kedatangan kapal baru hasil kerjasama dengan galangan kapal Korea Selatan, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Dalam hitungan 3 bulan, KRI Nagabanda 403 dari kelas Changbogo akan tiba di tanah air dan bergabung dengan 2 kapal selam lainnya yakni KRI Cakra 401 dan KRI Nanggala 402.

Bahkan dari informasi yang diperoleh dari Koarmatim, kedatangan itu bisa dipercepat mengingat kebutuhan saat ini. Semakin dinamisnya ancaman yang terjadi di perairan Indonesia maka kebutuhan akan kapal selam menjadi hal yang urgent.

Kapal selam ini mengunakan mesin diesel Type 12V493 AZ80 GA31L dan baterai Lithium-ion, serta mampu melaju dengan kecepatan 11 knot di permukaan dan 21,5 knot di bawah permukaan, dengan jangkauan operasional hingga 20 ribu km.

Dari sisi persenjataan, Chang Bogo dilengkapi 8 lubang torpedo berukuran 533 mm yang terintegrasi dengan rudal anti kapal UGM-84 Harpoon. Chang Bogo juga mampu memuat 28 ranjau laut.

Selanjutnya, kapal selam ini akan dilengkapi dengan torpedo dan peluru kendali. Ada pun naval combat management system-nya menggunakan MSI-90U Mk 2, Kongsberg Defence Systems. Untuk navigasi, kapal selam ini menggunakan Sagem’s Sigma 40XP inertial navigation system dan Integrating Navigation and Tactical Systems, dan OSI Maritime Systems ECPINS-W.

Ukuran kapal selam ini sedikit lebih besar ketimbang KRI Cakra 401 dan KRI Nanggala 402. Kemudian 2 KRI lagi yaitu KRI Nagarangsang dan KRI Trisula direncanakan akan menyusul tahun depan tiba di tanah air.

Akankah kedatangan KRI Nagabanda 403 akan mengulang kejayaan satuan kapal selam RI di era 1960-an? Kita nantikan!


PAF Looking for P2.8M Worth of S-211 Jet Spares

19 Juni 2017

PAF S-211 jet trainers (photo : Gabriel Ramino)

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has allocated PHP2,880,000 to acquire spare parts for four of its SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainers.

This was announded by PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Nicolas Parilla in a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System. Pre-bid conference is scheduled for June 22, 11 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

While submission and opening of bids is on July 7, 9 a.m. at the same venue.

The spares are intended for S-211 jet aircraft with tail numbers 008, 021, 801 and 802.

The S-211 is one of the PAF's two jet-powered aircraft after the Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50PH "Fighting Eagle".

It is primarily used for air-to-ground and surveillance missions with the PAF known to be operating between three to five units.


18 Juni 2017

Kontrak Penjualan CN-235 ke Angkatan Darat Nepal Ditanda-tangani

18 Juni 2017

Penanda-tanganan kontrak dengan Angkatan Darat Nepal (photo : PTDI)

Humas PTDI - Kabar menggembirakan datang dari Republik Federal Demokratik Nepal.

Direktur Utama PTDI, Budi Santoso dan Pejabat Angkatan Darat Nepal, Mayor Jenderal Purna B. Silawal menandatangani Kontrak Penjualan Pesawat CN235-220M Multi Purpose Aircraft (16/6) di Kantor Pusat Angkatan Darat Nepal, Bhadkali, Khatmandu, Nepal.

Pilot Angkatan Darat Nepal, Mayor Jenderal Sudhir Shrestha dan Komisaris PTDI, Isfan Fajar Satriyo turut menyaksikan proses penandatanganan tersebut.

Pesawat CN235-220 Military Transport yang dibeli Angkatan Darat Nepal memiliki 5 konfigurasi yaitu untuk VIP, Troop/Paratroop, Medical Evacuation, Passanger Transport dan Cargo.


17 Juni 2017

Skatek 022 Berhasil Tes Flight 3 Jenis Pesawat Sekaligus

17 Juni 2017

Tiga jenis pesawat, Hercules C-130 No A-1316, Casa C-212 No A-2111 dan Super Tucano EMB 314E No TT-316 menjalani test flight secara bersamaan (photo : Malang Post)

MALANG – Tiga jenis pesawat, Hercules C-130 No A-1316, Casa C-212 No A-2111 dan Super Tucano EMB 314E No TT-316 menjalani test flight secara bersamaan kemarin. Ketiga pesawat ini, menjalani test flight bersamaan di Skadron Teknik (Skatek) 022 Lanud Abd Saleh, setelah sebelumnya dilakukan perawatan secara rutin di skadron tersebut.

Test flight tersebut, melibatkan seluruh personel andal TNI AU bagian teknik pesawat. Seluruh  personil tampak serius mengecek tiga pesawat tersebut untuk dilakukan ujicoba sebelum test flight. Ujicoba itu meliputi mesin, bodi pesawat, sistem komputerisasi, bahan bakar, baling-baling, radar hingga sistem navigasi dari seluruh pesawat tersebut.

Para personel Skadron 022 tampak teliti dalam melakukan pengecekan pesawat sebelum dilakukan uji coba. Kasihar Skatek 022, Mayor Tek Dzulkifli Effendi ST mengatakan, test flight tiga pesawat sekaligus, baru dilakukan pertama kali oleh Skatek 022. Sehingga, ini merupakan momen berharga bagi skadron perawatan pesawat itu.

“Sebelumnya kami fokus perawatan hanya pada satu jenis pesawat saja. Seperti konsen satu Hercules, baru beralih kepada jenis pesawat lainnya,” ujar Mayor Tek Dzulkifli Effendi ST, kepada Malang Post, kemarin. Dia menjelaskan, test flight tiga jenis pesawat sekaligus ini, memiliki tingkat kesulitan sangat tinggi.

Pesawat, Hercules C-130 No A-1316 TNI AU (photo : TNI AU)

Lantaran seluruh personil dari Skadron tersebut, dikerahkan untuk melakukan pengecekan, sebelum dilakukan test flight. Pengecekan itu perlu dilakukan, lantaran tiga pesawat tersebut sebelumnya sudah menjalani pemeliharan dan perbaikan. Sebelum dilakukan uji terbang, harus dilakukan pengecekan terhadap kondisi tiga pesawat itu.

“Biasanya personil yang ada di skadron ini konsentrasi pada satu jenis pesawat. Namun, saat ini, mereka harus melakukan pengecekan terhadap tiga pesawat yang berbeda,” kata Perwira Menengah (Pamen) dengan satu melati di pundaknya ini. Dia menjelaskan masing-masing pesawat memiliki tingkat kesulitan tersendiri.

Dia menyebutkan, seperti Pesawat Hercules, memiliki tingkat kesulitan saat dilakukan perawatan pada bodi. Sedangkan pesawat Casa, membutuhkan ketilitan saat perawatan mesin. “Perawatan yang kami lakukan sebelum melakukan tes flght ini, mulai dari pencopotan bodi secara keseluruhan, hingga pengecekan mesin dan program,” urainya.

Lebih lanjut dia menjelaskan, lama perawatan tergantung dari masing-masing jenis pesawat tersebut. “Lama perawatan paling singat satu bulan. Tergantung dengan jenis perawatan dan perbaikan yang dilakukan,” tuturnya. Dia mengatakan test flight pada hari ini sukses dengan lancarnya tiga pesawat tersebut, terbang ke udara.


KC-390 Kicks off Sales Tour Coming to New Zealand, South East Asia and Others

17 Juni 2017

Embaer KC-390 (photo : wiki)

KC-390 tour kicks off with Swedish evaluation

Embraer has embarked on a 40-day international sales tour with its KC-390 tanker/transport, which will bring the twinjet to Sweden before making a debut Paris air show appearance next week.

The Brazilian manufacturer's second prototype, PT-ZNJ, arrived in Gothenburg on 11 June – having left its São José dos Campos site two days earlier, with stops in Recife and Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Embraer will perform demonstration flights for the Swedish air force, including from the service's Uppsala air base.

The airframer is promoting the KC-390 to Sweden as a potential future replacement for its Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transports – although service officials said recently that they expect the Hercules fleet to undergo an avionics upgrade that will enable them to fly on until 2030-2032.

Following its attendance at the Paris air show, where the new type is due to be in the static line and also participate in the flying display, the aircraft will visit undisclosed additional European nations before heading for New Zealand. Wellington is in the process of selecting new transport and maritime patrol aircraft.

Embraer will return the aircraft to Brazil via additional stops in Southeast Asia and North Africa.

The promotional tour comes as Embraer moves a step closer to confirming a sale to Portugal. On 9 June, the nation's council of ministers authorised negotiations to proceed with a proposed purchase of five KC-390s, plus one option.

"We are very positive [that the Portuguese approval] shows the confidence of a NATO country in the plane, which is built to NATO standards," Jackson Schneider, president of Embraer Defense & Security, tells FlightGlobal. "It is a landmark for the KC-390: the first step in the international arena."

The next step with the prospective buyer will be to discuss terms and the timeframe for a deal, but Schneider says it will be easy to accommodate Lisbon's purchase within existing delivery slots. So far, the Brazilian air force is the sole customer for the KC-390, with 28 examples on order.

Embraer is currently performing final assembly on its first production aircraft, with parts for the next two in manufacturing. The first two customer aircraft will be handed over in 2018, and "three or four" the following year, Schneider says.

Initial military certification for the International Aero Engines V2500-powered transport is expected later this year, with civil certification to follow before the end of 2018. Embraer hopes to offer its new product to commercial operators, where it will face competition from types including the Lockheed LM-100J.

"We are bringing our experience with regional jets and commercial airlines," says Schneider. "The comparative costs are very competitive for the market."


SU-30MKM Qualified to Drop GBU-12 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Smart Bomb

17 Juni 2017

GBU-12 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Smart Bomb (photo : VPK)

Malaysia adapts Russian-built jets to drop US-made bombs

MELBOURNE, Australia — Malaysia has adapted its Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30 multi-role combat aircraft to drop U.S. laser-guided bombs, with a successful release of a live weapon at the end of last year.

A video by the Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia, or Royal Malaysian Air Force, to celebrate its 59th anniversary showed a brief clip of a Su-30MKM dropping a 500-pound GBU-12 laser-guided bomb, with the accompanying caption stating that the event happened in November 2016 at the service's weapons range at Kota Belud in the state of Sabah, Malaysia.

SU-30MKM drops GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided smart bomb (photo : Malaysia Military Power)

The segment of the Su-30 dropping the GBU-12 has since been deleted from the video. 

It was unclear how the Air Force guided the weapon during the successful weapons release. Malaysia possesses the Thales Damocles surveillance and targeting pod for its Su-30MKMs, which it uses in conjunction with the Russian KAB-series of laser-guided bombs and Kh-29TE air-to-surface missile.

Video Su-30MKM drops GBU-12 amart bomb (video Mirinda Tube)

Alternatively, Malaysian special forces on the ground are able to designate targets using hand-held designators.

The country also acquired six Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared pods in 2012 under a capability upgrade program for its eight Boeing F/A-18D Hornets. 

Malaysia operates a fleet of 18 Su-30MKMs alongside its Hornets as the Air Force's primary combat aircraft. The service's Sukhois are fitted with a mixture of Russian and Western systems, while Malaysia’s Hornets have previously employed the GBU-12 successfully against armed militants from the southern Philippines who had taken over the town of Lahad Datu, Sabah, in 2013. 


First Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart Accepted by Defence

17 Juni 2017

HMAS Hobart-39 Air Warfare Destroyer  (all photos : Aus AWD)

Osborne Naval Shipyard. Today, the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance celebrated the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first destroyer, Hobart, at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

Hobart is the first of three destroyers being built and integrated by the AWD Alliance which comprises the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC with support from Navantia. In the coming months, Hobart will transit from Adelaide to Sydney where she will be commissioned into service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) later this year.

AWD Alliance General Manager Paul Evans said today’s provisional acceptance is a testament to more than 5,000 Australian shipbuilders and systems integrators who have worked on the AWD program over the past decade.

“Ten years ago, the AWD Alliance was formed to undertake the complex task of designing, constructing, integrating and testing a new class of warships for Australia. Along the way, we have created an entire workforce of highly skilled Australian shipbuilders, program managers and systems integrators.”

The importance of this workforce was reinforced by AWD Program Manager Commodore (CDRE) Craig Bourke. “I am proud to see our workforce meeting the program’s cost and schedule targets since the implementation of the Government’s successful reform initiative.”

“With Hobart entering service later this year, the Royal Australian Navy will gain an extremely capable surface combatant capability – one which will provide new levels of safety across an entire task force. Hobart will also allow our Navy to work more closely with our allies than ever before, because of its combination of US and Australian technology,” said CDRE Bourke.

CDRE Bourke also commended the Defence industry involvement in the AWD program over the past decade as a true example of industry’s shift to becoming a fundamental input into capability.

The AWD Alliance industry participants also expressed their pride in today’s achievement, including ASC Shipbuilding Chief Executive Officer, Mark Lamarre. “Delivery of the first destroyer Hobart represents the contribution of over 1,500 dedicated and highly skilled shipbuilders, working together over more than a decade to deliver the RAN a potent new air warfare capability,” he said.

“ASC Shipbuilding and our skilled workforce are immensely proud of building the Hobart ship platform, which successfully completed all sea trials with flying colours and will be critical to Hobart and its crew serving safely and effectively. It is another successful milestone on the AWD journey proving the highly skilled and professional naval capability that exists here in South Australia,” said Mr Lamarre.

Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward acknowledged the significance of today’s event, commenting on the contribution of AWD’s combat systems integration workforce. “As the combat systems integrator for the AWD program, Raytheon Australia has applied its highly skilled Australian workforce of 350 architects, systems engineers and project managers to the AWD project over the last decade,” he said.

“The AWD’s combat system integration activities represent some of the most advanced engineering and project management skills in this country. It is extremely satisfying that our strong investment in local capabilities has contributed so much to this provisional acceptance milestone today.

“Raytheon Australia is responsible for the integration of ten major subsystems, including the Aegis Weapon System, which is provided through Foreign Military Sales, and associated delivery of more than 3,500 major pieces of combat system equipment required to establish the warfighting capability of the AWD. This will contribute to making the AWD the most lethal and sophisticated warship ever operated by the RAN.

“The success of the combat system integration activity is a source of tremendous pride for Raytheon Australia. Not only have we performed admirably on this project but we have built for Australia a national asset in combat system integration,” said Mr Ward.

Finally, Managing Director Navantia Australia Paco Barón also praised the Alliance team on their achievement today. “Navantia Australia is proud to be part of this magnificent Australian naval shipbuilding milestone. Our team, working together with the Alliance, has contributed significantly to this great achievement,” he said.

“The acceptance of Hobart by the Commonwealth signifies what can be undertaken by Australian industry and bodes well for future shipbuilding programs in this country,” said Mr Barón.

(Aus AWD)