27 April 2017

PAF Gets 2 More FA-50PH Jet Fighters

27 April 2017


PAF FA-50PH number 009 (photo : efrainnoelmorota)

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF)'s fleet of FA-50PH "Fighting Eagle" jet fighters has climbed to 10 with the arrival of two more aircaft at Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga Wednesday morning.

This was confirmed by PAF spokesperson Col. Antonio Francisco in a message to the PNA.

"FA-50 with tail number 009 touched down at 11:20 a.m. while FA-50 with tail number 010 (landed) at 11:21 a.m.," he said.

Francisco said the two aircraft took off from Saechon, South Korea on 7:59 a.m. of April 25 and landed on Jeju on 8:50 a.m. on the same day.

After refueling in Jeju, it took off around 12:39 p.m. and landed in Taiwan around 2:47 p.m. also on April 25.

Francisco said the FA-50PHs departed deparated from Taiwan around 10:08 a.m. April 26 with FA-50PH with tail number 009 landing at 11:20 a.m. and tail number 010 arriving at 11:21 a.m.


PAF FA-50PH number 010 (photo : efrainnoelmorota)

FA-50PHs with tail numbers 007 and 008 arrived in the country last March 29 and were commissioned into service last April 6.

Francisco said the FA-50PHs are very useful for the PAF as it can be used for territorial defense and pilot training which is important as they are now focusing on the "generation" of pilots capable of manning sophisticated jet fighters which the country is planning to acquire for its military modernization program.

The first two FA-50PH units were delivered last Nov. 28, 2015 while the second batch was handed over last Dec. 8.

The third batch was turned over to the PAF last Feb. 22.

With the arrival of the two jet aircraft, only two more FA-50PHs are scheduled to be delivered by May, completing the PAF's 12-plane order from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) worth PHP18.9 billion.

The FA-50PHs has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 "Sidewinder" air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons.

(PNA)

Skuadron Udara TNI AU Tahun '60-an : Strong and Lethal

27 April 2017


Deretan pesawat pembom strategis Tu-16 Badger-A AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Indonesia pernah menjadi kekuatan udara yang disegani di kawasan Asia. Masa keemasan TNI AU adalah pada tahun 1965 dimana saat itu TNI AU (waktu itu namanya AURI = Angkatan Udara Republik Indonesia) mempunyai 17 Skuadron Udara (dalam istilah TNI AU disebut "Skadron"). Banyak data dalam tulisan ini yang diambil dari SIPRI dan Scramble untuk menggambarkan kekuatan udara pada masa tersebut..

SKUADRON TEMPUR


MiG-15UTI/CS-102 AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Untuk keperluan Operasi Trikora, dalam waktu yang singkat Indonesia dapat mengakuisisi pesawat tempur buatan Uni Sovyet. Pesawat yang diakuisisi terdiri dari MiG-15UTI (versi jalur produksi Cekoslawakia yang dinamakan CS-102) sebanyak 30 unit pada tahun 1958. 

Pada tahun 1959 dilakukan pembelian lagi MiG-17 serie F dan PF sebanyak 49 unit terdiri dari jalur produksi Polandia (LIM-5) sebanyak 30 unit dan 7 unit LIM-5P (MiG-17PF), menyusul kemudian dari jalur produksi China sebanyak 12 unit MiG-17F (dikenal dengan nama Type 56/ Shenyang J-5).

Pada tahun 1961 pembelian dilakukan lagi, kali ini langsung melalui jalur produksi Uni Sovyet dan Indonesia mendapatkan pesawat tempur MiG-19S sebanyak 20 unit dan MiG-21F-13 sebanyak 30 unit.

MiG-17/LIM-5 AURI (photo : Adrie)

Skuadron 11 Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang
Skuadron 11 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Abdulrachman Saleh Malang mengoperasikan pesawat yang menggunakan jalur produksi non Uni Sovyet yaitu CS-102, MiG-17F, LIM-5, dan LIM-5P.


MiG-19S AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 12 Kemayoran, Jakarta
Skadron 12 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Kemayoran Jakarta mengoperasikan pesawat tempur yang dibuat melalui jalur produksi Uni Sovyet yaitu MiG-19S, dan MiG-21F13.


MiG-21F13 AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 14 Iswahjudi, Madiun
Skadron 14 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Iswahjudi Jakarta mengoperasikan satu jenis saja pesawat tempur yaitu tipe MiG-21F13.

SKUADRON PEMBOM


B-26 Invader TNI AU (photo : ebay)

Kekuatan pesawat pembom Indonesia waktu itu mencapai 4 skuadron dan berisi 4 jenis pesawat masing-masing B-25 Mitchell, B-26 Invader, Il-28 Beagle dan Tu-16 Badger. Indonesia menerima 42 pesawat B-25 dari Belanda dan 6 B-26 dari Amerika keduanya pada tahun 1960. Selanjutnya sebanyak 32 pesawat Il-28 didatangkan dari Cekoslowakia pada tahun 1959 dan 26 pembom jarak jauh Tu-16 dibeli dari Uni Sovyet pada tahun 1961.


B-25 Mitchell AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skadron 1 Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang
Skuadron 1 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Abdulrachman Saleh Malang mengoperasikan dua tipe pesawat pembom buatan Amerika yaitu B-25C/D/J, dan B-26B. Pesawat ini masuk dalam kategori medium bomber.


IL-28 Beagle AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skadron 21 Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang
Skuadron 21 yang bertempat di pangkalan Abdulrachman Saleh Malang, mengoperaikan satu jenis saja pesawat Ilyushin buatan Uni Sovyet yaitu IL-28, IL-28R, IL-28U yang tergolong sebagai pesawat medium bomber.


Tu-16 Badger AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 41 Iswahjudi, Madiun
Skuadron 41 yang bertempat di pangkalan Iswahjudi Madiun merupakan skuadron pembom strategis, pesawat yang dioperasikan adalah Tu-16 (Badger A) versi bomber sebanyak 12 unit.


Tu-16KS-1 Badger-B AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 42 Iswahjudi, Madiun
Skuadron 41 yang bertempat di pangkalan Iswahjudi Madiun mengoperaikan pesawat Tu-16KS-1 (Badger B) sebanyak 12 unit, berbeda dengan Badger A, tipe ini mampu membawa sepasang rudal anti kapal permukaan KS-1 (AS-1 Kennel).

SKUADRON HELIKOPTER


Helikopter kepresidenan Sikorsky S-61/HH-3A (photo : Hans Budhiana)

Dalam catatan SIPRI order pengadaan helikopter Indonesia dari Uni Sovyet tercatat dilakukan pada beberapa gelombang. Pada 1959 dilakukan pesanan helikopter ringan jenis Mi-1 Hare sebanyak 8 unit dan Mi-4A/Hound A sebanyak 4 unit. Mi-1 Hare yang dikirim merupakan jalur produksi Polandia yang dinamakan SM-1.

Pada tahun 1962 dilakukan pesanan lagi helikopter Mi-4A/Hound A sebanyak 22 unit (termasuk 1 unit versi VIP) dan 9 unit heli Mi-4M/Hound B versi ASW (versi AKS = Anti Kapal Selam). Dengan demikian jumlah helikopter Mi-4 menjadi 35 unit. Penggunaan heli ini akhirnya dipecah 3 untuk Angkatan Udara, Angkatan Laut dan Angkatan Darat.

Pada tahun 1964 dilakukan pesanan helikopter angkut berat Mi-6T Hook A sebanyak 8 unit, keseluruhan pesanan ini sudah terkirim semua.

Dari Amerika tercatat pengadaan helikopter latih jenis Bell 47/OH-13 seri Bell 47J2 sebanyak 4 unit pada tahun 1960. Disusul kemudian helikopter Bell 204/UH-1B sebanyak 2 unit pada tahun 1963, dan tidak ketinggalan pada 1964 dilakukan pengadaan heli kepresidenan jenis S-61/HH-3A satu unit. 

Helikopter Mil Mi-4 AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skadron 6 Husein Sastranegara, Bandung
Skuadron 6 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Husein Sastranegara Bandung hanya mengoperasikan satu jenis helikopter sedang jenis Mil Mi-4. Heli ini digunakan untuk angkut militer dan SAR tempur.


Helikopter ringan SM-1 merupakan versi Polandia dari Mil Mi-1 Hare (photo : lovelybogor)


Skuadron 7 Semplak, Bogor
Skuadron 7 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Semplak Bogor mengoperasikan lima jenis helikopter yaitu helikopter latih Bell-47G-2/J, helikopter ringan SM-1 (Mi-1 versi Polandia) dan helikopter sedang tipe Mi-4 dan Bell-204, tidak ketinggalan helikopter VVIP jenis S-61V-1 turut dioperasikan oleh skuadron udara ini. 


Helikopter Mil Mi-6T AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 8 Semplak, Bogor
Skuadron 8 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Semplak Bogor hanya mengoperasikan satu jenis helikopter angkut berat jenis Mil Mi-6T Hook A.

SKUADRON ANGKUT


Pesawat jet kepresidenan C-140 Jetstar AURI (photo : David Carter)

Dimulai dari akhir tahun 1949 hingga awal tahun 1950 Indonesia menerima 253 pesawat Militaire Luchtvaart dan Marine-Luchtvaartdienst eks Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML dan MD KNIL) berupa pesawat berbagai tipe. Diantara pesawat tersebut adalah pesawat angkut DC-3/C-47 sebanyak 34 unit, PBY-5 sebanyak 8 unit, dan L-12A/C-40 Electra Junior sebanyak 4 unit.

Pada tahun 1958 bersamaan dengan kebutuhan operasi pembebasan Irian Barat, Indonesia, mengakuisisi pesawat angkut buatan Uni Sovyet. Pesanan ini dipenuhi dari jalur produksi Cekoslowakia berupa pesawat Il-14/Avia-14 Crate sebanyak 28 unit.

Pada tahun 1956-1959 Indonesia membeli pesawat DHC-3 dari Kanada sebanyak 7 unit, beberapa diantaranya merupakan pesawat second-hand.

Kurun waktu 1957-1960 Indonesia menerima 12 unit pesawat dari Amerika sebagai Military Aid Program (MAP) berupa pesawat patroli maritim HU-16B/UF-1/UF-2 Albatross/Goose. Ke-12 pesawat ini dibagi untuk AU dan AL.

Pada tahun 1960 Indonesia menerima 10 unit pesawat C-130B Hercules dari Amerika. Pesawat jet kepresidenan berupa L-1329/C-140 Jetstar sebanyak 3 unit juga diperoleh dari Amerika pada tahun 1961.

Indonesia juga mengakuisisi pesawat angkut berat buatan Uni Sovyet, kali ini menggunakan jalur produksi langsung dari Uni Sovyet berupa pesawat  An-12 Cub sebanyak 6 unit, pembelian ini dilakukan pada tahun 1962.


Pesawat C-47 AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 2 Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta
Skuadron 2 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Halim Perdanakusuma Jakarta mempunyai fungsi angkut udara maupun survey flight, pesawat yang digunakan merupakan tipe medium yaitu C-47, Il-14/Avia-14, dan L-12A.


Pesawat angkut L-12A Electra (photo : aditara)


Pesawat amfibi PBY-5 AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 5 Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang
Skuadron 5 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Abdulrachman Saleh Malang menjalankan fungsi angkut dan intai maritim, pesawat yang dioperasikan adalah UF-1, PBY-5, dan G-21A/UF-12.


Pesawat IL-14 AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 17 Kemayoran, Jakarta
Skuadron 17 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Kemayoran Jakarta menjalankan fungsi angkut VIP/VVIP, pesawat yang dioperasikan terdiri dari beberapa tipe yaitu IL-14, DHC-3, PBY-5, C-47, UF-1, dan L-1329.


Pesawat C-130B Hercules AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 31 Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta
Skuadron 31 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Halim Perdanakusuma Jakarta menjalankan fungsi angkut berat, pesawat yang dioperasikan adalah C-130B Hercules.


Pesawat An-12 Cub AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 32 Husein Sastranegara, Bandung
Skuadron 32 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Husein Sastranegara Bandung menjalankan fungsi angkut berat, pesawat yang dioperasikan adalah An-12B Cub.

SKUADRON PENDIDIKAN

Seiring dengan pengakuan kedaulatan Belanda kepada Indonesia, pada tahun 1950 KNIL (Tentara Kerajaan Hindia Belanda) menyerahkan 26 P-51D Mustang dan 16 AT-6/T-16 Texan/Harvard kepada Indonesia sebagai bagian dari penyerahan 253 pesawat berbagai jenis.

Indonesia pada tahun 1964 memesan 18 pesawat latih lanjut jet L-29 Delfin buatan Cekoslowakia.

Pesawat P-51 AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Skuadron 3 Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang
Skuadron 3 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Abdulrachman Saleh Malang mengoperasikan dua jenis pesawat yaitu P-51D/K Mustang, dan AT-6/AT-16 Harvard. Kedua pesawat ini menjalankan fungsi pendidikan untuk latih mula dan latih lanjut.


Pesawat T-6 AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Pesawat L-29 Delfin AURI (photo : TNI AU)

Wing Pendidikan 001 Adisucipto, Yogyakarta
Wing Pendidikan 001 yang bertempat di pangkalan udara Adisucipto, Yogyakarta mengoperasikan 2 tipe pesawat yaitu pesawat latih dasar T-6 versions, dan pesawat latih lanjut jet L-29 Delfin.

ORDER OF BATTLE
Kekuatan udara TNI AU pada tahun 1960-an merupakan kekuatan udara terbesar yang pernah dimiliki, kekuatan tersebut diperoleh dari pengakuan kedaulatan Belanda kepada Indonesia yang diikuti dengan penyerahan ratusan pesawat berbagai tipe, kebutuhan untuk operasi Trikora (pembebasan Irian Barat) dan Dwikora (konfrontasi dengan Malaysia). Kekuatan besar ini seolah cepat sekali berlalu ketika haluan politik berganti di tahun 1966 setelah terjadinya pemberontakan G-30S/PKI.

Untuk mengingat Gugus tempur Skuadron Udara TNI AU pada tahun 1960-an, masa puncaknya adalah tahun 1965 dengan 17 Skuadron Udara terdiri dari kombinasi 7-5-3-2 sebagai berikut :  

(Defense Studies)

26 April 2017

PAF Looking for Rocket Motors for S-211 Jet Trainers

26 April 2017


Air to ground rocket on PAF's S-211 (photo : fatbat_mca)

MANILA --- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for suppliers capable of delivering PHP8 million worth of rocket motors needed for the use of its SIAI-Marchetti S-211 trainer jets.

Bid opening is on May 5, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, Air Force bids and awards committee chair Brig. Gen. Nicolas Parilla said in a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System website.

The S-211 is the PAF's sole jet-powered aircraft following the retirement of the Northrop F-5 "Tiger" jet fighter fleet in 2005 and arrival of the Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 "Fighting Eagle" jet fighter in 2015.

Three S-211s remain in the PAF inventory and are used closely for training, recon, and sometimes ground-attack missions. 

(PNA)

TNI AU Gandeng Kemenhub untuk Integrasikan Radar

26 April 2017
Integrasi radar militer dan sipil (image : DilMil)

Yogyakarta - Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU), Marsekal TNI Marsekal Hadi Tjahjanto, menyatakan TNI AU akan menambah radar miliknya yang saat ini berjumlah 20 radar menjadi 32 buah. Selain itu TNI AU juga akan mengintegrasikan radarnya dengan radar milik Kemenhub. 

"(TNI AU) juga akan melengkapi radar Lanud yang saat ini ada 20 dan ke depan akan ditambah 6 dan 6 lagi (12 buah). Total yang akan kita miliki ada 32 radar," ujar Hadi usai meresmikan Monumen F-5 E/F Tiger II di Museum Pusat TNI AU Dirgantara Mandala Yogyakarta, Selasa (25/4/2017). 

Angka 32 radar, kata Hadi, masih merupakan jumlah basic minimun force dan dinilai belum ideal. Sedangkan jumlah idealnya lebih dari itu. Untuk mengatasi persoalan itu, saat ini TNI AU telah bekerjasama dengan Kemenhub untuk melakukan integrasi radar.

"Kita sedang bekerjasama dengan Kemenhub untuk menggunakan radar-radar mereka sehingga bisa kita integrated dengan radar yang kita miliki," kata Hadi. 

Pada awal tahun yang lalu, dalam Rapim TNI AU di Mabes Cilangkap, Jakarta Timur, (24/1), Hadi sempat menjelaskan 12 radar baru ini akan ditempatkan di daerah yang rawan pelanggaran. Selain itu, radar tersebut akan ditempatkan di daerah yang belum terjangkau.

"Sehingga jika ada pelanggaran, maka bisa kita deteksi. Radar itu akan digelar di mana saja, di Kupang, di Pontianak, di dekat Ambon, kemudian bagian Sumatera, jadi mana tempat yang bolong kita tempatkan radar itu," tutur Hadi saat itu. 

(Detik)

Australian AWD Program Advances

26 April 2017


HMAS Brisbane 41 (photo : Aus DoD)

Destroyer milestones mount

The project to supply new destroyers for the Royal Australian Navy continues in earnest with the delivery of the Hobart Class Command Team Trainer and the Aegis block of the future HMAS Sydney now in position.

The Trainer simulates the operations rooms of a destroyer and is a significant improvement on existing command team trainers already in service.

Consisting of mock-ups of a number ship systems, including the Aegis weapon system operator displays control panels and interfaces, the training environment delivery process involved the completion of formal acceptance tests, running over a four-week period and involving the execution of 24 separate test procedures. 

Then followed verification and audit against the original design specifications.


HMAS Hobart 39 (photo : Aus DoD)

Mr Brad Flemming is the Combat System Shore Systems and Services IPT Program Manager and said he was proud of the efforts of his small group of experts.

“Their dedication and hard work has produced a system with the quality and complexity you would expect of a much larger team,” he said.

Concurrently 'Block 709' dubbed 'the heart of the Aegis system' for Sydney was consolidated on 15 March.

Weighing 202 tonnes, it was lifted onto the top of the hull using a crane, where it was joined to blocks 703 and 705, in a process that took only 30 minutes.

The third Destroyer’s team continues to implement the lessons learnt from the previous ships, which has enabled enhanced outfitting of blocks from day one.


Prior to consolidation the aft diesel generator exhaust stack was capped, full paint system application internally and externally, the combat system was prepared and most importantly, the full-fitting of all four Array foundations and lining.


HMAS Sydney 42 (photo : Aus DoD)

To achieve the fitting of the Array foundations, the team had to work closely with the Accuracy Control Team to achieve foundation flatness of 0.02 millimetres.

NUSHIP Sydney Manager Jason Loveday commented on the importance of the block and its link to the progress of the project.

“The completion of Block 709 signifies a large achievement for the whole team involved," he said.

“Construction on the Block began over two years ago and through lessons learned from the first two ships, we have achieved a 30 per cent improvement in production hours from Ship 02 to Ship 03.

“Over 100, 000 person hours have been spent over the past three years on intensive production planning and hard work, and every member involved should all be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Ship 03 block consolidation continued with blocks 717 and 713 in April, and will be followed by the mast lift expected in early May.

(RAN)

Malaysia Signs Contract with China for Four Littoral Mission Ships

26 April 2017

CSIC Littoral Mission Ship (photos : Jane's)

Malaysia signed a contract on 21 April for the purchase of an initial four littoral mission ships (LMSs) from China for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

The agreement, which is part of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, was signed in Beijing by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Malaysia's Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) in a ceremony overseen by Chinese defence minister Chang Wanquan and his Malaysian counterpart, Hishammuddin Hussein.

Under the deal, the first two LMSs will be built by CSIC in China and delivered in 2019 and 2020, while the remaining two vessels will be built by BNS and delivered in 2021.



Malaysia's LMS programme is subsequently expected to expand, with BNS constructing up to 14 additional LMSs under licence to replace several classes of ship operated by the RMN as part of the service's '15-to-5 transformation programme'.

The RMN aims to increase the number of ships in service, while consolidating its fleet of 15 ship classes into five to reduce its dependence on single-mission vessels.

Under the '15 to 5' plan, the five remaining platform types - and the long-term aims for platform numbers - will be: three Multi-Role Support Ships (MRSSs), 12 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), 18 Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs), 18 Kedah-class (MEKO 100 RMN) guided-missile corvettes, and four diesel-electric submarines (SSKs).

(Jane's)

Dua Kapal Selam dari Korsel Segera Dikirim

26 April 2017


Tiga kapal selam TNI AL buatan DSME Korea Selatan (image : Korps Hiu Kencana)

JAKARTA – Kekuatan armada Angkatan Laut Indonesia bakal semakin tangguh. Juni mendatang, dua kapal selam jenis Chang-Bogo yang dipesan dari Korea Selatan akan dikirimkan. Kapal yang rencananya diberi nama KRI Nagapasa 403 dan KRI Ardadedali 404 itu bakal memperkuat Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur (Koarmatim) yang berpusat di Surabaya.

’’Saat ini yang punya fasilitas markas kapal selam baru Koarmatim. Maka, kapal baru itu nanti juga akan bermarkas di sana,’’ jelas Wakil Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Wakasal) Laksda Achmad Taufiqoerrochman.

KRI Nagapasa 403 dan KRI Ardadedali 404 dibuat oleh Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). Seharusnya selesai Maret lalu. Namun, karena beberapa hal, kapal baru dikirimkan Juni. Saat ini dua kapal bertenaga diesel tersebut sudah meninggalkan galangan DSME untuk menjalani serangkaian uji di perairan Korea Selatan.

Sebenarnya, ada tiga kapal selam yang dipesan Indonesia. Satu lagi adalah KRI Alugoro 405. Kapal itu saat ini masih berada dalam perencanaan produksi.

Taufiq menjelaskan, mundurnya pengiriman KRI Nagapasa dan KRI Ardadedali disebabkan penyelesaian yang harus bersamaan. KRI Nagapasa harus menunggu selesainya konstruksi KRI Ardadedali untuk memulai uji coba. ’’Kalau satu diuji, satunya juga harus menemani,’’ ucapnya.

Ke depan, TNI Angkatan Laut akan menambah markas kapal selam. Dengan demikian, kapal selam tidak hanya bermarkas di Surabaya. Yang paling berpotensi untuk menjadi pangkalan kapal selam adalah Teluk Terate, Lampung. Tanah di lokasi teluk juga sudah merupakan aset milik TNI-AL. ’’Rencananya sudah lama, sejak zaman Presiden Soeharto,’’ ujarnya.

Saat ini Indonesia hanya memiliki dua kapal selam kelas Whiskey buatan Rusia. Yaitu, KRI Cakra 401 dan KRI Nanggala 402. Setelah kedatangan kelas Bogo, dua kapal era Perang Dunia II itu akan tetap dioperasikan.

Sementara itu, Komandan Satuan Kapal Selam (Dansatsel) Koarmatim Kolonel Indra Agus Wijaya mengatakan, markas satuan kapal selam sudah mempersiapkan infrastruktur yang dibutuhkan untuk kedatangan tiga kapal selam Bogo. ’’Dermaganya sudah siap untuk tiga kapal. Berdampingan dengan dermaga yang ditempati Cakra dan Nanggala,’’ ujarnya.

Selain itu, saat ini prajurit TNI-AL dari satuan kapal selam sudah melakoni serangkaian pelatihan di beberapa negara seperti Jerman, Spanyol, dan Norwegia. Kru kapal pertama, KRI Nagapasa, juga sudah berangkat ke Korea Selatan untuk latihan operasional sejak beberapa bulan lalu. ’’Satu kapal nanti diawaki oleh 40 orang,’’ katanya.

(Pontianak Post)

25 April 2017

First Cape Class Patrol Boat Delivered to the Royal Australian Navy

25 April 2017


Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy (photo : Austal)

Cape Vessel Delivered Navy Marking 73rd Patrol Boat Built Austal

Austal (ASX:ASB) is pleased to advise that the first of two Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy, has been delivered from the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.

The two 58 metre patrol vessels are to be chartered by the Commonwealth of Australia on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy, which awarded the A$63 million contract to Austal in December 2015.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the delivery highlights Austal’s proven capability to design and build defence vessels a record that has seen the company build 72 patrol boats for domestic and international markets before this delivery.

“This latest Cape-class, for the Royal Australian Navy, further strengthens Austal’s position as the only patrol boat designer and builder in Australia and a major world class exporter for this class of vessels. The delivery of the Cape Class vessel clearly shows Austal’s unrivalled ability to design and construct defence vessels on-time and on-budget,” Mr. Singleton said.

“Austal has been building patrol boats for over 20 years and we look forward to more work in the future. This includes the opportunity to design and build 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Australian Navy with our design partner Fassmer in a continuous shipbuilding initiative being driven by the Government,” he said.

Austal currently has an order book of 20 patrol vessels to be delivered over the next 4 years and has successfully competed in a number of overseas markets. Austal is currently proposing variations of its Bay Class, Cape Class and Guardian Class Patrol Boats for customers in the Middle East and Asia and expects this activity to bring further construction work to Australia. Mr Singleton said, “Exports derived from national defence programs show the multiplier effect on creating jobs out of Austal’s strong and hard won reputation in overseas markets”.

(Austal)

"Tecmash" Plans to Open Production of Ammunitions in Indonesia

25 April 2017


Korps Marinir's BMP3F with 100mm canon (photo : zro)

MOSCOW - RIA Novosti. Group "Tecmash" (a subsidiary of "Rostec") is considering the possibility of opening in Indonesia licensed production of ammunitions of caliber 30 and 100 millimeters for the previously supplied Russian armored vehicles, he said in an interview with RIA Novosti director of the industrial cluster "Armament" state corporations "Rostec" Sergei Abramov.

Earlier it was reported that in December 2016 "Tecmash" management held talks with representatives of the armed forces and defense companies in Indonesia, during which the parties discussed the prospects of creating joint armaments.

"Tecmash" is actively expanding military-technical cooperation. Currently "Tecmash" considering the establishment of licensed production in Indonesia. We are talking about the production of ammunition for armored vehicles, purchased in the Russian Federation, in particular, the ammunitions caliber 30 millimeters and 100 millimeters, "- said Abramov.


Korps Marinir's BTR-80A with 30mm canon (photo : Kaskus Militer)

He recalled that "Tecmash" has successful experience in organizing licensed production of its weapons abroad. In particular, in 2014 the concern, together with "Rosoboronexport" was signed on the transfer of India license contract for the production of armor-piercing projectiles "Mango".

Scientific-Production Concern "Tecmash" - a holding company in the field of industry of munitions and special chemicals. Concern produces high-precision artillery and tank ammunition, artillery rounds for different purposes, multiple rocket launchers, unguided missiles, small-caliber ammunition, aircraft and bomb ordnance.

(RIA Novosti)

Thailand's Cabinet Approves US$393m Purchase of Chinese Submarines

25 April 2017


Royal Thai Navy aims to equip the naval fleet with three subs in 11 years, with the total price of 36 billion baht. (image : TAF)

[BANGKOK] Thailand's Cabinet has approved the first of three planned submarine purchases from China worth US$393 million, a government spokesman said on Monday.

The plan to buy the three Chinese-built submarines worth 36 billion baht (S$1.46 billion) was confirmed in July, signalling warming ties with the regional superpower since relations with the United States cooled after a May 2014 military coup.

The first submarine purchase was approved last week. "The Cabinet approved one submarine purchase on April 18,"spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd told Reuters, adding that a budget of 13.5 billion baht has been earmarked for the Yuan Class S26T submarine over a six-year period.

The media were not told about the purchase following a Cabinet meeting last week because it was a matter of national security, he added.


Public criticism and questions have arisen as to whether Thailand really needs new submarines. "In the current situation, where the government cannot successfully solve economic problems, buying expensive submarines is completely unnecessary," Watchara Petchthong, a politician with the Democrat Party, told Reuters.

Navy spokesman Admiral Jumpol Loompikanon said the Thai navy owned four Japanese submarines nearly 60 years ago, so new submarines were necessary to protect the country's maritime interests. "Thai people can rest assured that the navy's submarine spending will be worth it and beneficial to Thailand," Admiral Jumpol told Reuters.

Thailand's navy chief, Admiral Na Arreenich, will visit China soon to finalize the government-to-government purchase, a source at the defence ministry, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, told Reuters.

Maritime security is a hot issue in Southeast Asia, given competing claims over the South China Sea, but Thailand is not a claimant in that dispute.

Thailand's defence budget this year is more than 210 billion baht, about 9 per cent more than the year the military took power.

(BusinessTimes)

Rostec: Fundamental Solutions for the Sale of Su-35 Indonesia Accepted

25 April 2017


Su-35 fighter (photo : ruwings)

Director of International Cooperation and Regional Policy of the state corporation "Rostec" Victor Kladov said in an interview with RIA Novosti on the interim results of the exhibition DSA-2016 and the prospects for Russian arms market of the Asia-Pacific region. -

In the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur from 18 to 21 April held 15th International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment DSA-2016, which presents more than 300 products of the Russian defense industry. On intermediate results of the exhibition and the prospects for Russian arms market of the Asia-Pacific region, told RIA Novosti Andrey Chaplygin said director of international cooperation and regional policy of the state corporation "Rostec" Victor Kladov.

Viktor, whether the Ministry of Defense of Malaysia retained interest to anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes "Pantsir-S1", to which it drew attention to the previous exhibition DSA-2014?

Put it this way, the interest of Malaysians transformed into a strong interest. The procurement process is rather complicated, Malaysians are looking for more than ten years to a variety of air defense systems, among a number of French, British, American and Chinese air-defense systems, they emit Russian equipment. Russian air defense elements are already in service with the Malaysian Armed Forces, it means close combat MANPADS "Igla", for their supply contract was signed in 2001, as well as short-range air defense aircraft MiG-29 - a squadron of 16 aircraft based in Kuantan. As the average radius VOP means considered here Russian SAM "Buk-M2" as well as the low, approaching to the middle - ZRPK "Pantsir-S". This complex is particularly interesting, given that it is on wheels, as well as all the equipment Malaysian Armed Forces in this country is quite well developed road system. As for interest, there is no way - came, saw and bought, is a very complex, multi-step process, it is very susceptible to the impact of budgetary and electoral constraints. There are election cycles, each time changing the priorities of the government. Naturally, the military wants, but the government can identify other priorities. Just today we came to the commander in chief of the armed forces, and he half-jokingly said: "Our Prime Minister will be in Sochi on May 20 at the Russia-ASEAN forum, please be reminded that we need this." Therefore, we can say that the Malaysian military there is a serious and substantive interest in our technology. We are ready to start negotiations as soon as will be ready Nashchi partners.


Su-34 bomber (thechive)

Given the fact that MANPADS "Igla" were delivered in 2002, whether Malaysia has no plans to purchase additional shots to them or purchase a new generation of systems "Verba"?

Why not? Yet to us with such a request not addressed, but if there is interest, we are ready to consider it.

Minister of Defense of Malaysia said that Russia and Malaysia have to look forward to a new era of military-technical cooperation. Is it possible to interpret the words of the Minister as an intention to buy Russian fighter jets of the new generation, or upgrade previously purchased the MiG-29 and Su-30?

Traditionally, Malaysians are guided by the highest standards in aviation. At one time, when the current Prime Minister Najib was defense minister and we discussed the supply of Su-30MKM aircraft to Malaysia, he expounded his concept. It lies in the fact that Malaysia can not afford to have hundreds of aircraft and meet the challenges of the number. In Malaysia, only two dozen pilots, so each man and each machine is priceless, they prefer to have a bit of aircraft equipped with the latest technology, increases its vitality. That is why the Malaysian version of the Su-30MKM get the most advanced and heaped up with the latest control systems, avionics and electronics. Stating that we must look forward, Malaysian partners have hinted that they would like once again to get the most modern machine, but an international tender for the purchase of multipurpose aircraft already postponed several times - the current economic problems have affected and Malaysia as oil-producing countries. In addition, the question of what this will be a Russian aircraft, has not been resolved, Malaysians are also considering the American Superhornet, Eurofighter, Swedish Grippen and a number of other aircraft. We believe that the Russian aircraft has a great chance both technically and in terms of aviation culture - after all Malaysian Air Force pilots overflew our Su-30, and are used to them, they would be easier to move on to the next generation of Russian.


Su-30MKM (photo : Jens Hameister)

That is the Su-35?

Let's wait, this may be the Su-35, may be Su-30MKM production Irkutsk aircraft factory. It needs a conceptual approach, everything will depend on the request, which we have received. The fact that the Russian Su-35 is a single-seater, and the concept of the Royal Malaysian Air Force is that the aircrfat must always be two people. They believe that the pilot must concentrate on flying the aircraft and flight engineer - in managing weapons systems. We note that the automation and computerization of the board enables the pilot, without detracting from the piloting of launching weapons, but Malaysians while this approach does not accept.

Maybe then they will approach the Su-34, because it is multi-purpose aircraft?

Su-34 - is a different story, it is primarily a heavy bomber. Yes, it is multi-functional, but it's a plane with a large bomb load, he has other tasks that do not face the Royal Malaysian Air Force. I do not think that they would consider such options, and we offer them.

Returning to the Su-35, a large interest in the fighter to have Indonesia. Were you able to reach an agreement on the supply?

Fundamental decisions are made, we are waiting for the start of negotiations. Defense Minister is expected to visit Indonesia in Moscow for a conference on security. On the sidelines of the conference will be a meeting of the military-technical issues, we are moving in this direction.

Based on the needs and financial capabilities of Indonesia, on what party is all about?

I think we can talk about 12-18 aircrafts. By the way, Indonesia is widely represented in the DSA-2016, and a large delegation headed by the commander in chief of the Indonesian Air Force, visited our stand. For an hour there were active negotiations, including on the subject.


Verba manpads system (photo : KBM)

Indonesia, is known to be interested in the Russian naval engineering, in particular in submarines of Project 636 "Varshavyanka". Are there any talks with the Indonesian side?

Preliminary consultations are in progress. Indonesia has a strong interest in the development of military-technical cooperation with Russia, and we are already working in all three components - the Army, Air Force and Navy. We conduct a number of consultations, including on the subject.

Whether Russia will continue a naval theme, is planning to participate in the project of the new Indian aircraft carrier?

Of course. In India, currently under construction is the second aircraft carrier, the first, as you know, was built in Russia - it is converted and thorough modernized. "Admiral Gorshkov" second aircraft carrier "Vikrant" Indians build their own, but, of course, they need technological assistance - this technology construction of aircraft carriers and a multitude of on-board equipment. In this part, we are ready to develop partnership with India. On board the aircraft carrier can be supplied guidance systems, air defense systems, as well as the various systems used the unit vectors of weapons, including anti-ship aircraft carrier -. it is a great platform, and we have something to offer to our partners.

What kind of projects are planned with India in the field of helicopter?

A very interesting project - a joint production of multi-Ka-226 helicopters. It multimodularity helicopter, it set the frame on which are mounted various units - medical and surgical, search and rescue and others. Ka-226 can also act as a helicopter reconnaissance and target designation. Now the negotiations are carried out in detail, the relevant agreement was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Modi in the Kremlin on December 24 last year. So far there is only an intergovernmental agreement, but before the end of the year we hope to generate and sign a contract with the Indian side. Accordingly, the field work starts from the beginning of 2017. Now we are discussing the issue of separation of work, we are ready to all that India is capable of producing at home, to convey to the Indian side. The first batch of helicopters will be produced in Russia, and the next will be assembled in India with a deep degree of localization. The program is designed for at least 200 cars.


Pantsir S-1 (photo : Vitaly V. Kuzmin)

Do with India similar developments on attack helicopters?

With regard to the attack helicopters from the Indian side had the intention to purchase around 50 Mi-17 helicopters, we are waiting. It was relevant plans, but they have been postponed, and we hope that this application we will eventually be received and subsequently implemented. The prospects for such an agreement is.

At the stand of "Rosoboronexport" is represented by a frigate "Gepard 3.9", these ships are currently being built for the Navy in Vietnam, but interest in them is, and Bangladesh. Is Russia ready to meet this request?

Ready, and serious interest is evident not only Bangladesh but also Sri Lanka. Our booth at the DSA-2016, a delegation of the Ministry of Defense in this country, they have shown their interest. This is a very modern ship of its class it is equipped with powerful weapons.

What are the prospects for combat training aircraft Yak-130 in the Asia-Pacific region?

Yak-130 is probably the most powerful, most armed in the world of training and combat aircraft, which according to its flight characteristics can simulate combat aircraft of any country and any class. Depending on the algorithm, which is incorporated in the onboard computer, he can fly the American F-18 as the Russian Su-30 and MiG-29, can mimic or Eurofighter Typhoon. This is a plane in which the pilots can prepare for the transition, not only on the Russian war machine, but also aircraft of other states. We offer a wide international markets, the Yak-130, and it enjoys great interest and attention, but not all can afford, as this combat trainer aircraft, with an emphasis not on the word "training", and the word "fighting". He is able to carry a real missile and bomb weapons, and in some countries it is used as a fighting machine. In particular, in African countries, where the need to have a large fleet of aircraft, it can play the role of a full-fledged combat aircraft. The Yak-130 is seen in the different markets, to him eyeing a number of Latin American countries, it has already raised in Bangladesh, a great interest in him experiencing Myanmar and several countries in North Africa.

(RIA Novosti)