27 Maret 2017

Super Hornet and Gripen “are Still in the Running” for MRCA Programme

27 Maret 2017

Saab Gripen & Hornet (photo : Key Publishing)

Work begins for LIMA 2019

LANGKAWI: The next Langkawi Interna­tional Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) exhibition may be in 2019 but the two ministers involved are not taking a break.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he would begin preparing right away with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai on the 15th edition of the biennial show.

“I’m working with him to make a presentation to the Cabinet ... we will start work for 2019 now. It has not been easy but we need to move. We already launched the Defence Services Asia 2018 even before Lima 2017 ended. This shows how proactive we are,” the minister told a press conference to sum up Lima 2017 which closes here today.

Hishammuddin said guiding Lima towards the commercial and civil aviation sectors was the best way forward.

“This is because on the military side, we have reached a saturation point,” he said, adding that he was targeting Lima 2019 to have at least an equal focus on military and civil aviation.

He said he also wanted new global players involved with the next Lima show.

“The Transport Ministry has done a great job getting participants from the commercial sector.

“My advice to the (defence) industry is that they must be hungry, as they are fighting for a very limited global cake,” he added.

Hishammuddin said he wanted to see the involvement of new players, namely from the Middle East.

“I would like to see Saudi Arabia’s industries and its navy here. The UAE has got a very strong defence industry.

“These are the people who are going to be at Lima two years from now. If Russia and our traditional allies do not come up to speed, they will be left behind,” he added.

He said Lima 2017 was “successful beyond expectations”, with the largest attendance of both visitors and exhibitors.

On another matter, Hishammuddin did not want to say if his ministry had narrowed down the choice for the multi-role combat aircraft supply contract.

Asked if the ministry would settle for Eurofighter Typhoon by BAE Systems or the Rafale by Dassault Aviation, he said the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen “are still in the running”.

(The Star)

PT CMS Kembali Dapat Order Kapal PC-40

27 Maret 2017

Acara first steel cutting kapal PC-40 TNI AL (all photos : TNI AL)

Danlanal Banten Hadiri First Steel Cutting Kapal PC 40 Meter

Berkat keberhasilannya dalam membuat KRI jenis PC 40 M yang saat ini bernama KRI Kurau-856 yang telah di launching pada tanggal 07 Maret 2017, Galangan Kapal PT. Caputra Mitra Sejati (CMS) Banten kembali mendapat kepercayaan dari TNI Angkatan Laut untuk membuat kapal perang dengan jenis yang sama dan spektek yang tidak jauh berbeda dengan kapal sebelumnya. Kapal yang akan dibuat kali ini juga akan dilengkapi dengan persenjataannya. (Kamis, 23/03/2017).

Dalam amanatnya Kepala Dinas Pengadaan Angkatan Laut (Kadisadal) Laksma TNI Prasetya Nugraha, S.T. yang dibacakan oleh Sekdisadal Kolonel Laut (T) Supriatno mengatakan ucapan terima kasih kepada Direktur Utama PT. CMS beserta jajarannya atas terselenggaranya First Steel Cutting kapal PC 40 M dengan senjata yang merupakan simbolisasi Formal dimulainya proses pembangunan satu unit kapal perang Republik Indonesia jenis PC jenis PC 40 meter dengan senjata. Pembangunan kapal PC 40 M dengan senjata saat ini merupakan tindak lanjut pengadaan alut sista dalam rangka meningkatkan kekuatan dan kemampuan TNI Angkatan Laut mengacu kepada kebijakan dasar pembangunan TNI Angkatan Laut menuju kekuatan pokok Minimum Essential Force.

Kadisadal berharap dengan telah terselenggaranya kegiatan First Steel Cutting agar  seluruh personel Satgas DN Yekda dapat mengawal pembangunan kapal ini dengan bekerjasama dan berkomunikasi yang baik, dengan pihak galangan maupun surveyor/biro klasifikasi yang ditunjuk sehingga produk kapal PC 40 Meter yang dihasilkan nanti sesuai dengan Requerement yang diharapkan serta sesuai dengan kualitas, schedule dan budget yang telah disepakati.

Dalam acara tersebut hadir Irdalog Itjenal Kol Laut (T) T Surachman, Paban 2 Mat Slogal Kolonel Laut (T) Ir. Yudi Trividya, Sekdisadal Kolonel Laut (T) Supriatno, Kasubdis dalada Kolonel Laut (T) Edhi Prasetya, Kasubdis adagri Kolonel Laut (T) Supriyanto, Danlanal Banten Letkol Laut (P) Rudi Haryanto, S.E, DAN Satgas PC 40 TA. 2016 Kolonel Laut (T) Al Sunaryo, DAN Satgas PC 40 TA. 2017 Kolonel Laut (T) Christanto Pratomo, Dirut PT. CMS beserta jajaran direksi PT. CMS Banten.


PN Accepts 2 Japanese TC-90 Aircraft

27 Maret 2017

Arrival of two units of Beechcraft TC-90 training aircraft from Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) at at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point in Cavite City on Monday, March 27, 2017 (photo : PNA)

PN formally accepts 2 Japanese TC-90s in Sangley Point ceremony

SANGLEY POINT CAVITE (PNA) -- The Philippine Navy (PN)'s humanitarian and patrol capability got a big boost the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) formally transferred two units of the Beechcraft TC-90 training aircraft Monday morning.

Transfer ceremonies took place at the Naval Air Group headquarters, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City.

The two aircraft landed at the said facility around 10 a.m.

Present during the transfer ceremony was Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and his JSMOD counterpart Kenji Wakamiya.

PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said these aircraft were leased from the JMOD as part of the Navy's efforts to enhance its capability in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, limited transport, and maritime domain awareness including maritime air surveillance and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance.

The whole project involves five units of TC-90s. The remaining three units are expected to arrive by mid-2018.

Last November, two PN pilots and six air crews left for Japan to start their TC-90 flight training.

The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier announced that the Philippines will be re-equipping the TC-90s as Japan have stripped of some its equipment, including its surveillance systems.

The country will pay Japan USD7,000 each for the first four aircraft yearly and only USD200 for the fifth, or total of USD28,200 as stipulated in its lease agreement.

The DND added it is also looking at the possibility of using the TC-90 for 20 years while the military is upgrading its equipment.

The TC-90, which is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized last Feb. 29, 2016.

The TC-90's patrol range is double those of small Philippine aircraft which only has a maximum range of 300 kilometers. (PNA)

The two TC-90A aircraft, with tail nos. JN6822 and JN6824 (photo : Maxdefense)

Japanese TC-90s likely to be donated to PN soon

SANGLEY POINT, Cavite (PNA) -- There is a strong possibility that all five Japanese Beech King Air TC-90s will be donated to the Philippine Navy (PN) at a later day.

This was stressed by PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna during the sidelights of the turn over ceremonies of the two TC-90 aircraft in Sangley Point, Cavite Monday.

"The whole project, which involves five units of TC-90s, is pursuant to the agreement between the Philippines and Japan signed in Manila on Feb. 29, 2016. The remaining three units are expected to arrive by the end of March 2018. The PN will temporarily lease the said aircraft amounting to USD 28,000 per year while awaiting for the legal framework that would allow Japan to donate defense equipment to foreign countries," he added.

The TC-90s were leased by the Philippines from the Japan Minister of Defense as part of the efforts to boost the PN's capability in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, limited transport, and maritime domain awareness including maritime air surveillance and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance.

In line with this, two Naval Air Group instructor pilots are currently undergoing TC-90 transition for pilot in command, test pilot and instructor pilot training in Tokushima, Japan, while six more PN personnel composing the aircraft maintenance crew are also undergoing maintenance training in Sendai and Tokushima. (PNA)

Thailand Modernises V-150 Into HMV-150

27 Maret 2017

HMV-150 4x4 armoured vehicles (photo : Shephard)

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has chosen domestic company Panus Assembly to modernise its V-150 4x4 armoured vehicles. To be re-designated as the HMV-150, they will be equipped with various weapons, feature thicker armour and have a higher performance. (Shephard)

Thai Navy has handed the V-150 armored wheeled vehicle to Panus Assembly, a domestic company. The modernization is called the HMV-150.

The car has thicker armor, and with higher performance. The new structure is designed to be strong and comfortable in the interior space. The HMV-150 weighs 16 tons. The car is 6.5 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. Armor side and roof top 12 mm thick, under the 16 mm thick belly, protects the surrounding fire and protects the explosives well. 

Conveyor models equipped with armored fortresses around the body. The truck version is equipped with automatic weapons. Controlling the shot from the inside of the car.

Panus has experience building the Phantom 380-X1 wheeled APC for the the Royal Thai Marine Corps (photo : Shephard)

Replacing the Cummins isle +350 8.9 liters Euro 3 with 350 horsepower, giving the car a top speed of 110 km/h. Alison 4500 sp 6 speed automatic transmission. The 3.5-meter narrower version of the revised Commando V-150, the new HMV-150, will allow the army to operate the car for decades. 

With the efficiency and capacity equivalent to modern armored wheeled tires. Also, save on new car financing. The important thing is that we can do it locally. Make maintenance and repair work done quickly and conveniently. It also promotes the domestic manufacturing industry and factories.

(Battlefield Defense)

RHIB Paskal Bakal Diganti – Panglima

27 Maret 2017

The “M10” Roughneck by Ophardt (photos: Ullman Dynamics)

LANGKAWI 24 Mac – Aset Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) milik Pasukan Khas Laut (Paskal) akan menjalani proses penggantian sebagai salah satu transformasi peningkatan keupayaan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM).

Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin berkata, proses penggantian tersebut akan dijalankan secara berpe­ringkat dan mengambil masa dalam tempoh tertentu.

Walau bagaimanapun, kata­nya, TLDM kini masih menjalankan proses penilaian secara teliti bagi memastikan pasukan itu menerima aset terbaik sekali gus dapat melaksanakan misi dengan berjaya.

“Selain daripada proses transformasi kapal, kita juga akan mempertingkatkan keupayaan Paskal secara berperingkat untuk menghadapi apa jua ancaman masa kini.

“Kita tidak boleh menggunakan aset lama yang menjejaskan keupayaan dan saya akan sentiasa menentukan Paskal sentiasa diberi keutamaan,” katanya.

Bercakap dalam sidang akhbar khas sempena Pameran Udara dan Maritim Antarabangsa Langkawi 2017 (LIMA’17) di sini hari ini, katanya, beliau tahu dan yakin dengan kemahiran Paskal apabila diperlukan.

Beliau mengulas mengenai ujian penilaian bot Roughneck M-10 keluaran Ophardt Maritim yang dijalankan oleh Paskal semalam.

Dalam pada itu, Ahmad Kamarulzaman berkata, aplikasi Keselamatan, Kesedaran dan Komuniti Maritim (K3M) mampu menjadi platform komunikasi terbaik antara masyarakat serta TLDM.

“Dengan adanya aplikasi itu, golongan nelayan terutamanya dapat membantu kami dan agensi lain membanteras ancaman di perairan serta insiden kemalangan,” ujarnya.


PM Confirms Thai Navy to Get Three Chinese Submarines

27 Maret 2017

S-26T submarine (image : thailandsusu)

It’s finally Chinese submarines for Thailand. But the government would pay for only two as the third one was “a free gift”, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha revealed at his weekly press briefing yesterday.

The announcement by the PM ends a wait of over two decades for the Navy.

Thailand had four submarines in 1937, the first country in Asean to have submarines and only the second in Asia.

Made in Japan, they became damaged over time and were beyond repair. Following the defeat of Japan in World War II, the submarines were discharged in 1951.

Since then, Thailand has never had any submarines. The Thai Navy revived its quest for some submarines to be deployed in the Thai waters, especially in the Gulf of Thailand, in 1995.

Several western countries – Germany, Sweden, France – and Russia were eager to offer new submarines at good prices, but the Navy’s dream was hampered by budget shortage and political problems.

In 2010, the Navy made another try, eyeing six submarines from Germany, though they were second hand. The Navy then readjusted the plan, eyeing one brand new submarine from either Germany or South Korea, but even that bid was suspended.

It was only when the current military government took power in 2014 that the Navy felt itself closer to realising its dream.

The three submarines are Yuan Class S26 T, which have been developed exclusively for Thailand based on China’s Yuan Class Type 039 A.

They would be nearly 78 metres long and 9 metres wide, equipped with the latest technology AIP (Air Independent Propulsion) system, that would allow them to dive consecutively up to 21 days without surfacing. Normal nuclear-based submarines can dive around seven to 10 days.

The deal would cost Thailand Bt3.6 billion.

Sensing the criticism of the Navy’s obsession with acquiring submarines, Prayut urged the public to understand why the country needed the subs, and that too from China.

“The submarines from China are the cheapest with the quality relatively acceptable. It has also offered services after purchase, something extra that we have received. I asked my Deputy Prime Minister Prawit [Wongsuwan], and he is ready for any examination of their worthiness.

“We are not rich, and we don’t have much money to spend [on them]. We cannot build them on our own so we have to buy them from others,” said Prayut.


Tiga Tiang "KRI BIMA SUCI" Telah Terpasang

27 Maret 2017

KRI Bima Suci (all photos : Javier JAC)

Pagi tanggal 25 Maret 2017 jam 11.00 siang, kapal layar tiang-tiga jenis brigantine dan menggunakan layar jenis bricbarca "KRI BIMA SUCI" selesai menjalani docking di dermaga perbaikan dan kembali ke dalam galangan kapal untuk melanjutkan pekerjaan pemasangan senjata dan penyelesaian pekerjaan interior.

Kapal latih Angkatan Laut Indonesia KRI BIMA SUCI benar-benar akan menjadi kebanggan Angkatan Laut Indonesia, anda sudah bisa melihat dengan mata kepala sendiri, sekarang kapal layar itu telah tampak lebih tinggi dengan tiga tiang utama yang telah terpasang. 

Pada saat masuk ke layanan, "KRI Bima Suci" akan menjadi salah satu yacht terbesar di dunia dari jenisnya, dilengkapi dengan tiga tiang dan layar dengan luas total 3.350 m2, berukuran 110 meter panjang, lebar 12,6 meter dan tinggi badan 5,5 meter.


26 Maret 2017

Aselsan Debuts 'Anti-Drone Jammer' System

26 Maret 2017

IHASAVAR 'anti-drone' system (photo : Shephard)

Turkish defence company Aselsan has unveiled a man-portable 'anti-drone jammer' system at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2017 exhibition, and is positioning the product for the export market for the first time, a company official told Jane's.

The system, which has been developed to protect high-security facilities, such as military bases and airports from rotary-wing and fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), is designed to disrupt remote control, data link, and satellite navigation frequencies, which will effectively render an offending UAV uncontrollable.

According to an Aselsan representative who spoke to Jane's at the LIMA exhibition, the system has been developed relatively quickly, over a period of six months, in response to the growing threats posed by the proliferation of commercial UAVs.

"Aselsan analysed that developing a cost-effective, man-portable, and ergonomic solution that doesn't need any sensor systems to disrupt hostile drones, would meet the high expectations of its present and future customers," said Ertugul Nacak, account manager at Aselsan's radar and electronic warfare systems.

Known as the IHASAVAR, the system consists of one 11.5 kg backpack that houses two lithium-ion batteries, and a handheld 2 kg 'rifle', which features a directional antenna that will be aimed at hostile UAVs. According to specifications provided by the company, the system can operate in temperatures that range from -30°C to 50°C and features an operation time of about 1.5 hours.

The IHASAVAR system is currently in use with the Turkish Armed Forces, and the company is currently eyeing the wider Asia-Pacific region as a potential market for the system.


Indonesia is Considering the Possibility of a Licensed Production of Components for BMP-3F

26 Maret 2017

BMP-3F of the Korps Marinir (photo : vpk)

LANGKAWI / Malaysia / TASS / - Indonesia is considering the possibility to establish a licensed production of shells and components for infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3F, Mikhail Petukhov, deputy director-general of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told reporters at the LIMA arms exhibition.

"At present, the Indonesian side is studying Russian proposals for the organization of licensed production of ammunition and individual components for previously delivered BMP-3F," Petukhov said.

According to him, Russia is ready to cooperate with potential foreign customers in the field of licensed production of equipment. "We are ready for this format of cooperation, but its appropriateness, parameters and prospects should be considered in each specific case," he said.

BMP-3F is a version of a combat vehicle for the Marine Corps, it can also be used by the Coast Guard and border guards. The machine is used to conduct combat in the coastal zone, on the coast, during the landing of the sea assault. Its arms include guns of 100 and 30 millimeters caliber, anti-tank guided missiles, a 7.62 millimeter machine gun. Crew BMP-3F consists of three people, the car can carry up to seven people landing.

The first BMP-3F was delivered to Indonesia in 2010, then the Asian country received 17 vehicles. Later, the Indonesian military received 37 more infantry fighting vehicles.

Exhibition LIMA 2017 takes place on the island of Langkawi from 21 to 25 March. More than 550 companies from 36 countries participate in it, over 300 official representatives from more than 60 countries are invited to the events.


RTA Ordered 34 NORINCO ZBL-09

26 Maret 2017

Norinco ZBD 09 (photo : Tank Encyclopedia)

RTA ordered ZBL-09 from NORICO to be commissioned in the Cavalry Unit

Foreign correspondent said to TAF in LIMA 2017 yesterday that the Royal Thai Army signed the order to buy 34 ZBL-09 8x8 and 12,506 30 mm round from China's NORICO.

ZBL-09 can be compared to BTR-3E1 earlier procured and deployed in the infantry units. RTA will buy one battalion of ZBL-09 and aim for 2020 delivery at the price of 1.695 mil USD each. TAF believe that this order is a part of the 400 million Baht project to upgrade the RTA maintenance factory to be able to maintain and refurbish all Chinese-made vehicle in RTA, including VT-4 tank, Type-85 and ZBL-09. Thy aim to become the regional center for Chinese vehicle maintenance.


MTC Shows Mobile Offshore Base Station

26 Maret 2017

MTC Mobile Offshore Base Station concept (all photos : Monch, Navy Recognition) 

During LIMA 2017 in Malaysia, the Marine Technology Company (MTC) has presented the MOBS (Mobile Offshore Base Station) in two proposed variants – with engine (SPB, Self-Propelled Barge) and without (tugged by another unit, known as 8PMB, 8-Point Mooring Barge). MTC is a consortium of several companies, established in 2009 as MTC Engineering Sd. Bhd. (MTCE).

MOBS is intended for military purposes as a sea-base. Its project assumes that MOBS would be built from steel – the main hull is to be divided into several compartments (galley, mess room, recreation room, prayer room, and control room). Accommodation area is intended to be placed on a main deck (up to 40 personnel). Its maximum length is 62 metres (SPB) or 44.80 metres (8PMB). Capacity of its fuel tank is 2000 m3 and of fresh water is 200 m3. This barge would accommodate one helicopter on a deck (without a hangar) and one interception/patrol craft (small craft ramp is planned at the aft).

MTC is known in Malaysia and the region for its activities in a civilian market – it specialises in Front End Engineering Design (FEED), Detailed Design Engineering (DDE), Naval Architecture (ship design, fast boats, fishing vessels, tugs, trawlers and barges, accommodation barges), mechanical, electrical and structural services as well as Marine Engineering consultancy. It is also involved in mooring systems and fixed platforms.


Tiga Helikopter Apache Guardian akan Diterima November

26 Maret 2017

Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian (photo : conpaper)

Delapan Apache Siap Perkuat Skadron 11 Penerbad

SEMARANG, suaramerdeka.com - Delapan Heli Apache akan segera diterima Skadron 11 Penerbad Semarang. Pengiriman pesawat canggih buatan Amerika tersebut akan dilakukan dua tahap, dengan tahap pertama sebanyak tiga unit akan diterima November, sedang lima unit sisanya pada tahun 2018. Hal tersebut diungkapkan Wadanpuspenerbad Brigjen TNI Eko Susetyo usai menerima kunjungan kerja Komisi I DPR RI di Skadron 11/ Serbu, Penerbad Semarang, Jumat (24/3).

“Heli Apache akan kita terima sebanyak delapan unit yang akan dikirim bertahap. Ini menjadi alutsista penerbad dengan teknologi tercanggih dan terbaru. Untuk itu kita telah melakukan persiapan, baik untuk kemampuan pilot menerbangkannya maupun dalam perawatannya. Sejumlah personil pilot sudah kami kirim untuk mengikuti training di Amerika. Apache ini akan menjadi kekuatan baru yang menunjang tugas Penerbad yang bisa digunakan dalam tugas heli serang, patrol perbatasan atau dilibatkan dalam  pengamanan laut maupun ilegal fishing,”jelasnya.

91 Helikopter Penerbad

Dalam menerima Ketua Komisi I DPR RI Abdul Kharis Almasyhari bersama rombongan, Wadanpuspenerbad berharap masalah anggaran pemeliharaan alutsista Penerbad harus diperhatikan.  Menurutnya sebagai satuan yang memiliki kekuatan 91 heli berupa heli latih, serang, serbu dan angkut. Penerbad membutuhkan anggaran sangat besar untuk perawatan serta menjaga profesionalisme personil yang di sekolahkan/ training untuk menambah keilmuannya dalam bidangnya masing-masing.

Ketua Komisi I DPR RI Abdul Kharis Almasyhari mengatakan dalam kunjungannya Komisi I DPR RI ingin melihat lebih dekat seperti kondisi alutsista di Penerbad dan seberapa banyak kendala yang dihadapi.

“Ternyata Penerbad ada 91 heli yang butuh maintenance yang sangat besar. Mereka melakukan perawatan sendiri karena kalau dilakukan pihak outsourcing akan terlalu mahal biayanya. Kita akan dorong anggaran untuk mendukung tugas penerbad dalam rangka meningkatkan profesionalisme SDM dan maintenance alutsista.”

“Kami juga mendukung pembaharuan alutsista untuk menunjang tugas Penerbad . Ini sangat penting diperjuangkan karena sebagai Negara kepulauan, kehadiran satuan penerbad sangat dibutuhkan untuk mengantisipasi terjadinya gangguan keamanan seperti pergeseran patok wilayah, illegal fishing, mengantisipasi penyelundupan melalui patrol udara,” tandasnya.

(Suara Merdeka)

MRSS Indonesia Jadi Pilihan TLDM

26 Maret 2017

Tjahjono Yudo menunjukkan replika kapal laut MRSS keluaran Indonesia. (photo : Utusan)

LANGKAWI - Bukan lagi rahsia betapa Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) sangat berkehendakkan kapal sokongan pelbagai peranan (MRSS) sebagai salah satu daripada elemen transformasi 15 to 5 yang dianggap sebagai langkah efisien dalam me­ngukuhkan ketumbukan pasukan menjaga perairan negara.

Setelah beberapa negara termasuk Amerika Syarikat (AS) dan China dikhabarkan cuba melobi Malaysia untuk membeli kapal mereka sebelum ini, kebelakang­an ini, terdengar khabar mengatakan MRSS dihasilkan syarikat negara jiran, PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) yang menjadi pilihan.

Pengarah Urusan Perancangan Strategik Korporat Persero, Ir. Tjahjono Yudo ketika ditemui mengakui pihaknya sudah pun menjalinkan kerjasama bersama Boustead Naval Shipyard bagi meneliti spesifikasi kapal yang sesuai ditawarkan kepada TLDM.

Kapal MRSS pengajuan dari China (photo : Navy Recognition)

“Setakat ini saya belum boleh memberi maklumat penuh me­ngenai spesifikasi kapal yang ditawarkan. Namun secara umumnya MRSS yang kami tawarkan adalah kapal versi terkini yang diba­ngunkan daripada kapal pendarat (LPD), sama seperti kapal perang Republik Indonesia (KRI) Banjamasin dan KRI Banda Aceh.

“Tentera Laut Filipina membuat dua tempahan kapal ini daripada kami dengan satu daripadanya sudah diserahkan pada Mei 2016 dan satu lagi bakal diselesaikan tahun ini. Saya percaya selaku negara berjiran yang mempunyai keadaan hampir sama, Malaysia juga sesuai memiliki kapal ini,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, sumber dalaman TLDM memaklumkan, pasukan itu sememangnya berhasrat mendapatkan kapal tersebut namun belum ada sebarang keputusan dibuat mengenainya.

“Sejak KD Inderapura terbakar pada 2009, tugas-tugas logistik kebanyakannya diambil alih dua lagi kapal dalam kelas Multi Purpose Command Support Ship (MPCSS) iaitu KD Mahawangsa dan KD Sri Indera Sakti.

Kapal MRSS pengajuan dari Belanda (photo : Navy Recognition)

“Kedua-dua kapal itu tidak sebesar KD Inderapura dan bebanan tugas berlebihan juga menyebabkan kos penyelenggaraan serta baik pulih meningkat. Jadi, langkah untuk mendapatkan MRSS adalah pilihan terbaik,” katanya.

Selain itu, katanya, kapal tersebut sekiranya dimiliki mampu memberi imej lebih mesra kepada negara ini dalam menjalankan misi-misi kemanusiaan.

“Adakalanya dalam menjalankan misi kemanusiaan, kita terpaksa menggunakan kapal-kapal perang. Jadi kalau kita menggunakan kapal pengangkut seperti ini, keadaannya akan menjadi lebih ‘molek’ dan mesra,” katanya.


Army Develops Mechatronics Mortar

26 Maret 2017

81 mm mechatronics mortar (all photos : TNI AD, Koran Jakarta)

Bandung, W.Java (ANTARA News) - Research and Development Laboratory of the Indonesian Army is developing a Mechatronics 81 mm mortar that can be placed in tactical vehicles, such as Anoa Panzer.

"This is a collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Technology Surabaya," Head of Laboratory, Lieutenant Colonel. Simon P. Kamlasi said here, Thursday.

The mechatronics 81mm mortar can be operated automatically with DC motor from the electrical system of the vehicle.

The elevation and traverse angles can be fully adjusted using an electric control from a control panel system based on a laptop.

Mechatronics 81mm mortar controller Software has been equipped with a ballistic computer system to measure distance and targets coordinates tailored to the types of projectiles and charges, resulting in accurate shooting.

Most of the control functions can even be operated from Android-based smartphones via WiFi connection so that shooting can be done remotely from outside the vehicle.

The mechatronics mortar is a second generation, which in 2015 the laboratory had developed mechatronics mortar. "This second generation is better than the first one," Simon said.

He mentioned, mechatronics 81 mm mortars which made in 2016 is still a prototype, and has not been mass-produced because it needs improvement.

"We expect by 2018 the mortar will have been certified by the Armys Research and Development Division and can be mass-produced, and directly installed in tactical vehicles, like Anoa Panzer," he said.


24 Maret 2017

CSOC Provided More Detail About Thai S26T

24 Maret 2017

Model of S26T submarine for RTN (photos : TAF) 

"The ship will share similar design with the Yuan class. Despite some change, over design will be as much the same as Yuan class currently operated by PLAN" CSOC official told TAF.

RTN is under the process of submitting the proposal to buy the first of three ships to the cabinet for consideration. Data provided by CSOC indicated that the ship's overall length will be 79.5 m, breadth 8.6 m, moduled depth will be 9.2 m, with the displacement of 2660 tons. The ship maximum speed is 18 knot with the maximum diving depth of 300 m and endurance of 8000 nm at 4 knot.

"In the case of Pakistan that they procured 8 ships. The company needs 2 - 3 years of design and construction will take 5 years" CSOC told TAF after she was asked about the time needed before the ship enter the commission.

Furthermore - despite the company did not confirm the type of weapon RTN will be received - weapon packages for RTN will be comprehensive and high performance.


KAI Pitches T-50 for Future Malaysia Trainer, Attack Role

24 Maret 2017

KAI T-50 advanced jet trainer (photo : epic)

Korea Aerospace Industies (KAI) is promoting its T-50 advanced jet trainer, light attack aircraft to Kuala Lumpur.

KAI had a large stand at this year’s show at the Langkawi Internationa Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition. Its appearancec was also in support of the South Korean air force’s Black Eagles display team, which performed daily in the show’s flying display.

The Black Eagles display with eight T-50B aircraft. It started using the type in 2009, having previously used the Cessna A-37 Dragonfly.

There is a no formal requirement for new trainer aircraft in Malaysia, so KAI sees its presence at the show as mainly introductory in nature.

The type fills two roles, both as an advanced jet trainer and a light attack aircraft. It is understood that all T-50 aircraft subsequently produced will be the FA-50 variant, which has a light attack capability with precision weapons, and a cannon.

KAI has enjoyed strong success with the type in Southeast Asia, selling the aircraft to the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Kuala Lumpur has insufficient assets for training pilots, with just seven MB-339CM trainers – the eight aircraft crashed in May 2016, with both the pilot and co-pilot ejecting safely.

A decision on new trainers is likely to be years away. It is unlikely made until Kuala Lumpur selects a new fighter under the auspices of the Multi-role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) deal. The MRCA decision has been delayed for years, with no clarity on timelines.

The T-50 also forms the basis Lockheed Martin’s bid in the US T-X competition to replace the Northrop T-38.


PH Military Ponders Acquiring 6 More FA-50PHs

24 Maret 2017

FA-50PH aircraft (photo : pdff)

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now looking into acquiring six more FA-50PH Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Resituto Padilla said due to the initial good performance impressions given by the aircraft there is a possibility to acquire six more units of the Korean Aerospace Industries, Ltd (KAI) made jet.

“We are constantly evaluating the jet and so far, it’s performance has been good. If we will be given additional funding and authority, we might acquire six more units,” the AFP spokesperson said as quoted by PNA.

12 Aircraft to be Completely in May 2017

This is on top of initial order of 12 units. Padilla said all 12 ordered FA-50PHs are expected to be completely delivered in May. PAF’s acquisition of the 12 FA-50PHs was under the AFP Modernization Program contracted with the KAI to enhance the country’s territorial defense capabilities.

Of 12 ordered, 6 are already in active Air Force service. FA-50PHs 007 and 008 will be delivered March 29. FA-50PHs 009, 010 and 011, 012 are expected to arrive April and May, respectively.


Airod Lines up Three Aircraft Upgrades

24 Maret 2017

Upgraded Nuri helicopter (photo : NST)

Sikorsky S-61A4 Nuri helicopter

On 23 March, the third day of the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi, Airod formally delivered to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) its proof-of-concept Sikorsky S-61A4 Nuri helicopter with upgraded avionics. The Nuri upgrade is in progress, with Hawk and Hercules upgrades awaiting contract award too.

An Airod representative told Shephard that the first aircraft took 11 months to complete, which was two months ahead of schedule. The upgrade of each succeeding aircraft should take about five months.

Airod is contracted to upgrade 14 additional Nuri helicopters. The avionics upgrade should grant the fleet an extra 15 years of life, which is ambitious considering that the fleet entered RMAF service way back in the 1960s.

Airod, assisted by Universal Avionics and Heli-One, signed an MoU on 20 April 2016 to pave the way for this life extension project. Heli-One assisted Airod with the first aircraft, but the Malaysian company will be responsible for the remaining aircraft.

The upgrade features a single UNS-1Lw Multi-Missions Management System and four EFI-890H advanced flight displays that are night vision goggle-compatible.

Also included are LCR-100 attitude heading reference system sensors, EuroAvionics EuroNav 7 mission computer, DME-4000, DF-938 direction finder, Rockwell Collins NAV-4000, Thommen AC-32 air data computers and RDR-1600 search radar.

Heli-One also supplied a simulator for training use, with conversion training for pilots taking about five days.

BAE Systems Hawk Mk 208 and Hawk Mk 108

A day earlier, on 22 March, Airod signed an MoU with BAE Systems for a proposed Hawk jet upgrade for the RMAF.

The upgrade will incorporate a new radar warning receiver, countermeasure dispensing system, digital video and mission planning system. This will 'ensure the aircraft meets all future operational requirements,' according to BAE Systems and Airod.

Mike Swales, Hawk programme director from BAE Systems, expected a letter of acceptance to be signed within two months.

BAE Systems would be responsible for completing the first aircraft, and then assist Airod with the second. Work on the third aircraft onwards would be done by Airod. Work should be completed within three years.

The RMAF has a dozen Hawk Mk 208 light attack aircraft and six Hawk Mk 108 trainers that were acquired in the 1980s. The upgrade should concentrate on ten Hawk Mk 208s to extend their life by some 15 years.

BAE Systems and Airod had signed a letter of intent for this proposed Hawk upgrade in February 2016.

C-130H Hercules

A third upgrade programme waiting in the wings for Airod concerns the RMAF C-130H Hercules fleet, this project is being undertaken in conjunction with Rockwell Collins.

This will see a wholesale modernisation of the RMAF's 14-strong C-130H fleet, and Rockwell Collins expected a contract to be awarded before the end of 2017.

This upgrade is based on Rockwell Collins' Flight2 system, which will replace 14 analogue gauges on the flight deck with a completely digital system that will save 400kg in weight.

With Airod acting as an approved Lockheed Martin service provider, the company is in prime position to seal this contract. The programme is likely to be done in two batches of seven aircraft, with all work done in Malaysia.


MINDEF Signs Contract for Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle

23 Maret 2017

The Next Generation AFV will replace the ageing ULTRA M113 AFV which has been in service since the early 70s. (photo : Sing Mindef)

The Singapore Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) for the production and supply of the Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV).

The Next Generation AFV will replace the ageing ULTRA M113 AFV which has been in service since the early 70s. The Next Generation AFV will provide our armoured forces with enhanced firepower, protection, mobility and situational awareness.

The delivery of the Next Generation AFV will begin in 2019.  (Sing Mindef)

The SAF's Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle: Enhanced Firepower, Mobility and Situational Awareness

The Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) will be the mainstay of the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) mechanised forces, operating alongside the Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle, to fulfil the SAF's operational requirements.

Developed together with the Defence Science and Technology Agency and our local defence industry, the Next Generation AFV will provide our armoured forces with enhanced firepower, protection, mobility and situational awareness.

Initiated in 2006 to replace the ageing ULTRA M113 AFV which has been in service since the early 70s, the delivery of the Next Generation AFV will begin in 2019. (Sing Mindef)

Airbus to Buy More from Malaysian Suppliers and will Rise by 25%

24 Maret 2017

CTRM products range are : Airbus A320 series, Airbus A380, Airbus A350XWB, Boeing 787, Boeing 737 Next Generation, Boeing 777, V2500 Engine Nacelle, and Airbus A400M work packages (photo : CTRM)

Airbus to buy more parts from local suppliers

KUALA LUMPUR: As demand for aircraft grows, the quantity of parts that Airbus will be buying from Malaysian suppliers will rise by 25% to the value of US$500mil over five years to 2021.

It currently stands at US$400mil and the suppliers that will produce the parts are Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM), Spirit Aerospace and Celestica.

Airbus, the French aircraft manufacturer, had predicted earlier that demand for aircraft would reach 13,640 in this region over 20 years at a value of US$2.2 trillion.

China continues to be the main buyer of aircraft in the region from both Airbus and Boeing.
“We will be buying 25% more, and the companies will have to ramp up production and increase output,” Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier told reporters yesterday at an Airbus press conference.

Bregier added that “we are committed to growing our presence in the coming years. The value of work here, except China, is by far the biggest procurement in Asia and it will only grow as our production grows”.

“This is a recognition of the high quality of work undertaken by Malaysian companies and workers, the country’s competitive cost base and its expertise in the aerospace engineering sector,” he said.

Malaysia is the fifth-largest supplier of parts to Airbus for its aircraft, and the second largest in Asia after China.

Apart from more aircraft parts led by higher aircraft orders, Airbus wants to expand further into the maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) area, given the need for quality MRO services in the region.

For now, it has a joint-venture maintenance unit, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), which specialises in the maintenance and overhaul of Airbus single-aisle aircraft, but opportunities exist for the A330-neo and A350.

“The form of expansion is not yet clear, but we definitely intend to extend the footprint of SAE. We are studying several possibilities,” he said.

Last year, there was market talk that AirAsia was keen to be party with SAE in the MRO business, but the talk subsided after some time.

Currently, Airbus has some arrangements on MRO with Singapore Airlines on the A350, but Bregier said “we have several options (for more MRO services) and it depends on partners”.
AirAsia Group is one of Airbus’ biggest customers for several aircraft types such as the A330-neo and A350.

Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) has ordered six A350 aircraft, two of which will be delivered this year, though a slight delay can be expected. Indonesia’s Lion Air Group, which has a stake in Malindo Air, is also one of Airbus’ biggest customers in the region.

MAS CEO Peter Bellew recently told StarBiz that the airline needed six more A330 or B787 aircraft with growing demand.

Over the next three to four years, he foresees MAS ordering about 35-36 new wide-body aircraft and players like Airbus and Boeing will be keen to get that business.
On this trip, Bregier is meeting both the CEOs of AirAsia and MAS.

(The Star)