18 Agustus 2018

Australia Orders 211 Boxer Armored Vehicles

18 Agustus 2018


Boxer CRV (photo : ADF)

Rheinmetall Wins Contract Worth Over €2 Billion: Australia Orders 211 Boxer Wheeled Armoured Vehicles

Australia has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles worth a total of €2.1 billion (AUD3.3 billion).

The contract was signed at Parliament House in Canberra today by the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia Gary Stewart. Delivery of the advanced 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) will take place between 2019 and 2026.

The selection of the Boxer CRV ensures Rheinmetall will play a key role in the comprehensive modernisation of the Australia's armed forces. Mr Turnbull first announced his government's intention to order the fleet of Boxer vehicles in March 2018.

Rheinmetall AG Chief Executive Armin Papperger said it was a great honour for the company to be chosen as a partner by the Australian Government at such an important time for the ADF.


Boxer CRV (photo : ADF)

"This demonstrates, in no uncertain terms, the continued successful cooperation between Rheinmetall and the Government and Armed Forces of Australia," Mr Papperger said. "As a company, we are extremely pleased to have secured one of the biggest orders in the recent history of Rheinmetall."

The Boxer vehicle is already in service with, or being procured by, the armed forces of Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania. The ADF will introduce several variants of the Boxer with the reconnaissance variant – accounting for 133 of the 211 vehicles – equipped with Rheinmetall's cutting-edge Lance turret system and armed with a 30mm automatic cannon.

The Boxer CRV was selected after rigorous trials conducted by the ADF. Under Australia's LAND 400 Phase 2 selection process, the Boxer CRV was chosen in 2016 as one of two candidates for Risk Mitigation Activity trials where the 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle performed convincingly in the categories of survivability, mobility, firepower, and command & control.

Rheinmetall is co-operating closely with Australian defence industry, having established a strong, highly effective team in the country. A significant share of the industrial value added during production of the Boxer will take place in country. More than 40 Australian companies will be included in the programme. Head of Rheinmetall's Vehicle Systems Division Ben Hudson said the Boxer CRV is the most capable, survivable and adaptable field-armoured fighting vehicle available today.


Passanger cabin of Boxer CRV (photo : couriermail)

"The Boxer CRV is highly protected against both asymmetric threats that have been faced by Australian soldiers in recent operations, while also being highly protected against conventional battlefield threats that our soldiers may face one day in a conventional war-fighting scenario," Mr Hudson said.

"We look forward to building on our successful Land 121 program and extending the trustful partnership we have with the Australian Government and our Australian suppliers and partners into Land 400 to deliver an outstanding combat vehicle to the Australian Army."

Mr Stewart said production of the Boxer vehicles would take place in a dedicated new facility in Queensland in partnership with the Queensland Government.

"This will allow us to establish as sovereign military vehicle industry in Australia that will underpin the enduring partnership with the Government to design, manufacture, deliver, support and modernise this world-leading capability," Mr Stewart said.

Rheinmetall sets the global standard for excellence in a wide array of disciplines and offers an extensive array of military hardware that delivers mobility, lethality, survivability of troops, reconnaissance capability and networking of national and international systems. Rheinmetall Defence Australia and New Zealand is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall AG, with offices in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

(Rheinmetall)

Marinir TNI AL dan USMC Berlatih di Jawa Timur

18 Agustus 2018

Pendaratan pasukan Marinir (photo : Korps Marinir)

Marinir TNI AL dan USMC Mendarat di Pantai Banongan

Dispen Kormar (Surabaya). Korps Marinir TNI AL dan United States Marine Corps (USMC) kesekian kalinya melaksanakan Latihan Bersama (Latma), Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Tahun 2018 Latma ini dilaksanakan di Pusat Latihan Tempur (Puslatpur) 5 Korps Marinir Baluran, Karangtekok, Situbondo, Jawa Timur, Rabu (15/08/2018).

Latma CARAT 2018 ini dilaksanakan mulai tanggal 10 Agustus s.d 18 Agustus 2018, Latihan bersama dimulai dengan serangkaian pelatihan Lintas Laut (Linla), oleh KRI Banda Aceh, KRI Iskandar Muda Serta Kapal Perang Amerika USS Rushmore (LSD) Landing Ship Dock dengan Nomor Lambung 47, menampilkan latihan persenjataan serta operasi patroli laut.

Korps Marinir dan USMC tergabung dalam Landing Operation Working Group CARAT 2018, melaksanakan pendaratan bersama di Pantai Banongan pada tgl 15 Agustus 2018, dengan Komposisi satgas Amfibi Regu Komando Kompi (Rukoki) 2, Peleton 1 Regu Tonban Pasrat Korps Marinir di KRI Banda Aceh, serta1 Peleton dan 1 Regu Tonban Pasrat Korps Marinir di Kapal Perang USS Rushmore.

Pasalnya, Latma Carat ini melibatkan 3 kapal perang,terdiri dari 2 Kapal Perang Milik Indonesia dan 1 Kapal Perang Milik Amerika, 1 helikopter, 15 Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) USMC, 2 LCU USS Rushmore dan 2 LCU KRI Banda Aceh, Tim Kesehatan dan Medis Serta Tim Komunikasi dari Korps Marinir.

Dalam Latma Carat 2018, dengan skenario latihan untuk melaksanakan operasi pengembalian Kedaulatan Pemerintah Negara Republik Blambangan (Negara fiktif) atas mandat Dewan Keamanan PBB, setelah wilayah ibukota Negara Blambangan di Banyuwangi diserang dan dikuasai oleh pasukan negara Buleleng (negara fiktif) yg melaksanakan agresi militer untuk menguasai wilayah Banyuwangi dan sekitarnya.

Latihan Latma Carat 2018 Kali ini dipimpin Oleh Komandan Satuan Tugas (Dansatgas) Letkol Marinir Didik Iwan Supriyanto yang sehari - hari menjabat Komandan Batalion - 4 Marinir, dan Perwira Operasi (Pasiops) Mayor Marinir Ringga Pratama Widiyatama serta Kapten Marinir Bagus Sutrisno (Korps Marinir Head Of Exercise Staff Planner). (Marinir)

Penyerbuan pasukan Marinir (photo : Marinir)

Bukit Baluran Diserbu Pasukan LATMA CARAT 2018

Dispen Kormar (Banyuwangi). Sebanyak 430 Pasukan gabungan Korps Marinir TNI dan USMC mengikuti Latihan Bersama (Latma) Cooperation Afloat Readiness And Training (Carat) Tahun 2018, melaksanakan Latihan perang Gerakan Maju Untuk Kontak (GMUK) dibukit Mangga Dua Karang Teko Banyuwangi Surabaya Jawa Timur, Kamis (16/08/18).

Latihan perang ini dipimpin langsung oleh Komandan Satuan Tugas (Dansatgas) Letkol Marinir Didik Iwan Supriyanto yang sehari - hari menjabat Komandan Batalion - 4 Marinir, dan Perwira Operasi (Pasiops) Mayor Marinir Ringga Pratama Widiyatama serta Kapten Marinir Bagus Sutrisno (Korps Marinir Head Of Exercise Staff Planner). Latihan ini merupakan program pelaksanaan Latma Carat tahun 2018 dengan tujuan memelihara dan meningkatkan kemampuan teknik maupun taktis satuan setingkat kompi dalam operasi darat.

Serangan gabungan antara Marinir TNI dan USMC ini yang dilatihkan meliputi pemberian perintah operasi, sarana kendali serangan, perebutan sasaran, prosedur permintaan bantuan tembakan, konsolidasi, reorganisasi dan perpindahan posko.

Selain materi serangan, juga dilatihkan beberapa materi lainnya seperti GMUK (Gerak Maju Untuk Kontak), pertahanan, patroli tempur, dan Long Marc sejauh 30 km dari daerah persiapan (DP) Hutan Kecil Asem Bagus ke Bukit Mangga Dua Karang Teko Baluran. (Marinir)

DND to Acquire Subs, Equipment Advantageous to Military

18 Agustus 2018


Project 636 Improved Kilo submarine (photo : Military Edge)

MANILA --- In acquiring modern equipment like submarines, the Department of National Defense (DND) will only procure platforms that will be most advantageous to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the DND spokesperson said Friday.

"While our acquisition of submarines for the Philippine Navy is still under study and nothing is final at this point, we emphasize that the defense department will procure equipment that is most advantageous for the Armed Forces of the Philippines through our AFP Modernization Program," Arsenio Andolong said.

He also clarified that the country can acquire equipment from any nation as long as the procurement follows the proper process as provided for under Philippine laws and the platform meets the requirements of its end-users.

"In the case of the planned submarine purchase, we will consider any and all offers," Andolong said, adding that DND will honor all its alliances and international partnerships through the conduct of international defense and security engagements.

Earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Russia is willing to provide advanced versions of its Kilo-class submarines to the Philippines through "soft loans" but clarified that the country is still looking for other sources.

Kilo-class submarines have a surface displacement of 2,350 tons, a length of 73.8 meters, capable of speeds up 17 to 20 knots and can be armed with a variety of torpedoes, missiles and naval mines.

It has a cruising range of around 6,000 to 7,500 nautical miles. In the ASEAN region, Vietnam is known to operate six improved Kilo-class submarines in its fleet.

The DND plans to procure the country's first submarines under the Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP).

Procurement of the naval craft was earlier scheduled under Horizon Three which is expected to run from 2023 to 2028 while Horizon Two is scheduled from 2018 to 2022. Budget for the program is roughly placed at PHP300 billion.

Horizon One lasted from 2013 to 2017 and resulted in the acquisition of the three Del Pilar-class frigates, 12 FA-50PH light-lift interim fighters, two strategic sealift vessels, to name a few. 

(PNA)

Some Southeast Asian Countries Interest in Sprut SDM1

18 Agustus 2018


Vietnam and Indonesia showed interest in Sprut SDM1, a 18 tonnes air-droppable-tank (photo : Sputnik)

MOSKVA (Sputnik) - Rosoboronexport (ROE) will launch its world-class "Sprut - SDM1" light amphibious tank, which has been featured in several Southeast Asian countries, ROE chief executive Alexander Mikhneev told reporters on Thursday.

"This is the only type, with no similar product in the world." Sprut - SDM1 "- unique in lightweight amphibious assault class, with firepower as a base tank. It is hoped that this weapon will be of great interest to the weapons from countries with difficult geographic conditions: rivers, waterways, marshland and mountains, and in particular, some Southeast Asian countries showed interest in "Sprut - SDM1," Rosoboronexport press service quoted Mikheev.


Indonesia interest in BT-3F, a 18,5 tonnes amphibious APC (photo : weaponnews)

He noted that in addition to the amphibious tank at the "Army - 2018" forum, exporters were particularly interested in the interest in BT-3F armored vehicles and other products promoted in the international market.

(Sputnik)

Boeing Delivers P-8A Poseidon Simulator and Training Systems

18 Agustus 2018


P-8A Poseidon flight simulator exercise (photo : U.S. Navy)

P-8A Poseidon training commences in South Australia

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the handover of the P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

Minister Payne said the advanced P-8A Training System would better prepare Australian Defence Force pilots and maintenance crews for their demanding roles.

“This $470 million facility marks the beginning of a transformation of our training that will support Air Force’s ability to meet emerging threats and future challenges,” Minister Payne said.

“The facility will deliver over 39 separate training courses which will minimise training demands on the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, reducing aircraft fatigue, increasing safety and improving availability for higher priority tasking.”

The facility is part of the government’s $5.2 billion investment in our new P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. These cutting edge aircraft conduct a range of tasks including anti-submarine warfare; maritime and overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; electronic support; as well as supporting search and rescue missions.

The facility is being constructed under contract with Australian industry with an estimated workforce of up to 700 personnel during peak construction and 2,200 employees over the course of construction.

Minister Pyne said the partnerships between Defence, the United States Navy, Boeing and Boeing Defence Australia have enabled this to be delivered on time and on budget.

“The training system will be maintained and supported by Boeing Defence Australia, creating up to 30 jobs,” Minister Pyne said.

“The project is part of a broader Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance hub being developed at RAAF Base Edinburgh, which will support and create highly skilled jobs in South Australia.”

(Aus DoD)

17 Agustus 2018

Pindad Pasarkan Medium Tank ke Filipina dan Bangladesh

17 Agustus 2018


Tank medium Pindad (photo : Pindad)

BANDUNG, KOMPAS.com – PT Pindad (Persero) memasarkan produk teranyarnya, medium tank ke Filipina dan Bangladesh. Caranya dengan mengikuti lelang di kedua negara. 

“Lelang di Filipina sama Bangladesh tahun ini. Filipina butuh 30 unit dan Bangladesh 100 unit,” ujar Direktur Utama Pindad, Abraham Mose saat menyambut medium tank di Bandung, Kamis (16/8/2018). 

Abraham menjelaskan, medium tank buatan Pindad merupakan yang pertama di dunia. Karenanya, Pindad tak memiliki saingan dalam lelang tersebut. 

“Ada juga yang menawarkan tank, tapi beda. Punya kita medium tank,” ungkapnya. 

Abraham optimistis medium tank bisa bersaing. Apalagi, medium tank memiliki banyak kelebihan. Tank ini memiliki meriam 105 mm, sama dengan main battle tank seperti Leopard. 

Namun, medium tank lebih ringan dan tidak berbadan besar sehingga lebih enak manuvernya.


Tank medium Pindad (photo : radarbanyumas)

“Kalau leopard, lihat tongkrongannya saja sudah takut. Belum daya gempurnya. Tapi kalau dibawa ke Indonesia, agak sulit lakukan manuver,” ucapnya. 

Karena itu, Indonesia membuat yang ukurannya lebih kecil, yakni medium tank. Rupanya ide ini belum dikembangkan negara lain. 

“Makanya kenapa kita bikin acara hari ini, bahwa kita mau men-declare, kita sudah mampu membuat medium tank untuk pasar domestik maupun internasional. Kita declare supaya pihak asing hadir, user juga hadir,” tuturnya. 

“Tanggal 27 Agustus nanti saat uji daya gempur, Filipina juga hadir,” ungkapnya. 

Ke depan, sambung dia, pihaknya akan lebih gencar memasarkan medium tank karya anak bangsa tersebut.

(Kompas)

Lelang Tender Proyek UAV: Turki, China, Perancis dan Israel Akan Berebut Hati Indonesia

17 Agustus 2018


UAV Anka - Turki (photo : Lukasz Stawiarz)

ANGKASAREVIEW.COM – Tinggal menghitung hari, pelelangan tender proyek pesawat terbang tanpa awak/PTTA (unmanned aerial vehicle/UAV) MALE (medium-altitude long-endurance) dijadwalkan akan segera dibuka. Tercatat ada empat negara yang mapan dalam bidang teknologi kedirgantaraan siap berebut hati Indonesia.

Kepala Marketing dan Komunikasi Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI/TUSA┼×) Tamer Ozmen mengatakan, kedatangannya ke Indonesia secara khusus memang untuk berpartisipasi dalam lelang tender proyek tersebut, di samping menggelar acara ‘Hari kerja sama Industri TAI-Indonesia’ di Jakarta.

Kepada Kantor Berita Turki, Anadolu Agency ia menyebutkan, Turki merupakan satu dari empat negara yang terlibat dalam lelang yang akan digelar pada 24 Agustus mendatang. Tiga negara lainnya yang akan memeriahkan lelang tersebut yakni Tiongkok, Perancis dan Israel.


UAV Wing Loong - China (photo : Sinodefence)

Sebelum menginjakkan kaki ke Indonesia, Ozmen mengaku ia terlebih dahulu telah mempelajari secara mendalam mengenai industri pertahanan Indonesia.

Inti kedatangannya adalah untuk membahas cara membangun kerja sama dengan Indonesia dalam mengelola industri pertahanan dengan berbagai keahlian dan pengalaman TAI. Berbekal produk seperti UAV Anka, helikopter serang ringan Atak, pesawat jet Hurkus hingga sistem satelit ruang angkasa, TAI akan menggenjot peluang kerja samanya dengan Indonesia.

“Kami memperkenalkan program Anka untuk memberikan ide terkait kerja sama apa yang bisa dilakukan dalam program ini. Indonesia menginginkan sistem permanen di udara dengan ketinggian menengah, dan pesawat kami memberikan jawaban langsung kebutuhan yang dimaksud,” jabar Ozmen, Rabu (15/8/2018).


UAV Heron - Israel (photo : Defense Update)

Kami, lanjutnya, memiliki platform nyata untuk memenuhi kebutuhan yang sebenarnya diinginkan dalam tender tersebut. “Meski saingan terbesar dari negara-negara di kawasan ini adalah China, tapi kami merasa bahwa mereka (Indonesia) tidak terlalu tertarik dengan sistem milik China,” jelasnya.

Baru-baru ini beredar kabar bahwa Kemhan RI mengakuisisi empat UCAV (unmanned combat aerial vehicle) Wing Loong II besutan Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG), China.

Memang di sisi lain hubungan Turki-Indonesia terlihat semakin meningkat, yang diperkuat dengan kerja sama di bidang industri pertahanan akhir-akhir ini.

TAI dan PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) misalnya, meraka telah menandatangani perjanjian pada tahun 2017 untuk mengembangkan kerja sama dan melakukan proyek bidang penerbangan bersama.


UAV Patroller - Prancis (photo : Aerobuzz)

“Kami berharap saat tender nanti dapat menarik partisipasi perusahaan lokal pada tingkat memuaskan sehingga kami dapat dapat memenangkan pelelangan ini,” ungkapnya.

Begitu juga dengan PT Pindad dengan perusahaan alutsista Turki, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri yang baru-baru ini meluncurkan prototipe terbaru medium tank hasil kolaborasi kedua pihak yang sedang menjalani uji ledak dan mintas medan.

Mungkin dari keempat negara yang akan bersaing memenangkan proyek PTTA MALE tersebut, kontestan yang perlu bekerja keras adalah Perancis. Negara ini memang telah memiliki produk serupa yang cukup dijagokan, UAV MALE Patroller buatan Safran Electronics & Defense and Stemme. Namun Perancis telah kalah langkah dengan tiga negara lainnya.

(Angkasa Review)

PHL’s Tenth Multi-Role Vessel from Japan

17 Agustus 2018


Tenth MRV for PCG (photo : Zakogumo)

A photo of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s tenth and final Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessel ordered from Japan Marine United through the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for PCG Phase 1 was uploaded in Twitter by @zakogumo on August 14.

The said vessel will be officially known as BRP Cape Engano (MMRV-4411) in coastguard service.

Under MSCIP for PCG Phase 1, the Philippine government ordered 10 44-meter multi-role ships from Japanese shipbuilder Japan Marine United. The contract was awarded in April 2015.

MSCIP for PCG Phase 1 was funded through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) official development assistance (ODA) loan.

The first Parola-class MRRV, BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401) was commissioned in October 2016.

MSCIP for PCG Phase 2 – which involves 2 heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter MRRVs – is also in the pipeline.

Loan agreement to finance MSCIP for PCG Phase 2 was signed by Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Japan in October 2016.

(Mintfo)

RAPBN 2019 : Anggaran Kemenhan Rp 107,2 Triliun

17 Agustus 2018

Flypass pesawat tempur TNI AU (photo : skaud11)

Ini 5 Kementerian dengan Anggaran Tertinggi Tahun 2019 

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Presiden Joko Widodo telah mengumumkan Rancangan Anggaran Pendapatan dan Belanja Negara (RAPBN) 2019. Belanja pemerintah untuk tahun depan ditetapkan sebesar Rp 2.439,7 triliun atau 15 persen dari produk domestik bruto (PDB). 

Dalam rincian mengenai RAPBN 2019, ada 5 kementerian dan lembaga yang memperoleh porsi anggaran tertinggi. Berikut ini adalah rinciannya. 

1. Kementerian Pekerjaan Umum dan Perumahan Rakyat (PUPR) 

Kementerian PUPR memperoleh anggaran sebesar Rp 110,7 triliun dalam RAPBN 2019. Angka ini meningkat dibandingkan pada tahun sebelumnya, yakni Rp 107,4 triliun. 

Sementara itu, realisasi serapan anggaran kementerian yang dipimpin oleh Basuki Hadimuljono ini mencapai Rp 96,1 triliun. Outlook anggaran Kementerian PUPR hingga akhir tahun ini adalah Rp 104,8 triliun. 

2. Kementerian Pertahanan (Kemenhan) 

Kemenhan diberikan anggaran sebesar Rp 107,2 triliun dalam RAPBN 2019. Angka ini sedikit turun dibandingkan pada APBN tahun sebelumnya sebesar Rp 107,7 triliun, sementara realisasi tahun 2017 mencapai Rp 117,3 triliun. 

Hingga akhir tahun 2018 nanti, serapan anggaran Kemenhan diperkirakan mencapai Rp 99,8 triliun. 

3. Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia (Polri) 

Institusi kepolisian memperoleh anggaran sebesar Rp 76,2 triliun dalam RAPBN 2019. Angka ini turun apabila dibandingkan dengan anggaran pada APBN 2018 yang mencapai Rp 95 triliun. 

Adaoun realisasi serapan anggaran Polri pada tahun 2017 mencapai Rp 94 triliun dan hingga akhir 2018 diprediksi mencapai Rp 93,6 triliun. 

4. Kementerian Agama (Kemenag) 

Kemenag memperoleh anggaran sebesar Rp 62,1 triliun dalam RAPBN 2019. Angka ini sedikit lebih rendah dibandingkan pada APBN 2018 yang mencapai Rp 62,2 triliun. 

Pada tahun 2017, realisasi serapan anggaran Kemenag mencapai Rp 60,2 triliun dan hingga akhir tahun 2018 diprediksi mencapai Rp 59,9 triliun. 

5. Kementerian Sosial (Kemensos) 

Kemensos dipatok anggarannya dalam RAPBN 2019 sebesar Rp 58,9 triliun. Angka ini meningkat dibandingkan pada APBN 2018 yang mencapai Rp 41,3 triliun. 

Pada tahun 2017, realisasi serapan anggaran Kemensos mencapai Rp 17,2 triliun. Sementara itu, hingga akhir tahun 2018 diprediksi mencapai Rp 41,1 triliun.

(Kompas)

BAE Systems Chooses Dedicated Systems for JORN Software Upgrade

17 Agustus 2018


Locations of the JORN Radar Stations and the areas covered based on a nominal range of 3.000 km. (Image: Key Publications)

BAE Systems Australia announced today that it will integrate customised software to strengthen the Jindalee Operational Radar Network’s (JORN) ability to protect Australia’s northern borders.

BAE Systems has selected South Australian company Dedicated Systems to provide the software that will be integral to the upgrade of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network

JORN provides long range, persistent wide area surveillance of aircraft and ships across Australia’s northern maritime approaches.

BAE Systems is undertaking the most significant system upgrade of the world leading radar since it was accepted into service in 2003.

The new software will significantly increase the area covered by the radar and the amount of information gathered for the Royal Australian Air Force.

An important part of the radar upgrade is the planned migration to a modular and scalable framework of open system architecture which will increase the reliability and performance of the radar.

This will also enable much quicker system maintenance and upgrades and can be easily integrated with other software.

Through Dedicated Systems, software connectivity specialist RTI will provide a product called ‘Connext DDS’ as the framework for the software upgrade.

To be installed at the three radar sites (in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) over five years, the industry standard software will enhance real time data distribution.

Dedicated Systems worked with RTI to validate the software modernisation for BAE Systems in a two year demonstrator project to ensure it would meet the needs of the JORN upgrade.

BAE Systems, Dedicated Systems and RTI are also collaborating to establish HF technology exports opportunities as part of the partnership.

BAE Systems Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said:
“The application of rapidly developing technology will help ensure Australia maintains a capability edge and superior situational awareness to ensure our northern approaches are secure.”

BrahMos Offers Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile to PHL Marines

17 Agustus 2018


Brahmos land-based anti ship missile (photo : Army Recognition)

BrahMos Aerospace is offering the Philippine Navy/Philippine Marine Corps its land-based anti-ship missile.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, officials of BrahMos visited the Philippines lately “to explain further their proposal to use the Brahmos land-based anti-ship missile for the Philippine Marine Corps’ Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile System (SBASMS) acquisition project” through a workshop.

However, MaxDefense noted that the SBASMS acquisition project for the Marines is proposed in the second list of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program Second Horizon.

“Based on defense documents of Horizon 2 phase obtained by MaxDefense, the PMC’s proposed SBASMS acquisition project, the plan is to acquire around 7 batteries of land-based anti-ship missile systems that can be transported by truck, with a proposed working budget of Php18,900,000,000.00, subject to changes as necessary,” MaxDefense noted.

This means that Philippine Marines’ SBASMS acquisition project is still subject to approval and is not included in the AFP Modernization Program Horizon 2 approved priority list worth around PHP300 billion.

(Mintfo)

16 Agustus 2018

New Bomber Tupolev Tu-22M3M Capable Carrying Cruise Missile and Hypersonic Missile

16 Agustus 2018


Tu-22M3M strategic bomber with combat radius 2.420 km (1.500 mil) (photo : TASS)

Russia’s upgraded strategic bomber to get hypersonic missiles

MOSCOW/TASS/. Russia’s modernized Tu-22M3M strategic bombers will be capable of carrying Kh-32 cruise missiles, and also hypersonic weapons, Head of the Federation Council Defense Committee, former Aerospace Force Commander Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday.

"The range of weapons that can be carried onboard will be expanded: the planes are being adapted for being furnished with modern Kh-32 [air-to-surface] precision cruise missiles and also with hypersonic missiles," the senator said.

The ergonomics of the pilots’ cockpit will be improved and the bombers with be fitted out with radio-electronic equipment based on the new components base and with communications systems, the ex-commander said.

The Tu-22M3M will also get the SPV-24-22 digital specialized computer sub-system that will make it possible to use "the Glonass satellite-based guidance system," the senator said.

A total of 30 operational Tu-22M3 aircraft are expected to be modernized to the level of the Tu-22M3M in the immediate future, the senator said.

As the ex-commander of the Russian Aerospace Force stressed, the previous Tu-22M3 version "is a remarkable multipurpose maneuverable plane that has proven its worth in Syria."


Kh-32 air to surface cruise miisile with range 600-1.000 km and 500 kg of warhead (photo : RussianPlanes)

"The Tu-22M3M is a new lease of life of the Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range missile-carrying bomber," the senator said.

As a source in the defense industry earlier told TASS, the Tu-22M3M bombers are expected to be used to test Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missiles. As compared to the basic MiG-31K carrier, the bomber will be capable of carrying several Kinzhals.

New anti-ship missiles

Russia’s most advanced Tupolev Tu-22M3M long-range bomber will be outfitted with new anti-ship missiles, Tupolev Aircraft Company CEO Alexander Konyukhov said on Thursday.

"The basic tasks of the Tu-22M3M will be to fight shipborne air groups. The new weapons suite will be able to carry modern armament and new anti-ship missiles. This will radically and qualitatively improve the plane’s capabilities, aside from the routine assignments linked with the use of the bomb armament," the Tupolev chief said.

The Tu-22M3M is a modernized version of the Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic missile-carrying bomber with the variable-sweep wing. During its upgrade, the bomber will get new avionics and a possibility to use new missiles.

As was reported earlier, 30 aircraft will be upgraded to the level of the Tu-22M3M.

(TASS)

Lolos Serangkaian Uji Coba, Kedatangan Medium Tank Pindad Disambut Meriah

16 Agustus 2018

Tank medium Pindad (all photos : Pindad)

BANDUNG - Medium tank produksi bersama antara PT Pindad dan FNSS Turki kembali ke Bandung setelah menjalani serangkaian uji coba. Kedatangan tank ini disambut meriah di kawasan industri PT Pindad, Jalan Gatot Subroto, Kota Bandung, Kamis (16/8/2018). 

Pantauan di lapangan, seluruh karyawan PT Pindad berjajar di sepanjang jalan sembari mengibarkan bendera merah putih berukuran kecil. Sementara beberapa pejabat Pindad ikut naik di atas tank, sembari di arak ke tempat acara.

Upacara penyambutan medium tank Pindad sengaja dilakukan usai mengikuti serangkaian uji coba di Magetan, Kebumen, Subang, dan Bandung. Medium tank telah menyelesaikan uji mobilitas, uji lampu tempur, uji endurance, dan lainnya.


“Ini tonggak sejarah. Ini kebanggaan putra putri Indonesia berhasil membuat tank sendiri. Ini keberhasilan kita yang dimulai dari desain hingga membuat prototipe,” kata Direktur Utama PT Pindad Abraham Mose.

Dengan selesainya uji coba mobilitas dan endurance, medium tank tunggal menyelesaikan uji tembak pada 27 Agustus 2018. “Kami mohon doa dari karyawan untuk menyelesaikan tes tembak. Terima kasih atas sumbangsih tenaga dan pikiran,” imbuhnya.

HHI Lays Keel for New Zealand Navy Tanker ‘Aotearoa’

16 Agustus 2018


Two pieces of Aotearoa’s keel are joined at the symbolic keel-laying ceremony in Ulsan, South Korea. (photo : NZDF)

Hyundai Heavy Industries hosted a keel laying ceremony for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s future tanker HMZS Aotearoa at its shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, on August 13.

Aotearoa’s keel laying consisted of more than 500 tonnes of carefully constructed keel blocks being positioned together in the dry dock, where she will continue to expand upwards and outwards until her launch date early next year.

Aotearoa represents the first of a new fleet of RNZN ships built specifically to address the global requirements of the New Zealand Defence Force and government agencies for deployment from Antarctica to the Arabian Gulf.

The keel laying ceremony took place some seven months after first steel was cut for the New Zealand Navy’s largest vessel ever.

This is an exciting time for our Navy,” said Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin.

“It is filled with challenges and opportunities as we ready ourselves for Aotearoa, as well as our modernized frigates. It is these three ships on which our combat capability will be based.”

HMNZS Aotearoa is designed to provide logistical support to New Zealand and coalition maritime, land and air units.

Her primary purpose is to conduct fuel resupply but she will also be capable of supplying dry goods, water, spare parts or ammunition. Her missions will include humanitarian and disaster relief, support to United Nations security operations, support to a coalition naval task group and Antarctic resupply.

The 173.2-meter-long ship will have the ability to carry 12 20-foot shipping containers, high-capacity freshwater generation plants, self-defense systems, aviation and marine fuel cargo tanks, dual all-electric replenishment-at-sea rigs and will be able to carry a Seaspite or NH90 helicopter. Aotearoa will displace 26,000 tonnes and will be operated by a crew of 64.

The ship’s $493 million price tag includes the tanker’s enhanced “winterization” capabilities, such as ice-strengthening for operations in Antarctica, including resupplying McMurdo Station and Scott Base. Predecessor tanker HMNZS Endeavour was not Antarctic-capable.

(NavalToday)

PH Eyes Several More C130 Planes from America

16 Agustus 2018


PAF C-130 Hercules (photo : PAF)

The Philippines is poised to acquire more C-130 planes from the United States as part of its modernization efforts, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Tuesday.

“Yes, we are acquiring several more C-130s,” Lorenzana confirmed before reporters in a chance interview after the Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system was handed over to the Philippines at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

The US government, represented by its ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, turned over the P807-million system, which will be attached to an aircraft, particularly to the C-130.

Lorenzana said the military is wishing to have a C-130 plane dedicated only to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

“Like a plane that will not be used for other matters, just for the ISR [operations],” he added.

At present, the Philippine Air Force has five C-130 planes, which are being used for transporting troops and relief goods to places stricken by typhoons.

(ManilaTimes)

First MRTT Arrived in Singapore

16 Agustus 2018


First RSAF MRTT (photo : Benny Zheng)

Singapore joins ranks of A330 MRTT operators

The Singapore air force’s first Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has arrived in the country.

Images posted on social media show the aircraft landing at Changi East airbase, where Singapore’s Boeing KC-135R tankers are based. Changi East Air Base is located west of runway 20R, opposite Singapore Changi Airport.

Flight tracking sites indicate that the aircraft (S/N 1762) flew direct to Singapore from Madrid’s Getafe air base.

Neither the nation’s defence ministry nor the air force announced the tanker’s arrival. The aircraft’s livery, however, recognises the 50-year history of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, with ‘RSAF 50’ on the tail, and ‘Our Home, Above All’ on the engine cowling.

Flight Fleets Analyzer indicates that the jet is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 772B-60EP powerplants, and that its first flight was on 10 November 2016.

In addition to a hose-and-drogue refuelling pod on both wings, the aircraft is also equipped with a refuelling boom. The aircraft has 260 passenger seats, and can be used to carry cargo pallets.

Singapore has five additional A330 MRTT’s on order. These will replace the nation’s four obsolescent Boeing KC-135Rs, which have an average age of 55.9 years.

The arrival brings the number of in service A330 MRTTs in service to 26. Other operators include the UK, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The Singapore arrival comes days after Canberra announced that its A330 MRTTs – designated KC-30A in Australian service – have delivered 100 million pounds of fuel (45,000t) during air-to-air refuelling missions in support of coalition missions over the Middle East.

The KC-30A has been a significant force multiplier for the Air Force and has proven itself over Iraq as part of Operation OKRA,” said RAAF air marshal Mel Hupfeld. “Just one KC-30A can support the deployment of four fighter aircraft over 5,000km and has the versatility to refuel a range of different aircraft types.”

(FlightGlobal)​

15 Agustus 2018

Defence Ministry Cancels Maritime Patrol Aircraft Project

15 Agustus 2018

MPA has scrapped from the program (photo : Aeronautica Militare)

KUALA LUMPUR : The Defence Ministry said it has scrapped the Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) project, in line with the Malaysian government's decision to re-evaluate the implementation of the mega project.

"However, the project can be considered in the next rolling plan, if it is still in the priority of the ministry," the ministry said today in Parliament via a written reply dated Aug 7, 2018 to Mersing MP Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad.

Abd Latiff had earlier asked the ministry on whether the government will proceed with the procurement of large defence assets such as the MPA, Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) and Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). 

The ministry, however, said there is a need to continue the procurement of the LMS and LCS, in line with national defence operational needs.

The procured LMS and LCS are under construction as scheduled, the ministry said.

(TheEdgeMarkets)

Turkish Aerospace Tawarkan Kerjasama UAV Anka

15 Agustus 2018


UAV kelas medium Anka (image : Anka)

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc Perkenalkan Pesawat Tanpa Awak ANKA ke Indonesia

TURKISH Aerospace Industries (TAI) Inc berupaya memperluas cakupan bisnisnya di Indonesia dalam industri penerbangan.

Pada Selasa (14/8/2018) di Hotel Mulia, Senayan, para direksi perusahaan ini melakukan pertemuan dengan sejumlah perusahaan ternama tanah air, termasuk PT Dirgantara Indonesia dan PT Telkom Indonesia untuk menjejaki kerjasama lebih jauh.

Setidaknya ada 14 perusahaan yang diajak kerjasama dengan perusahaan peralatan pesawat yang telah berdiri sejak 15 Mei 1984 tersebut.

Pertemuan antara pihak TAI dengan perusahaan-perusahaan Indonesia itu digelar di hotel bintang lima di Jakarta, Selasa (14/8/2018).

Dalam kerjasama ini TAI juga memperkenalkan salah satu produk unggulannya yakni pesawat tanpa awak bernama ANKA.

Vice Presiden TAI Tamer Ozmen mengatakan, pertemuan dengan perusahaan-perusahaan Indonesia juga dibahas kemungkinan peluang kerjasama usaha.

Misalnya, pihak perusahaan Indonesia memasok suatu produk terkait pesawat dan aneka teknologinya atau sebaliknya.

Ia pun yakin peralatan yang dimiliki TAI bisa digunakan perusahaan- perusahaan atau instansi pemerintah Indonesia karena lebih murah dan lebih tangguh dari produk Amerika Serikat.

"Kami berharap ada titik terang peluang kerjasama usaha yang saling menguntungkan," ungkapnya.

Ditanya soal dampak pelemahan mata uang Turki akhir-akhir ini, Ozmen menyebut hal itu tidak berpengaruh terhadap kinerja perusahannya.

"Sama sekali tidak berpengaruh terhadap perusahaan kami. Kami perusahaan yang berpengalaman dan memiliki fasilitas pesawat modern, dilengkapi mesin teknologi tinggi. Dari segi peralatan, kami menyediakan kemampuan manufaktur yang luas. Mulai dari bagian manufaktur untuk perakitan pesawat, tes penerbangan dan pengiriman," jelasnya.

"Pada 2010 TAI mempekerjakan lebih dari 1.500 insinyur. Di antaranya sekitar 850 adalah insinyur penelitian dan pengembangan yang bekerja di proyek-proyek penelitian militer," Ozmen menambahkan.

Dalam penjajakan ini, sambung Ozmen, TAI juga memperkenalkan ANKA, satu di antara produk TAI yakni pesawat tanpa awak atau UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Saat ini TAI telah mengembangkan ANKA dengan berbagai jenis dan tipe.

ANKA juga bisa dipesenjatai sekelas MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) buatan Amerika Serikat.
Saat ini ANKA juga sudah digunakan tentara Angkatan Darat Turki.

"Pesawat ini berkemampuan terbang hingga 20 ribu feet. Mampu mengangkut beban hingga 200 kilogram. Dilengkapi kamera dan sejumlah sensor. Di beberapa negara, ANKA sudah digunakan untuk memerangi ancaman teror. Antara lain di Asia Selatan," pungkasnya.

(WartaKota)

US Donated SABIR for Maritime Patrol

15 Agustus 2018



PH Air Force turns one of its C-130 cargo planes into a proper maritime patrol aircraft with the acquisition of Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (Sabir) system from the US. (photo : Inquirer)

'SABIR' to help in PH patrol of vast maritime territories

MANILA -- The US-donated "Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response System" (SABIR) will be used by the country in patrolling its vast maritime territories.

This was bared by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the ceremonial acceptance, blessing and turned over of the above-mentioned equipment at the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing Fixed Hangar, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City Tuesday.

"(SABIR will be used) for patrolling the West Philippine Sea, Philippine Rise and the Sulu Sea," he added.

The DND chief said that this equipment will help address the country's surveillance gap and aid in the surveying of areas devastated by weather disturbances.

"Also, we can use this for surveying devastated areas by typhoons, before and after, so that we can assess the damages," he added.

Lorenzana, however, clarified that the equipment will not be used everyday as other assets with ISR (intelligence, surveillance and recon) capabilities like the ScanEagles, Cessna 208Bs and TC-90s are also available.

"I don't know if we will get some more but I think we only use this once in a while, maybe it's not everyday we'll use this because we have other assets like the (ScanEagle) drone, we have the (Cessna 208B) Caravan also and then we have the TC-90s of the Navy," he added.

SABIR is a "bolt-on, bolt-off" avionics module for the Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo plane which served as the Philippine Air Force's main intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system.

Installation of the above-mentioned equipment will upgrade the aircraft with advanced command-and-control, communications, computer, and surveillance capabilities without sacrificing the C-130's primary function as a cargo plane.

Its equipment, training and transfer cost is worth PHP807 million.

The SABIR donation is part of the US Southeast Asia Maritime Security initiatives and granted to the PAF to beef up its maritime domain awareness, airborne command-and-control, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities.

SABIR will be operated by the PAF's 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing.

(PNA)