10 Desember 2018

Japan Considers Sell FPS-3 Radar to Philippine

10 Desember 2018

Japan aims to sell the Philippines an upgraded version of the FPS-3 air defense radar system made by Mitsubishi Electric (photo : Nikkei)

Philippines sounded out by Japan on air-defense radar

TOKYO -- Japan is considering selling air defense radar technology to the Philippines in what would be its first export of defense equipment since ending a nearly 50-year ban in 2014.

Tokyo is sounding out the Philippines about buying an upgraded model of the Mitsubishi Electric-made FPS-3 air defense radar system, which Japan's Air Self-Defense Force has used since 1991 in missile defense and monitoring airspace incursions. Tokyo has already begun offering technical information on the system to Manila.

Japan's thinking goes that upgrading the less-than-cutting-edge radar to meet the Philippines' needs will keep costs down, helping it win orders. The price is expected to be between 1 billion yen and 2 billion yen ($8.87 million and $17.7 million). Manila has also approached the U.S. and Israel on the matter, according to a source connected to the Japanese government, and may decide as early as the start of next year.

FPS-3 air defense radar system made by Mitsubishi Electric (photo : Japan MoD)

Japan's defense cooperation with the Philippines, which had centered on joint military exercises, has expanded into defense equipment in recent years. In March, Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force donated TC-90 trainer craft to the Philippine navy. And Japan agreed in June to grant parts for multi-mission UH-1H helicopters formerly used by the Ground Self-Defense Force to the Philippine air force.

The two sides are interested in partnering on maritime security as China continues to build up its military presence in the South China Sea, a vital sea lane for goods and energy shipments for both Tokyo and Manila. By exporting air-defense radars to the Philippines, Japan hopes to improve the Southeast Asian country's detection and surveillance capabilities and help maintain safety in the region.

Japan essentially banned arms exports for decades until April 2014, when the cabinet laid out basic rules letting the country transfer defense equipment and technology and participate in international joint development under certain conditions, such as when it contributes to Japan's security. Selling the radars to the Philippines was judged appropriate because it would further bilateral defense cooperation.

Tokyo has not yet sold any defense equipment under the new rules. Japan sought to build submarines for export to Australia, but lost the deal to France in 2016. An effort to sell P-1 patrol jets to the U.K. also fell through, and Japan lost a bid to supply radar for the Thai air forces to a Spanish company.


Pesawat N219 Uji Landing Gear Baru

10 Desember 2018

N219 PD-1 (PK-XDT) menjalani "ground run and taxi test" untuk roda pendarat baru dari Heggemann (photo : Bambang Haryanta)

PTDI terus mengejar target sertifikasi pesawat angkut ringan kapasitas 19 penumpang rancangan LAPAN, N219 Nurtanio yang ditargetkan dapat diperoleh paling lambat pada Maret 2019. Setelah sebelumnya menggunakan produk lokal, kali ini dilakukan uji roda pendarat (landing gear) baru produk Jerman.

N219 PK-XDT menjalani "high speed taxi test" roda pendarat baru dari Heggemann (photo : Ivan S)

Setelah sehari sebelumnya menjalani "ground run and taxi test" pada Sabtu 8 Desember kemarin dilakukan pengujian "high speed test" untuk main landing gear (sepasang roda pendarat bagian belakang) yang kali ini menggunakan produk dari Heggemann. Pesawat N219 yang digunakan adalah prototipe 1 (PK-XDT).

Heggemann AG merupakan perusahaan Jerman yang bergerak dalam engineering hingga manufaktur untuk bidang kedirgantaraan dan automotif.

Uji roda pendarat (landing gear) pesawat N219 (nose gear dan main landing gear) telah dilakukan sejak Maret 2018  Pengujian landing gear ini bertujuan untuk menjajal kekuatan struktur landing gear pesawat N219 dalam menerima beban impact saat pendaratan, pengujian dilakukan di laboratorium LAPAN di Bogor dan running test dengan pesawat prototipe.

(Defense Studies)

09 Desember 2018

Su-57 Jets will be Equipped with Hypersonic Missiles Similar to Kinzhal

09 Desember 2018

The source did not provide details on specific characteristics of the new missiles or clarifications on when they will be tried (photo : Artyom Anikeev)

MOSCOW/TASS/. Russia's fifth-generation jet fighter Su-57 will be equipped with hypersonic missiles with characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missile, a source in the aircraft industry told TASS on Thursday.

"In accordance with Russia's State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles. The jet fighters will receive missiles with characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missiles, but with inter-body placement and smaller size," the source said.

The source did not provide details on specific characteristics of the new missiles or clarifications on when they will be tried.

Kh-47M2 Kinzhal ("Dagger") is a Russian nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile. It has a claimed range of more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi), Mach 10 speed, and an ability to perform evasive maneuvers at every stage of the flight. It can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads and can be launched from Tu-22M3 bombers or MiG-31K interceptors (photo : AFP)

No official confirmation of this information was obtained by TASS.

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces' MiG-31K jet fighters are equipped with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles. Kinzhal missiles are practically impossible to detect with moden air defense systems. Their range exceeds 2,000 km.

According to open sources, the Kinzhal missile was designed on the basis of Iskander ground-based missile defense systems.


08 Desember 2018

Koarmada II Berlatih Peperangan AAW dan ASuW

08 Desember 2018

Latihan peperangan AAW dan ASuW Komanda Armada II TNI AL (photo : TNI AL)

Prajurit Koarmada II Berlatih Peperangan Anti Udara dan Anti Permukaan

KOARMADA II – Setelah berlatih tentang karakterisitik helikopter, giliran kapal perang Republik Indonesia atau KRI menjadi obyek latihan prajurit Koarmada II yang sedang mengikuti Latihan Kesiapsiagaan KRI Koarmada II TA 2018, bertempat di ASTT di Puslatlekdalsen gedung Sumatra lantai 2. Kodiklatal. Kamis (06/12/2018).

Dalam latihan kali ini, sebanyak 12 prajurit Koarmada II yang berasal dari beberapa satuan kapal maupun satuan kerja di jajaran Koarmada II, melaksanakan latihan praktek simulator tentang Dual Threat Anti Air Warfare (AAW)/ Peperangan Anti Udara dan Anti Surface Warfare (ASUW)/ Peperangan Anti Permukaan.

Sementara saat manuver lapangan nanti, para prajurit tersebut mempraktekkan materi yang sudah diberikan secara nyata, tiga unsur KRI akan mendukung kegiatan tersebut yakni KRI R. E. Martadinata- 331, KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda- 367 ,  KRI Nagapasa- 403 dan Heli Phanter P-8301.

Adapun tujuan dari latihan kesiapsiagaan ini adalah untuk melatih keterampilan para siswa agar dapat memutuskan bagaimana memanagemen pertempuran, memberikan gambaran picture compilation secara baik, melatih kepercayaan diri dalam melaporkan kontak-kontak, menganalisa, mengidentifikasi, dan memberi aksi dari gambaran picture compilation tersebut.

(KoArmada II)

Malaysian Navy Outlines Domestic Shipbuilding Target

08 Desember 2018

The Royal Malaysian Navy wants to support local capability development to ease the challenges of diversification. However, near-term opportunities remain unlikely given Malaysia's continuing economic constraints (infographics : RMN)

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has outlined a requirement to support the development of the country's naval shipbuilding sector as the service looks to modernise through its '15-to-5' transformation programme.

A document published by the RMN to mark the retirement of Admiral Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin as the navy's chief in late November called for a "strategic shift" in how it engages with the Malaysian naval shipbuilding industry in line with its future development, which is aimed at reducing its ageing fleets of 15 classes of vessels to five.

The document states, "As a major domestic shipbuilding customer, the government, through RMN's 15-to-5 transformation programme, can positively shape the direction of local shipbuilding industry. This can be achieved by transforming our naval shipbuilding and repair industry with a long-term, predictable, and continuous work order for local shipbuilders."

It adds, "[This] will not only ensure the delivery of capabilities required by the navy but will also result in lower costs of construction, a secure shipbuilding industrial future, and retainment of investments made on infrastructure as well as skilled manpower. Further, it has a spill-over benefit into other related industries and sectors."

The document goes on to outline the traditional maintenance, logistics, and training challenges that the RMN has faced due to Malaysia's policy of procuring from a variety of foreign suppliers. The RMN's existing 15 classes of ships were built in seven countries by several shipyards, it says.


PLAAF's Su-35 is in Trouble : Vietnam Media

08 Desember 2018

PLAAF Su-35 fighter (photo : da feng)

China praised the Su-35SK's performance, but on the other hand they have made clear signs that the prospect of a possible repeat buy is very low.

According to the latest announcement from Russia, the KnAAPO aviation industry group has completed the delivery of 24 Su-35SK 4th Generation Multipurpose Combat Fighter to the PLAAF under a contract worth 2 billion USD signed in 2016.

Immediately, the Chinese Air Force published several Su-35SK fighter images of the 6th Brigade in a state of combat readiness.

PLAAF Su-35 fighter (photo : dambiev)

Initial assessment of the PLAAF is that the Su-35's advantages are its high maneuverability thanks to the AL-41F1S 3-D vector-driven vector control engine, which has a durability of 6,000 flight hours (equivalent to combat Western engine and double Su-30) and large range.

On the one hand, China praised the features of the Su-35SK, but on the other hand they have made clear that the prospect of a repeat buy order is very low, as demonstrated by the identification of the "triangular iron" of the PLAAF, in the future has no room for the Su-35SK but only includes the J-20, J-16 and J-10.

PLAAF Su-35 fighter (photo : Yuri Vladimirovich)

The first weakness that China complained about the Su-35 was its avionics, which was quite normal, and was even marginalized when placed next to the latest variants of the J-11 or J-16.

China's electronics industry has made great strides in the development of many types of active-phase active-scanning radar (AESA) radars for integrated fighter jets, while the Su -35SK still uses N035 Irbis-E passive scan (PESA) backward than a generation.

PLAAF Su-35 fighter (photo : dambiev)

The issue of Su-35SK weapons is also a problem for China when it is difficult to integrate domestic air-defense missiles for the Su-35SK that are advertised as superior features such as the PL-15 R-77.

In addition, the Su-35SK uses Russia's own communications system, which is different from China, so it can not work together effectively.

Finally, the Chinese aviation industry has been self-sufficient from A to Z in all stages of production, so the use of an exotic fighter will make it difficult to make logistics, technically feasible.


Air Force Chooses Black Hawk to Replace the Canceled Bell 412

08 Desember 2018

Blackhawk helicopter (photo : breaking defence)

Philippine Air Force picks Black Hawks, T129 ATAK choppers

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force’s Technical Working Group (TWG) has identified the combat utility and attack helicopters that have met its requirements to fulfill its capability demands.

In an ambush interview on Friday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the TWG has recommended the U.S.-made Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky Black Hawk for its combat utility helicopter acquisition project, while the T129 ATAK of the Turkish Aerospace Industries was selected for its attack helicopter project.

“The Air Force TWG has come up with the recommendation that Black Hawk is the best option that they will buy so we will pursue it,” he told reporters.

Early this year, President Rodrigo Duterte has called off the deal to acquire 16 Bell 412 EPI helicopters from Canadian Commercial Corporation after Ottawa ordered a review of the acquisition as the choppers might be used for offensive operations instead of transport missions.

The defense chief said the Air Force wanted to replace the Bell 412 EPI deal with the same number of helicopters and it was the Black Hawk that fit their requirements.

“We only have limited money for that. We only have $240 million and the original pricing for these aircraft, with the Bell 412 we can get 16. Initially, with Surion we can get 10 because of the money. And it’s the same with Black Hawk but inakyat nila ang offer they will give us 16,” he told reporters.

Lorenzana said the choppers, which would likely be signed early 2019, may be armed with machine guns but it will be mainly used for transporting troops and supplies.

For the attack helicopter project, Lorenzana said the Air Force TWG has expressed preference with the T129 ATAK, but they could only get “less than 10” units with their budget.


Latihan Angkasa Yudha 2018, TNI AU Gunakan Software SOYUS

08 Desember 2018

Sistem software Soyus (image : Infoglobal)

Angkasa Yudha 2018, Gunakan Sistem Baru, AYU’18 Dapat Apresiasi Kasau

TNI AU, Lembang-Dispenau - Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (Kasau) Marsekal TNI Yuyu Sutisna, S.E., M.M., memberi apresiasi pelaksanaan latihan posko (Latposko) Angkasa Yudha 2018 (AYU’18). Latihan yg berlangsung selama sepekan ini, telah menorehkan sejarah baru, dengan melatihkan dua pihak dikendalikan serta pertama kalinya menggunakan aplikasi Soyus (sistem olah yudha Seskoau) sebagai visualisasi komputer terhadap skenario pertempuran udara yang telah direncanakan oleh kedua belah pihak (wargaming).

“Hasil visualisasi sistem Soyus menggambarkan betapa pentingnya sebuah perencanaan, taktik dan strategi perang udara,” kata Kasau.

Kasau mengatakan hal tersebut dalam sambutannya saat menutup Latposko AYU’18 di Kesatrian Seskoau Lembang Bandung, Jumat (7/12/2018).

Kasau menambahkan, doktrin perang udara selain harus dievaluasi, juga perlu diuji dengan sistem Soyus untuk menerjemahkan skenario latihan.

Kasau berharap Soyus tidak hanya digunakan pada latihan puncak Angkasa Yudha, namun hendaknya dapat digunakan untuk seluruh latihan/geladi posko yang ada di TNI Angkatan Udara, termasuk diaplikasikan pada olah yudha perwira siswa Seskoau.

Meskipun latihan ini tidak menerapkan manuver lapangan, namun pelaksanaan metode geladi posko dan Tactical Air Maneuvre Game (TAMG) tetap dapat dilaksanakan dengan maksimal, khususnya dalam kemampuan penentuan cara bertindak terbaik.

Sebelum menutup latihan, Kasau menyaksikan war gaming yang menggunakan aplikasi Soyus.

“Saya sangat mengapresiasi dan bangga kepada seluruh pelaku latihan beserta wasit dan pengendali, meskipun dihadapkan dengan sistem baru tetapi mampu menggunakannya dengan baik,” tambah Kasau.

Hadir pada acara tersebut para Asisten Kasau, para Panglima Kotama TNI AU, Dankorpaskhasau, Dankoharmatau, Danseskoau dan para pejabat TNI AU lainnya. (TNI AU)

Sistem software Soyus (image : Infoglobal)

TDAS dan SOYUS – Teknologi Canggih Karya Anak Bangsa Indonesia
06 Desember 2017

Pengembangan perangkat lunak SOYUS (awalnya merupakan singkatan Sistem Olah Yudha untuk Seskoau) dan TDAS (Transmission Data Air Situation) adalah produk paling canggih dan bernuansa teknologi tinggi (hi-tech) yang dibangun menggunakan teknologi kelas perusahaan berbasis teknologi .Net buatan Microsoft serta memanfaatkan sistem DirectX secara ekstensif untuk keperluan simulasi grafik berbasis tiga dimensi.

Pada sistem solusi decision technology TDAS yang sudah digunakan oleh Komando Pertahanan Udara, IAO mampu untuk menggabungkan infrastruktur sistem radar militer dan sipil yang tersebar di seluruh Indonesia, serta menghasilkannya menjadi tampilan wilayah udara Indonesia secara terintegrasi.

Artinya, sistem aplikasi berbasis decision technology ini mampu memberikan situasi sebenarnya wilayah udara nasional Indonesia dan mendeteksi terjadinya penyusupan udara oleh pesawat-pesawat asing. Bahkan, sistem ini pun mampu menyimulasi jalur pacu sebuah pesawat terbang yang berada di wilayah Indonesia sehingga pada situasi khusus, seperti kecelakaan dan sejenisnya, mampu ditampilkan ulang untuk kepentingan evaluasi dan simulasi.

Aplikasi canggih lainnya buatan IAO adalah SOYUS yang dirancang untuk keperluan Sekolah Staf dan Komando TNI AU (Seskoau) sebagai sebuah sistem war gaming yang terintegrasi dan waktu sesungguhnya (real time), memungkinkan para perwira TNI AU melakukan perencanaan dan komando pada tingkat strategis, taktis, dan operasional.

Aplikasi SOYUS memiliki sistem manajemen data perlengkapan angkatan udara, kemampuan supervisi, kemampuan perencanaan operasi, serta bersifat dinamis melakukan berbagai kalkulasi rumit sebuah serangan udara.

Dikembangkan selama dua tahun dan menghabiskan biaya sekitar Rp 1 miliar, SOYUS adalah sistem tercanggih yang bisa jadi menjadi sebuah permainan simulasi online game yang setara dengan Counter Strike ataupun Ragnarok.

Aplikasi SOYUS ini juga bisa melibatkan berbagai kekuatan militer (laut, udara, dan darat) ke dalam sistem olah yudha ini, dan selama ini hanya dikembangkan oleh lima programmer. Kedua sistem ini, TDAS dan SOYUS, membuktikan bahwa anak bangsa Indonesia juga bisa mengembangkan sistem aplikasi dengan kualitas dunia yang perlu didukung sepenuhnya oleh siapa saja.

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07 Desember 2018

PHL’s Ordered Patrol Boats from France Arrive

07 Desember 2018

BRP Malamawi (FPB2403) and BRP Kalanggaman (FPB2404) (photo : Mintfo)

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s 3rd and 4th 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II, BRP Malamawi (FPB2403) and BRP Kalanggaman (FPB2404), are now in the Philippines.

The unloading was done at Subic Port today, December 6. This arrival completes the 4 ordered patrol vessels from French shipbuilder OCEA.

“The acquisition of these patrol boats is under the contract signed by the DOTr with maritime technology expert and ship-builder OCEA S.A. of France to strengthen the enforcement in maritime safety and security, and marine environmental protection,” the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

The first two OCEA FPB72 Mark II, BRP Boracay (FPB 2401) and BRP Panglao (FPB 2402), are already in active service after their commissioning on October 15.

“The FPB has a maximum speed (light load) of up to 30 knots; it is specially designed for hot pursuit and rallying as well as endurance even during rough weather operation. It can accommodate 27 persons (12 crews and 16 passengers),” PCG said.

“This acquisition is an additional asset to the PCG in the conduct of its missions such as general coastal patrol of territorial and economic zone waters, law enforcement operations, surveillance and Coast Guard operations, fishing surveillance operations, anti-smuggling and illegal immigration control, search and rescue operations, control of vessels at sea, and special operations,” it added.

OCEA is also in the process of building one 84-meter offshore patrol vessel 270 (OPV 270) for PCG. It is expected to be delivered in August 2019.


Serco Signs New Australian Defence Contract

06 Desember 2018

Serco Mini Typhoon RWS (photo : RAN)

Serco, the international service company, has signed a new contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide In-Service support of the Mini-Typhoon, Typhoon and Toplite systems deployed on 23 ships of the Royal Australian Navy.

The contract, valued at AU$4m (£2.7m) a year will be provided by Serco Australia Defence. The initial contract is for five years with the possibility of two five year extensions. Serco will have two key subcontractors, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and manufacturer Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (ATK).

The agreement increases Serco’s global support for Naval platforms with Serco’s North American division already providing similar maintenance and logistics work for the United States Navy. It also enhances Serco Australia’s long-term business strategy for delivering innovative technical service solutions for Australia’s Defence needs.

Serco’s scope of work includes full support and maintenance for the defence platforms including engineering management, strategic procurement and inventory management.

Four dedicated Serco workshops will be established at strategic ports around Australia with full support nationwide delivered by a team of specialist technicians and engineers. The capability for testing, compliance and assurance will be unique in Australia.

Mark Irwin, Serco Asia Pacific Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to support the Australian Defence Force. The ongoing collaboration between the RAN, Serco, Rafael and ATK provides outstanding service to our defence forces confirming the ongoing availability, reliability and sustainability of the platform across Australia.

“I am also delighted that we can develop significant technical skills in Australia through this program that will grow the overall capability in the service of Naval vessels.”


Proses Pengembangan Pesawat Tempur KFX/IFX Berjalan Sesuai Rencana

07 Desember 2018

Pesawat Tempur KFX/IFX (photo : BMPD)

Proses Pengembangan Pesawat Tempur KFX/IFX Capai 20 Persen

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Proses pengembangan pesawat tempur generasi 4,5 yang merupakan kerja sama antara Indonesia dan Korea Selatan, KFX/IFX, sejak 2011 sudah mencapai 20 persen. 

"Hingga saat ini proses pengembangan sudah mencapai 20 persen. Ada tiga tahap yang perlu dilalui, yaitu pengembangan teknologi, EMD, kemudian protoyping," kata Direktur Teknologi dan Pengembangan PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Marsekal Pertama TNI Gita Amperiawan, saat jumpa pers, di Jakarta, Kamis. 

Menurut dia, selama tujuh tahun progres proyek kerja sama antar pemerintahan itu sudah sampai tahap tinjauan desain awal (preliminary design review) guna memastikan konfigurasi pesawat tempur KFX/IFX sesuai persyaratan operasional dari TNI AU dan Angkatan Udara Korea Selatan. 

"Hari ini kami sosialisasi kepada semua pemangku kepentingan, termasuk Kementerian Pertahanan, Kemenko Polhukam, untuk lihat sejauh mana proges setelah yang dilakukan insinyur Korea Selatan-Indonesia selama fase Engineering Manufacturing Development," kata dia. 

Menurut dia, setelah fase itu rampung dilakukan, kedua negara ini akan mengembangkan prototipe pesawat tempur itu. 

Pesawat-pesawat tempur ini ditargetkan baru bisa diproduksi massal pada 2026 usai uji coba dan sertifikasi. 

"Kami sudah lalui fase pengembangan teknologi dan EMP. Setahun detil desain itu selesai kira-kira Juli/Agustus 2019, kita mulai prototyping kemudian pengujian dan sertifikasi," katanya. 

Ia menambahkan, pemerintah Indonesia dan Korsel mengakomodasi keperluan umum (common requirement), dimana hasil purwarupa harus mengakomodasi kepentingan TNI AU. 

Sementara jumlah pesawat yang akan diproduksi mencapai 168, dengan rincian Korea Selatan akan memiliki 120 pesawat terbang dan Indonesia 48 unit.

"Kita berkontribusi sesuai kesepakatan 20 persen dalam semua hal per fase. Kesepakatan proyeknya itu per fase," tuturnya. 

Di tempat yang sama, Ketua Program KFX/IFX PT DI, Heri Yansyah, mengatakan, PT DI bersama Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) hanya sebagai sistem integrator dalam pengembangan pesawat KFX/IFX. 

"Jadi semua komponen akan diproduksi oleh pihak lain termasuk engine dan avioniknya. Navigasi diproduksi oleh pihak lain yang diintegrasikan ke dalam pesawat ini. Memang kita juga sudah ada rencana bagaimana teknologi bisa dibangun oleh industri dalam negeri Indonesia, seperi PT Pindad," katanya. 

PT Pindad, lanjut dia, bisa membuat senjata untuk pesawat tempur generasi 4,5 ini. 

"Senjata bisa ke Pindad, kita juga melakukan kesiapan teknologi misalnya, data link, 'weapon integration', radar. Itu adalah kegiatan-kegiatan kita yang kita sebut sebagai investasi strategis. Bagaimana suatu saat bisa diproduksi di dalam negeri karena ini dikaitkan dengan kemandirian," ucap Heri. 

Untuk diketahui, pesawat tempur KFX/IFX adalah pesawat semi-siluman multi peran generasi 4.5 yang dikembangkan Indonesia dan Korea Selatan. 

Dalam nota kesepahaman kedua negara, Indonesia menanggung biaya program pengembangan pesawat tempur itu sebesar 20 persen, sementara Korea Selatan 80 persen. 

Untuk program KFX yang memerlukan dana sangat besar, semula Korea Selatan juga menggandeng Turki; namun dalam perjalanan waktu Turki mengundurkan diri. Ada beberapa teknologi kunci yang mutlak harus dikuasai untuk bisa mewujudkan superioritas KFX (belakangan juga IFX) ini, di antaranya teknologi radar AESA.


06 Desember 2018

Airbus Opens First Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite Operating Site in Australia

06 Desember 2018

Wyndham, in Western Australia, is the world’s first operational launch site for solar-electric stratospheric UAV. Marks the start of various Zephyr flight  campaigns to be undertaken from the site with different customers. Launch site is a key milestone in bringing real operational capability with the Zephyr S, the world’s leading solar electric, stratospheric UAV (photos : Airbus)

Perth  – Airbus Defence and Space announced the opening of the world’s first High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) flight base serving as the launch site for the Zephyr UAV in Wyndham, Western Australia.

This site has been chosen due to its largely unrestricted airspace and reliable weather and is the result of significant investment by Airbus into its Zephyr programme.

Zephyr is the world’s leading, solar electric, stratospheric Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It harnesses the sun’s rays, running exclusively on solar power, above the weather and conventional air traffic; filling a capability gap complimentary to satellites, UAVs and manned aircraft to provide persistent local satellite-like services.

“I am delighted to welcome the Airbus team and their Zephyr project to Western Australia. This is the culmination of almost a year of hard work by Airbus and my Government to bring this exciting and innovative technology to our state. The Zephyr aircraft provides new capabilities to commercial and military customers and will bring an economic boost to the East Kimberley region,” said Premier of Western Australia, Hon. Mark McGowan MLA.

“The official opening of the Airbus Wyndham launch site in Western Australia, the world’s first operational HAPS site, marks the start of a new era for Zephyr. We are proud to see Australia become part of the Zephyr operational network. The site is our gateway to the stratosphere and will be the main flight base for Zephyr going forward.” said Jana Rosenmann, Head of Unmanned Aerial Systems at Airbus.

Zephyr will bring new see, sense and connect capabilities to both commercial and military customers. Zephyr will provide the potential to revolutionise disaster management, including monitoring the spread of wildfires or oil spills. It provides persistent surveillance, tracing the world’s changing environmental landscape and will be able to provide communications to the most unconnected parts of the world.

About the Airbus Zephyr Programme

The original target mission of the Zephyr is to provide local persistence at an affordable price with a re-usable solar-powered aircraft, providing a wide scope of applications, ranging for example from maritime surveillance and services, border patrol missions, communications, forest fire detection and monitoring, or navigation. Operating in the stratosphere at an average altitude of 70,000 feet / 21 kilometers, the ultra-lightweight Zephyr has a wingspan of 25 meters and a weigh of less than 75kg, and flies above weather (clouds, jet streams) and above regular air traffic, covering local or regional footprints.

Ideally suited for "local persistence" (ISR/Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), the Zephyr has the ability to stay focused on a specific area of interest (which can be hundreds of miles wide) while providing it with satellite-like communications and Earth observation services (with greater imagery granularity) over long periods of time without interruption.


CAP 55 Plan for RMAF Ready — Liew

06 Desember 2018

CAP 55 program of the RMAF (image : Osmint)

KUALA LUMPUR : The long-term development plan for the Royal Malaysian Air Force known as Capability Development 55 (CAP 55) is ready and will be submitted  to the Defence Ministry before being brought to the Cabinet, said Deputy Defence Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

He said the 35-year plan covers procurement of assets and new systems apart from upgrading existing capability and systems to defend the nation.

“It utilises the cost benefit analysis methodology which takes into consideration factors like realistic planning, effectiveness and the nation’s financial situation.

“Apart from these, it also looks into the policy on the shelf-life of aircraft and focuses on reducing aircraft types to tackle the issue of outdatedness and increased cost of maintenance,” he said during the Question-and-Answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a question from  Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (PAS-Kubang Kerian) who wanted to know what measures the Ministry was taking in addressing the issue of air assets that were more than 20 years old.


Centauro II Mobile Gun Systems Takes Shape

06 Desember 2018

The first example of the CIO Centauro II 8×8 MGS showing its 120 mm smoothbore gun fitted with muzzle brake, muzzle reference system, and fume extractor (photo : Leonardo Defence Systems)

Leonardo Defence Systems has confirmed that the Italian Army placed its first contract for 11 Centauro II 8×8 Mobile Gun Systems (MGSs) in July. Details about the contract were revealed to Jane's in November.

This order comprises the single prototype to be brought up to full production standard, as well as 10 new Centauro II vehicles and a two-year support package.

Extensive user trials resulted in several suggested improvements, and these are being fitted to the prototype that will be completed in 2019 for final test and evaluation.

Improvements include installing an identification, friend-or-foe (IFF) system, latest generation radios, and new grenade launchers that are to meet the European environmental requirements.

The commander and loader's hatches are to be capable of being lifted through 180°, and the driver's situational awareness is to be improved for driving in the closed-hatch position. The roof-mounted Hitrole remote weapon system (RWS), armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun (MG), will be repositioned because its location on the forward part of the turret roof can restrict the view through the commander's Leonardo Attila stabilised day (colour charge device camera)/third-generation thermal sighting system that includes a laser rangefinder.

Production of the complete hull and running gear will be undertaken at Iveco Defence Vehicles Bolzano facility, while the turret is to be manufactured at the Leonardo Defence Systems facility in La Spezia.

The first four production Centauro II 8×8 MGSs are slated to be complete in the last half of 2020, followed by another six in 2021. The Italian Army's total requirement for the Centauro II 8×8 MGS, funding permitting, is for 148 units in two batches of 74, with tranches within these batches.


RNZAF Welcomed New King Air 350 Aircraft

06 Desember 2018

New fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350 (right)

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has welcomed their new fleet of King Air 350 (in new grey livery) aircraft to the Base Ohakea and has said farewell to their King Air 200s. 

The aircraft is an important part of our modern fleet which we’ve been building up over the past six years. (NZDF)

VH-ZPF, the fourth King Air 350 (photo : P. Jansen P)

The fourth King Air 350

The fourth and final Beech 350i King Air for the Royal New Zealand Air Force 42 Squadron was delivered to Ohakea on the afternoon of 19 November 2018. VH-ZPF MSN FL-897 made its way from Bankstown to Sydney on the afternoon of 18 November ahead of its direct flight to Ohakea the following afternoon. 

It flew under its VH registration from Ohakea to Whenuapai arriving noon 20 November then conducted a VFR local flight out to Great Barrier Island and back. It then returned to Ohakea that evening. A similar routine was conducted 22 November, however this time the "local" flight extended north towards Whangarei before gravitating back to Whenuapai. (MRC Aviation)

More Missiles in the Pipeline for PH Navy

06 Desember 2018

Spike-ER missile of PN (photo : mintfo)

MANILA -- More capable and powerful missile weaponry are now in the pipeline for the Philippine Navy (PN) following the successful integration of Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd.'s Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system into the fleet.

This was revealed by Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata when asked if more sophisticated missile systems and platforms are in the offing, and whether the Spike-ER heralded the formal entry of the PN into the missile age.

"(Yes). It (Spike-ER) ushered the Navy and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) to the missile age and also prepares for the forthcoming acquisition of a more sophisticated and powerful weapons systems and capabilities," Zata told the Philippine News Agency Sunday.

The Spike-ER system, which arrived in the country last April, is the PN's first missile weapon that is capable of penetrating 1,000-mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and has a range of eight kilometers.

It was first tested in Aug. 9 off Lamao Point, Limay, Bataan and again on Nov. 21.

The weapons were installed and fired by the PN's three Mark III multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC) constructed by Subic-based Propmech Corporation.

Zata added that the PN will gain more capability to operate modern naval weaponry with the arrival of the Pohang-class frigate, donated by the Republic of Korea (ROK), next year.

Spike ER missile (photo : MB)

"The Pohang-class frigate from ROK will also be delivered by next year equipped with a better weapons system that the Navy can already use as it prepares for the delivery of the two purposely-built frigates starting 2020," he stressed.

The Pohang-class frigate is equipped with a primary and secondary gun systems, sensors and torpedoes for anti-submarine missions as well as sensors for anti-air operations, Zata revealed.

Earlier, the PN spokesperson said their high-speed MPACS can also be utilized against large surface targets intruding into the country's territorial waters.

Zata said this is the essence of the "swarming tactic" developed by the Navy for its MPAC fleet.

In the said tactic, large numbers of MPACs will be deployed to engage large surface threats.

"(In the said tactics) numerically superior of fast, agile and missile-equipped MPACs will engage and neutralize targets," the PN spokesperson pointed.

He added that the MPACs can be also optimized for hit-and-run raids if needed.


05 Desember 2018

First Two RAAF F-35S on Their Way Home

05 Desember 2018

A35-009 and A35-010 at Luke AFB, USA (photo : Aus DoD)

The Royal Australian Air Force has taken delivery of its tenth Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighter, with the aircraft arriving at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona last week.

The milestone aircraft, serial A35-010, is the second to be delivered direct to the RAAF’s 3SQN, which is operating alongside US Air Force F-35A training units at Luke. The RAAF’s other eight aircraft have to date operated under the USAF’s and Lockheed Martin’s training and maintenance systems, whereas aircraft nine and 10 were delivered under the RAAF’s own airworthiness authority and Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) maintenance system.

“Our tenth JSF was delivered to RAAF’s 3SQN at Luke AFB last week following a range of acceptance testing activities authorising delivery,” Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said on Monday.

“Until now, all aircraft deliveries went to the F-35 International Pilot Training Centre, which required RAAF maintainers to perform ALIS-related tasks using the American system. Operating on Australian ALIS is an important achievement before the JSFs arrive in Australia in December this year.”

Two RAAF F-35As are due to ferry to Australia in early to mid-December, after which they will conduct an Australian-specific verification and validation (V&V) period in preparation for 3SQN returning to Australia in 2019.

A further eight F-35As are due to be delivered to the RAAF in 2019, while another 15 “should be under contract by early 2019 for delivery in 2020”, according to Defence.

To date, eight RAAF pilots are qualified on the F-35A and are instructing at Luke, while 27 maintainers have completed training on the type.

Initial operational capability (IOC) is planned for December 2020.

See full article Australian Aviation

Bomba Terima 2 unit Helikopter Baharu AW189

05 November 2018

Bomba AW189 helicopter 9M-BOE and 9M-BOF (photos : Muhd Fairuz)

SUBANG JAYA: Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia (JBPM) menerima dua buah helikopter AW189 daripada syarikat Agusta Westland Malaysia Sdn Bhd (AWM).

Helikopter terbabit dilengkapi enjin berkembar mampu memuatkan sehingga 18 individu termasuk juruterbang diberikan masing-masing pada 27 November 2017 dan 3 Julai 2018.

Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Zuraida Kamaruddin, berkata seunit helikopter itu bernilai RM105 juta.

“Kita berurusan dengan syarikat itu selama dua tahun bagi mendapatkan aset berkenaan.

“Dua unit terbabit menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan aset helikopter JBPM sebanyak sembilan buah dengan tujuh daripadanya berpangkalan di Subang manakala bakinya masing-masing di Bertam (Pulau Pinang) dan Miri (Sarawak).

“Semua aset itu boleh digunakan di dalam dan luar negara.

“Buat masa ini, kita ada meletakkan dua aset yang berpangkalan di Subang ke Palu (Indonesia) sebagai langkah siap siaga untuk operasi menyelamat mangsa gempa bumi baru-baru ini,” katanya ketika ditemui pada Majlis Perasmian Pengoperasian Helikopter AW189 JBPM, di sini, hari ini.

Turut hadir, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek dan Ketua Pengarah JBPM, Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid.

(Berita Harian)