19 Juni 2018

India to Build Armament Factories in Vietnam: Defence Minister Sitharaman

19 Juni 2018

Brahmos cruise missile (photo : Maritime Executive)

India wants to build armament factories in Vietnam to export to third countries, a military industry meeting heard Wednesday. The meeting was a part of a series of events organized on the occasion of Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to Vietnam.

Meeting with top Vietnamese leaders during her four-day visit that ends Friday, she said India-Vietnam military cooperation doesn’t stop at buying and transferring military technologies.

India looks to set up armament factories in Vietnam for export to third-party countries, she said. She also hoped that Vietnam would become a prime destination for Indian businesses, especially in defence and military sectors.

Major General Ho Quang Tuan, Vice Chairman of the General Department of Defense Industry from Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense, stressed that military cooperation was a cornerstone in the strategic partnership between Vietnam and India.

He also said the two countries were having “open, direct” dialogue regarding military technologies and weaponry.

Vietnam is strengthening its military cooperation with India as part of its “peaceful” defence policy, foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang had said at a press briefing last year.

She was responding to an inquiry about India’s offers to sell a batch of short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles, BrahMos, to Vietnam.

Hang said the procurement of defence equipment “was consistent with the policy of peace and self-defence and “normal practice.”

“The bilateral security and defence ties have been making practical contributions to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large,” she said.

India has already supplied patrol vessels to Vietnam and has been providing military training. The BrahMos missiles deal, once finalized, would be the first arms trade deal between the two countries.

(The Kootneti)

Israeli Firm Upgrading Another Batch of PHL Armoured Carriers

19 Juni 2018

M113 with mortar (photo : MaxDefense)

Israeli defense and security company Elbit Systems is upgrading another batch of Philippine Army M113A2 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The contract bagged by the Israeli company involves a total of 49 APCs.

“The first lot involves the upgrade of 44 M113A2 tracked armoured personnel carriers by installing Elbit System’s Dragon 12.7mm RCWS and Elbit’s Combat NG Battlefield Management System (BMS) into the vehicles,” MaxDefense Philippines said.

MaxDefense added that the second lot “involves the acquisition of 5 Soltam Cardom 81mm mortar systems, and the conversion of 5 of the Philippine Army’s M113A2 into Self Propelled Mortar [Carriers].”

It can be recalled that Elbit upgraded 28 M113A2 APCs.

The first batch of upgrade involved installation of 25 mm unmanned turrets, 12.7 mm remote controlled weapon stations (RCWS), fire control systems (FCS) for 90 mm turrets.


18 Juni 2018

KMW Pursues New Amphibious Fighting Vehicle Development

18 Juni 2018

The APVT is fully amphibious and is propelled in the water by a single waterjet. (photos : KMW, BMPD)

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) unveiled a concept demonstrator for its self-funded Amphibious Protected Vehicle Tracked (APVT) programme.

The first example is configured as an armoured personnel carrier (APC), which is operated by a two-person crew and carries eight dismounts.

The hull is of welded steel with additional buoyancy aids fitted to either side.

According to KMW, the APVT is 9.46 m long, 3.0 m wide, and 2.7 m tall with a gross vehicle weight of 30 tonnes. It carries a five-tonne payload capacity for the weapon station, ammunition, fuel, and crew.

The vehicle is fitted with a hydropneumatic decoupled suspension system, which enables it to cross a 2.5 m trench and climb a vertical obstacle of up to 0.8 m.

The road wheels are adapted from the Puma infantry fighting vehicle, which is already in service with the German Army.

The APVT also features Defense Service Tracks (DST) composite rubber tracks, which are lighter, quieter, and generate less rolling resistance and vibration compared with conventional steel tracks, which reduces fuel consumption.

It is powered by a 816-hp MTU diesel engine coupled to an ZF automatic transmission, which gives a maximum road speed of up to 70 km/h with a range of up to 550 km.

During waterborne operations it is propelled by a waterjet, which provides a maximum speed of up to 13.2 km/h with a range of up to 54 km.

Preparation for amphibious operation includes activating the bilge pumps and erecting screens at the front and the rear.

A nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) system and an air conditioning system have also been installed to improve crew survivability and comfort.


Duterte ‘Very Inclined’ to Support Submarine Acquisition Program

18 Juni 2018

Philippine Navy need submarine for its fleet (photo : Okezone)

President Rodrigo Duterte is inclined to support to submarine acquisition program of the Philippine Navy, this was bared by Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad on June 13.

“I remember the National Security Adviser (Secretary Hermogenes Esperon) told me that the President is very inclined to support our submarine acquisition program,” Vice Admiral Empedrad said over DWDD.

“Nagcreate na kami ng Submarine Group, we are already sending people abroad for training in preparation of the acquisition of submarine,” he said. “Kasi ang pag-acquire ng submarine it would take 7 to 10 years.”

The Navy chief that he is also supporting the submarine project. It can be remembered that Empedrad told a senate hearing in February 2018 that the future of naval warfare is submarine warfare.

“The trend now is submarine warfare because it is hard to fight an enemy that you cannot see. Mahirap kasi i-detect ang submarine,” he said.

“I just attended the future surface fleet conference in London a week ago, at ang trend ngayon is modern navies now changing strategy to anti-submarine warfare. A lot of countries are building their submarines so we have to develop also ‘yung capability pano sila i-detect,” he explained.

“So we buy submarines, we buy also anti-submarine ships,” Vice Admiral Empedrad said.

He added that the upcoming frigates being built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries and upcoming AW-159 Wildcat helicopters from Leonardo are all capable of anti-submarine warfare armed with torpedoes.

Earlier this week, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the country is now looking for possible suppliers of diesel-electric submarines to beef up the Philippine Navy’s capabilities.


Major Sonar Upgrade for Collins Class Submarine

18 Juni 2018

Raytheon Australia and Thales Australia will be responsible for delivering the sonar system upgrades (photo : ASC)

Major upgrade for submarine force

Australia’s Collins Class submarine fleet will receive significant sonar upgrades further extending its superiority in our region.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced work will commence this year to enhance sonar systems across the Collins Class fleet.

This will better enable our submarines to safely navigate, detect and locate other vessels while remaining hidden themselves. 

Minister Pyne said with the majority of the project being delivered by Australian industry, it demonstrates the maturity of the national submarine enterprise.

“Australian defence suppliers are central to the sovereignty of our current and future military capability,” Minister Pyne said.

“As a result of their continued demonstration of expertise, Australian companies will have an enduring role in keeping our submarines superior and safe.”

Minister Payne said the upgrades are critical to maintaining Australia’s highly capable Collins Class submarine fleet until the introduction of the Future Submarines.

“The 2016 Defence White Paper clearly outlines the importance of a potent submarine capability to ensure our sovereignty and defend Australia,” Minister Payne said.

“Submarines offer capabilities no other platform can provide, and that’s why the Turnbull Government is committed to investing in the Collins Class fleet to maintain its advantage in an increasingly complex and uncertain strategic environment.”

“Enhancing the Collins Class’ high-end warfighting capabilities so they can continue to detect and locate other vessels, ensures it will be an effective deterrent to potential adversaries.”

The project is valued at $542 million and the Australian Industry Content is approximately 70 per cent, creating more than 100 direct jobs.

51 jobs will be based in New South Wales, 25 in Western Australia, 21 in South Australia and 13 in the Australian Capital Territory.

“It’s yet another sign of the strength of Australia’s defence industry that the vast majority of this complex project will be done locally, creating jobs while delivering the capability our Navy needs,” said Minister Pyne.

“Raytheon Australia and Thales Australia will play lead roles in delivering the sonar system upgrades, with ASC and a range of small and medium sized Australian companies supporting system integration.”

In the 2018–19 financial year, most of the spending will be on the design and production effort in NSW with Raytheon Australia in Macquarie Park and Thales Australia in Rydalmere.

The upgrades will then be installed at maintenance facilities at Osborne in South Australia and Henderson in Western Australia.

(Aus DoD)

16 Juni 2018

Euro Main Battle Tanks Unveils by KMW and Nexter

16 Juni 2018

The Euro MBT/EMBT (photos : andrei-bt, janes)

EU tank breaks cover

After being kept under wraps, the French-German KNDS Group (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann + Nexter Defense Systems) has unveiled its first joint project, the EMBT, or European Main Battle Tank. Essentially a technology demonstrator, with further development, “the EMBT is a short-term response to the operational need of the market for high-intensity battle tanks”.

The EMBT consists of the KMW Leopard 2A7 MBT platform fitted with the Nexter Leclerc MBT turret. The two elements were integrated at Nexter’s facility at Roanne, where Leclerc production was originally undertaken. Since then, the EMBT has undertaken mobility and firing trials, the latter performed in Portugal, with 22 rounds fired from the 120mm smoothbore gun.

The standard Leopard 2A7 has a three-person turret armed with a manually loaded 120mm smoothbore gun, whereas the Leclerc turret is fitted with a 120mm smoothbore gun fed by a bustle-mounted automatic loader.

The Leclerc turret is lighter and more compact, which reduces the combined weight by six tonnes.

According to KNDS, the EMBT demonstrates that their combined skills make it the legitimate and essential industrial actor of the two key French- German future programmes.

The first of these is the follow-on to the Leopard 2/ Leclerc MBT, which is called the Main Ground Combat System and has a potential in-service date of around 2035. This could well be brought forward because the design of these two MBTs is now many years old and the point will be reached where they can no longer be upgraded.

The second programme is the future artillery system. Called the Common Indirect Fire System, this has a number of elements, including the replacement of the German Army 155mm PzH2000 tracked and French 155mm CAESAR wheeled self-propelled artillery systems.


PN to Test Fire its Spike-ER Missile this July

16 Juni 2018

Spike ER missile installed on Typhoon weapon station (photo : Wiki)

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) will conduct the first test fire of its Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile in July.

This was bared by Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview with military-run radio DWDD Wednesday.

“(This) July, we might be testing our very first missile aboard our small ships, (the) MPACs (multi-purpose assault crafts where the weapon is now being fitted), the President would like to see that testing,” he added.

Empedrad is hoping that the test will be successful as it will allow them to acquire more ships with missile capability.

“We’re hoping that we will be able to successfully test it and ‘pag naging maganda ang testing (if the testing will be successful), then we will acquire more ships with missile capability,” he stressed.

The PN’s Spike-ER missiles with its launchers and tracking systems were delivered to the Philippines from Israel last April.


15 Juni 2018

Royal Thai Army Prepares Attack Helicopter Acquisition

15 Juni 2018

The Royal Thai Army is looking to procure new attack helicopters, with several platforms under review including the Z-19 Black Whirlwind from China. (photo : sinodefence)

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is preparing to acquire at least six new attack helicopters to replace its ageing fleet of Bell AH-1F Cobras, with funding for the procurement provided in the 2019 defence budget.

Confirming the plan in a press conference on 12 June, Major General Weerayuth Intaworn, commander of the RTA’s Aviation Centre, said the service has established a dedicated procurement committee, which is now evaluating proposals from several foreign countries.

Jane’s understands that helicopters under review include the Mil Mi-28 and Kamov Ka-52 from Russia, the Bell AH-1Z Viper and Boeing AH-64 Apache, Airbus Helicopters’ Tiger, Leonardo’s AW129 Mangusta, and the Z-19 Black Whirlwind produced by China’s Harbin Aircraft Industry Group.

The RTA’s Aviation Centre, based in Lopburi, has operated a small number of AH-1F Cobras since the early 1990s but three of these aircraft are scheduled to be decommissioned in the near future, confirmed Maj Gen Intaworn.

The RTA’s attack helicopter requirement is long-standing but has previously been hindered by a lack of funds. The country’s 2019 defence budget, which was announced in early June, outlines military spending of THB227.67 billion (USD7.1 billion). Official documents show the expenditure is an increase of THB9.16 billion – or 4.2% over actual defence spending in 2018.


Defence Seeks Innovative Concepts to Enhance Stealth of UAS

15 Juni 2018

Wasp-2 micro UAS of the ADF (photo : Business Insider)

Defence is inviting Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to submit proposals for new technologies to protect Australian small, fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by making them harder to detect.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said this was another opportunity for SMEs to contribute innovative solutions to enhance Defence capability.

“Australian SMEs are great innovators and we want them to put forward innovative concepts to protect our UAS from being readily seen or heard in different environmental conditions,” Minister Pyne said.

“Defence is looking for outcomes to reduce both the visual and acoustic detection of UAS from ground-based observation without disrupting the operation of the aircraft.

UAS’s are used for intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance and especially in situations where manned flight is considered too risky. Having the ability to remain undetected conveys significant tactical advantages for such operations.  

These proposals are being invited under the Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) initiative of the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

“This program is designed to stimulate innovative research for Defence application by SMEs with this being the first project under the initiative requiring a novel application of material sciences and advanced sensors.”

Funded proposals will be eligible for up to $100,000, for completion within nine months.

If successful, SMEs will then be eligible to apply for funding to support further research and concept maturation within 24 months, with maximum funding of $750,000.

”I look forward to a strong response from SMEs and cutting-edge solutions in their proposals,” Minister Pyne said.

(Aus DoD)

14 Juni 2018

Thailand, China Progress Plans to Establish Joint Industrial Facility

14 Juni 2018

Thailand and China have advanced plans to establish a facility to support Chinese-made military vehicles in Thailand such as the VT4 MBT seen here. (photo : 77kaoded)

Thailand and China have progressed plans to set up a jointly run defence industrial facility in the Southeast Asian country that will be focused on supporting Chinese land systems operated by the Royal Thai Army (RTA).

State-run news in Thailand reported the industrial facility will be established later this year. The project, it reported, was the subject of bilateral discussions on 12 June between the Chinese military and RTA chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart, who is currently on an official visit to Beijing.

State-run news added that Gen Sitthisart also discussed with Chinese counterparts the progress of two major RTA procurement programmes: its order of VT4 main battle tanks and its planned acquisition of VN-1 armoured personnel carriers. Both platforms are produced by the China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO).

The RTA has so far ordered 38 VT4s over two orders in 2016 and 2017, worth a combined THB7 billion (USD218 million). An initial batch of 28 VT4s arrived in Thailand in late 2017. Jane’s understands that additional orders of the type – the export version of the MBT-3000 – are expected to meet an overall RTA requirement of more than 100 MBTs.

Jane’s understands that the proposed VN-1 acquisition has not yet been set to contract, although the Thai government has ring-fenced THB2.3 billion (USD68 million) for the procurement of an initial 38 units.


Otokar debuts its Light Tank in Paris

14 Juni 2018

Gross vehicle weight of TULPAR is 32 tonnes (Grow potential up to 42 tonnes) (all photos : Otokar)

Otokar, a KoƧ Group company, debuted its TULPAR Light Tank for the first time at Eurosatory 2018, Europe's largest defense industry exhibition in Paris, France between June 11th and 15th. Within its wide product range Otokar will also display its ARMA, COBRA II, KAYA II and COBRA armored vehicles with superior mobility as well as ballistic and mine protection along with turret systems.

Otokar TULPAR Light Tank stands out with its mobility, fire power and protection. The vehicle is integrated with CMI Cockerill®'s  3105 turret with autoloader, which is capable of firing all kinds of 105 mm NATO ammunition and the Falarick Gun Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile (GLATGM) with its high pressure 105 mm tank gun.

The Fire Control System (FCS) with fully stabilized day/night (thermal imaging) sights and coincidence firing logic provides high first-round hit probability against static or moving targets and Hunter-Killer Capability provides single and multiple target engagements. CMI Cockerill® 3105 turret has a two-man crew.

TULPAR Light Tank offers effective solution for missions requiring high fire and destructive power. Thanks to its superior mobility, TULPAR Light Tank can operate in diverse terrains where the Main Battle Tanks cannot serve due to their weight and size; like bridge capacities or in built up areas.

TULPAR is designed as a multi-purpose vehicle platform in regards to users' needs of diverse missions. The vehicle offers an ideal platform for the light tank. Tested in the toughest climate conditions and the most challenging terrains, TULPAR features a modular armor technology that can be configured and scaled according to threats as well as the best mine protection in its class.

TULPAR can be integrated with active protection systems and has the capacity to accommodate 3 crew (Commander, gunner and driver) plus 2 personnel. Its outstanding Integrated Logistic Support System provides low lifecycle support costs.


ST Engineering, Hirtenberger Collaborate on 120 mm Mortar

14 Juni 2018

Austrian-made Hirtenberger 120mm SRAMS mortar (photo : C$Defence)

Singapore’s ST Engineering Land Systems division Hirtenberger Defence Systems (HDS) signed an agreement on 12 June to co-operate on 120 mm mortar systems.

Under the agreement, HDS’s UK branch will market ST Engineering’s 120 mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar Systems (SRAMS), which will be combined with HDS’s Arc-Fire mortar fire control system and 120 mm mortar ammunition.

The teaming also covers collaboration on potential work with third-party vehicle manufacturers at the request of customers to integrate the SRAMS system onto a vehicle, with HDS seeing an increase in demand from customers and the market for mobile and vehicle-mounted mortar systems.


Kemenhan Angkat Bicara Soal Denda Sewa Satelit Rp 278 Miliar

14 Juni 2018

Satelit-satelit Avanti (image : Avanti)

Jakarta - Indonesia sempat dilaporkan harus membayar uang denda USD 20 juta atau senilai Rp 278 miliar kepada Avanti, perusahaan operator satelit asal Inggris. 

Hal tersebut dikarenakan pemerintah dianggap lalai dalam melakukan pembayaran pada satelit komunikasi yang dipinjamnya kepada Avanti.

Setelah berita itu diturunkan, baru beberapa hari kemudian Kementerian Pertahanan memberikan respons konfirmasi atas berita yang bersumber dari situs Spacenews.

Berikut isi lengkap konfirmasi dari Kemenhan, seperti dikutip detikINET, Kamis (14/6/2018):

Bahwa pemerintah RI akan berusaha melaksanakan keputusan yang akan dikeluarkan oleh Sidang Arbitrase Internasional di London dalam waktu dekat ini. 

Pemerintah berharap penyelesaikan tersebut dapat terlaksana dengan cepat dan baik. Kemhan bersama Kementerian dan Lembaga terkait telah bekerja sama menyelesaikan permasalahan tersebut sesuai dengan prosedur dan aturan yang berlaku.

Pihak LCIA sampai dengan saat ini belum mengeluarkan keputusan terkait dengan hearing pertama dari sidang arbitrase Internasional tersebut di London. Kemungkinan keputusan tsb akan dikeluarkan dalam dua minggu ini.

Dalam hal ini Kemhan telah berhasil mempertahankan slot orbit 123BT untuk Indonesia hingga tahun 2020

Kapuskom Publik Kementerian Pertahanan
Brigjen Totok Sugiharto

Satelit Artemis milik Avanti (photo : Via Satellite)

Awal Permasalahan

Jika ditarik mundur ke belakang, Indonesia melalui Kementerian Pertahanan meminjam satelit Artemis milik Avanti pada November 2016 lalu. 

Peminjaman tersebut dilakukan untuk mencegah hilangnya hak spektrum L-band pada 123 derajat sebelah timur orbit Bumi. Sebelumnya, posisi tersebut diisi oleh Garuda-1, satelit Tanah Air berusia 15 tahun yang sudah tidak beroperasi sejak 2015.

Terkait dengan kegiatan peminjaman satelit itu, Indonesia setuju untuk membayar Avanti sebesar USD 30 juta. Uang tersebut digunakan untuk relokasi serta penggunaan satelit Artemis. 

Akar masalah muncul saat pemerintah berhenti membayar setelah hanya memberikan Avanti uang senilai USD 13,2 juta, tak sampai setengah dari perjanjian antara keduanya.

Pasca dinilai tak membayar selama berbulan-bulan, Avanti pun membawa pihak Kemenhan untuk menempuh jalur arbitrase pada Agustus tahun lalu. 

Kemudian, sekitar dua bulan setelahnya, karena Indonesia tak kunjung melunasi utangnya, Avanti menyetop Artemis, yang sudah berusia 16 tahun, dalam mengorbit Bumi.

Kemudian, yang terbaru, panel arbitrator Inggris Raya meminta pihak Kemenhan untuk membayar uang senilai USD 20 juta kepada Avanti. 31 Juli menjadi batas akhir bagi lembaga tersebut untuk melunasi utangnya.


Saab’s Gripen Positioned for Philippines Fighter Requirement

14 Juni 2018

Saab is positioning its Gripen to meet the Philippines’ Multi-Role Fighter requirement. (photo: Saab)

Swedish defence group Saab is advancing its engagement with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) as part of efforts to meet the service’s stated requirement to procure a multirole combat aircraft over the coming few years.

The planned acquisition – known in the Philippines as the Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) programme – has not yet been formalised through the issue of a request for information (RFI), but Saab has already strongly positioned its Gripen platform to meet the requirement when it goes to tender.

Recent reports from the Philippines that President Rodrigo Duterte has now approved the MRF acquisition in principle suggest that the programme may move ahead soon in line with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ‘second horizon’ modernisation programme, which runs 2018–23.

Funding for second horizon, which includes the MRF as one of its key acquisition projects, has been set at PHP289 billion (USD5.46 billion).

Commenting on the reported progress in the MRF programme, a Saab spokesperson told Jane’s on 11 June, “It’s a positive development for us in the Philippines, and we are encouraged by the momentum that is now building around the MRF programme.”

The spokesperson added that Saab has been in dialogue with the PAF and AFP about military requirements in the country for several years and that it has held detailed talks with the former about the MRF requirement.

“We have had detailed discussions with the PAF’s technical working group that has been studying the options for the Philippines, and Saab is fully committed to supporting whatever acquisition path [the Philippines] moves forward along.”

According to reports, the MRF programme is likely to progress as a requirement for two squadrons acquired over two batches, although the total number of aircraft that will be procured and the value of finances set aside for the procurement have not yet been confirmed by the Philippine government.


13 Juni 2018

Keel Laying Ceremony of 2 Coastal Patrol Craft for RTN

13 Juni 2018

Two new coastal patrol craft (boat 114 and boat 115) (photo : AAG)

On June 8, 2018 at 2.30pm Admiral Naris Pratchumsuwan, Naval Command presided over the launch of two new keystone vessels at Marsun Co., Ltd., Amphoe Mueang, Samut Prakan Province.

The Navy has been approved by the government to provide two near-shore surveillance ships for use. In the mission of security for the King and the Royal Family. Patrol Protection of fishing boats and boats prevent and combat terrorism in the sea and harbor. Prevent and suppress offenses in the sea,  keeping the law in the seas according to the authority assigned to the Navy, including support Marine operations and disaster relief for the people, both in the sea and in the coast. Marsun Co., Ltd. is the operator. This is to promote the domestic shipbuilding industry.

It also saves more money than overseas procurement. The two ships near the shore (coastal patrol). The development has been improved from the three types of T-boat, namely T-111 boat, T-112 boat and T-113 boat.

The patrol boat near the shore of the 114th Barge will be able to carry out missions covering the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Can detect, track and verify the surface of the water with the surveillance system of the ship. It has a good sea level 5 (Sea State 5) and can continue operating at sea for at least 10 days.

Marsun M36 patrol surveillance (photo : Marsun)

An important feature of the Navy's new fleet near shore
General Features 36 m long, maximum width 7.60 m, depth 3.60 m
Water depth of up to 1.75 m, maximum speed continuous at least 27 knots of water discharge, not less than 1,200 nautical miles.

Naval weapons
Main guns 30 mm machine guns, 1 cylinder head.
Two .50 inch machine guns.

The keel ceremony was a major ceremony and the first ceremony in the ship since. Both ancient Thai and foreign. In the part of Thailand. Keel ceremony It is believed.

In the past, the ship was built with wood. And before the cut to build a boat. There must be a sacrifice ceremony for the goddess and the tree to ask for permission. And when the wood needed before the ship. The keel ceremony will be held by the president of the ceremony to reiterate the first peg. Along with the religious ceremony to win the victory and permanent, the boat is also considered to be a boat to join the boat.

More Unmanned Ground Vehicles for Australian Army

13 Juni 2018

Praesidium Global's UGV (photos : Praesidium Global)

The Australian Army’s next step in the development and acquisition of robotics and autonomous systems to support Australian soldiers was unveiled today.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP confirmed the Australian Army will fund the purchase of additional four Unmanned Ground Vehicles and accessories from Queensland company Praesidium Global at a total acquisition cost of $2 million.

Minister Pyne said the purchase was an excellent example of Defence supporting Australian sovereign defence industry.

“We are committed to building stronger relationships with defence industry and encouraging new innovative technology,” Minister Pyne said. 

“The Unmanned Ground Vehicles will be used by the Army to support a 12-month user evaluation trial within the 2018–19 financial year.

“Unmanned Ground Vehicles will enhance the Army’s capability through assisting our soldiers with a range of manual handling tasks, such as moving heavy loads and field equipment, and casualty evacuations,” Minister Pyne said.

“During the trial, the Army will continue to explore the utility of robotics and autonomous systems and develop an understanding of how they can be best employed to support our soldiers.”

Andrew Wallace MP, Federal Member for Fisher where Praesidium Global is based said that this contract was another great win for the growing Sunshine Coast defence industry.

“The Sunshine Coast is fast emerging as an Australian defence industry hub. I have been working hard to support this growth with my Fisher Defence Industry Initiative, collaborating closely with local companies including Praesidium Global. I am grateful to the Minister for his faith in this innovative local defence product, which will help Australia lead the way in robotics and autonomous systems.” Mr Wallace said.

“My congratulations to David and the team at Praesidium Global. I look forward to working with them, and with our other Sunshine Coast defence industry businesses to make the most of future opportunities created by the Turnbull Government’s unprecedented investment.”

(Aus DoD)

Indonesia Seeks Approval to Acquire Five C-130s by 2024

13 Juni 2018

Indonesia has begun a process to acquire five C-130 multirole transport aircraft. However, Jakarta has yet to decide on a procurement route for the acquisition. (image : TNI AU)

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has started a funding request to acquire a fleet of five new Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules multirole transport aircraft for the country’s air force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU).

The ministry aims for these to be delivered in the 2020–24 timeframe, which is the third and final phase of Indonesia’s military modernisation blueprint known as the ‘Minimum Essential Force’ (MEF).

The first phase of the blueprint, which was initiated by the then president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to revitalise the country’s armed forces, began in 2009.


Philippines Boosts Defence Spending for the Horizon 2 of the AFP Modernization Program

12 Juni 2018

Horizon 2 AFP Modernization (image : pdff)

Philippines boosts spending for second phase of military modernisation

The Philippine government has reportedly allocated PHP289 billion (USD5.46 billion) to procurement during the second modernisation phase of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which runs from 2018 to 2023.

The figure, revealed by AFP officials in media reports on 9 June, represents a major increase over the PHP90 billion allocated for AFP procurement in the 2013–17 first phase.

Under the second stage of modernisation – known as horizon two – about PHP77 billion will be allocated to the Philippine Navy (PN), with this figure confirmed in a speech by President Rodrigo Duterte in May. The Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine Air Force (PAF) will share the remaining PHP212 billion. (Jane's)

Opposition solon bats for bigger budget for AFP modernization

MAGDALO partylist Rep. Gary Alejano is batting for a bigger budget for the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), citing the presence of internal and external threats.

He proposed that the two percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)- roughly P350 billion– should be allocated for defense spending annually.

“Kailangang lakihan ho natin kasi malaki ang pangangailangan natin, externally and internally. (We need to spend more because our (security) needs are getting bigger, externally and internally), ” he said.

He said P350 billion should be allocated every year for the AFP modernization program to achieve “credible defense.”

“We are at the mercy of those who have the intention of violating our rights, our sovereignty…which is what’s happening right now,” Alejano said, referring to China’s supposed aggression in the West Philippine Sea.

He maintained that the Duterte administration ordered the AFP to stop patrolling the West Philippine Sea.

He said he is “not making up stories and it is my principle and policy not to say something without basis.”

Based on the information he received, there was an instruction to stop patrolling in the Scarborough Shoal and West Philippine Sea because it might offend China.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza and AFP spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo said there was no such order.

“They can always say we have not received that information or we have not received that instruction. That’s all. Pero kung sasabihing koryente yan at gumagawa lamang ako ng kwento, i think that is already beyond their mandate,” Alejano said.

“I am a legislator. I know that. I can ask them in the budget hearing, I can ask them in a committee hearing nang diretsahan. I am not making up stories. In fact I support the Armed forces. Hindi ako kalaban ng Armed Forces,” he said. (Manila Bulletin)

12 Juni 2018

5 Unit MBT Leopard 2 RI Bergeser Dari Yonkav 1 Kostrad Ke Yon Mandala Yudha Kostrad

12 Jumi 2018

Pemindahan tank Leopard 2 RI dilakukan dengan Tank Transporter (photo : Kostrad)

(Penkostrad). Batalyon Mandala Yudha Kostrad mendapat dukungan penambahan 5 unit Alut Sista ( Alat Utama Sistem Persenjataan) kendaraan tempur (Ranpur) dari Yonkav 1/BCC Divif 1 Kostrad yakni MBT Leopard 2 RI.

Pergeseran Ranpur dilaksanakan pada Senin (11/6/2018) dari Yonkav 1 Kostrad Cimanggis Depok menuju Yon Mandala Yudha Kostrad Lebak, Banten.

Untuk 3 unit MBT Leopard 2 RI di angkut menggunakan Transporter Iveco yang mampu mengangkut beban seberat 90 ton sedangkan bobot MBT Leopard sendiri untuk siap tempurnya adalah 63 ton dan 2 unit diangkut menggunakan Tank Transporter Scania.

Komandan Batalyon Kavaleri 1/BCC Divif 1 Kostrad Letkol Kav Muhammad Darwis menuturkan hal ini merupakan sesuai rencana dari Pussenkav Kodiklat TNI AD yang melaksanakan Penataan Alut Sista di jajaran TNI AD Khususnya satuan Kavaleri TNI AD.

Kemudian ia menambahkan hal ini juga merupakan Kebijakan dari Komando atas guna melengkapi Alut Sista di jajaran satuan tempur Kostrad.


PH Now Looking for Possible Suppliers of Diesel-Electric Submarines

12 Juni 2018

DND looking at South Korea, Russia and other countries for submarine suppliers (photo : Vitaly Kuzmin)

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said the country is now looking for possible suppliers of diesel-electric submarines to beef up the Philippine Navy's capabilities.

"Tumitingin tayo sa (We are looking at) (South) Korea at Russia and other countries," he added.

According to Lorenzana, while the diesel-electric submarines are part of the Third Horizon of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP), which is slated for 2023 to 2028, there is a need to look into possible suppliers as building these undersea vessels takes a long time.

"Kasi yung paggawa ng submarine takes five to eight years eh, (The construction of submarines takes five to eight years) sometimes it takes 10 years," he added.

The DND chief also said that the Philippines needs to acquire diesel-submarines as its Southeast Asian neighbors like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam now possessed squadrons of these vastly capable underwater craft.

"Kailangan din naman natin (ang diesel-electric submarines) yan para meron naman tayong (deterrent and) security, kasi yung mga kapitbahay natin may mga submarines na eh, Malaysia, Indonesia, pati Singapore na napakaliit na bansa, at saka Vietnam, tayo na lang wala dito (We need diesel-electric submarins so we have a deterrent and security. It's because our neighbors already have submarines. Malaysia, Indonesia, even a small country like Singapore. Vietnam also has submarines. It is only us who do not have it)," he added.

The RAFPMP is divided into three horizons, the first of which was slated 2013 to 2017, the second from 2018 to 2022 and third, 2023 to 2028.

The Second Horizon calls for the acquisition of equipment more attuned to external defense missions, including jet fighters and other air assets and missile systems.

Acquired during the First Horizon were the three Gregorio Del Pilar cutters, three combat utility helicopters for the Navy, two naval attack helicopters, six MPACs (multi-purpose assault craft), eight combat utility helicopters for the Air Force and refurbishment of two Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo planes, two strategic sealift vessels, 12 FA-50 fighter jets among others.


Australian Army Extends Contract with Rockwell Collins for Avionics Support on CH-47F Chinooks

12 Juni 2018

Australian Army pilots fly a CH-47 Chinook helicopter installed with Rockwell Collins’ Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) (photo : Rockwell Collins)

PARIS – Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Australian Army to provide extended avionics support for its fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters through a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract. The agreement extends to 2020, providing field service engineering, program management, logistics service and repair and overhaul for the Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) components installed on the aircraft and Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulators.

Under this extension, the Australian Army receives local support and on-site maintenance and training for their avionics. To date, they have achieved an average availability of 100 percent on all CAAS equipment over 20 months with zero Aircraft On Ground (AOG) incidents.

“The partnership with Rockwell Collins in support of the Australian Army CH-47F Chinooks has proven economical and highly efficient whilst improving successes in its operational domains,” said Rachael Taylor, Chinook platform manager, Cargo Helicopter & Unmanned Surveillance Program Office for the Australian Army. “These results have led the unit to extend the contract to ensure the in-country Rockwell Collins interface is maintained to ensure mission success.”

“We’ve been supporting the Australian Army since they took delivery of their aircraft three years ago, delivering the highest level of service in country so they can maintain mission readiness,” said Thierry Tosi, vice president and general manager, Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “This extension demonstrates their confidence in our services program and the value we provide through a PBL.”

Rockwell Collins has over 20 years of experience in PBL contracting with a 100 percent program renewal rate. The company’s proven track record in PBL contracts has shown that they improve reliability and by integrating the logistics chain, significant results for performance can be achieved.

(Rockwell Collins)