14 Agustus 2018

PH Navy Now Capable of Engaging 'Surface Targets'

14 Agustus 2018

MPAC with Spike-ER missile (photo : PN)

MANILA-- With the successful test-firing of its Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile off Lamao Point, Limay, Bataan last Aug. 9, the Philippine Navy (PN) now is capable of engaging and destroying targets such as ships, or "surface targets" in naval parlance.

"This provides the Navy a significant capability against surface targets. This is also a milestone as your Navy prepares to acquire more sophisticated and powerful missile and weapons system," Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said Sunday.

The Spike-ER was fired from one of the PN's three Spike-ER armed multi-purpose assault craft (MPACs) and successfully hit a floating target six kilometers away.

The above-mentioned MPACs were constructed by the Subic-based Propmech Corporation and activated on May 22, 2017.

The PN MPAC Acquisition Project entered into a contract with Rafael, through SIBAT of Israel Ministry of Defense, for the supply and integration of the above-mentioned weapons systems to three Mark III MPACs.

On April 15, 2017, DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana approved the Notice to Proceed.

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


First New Australian ATC Radar to Enter Service in November

14 Agustus 2018

ASR-NG multibeam 3D radar (photo : Hensoldt)

The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed.

The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar - New Generation (ASR-NG) multibeam 3D radars has been set to work at RAAF Base Tindal in Australia's Northern Territory. This is likely to lead to site acceptance testing, with operational status anticipated to be achieved in November.

Site installation of a second ASR-NG has been completed at the Army Aviation Centre at Oakey in Queensland, and interim systems are being installed at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria and the Naval Air Station HMAS Albatross at Nowra south of Sydney.


Rusia Akan Bangun Bengkel Jet Tempur Sukhoi di Indonesia

14 Agustus 2018

Pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 (photo : AFP)

Pemerintah Indonesia tengah mengusahakan pembelian 11 unit pesawat Sukhoi SU-35 dari Rusia. Pembelian alutsista ini tidak 100 persen dibayar dengan uang tunai tetapi lewat skema imbal beli.

Nilai kontrak pembelian 11 unit Sukhoi SU-35 adalah USD 1,14 miliar. Indonesia menawarkan pembayaran dengan skema imbal beli. Nilai imbal beli yang disepakati kedua belah pihak yaitu 50 persen dari kontrak nilai jual.

Selain itu, dalam skema imbal beli tersebut nantinya Rusia akan membangun fasilitas perawatan pesawat Sukhoi di Indonesia. Kesepakatan itu masuk dalam skema imbal beli yang sudah disetujui pihak Rusia.

"Jadi gini, di imbal beli itu ada mekanismenya. Kita ada nilai sebesar USD 1,14 miliar nanti jadi kewajiban mereka (Rusia) yang masuk ke sini adalah kita membayar uang 15 persen (ke Rusia), 35 persen mereka (Rusia) akan membangun fasilitas MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operation) dari Sukhoi yang akan dibangun di Indonesia. Lalu 50 persen mereka (Rusia) membeli produk dari kita. Itu kesepakatannya yang kita sepakati," sebut Dirjen Perdagangan Luar Negeri Kementerian Perdagangan Oke Nurwan saat dihubungi kumparan, Senin (13/8).

Oke menjelaskan skema imbal beli dalam proses pembelian 11 unit Sukhoi SU-35 menguntungkan kedua belah pihak. Bagi Indonesia, skema imbal beli merupakan pilihan yang bagus untuk menekan defisit perdagangan. Selain itu cara ini efektif untuk menggenjot ekspor komoditas Indonesia.

"Arah perbaikannya Indonesia ini sedang mengupayakan dalam rangka menindaklanjuti defisit perdagangan dalam hal ini ekspor. Berbagai cara dilakukan termasuk (pilihan) instrumen imbal beli," tuturnya.

Sementara itu terkait komoditas Indonesia yang akan ditukar dengan SU-35, Rusia memilih karet. Namun pemerintah Indonesia memberikan pilihan komoditas lainnya. Sehingga ujungnya komoditas yang dimasukkan ke dalam perjanjian imbal beli tidak hanya karet.

"Yang sudah jelas itu mereka minta komoditas karet, itu yang sudah mereka pasti tertarik sekali. Tapi kan kita enggak mau itu aja banyak komoditi lain yang bisa kita tawarkan. Tapi yang penting, begitu kita tawarkan kita harus bisa menjamin pemasoknya. Jangan sampai yang kita tawarkan enggak bisa dipasok, rugi kita nanti," jelas Oke.   


13 Agustus 2018

Navy Continues Collins Class Submarine Training Contract with ASC

13 Agustus 2018

Collins class submarine (photo : ASPI)

Navy continues training contract with ASC 

The Department of Defence has re-engaged ASC Pty Ltd to continue to deliver Royal Australian Navy’s training services for the Collins class submarine program.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the contract ensures all submarine crews will have the skills and knowledge to operate the Collins Class submarines safely and effectively.

“ASC has been a trusted partner for over 25 years in delivering submariner training at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre at HMAS Stirling,” Minister Payne said.

“This important training continuum ensures Australia’s submarine capability is fully supported by a steady supply of highly qualified personnel.

“ASC has proven their ability to deliver the required services and continue to innovate with Navy to develop and implement the latest in learner-centred training technologies.

“The advanced learning environment, including virtual reality and simulation, delivered by ASC provides submariners the skills and confidence to take on the demanding roles in a submarine.”

The services include operator, maintainer and operational training for all submariners throughout their submarine career.

The contract is for an initial period of five years, with two possible extensions of three years each.

ASC has been an important part of readying Australia’s submarine crews since the inception of the Collins Class submarine training program, training more than 1100 submariners since 1993.

(Aus DoD)

PH to Acquire More Missiles for New Ships

13 Agustus 2018

The Typhoon MLS-ER system for Spike-ER missiles, seen here on one of the Philippine Navy’s Mk III MPAC. (photo : Philippine Navy)

MANILA --- The Philippines will be acquiring more missile weaponry to arm its new ships, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana disclosed Thursday.

Lorenzana made the announcement after the successful test-firing of the Philippine Navy's (PN) Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile off Lamao Point in Limay, Bataan last August 9.

The weapon was fired from one of the PN's three Spike-ER armed multi-purpose assault craft (MPACs).

The MPACs were constructed by the Subic-based Propmech Corporation and activated on May 22, 2017.

"We are getting more of those ( missile weaponry) because we're planning (to acquire) more vessels. By the way, we have an offshore-patrol vessel order (for the Navy), six of which would be built here in the country. It will be built by Austal, which is a subsidiary of Austal in Australia, in Balamban, Cebu," Lorenzana said in a media interview.

Asked for the contract price for the six off-shore patrol vessels, the DND chief said he cannot give specific figures yet as the deal is still being finalized.

The DND chief said the implication of the August 9 Spike-ER missile test-firing is that it boosted the PN's capability to efficiently employ such weapon in its operations.

"A Spike-ER missile was fired and accurately hit the designated target at approximately 6 KM (kilometers) away from the firing platform. The target was hit dead center even if the sea state condition was moderately rough with wave of at least one meter high but within the normal firing conditions of the missile," PN spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata earlier said.

The PN MPAC Acquisition Project entered into a contract with Rafael, through SIBAT of the Israel Ministry of Defense, for the supply and integration of the weapons systems to MPAC Mark III platforms.

"Another actual live firing demonstration of the Spike ER missile will be scheduled with the Commander in-Chief, the President of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in attendance," Zata said.

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


RMAF Looking to Boost Maritime Surveillance with Manned and Unmanned Platforms

13 Agustus 2018

Mix of maritime surveillance with manned and unmanned will equip RMAF (photo : Miltech)

Mat Sabu: RMAF looking to boost maritime surveillance assets to monitor shipping routes

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is scouting for a mix of maritime surveillance assets to monitor the nation’s waters, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.

"Some say that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have their advantages while maritime surveillance aircraft also have theirs.

"We are looking at a combination of both," he said when replying to a question raised by Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad (BN-Mersing) in Parliament on Thursday (Aug 9).

Mohamad said it was crucial that the RMAF is equipped with maritime surveillance assets owing to the importance of the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea as maritime trade routes.

To a supplementary question by Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (PH-Port Dickson), the Defence Minister said that high cost of maintenance was the reason behind the grounding of 14 out of 18 Russian made advanced Sukhoi Su-30MKM jet fighters.

He cited the example where the ministry had only received 62% or RM1.1bil out of a request for RM1.8bil budget for maintenance of armed forces equipment.

Mohamad noted that the Malaysian armed forces was currently lagging behind its neighbours.

"We were once ranked as the best armed forces (in the region) in the 1970s.

"However, today we are lagging behind Indonesia which ranks top and Vietnam," he said.

Mohamad said he was committed to "making Malaysia great again", drawing cheers from the floor.


Pindad Uji Daya Gerak Medium Tank di Pantai

13 Agustus 2018

Tank medium Pindad uji daya gerak di medan berpasir (photo : Suara Merdeka)

Pindad Uji Daya Gerak Medium Tank di Pantai Setrojenar

KEBUMEN, suaramerdeka.com – PT Pindad (Persero) melanjutkan serangkaian uji terhadap Medium Tank yang dikembangkan bersama FNSS Turki. Setelah meraih hasil memuaskan dalam uji ketahanan daya ledak ranjau, tank karya dalam negeri itu dilakukan uji daya gerak dan mobilitas pada 7-16 Agustus 2018.

Pada Sabtu (11/8) dilakukan serangkaian di kawasan Pantai Setrojenar, Kecamatan Buluspesantren, Kebumen. Serangkaian uji yang dilakukan antara lain uji cepat rendah,  uji lintas pasir terurai, uji lintas pasir bukit bersemak.

Penguji dari Dislitbangad Mayor Inf Suratmoko menjelaskan, uji cepat rendah dengan menempuh jarak 10 km tidak ada kendala. Selanjutnya, uji lintas pasir terurai di pinggir pantai dengan jarak 1 km PP dengan waktu tempuh 2,15 detik.

Sedangkan uji lintas pasir bukit bersemak dengan jarak 3 km PP juga cukup memuaskan dan tidak ada kendala. “Jadi cukup handal dalam melaksanakan pengujian di daerah pasir,” ujar Mayor Inf Suratmoko kepada wartawan di sela-sela pengujian.

Tank medium Pindad uji daya gerak di medan berpasir (photo : Antara)

Sebelumnya, berbagai uji dilakukan dalam daya gerak meliputi uji jelajah on road, offroad, ketahanan 3x24 jam. Rute yang dilalui dari Bandung menuju Subang, Sarangan, Yogyakarta, Kebumen dan Kembali ke Bandung. Setelah uji daya gerak akan dilaksanakan daya gempur pada 27-30 Agustus.

Performa Mobilitas

Manager Pengembangan Produk dan Proses Kendaraan Khusus PT Pindad selaku Kepala Program Pengembangan Medium Tank, Windu Paramarta menjelaskan, uji ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui performa mobilitas kemampuan medium tank dalam kondisi baik, memenuhi persyaratan dan spesifikasi desain.

Rangkaian uji ini merupakan  kegiatan sertifikasi yang dilaksanakan Dislitbangad dan didukung oleh PT Pindad dan FNSS sebagai mitra uji. Rangkaian uji untuk memenuhi syarat dan spesifikasi yang dimiliki TNI untuk melengkapi kemampuan unjuk kerja teknis dari medium tank.

“Setelah rangkaian uji selesai harapannya medium tank secepatnya bisa mengisi kebutuhan TNI akan alutsista yang modern,” ujar Windu Paramarta.

Tank medium Pindad uji daya gerak di medan berpasir (photo : Kompas)

Medium tank rancangan Pindad dan FNSS memiliki kemampuan pertahanan balistik dan anti ancaman ranjau terkini. Medium tank generasi terbaru dilengkapi dengan kemampuan daya gempur yang luas dari perlindungan jarak dekat untuk pasukan infantri hingga pertempuran antar kendaraan tempur.

Medium Tank memiliki bobot 32 gon, power 20 HP/ton, kecepatan maksimal 70 km/jam. Tank ini  bisa menampung tiga orang kru, yang terdiri atas komandan, penembang dan pengemudi. Tank ini dilengkapi dengan senjata utama turret Kaliber 105 mm yang memiliki daya hancur besar.

Medium tank juga dilengkapi dengan berbagai teknologi terbaru, seperti sistem kewaspadaan mandiri, hunter killer system perlindungan pasif, battle management system. Kemudian proteksi level 5. Turret medium tank memiliki mekanisme autoleader dengan 12 butir peluru di turret dan 26 butir peluru.

(Suara Merdeka)

11 Agustus 2018

PH Navy to Acquire Six Austal Offshore Patrol Vessels

11 Agustus 2018

Austal 80m OPV (image : Austal)

The Philippine Navy will acquire six offshore patrol vessels from Austal, Australia’s largest shipbuilder, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed on Thursday.

While details of the purchase are not immediately available, Lorenzana said the vessels would be built in Austal’s Philippine shipyard in Cebu.

“Dito na gagawin sa ating bansa sa Cebu..Sa Balamban lahat. Maganda ito kasi it will be made in the Philippines,” he told reporters in a press briefing.

Aside from the Philippines, Austal has shipyards in US and Australia and service centers around the world. It builds defense and commercial vessel platforms.

On Thursday, the Philippine Navy successfully tested its first missile system off Lamao Point in Bataan.

The weapons were fired from the three multi-purpose attack craft and hit the designated target.

Lorenzana said that the Philippines will purchase more missiles in the future. “We are getting more of those kasi nga we are acquiring more vessels eh.”


Vietnam Exports Early Warning Missile Radar

11 Agustus 2018

Viettel VRS-2DM Radar (photo : BaoDatViet)

Viettel Group has successfully exported three radar warning skies, early warning for the missile fire department of Laos.

Information about this export is published in the article published in the magazine Viettel People from June 5, 2018.

According to the content, Viettel has successfully exported 3 radar 2D radars to the Laos market.

This event marked an important development in the field of modern air defense equipment, not only highly appreciated by the Ministry of Defense, but also trusted by Laos.

Viettel VRS-2DM Radar (photo : InfoNet)

No specific type of radar has been exported, but at present, Viettel's 2D radar is VRS-2DM. This is a very low probability of being able to capture, designed to perform combat readiness, airspace management, and flight management.

Equipped with the VRS-2DM system to enhance the combat capability of the units, the skyline, early warning for the missile fire department for the Lao air defense.

The VRS-2DM is a low-level, low-altitude, low-level 2D radar for the national sky and provides information for anti-aircraft missile complexes.

In addition, the radar system can also provide information for anti-aircraft fire alarms ready to destroy flying targets, including low-flying targets, terrain.

It is known that before the export, Viettel has completed all the tests extremely strict with many different scenarios.

Viettel VRS-2DM Radar (photo : InfoNet)

The Vietnam Air Force fighter jets were mobilized to practice high-order maritime squadrons in order to assume targets for Viettel's radar to catch, which would then measure tactical parameters. the most accurate and practical way.

The successful completion of the Ministry of Defense radar meter 1 is a strong support for the group ready to accept the second and third wave radars in June 5, 2017.

All three radars have achieved good results. Made-Viettel radars have been officially exported to Laos in January, 2017.


Russia to Provide 'Soft Loan' for PH Submarine Project

11 Agustus 2018

Kilo 636 class submarine (photo : Korabli)

MANILA -- If the Philippines has no money to buy its first-ever submarine, Russia is more than willing to provide the country "soft loans" to acquire the specialized underwater craft, Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday.

Lorenzana said Russia is keen on selling to the Philippines its Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, which has surface displacement of 2,350 tons, a length of 73.8 meters and capable of speeds up 17 to 20 knots.

It can be armed with a variety of torpedoes, missiles and naval mines and 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.

"Kung wala tayong pera pahihiramin tayo ng Russia, soft loans (If we don't have the money, Russia will lend us soft loans)," Lorenzana said Thursday.

"Soft loan" refers to financing with no interest or below market rate of interest.

Lorenzana said the country is still looking at other possible submarines suppliers in Europe, including France, noting that the country's submarine acquisition program, including possible suppliers, will be most likely finalized in the next 12 months.

"Maybe within the year, maybe within the next 12 months. Maybe we could finalize this. If this is approved, it will take them four years to make it, so it could be delivered when the term of President (Rodrigo Duterte) already ended," Lorenzana said.

Earlier, the DND chief said for an island nation like the Philippines, its defense can be considered incomplete without a fleet of submarines.

"For a nation with maritime territory especially island nation, its national defense is incomplete without (a) submarine," he added.

Lorenzana noted that an effective active submarine force is a great deterrent for would be aggressors due to its capability to travel underwater, giving it the element of surprise.

A submarine force is a great morale booster to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the DND chief added.

Meanwhile, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the acquisition of the country's first submarines will be brought forward to Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP).

The procurement of the underwater craft was earlier scheduled for Horizon Three, which is expected to run from 2023 to 2028 while Horizon Two is scheduled from 2018 to 2022. The budget for the program is roughly placed at PHP300 billion.

Horizon One covered the 2013 to 2017 period 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.


Ex-HMAS Darwin Offered to Tasmania

11 Agustus 2018

HMAS Darwin FFG-04 (photo : RAN)

After long and distinguished service in the Royal Australian Navy, decommissioned vessel ex-HMAS Darwin will receive a new lease on life as a dive wreck in the waters off Tasmania, enabling future generations to appreciate the ship and driving tourism.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said she was pleased that ex-HMAS Darwin would call Tasmania home after sailing over 1 million nautical miles during her 33 years of service.

“The Government is pleased that ex-HMAS Darwin will be used in Tasmania as a dive wreck, particularly given the significant tourism and economic benefits that will flow from the decision,” Minister Payne said.

“My Tasmanian Coalition Senate colleagues have played an important part in demonstrating the benefits of sending ex-HMAS Darwin to Tasmania one last time.

“I would like to acknowledge Senator Steve Martin who led the charge in advocating for sending ex-HMAS Darwin to Tasmania.”

Nationals Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said the decision to gift ex-HMAS Darwin to Tasmania would give a much welcome boost to the local tourism sector, creating new jobs and bringing more visitors to the east coast.

“The creation of a dive wreck offers small businesses in Tasmania the opportunity to capitalise on national and international interest to dive in the magnificent Tasmanian waters,” Senator Martin said.

“This will bring additional tourists and spending to Tasmania, which will create and support local jobs, both directly and indirectly through the industries that support tourism in our state.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said he had long championed a dive wreck on Tasmania’s east coast.

“The addition of a dive wreck will super charge our already booming tourism industry, attracting diving enthusiasts from all around the world, who will stay longer, and spend more in our local communities, particularly in the St Helens region,” Senator Duniam said.

The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments will work together on funding arrangements for the vessel’s scuttling.

Ex-HMAS Darwin was commissioned in July 1984 and was a long-range escort frigate that undertook roles including area air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. In August 1990, HMAS Darwin became the first Australian ship to deploy to the Persian Gulf.

In 2014 she intercepted over 1,000 kilos of heroin and over 6,000 kilos of hashish off the east coast of Africa. In 2016 she intercepted heroin worth $800 million and a cache of weapons from a fishing vessel off the coast of Oman

Ex-HMAS Darwin was granted three Battle Honours: East Timor 1999, Persian Gulf 2002-03 and Iraq 2003. She was decommissioned in December 2017.

(Aus DoD)

"Medium Tank" Uji Gerak di Berbagai Medan Berat

11 Agustus 2018

PT Pindad melakukan uji daya gerak atau mobilitas medium tank hasil pengembangannya bersama FNSS Turki pada 7-16 Agustus 2018.(photo : Pindad) 

Pindad Uji Daya Gerak "Medium Tank" di Berbagai Medan 

MAGETAN, KOMPAS.com - PT Pindad melakukan uji daya gerak atau mobilitas medium tank hasil pengembangannya bersama FNSS Turki pada 7-16 Agustus 2018. 

Uji daya gerak ini meliputi uji jelajah on road, off road, lintas pasir, ketahanan 3 x 24 jam, dan lainnya. 

"Rute yang dilalui dari Bandung menuju Subang, Sarangan, Yogyakarta, Kebumen, dan kembali ke Bandung," ujar VP Quality Assurance & K3LH PT Pindad Isrady Sofiansyah di Magetan, Jumat (10/8/2018). 

Isrady menjelaskan, uji ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui performa mobilitas kemampuan medium tank dalam kondisi baik serta memenuhi persyaratan dan spesifikasi desain. Rangkaian uji ini pun menjadi bagian sertifikasi yang dilaksanakan Dislitbangad. 

Setelah uji daya gerak, akan dilakukan uji daya gempur pada 27-30 Agustus 2018. Rangkaian uji tersebut memenuhi syarat dan spesifikasi yang dipunyai TNI untuk melengkapi Kemampuan Unjuk Kerja Teknis dari medium tank. 

Setelah rangkaian uji ini selesai, medium tank diharapkan bisa mengisi kebutuhan TNI akan alat utama sistem persenjataan (alutsista) yang modern.

Medium tank Pindad uji mobilitas pada tanjakan dan kemiringan hingga 60 derajat di Sarangan, Magetan, Jawa Timur, Jumat (10/8/2018) (photo : SindoNews)

"Kalau semua uji selesai akhir tahun ini, tahun depan sudah masuk ke produksi dan 2019 sudah bisa memenuhi kebutuhan TNI," pungkasnya. Tank Medium Pindad memiliki bobot tempur 32 ton, daya engine 711 HP dilengkapi transmisi otomatis, kecepatan maksimal 70 km/jam. 

Medium tank ini dapat menampung 3 orang kru yang terdiri dari komandan, penembak, dan pengemudi, serta memiliki senjata utama turret kaliber 105 mm yang memiliki daya hancur besar. (Kompas)

TNI: Medium Tank Pindad Taklukkan Medan Terberat

MAGETAN - Dinas Penelitian dan Pengembangan Angkatan Darat (Dislitbangad) menilai uji mobilitas terhadap medium tank Pindad pada tanjakan 40 hingga 60 derajat cukup berhasil. Tank berbobot lebih dari 30 ton mampu melewati rute sepanjang 1,6 dan 4 Km. 

Kepala Sub Dinas Materil Dislitbangad, Kolonel Cpl Prihandoko mengatakan, medium tank produksi PT Pindad danNFNSS Turki berhasil menaklukkan medan terberat dengan kemiringan hingga 60 derajat pada uji mobilitas di kawasan Wisata Sarangan, Jawa Timur, Jumat (10/8/2018).

Tank medium Pindad-FNSS (photo : diyansn)

“Medium tank mampu menanjak pada kemiringan 40 hingga dan 60 derajat. Karena material tank ini bagus, sehingga bisa melewati medan ini,” kata Prihandoko. 

Menurut pengamatan tim TNI, medium tank Pindad sangat bagus. Medan berat yang disiapkan TNI, mampu dilewati dengan baik. Hal itu membuktikan kekuatan mesin dari tank kelas menengah ini cukup andal. Padahal, medium tank Pindad berbobot 32 ton. 

Menurut dia, tanjakan dengan kemiringan 60 derajat di Sarangan adalah medan terberat di Indonesia. Tanjakan curam dan berbelok dengan panjang lintasan hingga 1,6 km sangat cocok untuk menguji keandalan tank. 

“Medan ini tantangannya yaitu ketinggian yang panjang. Kalau mampu melewati itu, tanpa ada kendala mesin, berarti alutsista ini bagus. Dari penilaian kami, tank ini sangat memenuhi syarat. Medan ini sebelumnya sudah kami seleksi. Kalau mampu melewati ini, artinya sudah cukup bagus,” tegas dia. (SindoNews)

Raytheon Awarded $110M FMS Contract to Supply Paveway LGB to Philippines

11 Agustus 2018

Paveway laser guide bomb (image : Washington Post)

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded an $110,000,000 total-package approach, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Paveway Family of Weapons. 

The contract action provides a total-package approach for Paveway-specific activities including but not limited to: studies, production, certification, integration, and sustainment. 

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed Feb. 9, 2029. 

This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to the Philippines and countries with active cases to acquire Paveway weapon systems or have expressed interest in the Paveway Family of Weapons.  

FMS funds in the amount of $1,554,527 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8681-18-D-0001).

(US DoD)

10 Agustus 2018

Royal Thai Army Received the Last of the Six Oplot MBT, with Two Recovery Vehicles

10 Agustus 2018

RTA T-84 Oplot MBT (photo : Wassana Nanuam)

The last 6 Ukrainian tanks delivered to the Army, now it is complete 49 cars.

All 8 tanks and recovery vehicles were delivered to Thailand on July 29, 2018, and then passed to the 2nd Infantry Division at Prachin Buri on July 30. We are waiting for the testing of weapons in September. And wait for the unit ready, this is the period when the unit is practicing.

The Board of the Army have checked to the Ukraine at the end of March - early April 2018 by 1st Army Chief Lieutenant General Kukiat Srinaka with the 1st Division to observe the test and check.

All 49 cars were delivered from five of the 10 units for the last seven years and five from December 9, 2015. The first five were delivered in 2013, due to the internal fighting in Ukraine, the production of tanks and delivery to Thailand delayed.

The Army has agreed to buy 49 Ukrainian T-84 Oplot tanks from Ukroboronprom for a budget of 7.2 billion dollars in 2011 since General Prayut Chan-Ocha has been the Army Commander. The contract is scheduled to be delivered by 2015, but the situation in Ukraine delayed sending 5 cars at the end of 2013 until the end of July 2018.

Resulting in the previous Army changed its mind to buy Oplot just one battalion ... and then turned to buy VT-4 tanks from China instead.

(Thai Defense News)

Malaysian Defence Assets Worst in Southeast Asia, Says Mat Sabu

10 Agustus 2018

RMAF Su-30MKM, MiG-29N, F/A-18D and Hawk 208 in joint exercise with USAF (photo : RMAF)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s land, naval and air defence assets are ranked the lowest among all Southeast Asian countries, says Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.

Mohamad said this was in stark contrast to the 1970s, when Malaysia was at the top.

“In terms of our navy, air force and others in Southeast Asia, we are at the bottom.

“Vietnam is far ahead, Indonesia is on top while Malaysia is the lowest.

“It is embarrassing right now for us (on the international stage), but I will work to make Malaysia great again, number one again,” said Mohamad during the Ministers’ Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat, on Thursday.

However, it remains unknown for now as to whether Mohamad was referring to the quality of the assets, quantity or service level.

Globalfirepower, a website which assesses the military strengths of countries, in its ‘2018 Military Strength Ranking’ ranked Malaysia in fifth out of nine countries in Southeast Asia, ahead of Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia and Laos.

Mohamad was answering a supplementary question from Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (PH - Port Dickson) who had asked the minister to clarify issues pertaining allocations for defence.

Mohamad said interruptions to defence allocations have made it difficult for the ministry to carry out projects and the necessary maintenance.

“The Armed Forces had asked for RM1.8 billion but only RM1.1 billion was approved for the maintenance of the Sukhoi jets.

“These assets are all old, and need lots of allocations to be restored.

“I can blame the previous government, but that won’t solve any problems.

“We will fix all weaknesses and we will not repeat past mistakes,” he said.

To the original question from Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad (BN - Mersing) on the government’s immediate plans to upgrade the country’s air defence capabilities, Mohamad said the ministry is looking at maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) as the best options.

Mohamad said these assets would be useful for patrols in the South China Sea and the Melaka Straits.

“The combination of these MSAs and UAVs have a unique advantage; we are assessing them based on the abilities of these assets as well as price comparisons.

“Some say that MSAs are better, others go with the UAVs. We will study these two options to strengthen our assets so that they are on par with those of other nations,” he said.


First Guardian-Class PPB-R Starts Sea Trials

10 Agustus 2018

First PPB-R boat (photo : Austal)

Austal Celebrates 30 Years Commencing PPB-R Sea Trials

Austal (ASX:ASB) today celebrated 30 years of successfully delivering shipbuilding programs by commencing the sea trials for the first Guardian Class, Pacific Patrol Boat. The PPB-R program will see 21 Austal designed and built patrol boats gifted by the Commonwealth to the Pacific Island Nations.

“We could not have had a better way to celebrate Austal’s 30th birthday, then by successfully meeting another milestone in the PPB-R program. The PPB-R program is a reflection of Austal’s 30 years in designing and building next-generation technologically advanced vessels. As a company the continuing investment in our operations, our facilities and our people has been critical to our success” Austal CEO, David Singleton said.

“Austal is exceptionally proud of the PPB-R program, this has expanded Austal’s capabilities enabling us to not only offer our customers aluminium, but also steel vessels. It is a testament to the skills, experience and management of the Austal team that every project milestone has been achieved on-time and on-budget,”

“For 30 years, from our global headquarters in Western Australia we have designed, constructed and delivered more than 300 commercial and defence vessels for more than 100 operators in 54 countries worldwide and established international operations in the United States, the Philippines and China,”

“Our centre for excellence in maritime design, based at Henderson is central to Austal’s operation. The unique approach we take to vessel design and build processes is all driven from our team in Henderson. The PPB-R project is the latest demonstration of the Austal approach to efficient and reliable shipbuilding, and underpins our export success” he said.

The Pacific Patrol Boat contract was awarded to Austal in May, 2016 and is valued at AU$305 million for the original 19 vessels associated in service support. A further contract was awarded in April, 2018 for two additional vessels valued at AU$29.7 million.


PH Navy Successfully Test Fires First Surface-to-Surface Missile System

10 Agustus 2018

PN MPAC with Spike-ER missile and test fires (photo : Maxdefense, PN)

PH Navy test-fires surface-to-surface missile in Bataan

MANILA --- The Philippine Navy (PN) formally entered the missile age after it test-fired its Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile off Lamao Point, in Limay, Bataan Thursday morning.

The missile was fired from one of the Navy's multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC), Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said.

He added that the missile firing was part of the Sea Acceptance Test (SAT).

"The PN together with teams from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee of the Department of National Defense (DND) oversaw the test-firing activity that included the SAT for the mini-Typhoon machine gun system and SAT for the Spike-Extended Range missile launching system.

"The activity is necessary to test, inspect and accept the weapons and its systems in accordance with the contract for the final acceptance of the system," Zata said.

Present during the missile firing were PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and other senior naval officers, along with the DND Defense Acquisition Office representatives who were aboard another Navy vessel to witness the event.

"A Spike-ER missile was fired and accurately hit the designated target at approximately six KM (kilometers) away from the firing platform. The target was hit dead center even if the sea state condition was moderately rough with wave of at least one meter high but within the normal firing conditions of the missile," Zata added.

The PN MPAC Acquisition Project entered into a contract with Rafael, through SIBAT of Israel Ministry of Defense, for the supply and integration of the weapons systems to MPAC Mark III platforms.

On April 15, 2017, DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana approved the Notice to Proceed.

The MPACs were constructed by the Subic-based Propmech Corporation and activated on May 22, 2017.

"Another actual live firing demonstration of the Spike ER missile will be scheduled with the Commander-In-Chief, the President of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in attendance," he added.

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


09 Agustus 2018

Dianggap Sekutu Strategis, Indonesia Lolos dari Sanksi Embargo CAATSA

09 Agustus 2018

Pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 (photo : Sputnik)

Komite Senat Amerika Serikat meloloskan Indonesia dari sanksi embargo Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

CAATSA ialah Undang-undang sanksi embargo yang digunakan Amerika Serikat (AS) kepada suatu negara terkait aktivitas belanja peralatan militer negara bersangkutan ke Rusia yang notabene merupakan saingan dari AS. Selain Indonesia, ada dua negara lain yang terbebas dari CAATSA, yakni Vietnam serta India.

Hal ini diungkapkan oleh Senator dari Oklahoma, Jim Inhofe yang menganggap ketiga negara itu adalah sekutu strategis AS di Asia.

"Mereka (India, Vietnam dan Indonesia) merupakan sekutu strategis dan saat ini sedang membeli peralatan militer dari Rusia." "Namun pembelian itu harus tetap dilakukan sembari menunggu transisi militer ketiga negara tersebut." ujar Jim seperti dikutip dari Defenseworld.net, Senin (6/8). Menteri Pertahanan AS, Jim Mattis juga senada dengan Jim Inhofe.

Pada Juli lalu ia meminta Kongres AS untuk memberi pengecualian kepada ketiga negara
karena Indonesia, Vietnam dan India punya hubungan historis dengan Rusia, namun
sekarang mereka juga membeli persenjataan Made In USA. Permintaan Mattis akhirnya dikabulkan.

Walaupun demikian Trump sempat marah atas lolosnya ketiga negara tersebut dari sanksi embargo CAATSA, tapi dirinya tak berdaya lantaran Senat AS sudah bulat membuat keputusan.

Seperti diketahui Indonesia membeli 11 jet tempur Sukhoi Su-35 dengan metode imbal dagang.

Hal ini sempat membuat AS akan menjatuhkan sanksi embargo ke Indonesia layaknya tahun 1998 dulu.

Untuk India dan Vietnam malah lebih lagi belanja peralatan militer dari Rusia.

India yang paling jor-joran, negara Bollywood itu diketahui sebelumnya melakukan kerjasama militer segala lini dengan Rusia dalam pembuatan bersama Main Battle Tank T-90 Tagil, Sukhoi Su-30 versi India hingga Rudal Brahmos dan masih banyak lainnya seperti pembelian kapal selam bertenaga nuklir.

Vietnam juga hampir serupa dengan India, dalam inventory alutsistanya hampir semua made in Rusia.

Miris memang, lantaran dulu senjata-senjata itu digunakan untuk menggebuk AS dalam perang Vietnam yang sekarang malah dianggap sekutu strategis dalam menghadapi agresivitas Tiongkok di Laut China Selatan.