20 Juni 2019

Pagu Indikatif 2020 Kemhan Dapat Tambahan Anggaran Rp17,5 Triliun

20 Juni 2019

Pasukan khusus TNI AD dalam upacara (photo : GardaNasional)

JAKARTA - - Kementerian Pertahanan (Kemhan) bakal mendapatkan tambahan anggaran sekitar Rp17,5 triliun. Kepastian itu didapatkan dalam rapat bersama Komisi I soal anggaran kerja tahun 2020 di Ruang Komisi I DPR, Senayan, Jakarta, Rabu (19/6/2019).

Sekjen Kemhan Laksamana Muda TNI Agus Setiadji mengatakan, pagu indikatif 2020 sekitar Rp126,5 triliun. Naik sekitar Rp17,5 triliun dari 2019 sebesar Rp108 triliun. ”Anggaran yang kita ajukan Rp126,5 triliun untuk 2020, dan alhamdulillah disetujui oleh Komisi I,” ujar Agus Setiadji kepada wartawan usai rapat tertutup.

Agus mengatakan bahwa anggaran tersebut dialokasikan untuk Mabes TNI, Kemhan, dan tiga matra AD, AL dan AU. Salah satunya untuk pengadaan alat utama sistem persenjataan (alutsista), serta untuk kebutuhan bela negara. ”Kenaikan utama adalah untuk sumber daya manusia. Dalam hal ini juga untuk pendidikan latihan, kemudian alutsista, dan untuk di Kemhan otomatis sesuai prioritas kita adalah untuk bela negara,”paparnya.

Panglima TNI Marsekal Hadi Tjahjanto menambahkan, dari kenaikan anggaran sekitar Rp17,5 triliun itu, sebesar Rp1,9 triliun untuk pengembangan organisasi baru yaitu Koopsus TNI sebesar Rp1,9 triliun. 

Sekitar Rp3,4 triliun akan digunakan untuk modernisasi alutsista, nonalusista, sarana dan prasarana Matra Darat. 

Sedangkan untuk Angkatan Laut mendapatkan jatah Rp2,8 triliun. ”Ini juga hal yang sama untuk modernisasi alutsista, nonalusista dan sarpras matralaut,” katanya. 

Sementara untuk Angkatan Udara mendapatkan jatah Rp3,9 triliun untuk merealisasikan alusista, nonalusista dan sarpras Matra Udara.

”Jadi total Rp17 triliun mudah-mudahan akan dibahas sesuai pagu indikatif nanti keluarnya untuk pembangunan khususnya adalah wilayah bagian timur,”katanya.

HMAS Arunta Re-Joins Fleet

20 Juni 2019

HMAS Arunta joins fleet after 20 month AMCAP upgrade (photo : RAN)

A cold, wet day didn’t spoil the feeling of optimism that surrounded the Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony that marked the recent return of HMAS Arunta to Fleet Base West after a 20-month Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade.

Arunta is the first ship to undergo the program which provides significant improvements to the ship’s key sensor and communications systems.

To mark the occasion, a number of elders from the Arrernte Tribe, that the ship takes its name from, travelled from the Northern Territory to Western Australia to undertake the traditional smoking ceremony, while a Welcome to Country was provided by local Noongar elders.

Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander Troy Duggan, said the ship was proud to re-establish its connection with the Arrernte people, as it was important to give the crew a sense of the rich cultural heritage they are now a part of.

“The presence of tribal representatives from both the Arrernte and Noongar people at the ceremony was greatly appreciated by the entire ship’s company,” he said.

“Our long connection with our Indigenous namesake tribe remains an internationally unique and precious link – no matter what challenges and difficulties we face, I am sure we will face them with the same strength and resilience that our namesake people have done for the past 30,000 years.

“Re-joining the fleet marks an incredible achievement by the ship’s company, our support organisations, and our Australian defence industry partners in the Warship Asset Management Agreement Alliance.

“We have worked hard together to deliver one of the world’s most advanced warships, and are looking forward to getting underway for sea trials very soon.”

The AMCAP upgrade includes a platform systems remediation program to improve platform reliability and maintainability.

A key component of the upgrade improves the Anzac class Air Search capability by replacing the legacy long range air search radar with a new digital phased array radar developed by Australian company CEA Technologies. This radar complements the existing anti-ship missile defence system.

AMCAP also includes an upgrade to the ship’s communications systems, enhancing the communications capabilities of the Anzac class since the platform was introduced approximately 20 years ago.

Work was also carried out improve the ship’s habitability for the crew, while ensuring through-life supportability and reduced total cost of ownership into the future.

Arunta will soon proceed to sea to complete extensive testing and sea trials as part of the AMCAP upgrade.

Arunta is the second Australian warship to carry the name – HMAS Arunta (I) was a Tribal class Destroyer commissioned in 1942, serving with distinction in New Guinea and the Pacific between 1942–1944, and at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944 and Lingayen Gulf in 1945.


Mitsui Unveils Proposal For The RMN Future MRSS Tender

20 Juni 2019

Mitsui E&S MRSS (all photos : NavalNews)

At MAST Asia 2019, the defense exhibition and conference currently held near Tokyo, Japan, local shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (Mitsui E&S) unveiled its MRSS design that could compete for a Royal Malaysian Navy requirement.

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) « 15 to 5 » transformation program involves the acquisition of three Multirole Support Ship (MRSS) ships, with a planned delivery between 2021-2025 for the first two vessels and around 2035 for the third one.

Regarding the MRSS, the Chief of the RMN Admiral Reza told Naval News during LIMA 2019 that he is « still negotiating with the government to make sure it becomes a reality in the near future ».

Talking to Naval News at MAST Asia 2019, a Mitsui E&S naval architect explained that Mitsui’s MRSS design has a transportation capacity of 500 troops, 16 main battle tanks, 6 armored vehicles, 1 ambulance vehicle. The helicopter hangar has room for two medium helicopters plus several UAVs. The well deck can accommodate two landing craft (LCM type).

Mitsui’s MRSS can launch and recover two medium size helicopters simultaneously, EC725 type of the RMAF. The vessel has a length of 160 meters and a breadth of 24 meters for a displacement of 13,000 tons. The crew complement is 150 people.

The main missions of these vessels will be:

-Troop transport
-Amphibious suppport
-Command and Control (C2)
-Logistics support
-Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
-According to Mistui, this design leverages technical aspects and design features fostered by the previous construction of LPD Osumi and Shimokita of the JMSDF.

According to information gathered since LIMA 2019, there are now at least six shipyards currently shaping their offer with a view to a potential RFP. Besides Japan’s Mitsui, other competitors include the Nertherlands’ Damen, France’s Naval Group, China’s CSOC shipyard, Indonesia’s PT PAL and a South Korean shipyard.


PHL to Refurbish Navy's Fast Attack Craft Fleet

20 Juni 2019

Philippine Navy to acquires eight Fast Attack Craft (photo : TNI-AL)

MANILA -- The decision to acquire eight fast-attack interdictor craft missile (FAICM) is intended to replace the aging naval vessels tasked for maritime interdiction operations.

Captain Jonathan Zata, Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson, made this comment when asked for the reason why the naval service is acquiring eight FAICM, with four of the ships armed with non-line of sight of missiles (NLOS), aside from the two more modern corvettes and three more Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile armed multi-purpose attack craft.

"The FAICM is intended for the refleeting program of our eight Patrol Killer Medium (PKM) and Fast Attack Craft Patrols, which are employed for maritime interdiction operations," he added in a message to the Philippine News Agency Tuesday.

PKMs are medium-sized naval craft that functions are patrol boat and are generally armed with machine guns and cannons up to 25mm, 30mm and 40mm in caliber.

BRP Salvador Abcede, a 37m Tomas Batilo-class patrol craft (photo : Wiki)

In the PN, these vessels are designated as the "Tomas Batilo"-class patrol boats, of which there are still four in active service out of the eight acquired from South Korea in 1995.

Formerly these PKMs were operated by the Republic of Korea Navy and later transferred to the PN.

These ships have a top speed of 33 knots and have a range of up to 600 nautical miles.

"With the FAICM, the PN shall have the capability to defend the key sea lines of communications (SLOCs), such as Mindoro, Balabac, Sibutu and Basilan Straits against conventional threats. Operating in restricted waters, the FAICMs can interdict surface threats and launch NLOS missiles safely using the surrounding littoral areas as maneuver space and cover," Zata added.

Earlier, PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said President Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light for the acquisition of eight FAICMs for PHP10 billion.

"Looking further ahead, our President recently approved the acquisition of eight fast-attack craft interdiction craft missile with an approved budget for contract of PHP10 billion, four of these interdiction craft will be equipped with non-line-of-sight missiles that can hit targets 25 kilometers away with pinpoint accuracy, (this) capability will easily destroy the enemy in a Marawi type war," he added. 


Radar Erieye AEW&C Dapat Dipasang di Pesawat CN-235

20 Juni 2019

Saab 2000 dan radar Erieye (photo : Saab)

Mengapa kami menawarkan Saab 2000 sebagai platform Erieye AEW&C?

Banyak yang bertanya kepada kami apakah kami dapat memakai platform buatan dalam negeri untuk radar Erieye AEW&C seperti pesawat CN-235. Jawabannya adalah, tentu saja! Tetapi ada beberapa hal yang harus dilalui sebelum ini bisa dilakukan dan berdampak kepada anggaran dan waktu. Proses pengujian dan sertifikasi akan menambah waktu 2 tahun diatas jadwal pengiriman dan anggaran juga tentunya akan melambung.

Lewat platform Saab 2000, Indonesia akan mendapatkan sebuah platform yang adalah pemegang rekor dunia dan sudah teruji selama bertahun-tahun dan siap untuk dioperasikan.

Lewat program kerjasama industr dan transfer teknologi, Indonesia dapat nantinya bisa mengintegrasikan radar ini setelah mempunyai sistem Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C awal.

(Saab Indonesia)

19 Juni 2019

Viking Air Wins Launch Order for CL-515 Water Bomber

19 Juni 2019

The new CL-515 is a state-of-the-art amphibious aircraft with enhanced firefighting capabilities (photo : Longview, Viking)

Viking Air has secured a launch order for its new-generation CL-515 water bomber from Indonesia, with a seven-unit deal that also includes a single modernised CL-415EAF.

Jakarta will acquire four CL-515s in a "first responder" multimission configuration, and two examples delivered in a configuration optimised for aerial firefighting missions. Deliveries are set for 2024. No value was disclosed for the transaction.

In addition, the agreement provides for the enhancement of a CL-215 to the new CL-415 Enhanced Aerial Firefighter standard.

Upgrade work is to be performed by Viking sister company Longview Aviation Services.

Although the agreement with Indonesia is a firm one, it still hinges on parent company Longview Aviation Capital approving the launch of production.'

The CL-series programme was acquired by Longview from Bombardier in 2016.

"We are thrilled to welcome Indonesia as the first customer for this extraordinary aircraft," says David Curtis, chief executive of Longview Aviation Capital, describing the contract as a "major milestone" in bringing the twin-turboprop to market.

"The confidence of a sovereign government in our programme is matched by our own confidence in our ability to deliver this new aircraft platform to the world."

Curtis says it is nearing a decision on manufacturing and final assembly sites for the CL-515 and expects to "complete the remaining programme milestones in the near future".


Two New PHL Corvettes are More Expensive than Jose Rizal Class

19 Juni 2019

Two new corvettes would cost US$535 million (photo : weaponews)

Philippines To Beef Up Navy With Two New Corvettes

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has green-lighted an acquisition plan for two new corvettes and other naval assets, the Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said on June 17, 2019 - Naval News.

In a speech celebrating the Philippine Navy’s 121st founding anniversary in Sangley Point in Cavite province, Empedrad said the two corvette vessels plus other assets will cost about US$669 million.

Empedrad stated the two warships, which costs about US$535 million, are more expensive but more capable than the two brand new frigates which are currently being constructed by the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries for US$344 million. Hyundai is expected to deliver the ships in April and September next year.

The Philippine Navy currently operates three classes of corvette vessels belonging to the the Rizal, the Malvar and the Jacinto classes.

Besides the two corvettes, Empedrad said the President Duterte also approved the acquisition of eight fast attack interdiction boats equipped with anti-boat missile systems with an approved budget of US$191 million.

Empedrad said other projects are in the pipeline, including the upgrade of the navy’s two patrol vessels, acquisition of two submarines, and shore-based missile systems.

He said a second-hand Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea is due to arrive next month. Empedrad said the deployment of BRP Condrado Yap and other multi-purpose attack craft of the Navy “will hasten the end of the 50-year-old (communist) insurgency problem.”


Presiden Teken Perpres Pengadaan Alat Pertahanan-Keamanan Jangka Panjang

19 Juni 2019

Jenis alutsista untuk kontrak jangka panjang ditetapkan oleh KKIP (photo : Chris Cavas)

Jokowi Luncurkan Perpres Pengadaan Alat Pertahanan-Keamanan

Jakarta, Gesuri.id - Presiden Jokowi telah menandatangani Peraturan Presiden (Perpres) Nomor 27 Tahun 2019 tentang Syarat dan Tata Cara Pengadaan Alat Peralatan Pertahanan dan Keamanan Produk Industri Pertahanan dengan Kontrak Jangka Panjang.

Hal itu untuk melaksanakan ketentuan Pasal 44 ayat (4) Undang-Undang Nomor 16 Tahun 2012 tentang Industri Pertahanan. Alat Peralatan Pertahanan dan Keamanan yang selanjutnya disebut Alpalhankam, menurut Perpres tersebut adalah segala alat perlengkapan untuk mendukung pertahanan negara serta keamanan dan ketertiban negara.

Disebutkan dalam Perpres tersebut, Industri Pertahanan menghasilkan Alpalhankam yang terdiri atas: 
a. alat utama sistem senjata; 
b. alat pendukung; dan 
c. alat perlengkapan.

“Pengadaan Alpalhankam sebagaimana dimaksud huruf a dilakukan dengan Kontrak Jangka Panjang,” bunyi Pasal 2 ayat (2) Perpres tersebut.

Sedangkan untuk pengadaan Alpalhankam sebagaimana dimaksud huruf b dan c, menurut Perpres ini, dilakukan dengan Kontrak Jangka Panjang jika memenuhi kriteria: a. digunakan sebagai alat material khusus Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia (Polri); dan b. digunakan sebagai alat utama dalam rangka melaksanakan tugas pokok kementerian dan/atau lembaga.

“Jenis produk Alpalhankam yang dilakukan dengan Kontrak Jangka Panjang ditetapkan oleh Ketua KKIP (Komite Kebijakan Industri Pertahanan) dengan mempertimbangkan usulan pengguna melalui mekanisme pengambilan keputusan KKIP,” bunyi Pasal 2 ayat (4).

Selain Alpalhankam, menurut Perpres ini, pengadaan Alpalhankam dapat dilakukan dengan Kontrak Jangka Panjang sepanjang memenuhi kriteria: 
a. proses produksi lebih dari 1 (satu) tahun; 
b. memenuhi persyaratan operasional; 
c. memiliki spesifikasi teknis sama selama kurun waktu 5 (lima) tahun atau lebih; dan/atau 
d. bernilai strategis sesuai kebutuhan pengguna.


Pengadaan Alpalhankam dengan Kontrak Jangka Panjang, menurut Perpres ini, harus memenuhi persyaratan: 
a. tercantum dalam Rencana Induk Pemenuhan Kebutuhan Alpalhankam yang ditetapkan oleh Ketua KKIP; 
b. dilakukan oleh Menteri (yang menyelenggarakan urusan pemerintahan di bidang pertahanan), menteri, atau pimpinan lembaga; dan 
c. dapat diproduksi oleh Industri Pertahanan.

“Pengadaan Alpalhankam untuk pertahanan negara dilakukan oleh Menteri, pengadaan Alpalhankam untuk keamanan dan ketertiban masyarakat dilakukan oleh menteri, Kepala Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia (Kapolri), atau pimpinan lembaga sesuai dengan ketentuan peraturan perundang-undangan,” bunyi Pasal 5 ayat (2) Perpres ini.

Disebutkan dalam Perpres ini, pengadaan Alpalhankam dengan Kontrak Jangka Panjang dilakukan dalam bentuk: 
a. pengadaan barang pemerintah; atau 
b. penugasan pemerintah.

Pengadaan barang pemerintah sebagaimana dimaksud dengan huruf a dilaksanakan sesuai dengan ketentuan peraturan perundang-undangan. Sementara penugasan pemerintah sebagaimana dimaksud dengan huruf b dapat digunakan untuk: 
a. Alpalhankam dengan tingkat kerahasiaan tinggi; 
b. penelitian dan pengembangan untuk prototipe Alpalhankam; dan/atau 
c. tahap lanjutan dari prototipe untuk menghasilkan produk yang siap untuk diproduksi massal (first article) Alpalhankam.

Selanjutnya pengendalian dan pengawasan Pengadaan Alpalhankam dengan Kontrak Jangka Panjang, menurut Perpres ini, dilaksanakan oleh Ketua Harian KKIP, yang diatur dengan Peraturan Menteri.

“Peraturan Presiden ini mulai berlaku pada tanggal diundangkan,” bunyi Pasal 12 Peraturan Presiden Nomor 27 Tahun 2019, yang telah diundangkan oleh Menteri Hukum dan HAM Yasonna H. Laoly pada 2 Mei 2019 itu.


The Future of DTI's AAPC 01 Prototype

19 Juni 2019

Prototype of DTI AAPC01 8x8 wheeled vehicle (all photos : Sompong Nondhasa)

The future of AAPC 01 cars, the prototype of the rubber wheel vehicle for the mission of the Marine Corps, according to Defense Technology Institute (DTI) with the Navy. What will it be, will it be just a research result, or will it be built to be used in the duty.

AAPC 01 is a amphibious water vessel for transporting personnel, weapons, and various devices of the battle. Land on the move from ship to shore, truck to the ship and tactical operation, land from the sea. The coast goes to the destination of the beach and continuation in the battle area.

Weight 21-30 tons, length 7-8 meters, width 2-3 meters, speed on the road 80km/h, water speed 10-15 km/h, operation range on the terriers 600 km. The Chief of the car. Car 1 Mr. Pol Drive 1 Mr. Pol 1, you can carry the infantry for less than 11 troops.

The weapon system is 30 mm, firearm system 7.62 mm, and the 400 horsepower engine,  smoke bomb machine for driven on the terriers and in water, which is currently in progress and evaluation by the Marine.

(Sompong Nondhasa)

18 Juni 2019

Philippines Opens Landing Dock Acquisition Project

18 Juni 2019

PN currently operates two LPD from PT PAL (photo : Wiki)

The Department of National Defense (DND) has released the invitation to bid for two units of landing docks for the Philippine Navy with approved budget for contract of PHP5,560,000,000.00.

The Philippine Navy is currently operating two Tarlac-class landing platform docks acquired under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program First Horizon.

This new landing dock acquisition project is under the AFP Modernization Program Second Horizon.

“The DND/AFP, sealed bids for the Acquisition of Two (2) units New Construction Landing Docks Vessels with Four (4) units Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and Four (4) units Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) with Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the Philippine Navy. Delivery of Goods or the contract duration should not be later than 1,095 calendar days as per Bidding Documents. Similar contract shall refer to the construction and delivery of Military Vessel with a minimum gross tonnage of 7,000 tons,” the DND said in its invitation to bid.

“The Philippine Navy requires tie-up with local companies or shipyard so that a minimum of one (1) unit of the LD will be constructed in-country,” it added.

A pre-bid conference is set on June 20, 2019. The bid opening is scheduled on July 04, 2019.


TNI AU-USAF Gelar Latma Cope West 2019

18 Juni 2019

USAF menyertakan 6 pesawat tempur F-16 (photo : PACAF)

TNI AU. MANADO – DISPENAU. Meningkatkan profesionalisme prajurit angkatan udara, sekaligus memperkokoh persahabatan dua negara yang telah terjalin selama 70 tahun, menjadi tujuan TNI AU dan Angkatan Udara Amerika Serikat (United States Air Force-USAF) menggelar latihan bersama (latma), di Lanud Sam Ratulangi (Sri) Manado, Sulawesi Utara.

Latma bersandi “Cope West 2019” ini dibuka secara resmi dengan upacara militer dan bertindak selaku inspektur upacara (Irup) Komandan Wing Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi Kolonel Pnb M. Satriyo Utomo, yang didampingi Vice Commander 35th Fighter Wing, Colonel Paul Donald Kirmis selaku Exercise Director dari TNI AU dan USAF, Senin (17/6/2019).

Kolonel Pnb M. Satriyo dalam sambutannya menyampaikan latihan ini memberikan kesempatan bagi kedua angkatan udara untuk meningkatkan kemampuan dan profesionalitas personel, baik TNI AU maupun USAF yang terlibat dalam latihan ini.

“Yang terpenting adalah untuk mempererat hubungan bilateral, tidak hanya antara kedua angkatan udara, tetapi juga antara kedua negara, yang akan sangat berguna bagi kita di masa yang akan datang,” ujar Danwing 3.

TNI AU menyertakan 7 pesawat F-16 (photo : Jurnal Jakarta)

Pada kesempatan ini Danwing 3 juga mengingatkan agar seluruh peserta latihan selalu mengedepankan keselamatan terbang dan kerja (lambangja) sehingga seluruh latihan dapat berjalan dengan aman dan lancar.

Senada dengan Danwing 3, Colonel Paul D. Kirmis juga mengatakan bahwa latihan ini akan memberikan kesempatan untuk memperkuat persahabatan yang sudah ada seraya mengasah kemampuan dan keterampilan personel yang terlibat.

“Kami semua sangat bersemangat untuk melaksanakan latihan ini. Bersama kita akan mendorong keamanan, stabilitas dan kemakmuran di seluruh wilayah Indo-Pasifik,” ujarnya.

Selain melibatkan 13 pesawat tempur dari TNI AU dan USAF, Cope West 2019 juga didukung hampir 300 personel dari kedua Angkatan Udara.

TNI AU mengerahkan 7 pesawat tempur F-16 dari Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi Madiun sementara USAF mengerahkan 6 pesawat dari 14th Fighter Squadron yang berpangkalan di Misawa Jepang.

Hadir dalam pembukaan latihan, Duta Besar AS untuk Indonesia YM. Joseph R. Donovan Jr., Gubernur Sulawesi Utara Olly Dondokambey, S.E., Pangdam XIII/Merdeka, Kapolda Sulut, Danlanud Iswahjudi, Danlantamal VIII, Danrem 131/Santiago, jajaran Forkopimda Sulut, Paban III/Lat Sopsau, Danlanud Samratulangi serta pejabat TNI-Polri wilayah Manado lainnya.


Australia Progressing Plans to Upgrade Cocos Keeling Islands Airport to Support P-8A MPA Operations

18 Juni 2019

Cocos Keeling and Christmast Island in Indian Ocean (image : Google Maps)

Australia is moving ahead with plans to upgrade facilities at the Cocos Keeling Islands airport to support operations using P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA): a move that will significantly extend the country’s surveillance capability in the northern Indian Ocean.

A Department of Defence (DoD) Request for Tender released on 14 June sought planning proposals by 8 August under Project 8129 for the strengthening and widening of runways, taxiways and aprons, improvements to airfield stormwater infrastructure, and refurbishment of airfield ground lighting “to meet [the Department of] Defence’s operational and support requirements”.

The estimated value of the upgrade was put at AUD190–220 million (USD133–154 million).


PHL Navy Showcases New Amphibious Assault Vehicles

18 Juni 2019

PMC KAAV7 (photo : Frances Mangosing)

The Philippine Navy showcased its newly acquired amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) to open its 121st founding anniversary celebration today, June 17 at the Commodore Rudiardo A. Brown Beaching Area (CRABBA) located within the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Sangley Point, Cavite City, Cavite.

PMC KAAV7 (photo : RTVM)

President Rodrigo Duterte attended the event as speaker and guest of honor.

These AAVs are the first four of eight ordered AAVs from South Korea. These AAVs, operated by the Philippine Marines, can be deployed from ship to shore through Tarlac-class landing platform docks.

PMC KAAV7 (photo : RTVM)

These vehicles were acquired from South Korea's Hanwha Techwin (now Hanwha Defense Systems) under the Philippine Navy's Amphibious Assault Vehicle acquisition project, a Horizon 1 Phase Priority Project under the RAFPMP.


17 Juni 2019

Australian Industry Ready for Next-Gen US Ammo

17 Juni 2019

The XM1113 RAP uses rocket technology to deliver greater thrust to the round (photo : US Army)

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) has been awarded a contract by the Pentagon valued at US$15 million for a prototype of the 155mm XM1113 Rocket-Assisted Projectile (RAP) round.

The agreement was enabled by the US Government’s expanded definition of the National Technology and Industrial Base to include Australia. In a statement, GD-OTS said it is working with Thales Australia to expand the international supply chain and make the round available to overseas customers.

The XM1113 RAP uses rocket technology to deliver greater thrust to the round compared the legacy M549A1. The improvement will enable current US 155mm field artillery systems to fire to a range of 40 kilometres, a 30 per cent increase. When fired from the planned future Extended Range Artillery Cannon, the XM1113 shell will achieve ranges out to 70 kilometres.

“The XM1113 RAP brings enhanced performance to the battlefield, increasing lethality and extending range for the cannon artillery warfighter. We are proud to support the US Army’s modernization initiatives to provide overmatch capability to the warfighter and look forward to meeting the operational needs of our international allies,” Jason Gaines, Vice President and General Manager of Munition Systems at GD-OTS, said.

Thales Australia welcomed the announcement, noting that the contract could lead to additional exports from Thales’s operations at Benalla and Mulwala.

 “Thales is delighted to be associated with GD-OTS, and through our partnership to potentially offer and deliver a world-class capability to the ADF,” Corry Roberts, Vice President Land for Thales Australia, said. “This announcement could lead to additional export opportunities, securing and increasing jobs and investment for Thales and our local supply chain.”


CN235 MPA yang Digabung ke Skadron Udara 27 Tetap Sebagai Pesawat Intai Taktis

17 Juni 2019

CN235-220MPA AI-2318 TNI AU (photo : masagoeess)

AIRSPACE REVIEW (angkasareview.com) – Skadron Udara 27 di Lanud Manuhua, Biak, Papua baru saja diresmikan operasionalisasinya oleh KSAU Marsekal TNI Yuyu Sutisna pada Kamis, 13 Juni 2019. Dalam siaran persnya Dinas Penerangan TNI AU menyatakan, untuk tahap awal skadron ini akan diperkuat oleh empat pesawat CN235 buatan PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI).

Salah satu pesawat yang digunakan sebagai simbol peresmian Skadron Udara 27 adalah CN235 nomor ekor A-2307 yang dipindahtugaskan dari Skadron Udara 2 Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta. KSAU membuka stiker lambang Skadron Udara 2 yang ada di pesawat untuk kemudian berganti menjadi lambang Skadron Udara 27.

Skadron Udara 27 dibentuk sebagai skadron pertama TNI AU di Tanah Papua. Berikutnya, TNI AU juga akan membentuk Skadron Udara 9 di Lanud Silas Papare, Jayapura, Papua dengan kekuatan helikopter Super Puma/Caracal juga dari PTDI.

CN235MPA AI-2317 (photo : Rinaldi Wibiyanto)

Selain dari Skadron Udara 2, pesawat CN235 yang dipindahtugaskan ke Skadron Udara 27 adalah dua unit CN235-220 MPA dari Skadron Udara 5. Yaitu pesawat dengan registrasi AI-2317 dan AI-2318. Pesawat ini mengusung beragam peralatan pengamatan dan pengintaian dari udara.

Kepala Dinas Penerangan Angkatan Udara (Kadispenau) Marsma TNI Fajar Adriyanto saat dikonfirmasi oleh Airspace Review menyatakan, dua CN235 dari Skadron Udara 5 yang dipindahkan ke Skadron Udara 27 tetap akan menjalankan tugas sesuai fungsinya.

“Tetap sesuai fungsinya sebagai pesawat intai taktis,” kata Kadispenau, Kamis (13/6/2019) malam.

Para pengawak Skadron Udara 27, baik kru penerbang maupun teknisi, diambil dari Skadron Udara 2, Skadron Udara 5, dan Skadron Teknik 044. Saat ini berdasarkan siaran Dispenau, sebanyak 71 personel sudah siap melaksanakan tugasnya di skadron baru tersebut.

(Airspace Review)

Study for Army Aviation, Army Commanding General Visits Spain

17 Juni 2019

EC-135 light helos of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (photo : PA)

Philippines, Spain armies boost ties with Army chief visit

MANILA, Philippines — The potential of increasing defense ties between the armies of the Philippines and Spain was among the issues discussed during the recent visit to Spain of Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto.

He was the first Philippine Army general to be invited and given honors by the Spanish Army, said Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala.

The Philippines was a colony of Spain for almost 400 years until 1898 with Spain’s defeat in the Spanish-American War.

NH-90 medium helos of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (photo : PA)

Alberto was in Madrid, Spain from June 4 to 11 to explore efforts on training and education that will enhance joint operation capabilities of the two armies.

The Philippines and Spain signed a memorandum of understanding on military training more than a decade ago which allows Filipino officers to study in Spain.

“We are still continuing our MOU on studies. We send officers in their command staff school,” he said.

Zagala said both armies are “slowly” building their defense ties.

CH-47 heavyweight helos of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (photo : PA)

Alberto also paid a visit at the Fuerzas Aerom√≥viles del Ej√©rcito de Tierra, the Helicopter Command of the Spanish Army, which opened the opportunity to discuss the Philippine Army’s interest in improving its aviation battalion.

“The 5-year Army Aviation Capability Development Plan has started this year, paving the way for the integration of the Army Aviation Force Structure and the subsequent activation of the 1st Aviation Regiment before this year ends,” Zagala said in a separate message to reporters.

He added that Spain’s Expal also won the bidding to provide the Philippine Army with 155 mm and 105 mm artillery.


Panus is Preparing to Launch a Custom 8x8 Wheeled Vehicle for the Thai Marines

17 Juni 2019

Panus 8x8 wheeled vehicle prototype (photo : Sompong Nondhasa)

The latest set of images shows the latest automotive products from Panus Assembly Co Ltd., Thailand that has developed a new 8x8 prototype wheeled vehicle that is designed, developed, and built in Thailand.

This new prototype of Panus was identified as a wheeled amphibious vehicle designed to meet the needs of Royal Thai Marine Corps Headquarters of Royal Thai Navy.

Panas armored automotive products that have been put into service or have been tested by the Thai Marines Phantom 380-X1 4x4 armored vehicles that have been deployed for a number of operations and have actually been deployed in the southern border areas.

Including the HMV-150 4x4 armored vehicle that improves the modernity of the basic V-150 4x4 armored vehicle that is stationed in the Panzer Troop Tank Battalion, Marine Corps Brigade that has also been used for testing at the southern border.

Later, Panus Thai Company developed the HMV-420 4x4 armored vehicle that was completely rebuilt. With basic improvements from HMV-150 wheeled armored vehicles and recently developed armored vehicles, modified AMV-420P 4x4 wheeled from armored vehicles, HMV-420, according to the evaluation and comments from previous Thai Army.

Panus 8x8 rubber wheels vehicle in the image set that is understood to be taken at the Panus company factory, showing the prototype car that is completely redesigned, which is based on the pre-existing 8x8 wheeled vehicle that is nearing completion, but at the time of this writing, there was no disclosure of the name and performance data of the car.

The car has a driving station in front of the right with a large view mirror. Next to the back of the chassis, the right side of the car will have a set of engines installed, with a pipe covering the grill out of the car. The rear of the car has a large opening ramp door. And there are two large water jet drives for floating in the water.

At present, the Panzer Corps, Marine Corps Battalion (Marine Tank Battalion, Royal Thai Marine Corps Division) have a Ukrainian wheeled vehicle BTR-3E1 8x8 12 cars, which reported that the car is capable of amphibious operation which is not desirable for such movement while floating in the water (n most of the landing craft training, see BTR-3E1, carried on a large liquefied vessel, LCU, or on a medium-sized LCM vessel, rather than leaving the floating deck of the well deck LPD landing craft in the water exactly like an amphibious vehicle Alligator AAV7A1).

Thousands of amphibians, Amphibious Armored Personnel Carriers (AAPC), developed by the National Defense Institute of Technology (DTI: Defense Technology Institute) and the Office of Research and Development of The Royal Thai Navy military for trial use. It is understood that the Panus 8x8 prototype amphibious wheeled vehicle armored vehicle will be Delivered to the Thai Marines for evaluation, compete with armored wheeled amphibious DTI AAPC 8x8 next.


16 Juni 2019

F-16V Viper Demo in Indonesia

16 Juni 2019

Viper Demo Tour announcement in social media (photo : PACAF Viper Demo)

PACAF Viper Demo based in Misawa Air Base in Japan as the element of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) a Major Command of the United States Air Force announced that PACAF Viper Demo Team will make performing for the local community of Indonesia next weekend.

Announcement was made on Saturday, June, 15th 2019 this means performing will be held  on June 22-23, 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of relations between the U.S. and Indonesia.

PACAF Viper Demo Team’s charter includes three primary goals:
1. Support USAF recruiting and retention efforts. 
2. Reinforce public trust in the U.S., its aircraft and personnel.
3. Foster productive relationships with U.S. allies in the Pacific region through cooperation and dedication.

As reported before, Indonesia considered the purchase of two squadrons (32 units) new Lockheed Martin F-16V from United States. 

(Defense Studies)

Korps Marinir Kembali Uji Fungsi R-HAN 122B di Lumajang

16 Juni 2019

Uji fungsi roket pertahanan 122mm R-HAN 122B (all photos : Korps Marinir)

Danmenart 2 Marinir Kunjungi Uji Fungsi Roket R-HAN 122 B

Dispen Kormar (Lumajang). Komandan Resimen Artileri 2 Marinir Kolonel Marinir Encep Wahyu Gumelar, S.E., M.M., mengunjungi prajuritnya yang sedang melaksanakan uji dinamik penembakan Munisi Roket R-Han 122B di pantai Dampar Lumajang, Jawa Timur. Kamis (13/06/2019).

Dalam melaksanakan kunjungan tersebut Danmenart 2 Marinir didampingi Pasops Menart 1 Mar Letkol Mar Dian Suryansyah, S.E.,M.M., Pasops Menart 2 Mar Letkol Mar Marhabang, S.H.,M.M., Paslog Menart 1 Mar Letkol Mar Wahyudi, S.E.,M.M., Komandan Batalyon Roket 2 Marinir Letkol Marinir Anthonius Temmy Irawan selaku pimpinan penembakan serta tim penguji dari Kementrian Pertahanan dan PT.Pindad.

Penembakan yang menggunakan dua pucuk Roket MLRS Vampire Grad dibawah komando Danyon Roket 2 Marinir Letkol Marinir Anthonius Temmy Irawan dari tempat stelling yang berada di pantai Dampar Lumajang menuju sasaran yang ditentukan oleh tim penguji.

Usai meninjau penembakan, Danmenart 2 Marinir beserta rombongan melakukan pemeriksaan material Roket Korps Marinir dan memberikan motivasi kepada prajuritnya yang melaksanakan latihan agar tetap mendekatkan diri kepada Allah SWT, melaksanakan latihan sesuai prosedur, mengutamakan faktor keselamatan agar latihan benar-benar zerro accident.

Di akhir kunjungannya, orang nomor satu di jajaran Menart 2 Mar tersebut melaksanakan pengecekan amunisi R-HAN 122B yang akan ditembakkan oleh tim penguji.

(Korps Marinir)