18 Februari 2019

Singapore Navy's First Invincible-Class Type 218SG Submarine Launched

18 Februari 2019

Type 218SG submarine (photo : Shephard)

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at the launch ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s first Invincible-class submarine, Invincible, at the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Shipyard in Kiel, Germany, on 18 Feb 2019. The submarine was launched by Mrs Ng, wife of Dr Ng. Chief of German Navy Vice-Admiral Andreas Krause, Republic of Singapore Navy's Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong and senior defence officials from both countries attended the launch ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Ng highlighted that, "The RSN plays a key role in keeping [the] Sea Lines of Communications (SLOCs) open, not only for Singapore, but indeed, for the world. And the maritime environment around Singapore also faces security challenges… In this context, the acquisition of the new Type 218SG submarines is timely." He added that that the new submarines were designed based on experience and expertise garnered through more than two decades of operating submarines, and the launch of the Invincible marked a significant milestone in the RSN’s submarine capability.

Type 218SG submarine (photo : MediaCorp)

Invincible is the first of four customised submarines designed for operations in Singapore's shallow and busy tropical waters. Custom-built to Singapore's needs, the new submarines will possess longer endurance and higher payloads. Following the launch, Invincible will undergo a series of sea trials before delivery to Singapore in 2021. The remaining three submarines are under construction. Dr Ng also announced the names of the remaining three submarines – Impeccable, Illustrious, and Inimitable. 

The launch of Invincible is testament to the warm and growing defence ties between Singapore and Germany. Bilateral defence relations have strengthened with the signing of the enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (eDCA) in 2018. The eDCA paves the way forward for cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as in submarine training, defence technology and cyber defence. Both countries also cooperate and interact widely through high-level visits and dialogues, military exchanges, cross-attendance of professional courses and technology collaboration.

Dr Ng was in Germany to attend the Munich Security Conference from 15 to 17 Feb 2019, where he spoke at the conference and had bilateral meetings with his foreign counterparts. 

(Sing Mindef)

HMNZS Te Kaha Undergoing Upgrade in Canada

18 Februari 2019

HMNZS Te Kaha F77 (all photos : NZDF)

HMNZS Te Kaha undergoing its frigate systems upgrade in Canada.

Taking shape. HMNZS Te Kaha's Frigate Systems Upgrade in Canada is reaching an exciting stage with new forward and aft masts and pole mast being installed during a dry dock phase.

Work done in Lockheed Martin Canada and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards for a combat system upgrade under the Anzac Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) project.

The vessel will receive an upgraded combat management system (CMS) based on Lockheed Martin’s CMS 330, in addition to the integration of other sensors, the Sea Ceptor anti-missile system, and a combat systems trainer, to be refitted for further service.


Sea Trials of the BT-3F Armored Personnel Carrier Began to Replace the MT-LB

18 Februari 2019

BT3F amphibious APC (photos : Yuripasholok)

MOSCOW - RIA News. Sea trials of the newest Russian armored personnel carrier BT-3F, designed to replace the Soviet MT-LB, have started, told Abralov Sergey Avtolov, chief designer of the Special Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering (SKBM, is part of the Kurganmashzavod structure, told RIA Novosti)

"Sea trials began, they will be completed in the autumn of 2019," said Abdulov.

The new amphibious tracked armored personnel carrier BT-3F was first presented at the Army 2016 forum. It can navigate and parachute from transport aircraft. The crew of the BT-3F - three people, while the armored personnel carrier takes on board up to 14 paratroopers.

A remote-controlled combat module with a 7.62-millimeter machine gun with a thermal sight and a laser rangefinder is installed on the roof of the combat vehicle. The diesel engine with a capacity of 500 horsepower allows it to reach speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour on land and up to ten kilometers per hour afloat.

Earlier, the deputy general director of Rosoboronexport, Sergei Goreslavsky, said that Russia was negotiating with Indonesia about the supply of BT-3F. In addition, the intention to purchase the latest armored personnel carrier was also expressed by the Russian military department.

(RIA Novosti)

The Philippines Team Visited TUSAS, Viewed the T129

18 Februari 2019

Philippines delegattion visited TUSAS (photo : Kokpit)

In the past months, the T129 ATAK order to pre-negotiate the Philippines Ministry of Defense officials, visited the TAI facilities in Ankara. In addition to the T129, Filipino officials, who were informed about the other TUSAS products, were satisfied with the negotiations.

Corporate Marketing and Communications Director Tamer Özmen gave the model of the helicopter in front of the T129.

8 to 10 T129 to be delivered in the First Stage

The first agreement was signed with the Philippines for the sale of 8 to 10 T129 ATAKs. It is intended to exceed 20 needs.

In the international market, TAI continues its marketing activities for T129. Negotiations are being made with Morocco on sales.


17 Februari 2019

TNI AU Bakal Siapkan Pesawat Tempur di Kabupaten Berau

17 Februari 2019

Kalimarau, Berau, Kalimantan Timur (image : GoogleMaps)

TANJUNG REDEB, TRIBUNKALTIM.CO - Untuk memperkuat pertahanan di wilayah utara Kalimantan Timur, Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) Angkatan Udara (AU), berencana menempatkan sejumlah pesawat tempur di Kabupaten Berau.

Hal ini diungkapkan oleh Kolonel Penerbang TNI AU, Irwan Pramuda yang juga menjabat sebagai Komandan Lapangan Udara TNI AU Balikpapan, usai meninjau Bandara Kalimarau, Kabupaten Berau, Jumat (15/2/2019).

Irwan mengatakan, TNI AU memandang perlu untuk menempatkan pesawat tempur, guna menjaga wilayah perbatasan. Terlebih lagi, Kabupaten Berau memang berbatasan dengan Malaysia dan Filipina.

"Ini untuk mengantisipasi ancaman dari wilayah utara. Jadi jika sewaktu-waktu terjadi eskalasi (konflik), kita sudah men-deploy (menempatkan) pesawat tempur kita," kata Irwan kepada Tribunkaltim.co saat ditemui di rumah dinas Bupati Berau.

Bersama para petinggi dari Mabes TNI, Irwan mengatakan, pihaknya telah meninjau Bandara Kalimarau, yang menurutnya cukup layak untuk penempatan pesawat tempur jenis sukhoi dan F-16.

"Kami sudah meninjau bandaranya, parkir (apron)nya, depo BBM (avtur) jugabsudah tersedia, hanya perlu penambahan kecil saja," ungkapnya.

Bahkan menurut Irwan, melihat luasan Bandara Kalimarau, wilayah ini bisa menampung satu skuadron (12 hingga 24) pesawat tempur.

"Tapi kalau untuk operasional (latihan tempur dan patroli), cukup 4 atau 5 pesawat saja," imbuhnya.

Setelah peninjauan ini, pihaknya akan langsung melapor ke Mabes TNI, agar rencana ini bisa segera direalisasikan.

"Kalau lancar, tahun ini mungkin sudah bisa menempatkan pesawat tempur di Berau," tandasnya.

Dalam beberapa tahun terakhir, TNI tampaknya terus memperkuat wilayah perbatasan di Kalimantan Timur. Di Kabupaten Berau sendiri, selain terdapat Komando Distrik Militer, juga ada Yon Armed dan Skadron Helikopter Serbu.

Menanggapi rencana ini, Bupati Berau, Muharram mengatakan, pihaknya akan mendukung rencana TNI ini.

"Karena wilayah kita memang berbatasan dengan Malaysia dan Filipina. Dengan kehadiran TNI Angkatan Udara, Angkatan Laut dan Angkatan Darat, kita memiliki keamanan berlapis," ujarnya.

Muharram menambahkan, dirinya mendapat informasi, ada sekitar 200 personel TNI AU yang akan ditempatkan di Berau.

"Bandara kita dinilai sudah layak, ada depo avtur dan sebagainya, tinggal membangun barak (asrama TNI) saja, karena informasinya mereka akan menempatkan sekitar 200 personel," tandasnya.


US Admiral: Vietnam has Ordered Some Weapons from US

17 Februari 2019

USCGC Midgett, Hamilton class cutter (WHEC-726) (photo : USCG)

In a report to US Senate Senate Commissioner Philip S. Davidson, US Navy Commander in the Pacific mentioned a number of US weapons ordered by Vietnam.

Accordingly, in the section: "Solving common problems in the Indo-Pacific region: Strengthening relations with allies and partners", the part mentioning Vietnam has been Admiral Philip S. Davidson refer to the following:

"Vietnam has emerged as an important partner in promoting a safety platform based on rules of international order in the Indian-Pacific region.

ScanEagle UAV (photo : USAF)

Defense cooperation between the US Command in the Indian-Pacific region (USINDOPACOM) and Vietnam is one of the most powerful aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries.

As a symbol of promoting close relations between the US and Vietnam, aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson made a visit to Vietnam in March 2018, which was the first visit of an aircraft carrier. America came to Vietnam after 1975.

Vietnam also shares many US principles in implementing international principles and ensuring freedom of navigation, Vietnam is also the most important voice in the South China Sea region.

Beechcraft T-6 Texan II training aircraft (photo : stmed)

Military cooperation between USINDOPACOM and the Vietnamese Army focuses on strengthening Vietnam's maritime capabilities, which will be further strengthened through Vietnam ordering Scan Eagle drones and T-6 training aircraft and the 2nd coast guard ship of the US Coast Guard.

I look forward to Vietnam taking over ASEAN presidency by 2020 and strengthening regional leadership. "

Thus, with the disclosure of Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Vietnam ordered from Scan Eagle drones, T-6 training aircraft and 2nd coastguard vessels (most likely the Hamilton class ship).


16 Februari 2019

First Two Used Australian Fighter Jets Arrive in Canada on Sunday

16 Februari 2019

Australian F/A-18A/B Hornet (photo : Aus DoD)

The Royal Canadian Air Force will be showing off its first two used Australian fighter jets on Sunday at 4 Wing Cold Lake in Alberta.

Representatives from the Royal Australian Air Force and the RCAF will mark the arrival of the F-18 jets that morning. Only local media have been invited to cover the event.

The aircraft will be used to bolster the RCAF’s CF-18 fleet.

Pat Finn, assistant deputy minister for materiel at the Department of National Defence, told Postmedia in a recent interview that he expected the first two jets in the spring but there was hope they could arrive earlier. The two aircraft will be prepared for flying as quickly as possible.

“I would say it could be by the summer the first couple are on the flight line and painted with the maple leaf,” Finn said.

A second group of planes would arrive later this year. Eighteen of the Australian F-18 aircraft will eventually be flying for the Canadian Forces, while another seven will be used for testing and spare parts.

Canada is paying Australia $90 million for the aircraft. The federal government originally estimated the purchase of the Australian jets would cost around $500 million, but Finn said that price reflected every aspect of the associated deal, not just the cost of purchasing the jets. Canada is also acquiring extra spare parts, the Australian jets will have to be outfitted with specific Canadian equipment and software and testing will be needed.

The $500-million project estimate also included $50 million in contingency funds to cover any problems and another $35 million for the salaries of all civilian and military personnel involved over the life of the project. An additional $30 million will be spent on new infrastructure needed to accommodate the aircraft.

Those costs add up to $360 million, Finn said. But DND also plans to upgrade its existing fleet of CF-18s with new communications gear and equipment required to meet regulations to operate in civilian airspace, improvements which the Australian jets will also eventually receive at a cost of around $110 million, an amount that brought the original estimate to nearly $500 million.

The Liberal government had planned to buy 18 new Super Hornet fighter jets from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing to augment the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18s until new aircraft can be purchased in the coming years.

See full article Ottawa Citizen

PAF Strike Wing Assets Getting Base in Cagayan de Oro

16 Februari 2019

Lumbia Airport, Cagayan de Oro City (image : GoogleMaps)

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for contractors to apply for eligibility and to bid for the Design and Build of the Site Development, Operational, and Operational Support Facilities of the 15th Strike Wing in Lumbia Airport, Cagayan de Oro City.

The project has an approved budget for contract of PHP 974,569,400.00.

A Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled on February 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM at PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

Deadline of Submission of Bids/Opening of Bids is on March 19, 2019 at 9:15 AM same place.

PAF 15th Strike Wing currently operates MD-520MG and AW-109AH armed helicopters, and OV-10A/C and SF-260TP aircraft.


Pindad akan Produksi Roket untuk Sistem Astros II MLRS dari Brasil

16 Februari 2019

Kunjungan delegasi TNI AD ke Avibras, Brasil (photo : TNI AD)

Tanggal 12 Februari 2019 lalu Wakil KSAD Letjen TNI Tatang Sulaiman ditemani pejabat terkait lainnya mengunjungi pabrik Avibras di Sao Paulo, Brasil. Ini merupakan kunjungan kedua perwakilan pertahanan dari Indonesia. Sebelumnya di akhir April 2018, KSAD Jenderal TNI Mulyono ditemani Dirut Pindad Abraham Mose lebih dulu berkunjung ke pabrik pembuat sistem artileri medan Astros II tersebut.

Seperti diketahui di kawasan Asia Tenggara, selain Malaysia, Indonesia adalah pengguna sistem peluncur roket multi laras (MLRS) buatan Negeri Samba ini. TNI AD sendiri mulai menerima Astros II pada Agustus 2014. Selanjutnya, dua baterai Astros II dibagikan masing-masing untuk Yonarmed 1/Malang, Jawa Timur dan Yonarmed 10/Bogor, Jawa Barat.

AV-TM 300 atau sering disebut juga MTC-300 Matador, rudal jelajah taktis berjarak 300 km, varian sistem senjata Astros terbaru (photo : JF Diori)

Terkait kunjungan petinggi TNI AD, perwakilan Kementerian Pertahanan RI, dan Pindad ke Avibras ini, diketahui adalah untuk menjalin kerja sama produksi roket untuk sistem Astros II di Tanah Air. Rencananya pabrik munisi Pindad di Turen, Malang ditunjuk untuk memproduksinya. Namun, untuk selongsong (tabung roket) tetap didatangkan dari Brasil.

Melansir dari liputan6.com, di tahun 2019 ini Pindad akan melakukan perakitan roket darat ke darat jarak menengah tersebut. Tak hanya itu, bahkan ke depannya Pindad berencana untuk membuat kendaraan pengangkut roket (transporter) secara mandiri.

Untuk jenis roketnya sendiri, sistem Astros II dapat meluncurkan beragam kaliber. Pertama adalah jenis roket SS-30 kaliber 127 mm sebanyak 32 unit, lalu SS-40 kaliber 180 mm sebanyak 16 unit roket.

TNI AD mengincar MTC-300 Matador untuk melengkapi Astros MLRS (photo : Pikiran Rakyat)

Untuk roket berkaliber besar yakni 300 mm tersedia SS-60, SS-80, dan SS-150. Seluruhnya hanya untuk empat tabung saja. Jangkauan tembak roket bervariasi mulai dari jarak 85 km hingga 300 km.

Disebutkan bahwa kebutuhan TNI akan roket untuk sistem Astros II ini cukup besar. Yaitu hingga kisaran angka 3.000 unit, baik roket untuk pertahanan maupun untuk latihan.

Dengan dibuatnya roket ini di Indonesia, Pindad akan mendapatkan transfer teknologi untuk pembuatan persenjataan strategis ini. Sebuah ilmu pengetahuan yang berharga tentunya.

(Angkasa Review)

Australia Picks Raytheon for Aegis Integration

16 Februari 2019

Australia future frigates named Hunter Class (image : Aus DoD)

Aegis Combat System Integration Limited Tender Released

Defence has selected Raytheon Australia to act as its Australian Aegis Systems Integration Agent. 

Defence has issued a Limited Request for Tender to Raytheon to establish a Deed of Standing Offer under which Raytheon Australia will provide Aegis combat system integration support for up to six years. 

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said that the United States Navy’s proven Aegis combat management system, which is already fitted to the Hobart Class Destroyers, will be fitted to the Hunter Class Frigates as well. 

“Raytheon Australia will provide Defence with their demonstrated expertise for the successful implementation, evolution and continuous development of Aegis combat systems in our current and future surface combatants.” 

“Selecting Raytheon Australia for this limited tender will provide workforce continuity and allow Defence to leverage from their recent Aegis experience gained as the Combat System Integrator role for the Hobart Class Destroyers.” 

“This is an important step forward in realising the Government’s new approach to Naval Combat Systems management.” 

Subject to successful negotiations the Standing Offer should be in effect by mid-2019.

(Aus DoD)

15 Februari 2019

First Manufacturing of KF-X Bulk Head

15 Februari 2019

Bulk head of KF-X fighter (photos : KAI)

Today KAI held the 1st manufacturing/cutting ceremony of the bulk head, which is the main part of the forward fuselage of the KF-X.

All KAI employees will strive to do our utmost for the flawless and perfect development of KF-X. (KAI)

Cutting ceremony for KF-X's bulkhead was carried out by KAI (Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd). This is the first part being produced for the KF-X prototype, which is scheduled to roll out in 2021.

Currently, KFX's blueprint is 15% finalized. Once the critical design review is finished in September, it's expected to be 80% fianlized. (RoK Armed Forcesball)

PHL Awards Contracts for Air Force’s C4ISTAR Capability

15 Februari 2019

C4ISR (photo : AMDR)

The Philippine government has awarded a couple of contracts for the acquisition of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information/Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting Acquisition and Reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) system for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

The Department of National Defense (DND) awarded Triton Communications Corporation C4ISTAR Phase 1 Lot 4 – UHF-FM Radio Communication System with contract price of PHP41.777 million.

The DND also awarded Rohde and Schwarz (Philippines) for the C4ISTAR Phase 1 Lot 2 – Ground-to-Air Radio Communication System with contract price of PHP39.85 million.

Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed both notices of award on January 30.


Australian Industry Wins More Work on Joint Strike Fighter

15 Februari 2019

RAAF F-35 fighter (photo : Aus DoD)

Australia has been chosen to provide Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade for significantly more componentry of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in the Asia-Pacific Region. This is yet another boost to Australia’s involvement in the F-35 Program and a major show of confidence in our nation’s defence industry. 

The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, welcomed the major announcement and said it was a clear indication of Australian defence industry’s global competitiveness.

“Australian companies have been awarded 343 out of a possible 388 components in the latest tranche of assignments – a significant achievement and a major boost for our economy,” Minister Pyne said.

“This announcement again proves that our defence industry can equal and beat the best in the world when it comes to sustaining complex aviation assets.

“I welcome the United States Government’s further commitment to Australia as a regional hub for the maintenance of the F-35 JSF.”

Minister Ciobo said the announcement demonstrated the strength of Australia’s defence industry.

“It is clear that Australia will be in prime position to further expand as a regional F-35 maintenance hub and build on its global capability into the future,” Minister Ciobo said.

“Already local industry has secured more than AU$1.3 billion in contracts from F-35 design and production work, resulting in opportunities for Australian industry beyond the F-35 program.

“Today’s announcement is the next step in opportunities opening up a market for aircraft component repair, which will be part of the F-35 Global Support Solution and cements Australia as a key strategic partner in the global F-35 enterprise.”

This result adds to Australian industry’s success in winning F-35 assignments for:

*Air Vehicle Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade for the Southern Pacific Region
*Propulsion System Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade for the Asia-Pacific Region
*Component Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade of 64 out of 65 Tier 1 components
*Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse.

(Aus DoD)

Indonesia Enters Final Stages of Negotiations for Another Three-Submarine Contract with DSME

15 Februari 2019

Indonesia is close to signing a contract for three more Type 209 submarines with DSME. Jakarta has been studying several vessel types for the requirement, but is now inclined towards the South Korean option given commonality with earlier boats (photo : Korps Hiu Kencana)

Indonesian officials have entered the final stages of negotiations for a follow-on order of three Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines with South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), and an agreement is expected in the next few months.

Industry sources, who have been updating Jane's on the progress of these negotiations since early January 2019, said that if all goes well a formal contract for the boats may even materialise by the end of February or early March.

However, there are several decisions yet to be made, and these mainly pertain to workshare arrangements that can be undertaken for each vessel, the sources confirmed.

Once it materialises, the contract, which includes a support and training package across all three submarines, is expected to be worth about USD1.2 billion.

Jakarta signed a USD1.1 billion deal for three Type 209/1400 submarines with DSME in December 2011. Two submarines under this contract have been delivered, while a third is awaiting launch at PT PAL's premises in Surabaya. The first submarine was commissioned in August 2017 as KRI Nagapasa (403).

As indicated in initial points of discussion seen in a document of the meetings provided to Jane's, the first boat in the follow-on contract, which will be the fourth vessel in Indonesia's Nagapasa class overall, will be assembled at DSME's facilities in Okpo, South Korea.

However, Indonesia has proposed that two of this boat's six modules be constructed by PT PAL in Surabaya, while DSME will build the remaining four in South Korea. Once ready, the Indonesian-built modules will be shipped to Okpo for assembly.


Aset Kawalan, Pertahanan Negara di Sabah akan Ditambah

15 Februari 2019

Bot pemintas laju TLDM (photo : Bernama)

KOTA KINABALU: Aset kawalan dan pertahanan negara terutamanya di perairan Sabah akan ditambah selewatnya hujung tahun ini.

Menteri Pertahanan, Mohamad Sabu berkata, kementeriannya telah pun membuat permohonan pembelian aset kepada Kementerian Kewangan dan meletakkannya sebagai keutamaan.

“Pada tahun ini, kita akan menambah Bot Pemitas Laju atau Fact Interceptor Craft (FIC) dan bilangannya bergantung kepada kelulusan kewangan serta jumlahnya juga akan mampu menampung keperluan keselamatan di Sabah.

“Kita sentiasa memohon untuk melebihkan pembelian aset tapi kita juga kena lihat kemampuan kewangan dari masa ke semasa.

“Kementerian Kewangan memang positif dalam hal ini, kita yakin bila ada pertumbuhan ekonomi, keutamaan akan diberi khasnya kepada keselamatan di negeri ini,” katanya.

Mohamad juga berkata, kedudukan keselamatan negara terutamanya di Sabah berada pada tahap yang baik.

“Sekarang kita lihat ramai pelancong daripada luar khasnya dari China datang ke Sabah dan ini menunjukkan keyakinan mereka terhadap keselamatan kita sekaligus membawa perkembangan ekonomi negara khususnya di Sabah,” katanya selepas mengadakan kujungan hormat kepada Ketua Menteri Sabah, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal di sini, pada Selasa.

Dalam pada itu, Mohamad menyatakan kerajaan negeri berpuas hati dengan kawalan keselamatan oleh pasukan keselamatan di Sabah.

Pada pertemuan itu, Mohd Shafie juga telah memberi pandangan berkenaan keselamatan dan telah diambil maklum oleh pihaknya terutama perkembangan ekonomi di perairan Filipina serta sempadan Indonesia.

Mengenai penambahan anggota, Mohamad mendedahkan, pada masa sekarang tidak ada keperluan penambahan anggota keselamatan di negeri ini.

“Keanggotaan buat masa sekarang mencukupi, kita akan tambah ikut keperluan sekiranya ada pertambahan kem dan pusat-pusat operasi yang baharu.

"Buat masa sekarang kita boleh anggota yang ada untuk menjaga keselamatan adalah mencukupi,” kata beliau.

Terdahulu, Mohamad Sabu yang diiringi Panglima Angkatan Tentera, Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin mengadakan kunjungan hormat terhadap Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin di Istana Negeri.

(Utusan Borneo)

14 Februari 2019

Kemendag Ajukan 16 Komoditas untuk Dibarter Sukhoi

15 Februari 2019

Pesawat Sukhoi Su-35 (all photos : Sputnik)

Pesawat Sukhoi Dibarter Kopi dan Karet, Rusia Tak Kunjung Setuju

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Realisasi pembelian pesawat tempur Sukhoi SU-35 terancam terlambat lantaran daftar komoditas imbal beli yang diajukan Indonesia belum kunjung disetujui oleh Rusia.

Direktur Jenderal Perdagangan Luar Negeri Kementerian Perdagangan Oke Nurwan mengatakan, saat ini Kemendag telah menyampaikan daftar komoditas imbal beli Sukhoi SU-35 dari RI kepada Rusia.

Dia menyebutkan, setidaknya ada 16 komoditas yang diajukan sebagai komoditas barter dengan Rusia, di antaranya berupa minyak kelapa sawit mentah (crude palm oil/CPO) dan produk turunannya, karet, biskuit, dan kopi.

“Kami sudah ajukan daftar komoditas dan draf tata kerja kelompok kepada pihak Rusia. Namun, hingga saat ini belum ada kepastian dari Rusia apakah mereka menerima komoditas yang kita ajukan apa tidak?” ujarnya Rabu, 13 Februari 2019.

Oke melanjutkan, dalam kerja sama dagang tersebut, Rusia diwajibkan untuk membeli komoditas asal Indonesia sebesar 50 persen dari nilai pembelian Sukhoi tersebut. Dia mengatakan, total nilai pembelian untuk 11 unit alat tempur tersebut sejumlah US$ 1,14 miliar di mana kontribusi dari imbal beli mencapai US$ 570 juta.

Menurutnya, selama ini Pemerintah RI terus menunggu kesediaan dari Rusia terkait dengan komoditas yang ditawarkan itu. Dia mengklaim, komoditas yang diajukan oleh Indonesia telah disesuaikan dengan kebutuhan pasar di Rusia.

Adapun, pada tahun lalu, Indonesia sempat mengajukan 20 komoditas yang akan dipertukarkan dengan Rusia. Namun, beberapa komoditas yang diajukan ditolak oleh Rusia lantaran telah diproduksi oleh Rusia. Dia menyebutkan, salah satu komoditas yang diajukan Indonesia tetapi ditolak oleh Rusia adalah seragam militer.

Sementara itu, Kepala Pusat Komunikasi Kementerian Pertahanan Totok Sugiharto mengatakan, kontrak pembelian seharusnya sudah efektif pada Agustus 2018, sehingga dua dari 11 pesawat yang dipesan pemerintah bisa masuk Indonesia pada tahun ini.

Namun, lanjutnya, dengan masih terjadinya proses pembahasan mengenai komoditas yang dijadikan imbal dagang antara Indonesia dengan Rusia, target tersebut terancam molor.

“Urusan mengenai spesifikasi pesawat sudah selesai di kami. Kalau di Kementerian Perdagangan (Kemendag) sampai saat ini masih tertahan dalam hal kesepakatan komoditas yang dijadikan imbal beli, maka besar kemungkinan Sukhoi yang kami pesan terlambat datang,” katanya Rabu, 13 Februari 2019.

Kedatangan pesawat Su-35

Dia mengatakan, proses pembelian Sukhoi masih cukup panjang. Menurut Totok apabila kesepakatan kesepakatan mengenai komoditas imbal beli antara Rusia dan Kemendag RI telah terjadi, proses selanjutnya adalah penetapan transaksi antarnegara oleh Kementerian Keuangan RI.

Apabila transaksi kedua negara berjalan lancar, pesawat tempur dengan spesifikasi persenjataan lengkap (full combat) tersebut akan datang secara bertahap, yakni kloter pertama dua pesawat, lalu kloter kedua empat pesawat dan kloter ketiga lima pesawat.

Pengiriman kloter pertama itu, ditargetkan dapat dilakukan pada Agustus 2019 atau sebelum hari ulang tahun Tentaran Negara Indonesia (TNI) pada 5 Oktober.

“Untuk itu saat ini kami sedang menunggu perkembangan terbaru dari Kemendag. Kami harapkan segera selesai proses transaksinya supaya pesawat baru itu bisa segera kami gunakan untuk meremajakan armada kami yang lama,” katanya.

Dia menambahkan, kesepakatan awap pembelian 11 Sukhoi dengan skema imbal beli itu ditanda tangani ole kedua negara pada Februari 2018 lalu.

Hal itu tertuang dalam nota kesepahaman (MoU) antara Badan Usaha Milik Negara (BUMN) Rusia yakni Rostec dengan BUMN Indonesia PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia (Persero).

Terpisah, pengamat militer Al Araf mengatakan, keterlambatan tersebut seharusnya tidak terjadi jika sejak awal perjanjian kerja sama dagang kedua negara telah disiapkan secara detil. Dia mengatakan, Indonesia terlihat tidak siap ketika menyiapkan komoditas yang dijadikan imbal beli.

“Kalau sejak awal sudah siap, transaksi bisa berjalan cepat. Kami paham, imbal beli ini bentuk transaksi yang pertama kali dilakukan Indonesia, tetapi seharusnya disiapkan secara matang terlebih dahulu,” ujarnya.

Dia mengatakan, keterlambatan itu akan menghambat proses peremajaan peralatan tempur udara Indonesia. Padahal, sedianya, Sukhoi SU-35 tersebut dijadikan pengganti bagi pesawat pendahulunya dengan fungsi hampir serupa yakni F-5 Tiger.

Sementara itu, Ketua Komite Tetap Ekspor Kamar Dagang dan Industri (Kadin) Handito Joewono mengatakan, niat awal dari transaksi berbentuk imbal beli tersebut cukup baik. Pasalnya, skema tersebut akan menguntungkan bagi kedua negara.

“Bagi kita skema ini akan membantu Indonesia membuka pasar ekspor ke Rusia dengan lebih mudah. Paling tidak, kesepakatan ini bisa menjadi awal bagi Indonesia mempersempit defisit neraca perdagangan dengan Rusia,” ujarnya.

Hanya saja, dia berharap perdagangan kedua negara tidak hanya berhenti pada transaksi Sukhoi SU-35 tersebut. Sebab, menurut dia, Rusia adalah pasar potensial RI yang harus terus dijaga dan dikembangkan.


Singapore Navy's First New Type 218SG Submarine to be Launched in Germany on Monday

14 Februari 2019
The steel cutting ceremony for the first two Type 218 SG took place on January 12, 2018. TKMS has also started construction on the third and fourth submarines in January this year. Singapore’s four new Type 218SG submarines will replace the navy’s current Archer-class and Challenger-class submarines (photo : submarine matters)

SINGAPORE - Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will be officiating at the launch of the first of four new submarines for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in Germany next Monday (Feb 18), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has said.

All four Type 218SG submarines are manufactured by German defence contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine System.

The new submarines will replace the RSN's older ones, which are all second-hand refurbished vessels from Sweden.

Before officiating at the launch ceremony in Kiel, Dr Ng will attend the 55th Munich Security Conference on Saturday (Feb 16) and speak at the Maritime Roundtable on the topic "Bridging Troubled Waters - Deconflicting the South China Sea Disputes", Mindef said in a statement on Thursday.

He will be in Germany from Feb 15 to 18, it added.

The RSN's four Challenger-class submarines, which were made in the 1960s and bought by Singapore between 1995 and 1997, are ageing and two were retired in 2015. It also has two Archer-class submarines bought in 2005.

The first two Type 218SG submarines are expected to be delivered from 2021. They will be equipped with improved capabilities such as modern combat systems and Air Independent Propulsion systems, and carry a wider range of mission payloads.

Dr Ng will be attending the Munich Security Conference for the eighth time.

Inaugurated in 1963, the conference brings together key foreign affairs and defence leaders from around the world. Some 600 participants are expected to attend this year.

Dr Ng, who is due to meet his foreign counterparts while in the German city, will also speak at the 11th Munich Young Leaders Roundtable on Saturday.

(Straits Times)

Leidos to Lead on Integration of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance of of Joint Project 2096 Phase 1

14 Februari 2019

Joint Project 2096 Phase 1(photo : ARN)

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, today announced Leidos Australia Pty Ltd as the Prime System Integrator to deliver the first tranche of Joint Project 2096 Phase 1.

Defence has approved $500 million for the acquisition and sustainment of the first tranche of Joint Project 2096, which will ensure the integration of selected intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data and applications.

Minister Pyne said the project was important to enhance the security of Australians at home and abroad.

“This project will allow intelligence analysts to rapidly search and discover collected data to improve intelligence and decision support to Australian Defence Force (ADF) and whole of Government decision makers,” Minister Pyne said.

“The project will help deliver on the Government’s commitment to improve the situational awareness, mission planning and warfighting capabilities of the ADF as outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper.”

This first tranche will integrate selected ISR data and applications, provide an ISR search and discovery capability, deliver an ISR development and support centre, and sustain the ISR integration capability throughout its life.

Minister Ciobo said the project supported the Government's defence industry engagement strategy by providing Australian industry with opportunities in development and integration services, data analytics, ICT support, and the provision of supporting infrastructure, and addition of 65 new jobs for the ISR Development and Support Centre.

“Leidos has a proven track record of delivering integrated data solutions, and will ensure around $450 million is spent in Australia,” Minister Ciobo said.

(Aus DoD)

Philippine Navy Sends-Off Crew of Pohang-Class Corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39)

14 Februari 2019

A Shipbucket illustration of the upcoming Pohang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39). Illustration shared by Steel Bamboo to MaxDefense, (image : Steel Bamboo)

MaxDefense was informed that the Philippine Navy’s (PN) intended crew for the Pohang-class corvette, which MaxDefense first reported as the BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) had their Send-off Ceremony this morning.

BRP Conrado Yap is formerly the Pohang-class Flight III corvette ROKS Chungju (PCC-762) of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).

While the ceremony was held today, the flight of the PN crew to South Korea will be made at a later date, probably this week.

The crew will undergo training and familarization on the ship, both in operation and maintenance. MaxDefense also received word that the crew will also cross-train with the ROKN’s active-service Pohang-class corvettes as part of the program.

Currently the ship is drydocked in South Korea as it undergo repair and refurbishing works prior to transfer to the Philippine Navy.

According to the PN’s Flag Officer in Command, Vice Adm. Robert Emperdrad, the BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) could be home by March or April 2019. 1-2 months of training would be sufficient based on our opinion, referencing from training deployments made by the PN in the past.

Bom P-500 L Buatan Litbangau Diuji Dinamis di Pesawat Sukhoi

14 Februari 2019

Pemasangan bom P-500L pada pesawat Sukhoi (photo : TNI AU)

TNI AU - Upaya kemandirian alutsista khususnya persenjataan produksi dalam negeri akan segera terwujud, terbukti bom P-500 L produksi Dislitbangau siang ini (12/2) diuji coba di pesawat Sukhoi dari Skadron Udara 11, sedangkan rocketpod 7 tabung kaliber 70 mm, diuji coba di pesawat T-50i Golden Eagle.

Dislitbangau selaku produsen pembuat bom yang bekerjasama dengan PT. Dahana dan PT. Sari Bahari, tidak hanya memproduksi bom P-500 L, namun juga memproduksi Smoke WH RX caliber 80 mm dan Rocketpod 7 tabung kaliber 70 mm. Sedangkan pelaksanaan ujicoba akan menggunakan Air Weapon Range (AWR) Pandang Wangi Lumajang, Jawa Timur.

Pelaksanaan uji dinamis yang akan berlangsung tanggal 12 Pebruari hingga tanggal 15 Pebruari 2019, diawali dengan sosialisasi antara pembuat bom dan pengguna dalam hal ini para penerbang dari Skadron Udara 11 dan Skadron Udara 15, untuk menyamakan persepsi. Tim Litbangau yang di dipimpin Kadislitbangau Marsekal Pertama TNI Rochmadi Saputra, tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi disambut Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Marsekal Pertama TNI Widyargo Ikoputra, S.E.,M.M., di ruang rapat Markas Lanud Iswahjudi.

Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Marsekal Pertama TNI Widyargo Ikoputra, S.E.,M.M., dalam sambutannya mengaku senang dan bangga karena Dislitbangau telah berhasil memproduksi bom P-500 L, yang akan diuji dinamis dipesawat Sukhoi. “Hal tersebut perlu kita apresiasi karena merupakan salah satu upaya kita untuk mengurangi ketergantungan terhadap produk-produk buatan luar negeri dan sebagai wujud kemandirian industri pertahanan di tanah air”, papar Danlanud Iswahjudi.

Sementara Kadislitbangau Marsekal Pertama TNI Rochmadi Saputra, dalam paparannya mengatakan tujuan sosialisasi ini untuk menyamakan persepsi agar tidak terjadi kerancuan dan keraguan dan apa yang harus dilaksanakan saat uji dinamis. “Termasuk tim penilai apa yang harus dinilai dan bagaimana menilainya terutama dan paling utama adalah untuk memberikan pemahaman yang sama khususnya para pelaku yang akan terbang, supaya tidak terjadi mis/kesalahan sehingga tidak mendapat data sesuai yang diharapkan.

Sedangkan mekanisme pengujian menurut Mayor Tek Adi Teguh Dwi Setiawan dari Dislitbangau akan dilakukan uji loading/unloading bom P-500 L, Smoke WH RX 80 mm di pesawat Sukhoi dan Rocketpod 7 tabung kaliber 70 mm di pesawat T-50i. Sementara uji kestabilan terbang membawa bom P-500 L Dummy dan Rocketpod 7 kal. 70 mm. Selanjutnya uji dinamis bom P-500 L, Smoke WH RX 80 mm, Rocketpod 7 kal. 70 mm. Rocked FFAR dan Rocket RD-702.


13 Februari 2019

New Zealand’s Future Hydrography Ship Begins Conversion into Naval Platform

13 Februari 2019

MV Edda Fonn, pictured at Haugesund, Norway. (photo : RNZN)

The Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) future hydrographic and diving support vessel, MV Edda Fonn , has arrived in Frederickshavn, Denmark, for a fitting-out process that will be conducted according to naval requirements.

The 85 m vessel, which will be in service as HMNZS Manawanui once commissioned, departed its previous homeport of Haugesund, Norway, on 31 January, and arrived in Frederickshavn on 1 February, according to data from IHS Markit's Maritime Portal.

Edda Fonn was acquired by the New Zealand government in 2018 for NZD103 million (USD69 million) to fulfil existing gaps in the RNZN's diving support and hydrographic survey capabilities.

These operational gaps arose following the decommissioning of the hydrographic ship HMNZS Resolution in 2012 and the retirement of the RNZN's namesake dive tender HMNZS Manawanui in 2018.

Edda Fonn has an overall length of 84.7 m, an overall beam of 18 m, and a hull draught of 6.3 m. It is equipped with a 100-tonne salvage crane that can be used to launch and recover remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).