26 April 2019

Mengenal Kemampuan BT-3F yang Dipilih Marinir Indonesia

26 April 2019


Kendaraan pendarat amfibi BT-3F (photo : bronetechnikamira)

Kementerian Pertahanan dilaporkan telah menandatangani pengadaan kendaraan tempur amfibi BMP-3F dan kendaraan angkut personel BT-3F untuk Korps Marinir TNI Angkatan Laut dengan Rusia. Pemerintah Indonesia akan menambah 22 unit tank BMP-3F dan membawa 21 unit BT-3F ke Indonesia.

BMP-3F tidak asing lagi bagi Marinir Indonesia karena ini adalah pengadaan ketiga kalinya. Sedangkan untuk 21 unit pengadaan tank angkut personel BT-3F merupakan yang pertama. Apa kehebatan yang ditawarkan BT-3F?


Cutaway ranratfib BT-3F (image : Vestnik)

Kendaraan angkut personel lapis baja atau armoured personnel carriers (APC)  BT -3F dibangun oleh Concern Tractor Plants (KTZ) dan pada September 2016 sebuah prototipe dari kendaraan tempur amfibi ini baru diluncurkan.

Kendaraan tempur amfibi BT-3F dibangun dengan maksud untuk digunakan oleh Angkatan Darat, Angkatan Laut dan Korps Marinir Rusia. Kendaraan ini akan memberikan kemampuan manuver yang tinggi, proteksi lapis baja dan dukungan tembakan  langsung untuk pasukan di darat dan di laut. Kendaraan ini dirancang untuk transportasi  infanteri, amunisi, peralatan dan mesin ke medan perang.

Perkembangan kendaraan lapis baja BT-3F dimulai pada 2010. Amfibi BT-3F didasarkan pada kendaraan tempur amfibi BMP-3F marinir  yang berasal dari BMP-3 IFV.


Tampak depan BT-3F (photo : yuripasholok)

IFV baru diantisipasi untuk menggantikan kendaraan lapis baja pengangkut personel amfibi MT-LB Rusia yang sudah tua.

Kendaraan tempur amfibi BT-3F didasarkan pada chassis track  dan fitur lambung lapis baja. Kendaraan memiliki panjang  7m, lebar 3,3 meter dan tinggi  3 meter serta berat kotor  18,5 ton.

Kendaraan lapis baja diawaki oleh tiga  awak dan dapat membawa sampai 14 tentara. Pengemudi duduk di tengah-tengah lambung, sementara kursi komandan dan asisten  komandan ditempatkan di  kedua sisi pengemudi.

Kru masuk dan keluar dari kendaraan melalui pintu atap. Kompartemen pasukan  memiliki dua pintu samping di bagian belakang dan dua lubang keluar di bagian atap.


Kanon 7.62mm BT-3F (photo : yuripasholok)

Persenjataan

Kendaraan dilengkapi dengan stasiun senjata yang dikendalikan jarak jauh 185kg DPV-T, dipersenjatai dengan  senapan mesin PKTM Kalashnikov 7.62mm x 54mm, dipasang di atap kendaraan untuk terlibat  target tetap dan bergerak di darat.

Sistem senjata juga dilengkapi dengan equipped with television / infrared imaging sight dan sebuah laser rangefinder untuk  reconnaissance, surveillance dan akuisi target.

Sistem ini memiliki kisaran elevasi  -5 ° sampai 75 °  dan dapat berputar  360 °.

Menara dioperasikan dari jarak jauh oleh kru menggunakan unit kontrol yang terletak di dalam kendaraan.  Informasi lokasi target disimpan dalam integrated ballistic computer, yang menjamin kinerja tinggi dan efisiensi menembak. Kendaran juga memiliki  opsional untuk dilengkapi dengan senapan mesin berat 14.5mm.

Armor  dan Kinerja

Lambung kendaraan lapis baja infanteri BT-3F  menawarkan  perlindungan STANAG 4569 Level 4 untuk menahan serangan armour piercing ammunition 14.5mm x 114mm.

Tiga peluncur granat asap 40mm disediakan di atas kendaraan untuk memastikan kemampuan bertahan hidup yang tinggi kru di medan perang.


Tampak belakang BT-3F (photo : yuripasholok)

Kinerja

Mesin BT-3F menggunakan mesin diesel UTD-29 dengan  sistem empat langkah, injeksi langsung, liquid-cooled, multi bahan bakar. Mesin menghasilkan kekuatan  500 tenaga kuda.

Dilengkapi dengan enam roda di kedua sisi, IFV menggabungkan hidrolik peredam kejut dan sistem suspensi torsion bar yang menggunakan bar torsi individu.

Kendaraan  personel lapis baja memiliki kecepatan jalan 70 km/jam dan mampu melakukan perjalanan pada kecepatan 10km/jam di dalam air. Kisaran operasional kendaraan adalah 600 km.

(Jejak Tapak)

South Korea’s HHI Launches RNZN’s Future Fleet Support Vessel

26 April 2019


South Korean shipbuilder HHI launched the RNZN's future fleet replenishment vessel, Aotearoa, on 24 April at the company's dockyard in Ulsan. (photo : YonhapNews)

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) future fleet tanker/replenishment vessel at the company's dockyard in the southeastern coast al city of Ulsan on 24 April.

The 173 m-long auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship, which will be known as HMNZS Aotearoa once commissioned, was floated in the drydock at Ulsan in a ceremony attended by RNZN chief Rear Admiral David Proctor, among others.

Ordered for NZD493 million (USD323 million) in 2016 under New Zealand's Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) programme, the vessel was laid down in August 2018 and is expected to be delivered and commissioned in 2020 when it will replace fleet replenishment tanker Endeavour , which was decommissioned in December 2017.

(Jane's)

FNSS-DEFTECH: AV-8 AENBCRV Vehicle Prepares to Enter Malaysian Army Inventory

26 April 2019


FNSS-DEFTECH: AV-8 AENBCRV (photos : FNSS)

The Armoured Engineer Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (AENBCRV) version of the AV-8 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (WAV) developed by the FNSS and DRB HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DEFTECH) partnership for the Malaysian Army is preparing for delivery in the first half of this year.

Passing all tests with flying colours, the AV-8 AENBCRV entered the second and final stage of the qualification process, during which its endurance was tested.

The AV-8 AENBCRV is fitted with CBRN detection equipment and systems to detect and classify of any type of chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear agents. The vehicle can determine and classify the hazard zone and alert other military units and civilians of potential dangers, thus enabling them to take the necessary countermeasures.

Possessing a complex and modern system architecture and mission-specific equipment, the AENBCRV’s initial vehicle development processes – comprising conceptual design, detailed design, manufacturing and assembly – was carried out entirely by FNSS. The ongoing qualification tests serve to demonstrate that the vehicle fully and comprehensively meets the requirements set by the user. The first stage of these tests, involving Land Performance Tests and CBRN System Tests, has already been completed after being carried out at FNSS’ facilities in Ankara. The second stage of the tests – the Endurance Tests – were launched in Malaysia in February 2019. Following the successful completion of these tests, the acceptance and delivery of the first vehicle to the end user will take place in Malaysia in the upcoming days.



Under the project, four AENBCRV vehicles will be delivered, the first of which will be the vehicle that completed its qualification tests. The remaining three vehicles will be manufactured and delivered by FNSS by 2020.

The AV-8 AENBCRV stands out as the first 8×8 CBRN vehicle to be developed by FNSS. The components of the CBRN system, as the main mission equipment aboard the vehicle, was procured from domestic and foreign suppliers in line with the user’s preferences, and the integration solutions were applied together with the Environics company of Finland. FNSS has also conducted indigenisation works on some of the CBRN system’s subsystems, thus aiding domestic subcontractors in acquiring new competencies.

Commenting on this latest milestone reached by the company with the AV-8 WAV project, K. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, said: “The AV-8 WAV project continues to be the single largest defence system export contract signed by Turkey in the field of land systems, and it is also one of the most complex projects in its field due to the large number of vehicle configurations involved. Integrated with a wide variety of mission equipment, the AENBCRV is the one of the AV-8’s most challenging configurations to date. We have fashioned the vehicle in close contact with the user, ensuring they are supplied with the specific capabilities they need. Our vehicle is now proving itself in rigorous tests, and I believe that it will pass all of these with great success, becoming the best in its class and joining the inventory of the friendly and allied nation of Malaysia. With this vehicle, both FNSS and the Turkish defence sector have acquired very important capabilities. In the upcoming period, we are ready to meet with the best solutions any need that the Turkish Armed Forces and friendly and allied nations may have in this particular area.”

(EDR Magazine)

Esperon: Philippines Should Spend More on Defense

26 April 2019


SE Asia defence spending as percentage of GDP (photo : weforum)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines should increase its defense spending in order for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to fully perform its mandate in securing the country’s territory, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said.

The retired general said the armed forces is always more than ready to do its job to defend its stakes in the South China Sea, but its capabilities should be beefed up.

“We just want to assure you, having come from the armed forces, that we are ready anytime but you have to capacitate us also. Otherwise, we go for other things,” he said on Wednesday at a forum on the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippines passed a law calling for the modernization of the AFP in 1995, after China’s occupation of Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef), which is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. The implementation of the 15-year plan didn’t go as planned and turned out to be a failure.

“We really haven’t got anything except from the savings of the Presidents, so who do we blame for this? Do we blame the senators or the congressmen? Or we as a nation?” Esperon said.

“It seems like we are not willing to spend for defense, but we want defense. So where do you put the Armed Forces in that arrangement? Our defense spending is about 1.1% of the GDP (gross domestic product)…China has more,” he added.

The revised modernization program is now divided into three phases: Horizon 1 ran from 2013 to 2017, Horizon 2 covers 2018 to 2022, while Horizon 3 is from 2023 to 2028.

“We are now trying to build capability. We are maintaining our presence in the Kalayaan Island Group. We have put lighthouses; we will repair the airstrip. It will be an all-weather airstrip,” he said.

The Philippines was the first of the claimants in the South China Sea to put an airstrip in the Spratlys back in the 1970s. Other claimants only followed suit.

China built its massive artificial islands only in recent years.

“If you want all these parts of the territory to be defended, don’t look at the armed forces. You look at the other officials,” Esperon said. /je

(Inquirer)

25 April 2019

Doktrin Operasi UAV Sedang Dibangunkan ATM

25 April 2019


UAV dalam TUDM CAP 55 program (image : Mal DoD)

KUALA LUMPUR - Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) sedang membangunkan doktrin dan konsep operasi pesawat terbang tanpa pemandu (UAV) agar pengoperasiannya dapat digunakan secara efektif dan berkesan dalam menjaga persempadanan daratan serta maritim negara.

Timbalan Menteri Pertahanan, Senator Liew Chin Tong berkata, teknologi UAV didapati efektif berdasarkan daya ketahanan yang lama, jarak pengoperasian yang jauh, selain keupayaan dan kelebihan sensornya.

“ATM setuju dan mengakui kepentingan teknologi UAV pada masa sekarang dan masa hadapan sebagai salah satu strategi peperangan, di samping dapat meningkatkan keupayaan ATM bagi memantau sempadan daratan dan maritim negara.

“Buat masa ini, ATM telah pun mempunyai keupayaan UAV di dalam perkhidmatan bagi tujuan pengawasan, serta turut bekerjasama dengan Jabatan Ukur dan Pemetaan Malaysia (JUPEM) bagi tujuan pemetaan,” katanya ketika sesi soal jawab di Dewan Negara hari ini.

Beliau menjawab soalan Senator Datuk Theodore Douglas Lind mengenai sama ada teknologi ‘drone’ akan diperkenalkan dan digunakan ATM pada masa sekarang dan masa hadapan sebagai satu strategi peperangan yang baharu supaya ATM dapat bersaing dengan angkatan tentera negara jiran.

Chin Tong berkata, teknologi UAV juga akan digunakan sebagai salah satu elemen sistem pengawasan dengan jaringan aktiviti perisikan, pengawasan, pengesanan dan peninjauan (ISTAR) dalam ‘masa sebenar’ dan diintegrasi ke dalam sistem ‘Operasi Jaringan Berpusat’ (NCO) ATM yang kini sedang dibangunkan.

“Keupayaan ini dilihat sebagai kekuatan berganda bagi memantapkan lagi sistem pemantauan daratan dan juga ruang udara negara.

“ATM juga telah lama mengadakan idea untuk mengintegrasikan teknologi dalam pelbagai bidang dalam ATM* kementerian juga mengambil kira industri 4.0 termasuklah penggunaan dan pengoperasian UAV dan kecerdasan buatan* semua ini akan diambil kira dan dilaksanakan,” katanya.

(Utusan)

Australian Tigers Operate Overseas for First Time

25 April 2019


Australian Army Tiger ARH attack helicopters aboard HMAS Canberra during the type’s first overseas deployment in late April. (photo : Aus DoD)

Australia has deployed its Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) overseas for the first time, with a detachment participating in joint training exercises with Malaysia.

Four Australian Army Tiger ARHs were airlifted to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) air base at Subang on a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlifter on 21 April, before embarking for training exercises aboard the HMAS Canberra landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship.

Australia operates 22 Tiger ARH helicopters, with deliveries running from December 2004 through to December 2011. The ARH is a hybrid variant of the Tiger that is based on the French HAP (Hélicoptère d'Appui et de Protection), with an undernose Giat 30-781 30 mm cannon, roof-mounted sight, and provision for underwing 70 mm rocket pods, but with added anti-tank capability.

Apart from being the first overseas deployment of the Tiger, the exercises aboard HMAS Canberra mark a major milestone for the helicopter given that until very recently Australian auditors were recommending that it not be operated aboard ships due to performance limitations.

(Jane's)

Rostec Opens Helicopter Engines Repair Center in Vietnam

25 April 2019


Maintenance of Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopter (photo : Rostec)

Integrated logistics support center for repairing helicopter engines created by UEC-Klimov (subsidiary of the United Engine Corporation, part of Rostec) has begun operations in the Vietnamese city of Vũng Tàu. Pilot repair project of the first engine in the new center has been successfully completed.

The center is equipped with all necessary equpment, spare parts and assemblies to provide repairs for engines designed by UEC-Klimov. By the end of April four more engines in use in Vietnam will go through repairs in the center.

Specialists from UEC-Klimov perform medium repairs of TVZ-117 and VK-2500 engines operated in Vietnam. The Russian side provides the details and spare parts, and trains the personnel for engine and gearbox maintenance. The Vietnamese side will provide support personnel to accompany the working process. The Vietnamese specialists have already received certificates from UEC-Klimov on successful familiarization with the medium repair process of the first engine: TV3-117VM series 02 used by the Mi-17-1V. A foreign object damaged this particular engine during operation by the Vietnamese civil aviation.

“Till the end of April, we’re going to repair four more engines operated in Vietnam. We plan to actively expand the geography of our cooperation and start providing repair and support services of helicopter engines in India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Our partners in the region are highly satisfied with the approach and quality of services provided by Rostec, which includes after-sale support for the whole life cycle of our products”, said the Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy of Rostec, Viktor Kladov.

The Aviation Administration of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam certified the new center. Certifying the support personnel is a mandatory procedure for ensuring the operation and repair process made by the center. Vietnamese specialists familiarized themselves with all the steps concerning medium repairs of the TV3-117 engines and their different models during a technological procedure of the certification.

In October 2018 UEC-Klimov and the Vietnamese company Helicopter Technical Service Company signed a distribution contract concerning service maintenance of engines.

Helicopter Technical Service Company, on the territory of which the new center is located, provides service maintenance for Russian-made helicopters. It also operates as the distributor of ТB3-117 and VK-2500 engines.

(Rostec)

The First Su-30SME Fighter for the Myanmar Air Force Assembled

25 April 2019


Sukhoi Su-30SME for Myanmar Air Force (photo : Min Aung Hlaing)

TSAMTO - The commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, on April 22 visited the Irkutsk Aviation Plant of Irkut Corporation, PJSC, where he was presented the first ordered Su-30SME.

According to Scramble Magazine, citing the information provided to the publication, the plane has already made its first flight and is expected to be transferred to the Myanmar Air Force in the near future.

Recall that the agreement on the supply of six Su-30SME fighters was reached during the visit of Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu to Myanmar from January 20-21, 2018. Later, a source of the Kommersant newspaper reported that the value of the contract is estimated at $ 400 million.

On November 6, 2018, Viktor Kladov, the head of the delegation of the Rostec State Corporation at the Airshow China-2018 exhibition, announced the already signed and ongoing contract with Myanmar for the supply of six Su-30SME.

He also added that Russia had begun to exercise the option to supply six more Yak-130 combat training aircraft to Myanmar (previously Russia had supplied 10 combat training aircraft Yak-130 to Myanmar as part of the basic contract).

(ArmsTrade)

24 April 2019

Thales and PT Len Collaborate to Support Radar Development

24 April 2019

Since 2012 PT Len and Thales in talks for collaboration in radar development to supply TNI AU (photo : radartutorial)

JAKARTA, Indonesia/PRNewswire/ -- With over 17,000 islands and a territory stretching across 1.9 million square kilometers, ensuring air sovereignty is a strategic priority for Indonesia. Over the last 35 years, Thales has been supporting the ambitions of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) through the supply of air defence radars and air operation centres throughout the country. Today, Thales is reinforcing its support to TNI-AU with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with PT Len in the area of radar development, a key pillar and one of the seven strategic industries to be developed in Indonesia as outlined by the Ministry of Defence. 

Indonesia's Ministry of Defence has outlined 7 strategic industries to be developed in Indonesia. These are in the areas of fighter jets, submarines, missiles, rockets, propellant, medium tanks and radars.

Indonesia's radar strategic project is designed to enhance, expand and strengthen national radar coverage across the country's extensive land and sea territory. Through this MoU, Thales will be providing maintenance to its existing fleet of air defence radars currently in operation with the Air Force, as well as support PT Len in training and transfer-of-technology, to build up local expertise in radar management and maintenance. Thanks to Thales' expertise in high-technology, PT Len will be able to help Indonesian operators make the best decisions when life is at stake.

Development step of national radar (image : Kompas)

The MoU further extends Thales and PT Len's years of collaboration in the defence sector, which includes earlier MoUs signed for research and transfer-of-technology in naval combat management systems. Outside of the defence sector, Thales and PT Len are also collaborating on delivering advanced signalling systems for railway projects in Indonesia and the export market, through a separate MoU signed in 2018.

"Thales aligns with Indonesia's ambitions to upgrade its military capabilities while building local capabilities in R&D, system maintenance and manufacturing. We are deeply involved in the strategic defence industries in Indonesia, and this MoU enables us to support PT Len, Indonesia's leading defence electronics partner, in their goal of becoming the country's foremost experts in radars and air defence technologies," Erik-Jan Raatgerink, Country Director, Thales in Indonesia.

(PRNewswire)

Philippines Eyes Upgrade of ACV-300 APCs to Infantry Fighting Vehicles

25 April 2019


Some of the Philippine Army's ACV-300 tracked armored personnel carriers made by Turkey's FNSS (photo : MaxDefense)

The Philippine Army (PA) plans to convert its small fleet of FNSS ACV-300 Advanced Armored Personnel Carriers (AAPC) to Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV), with the installation of a manned turret with a medium-calibre cannon.

According to Philippine defense page MaxDefense Philippines, the PA has a fleet of six (6) FNSS ACV-300 (now marketed by FNSS as the ACV-15) armed with manually-operated 12.7mm M2 heavy machine guns, which are the first recipients of the upgrade worth Php288 million (around US$5.55 million). 

The procurement is expected to done via a Public Bidding, with Turkish defense company FNSS expected to participate.

The Philippine Army operates a few Infantry Fighting Vehicles in its fleet, with the the remainder of the FMC AIFV similar to the Dutch YPR-765 acquired in the late 1970s, around four (4) GKN Simba 4x4 IFVs armed with a 25mm Bushmaster M242 guns, and four (4) M113A2 IFVs equipped with the 25mm Bushmaster M242 gun on Elbit Systems UT25 unmanned turrets.

(APDJ)

Malaysia Confirms Countertrade Talks with Suppliers

24 April 2019


Malaysia to countertrade palm oil with LCA (photo : quwa)

The Malaysian government is in discussion with countries including Russia, China, and Pakistan over deals to procure defence equipment in exchange for palm oil, Malaysian Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has stated.

In comments reported by local news agencies on 19 April, Mohamad Sabu said the move forms part of Malaysia’s resurgent strategy to utilise national commodities instead of state funds. “We have been working towards a barter system and have received a positive response,” he said.

He said Russia, China, and Pakistan had all expressed a willingness to accept transfers of Malaysian palm oil in part exchange for materiel. Mohamad Sabu also said that he planned to discuss such countertrade deals with Russia during his four-day visit to Moscow, which started 20 April.

(Jane's)

23 April 2019

Pertamina to Buy Airbus A400 to be Operated by Subsidiary

23 April 2019


Airbus A-400M aircraft (photo : n-tv)

State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina plans to buy Airbus A400 aircraft to be operated by PT Pelita Air Service (PAS), an airline owned by Pertamina and PT Pertamina Pedeve Indonesia, an official has said.

State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry undersecretary for financial, survey and consulting services Gatot Trihargo did not reveal details on the plan, such as the number of aircraft to be purchased.

The official said Indonesia had used the Airbus A400 for natural disaster mitigation in the past.

“The rescue mission for the Palu earthquake could be implemented quickly because the Airbus A400 could land on the short runway yet carry a larger number of passengers than Hercules planes,” Gatot said recently, as quoted by kontan.co.id.

With the new planes, PAS could transport cargo to Papua as well as other remote regions, the official noted, adding that the plane was expected to arrive this year or next year.

He said PAS was expected to join a state-owned aviation holding company that was being prepared by the SOE Ministry.

The government is likely to appoint PT Survei Udara Penas to head the holding company, which is expected to also include flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia and airport operators PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) and PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II).

“Garuda as an open company cannot easily become the leader of the holding company, while Penas is a small company but booked Rp 3 billion (US$213,041) last year. It will be easier [for that firm] to become [the] leading company,” he added.

(Jakarta Post)

TLDM Memerlukan Kapal Hidrografi Baharu

23 April 2019


KD Perantau 151, kapal hidrografi TLDM (photo : Utusan)

PELABUHAN KLANG  - Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) memerlukan kapal hidrografi baharu yang serba moden bagi tujuan pemetaan data perairan negara.

Ini kerana, ketika ini, TLDM hanya mempunyai sebuah sahaja kapal hidrografi iaitu KD Perantau yang sudah berusia 20 tahun, selepas KD Mutiara ditamatkan perkhidmatan.

Kekurangan tersebut menyebabkan buat masa ini TLDM terpaksa bergantung kepada khidmat kapal hidrografi milik swasta yang diperoleh secara kontrak sewaan bagi melaksanakan tugas itu.

Pengarah Kanan Hidrografi, Laksamana Pertama Dr. Najhan Md. Said berkata, jika hanya bergantung kepada KD Perantau, ia memakan masa 55 tahun untuk melengkapkan pemetaan perairan negara.

“Ketika ini memang kita melaksanakan operasi menggunakan KD Perantau dan dibantu kapal pihak swasta yang dibuat secara kontrak sewaan kerana faktor kekangan kewangan kerajaan.

“Namun untuk jangka masa panjang, TLDM memerlukan kapal hidrografi moden yang canggih kerana keluasan perairan kita adalah dua kali ganda daripada keluasan daratan.

“Bagaimanapun, kita memahami kekangan kerajaan dan buat masa ini kita akan melaksanakan tanggungjawab tersebut dengan konsep sewaan itu,” katanya kepada pemberita.

(Utusan)

22 April 2019

RI-Rusia Tandatangani Kontrak Pembelian 22 BMP-3F dan 21 BT-3F

22 April 2019

Kendraan pendarat amfibi BT-3F (photo : Yuripasholok)

RI — Rusia Tandatangani Kontrak Pengadaan Kendaraan Tempur dan Tank Angkut Personel

Jakarta — Kementerian Pertahanan RI melalui Badan Sarana Pertahanan Kemhan bersama dengan JSC Rossoboronexport Rusia melakukan penandatanganan kontrak pengadaan (MoU) Tank BMP-3F dan kendaraan tempur (ranpur) atau tank angkut personel BT-3F di kantor Baranahan Kemhan, Jakarta, Senin (22/4). Penandatanganan kontrak dilakukan PLT Kabaranahan Brigjen TNI Bambang Kusharto, S.Sos., M.M dengan Advisor of General Director JSC Rossoboronexport Konstantin V. Suetin dan Kiriil S Karev dengan disaksikan Sekjen Kemhan Laksdya TNI Agus Setiadji, S.A.P., M.A.

Saat menyaksikan penandatanganan MoU, Sekjen Kemhan mengungkapkan penandatanganan ini merupakan bagian yang cukup strategis bagi kedua belah pihak karena terkait dengan pemenuhan renstra demi mewujudkan kemampuan marinir yang disegani baik lokal, regional maupun global.

Tidak menutup kemungkinan kedepan pihak Indonesia akan masih melakukan komunikasi dan kolaborasi dengan pihak Rossoboronexport tetapi kata kunci bagi Indonesia bahwa setiap pengadaan barang dan jasa harus melibatkan industri dalam negeri sebagai counterpart dalam proses ToT.

Seperti halnya Sekjen Kemhan, PLT Kabaranahan mengatakan bahwa ini merupakan bukti pemerintah Indonesia khususnya TNI AL menaruh kepercayaan terhadap produk-produk Rusia dalam hal ini penyediaan tank atau ranpur.


Korps Marinir akan mendapatkan tambahan 22 unit tank BMP-3F (photo : Tempo)

Kontrak pengadaan 22 unit tank BMP-3F ini merupakan pengadaan ketiga kalinya sedangkan untuk 21 unit pengadaan ranpur atau tank angkut personel BT-3F merupakan yang pertama dan ini merupakan desain dari marinir.

Melalui kontrak ini, pemerintah Indonesia yakin bahwa pemerintah Rusia khususnya JSC Rossoboronexport akan mengerahkan segenap kemampuan untuk menghasilkan produk berupa tank BMP-3F dan tank atau ranpur BT-3F dengan kualitas dan kemampuan yang mewadahi.

PLT Kabaranahan berharap seluruh pekerjaan dapat diserahkan tepat waktu tanpa mengabaikan sisi kualitas sesuai Opsreq dan Spektek pada kontrak. Adapun nilai kontrak tersebut masing-masing untuk tank BMP-3F senilai USD 108 juta dan tank/ranpur personel BT-3F senilai USD 67.200 juta.

Pengadaan yang dibiayai dari pinjamam luar negeri Renstra 2015-2019 ini merupakan bagian dari modernisasi alutsista TNI sesuai dengan perencanaan strategis pertahanan negara guna memenuhi Program Minimum Essential Force (MEF) tahap 2 (dua) pada Renstra 2015-2019.

Sebagai ungkapan rasa syukur diakhir acara dilakukan pemotongan tumpeng secara simbolis oleh Sekjen Kemhan yang diberikan kepada PLT Kabaranahan dan Advisor of General Director of JSC Rossoboronexport.

(Kemhan)

Aerostat for Surveillance from STRIDE

22 April 2019


STRIDE's Aerostat (all photos : MFH) 

Stride Deploys Aerostat for Surveillance

The Science & Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE) has deployed its Security Camera Team to man its locally developed aerostat based surveillance system to the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) 2019 show to assist the overall security measures taken at the Langkawi International Airport (LIA) where the air segment was held.



This has been one of the few event where the system has been deployed to provide wide area surveillance for security forces. 



The last time it was utilised was during the South East Asia (SEA) Games held in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

(MFH)

Raytheon Start to Produce AIM-9X Block II and AMRAAM for Indonesia and Other Countries

22 April 2019


AIM-9X Block II AAM (photo : Defense Updates)

AIM-9X Block II

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded $12,111,859 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-18-C-1068) for procurement of AIM-9X Lot 18 Block II All Up Round tactical missiles, Captive Air Training missile guidance units, tail caps and containers, and spares for the Navy, Air Force and the governments of South Korea, Australia, Qatar, Norway, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Poland, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Belgium, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Singapore, and Denmark. 

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (31 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (10 percent); Keyser, West Virginia (9 percent); Santa Clarita, California (8 percent); Hillsboro, Oregon (5 percent); Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (5 percent); Goleta, California (4 percent); Cheshire, Connecticut (4 percent); Heilbronn, Germany (3 percent); Simsbury, Connecticut (2 percent); Jose, California (2 percent); Valencia, California (2 percent); Anaheim, California (2 percent); Cajon, California (2 percent); Cincinnati, Ohio (1 percent); Anniston, Alabama (1 percent); San Diego, California (1 percent); Chatsworth, California (1 percent); Amesbury, Massachusetts (1 percent); Claremont, California (1 percent); Sumner, Washington (1 percent); and other locations within the continental U.S. (4 percent). 

Work is expected to be completed in March 2021. Fiscal 2017, 2018, and 2019 weapons procurement (Navy); fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); fiscal 2017 and 2018 missile procurement (Air Force); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of 12,111,859 will be obligated at time of award, $302,997 of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. 

This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($884,869; 7.2 percent); Air Force ($678,935; 5.6 percent); and the governments of South Korea ($2,093,922; 17.3 percent); Australia ($1,989,468; 16.4 percent); Qatar ($1,900,344; 15.7 percent); Indonesia ($613,232; 5.1 percent); Norway ($610,316; 5 percent); Kuwait ($536,353; 4.4 percent); Saudi Arabia ($443,249; 3.7 percent); Israel ($386,756; 3.2 percent); Poland ($338,184; 2.8 percent); Japan ($249,903; 2.1 percent); Taiwan ($241,433; 2 percent); Turkey ($185, 098; 1.5 percent); Malaysia ($172,606; 1.4 percent); United Arab Emirates ($171,534; 1.4 percent); Belgium ($167,707; 1.4 percent); the Netherlands ($161,865; 1.3 percent); Finland ($141,901; 1.2 percent); Switzerland ($57,020; 0.5 percent); Slovakia ($45,793; .04 percent); Singapore ($33,298; 0.3 percent); and Denmark ($8,073; 0.1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (US DoD)


AIM-120 AMRAAM (photo : Military Edge)

AMRAAM

Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $19,136,527 firm-fixed-price modification (P00011) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) production program. 

This modification provides for upgrade and commonality of AMRAAM production test equipment being produced and utilized under the basic contract. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by April 15, 2022. 

This contract involves unclassified foreign military sales to Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Fiscal 2017 procurement funds (Air Force and Navy) in the amount of $12,396,642; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $6,739,885, are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity. (US DoD)

Airbus Helicopters Awarded Australia’s ARH Tiger Support Contract Extension

22 April 2019


Tiger ARH (photo : ANAO)

Brisbane, Airbus has been awarded an extension of the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger through-life support (TLS) contract by the Australian Department of Defence.

Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said that the five-year, TLS contract extension reflected the current standing of the Tiger in Australia.

“Airbus is committed to ensuring the success of the Australian ARH Tiger fleet, and we have worked closely with the Australian Army and our industry partners to improve the fleet‘s performance over many years,” he said.

The TLS extension covering the ARH programme until 2025 includes:

• More extensive aircraft and component deeper maintenance;
• Operational maintenance of aircraft allocated to training;
• Aircrew and technician training including maintenance of training devices;
• Design services including OEM design incorporation;
• Systems and software development and testing;
• Complete parts support including MRO, purchasing, storage and distribution;
• Technical publications; maintenance policy; and fleet management.


Tiger ARH equipped with 1× 30 mm (1.18 in) GIAT 30 cannon in chin turret, with up to 450 rounds.
(photo : Wiki)

“I’m proud that more than 200 full time positions will remain in Australia to carry out this very important work supporting the Army Aviation Australia-wide, including the creation of apprenticeships in Darwin,” he added. “Moreover, our Airbus engineering capabilities continue to expand thanks to this contract, with key software and modifications being developed on Australian soil.”

Mr Mathewson also said that there would be a cycle of continuous improvement as Airbus continues to learn from the extensive operational experience gained by Tiger helicopters in other countries.

“This is an aircraft type that will serve on into the 2040s in the worldwide fleet. “We will endeavour to provide the best armed reconnaissance helicopter capability in Australia over the same timeframe,” he said.

The two-seater ARH Tiger attack helicopter serves as a key asset for the Australian Army. Today, the fleet of 22 ARH Tiger has flown over 30,000 hours, deployed for day-and-night surveillance and fire-support missions. Globally, 181 Tigers have been delivered to Australia, France, Germany and Spain, and have accumulated over 115,000 flight hours to date. First deployed by the French Army in Afghanistan in 2009, the Tiger continues to demonstrate its essential role on theatres of operation as a highly versatile, stealthy, and maneuverable attack helicopter.

(Airbus)

BTR-50PK, RanRatFib yang Didatangkan Menjelang Tahun 2000

22 April 2019


Korps Marinir TNI AL memiliki 34 unit kendaraan BTR-50PK (image : Korps Marinir)

BTR-50PK Korps Marinir: Masih ‘Orisinil’ Dengan Performa Maksimal

Terkhusus bicara tentang BTR-50 (Bronetransporter-50) ada jenis BTR-50 Korps Marinir yang usianya ‘relatif’ lebih muda dari yang lainnya. Yang dimaksud lebih muda adalah BTR-50PK, jenis BTR-50 yang satu ini asal pengadaannya bukan dari Rusia, melainkan diakuisisi dari Ukraina.


Tampak depan BTR-50PK nyaris tak ada bedanya dengan serie BTR-50 lainnya (photo : IndoMiliter)

Dikutip dari database Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), disebutkan pada periode 1997–1999 BTR-50PK didatangkan dengan jumlah 34 unit, proses pengadaannya bersamaan dengan kedatangan ranpur BVP-2 yang dibeli dari Slovakia (1998), tapi dikapalkan ke Indonesia via Ukraina.

Meski secara tampilan tak terlalu beda dengan BTR-50P dan BTR-50P/PM yang didatangkan di era 60-an, tapi berdasarkan penuturan seorang perwira menengah di Resimen Kavaleri 2 Marinir, dikatakan BTR-50PK punya performa yang lebih baik dibandingkan jenis BTR-50 lainnya. Sumber Indomiliter.com menyebut BTR-50PK juga punya suara deru mesin yang khas, “pak.. pak.. pak.”

Jerigen bahan bakar di bagian belakang bodi kendaraan merupakan ciri khas serie BTR-50PK (photo : IndoMiliter)

Walau didatangkan dari Ukraina, sejatinya BTR-50PK yang digunakan Korps Marinir adalah buatan Rusia dengan tahun pembuatan 1961. Bila data SIPRI menyebut BTR-50PK yang diterima Indonesia berstatus bekas pakai, namun sumber dari Resimen Kavaleri 2 menjelaskan sebenarnya BTR-50PK diterima dalam kondisi baru dan belum pernah dioperasikan, hanya lama di gudang penyimpanan di Ukraina.

Di tangan Ukraina, BTR-50PK sudah mendapat serangakaian modifikasi. Maka jika dibandingkan dengan BTR-50P/PM, akan terlihat perbedaan seperti pada penempatan 6 pelontar granat asap (disisi kiri dan kanan 3 – 3), pintu palka personel yang dibuka ke dalam, jenis senjata dan di BTR-50PK ada sepasang tangki bahan bakar eksternal di bagian belakang kendaraan.


BTR-50PK di Pasmar 1 Jakarta (photo : Korps Marinir)

Untuk senjata, BTR-50PK mengandalkan sepucuk senapan mesin sedang PKT kaliber 7,62 mm. Berbeda dengan BTR-50P/PM senjatanya adalah FN MAG GPMG 7,62 mm dan senapan mesin berat (SMB) M2HB 12,7 mm.

Sebagai jenis BTR-50 yang paling perkasa, nyatanya BTR-50PK di tangan Korps Marinir masih orisinil, artinya ranpur belum mengalami upgrade dan repowering sejak diterima, berbeda seperti halnya BTR-50P/PM. Dapur pacu BTR-50PK mengandalkan mesin diesel Type W-6 dengan RPM 3000. Kapasitas bahan bakar internal 250 liter dan tersedia dua jerigen bahan bakar eksternal yang masing-masing kapasitasnya 50 liter.


BTR-50PK di Pasmar 2 Surabaya (photo : Korps Marinir)

Spesikasi teknis lain yakni kapasitas oli mesin 45 liter dan oli tranmisi 11 liter. Sebagai perbadingan singkat, BTR-50PM sudah di repowering menggunakan mesin diesel buatan barat – Detroit 6 V90T. Guna menunjang operasi amfibi, BTR-50PK disokong dua pompa mekanik dan 1 pompa hull.

Dari dimensi BTR-50PK punya panjang 7,7 meter, lebar 3,14 meter dan tinggi 2,15 meter. Dengan bobot 14 ton, tebal lapisan baja ranpur era Perang Dingin ini mencapai 1,1 centimeter. BTR-50PK diawaki oleh 3 orang personel dan dapat membawa 16 pasukan infanteri bersenjata lengkap.

See full article IndoMiliter

20 April 2019

India, Vietnam Hold Naval Exercise

20 April 2019


Opening of the exercise (photo : DNA India)

Second Edition of Indian Navy-Vietnam Peoples’ Navy Bilateral Exercise Concludes

In the backdrop of the growing maritime engagement between India and Vietnam, the Indian Navy undertook the second edition of the bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Vietnam Peoples’ Navy at/ off  Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam from 13 to 16 April 2019.


Frigate 016 and DDG D63 during exercise (photo : Indian Navy)

The maiden edition was conducted from 21 to 26 May 2018 at Da Nang, Vietnam. The exercise was undertaken as a part of the ongoing Overseas Deployment of Eastern Fleet ships to South East Asian countries. IN Ships Kolkata under the command of Capt Aditya Hara and Shakti under the command of Capt Sriram Amur participated in the exercise, comprising a harbour and a sea phase. 


INS Kolkata D63 guided destroyer (photo : SpokePersonNavy)

The Indian Navy and the Vietnam Peoples’ Navy have traditionally shared good relations. Conduct of the bilateral exercise on an annual basis would give a further fillip to the existing strong bilateral relation between the two countries, which since September 2016 have been elevated to the level of ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ after the visit of the Hon’ble Prime Minister to Vietnam.

HQ 375 Molniya corvette (photo : Indian Navy)

The Navy to Navy cooperation involves a Composite Training Programme in the fields of Submarine, Aviation and Dockyard training. The two countries have also signed an agreement to exchange White Shipping Information and have a running ‘Information Sharing’ programme.


016 frigate Ngo Quyen Trung and INS Shakti A57 logistic and tanker ship (photo : Indian Navy)

The Indian Navy-Vietnam Peoples’ Navy Bilateral Exercise is a significant step in further strengthening mutual confidence and inter-operability as well as sharing best practices between the Indian and the Vietnam Peoples’ Navies.

(Indian Navy)