16 Oktober 2019

Indonesia Committed to KF-X Project Despite Fiscal Concerns

16 Oktober 2019


KF-X fighter (photo : Joongboo)

More than 100 engineers from Indonesian aerospace company PT Dirgantara (PTDI) remain involved in the project with South Korea to develop the next-generation Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) fighter aircraft despite growing concern about the Southeast Asian country's financial involvement in the programme.

Industry officials told Jane's at the 2019 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) that ties between PTDI at Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), which is leading the KF-X programme, remain strong even if the South Korean and Indonesian governments have yet to reach an agreement on how - and how much - Jakarta will pay towards the development project.

"We have 114 engineers working on the KF-X in Korea," said one official from KAI. "They are mainly working on the design of the aircraft but also on manufacturing processes." PTDI told Jane's that its engineers' involvement in the programme is intended to support the company's long-term development and its ability to apply acquired skills across a range of platforms.

Industry officials would not comment directly on government-level talks intended to enable Jakarta to fund its involvement in the programme, which it refers to as IF-X. These talks started in October 2018 after Indonesia said that due to a lack of funding it wanted to renegotiate the financial arrangements that were agreed in 2015. Renegotiations were initially expected to be concluded within 12 months but have yet to be finalised.

Under the original KF-X finance agreement Indonesia is committed to pay for 20% of the total development costs of the aircraft, which are estimated at about USD8 billion. The South Korean government is committed to pay for 60% of costs, with KAI covering the remaining 20%.

(Jane's)

HMAS Brisbane Ready for Combat System Trials

16 Oktober 2019


HMAS Brisbane and USS Preble conducting Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres (photo : RAN)

On the eve of her Combat System Trials, the crew of HMAS Brisbane have used the passage and time alongside San Diego to fully prepare for this important milestone, which are the culmination of a concentrated combat system preparation and training period which has been running for nearly twelve months. 

In the months prior to deploying, Brisbane embarked a team from the United States who have worked alongside the ship's company to optimise the combat system and conduct operator training. 

During the transit, Brisbane has also had the opportunity to work with US Navy Destroyer Squadron 31 including USS Preble (DDG-88) in Hawaii, and also alongside in San Diego to supplement and enhance this training. 

For Commanding Officer, Commander Josh Wilson, Interoperability with the United States Navy has been a driving factor during the preparation phases of the weapons firings.

“Having the US Navy Project Team on board and working with Destroyer Squadron 31 in Hawaii provided an excellent opportunity for the crew to be exposed to complex training scenarios that have enhanced our knowledge of the Aegis Combat System,” Commander Wilson said.

“We share a long and proud history with the US Navy and our officers and sailors work well together.


HMAS Brisbane DDG-41 (photo : John Wilson)

“With the introduction of Aegis we will be able to work closer and better integrate into joint exercises and operations.” 

The journey has been significant for Deputy Electrical Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Michael Whanslaw, who has been a part of the Air Warfare Destroyer Program since 2013.

“I joined the program in Adelaide when Brisbane was still blocks in the shipyard,” he said.

“Since forming the crew in early 2017, the test and trials of the combat system have been our ultimate goal to progress the Destroyer capability.

“It is exciting that we have reached the culmination of 12 months of planning and hard work.” 

For Combat Systems Supervisor, Petty Officer Neale Merrick, the training required in preparation for the upcoming missile firings included courses in Moorestown, New Jersey, covering theory and practical training in the management and operation of the Aegis Combat System. 

“The training provided by the US Navy has prepared me to operate the combat system to its full capability.

“Since returning from the United States I have been able to put the skills into practice in an Australian Warship and develop training scenarios for Combat System Operators and the Electronics Technicians,” Petty Officer Merrick said.

HMAS Brisbane is in the United States completing her Combat System Trials and is due to return to Australian in December.

(RAN)

Kapal Amfibi Indonesia akan Dibeli Bersamaan dengan Investasi UEA

16 Oktober 2019


Sejak tahun 2017 UAE sudah menyatakan minat dengan kapal LPD buatan Indonesia (photo : BUMN)

Sederet Investasi Uni Emirat Arab Bakal 'Keroyok' RI Bulan Ini

Jakarta - Menteri Koordinator Bidang Kemaritiman Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan membeberkan deretan investasi dari Uni Emirat Arab (UEA) yang bakal masuk bulan ini. Investasi tersebut merupakan tindak lanjut pertemuan Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) dengan Putra Mahkota Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, dan juga kunjungan kerja Luhut ke UEA beberapa waktu lalu.

"Kerja sama dengan UEA sekarang berkembang empat. Karena, Crown Prince-nya sangat luar biasa. Sama Pak Jokowi begitu dekat, sehingga saya whatsapp-an, dan Presiden juga," kata Luhut di kantornya, Jakarta, Jumat (11/10/2019).

Investasi Lahan Pertanian di Kalimantan Tengah

Adapun investasi yang bakal diteken oleh UEA di Indonesia yang pertama yakni investasi lahan pertanian di Kalimantan Tengah seluas 100 ribu hektare (Ha). Ia mengatakan, besok, Sabtu 12 Oktober 2019, UEA akan mengirim timnya untuk menindaklanjuti kesepakatan tersebut.

"Mengenai pertanian di mana mereka masuk 100.000 Ha, timnya akan kemari, besok sudah datang, jadi betul-betul semua cepat. Jadi besok tim pertanian mereka akan melihat kedua kali lahan yang ada di Kalimantan Tengah. Mereka sudah melakukan riset pohon apa yang bisa ditanam di sana," terang Luhut.

Pembelian 3 Kapal Amfibi

Kedua, soal kerja sama di bidang pertahanan, tanggal 23 Oktober nanti pihak UEA akan menyelesaikan transaksi pembelian kapal pendarat tank (LST) dari Indonesia.

"Sementara kemarin mereka sudah mengirim tim angkatan laut untuk menjajaki perjanjian tiga kapal pertama LST buatan kita. Pak Fred kemarin mendampingi ke Lampung, Surabaya, dan Sorong. Mereka sangat puas dan mereka akan mengimpor pertama kali tiga kapal itu," kata Luhut.

Pembangunan Masjid Raya Solo

Ketiga, yakni pembangunan Masjid Raya Solo yang akan mereplika Grand Mosque di Abu Dhabi. Dalam proyek ini, Pertamina juga akan memberikan dana hibah ke Pemda Solo untuk menunjang pembangunannya.

"Dan Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi itu oleh Crown Prince replikanya dibangunkan di Solo. Ini ada dua skemanya, pertama dari Pertamina yang dihibahkan ke Pemda Solo. Sekarang prosesnya sedang dijalankan tim dari kita akan berkunjung ke Abu Dhabi dan dia juga ke sini," imbuh Luhut.

Luhut menjelaskan, nantinya Masjid Raya Solo yang mereplika Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi tersebut akan dijadikan sebagai Islamic Center.

"Dan itu jadi Islamic Center di sana juga di mana Abu Dhabi membantu untuk mentrain ulama-ulama kita, dan juga mengajak ulama-ulama dari mereka ke kita," jelasnya.

Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF)

Selain itu, Luhut mengatakan pendanaan abadi (Sovereign Wealt Fund/SWF) dengan UEA juga bakal diteken pekan depan.

"Sovereign Wealth Fund sudah sangat maju. Minggu depan timnya akan datang kemari untuk bicara dengan tim kita. Kemenkeu dari awal sudah terlibat, Pak Luki dan Pak Edwin dari PT SMI. Jadi kita mau melakukan ini, karena Presiden Jokowi mau, sejak Crown Prince kunjungan kemari ini sudah bisa ditanda-tangani," terang Luhut.

Luhut menjelaskan, delegasi Indonesia telah berdiskusi dengan Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) dan beberapa pejabat tinggi di Abu Dhabi tentang SWF.

Nantinya, SWF tersebut bisa menggunakan dua mekanisme, misalnya implementasi investasi ADIA sekitar US$ 1 miliar atau sekitar Rp 14,14 triliun (kurs Rp 14.100). Rencananya, dana tersebut akan masuk pada proyek properti, real estate, dan pengembangan destinasi wisata dan proyek-proyek swasta lainnya.

Skema lainnya, yakni pemerintah bisa juga membentuk Indonesian Sovereign Wealth Fund yang akan menjadi pooling dana investasi dari berbagai negara, termasuk UEA.

Sehingga, investasi ke Indonesia dapat ditingkatkan menjadi US$ 5-10 miliar dan seterusnya secara bertahap. Nantinya, dana tersebut bisa digunakan untuk pembiayaan proyek-proyek infrastruktur atau investasi secara umum.

Sebagai tambahan, Luhut menjelaskan, pemerintahan Abu Dhabi juga akan segera menyediakan lahan untuk membangun Kedutaan Besar Indonesia di Abu Dhabi.

"Dan juga mereka menyediakan lahan tanah Kedubes kita di Abu Dhabi. Jadi kita berharap ini bisa segera. Dan beliau juga menyampaikan kerja sama dengan Pertamina semua bisa dirampungkan dealnya ketika Presiden Jokowi ke sana," paparnya.

Luhut mengatakan, seluruh kerja sama dengan UEA ini adalah hal yang sangat baik dalam implementasinya, dan masih sesuai target.

"Jadi kalau kita melihat semua agenda ini too good too be true, ini semua on track," tutupnya.

(Detik)

Amphibious Vehicles Perform Well in Exercise with US, Japan

16 Oktober 2019


PMC's AAV (photo : US Embassy)

MANILA – Troops of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) handled well the newly-acquired amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) during the amphibious landing phase of the ongoing ‘KAMANDAG 3’ exercise.

This was disclosed by PMC spokesperson, Capt. Felix Serapio on Monday when asked on the performance of the Marines picked to operate the new vehicles.

"They are good. The (amphibious) exercise is the culmination of years of training with forces fluent with the said capability. Our crews were also trained overseas for that (AAV handling)," he said in a message to the Philippine News Agency.

Four of the eight newly-acquired AAVs were deployed in Saturday's amphibious landing exercises which took place at the Marine Base Gregorio Lim off Ternate, Cavite.

Serapio said the four AAVs, which were acquired from South Korean defense manufacturer, Hanwha Systems, were supported by another four AAVs from the US and Japanese contingents participating in the maneuvers.


USMC's AAV (photo : Indopac Command)

"The landing is the culmination of the amphibious combined inter-operability training between the three amphibious forces as this further develops the capabilities of our Marines in conducting similar operations," he added.

Serapio said the PMC's new amphibious capabilities will boosts the Marines’ capabilities to respond to counter-terrorism scenarios and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and territorial defense operations.

"KAMANDAG", short for "Kaagapay ng mga Mandirigma ng Dagat" scheduled from October 9 to 18, is a Philippine-led military exercise with American and Japanese units.

The AAVs were also used during September's "DAGIT PA" exercises where it participated in ship-to-shore exercise off Subic Bay, Zambales.

"DAGIT-PA" is short for "Dagat-Langit-Lupa" is a joint exercise with Air Force, Navy, and Army units and ran from September 16 to 27.


JGSDF's AAV (photo : motor-fan)

The first four AAVs were delivered last May and activated during the 121st founding anniversary of the Philippines which took place June 17 at Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Sangley Point, Cavite.

After its arrival last August, the second batch of four AAVs was activated during short ceremonies at PN headquarters in Naval Station Jose Andrada, Roxas Boulevard, Manila on Sept. 23. The AAV contract is worth PHP2.42 billion.

The amphibious vehicles are armed with .50-caliber machineguns, 40-mm grenade launchers and smoke launchers and will be used for amphibious landing operations. They are based aboard the two strategic sealift vessels of PN which are the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602).

Acting Philippine Navy public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, earlier said the four AAVs form part of the recently activated Assault Amphibian Company under the Assault Armor Battalion of the PMC.

“These amphibious landing vehicles allow our Marine Operating Forces to assault any shoreline from decks of Navy ships and provide them with armor protection, surface mobility for amphibious and mechanized operations, communications and projection of the 'anvil' force coastal defense,” Roxas said. 

(PNA)

KAI Unveils Futuristic KF-X Cockpit

16 Oktober 2019


The advanced cockpit of the KF-X mode on (photo : FlightGlobal)

The KF-X cockpit will have a full-panel touch screen that is integrated with the pilot’s helmet and the aircraft's heads-up display.

A mockup of the new cockpit for the developmental figther at the company’s stand depicts a full, single-panel touch display in place of traditional multi-function displays.

The display offers a full-range of tactical information including radar tracks, weapons status, engine status, and other key data.


The advanced cockpit of the KF-X mode off (photo : bemil.chosun)

Unlike the touch screens found in smartphones and tablets, the screen's buttons will require greater pressure for inputs, says KAI. This helps reduce tracking errors stemming from smudges and scratches.

Further, the cockpit will feature HOTAS (hands-on-throttle-and-stick) functionality. This allows the pilot to operate key aircraft functions from the sidestick control column and throttle. This improves situational awareness, as it enables the pilot to keep his or her attention focused outside the cockpit.

KAI plans to roll out the first KF-X prototype in early 2021.

(FlightGlobal)

15 Oktober 2019

New C-17 Hangar Handed Over to No. 36 Squadron

15 Oktober 2019


New hangar for 36SQN (photo : RAAF)

A dedicated new maintenance hangar for No. 36 Squadron’s (36SQN's) fleet of C-17A Globemaster aircraft was formally handed over to Defence at RAAF Base Amberley during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

With 5000 square metres of floor space, the hangar can accommodate either a C-17A or a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport.

It also has a logistics warehouse and maintenance workshop for the squadron, replacing legacy facilities elsewhere at RAAF Base Amberley.

Following project approval in 2015, construction of the hangar began in March 2017 and has been one of many significant infrastructure projects underway on base regularly awarded to local Defence Industry partners.

Group Captain (GPCAPT) Steve Pesce, Officer Commanding No. 86 Wing, said the hangar is a welcome addition.

“It’s hard to image a squadron without a hangar of its own, and a facility likes this makes the job of supporting eight C-17As much easier for 36SQN,” GPCAPT Pesce said.

“Until now, C-17A maintenance has been conducted inside the KC-30A hangar at RAAF Base Amberley, or on the tarmac in the open air.

“Having a hangar, maintenance workshop, and logistics warehouse under one roof makes the job of supporting the C-17A more efficient, and ensures the aircraft are more available for Defence tasking.”

The hangar also features a telescopic docking system which allows technicians to safely access the exterior of a C-17A, or other large aircraft that can be accommodated in the hangar.

(RAAF)

Kapal Bantu Rumah Sakit (BRS) Kedua TNI AL Masuki Tahapan Keel Laying

15 Oktober 2019


TNI AL membutuhkan 3 Kapal Bantu Rumah Sakit (photo : BUMN)

Surabaya – Produksi Kapal BRS kedua TNI AL (W000302) memasuki tahapan keel laying atau pemasangan lunas kapal. Keel Laying dilaksanakan pada hari Senin, 14 Oktober 2019 bertempat di Grand Assembly Divisi Niaga PT PAL Indonesia (Persero). Acara tersebut dihadiri oleh Asisten Logistik KSAL Laksamana Muda Moelyanto didampingi Direktur Utama PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) Budiman Saleh, disaksikan para pejabat TNI AL beserta jajaran Manajemen PT PAL Indonesia (Persero).

Tahapan keel laying ini penting karena nantinya usia kapal akan dihitung sejak pertama kali pemasangan lunasnya. Kapal BRS kedua TNI AL ini memiliki panjang 124 meter, lebar 21,8 meter. Kapal tersebut mampu mengakomodasi pasukan, kru dan pasien sebanyak 651 orang. Kapal tersebut memiliki berat 7300 Ton dan dapat melaju dengan kecepatan maksimal 18 knot serta endurance 30 hari, kapal tersebut mampu untuk menampung 2 unit helikopter di dek dan 2 unit ambulance boat. Hingga tahapan keel laying Kapal BRS kedua telah mencapai 27% dari keseluruhan tahapan pembangunan dan tepat waktu.

Keel laying seremoni di PT PAL (photo : PAL)

Proses pembangunan dilakukan dengan 6 starting point pada 6 zona pararel dengan pendekatan modular sistem untuk mempersingkat waktu pembangunan kapal. Dalam pembangunan tersebut PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) menggunakan fasilitas utama Graving Dock Semarang di Divisi Kapal Niaga, juga akan mengoptimalkan kapasitas yang ada seperti pembangunan blok-blok atas dilakukan di Divisi Kapal Perang, beberapa perlengkapan kapal seperti turning table dikerjakan di Divisi Rekayasa Umum. 

Fungsi Kapal BRS sangat pas dengan karakteristik dan wawasan maritim Indonesia. Indonesia sebagai negara kepulauan sebagai negara yang terletak dalam kawasan ring of fire memiliki kerentanan bencana alam seperti gunung meletus, gempa bumi yang dapat diikuti oleh bencana sekunder seperti tsunami dan lainnya. Kapal BRS juga memiliki fungsi pengabdian masyarakat, dapat digerakkan ketika masyarakat membutuhkan, seperti ketika Peristiwa Wamena di Papua. Dengan situasi tersebut, Kapal BRS bersifat mobile dan dapat digerakkan kapan saja ke wilayah terdampak bencana alam atau bencana kemanusiaan yang membutuhkan untuk melaksanakan kegiatan tanggap darurat bencana. Kapal BRS dilengkapi dengan berbagai fungsi medis hingga tindakan medis. Fasilitas medis yang dimiliki setara dengan sebuah rumah sakit, hingga julukan sebagai rumah sakit mengapung layak diberikan pada Kapal BRS.

(PAL)

Boomeranger Boats to Supply Sea Boats for the SEA1180 Phase 1 OPV Program

15 Oktober 2019


Total 41 RHIBS ti be delivered to RAN (photo : Boomeranger)

The Commonwealth of Australia has signed a contract today with Boomeranger Boats to supply the sea boats for the Arafura Class OPVs.

Under the contract Boomeranger shall deliver two davit launched 8,5 meter Fast Rescue Boats and one 10,5 meter ramp-launched Special Operations Boat for each of the OPVs. Both boats are Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats with inboard engines.


Fast Rescue Boat (photo : Boomeranger)

In total the contract comprises 41 RHIBs to be delivered over a period of 10 years. The first delivery of sea boats will arrive to support acceptance of the first OPV in 2021.

As the primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties, the sea boats are a significant weapon system for the capability.


Special Operation Boat (photo : Boomeranger)

Both of the sea boats models are existing designs from earlier projects delivered by Boomeranger. The 10,5 meter sea boat is an enhanced variant of the ramp-launched RHIB of the original Luerssen OPV delivered to the Royal Brunei Navy.

(Boomeranger)

Philippine Coast Guard OCEA OPV 270 - Successful First Sea Trials

15 Oktober 2019


BRP Gabriela Silang OPV-8301 (photos : OCEA)

The latest OCEA OPV unveils her great operational potential!

In the early morning of the 11th of October 2019, the 84m OPV designed by OCEA for the Philippines Coast Guard weighed anchor for her first sea trials.

These preliminary sea trials of the OCEA OPV 270 demonstrated the general good behavior of the vessel.



The OPV 270 has shown her excellent sea keeping performances, an essential capability in the perspective of future helicopter or RIHB operations.

The crew could experience the great comfort on board the vessel and the very low noise level in the wheelhouse. Indeed OCEA pays a specific attention to the comfort on board, in order to increase the operational readiness of the crew and complements.



The good maneuverability of the vessel allowed to push further the trials. The contractual maximum speed was even exceeded by one and a half knot!

These preliminary results make OCEA shipyard confident about the successful outcome of this major program.

(OCEA)

Dua Kapal LMS Dijangka Tiba Tahun Ini

15 Oktober 2019


KD Keris kapal Littoral Mission Ship pertama (photo : adf20021021)

Ada kapal baharu atau tidak, TLDM tetap laksana tugas jaga perairan negara

KUALA LUMPUR – Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany menegaskan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) tetap melakukan rondaan di perairan negara walaupun terpaksa menggunakan kapal-kapal yang lama.

Beliau menyatakan perkara tersebut ketika diminta menggulas sama ada TLDM akan melucut tauliah kapal-kapal lama sekiranya kapal baharu mula digunakan.

“Buat masa sekarang, kita gunakan kapal yang sedia ada untuk menjaga perairan negara pada setiap masa tanpa mengira waktu mengikut pengarahan yang diterima,

“Sama ada kita mempunyai kapal baharu mahupun kapal lama, kita tetap menggalas tugas untuk menjaga perairan negara,” tegas Panglima Tentera Laut selepas menghadiri Perhimpunan Bulanan Kementerian Pertahanan di Wisma Pertahanan, hari ini.

Menurut beliau, dua buah kapal Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) dijangka akan tiba pada tahun ini.

“Pada ketika ini, kerajaan telah bersetuju untuk memenuhi keperluan 6 buah kapal Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) dan 4 buah LMS,

“Namun begitu, program LCS mengalami sedikit penangguhan berikutan masalah teknikal dan kita akan lihat bagaimana pihak kontraktor berusaha untuk mengatasi isu tersebut,” kata Reza.

Sementara itu, beliau turut menyatakan perolehan Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) dan helikopter maritim diteruskan dan masih lagi diperingkat pembidaan.

Menteri Pertahanan, Mohamad Sabu hari ini menjelaskan sebanyak RM 2 bilion telah diperuntukkan kepada TLDM.

Sementara itu, sebanyak RM 5.7 bilion telah diperuntukkan kepada Tentera Darat Malaysia, RM 2.5 bilion kepada Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia dan RM 1.4 bilion kepada Markas Angkatan Bersama.

(AirTimes)

14 Oktober 2019

KAI Unveils Mock Up of KF-X Fighter

14 Oktober 2019


Mock up of KF-X fighter (photos : joins)

More mobility than the F-35A, the next generation Korean fighter KF-X unveiled

The physical model of the next-generation Korean fighter KF-X, which is more maneuverable than the F-35A, was unveiled for the first time at Seoul ADEX 2019, an exhibition on Seoul's international aerospace and defense industry.


KF-X fighter (photo : hankookilbo)

According to the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the KF-X unveiled on the day is capable of flying at a maximum speed of 1.81 Mach (2,200 km / h), with 10 'pods' (PODs, missiles, fuel tanks, etc.) attached to the bottom and wings of the aircraft. Can be equipped with a large number of weapons, such as air-to-air missiles and joint fired missiles. The range is 2,900 km, and it is equipped with the latest avionics equipment, active scanning phased array (AESA) radar and the latest sensors, as well as high power.


KF-X fighter (photo : aereo)

The KF-X, which has a similar appearance to the US F-35A stealth fighter, has the advantage of being about half the operating cost and more maneuverable than the F-35A, KAI said.

KF-X fighter (photo : Joins)

The KF-X project, with a total development cost of KRW 8.88 trillion, was started in January 2016, and the basic design was completed in June 2018. The detailed design of the detailed hardware and software is completed, and the parts production is in progress.
  
KF-X fighter (photo : Defense Times)

The first prototype will be released in the first half of 2021, followed by the first flight test in the first half of 2022, and development will be completed by 2026.

On the other hand, Seoul ADEX 2019, which has a press day, will be held at the Seongnam Seoul Airport in Gyeonggi-do from 15th to 20th. The exhibition will showcase 430 companies from 34 countries and showcase the latest aircraft, space and ground equipment with advanced technology at 1730 booths.

KF-X cockpit (photo : Gareth Jennings)

The outdoor exhibition hall on the runway will display 92 domestic and international aircraft, K-9 self-propelled artillery and K-2 tanks.

KF-X cockpit (photo : Kim Doo Young)

Public Day will be held on the 9th and 20th of the weekend, and will be held for general visitors such as flight simulator competitions, stunts and pilots of the Air Force's Black Eagle, Korean and American fighters. You can also see the first pilot flight of the helicopter (LAH).  

(Joins)

RAAF Funds Work to Beef up P-8A SAR Capability

14 Oktober 2019


RAAF P-8A Poseidon (photo : RAAF)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is funding a project to expand the search and rescue (SAR) capability of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

The work is taking place NAS Patuxent River and has seen P-8As deploy the UNIPAC III SAR kit, according to a NAVAIR statement.

The kit allows a single P-8A to drop rescue supplies capable of assisting 100 survivors in a single sortie, up from 16 with the UNIPAC II kit.

“The test program is a perfect example of the benefits reaped when two international partners join as part of a cooperative partnership,” says RAAF squadron leader Nathan Mula.

“Not only does the RAAF take a large step toward a major capability milestone, but the U.S. Navy receives the developmental and operational test experience and results.”

In the last 12 months, work with the UNIPAC-III has involved static ejection, safe separation and other integration work pending certification. The RAAF will undertake additional testing in Australia later this year, and the US Navy will evaluate the SAR kit for its own use.

The P-8A can deploy life support kits from its weapons bay.

The RAAF operates nine P-8As and will have its full complement of 12 examples by 2022.

(RAAF)

TLDM Rancang Tubuh Markas Wilayah Laut 4 di Sarawak

14 Oktober 2019


KD Kelantan 175 (photo : TLDM)

KUCHING -- Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) merancang menubuhkan Markas Wilayah Laut 4 (Mawilla 4) di Sarawak bagi memudahkan operasi kawalan keselamatan di perairan negeri itu.

Panglima Armada Timur TLDM Datuk Abdul Rahman Ayob berkata ketika ini TLDM mempunyai dua markas iaitu Mawilla 2 yang berpengkalan di Sandakan dan Markas Pemerintahan Armada Timur yang berpengkalan di Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

“Kita merancang untuk menubuhkan Mawilla 4 di Sarawak dan tempatnya masih lagi dalam perbincangan di mana fokus kita di kawasan di Bintulu dan semua cadangan kertas kerja sedang dimajukan serta kita berharap ia dapat dilaksanakan dalam Rancangan Malaysia ke-12 (RMK12).

“Dengan adanya Mawilla 4 ini kelak, ia akan lebih memudahkan lagi pengoperasian kapal-kapal TLDM khususnya di dalam melaksanakan rondaan di perairan Sarawak,” katanya ketika ditemui pada majlis kunjungan hormat perpisahan Ketua Menteri Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, di sini, hari ini.

Kunjungan itu diadakan berikutan Abdul Rahman akan bertukar ke Kuala Lumpur mulai 15 Okt ini setelah menabur bakti sejak 25 Jun 2018 selaku Panglima Armada Timur TLDM.

(Bernama)

Purchase of Gulfstream Jet Vital Part of AFP Modernization

14 Oktober 2019


Gulfstream G280 jet (photo : Gulfstream)

MANILA -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday refuted allegations that the Gulfstream G-280 jet is a luxury plane, saying the acquisition of the aircraft is a necessary component of ongoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program.

"I would like to make some clarifications on the acquisition of the Gulfstream G-280 aircraft for the Philippine Air Force, which has been in the news the past few days. Let me emphasize that we do not consider the G-280 as a luxury aircraft, but a necessary component of the AFP modernization program for command and control of our Armed Forces to manage operations on air, land, and sea," he said in a press statement.

The G-280 will be utilized as command-and-control aircraft, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong earlier said.

"This type of aircraft is necessary for a 24/7 real-time command-and-control, especially during crisis situation. The Gulfstream G280 acquisition is part of our efforts to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines," Lorenzana added.

He said the G-280 will be operated with other command-and-control platforms that the AFP has and those to be acquired in the future.

Lorenzana also denied claims that the aircraft is intended to be used as a Presidential plane, adding that President Rodrigo R. Duterte earlier gave instructions that he is not interested in acquiring an executive jet for himself.

"The President has stated from the beginning that he does not want the procurement of an executive jet for his own use. This aircraft was not intended to be a Presidential plane but as a command-and-control plane of the AFP and the DND. The justification of its procurement says so: 'For Command and Control,' which was approved by the DND/AFP senior leaders last year specifically for the purpose stated," the DND chief added.

Aside from its command-and-control functions, the G-280 will also be used for flights to ferry wounded soldiers and critically ill civilians that need to be quickly transported to hospitals.

"Other Cabinet secretaries and high government officials in their official trips around the country could also use it," Lorenzana said, noting the plane will also facilitate the country’s diplomatic and humanitarian efforts with its Asean neighbors.

As regards to whether the Chief Executive will be using the aircraft, Lorenzana said all assets of the AFP are at the disposal of the Commander-in-Chief.

"Will the President be using it? As the Commander-in-Chief all assets of the AFP are at his disposal when he needs them. The Filipino people can rest assured that, contrary to what is being passed around in an obvious attempt to discredit the national leadership, the acquisition of the Gulfstream aircraft is not a frivolous pursuit, but rather a result of careful planning with due consideration to the needs of our Armed Forces," he added.

(PNA)

13 Oktober 2019

Pangkostrad Kunjungi Divisi 3 Singapura

13 Oktober 2019


Kunjungan Pangkostrad ke Divisi 3 AD Singapura (all photos : Kostrad)

(Penkostrad). Panglima Komando Cadangan Strategis Angkatan Darat (Pangkostrad), Letnan Jenderal TNI Besar Harto Karyawan, S.H., M.Tr (Han), melaksanakan kunjungan kerja ke negara Singapura, Kamis (11/10/2019).



Dalam kunjungan kerja kali ini, Pangkostrad di dampingi oleh Asops Kaskostrad, Komandan Batalyon Mandala Yudha, Komandan Batalyon Kavaleri 1 Kostrad dan Komandan Batalyon Kavaleri 8 Kostrad.



Kunjungan Pangkostrad ini dalam rangka kegiatan Profesional Interaction Programe (PIP) antara TNI AD (Kostrad) dengan SAF yang akan membahas masalah hubungan antara TNI dan SAF.



Pangkostrad berkesempatan mengunjungi Armor HQ serta melihat dan mencoba simulasi Tank Leopard.

(Kostrad)

Attack Class Submarine Subsystems Contract Signing

13 Oktober 2019


Australian Attack class submarine (image : Naval Group)

Schneider Electric to Produce Main DC Switchboards for Australian Subs

The contract for the procurement of Main Direct Current (DC) Switchboards for the Future Submarine Program has been signed by Naval Group and Schneider Electric France.

Although the contract signatory is Schneider Electric France, capabilities for the delivery of the program will be transferred to Schneider Electric Australia, which according to a statement from Naval Group, will ensure the sustainment of the Main DC Switchboards is carried out in Australia.

“Naval Group is committed to maximising opportunities for Australian industry in all phases of the Future Submarine Program and ensuring we create a sustainable sovereign submarine capability,” said John Davis, chief executive officer, Naval Group Australia.

In the proposed delivery of the Main DC Switchboards, the first, pre-qualification switchboards will be built in Grenoble, France, while the remaining switchboards and the Land Based Prototype facility will be built in Australia by Schneider Electric Australia.

This will allow Schneider Electric Australia train engineering and technical management staff during the design and build, while transferring manufacturing, quality control and factory acceptance testing capabilities to Australia.

In addition, program management, asset management, product lifecycle management, sustainment and integrated logistics support will be carried out in Australia, and components will be sourced from Australian suppliers. Gareth O’Reilly, Australian president of Schneider Electric pointed to the local benefits of the contract.

“While the contract is directly with Schneider Electric France and they will transfer appropriate capabilities, this project delivers significant work for our local suppliers in manufacturing, fabrication and material supply, based in Adelaide and across Australia,” said Reilly.

Schneider Electric has indicated that they will seek local suppliers for the fabrication of switchboards, and heat exchange manufacturers.

The Main DC Switchboards will supply power from the submarine’s batteries and diesel generators, to the systems that run the submarine. (ManMonthly)

Safran to deliver optronic masts

We are pleased to announce Lockheed Martin Australia has signed a subcontract with Safran Electronics and Defense Australasia Pty Ltd (Safran) for the design of components for the Attack Class submarines.

This will support the operation and sustainment of the Attack Class while maximising the involvement of Australian industry.

It is the first major equipment design subcontract awarded by Lockheed Martin Australia as the Combat System Integrator for the Attack Class.

This includes the design of the Optronics Search and Attack, Navigation Radar and Navigation Data Distribution subsystems.

These are vital components of the combat system suite and builds on work Safran already conducts in Australia in the defence and civilian sectors.

During the design phase, Safran will engage Australian suppliers Acacia Systems and Thomas Global Systems to provide design services.


In the future, Safran will establish a local capability for the production, integration and support of these subsystems in Sydney. (Aus DoD)

12 Oktober 2019

Design and Development of Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher

12 Oktober 2019


Elbit rocket guided (photos : Elbit)

National Defense Technology Institute, DTI (Defense Technology Institute) has a research project and development of multi-barreled rocket guided missile with firing range 80km by hiring to design and develop a prototype of multi-purpose rocket launcher system phase 1 2019.



The mid-price source (reference price) from Elbit Systems Land Ltd., Israel, for 79,716,000 baht ($ 2,614,724.66), which is a project to develop a new multi-barrel guided rocket, in addition to multiple rockets, self-propelled missiles, DTI-1G tires with dimensions 302mm that Thai DTI collaborates on developing with China.



DTI's Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher system is understood to be based on the PULS artillery that can shoot the Accular 122mm, firing range 35km and 160mm firing range 40km, EXTRA 150km firing range, or Predator Hawk's 300km firing range by Elbit Israel.

(AAG)

PAF Looking for Parts Supplier of Cobra Attack Helicopters

12 Oktober 2019


Jordan AH-1 Cobra helicopter (photo : US Army)

MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for suppliers capable of providing spare parts needed for the replacement and maintenance of the night targeting system (NTS) of its soon-to-arrive Bell AH-1S "Cobra" attack helicopters, of which two units were donated by the Jordanian government.

The PHP45.71 million budget is for the Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the Parts Replacement Program Phase 1 (PRP1) of the AH-IS Night Targeting System (NTS) of the Cobra Attack Helicopters, per the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System.

The pre-bid conference is slated on October 15 at 10 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City. The deadline for bid submission and the opening is on October 28 at 9:15 a.m. at the same venue.

"The Philippine Air Force reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders," said PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair, Brig. Gen. Carlo Bueno N. Buena, in the bid bulletin.

The two Jordanian-donated aircraft are expected to arrive next year as the pilots and crews selected to man the aircraft are still undergoing training.

The Bell AH-1 "Cobra" is a two-blade, single-engine attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter. It was developed using the engine, transmission and rotor system of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois.

A member of the prolific Huey family, the AH-1 is also referred to as the "Huey Cobra" or "Snake".

In September 2018, the Department of National Defense and the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, signed the MOU during the three-day official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Jordan in September of last year. 

(PNA)