12 Desember 2019

PH Navy: BRP Jose Rizal First Sea Trials Successful

12 Desember 2019


BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) (photo : PN)

MANILA -- The first sea trials of BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the country's first-ever guided-missile frigate, proved successful.

"The first sea trials (which took place last November 23 to 27) was successful even in Sea State 4 conditions," Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said in a message to the Philippine News Agency Tuesday.

Sea State 4 refers to conditions at sea where waves are reaching four to eight feet in height. BRP Jose Rizal can withstand up to Sea State 7 or conditions with very high waves.

"Another set of sea trials is tentatively scheduled for December 16," Roxas added.

BRP Jose Rizal's first sea trials took place off the open waters of Ulsan, Busan, and Mokpo in South Korea and done to measure its performance and general seaworthiness.

Present were the technical crew of South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) along with representatives from the international provider of classification, compliance and consultancy services to the marine industry, Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

Roxas said the sea trials are the last phase of construction before the frigate’s delivery to the Philippines scheduled tentatively in April or May 2020.

This took place six months after the vessel was launched at the HHI shipyard for the first time in Ulsan last May 23.

"The PHP8-billion warship is a big-ticket acquisition of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that is poised to be the benchmark of PN’s transformation journey," she added.

Incidentally, BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), the sister ship of BRP Jose Rizal, was launched in the same facility last November 8. The contract for the two ships was pegged at PHP16 billion with another PHP2 billion for weapon systems and munitions.

These ships are capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Electronic Warfare Operations and it is fully equipped with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, launchers, and weapon systems.

(PNA)

Luhut Nyatakan Bakamla Akan Jadi Coast Guard

12 Desember 2019


Kapal Bakamla RI (photo : Bakamla)

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA - Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Maritim dan Investasi akan menjadikan Badan Keamanan Laut (Bakamla) sebagai badan tunggal penjaga laut dan pantai di Indonesia.

Menteri Koordinator Bidang Maritim danInvestasi Luhut Binsar Panjaitan mengatakan industri pelayaran nasional masih terkendala dengan hal tersebut misalnya, belum ada badan tunggal penjaga laut dan pantai.

Dia menegaskan dalam waktu dekat pemerintah akan menjadikan Badan Keamanan Laut (Bakamla) sebagai Coast Guard.

“Nanti Bakamla itu akan menjadi coast guard sepenuhnya, dan nantinya Bakamla itu akan menjadi partner untuk INSA [Indonesian National Shipowners Association] juga di laut,” jelasnya, Senin (9/12/2019).

Dia mendorong pula agar kapal-kapal yang digunakan oleh para penjaga pantai ini merupakan kapal yang berstandar untuk jelajah samudera, sehingga tidak kalah dengan penjaga pantai dan laut dari negara lain.

Luhut menyebut aturan mengenai coast guard akan termasuk dalam omnibus law yang mulai dipersiapkan oleh pemerintah sehingga kewenangan di laut dikelola oleh satu instansi.

"Kita jadikan satu semua kewenangan Menteri Perhubungan Budi Karya sudah bicara, di tim sudah bicara, kita sudah bicara dengan Presiden juga memang tidak bisa dipecah-pecah kewenangan itu," urainya.

Tiga Coast Guard

Sebelumnya, pengusaha pelayaran yang tergabung dalam INSA mengadukan soal penjaga laut kepada Presiden Joko Widodo di Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Rabu (4/12/2019).

Dalam pertemuan dengan Presiden, Ketua Umum DPP INSA Carmelita Hartoto menyatakan pihaknya membahas mengenai isu coast guard.

Carmelita mengatakan Indonesia memiliki tiga coast guard yaitu Kesatuan Penjagaan Laut dan Pantai Indonesia (KPLP) Kementerian Perhubungan, Badan Keamanan Laut (Bakamla) dan Direktorat Polisi Air. Carmelita berharap Presiden menetapkan satu penegak hukum saja. 

Menurutnya, keberadaan lebih dari satu coast guard itu memberatkan pengusaha pelayaran. Kapal-kapal milik pengusaha pelayaran Indonesia, menurutnya, sering diberhentikan oleh coast guard.

Dengan demikian, biaya logistik seperti bahan bakar yang ditanggung oleh pengusaha pelayaran itu menjadi lebih besar. "Kan juga mustinya kita tiba dalam waktu 1 atau 2 hari tapi perpanjangan (tiba lebih lama) karena setop-setop," kata Carmelita.

(Bisnis)

Vietnam Considers to Buy Two More Gepard-class Frigates

12 Desember 2019


The Vietnamese Navy has received 4 Russian Gepard 3.9 missile frigate ships (photo : BaoDatViet)

Vietnam is considering the possibility of ordering to the Zelenodolsk Shipyard to supply two additional frigates of the Gepard-3.9 project. As reported Korabel.ru, this became known during the meeting of the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and the Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Recall that the contract for the construction of the first pair of Gepard-3.9 frigates for the Vietnamese Navy was signed in 2006. Zelenodolsk plant successfully coped with the task: in 2011, both ships entered service.

An intergovernmental contract for the supply of a second pair of patrol ships was concluded in October 2012, and an agreement with the Gorky Zelenodolsk plant was signed in February 2013. In September of the same year, the laying ceremony of two frigates, known as Trần Hưng Đạo and Quang Trung, took place. They were commissioned in February 2018.

During the current visit, the Vietnam side voiced a desire to acquire a third pair of Gepard.

Light frigates of the Gepard-3.9 project with a displacement of about 2.200 tons are equipped with missile-artillery, anti-submarine, mine and anti-sabotage weapons, as well as radar equipment. A helicopter can be based on board.

Ships of the type "Gepard-3.9" are designed to combat the air, underwater and surface enemy; handling of surface and underwater conditions, setting minefields, as well as active and passive interference. The ships of this project can accompany and guard convoys, patrol borders, and fight smugglers, poachers and pirates. In addition, Gepard-3.9 is able to provide assistance to ships in distress, to seek and save people at sea.

(FlotProm)

Transfer of Technology (ToT) Pembangunan dan Pemeliharaan Kapal Selam Class 209

12 Desember 2019


Joint production KRI Alugoro 405 di PT PAL (photo : PAL)

Jakarta, Rabu (11/12/2019). Balitbang Kemhan dan PT. PAL menyelenggarakan paparan Transfer of Technology Pembangunan dan Pemeliharaan Kapal Selam Class 209, yang dilaksanakan di Rupatama Lantai V Gedung Ir. H. Djuanda Balitbang Kemhan, Jl. Jati No.1 Pondok Labu, Jakarta Selatan. Paparan dihadiri oleh Kapuslitbang Strahan Balitbang Kemhan Laksma TNI Arif Harnanto, S.T., M.Eng., sekaligus membuka kegiatan tersebut, serta para pejabat di lingkungan Balitbang Kemhan. Sebagai narasumber dari PT. PAL adalah Bpk. Laksda Purn. Mulyadi, Kolonel Laut (T) Wiranto, dan Chabibi Nur T. serta moderator Kabid Matra Laut Kolonel Laut (E) Aab Abdul Wahab, S.T., M.T.


MRO KRI Cakra 401 di PT PAL (photo : Kumparan)

Kapuslitbang Strahan Balitbang Kemhan dalam sambutannya menyampaikan, bahwa Transfer of Technology Pembangunan dan Pemeliharaan Kapal Selam Class 209 ini, dibuat dalam rangka mendukung program nasional. Pada tahun 2019 ini yang dikembangkan baru sebatas joint production and MRO dengan Korea Selatan. Mekanisme Transfer of Technology Kapal Selam sangat komplek, memakan waktu yang cukup lama. Lebih lanjut Kapuslitbang Strahan Balitbang Kemhan menambahkan, untuk ke depan perlu adanya kerjasama Balitbang Kemhan dengan PT. PAL untuk pengembangan desain Kapal Selam.


MRO KRI Cakra 401 di PT PAL (photo : Detik)


Mengakhiri sambutannya, Kapuslitbang Strahan mengucapkan terima kasih dan penghargaan sedalam-dalamnya kepada narasumber, moderator dan undangan yang telah meluangkan waktunya. Beliau berharap dalam pelaksanaan paparan ini dapat memberi masukan dan saran untuk meningkatkan penguasaan teknologi yang nantinya dapat berfungsi sebagai alutsista TNI yang handal serta dalam rangka ikut mengurangi ketergantungan import produk alutsista dari luar negeri.

(Kemhan)

ASPI Suggests Retaining Tiger Helicopters

12 Desember 2019


Tiger ARH of the ADF (photo : Airbus Helicopters)

Australian think-tank suggests retaining Tiger helicopters to make funds available for innovation

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a leading Australian defence think-tank, has recommended retaining the Australian Army’s fleet of Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs) in service until at least 2030 and using AUD3 billion (USD2 billion) of savings to promote innovation.

In a report published by the institute, Marcus Hellyer described the proposed replacement in the mid-2020s of the 22 ARHs with 29 mature, off-the-shelf systems under Project Land 4503 as a clear opportunity to avoid an expensive “like-for-like” replacement of a manned platform.

Boeing’s AH-64E Apache and Bell’s AH-1Z Viper helicopters have both been formally offered to Australia as ARH replacements, while Airbus Australia Pacific is proposing to incrementally enhance the ARH’s current capability by leveraging features of the European Tiger MkIII upgrade programme: a move the company says will save AUD3 billion out to 2040.

(Jane's)

11 Desember 2019

KSAD Tinjau Pembangunan Armed, Arhanud, Makodim 1629 di NTT

11 Desember 2019


Arhanud TNI AD kini dilengkapi rudal (photo : SindoNews)

KUPANG - Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat (KSAD) Jenderal TNI Andika Perkasa mengunjungi Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) untuk meninjau langsung pembangunan satuan baru Armed, Arhanud dan Makodim 1629.

Setibanya di VIP Room Bandara El Tari Kupang pada 13.45 Wita, KSAD beserta Ketua Umum Persit Kartika Chandra Kirana Hetty Andika Perkasa disambut Gubernur NTT, Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat dan istri serta tarian adat selamat datang yakni Tarian Natoni.

“Kedatangan KSAD dan rombongan di wilayah NTT ini dalam rangka melakukan kunjungan kerja selama tiga hari. Agendanya antara lain meninjau rencana lokasi pembangunan satuan baru Armed dan Arhanud serta meresmikan Makodim 1629 Sumba Barat Daya dan Kompi Kavaleri Komodo Ksatria Anuraga Camplong Kupang,” Kepala Dinas Penerangan Angkatan Darat (Kadispenad), Brigjen TNI Candra Wijaya, dalam rilis tertulisnya yang diterima SINDOnews, Selasa (10/12/2019).

Candra menjelaskan, dalam kunjunganya Ketua Umum Persit beserta rombongan menuju Makobrigif 21 Komodo untuk meninjau hasil kerajinan tangan Persit KCK Cabang XL Brigif 21 PD IX/Udayana.

Di lokasi tersebut, tambah Candra, terdapat beberapa kerajinan antara lain Suminangasih yakni melukis di atas air, Kurumie yakni menempel gambar dengan kain, Ecoprint adalah memindahkan warna alami dari daun ke kain dengan cara dikukus, Sibori yakni, kesenian kain lipat dari Jepang, tas, kipas dan kerajinan tenun, produk makanan antara lain Stik kelor, kue ubi ungu dan produk minuman.

“Selanjutnya Bapak KSAD bertatap muka dan memberikan pengarahan kepada 1.500 prajurit TNI, PNS beserta keluarga jajaran Korem 161/Kupang,” kata Candra.

Dalam pengarahan yang berlangsung akrab dan penuh kekeluargaan, KSAD menekankan akan pentingnya menjaga kesehatan diri pribadi maupun keluarga, salah satunya dengan cara berolahraga secara teratur jalan kaki minimal satu jam serta harus makan makanan yang bergizi dan proporsional.

Dalam kunjungannya kali ini KSAD didampingi Pangdam IX/Udayana Mayjen TNI Benny Susianto, Aster KSAD, dan Waasrena KSAD masing-masing bersama istri.

(SindoNews)

Australia and Boeing Defence Sign "Wakulda" Command and Control System Contract

11 Desember 2019


Wakulda is new name of Vigilare System (photo : Aus DoD)

Air Battlespace Management Capability System contract signing

A partnership between Boeing Defence Australia and Defence will create more highly-skilled jobs in Brisbane, Adelaide and Williamtown.

The $170 million contract signed today will continue the Vigilare System, which is being renamed “Wakulda”.

The local indigenous Worimi people in the Williamtown region have endorsed a proposal to use the name, which means ‘together’, in honour of the revitalised agreement.

Wakulda fuses data from radars and other sensors to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s national air defence command and control functions.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, thanked Boeing Defence Australia for their continued support in growing a sovereign defence industry in Australia.

“Over the period of the new agreement, an average of 15 additional expert engineering positions will be established within Boeing Defence Australia in Brisbane, Adelaide and Williamtown,” Minister Price said.

“The Morrison Government is investing $200 billion in a record build-up of Australia’s defence capability, and our policy settings are ensuring this investment is continuing to create long-term defence industry jobs.” 

Wakulda will be operated by the Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales and RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. It is anticipated that the system will be used for another 10 years.

(Aus DoD)

Indonesia Outlines 2020–24 Military Procurement Priorities

11 Desember 2019


TNI-AU) project to acquire Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft with cost about USD2 billion (photo : Lockheed Martin)

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has outlined the military procurement priorities for the Indonesian National Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI) as it enters the third and final phase of its long-term modernisation programme.

In presentations to the House of Representatives' defence commission in November, the MoD tabled plans for a multi-billion-dollar investment in assets including fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, tanks, air defence systems, and surface combatants to support the 2020-24 phase of the TNI's Minimum Essential Force (MEF) programme.

However, with Indonesia continuing to face a shortfall in defence spending, the country is expected to require substantial foreign loans to support much of this modernisation drive. The country will also look to support procurement through countertrade with commodities such as palm oil and coffee.

Similar funding methods underpinned the two previous phases of the MEF programme in 2009-2014 and 2015-19. In line with this modernisation drive, Indonesia also aims to ensure that its national defence industry is involved in all military imports. Such participation will likely be greatest in naval and land programmes, given the scope of local capabilities.

Air force

The most expensive procurement identified in the 2020-24 priorities is the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) project to acquire Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft.

The MoD confirmed that the TNI-AU is planning to acquire 32 F-16s (two squadrons), which would cost about USD2 billion. Jane's understands that the F-16V has been identified by the TNI-AU as a replacement for its ageing BAE Systems Hawk 109/209 strike aircraft.

(Jane's)

Govt Mulls Use of Drones at Country's Borders - Muhyiddin

11 Desember 2019


Aludra SR10 UAV (photo : scoop)

JAKARTA -- Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government is studying the possibility of using drones along the Sabah’s waters and border areas to address security issues.

He said the situation in the waters of Sabah, for example, with frequent occurrences of abductions and cross-border crimes, required a more efficient and well-prepared precautionary measure.

“In the waters of Sabah (for example), the border with the neighbouring countries (the Philippines and Indonesia) is too long, stretching over 1,000km.

“We can use drones in the border areas, this is what we are thinking about,” he said in a ‘get together’ event with Malaysians residing in Indonesia at the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta tonight.

Muhyiddin is on a two-day working visit to Indonesia starting today, in an effort to further strengthen strategic cooperation with the republic on issues of mutual interest between the two countries.

Almost 500 Malaysians were present at the event. (Bernama)


Fulmar naval UAV (photo : c4defence)

Malaysia accelerates plans to become a global drone research centre

Malaysia is accelerating is strategy to become a centre for drone research and development.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, quoting Surina Shukri, CEO of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), “Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government has pitched the idea to corporations from the U.S. and Europe.”

The MDEC is a government agency charged with promoting innovation and the digital economy and has recently hosted a meeting with local businesses and AirMap  to discuss “the basic foundation of building a UAS traffic management (UTM) platform for our Malaysian drone ecosystem in line with our Government aspiration to establish a global testbed for AI, data analytics and augmented reality and to tap into the dronetech sector which is estimated to generate a value of USD127 Billion by 2025,” said a social media posting from Koh Chen Tien of  Artificial Intelligence Human Integration (AIHI) .

“The local scene for drone related industries has seen an extensive growth throughout the years, hence MDEC together with Futurise Sdn Bhd wants to encourage industry players to participate in research and development activities by building Malaysia’s first Deregulated Drone Testing Zone in Cyberjaya,” says the MDEC. (UnmannedAirSpace)

10 KAL dan Combat Boat TNI AL ini Perkuat Koarmada I, Koarmada II, dan Koarmada III

11 Desember 2019


KSAL menyebut, kapal Combat Boat yang baru diserahkan memiliki teknologi yang canggih dengan kecepatan 100 km per jam atau 45 knot (photo : TNI AL)

Kapal Perang Baru TNI AL Segera Perkuat Selat Malaka

PRO BINTAN – TNI AL kembali memperkuat pertahanan negara dengan penambahan alat utama sistem senjata (alutsista).

10 unit kapal perang baru yang dilengkapi teknologi canggih dan kecepatan tinggi terdiri 4 unit KAL 28 M dan 6 unit Combat Boat AL D-18 siap dioperasikan di seluruh pangkalan di bawah TNI AL termasuk pangkalan Selat Malaka.

Penyerahan 10 unit kapal perang ini dihadiri langsung Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (KSAL), Laksamana TNI Siwi Sukma Adji di Dermaga Fasharkan Mentigi di Tanjunguban, Bintan, Kepulauan Riau pada Senin (9/12) siang.

KSAL Laksamana TNI Siwi Sukma Adji mengatakan, Alutsista TNI AL sudah hampir 40 persen. Akan tetapi, TNI AL akan terus secara bertahap memenuhi alutsista meski menyesuaikan alokasi anggaran.

Kapal perang baru ini, kata KSAL, dibuat empat perusahaan galangan kapal dalam negeri yang berada di industri galangan strategis nasional yang ada di Batam.

Empat perusahaan itu ialah PT Palindo Marine, PT Lims Nautical Shipyard, PT Citra Shipyard dan PT Global Mandiri.

Combat boat kelas D-18 TNI AL (photo : BatamPos)

“Ada 10 unit kapal baru, 4 unit KAL 28 M dan 6 unit Combat Boat,” sebut KSAL.

Siwi menjelaskan, mengingat Indonesia merupakan negara Kepulauan, alutsista yang dibutuhkan ialah alutsista yang bisa bergerak cepat dan memobilisasi pasukan khusus dalam melaksanakan konsep peperangan atau pun dalam rangka penegakkan kedaulatan dan hukum.

“Teknologi kapal saat ini dengan kecepatan tinggi, karena itu kita harus mampu mengimbangi dengan perkembangan teknologi saat ini,” katanya.

KSAL menyebut, kapal Combat Boat yang baru diserahkan memiliki teknologi yang canggih dengan kecepatan 100 km per jam atau 45 knot.

Ia juga menyebut, kapal-kapal yang baru diserahkan akan memperkuat beberapa pangkalan TNI AL diantaranya di Selat Malaka, Banten, Banyuwangi, dan wilayah Timur.

Ia juga menyampaikan bahwa pembuatan kapal ini merupakan kerja sama yang baik dari pihak swasta karena sudah berkontribusi terhadap pertahanan negara.

“Kapal ini 100 persen karya anak bangsa, dibuat tangan anak bangsa,” ujarnya.

Ia berharap prajurit yang menggunakannya bisa memaksimalkan pengoperasian kapal ini dan merawatnya.

Kapal patroli kelas KAL28 (photo : jkgr)

Pada kesempatan itu, KSAL menyaksikan penandatanganan berita acara penyerahan kapal dari para direktur empat perusahaan ke Kadismatal Laksamana Pertama TNI Budi Sulistyo.

Kemudian dilanjutkan penyerahan dari Kadismatal Laksamana Pertama TNI Budi Sulistyo ke Aslog KSAL Laksamana Muda TNI Moelyanto, rombongan meninjau kapal dan ramah tamah.

Untuk diketahui, dua unit KAL 28 M produksi PT Lims Nautical Shipyard yang akan memperkuat jajaran Koarmada I diberi nama KAL Iboih (IBH) I-1-71 dan KAL Sorake (SRK) I-2-18, sedangkan dua unit KAL 28 M produksi PT Palindo Marine diberi nama KAL Talise (TLS) II-6-65 dan KAL Lalos (LLS) II-8-34.

Selain KAL 28 M, ada Combat Boat AL D-18 satu unit dari PT Infinity Global Mandiri yang akan memperkuat jajaran Koarmada II dan diberi nama Patkamla Balaroa (BLR) II-6-66, dua unit Combat Boat AL D-18 dari PT Citra Shipyard diberi nama Patkamla Gorar (GRR) III-9-19 dan Patkamla Wasur (WSR) III-11-16, serta tiga unit produksi PT Palindo Marine diantaranya Patkamla Binanga (BNG) II-6-67, Patkamla Santiago (STG) II-8-35, Patkamla Kastela (KTL) III-14-13 untuk memperkuat jajaran Koarmada III. KAL 28 M ini, memiliki spesifikasi panjang 28,98 meter, lebar 6,2 meter, dengan berat 90 ton.

Kapal tersebut memiliki kecepatan maksimal 28 knots, dengan kecepatan jelajah 18 knots, dan membawa ABK sebanyak 15 orang, serta mampu berlayar dengan endurance selama 3 hari. Sedangkan Combat Boat AL D-18 memiliki spesifikasi panjang 18 meter, lebar 4,5 meter, dengan berat 20 ton dengan kecepatan maksimal 45 knots.

(ProBintan)

10 Desember 2019

Aceh Beli 4 Unit Pesawat N219 Buatan PTDI Senilai Rp 336 Miliar

10 Desember 2109

Pesawat N219 Nurtanio (photo : Merdeka)

TEMPO.CO, Bandung - Pelaksana Tugas (PLT) Gubernur Aceh Nova Iriansyah menandatangani naskah kesepahaman tentang rencana pembelian 4 unit pesawat N219  dengan Direktur Utama PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) Elfien Goentoro, hari ini, Senin, 9 Desember 2019. “Nota kesepahaman ini akan segera beralih menjadi kontrak. Dari empat pesawat itu, satu akan dikirimkan pada 2021, dan tiga pada 2022,” kata Direktur Utama PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Elfien Goentoro, di Bandung, Senin, 9 Desember 2019.

Elfien mengatakan, pesawat perintis N219 yang dinamai Presiden Joko Widodo dengan nama Nurtanio itu ditargetkan akan memperoleh Type Certificatae (TC) dari Kementerian Perhubungan akhir tahun ini. Selepas mengantungi sertifikasi itu, pesawat N219 akan mulai memasuki fase produksi. “Mudah-mudahan tidak menggeser,” kata dia.

Elfien mengatakan, naskah kesepahaman yang akan menjadi bahan kontrak tersebut tidak melulu berisi soal pembelian pesawat N219. “Yang diharapkan dari pemerintah Aceh yaitu adanya pengembangan sumber daya manusia, dan pengembangan dari pengoperasian pesawat itu sendiri. Jadi ini merupakan bagian dari kontrak yang tidak terpisahkan, yang akan segera kita realisasikan,” kata dia.

Elfien mengatakan, rencananya di tahap pertama PTDI akan menyiapkan kapasitas produksi untuk 6 unit pesawat N1219 di tahun pertama, sebelum kapasitasnya dinaikkan bertahap. “Kami punya fasilitas yang eksisting bisa 6 (unit). Jadi nanti sedang direncanakan untuk membangun fasilitas yang bisa (produksi) 36 pesawat per tahun,” kata dia.

Pesawat N219 Nurtanio (photo : Roby Cahyadi)


Dia mengaku, Aceh tidak hanya membeli 4 unit pesawat N219 untuk membangun konektivitas udara, tapi juga 3 unit kapal RoRo untuk membangun konektivitas pelayaran antar pulau. “Tahun ini 3 kapal penyeberangan RoRo kita pesan, dari Bangkalan dan Tanjung Balai Karimun, dengan Anggaran Pendapatan dan Belanca Aceh, atau APBA. Insya Allah itu multiyears, kontrak 2 tahun. Bulan April 2020 nanti sudah kita terima,” kata Nova.

Nova mengatakan, pesawat N219 pertama yang akan diterima Aceh itu akan digunakan sebagai Ambulan Terbang. “Kita di Aceh menjamin kesehatan masyarakat, bahkan di pelosok-pelosok. Kemarin-kemarin kita harus rental pesawat,” kata dia.

Pesawat itu juga akan dimanfaatkan untuk mengawasi wilayah Aceh untuk mencegah perambahan hutan. “Banyak pencurian kekayaan alam kita terjadi di laut, dan ilegal loging karena garis pantai begitu panjang, wilayah yang begitu luas,” kata Nova.

Nova mengatakan, Aceh juga menimbang untuk membangun layanan transportasi pesawat komersial bagi warganya untuk mendukung  konektivitas dengan keberadaan 7 bandara yang tersebar di seluruh wilayahnya. “Pesawat perintis paling pas untuk kondisi geografi dan alam daerah itu N219,” kata dia.

(Tempo)

Phuket Navy Base to 'Monitor' Myanmar Sub in Andaman

10 Desember 2019


Myanmar acquies second-hand INS SIndhuvir Project 877EKM submarine from India (photo : Livefist)

BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Navy is preparing to deal with what it calls a 'new situation' after learning that Myanmar is going to send its attack submarine to the Andaman Sea for security missions.


The diesel-electric Kilo Class submarine, which Myanmar acquired from India, is scheduled to start operations from Dec 24, spokesman and deputy chief-of-staff Prachachart Sirisawat said.

The navy's Third Area Command, based in Phuket, which oversees territories in the Andaman Sea, has been told to keep a watch on the submarine, which can operate underwater for up to 45 days.

Myanmar plans to use its submarine for "security and protection of its maritime interests,” said Vice Adm Prachachart, the Director-General of the Naval Acquisition Management Office.

The Indian government has been purchasing the Russian-made Kilo Class submarines since 1980 and made further adjustments to improve capacity at its shipyards.

The model, with a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, is well known for its quiet operation. The sub can be equipped with various types of weapons and can dive to a depth of 300 metres and accommodate 52 officers.

"Myanmar is going to increase its military efficiency," Vice Adm Prachachrat said, referring to its plan to enter talks with Russia to buy more Kilo Class submarines.


Phuket naval base and Andaman sea (image : GoogleMaps)

RTN's submarine

Thailand is in the process of buying three submarines from China after the previous coup-appointed government approved the 36-billion-baht purchase, which was the first in over 60 years.

The navy signed an agreement to buy a Yuan Class S26T submarine worth B13.5 billion from China in 2017.

Its construction began on Sept 7 last year in China, and it is expected to be delivered to the navy in 2023.

The navy reportedly has asked the government to allocate 12 billion baht to buy the second submarine, but a final decision will depend on the House of Representatives, which is considering the state's B3.2 trillion budget request for the 2020 fiscal year.

"We're scheduled to clarify the purchase plan today," Vice Adm Prachachart said, referring to their meeting with the House special committee, which has been set up to scrutinise budget details.

Vice Adm Prachachart also rejected rumours about a "budget suspension," which surfaced last month that the navy would suspend the submarine plan and instead buy less expensive frigates.

"That is confusion in communication," he said.

(ThePhuketNews)

The 8th Defence Industry Cooperation Meeting DICM RI Turki

10 Desember 2019


Medium tank Kaplan MT/Harimau (photo : haberler)

The 8th Defence Industry Cooperation Meeting between RI–Turki merupakan forum kerjasama bilateral antara kedua negara bidang Industri Pertahanan yang telah berlangsung sejak tahun 2011 berdasarkan Agreement on Defence Industry Cooperation between the government of the Republic of indonesia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey. Keberhasilan forum tersebut menjadi tanda semakin eratnya hubungan kerja sama pertahanan antara RI dan Republik Turki. Kemhan RI berharap bahwa Defence Industry Cooperation Meeting yang ke–8 yang dilaksanakan di Hotel Orchardz, Jalan Industri, Jakarta Pusat pada tanggal 5 s.d. 6 Desember 2019 juga dapat memperkuat kerja sama bilateral pertahanan kedua negara seperti yang diharapkan bersama. Kedua negara telah sepakat melanjutkan kerja sama bidang Industri Pertahanan lebih intensif melalui “Indonesia–Turkey Towards an Enhanced Partnership in a New World Setting” yang telah disepakati oleh kedua negara pada tahun 2011.

Dirjen Pothan Kemhan Prof. Dr. Ir. Bondan Tiara Sofyan, M. Si memimpin kegiatan The 8th Defence Industry Cooperation Meeting between RI–Turki pada 5 s.d 6 Desember 2019, bertempat di Hotel Orchardz Jakarta Pusat, Kegiatan ini dihadiri oleh perwakilan dari pejabat Kemhan, KKIP, Angkatan, Kementerian/Lembaga Terkait dan Industri Pertahanan (PT. Pindad, PT. Dirgantara Indonesia, PT. Dahana, PT. LEN, PT.PAL, PT.NTP, PT. Garda Persada, PT. Jala Berikat, PT. Bhimasena, PT. Ridho Agung Mitra Abadi, PT. T & E Simulation dan PT. Lundin Sedangkan Delegasi Turki dipimpin oleh Vice President of Presidency of Defenc Industries (SSB) of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Serdar Demirel beserta 31 orang.


STM naval mini drone (photo : Armada International)

Forum kerjasama bilateral antara kedua negara bidang Industri Pertahanan yang telah berlangsung sejak tahun 2011 berdasarkan Agreement on Defence Industry Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey. Keberhasilan forum tersebut menjadi tanda semakin eratnya hubungan kerja sama pertahanan antara RI dan Republik Turki. Kemhan RI berharap bahwa Defence Industry Cooperation Meeting yang ke–8 yang juga dapat memperkuat kerja sama bilateral pertahanan kedua negara seperti yang diharapkan bersama. Kedua negara telah sepakat melanjutkan kerja sama bidang Industri Pertahanan lebih intensif melalui “Indonesia–Turkey Towards an Enhanced Partnership in a New World Setting yang telah disepakati oleh kedua negara pada tahun 2011.

Pada kesempatan tersebut Dirjen Pothan Kemhan Prof. Dr. Ir. Bondan Tiara Sofyan, M.Si, menyampaikan beberapa hal sebagai berikut: 
*Program produksi bersama untuk Tank kelas menengah (Medium Tank) telah selesai dan sedang memasuki tahap produksi massal. 
*Kerjasama antara PT. Dirgantara Indonesia dan TAI pada pesawat N219, N245 yang MoM nya telah ditanda-tangani pada tanggal 30 april 2019 namun masih perlu diskusi lebih lanjut. 
*Selanjutnya kerjasama antara ASELSAN dan PT. LEN di mana memasuki tahap proses produksi, 
*Pelatihan pilot Indonesia pesawat CN–235 masih dilakukan pada tahun 2019. Hannya 16 pilot dari rencana 40 pilot yang dilatih dan 12 pilot direncanakan untuk tahun 2020. 
*Sementara itu, produksi bersama terhadap roket berkaliber 122 mm dan kaliber lainnya antara ROKETSAN dan PT. PINDAD/PT. Dirgantara Indonesia telah disepakati. 
*Kerjasama antara STM dan Angkatan Laut Indonesia dalam Attack Drone telah dilakukan oleh Asisten Perencanaan Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut pada 4 – 6 Juli 2019 di Golcuk.


Roketsan roket kaliber 122mm dan kaliber lainnya di pameran Indodefence 2014 (photo : thearmedforcesoftheworld)

Industri Pertahanan Indonesia saat ini juga telah mampu menyediakan dan memproduksi peralatan dan dukungan sistem yang digunakan oleh TNI. Industri Pertahanan Indonesia siap untuk berkolaborasi dan bahkan sudah ada yang telah berkolaborasi dengan industri pertahanan Turki, perusahaan tersebut antara lain: PT. Pindad, PT Len, PT. Bhimasena dan PT. ITS.

Pada hari pertama kedua negara mempresentasikan Industri Pertahanannya masing–masing tentang kemampuan memproduksi, kerjasama yang telah dijalani selama ini dan peluang kerjasama kedepan. Dari Indonesia di awakili oleh TNI, PT.Pindad, PT. Dirgantara Indonesia, PT. LEN, PT. Garda Persada, PT. NTP. Sedangkan dari Turki, dipresentasikan oleh ASEAF, STM, TAI, BAYKAR, ROKETSAN, HAVELSAN, ASELSAN, FNSS, BMC, KOLUMAN, GOKSER MAKINA, SARSILMAZ. Setelah melaksanakan presentasi antara kedua negara, dilanjutkan dengan Diskusi dan pembahasan Items Action List yang akan disepakati. Items Action List merupakan hasil meeting yang akan dilaksanakan sampai dengan DICM RI–Turki ke–9 nanti di Turki. Agenda pada hari kedua yaitu melaksanakan penadatanganan MoM hasil meeting hari pertama, B to B antara Industri kedua negara, Courtesy Call dengan Sekjen Kemhan dan kunjungan ke PT. Jala Berikat dan PT. Ridho Agung Mitra Abadi.

Kegiatan The 8th Defence Industry Cooperation Meeting between RI–Turki berjalan dengan tertib, aman dan lancar.

(Kemhan)

Philippines Likely to Finalise BrahMos Deal by Next Year

10 Desember 2019


Brahmos land based missile systems (photos : Frances Mangosing)

The Philippines is set to become the first country to buy the BrahMos cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia, with New Delhi and Manila focusing on price negotiations with the aim of concluding a deal in 2020, people familiar with the discussions said.

India has been in talks with several countries, including Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, over the past few years to sell them land and sea-based versions of the supersonic cruise missile.

The people cited above said the Philippines Army had zeroed in on the BrahMos after extensive trials and everything now revolved around the cost of the system and financing for the deal.

“As far as the Philippines Army is concerned, the consensus on the BrahMos system is a done deal. Now, it’s all about the price negotiations and we hope the deal will be finalised next year,” said a person familiar with the negotiations who declined to be named.

The cost of the system will be the key factor in Manila’s decision on the number of units to be purchased to equip the Philippines Army’s first Land Based Missile System Battery, which was raised and activated in October, the people said.

Though India has offered a $100 million line of credit to the Philippines for defence purchases, Manila is exploring the option of acquiring the BrahMos system with its own funds to be allocated in the next budget.

“Various options are being looked at – whether it should be internal funding or a preferential loan – and whether there will be some preferential terms offered for the sale. The cost will determine how many systems are bought,” said the person cited above.

The Philippines Army’s decision to opt for the BrahMos became evident when a mock-up of the land-based version of the missile was displayed at an expo in Manila on December 5. The missile was displayed mounted on a truck launcher system and a chart outlined the Philippines Army’s development road map for the first Land Based Missile System Battery.



The chart said the battery had been activated and its personnel would undergo special courses on rockets, missiles and training simulators to be prepared for inducting the missiles. The chart also said: “Equipment: For acquisition of LBMS (BRAHMOS).”

The chart showed the Philippines Army expects the battery’s personnel and equipment to be ready and for all the equipment to be acquired by 2024.

It also showed the army expects the battery to be fully capable of defending the Philippines against external threats by 2028.

In recent years, the Philippines has concluded several deals with India for personal protective items or bulletproof gear and armour plating for military vehicles.

An Indian firm has also bid for a recent Philippines tender for bulletproof gear.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Philippines in 2017, the two sides signed an MoU on defence industry and logistics cooperation to provide a framework for strengthening cooperation and coordination in logistics support and services, and in the development, production and procurement of defence hardware.

In July, Thailand ambassador Chutintorn Gongsakdi had told HT his country was hoping to conclude negotiations on the purchase of the BrahMos missile by next year. He said Thailand is eyeing “important purchases” of Indian military hardware, including coastal radars and the BrahMos.

India is also exploring the possibility of selling the BrahMos to Indonesia, and a team from the Indo-Russian joint venture that makes the system visited a state-run shipyard in Surabaya in 2018 to assess the fitting of the missile on Indonesian warships.

Talks have also been held with Vietnam for the sale of the BrahMos, which was developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture set up in 1998. The Indian Navy inducted the missile on its frontline warships in 2005 and the army began inducting the BrahMos from 2007 after a series of tests.

(Hindustan Times)

Pemerintah Buka Peluang Kerja Sama Industri Pertahanan Pindad dan Thales Australia

10 Desember 2019


Thales Bushmaster dan Hawkei (photo : Shephard)

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA — Wakil Menteri Pertahanan Sakti Wahyu Trenggono dan Menteri Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional Suharso Monoarfa melakukan kunjungan ke pabrik pembuatan kendaraan tempur milik Thales di Bendigo, Australia.

"Australia merupakan bagian dari Commonwealth dengan pemenuhan Alutsista didominasi berstandar NATO. Kita mau melhat kemampuan dan peluang kerja sama antara Thales dengan industri pertahanan Indonesia seperti Pindad," kata Trenggono melalui keterangan resminya, Senin (9/12/2019).


Thales Bushmaster (photo : Thales)

Menurutnya, Australia merupakan negara yang banyak melakukan penelitian dan pengembangan di bidang pertahanan namun tidak banyak diindustrialisasi menjadi produk masterpiece. Thales disebut lebih cenderung sebagai global supply chain.       

Pemerintah akan mendorong kerja sama adalah peningkatan produk nasional Indonesia menjadi produk yang berstandar internasional atas produk First Article yang belum digunakan User diantaranya Drone/PTTA, Swamboat, RCWS, Depth Personnel Vehicle, Ground to Air Radio, air combat manouvering instrumentation.

Untuk diketahui, fasilitas Thales di Bendigo selama ini fokus memproduksi Ranpur Bushmaster dan Hawkei. Adapun Bushmaster memiliki keunggulan pada daya tahan terhadap serangan ranjau, serta selama beroperasi di medan tempur belum pernah menelan korban jiwa.


Thales Hawkei (photo : Defence24)

Dalam kunjungan itu, Wamenhan dan Menteri PPN memanfaatkan kesempatan merasakan dan melihat langsung kendaraan Bushmaster dan Hawkei serta melihat proses produksi dan menjajaki peluang kerja sama yang dapat dikembangkan Pindad.

Kunjungan itu juga dihadiri oleh Dirtekind Ditjen Pothan Laksma TNI Sriyanto, Asrenad Mayjen TNI Hassanudin, Danpussenif Mayjen TNI Teguh Pudjo Rumekso, Dirut Pindad Abraham.

(Bisnis)

09 Desember 2019

Army Displays Mock up Unit of K136 Kooryong MLRS

09 Desember 2019


K136 Kooryong MLRS has 36 tubes of 130mm with at a range of 22 or 30 km (photo : Frances Mangosing)

The Philippine Army has displayed a mock up unit of K136 Kooryong Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) during a capability expo.

“Despite the delays on the delivery due to issues that the Philippine Army still needs to settle (storage, delivery etc), the deal with the South Korean government is still a go,” MaxDefense Philippines said posting a several photos of the said mock up unit along with a mock up unit of BrahMos land-based anti-ship missile.

The Philippine Army is set to receive 3 batteries of K136 Kooryong MLRS from South Korea.


K136 Kooryong MLRS (photo : Frances Mangosing)

In line with the anticipated arrival of K136 Kooryong, the Philippine Army activated a unit that will operate and maintain the said capability under Army Artillery Regiment (AAR) in October.

“We put primacy on the activation of these units in order to continuously enhance our aviation and air defense capability as we operate with the intent to be a modern and well-equipped Army, to address fast evolving threats and finish the insurgency at the soonest time possible,” former Army commander Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto said early October.

(Mintfo)

Australia Start Support for Fiji's Maritime Capability

09 Desember 2019


Australia also give Guardian patrol ship for Fuji (photo : Aus DoD)

Groundbreaking support for Fiji's maritime capability

Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, together with Fijian Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, the Hon Inia Seruiratu, on December 3, turned the first sod for a major upgrade to Stanley Brown Wharf in Suva, Fiji.

The redeveloped Stanley Brown Wharf will provide safe and secure berthing for the new Guardian-class Patrol Boats to be delivered under the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program.

Minister Hawke said this is another example of Australia and Fiji working closely together to deliver infrastructure that supports the priorities of Fiji’s security agencies.

“I am proud to be here with my Fijian partners to mark this first step in the redevelopment of Stanley Brown Wharf,” Minister Hawke said.

“The importance of the upgraded wharf will be fully recognised when the new Guardian-class Patrol Boats are delivered to Fiji. The upgraded wharf will provide a safe and secure home for the larger and more capable patrol boats.

“The Guardian-class Patrol Boats are a continuation of over 30-years of cooperation in the maritime security domain and an important capability of our Fijian partners.”

Minister Hawke reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to deepening security cooperation with Fiji through a range of initiatives.

“Australia is pleased to partner with Fiji on a number of projects including the redevelopment of Blackrock Camp and the design of the Maritime Essential Services Centre, as well as this wharf upgrade,” Minister Hawke said.

“These projects enhance the long-standing relationship between our two nations, built through decades of engagement in the areas of peacekeeping, training and exchanges, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”

The Pacific Maritime Security Program is a commitment of AUD$2 billion over 30 years, designed to increase regional maritime security across the Pacific region.

(Aus DoD)