17 Oktober 2019

Korea Introduced KF-X Steath Fighter to Vietnam

17 Oktober 2019

Delegation from Vietnam during ADEX 2019 (photo : BaoDatViet)

At the ADEX Defense Exhibition 2019 taking place in Seoul from October 15 to October 21, South Korea exhibited many modern weapons in search of potential customers.

Among the Korean-made domestic weapons, notably the 1: 1 scale model of the 5 KF-X stealth fighter, Seoul recently announced the completion of the design process to prepare. built prototype prototypes.

Although still in the "infancy" stage, the KF-X fighter is considered to be a weapon with high export potential of this Northeast Asian country, attracting the attention of many potential customers. .

At ADEX 2019, the high-ranking military delegation of Vietnam took a close look at the special fighter and was introduced to its tactical features by your side. However, there is still a long way to go to place an order when KF-X's rival Su-57 proved too strong.

The KF-X stealth fighter research program, apart from the main Korean cost, also contributed by Indonesia with 1.5 billion USD in the total estimate of nearly 7.67 billion USD, so the KF-X also known as IF-X.

Preliminary drawings of the stealth fighter KF-X have actually been leaked since 2013, but it was not until mid-2018 that the Korean Defense Procurement Agency officially confirmed.

At that time, they said the basic technical and design requirements as well as the AESA active scan array radar expected to be fitted to the fighter were completed.

Jung Kwang-sun, the leader of DAPA's KF-X program, once said: "We plan to complete the detailed design work in September 2019 and start prototype production," so they finished on time when announcing the process ended 1 month ago.

KF-X view from rear (photo : bmpd)

The published design (codenamed C-109) has completed the tests in the wind tunnel. The first KF-X is expected to ship in 2021 and test flight will take place in 2022.

A very interesting detail is that in the graphic images, the KF-X carries 4 air-to-air missiles outside MBDA Group's Meteor vision and 2 IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missiles at the tip. wing.

Initially, the KF-X intended to integrate the AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles made by Raytheon, but the features of the highly-rated European missile made Seoul rethink.

Another detail to consider is that although it is called a fifth generation fighter, the KF-X fighter does not have a weaponry in the body and still uses an external mount.

Concerned about the fact that the radar reflex area (RCS) of the KF-X fighter did not meet the standard, the designers made it clear that the fighter had three variants corresponding to each stage of transmission. development.

The first version of KF-X Block 1 is the newly adopted configuration that will have RCS equivalent to current 4th and 4+ fighters that are F/A-18E/F, Rafale or Eurofighter Typhoon.

Next, in the KF-X Block 2 generation, the aircraft will have a body bay and the RCS reduced to the equivalent of the first stealth fighter like the F-117.

Finally, the most complete version of KF-X Block 3, the aircraft will have radar cross-section area comparable to F-22, F-35 and B-2 - the most advanced stealth aircraft currently.

As such, the immediate task of Korean aviation engineers is very chaotic, while waiting for the completion of KF-X, they will still have to buy F-35 to temporarily fill the void to not be left behind. Regional rival.


Dua C-130 Skadron 17 Dipindahkan ke Skadron Udara 32

17 Oktober 2019

Seremoni penyerahan dua pesawat Hercules (photo : TNI AU)

Danlanud Halim P. Pimpin Apel Khusus Re-Alokasi Dua Pesawat C-130 Hercules

TNI AU.  Komandan Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma memimpin apel khusus realokasi dua Pesawat C-130 Hercules A-1314 dan A-1341 dari Skadron Udara 17 ke Skadron Udara 31 Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma.

Acara penyerahan kedua pesawat TNI AU ini ditandai dengan penandatanganan berita acara serah terima dari Komandan Skadron Udara 17 Letkol Pnb Erwin Harfansa kepada Komandan Skadron Udara 31 Letkol Pnb Puguh Yulianto, dan disaksikan Komandan Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma Marsma TNI M.Tonny Harjono, S.E., di depan Hanggar Skadron Udara 17, Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta Timur, Rabu (16/10).

Dalam rangkaian acara penyerahan kedua pesawat,  dilanjutkan dengan penyerahan secara simbolis dengan pelepasan lambang Skadron Udara 17 pada pesawat C-130 Hercules A-1314 menjadi logo Skadron Udara 31 oleh Komandan Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma, dan disaksikan  oleh Komandan Wing Udara 1, para Kepala Dinas, Komandan Satuan dan para Kepala/Kasi dijajaranLanud Halim Perdanakusuma.

Hercules A1314 (photo : Fauzan Rasyadi)

Danlanud Halim Perdanakusuma dalam sambutannya mengatakan ke dua pesawat C-130 Hercules A-1341 dan A-1314 yang sejak  kedatangannya tahun 1980-an merupakan pesawat angkut VIP/VVIP yang memiliki peranan penting dalam menunjang operasional penerbangan VIP/VVIP Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma, khususnya Skadron Udara 17.

Namun sejalan dengan dinamika organisasi TNI Angkatan Udara, terutama pada satuan-satuan setingkat skadron udara, yakni dengan terbentuknya Skadron Udara 33 di Lanud Sultan Hasanuddin, Makasar, maka keberadaan alutsista pesawat angkut berat jenis C-130 Hercules, menjadi perhatian utama dalam mendukung operasional ketiga skadron udara tersebut, ujarnya.

Atas dasar pertimbangan itulah, lanjut Danlanud, maka pimpinan TNI AU berupaya me-realokasi kedua pesawat tersebut ke Skadron Udara 31, guna mengoptimalkan pelaksanaan tugas dimasa mendatang, dengan tetap memfungsikan kedua pesawat sebagai pesawat VIP/VVIP.

Hercules A1341 (photo : Uno Purnomo)

Danlanud Halim Perdanakusuma mengharapkan  dengan bertambahnya dua armada ini, tugas-tugas yang diemban Skadron Udara 31 dalam mendukung setiap tugas TNI AU, baik tugas operasi maupun mendukung kegiatan VIP/VVIP, dapat berjalan dengan baik.

“Rawat dan peliharalah demi kelangsungan tugas kita dimasa mendatang,”  pinta Danlanud.

Diakhir sambutannya Danlanud Halim Perdanakusuma menekan budaya safety pada setiap pelaksanaan tugas, baik secara individu maupun tim, sebagai upaya pencegahan terjadinya incident maupun accident.

Danlanud Halim Perdanakusuma juga menyampaikan tentang penggunaan media sosial.


Cambodia to Purchase Four L-39 Jets from Czech

17 Oktober 2019

L-39NG trainer aircraft (photo : Aero Vodochody)

Czech arms to be purchased

Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that the government will purchase more Czech-made surveillance aircraft and weapons in a move to strengthen the Kingdom’s defence and national security.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Monday, Mr Hun Sen said the purchase includes Czech-made Aero L-39 Albatros surveillance aircraft.

“I wish to say that in the past Cambodia already purchased six L-39 surveillance aircrafts. Now, I request for a discussion to purchase three or four more and import other light weapons to strengthen the Kingdom’s defence and national security,” Mr Hun Sen said.

Mr Babiš said that both countries discussed the matter.

“Cambodia has already had Aero L-39 Albatros. We will cooperate in the aviation sector,” Mr Babiš said. “Our arms producers will supply weapons to police and soldiers.”

In the press conference, Mr Hun Sen also expressed his gratitude to the Czech government for cancelling the debt Cambodia previously owed to the Czech Republic and also for turning the debt into development aid.

He also thanked the Czech government for providing scholarships to Cambodian students to pursue their study in the Czech Republic.

Mr Hun Sen said that between 1981 and 2019, the Czech government offered scholarships to 362 Cambodian students.

“Some of them, who used to study in the Czech Republic, are now working at various government’s ministries and institutions,” he said.

“I also wish to thank the Czech government for providing $1.5 million assistance each year to the Kingdom for six years, which began in 2018 until 2023 to support development projects in Cambodia,” Mr Hun Sen added.


KAI 'Open' to Additional Foreign Partners on KFX

17 Oktober 2019

The next-generation KFX fighter aircraft is expected to enter series production in the mid-2020s. To support its development additional foreign companies could be contracted to provide assistance (photo : AIN)

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is open to considering additional foreign partners on its project to develop the Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft, Jane's has learnt. The potential move comes as the KFX project faces challenges related to investment and capabilities.

Due to funding shortages, Indonesia - Korea's KFX development partner - has stalled on about KRW300 billion (USD253 million) in costs to support its involvement in the project, while local industry faces obstacles to develop some critical technologies for the platform.

A KAI official, who did not want to be identified, told Jane's at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) on 16 October that the KFX development project is still regarded as "open" in terms of technology partners. "This is still not finalised," he said in reference to KFX development alliances. "We could consider additional partners in the future."

Under a defence offset package linked to South Korea's 2014 procurement of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the US corporation is already positioned as a technical partner on the KFX. Lockheed Martin is obligated to provide assistance across 21 technology suites including flight controls, avionics, systems integration, materials, and unspecified fighter aircraft weaponry.

However, the US government has also refused to export several technology suites under offsets, forcing South Korea to seek to develop these systems indigenously. These suites are related to the active electronically scanned array (AESA) systems, electro-optical targeting pods, infrared search and track systems, and radio frequency jammers.

Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, is providing assistance to South Korean firm Hanwha Systems to develop the KFX's AESA radar.

Jane's understands that companies including Saab, Airbus and Boeing could also position themselves as future partners on the KFX, although the scope of that engagement would be subject to requirements, the structure of the partnership, and funding.


PHL Sends Letter of Request to Government of Multirole Fighter Jet Supplier

17 Oktober 2019

F-16 block 70/72 Viper (photo : rhk111)

The Department of National Defense (DND) has already sent a Letter of Request to the government of possible supplier in the Multirole Fighter Acquisition Project for Philippine Air Force (PAF).

MaxDefense Philippines said it got confirmation from sources that DND already sent the Letter of Request to the government of the selected aircraft’s origin.

“This country is known to announce its decisions so we’ll all know when it happens. And hopefully it happens soon,” MaxDefense Philippines said without mentioning the country and aircraft.

However, MaxDefense has been giving hints that the DND is in the process of concluding a deal for the F-16 multirole fighter aircraft.

“All I can say for now is that it will still be passing through AT LEAST 1-2 more stages before it reaches the top,” MaxDefense said in an earlier post. “One thing is for sure though: the last parts would be for Pres. Duterte to approve it, and the Department of Budget and Management to accept it for funding release. As far as MaxDefense was told by people involved in the project, they’re not yet there yet.”

JAS-39 Gripen C/D (photo : Maxdefense)

Under Section 36(b) of United States Arms Export Control Act (AECA), US Congress must be formally notified before the executive branch can take final steps to conclude a government-to-government foreign military sale of: major defense equipment valued at $14 million or more, defense articles or services valued at $50 million or more, or design and construction services valued at $200 million or more.

“[T]he executive branch, after complying with the terms of applicable US law, principally contained in the AECA, is free to proceed with an arms sales proposal unless Congress passes legislation prohibiting or modifying the proposed sale. Under current law Congress must overcome two fundamental obstacles to block or modify a Presidential sale of military equipment: it must pass legislation expressing its will on the sale, and it must be capable of overriding a presumptive Presidential veto of such legislation,” the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) says in its official website.


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%.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).  


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.