25 Februari 2020

Ranpur Kobra Pesanan Kemhan RI Dilapisi Pelindung Buatan Israel

25 Februari 2020


Kendaraan tempur Kobra TNI AD (photo : BMPD)

100kpj – Kendaraan tempur pengangkut pasukan jenis Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Kobra 8x8, yang dipesan Kementerian pertahanan (Kemhan) Republik Indonesia sebanyak 22 unit telah sampai di pelabuhan Tanjung Priok, awal bulan Februari 2020. Ranpur ini nantinya akan digunakan untuk menunjang tugas dari Batalyon Infantri Mekanis (Yonifmek) TNI AD

Sebetulnya kontrak penandatanganan Kobra 8x8 IFV ini telah dilakukan satu tahun yang lalu alias pada tahun 2019, antara PT Pindad dengan Kemhan Indonesia, nilai kontrak pengadaan ranpur ini mencapai 80 juta Dolar AS untuk 22 unit.



PT Pindad telah bekerja sama dengan Excalibur Army yang merupakan perusahaan asal Ceko untuk membuat kendaraan tempur Kobra, karena Excalibur Army memberikan kemudahan produksi panser buatannya dengan memberikan Transfer of Technology (ToT) kepada Pindad, sehingga Pindad dapat meracik speksifikasi khusus yang disesuaikan dengan kebutuhan Yonifmek TNI AD.

Seperti dilansir dari Airspace Review, Kobra mendapatkan proteksi tambahan berupa add-on passive armour buatan Rafael, Israel. Lapisan ini mampu menahan laju munisi SMB kaliber 14,5 mm. Bagian bawah lambung Kobra dilapisi SSAB ARMOX 500 yang sanggup bertahan dari ranjau darat dan IED.


Pada bagian depan Kobra telah menerapkan perisai pemecah gelombang air/ombak. Lalu bagian palka pengemudi juga telah dipasangi sistem penglihatan malam CDND-1 buatan Meopta Ceko. Selain itu, Kobra akan dilengkapi dengan kubah tempur tanpa awak UT30 Mk II buatan Elbit Systems yang akan disediakan oleh Ares (Elbit Systems Brazil). Senjatanya menggunakan kanon kaliber 30 mm Bushmaster Mk.44 buatan Northrop Grumman dengan senjata sekunder berupa SMS 7,62 mm buatan Pindad.

Ranpur Kobra dioperasikan oleh tiga orang yakni komandan, pengemudi, dan juru senjata. Kabin belakangnya dapat menampung delapan pasukan bersenjata lengkap dengan muatan bawaannya mencapai 8,5 ton.


Kobra dilengkapi perisai pemecah gelombang air/ombak (photo : Indomiliter)

Kobra memiliki panjang 7,5 m, lebar 2,67 m dan tinggi 2,1 m. Bobot tempurnya mencapai 17,6 ton, namun dengan tambahan add-on armor menjadi 22 ton. Untuk melindungi tentara yang berada di dalam kendaraan tempur tersebut, Kobra mendapatkan proteksi tambahan berupa add-on passive armour buatan Rafael, Israel. 

Pada bagian dapur pacu, Kobra menggunakan mesin diesel Cummins EURO III berdaya 455 hp. Kobra dapat melata di jalan datar keras mencapai 105 km/jam dan berenang di air 10 km/jam dengan jangkauan operasi sejauh 700 km.

(100kpj)

Three Der Pillar Class to Get Weapons Upgrade

25 Februari 2020


Der Pilar class patrol vessel (photo : dvids)

Navy patrol vessels to get weapons upgrade

MANILA — Plans to install heavier weapons on the three Gregorio del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels of the Philippine Navy (PN) are in place, its chief said Friday.

"That will come later. Right now the (ongoing) del Pilar-class upgrade will involve the installation of (a) sonar (system), installation of (a) combat management system, and the installation of (an) air-search radar," Navy flag-officer-in-command, Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, said in an interview.

The del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels are armed with a 76-mm. Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25-mm. and 20-mm. light cannons, and .50-caliber machineguns.

Bacordo added that a sonar system would be useless if it is not augmented with a weapon system capable of prosecuting hostile submarine contacts.

"If you put on a sonar (system), what will (you use to prosecute) a submarine (contact)," he added.

Bacordo was referring to the del Pilar-class upgrade program bagged by South Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha Systems Co., Ltd. and has a contract price of PHP1,304,200,000.

This seeks to beef up the three ships' electronic capabilities and make them more capable of patrolling and conducting inter-agency operations in the country's territorial waters. 

(PNA)

South Korea and Vietnam are Reportedly Negotiating for Export of Turbojet Engine

25 Februari 2020


SSE-750K turbojet engine (photo : AVING)

According to Military Review magazine and official government notice, South Korea is in the process of negotiating the export of SSE-750K turbojet engine to Vietnam for its indigenous anti-ship missile program.

Vietnam has been showing interest in acquiring rocket engine for some time but has not found a willing provider. It is unknown at this time whether Vietnam is pursuing development of brand new anti-ship missile or if they intend on further developing the KCT-15 (licensed Kh-35) anti-ship missile.

The SSE-750K turbojet engine completed development in 2015 concurrently with the SSM-750K Sea Dragon tactical land attack missile.


The acquisition of South Korean SSE-750K turbojet engines is believed this could of been for further development of the KCT-15 (Vietnamese Kh-35) anti-ship missile (photo : QPVN)

The SSM-750K Sea Dragon is based on the SSM-700K C-Star anti-ship missile, which was originally equipped with SS-760K turbojet engine. All newly-produced C-Star missiles since 2017 have been equipped with SSE-750K.


The primary difference between the new SSE-750K and older SS-760K engines is the level of localization of critical components. The SS-760K used several foreign-sourced components while SSE-750K uses domestic counterparts, thus lowering cost and improving competitiveness in the export market.

(ROK Armed Forces)

Pangkalan Udara TNI AU El Tari di Kupang Naik Status Jadi Tipe A

25 Februari 2020


Pesawat Sukhoi Su-30 ketika mendarat di lanud El Tari Kupang (photo : Antara)

Kupang (ANTARA) - Pangkalan Udara El Tari di Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur, kini telah menjadi pangkalan udara TNI AU tipe A, dipimpin seorang perwira tinggi dengan pangkat bintang satu. 

Komandan Pangkalan Udara TNI AU El Tari, Kolonel Penerbang Agus Setiawan ketika ditemui wartawan usai mengikuti kegiatan pembukaan pelatihan pertolongan pada ketinggian di Kantor Pencarian dan Pertolongan Kelas A Kupang, Jumat (21/2/2020), mengatakan, peningkatan status Pangkalan Udara TNI AU El Tari sudah ditetapkan dalam keputusan presiden. 

"Peraturan Presiden sudah ada dan status Pangkalan Udara TNI AU El Tari di Kupang naik menjadi tipe A. Komandannya nanti dipimpin seorang marsekal pertama," kata Setiawan. 

Ia mengatakan, berbarengan dengan peningkatan status itu, maka akan diikuti dengan penambahan personil dan fasilitas dukungan operasi. Pangkalan udara tipe A memiliki organisasi yang lebih besar ketimbang yang tipe B, di antaranya terdapat beberapa skuadron udara dan skuadron teknik serta depo pemeliharaan, hingga detasemen satuan Pasukan Khas TNI AU dan satuan Polisi Militer TNI AU. 

Pangkalan Udara TNI AU El Tari mengambil nama Gubernur NTT (saat itu), Elijas Tari (kelahiran Pulau Sabu, 18 April 1926 dan wafat di Kupang, 29 April 1978), dengan masa jabatan pada 12 Juli 1966 hingga wafat. 

Kawasan Pangkalan Udara TNI AU El Tari hingga kini dikenal dengan nama Penfui dan secara administratif pemerintahan adalah Kecamatan Penfui di Kupang. 

Adapun landas pacu Pangkalan Udara TNI AU El Tari dipergunakan bersama dengan Bandar Udara Internasional El Tari untuk kepentingan penerbangan sipil dan komersial.

(Antara)

24 Februari 2020

Singapore Announces Defence Budget Increase amid Growing Covid-19 Concerns

24 Februari 2020


Formidable class frigate (photo : RSN)

Singapore has announced a 2020 defence budget of SGD15.085 billion (USD10.77 billion) amid rising concerns about the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) on the Southeast Asian city-state.

The government said the new defence expenditure is an increase of SGD462.9 million - or 3.2% - over the revised defence budget allocation in 2019. However, the 2020 defence budget is also a 2.4% decline against the original 2019 defence appropriation of SGD15.47 billion.

This decrease is regarded as a reflection of the trade-related economic headwinds facing the Southeast Asian country.

In his budget speech on 18 February, Singapore's finance minister Heng Swee Keat said the country's economy grew in 2019 by just 0.7%.

(Jane's)

First F135 Engine Module Repair Completed Outside of the United States

24 Februari 2020


Pratt and Whitney F135 engine (photo : UTC)

TAE Aerospace — based in Ipswich, Australia — announced today that it has completed repair of its first Pratt and Whitney F135 engine fan module for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. This marks the first time depot maintenance has been completed on an F135 engine module outside of the United States.

The Australian company was first assigned the Asia-Pacific Region’s F135 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO and U) depot responsibility in 2015. Over the last five years, TAE Aerospace has been working closely with Pratt & Whitney, the F-35 Joint Program Office in the U.S., and the Australian Government through the Joint Strike Fighter Division in Canberra, Australia to develop a world-class MRO and U facility, technical workforce and test facility that has the capacity and capability to sustain the F135 engine for the Royal Australian Air Force and other F-35 program
participants in the region.

“We congratulate TAE Aerospace for demonstrating the capability to repair and overhaul the F135 fan module,” said O Sung Kwon, Vice President, Pratt and Whitney Military Engines Sustainment Operations. “This represents a significant sustainment milestone for the F135 program and is a testament to the hard work of the joint government and industry team that made it happen. With a worldwide fleet of over 600 F135 engines that is expanding rapidly, we remain focused on standing up an effective global sustainment network that will support the F135 throughout its lifecycle.”

Activity over the last 12 months has ramped up significantly at TAE Aerospace with training commencing in mid-2019 and completion of a new 15,000 sqm Turbine Engine Maintenance Facility (TEMF) in December 2019. The new state of the art facility has been purpose built for the F135 and the other engines – F404, F414 and AGT1500 – that TAE maintains today. The completion of the first F135 fan module signifies that TAE Aerospace is one step closer to achieving Initial Depot Capability and regularly delivering modules to the F-35 Global Support Solution (GSS).

“Completing the fan module is a great milestone and the start of a significant capability here in the Asia-Pacific region. We’re looking forward to working with Pratt and Whitney as part of the GSS to support the F135 engine for the AsiaPacific’s regional F-35 fleets including those flown by Australia, South Korea, Japan and the U.S. forces within theregion,” said Andrew Sanderson, TAE Aerospace CEO.

“The next step is completing qualification on the F135 power module in late 2020 and getting into full production at our new facility,” he said.

Pratt & Whitney’s combat-proven F135 – which powers all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II – is the world’s most advanced fighter engine, delivering more than 40,000 lbs. of thrust and unmatched advances in safety, performance, and reliability. Backed by decades of engineering and development experience, the F135 features 5th Generation power and stealth capabilities as well as advanced prognostics and health management systems – all of which provide the warfighter with a technological advantage.

(TAEAerospace)

Navy Pilots Undergo Anti-Submarine Warfare Training

24 Februari 2020


PN AW159 helicopter (photo : Inquirer)

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) on Wednesday said pilots and aircrew tasked to man its two AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 "Wildcat" helicopters are currently undergoing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training.

Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said these trainings, which are programmed for the entire year, are designed to equip personnel with adequate knowledge in manning these specialized helicopters the finer points of submarine detection and prosecution.

He added that these ASW maneuvers are in support of the flight training of the AW-159 pilots conducted in Yeovil, in the United Kingdom last year.

These involved training in the use of various surveillance systems of the AW-159s including its dipping sonar which is its primary equipment for submarine detection.

"Once our frigates (BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna) arrive, these ships can team up with the AW-159s, the 'ASW' maneuvers and train in the detection and prosecution of (submarine contacts)," Bacordo said in Filipino.

The AW-159s were acquired for PHP5.4 billion including its munition, mission essential equipment and integrated logistic support.

These are capable of speeds of 291 km/h (181 mph), range of 777 km (483 miles), a ferry range of 963 km (598 miles) and an endurance of one and-a-half hours (four hours and 30 minutes if fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks).

The AW-159s can also be armed with rockets, machine guns, missiles, torpedoes, and depth charges and fitted with modern sonar systems for tracking down submarines.

(PNA)

Upgrade Seluruh Jet Tempur F-16 A/B/C/D Ditargetkan Rampung pada 2024

24 Februari 2020


Satu pesawat F-16A yang telah selesai menjalani upgrade (photo : Alex Sidharta)

Magetan,IDN Times – Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara Marsekal TNI Yuyu Sutisna memastikan bahwa proses upgrade pesawat tempur F-16 ditargetkan rampung pada 2024 mendatang. Ini sesuai perencanaan jangka pendek dan panjang di tubuh TNI Angkatan Udara.

“Harapannya, seluruh F-16 setara dengan yang dimiliki negara lain,” kata dia usai menyaksikan uji terbang satu pesawat F-16 A/B Block 12 yang di Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi, Magetan, Selasa (18/2).

Saat ini, pesawat F-16 yang dimiliki Indonesia masih perlu ditingkatkan kemampuannya. Oleh karena itu, proyek Enhanced Mid-Life Update (EMLU)–The Falcon Structural Augmentation Rodmap (Falcon STAR) dijalankan sejak September 2017.

Sebanyak empat jet tempur F-16 A/B yang sudah berumur 30 tahun masuk ke hanggar Skadron Teknin 042 Lanud Iswahjudi untuk di-upgrade. Satu di antaranya telah rampung diperbaharui dan diuji terbang.

Yuyu menuturkan, sebanyak empat pilot segera diberangkatkan ke Amerika Serikat untuk meningkatkan kemampuan mengoperasionalkan jet tempur setelah di-upgrade. Setelah masa pendidikan cukup, penerbang itu akan kembali ke Indonesia.

“Kembali ke sini akan menerbangkan pesawat yang tadi (diuji terbang),” tuturnya.

Upaya itu sebagai persiapan melakukan uji terbang sendiri pascaproses pembaruan pesawat F-16 rampung dijalankan para teknisi TNI AU. 

Dalam proyek itu, ada 10 pesawat F-16 A/B yang bakal diperbaharui. Jet sebanyak itu dibeli melalui program ‘Peace Bima Sena’ pada tahun 1989. Selain itu, 23 jet tempur F-16 C/D juga akan di-upgrade. Jadi, total ada 33 F-16 milik Indonesia yang teknologi dan kemampuannya diremajakan dengan kebutuhan terkini.

(IDN Times)

CAP55: Adding Further Sting on the Malaysian Hornet

24 Februari 2024


RMAF F/A-18D Hornet (photo : John Miller)

Apparently, the recent revelation made by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) during last week Singapore Airshow 2020 on the scheduled transportation of a single Boeing F/A-18D Mod 25X Hornet strike fighter to RAAF Base Williamstown later this year is actually part of the Malaysia’s own enhanced Mid Life Upgrade (MLU) program which will see Boeing Australia conducting several upgrades on the aircraft.

These include upgrades on cockpit display, new data link and new hardware. The previous MLU conducted on the Malaysian Hornet fleet beginning from 2015 has resulted the introduction of AIM-9X air-to-air missiles (AAM), Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Tactical Air Launched Decoy (TALD), AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range AAM (AMRAAM) and FZ 90 2.75” / 70mm rockets fired from LAU32 and LAU51 pods.

Also part of the MLU were Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR and BAe System AN/APX-111 ‘Birdslicer’ IFF Interrogator.

Under the 4 Dimensions Malaysian Armed Forces ( 4D MAF)’ Network Centric Operation (NCO), the Hornet is able to establish data link with the two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Jebat-class F-2000 frigates.


Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile on Hornet (photo : Altair)

The new EMLU will perhaps allow the Hornet to dispense stand off weapon including the Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM), essentially a multi role variant of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) which are now being installed on board the Navy’s Maharajalela-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

While the NSM is an all through anti ship missile (ASM), the JSM will be able to strike naval and ground target making it the most suitable fit for the Hornet.

With this transition, the RMAF could channel its AGM-84 Harpoon missile to its BAe Hawk Mk 208 Fighter Ground Attack (FGA) at least until the two weapon systems (the Hawk and Harpoon) could be decommissioned from service in 2030.

There will be four batch of Hornets to undergo eMLU program beginning from this year all through 2024. Each year the works will be limited to just 2 aircraft.

This will allow the Hornet to serve for another 15 more years until 2035. By that time hopefully these Hornets will be replaced by 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft such as the TAI TF-X or Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO Reporting Name: Felon).

(MFH)

23 Februari 2020

Singapore Expects First Upgraded F-16 Jets to Fly Next Year

23 Februari 2020


Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar (photo : Northrop Grumman)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Singapore expects to have its first upgraded F-16 multi-role fighter jet roll off the line sometime next year, with its air force chief confirming that work will be carried out locally.

Addressing written questions put to him by Defense News prior to the Singapore Airshow, Major-General Kelvin Khong wrote that prototyping work in the United States, led by F-16 manufacturer Lockheed-Martin, is ongoing.

He also confirmed that serial production has commenced locally on the project, with ST Engineering Aerospace undertaking the effort with the first upgraded aircraft “expected to be rolled out around 2021."

Khong did not say when the upgrade project will be completed. Singapore’s defense minister had said in 2015 that the planned end date was 2022, although this now appears to be unlikely.

RSAF F-16D (photo : dominique koel)

Singapore was cleared by the U.S. State Department to upgrade its fleet of 40 F-16C/D Block 52 and 20 F-16D Advanced Block 52 aircraft in January 2014. The U.S. $2.43 billion upgrade package includes the Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 active electronically scanned array radar, mission computers, helmet mounted sights and integration of new weapons such as the GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), GBU-49/50 Enhanced Paveway II dual-mode guided bombs, and CBU-105 Sensor-Fuzed Weapon.

The request also included the integration of the AIM-9X Sidewinder agile dogfight missile and Joint Helmet Mounted-Cueing System (JHMCS). The latter will replace the Israeli Elbit DASH (Display and Sight Helmet) currently in use by the RSAF’s Vipers, and like the AIM-9X, will allow for compatibility with the RSAF’s 40 Boeing F-15SG Eagles.

A follow-on FMS request worth $130 million (A$179 million) was issued to in supplement the earlier request; this time for advanced datalinks and integration of the low-collateral damage Small Diameter Bomb.

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RAN to Roll Out Unmanned MCM Capability

23 Februari 2020

Australian Mine Warfare Team 16, MCDGRP and DSTG staff operating the Bluefin 9 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) from a Mine Countermeasure Support Boat (MCMSB) (all photos : RAN)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is introducing deployable mine counter-measures (MCM) capabilities under Project Sea 1778.

Under Project 1778 Phase 1, Australian Mine Warfare Team 16 (MWT 16) will take up the role of operating a suite of AUVs, USVs, expendable mine neutralisation systems and MCM support craft.

The first equipment to be rolled out will be the man-portable Bluefin-9 AUV. MWT 16 is currently undergoing pilot training for the system on at Sydney’s Pittwater area.


MWT 16 will officially begin receiving its new technology suite later this year which will include four Bluefin-9 AUVs, three Bluefin-12 AUVs, two USVs for remote influence minesweeping, three MCM support boats, and the Seafox expendable mine neutralisation system.

The new MCM capability aims to provide tactical capabilities to reduce the hazard of mines in the littoral maritime domain for the RAN’s deployed fleet, allowing the navy to search for, classify, identify and dispose of sea mines more safely and efficiently and limit the danger factor presented when personnel are directly involved in mine removal and destruction.

Lessons learned from the introduction and use of the Project 1778 Phase 1 equipment will help inform development of future Australian Defence Force MCM capabilities.

(Shephard)

The 5 Most Dangerous Chinese Warplanes Available Today

23 Februari 2020


J-20 of the PLAAF (photo : MW)

The most powerful Chinese fighter jet is not the Su-35 fighter that Beijing bought from Russia.

According to MW magazine, China is on its way to becoming the world's leading air force by 2030. Some of the country's next-generation fighter designs will be put into service in the next decade. The following 5 fighters are currently considered the strongest in the Chinese Air Force.

1. J-20

As the first fifth generation fighter developed outside the United States, the J-20 was equipped with Chinese WS-10C engines, electronic warfare systems and other improvements.

China claims a heavy-duty fighter model, the two engines being on par with the US F-22, and it is equipped with PL-15 air-to-air missiles, and active electronic phase array radar (AESA). ) with "great" situational awareness.

In the future, the J-20 will likely continue to integrate new generation technologies, from supersonic air-to-air missile technology to stealth coating, new electronic devices and weapons. laser.


Su-35 of the PLAAF (photo : Yuri Vladimirovich)

2. Su-35

Ordered by China from Russia in 2015, the 4 ++ Su-35 air superiority fighter was designed to defeat the F-22. The airframe is optimized for the Su-35 to achieve high maneuverability and is made of composite material to reduce weight.

The aircraft is equipped with a powerful 3-dimensional thrust vector engine and can carry up to 14 air-to-air missiles. In addition, it has a powerful infrared search and tracking system, the Irbis-E radar gives pilots a high level of situational awareness.


J-16 of the PLAAF (photo : MW)

3. J-16

According to MW, this is the most advanced version copied by China from the Russian Su-27 Flanker design, representing a huge step forward from the original design thanks to the integration of many new generation technologies.

This aircraft model has a frame made of composite materials, integrated electronics and advanced electronic warfare systems. It is also the first and only Chinese Flanker fighter jet to use AESA radar to enhance situational awareness. According to MW, at this point it seems to be superior to the Russian Su-35.

The J-16 is primarily designed for offensive roles, and is not equipped with thrust vector engines as on the Russian versions, but it is capable of deploying long-range air-to-air missiles designed. Specialized designations to attack enemy support aircraft, such as the enemy's early warning tanker / tanker tankers (AWACS), at extreme distances.

J-16 displayed a balanced capacity in air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.


Su-30MKK of the PLAAF (photo : MW)

4. Su-30MKK

Despite being commissioned in 1997, the Su-30MKK is still considered one of the most formidable fighter models in the world and can maintain this title until the mid-2000

The Su-30MKK is optimized for maritime attack roles, and it can deploy both Russian missiles and Chinese domestic missiles when performing air-to-air and anti-ship combat missions. far.

According to MW, the Su-30MKK now incorporates many advanced technologies, including electronic devices that have been developed for the Su-35 program.

The aircraft also uses more composite materials, with maximum durability and maximum takeoff weight compared to other Su-30 variants.

China has begun to integrate domestic missiles for the Su-30MKK, including the PL-12 anti-ship cruise missile - considered superior to the Russian anti-ship missile Kh-31A.


J-10C of the PLAAF (photo : MW)

5. J-10C

As the latest Chinese-made fighter jet, the J-10C is considered by some to be the most powerful fighter jet ever built and outperformed its rivals. F-16, JF-17 and Gripen.

J-10C is classified as a 4 ++ generation fighter, similar to the Su-35. It integrates thrust vector engines, composite airframe, AESA radar and features a variety of advanced weapons that were originally developed for the J-16 and J-20, including air-to-air missiles. not long-range PL-15, with close range double the US AIM-120C and R-77 of Russia.

Although it is considered to be more sophisticated than the Su-30 in terms of performance, range, weapon load, mobility, but according to MW, J-10C has more restrictions on sensor size.

(Toquoc)

Kemhan Selenggarakan Monitoring ToT Rudal NASAMS

23 Februari 2020

Peluncur rudal NASAMS Indonesia akan diusung oleh truk Mercedes Benz Actros 8x8 (image : wmodelling)

Direktorat Jenderal Potensi Pertahanan Kemhan sebagai pembina teknologi Industri Pertahanan dalam melakukan peningkatan kemampuan Industri Pertahanan dengan melaksanakan program offset pengadaan Alpalhankam dari Luar Negeri. Kasubdit Imbal Dagang Kandungan Lokal dan Offset (IDKLO) Kolonel Tek Dedy Laksmono, SE. ST., MM. mewakili Dirtekindhan melaksanakan monitoring dan evaluasi serta memberikan pengarahan dan motivasi pada peserta kursus Missile Knowledge Course (MKC) pengadaan Rudal Pam Ibu Kota produk NASAMS dari Kongsberg Norwegia. Kursus dilaksanakan dari tanggal 3 s.d 14 Februari 2020 bertempat di Training Center PT DI Bandung.

Kegiatan ini diikuti sebanyak 20 personel terdiri dari: Dislitbangau 2 org, Kohanudnas 2 org, PT. DI 5 org, PT. Pindad 5 org, PT. Len 3 Org dan PT. Datareka Integrasia 3 org. Adapun target dari kegiatan Missile Knowledge Course adalah agar peserta dapat memahami Knowledge Regarding Design, Flight Performance And The Missile Development Process.



Dalam kesempatan ini Kasubdit IDKLO menekankan kepada peserta agar mengikuti kegiatan dengan sungguh-sungguh dan penuh rasa tanggungjawab, mendokumentasikan seluruh ilmu yang diberikan dan menggali sebanyak-banyaknya teknologi tentang rudal dari pemberi materi. Hal ini perlu disampaikan karena peserta merupakan orang-orang terpilih dari instansinya masing-masing yang nantinya merupakan tulang punggung dalam membangun dan mengembangkan rudal nasional sesuai kompetensinya.

Materi ToT disampaikan oleh Mr. Eugene Fleemman dari Kongsberg dengan materi terdiri dari Missile Knowledge Course, Missile Transfer of Technology dan Tactical Software Components pada On the Job Training (OJT) di Norwegia yang rencananya akan dilaksanakan pada bulan Maret 2020. Kegiatan di akhiri dengan Penandatangan Pakta Integritas oleh peserta dari industri pertahanan serta penyerahan Certifikat of Compliance kepada seluruh peserta.

Kegiatan monitoring dan evaluasi serta memberikan pengarahan dan motivasi pada peserta kursus Missile Knowledge Course (MKC) dari pengadaan Rudal Pam Ibu Kota produk NASAMS dari Kongsberg Norwegia berjalan lancar.

(Kemhan)

22 Februari 2020

Received $1.1 billion Upgrade, Tindal AFB Expanding Reach into the Indo-Pacific

22 Februari 2020


Most of the money will be spent on extending RAAF Base Tindal's runway (photo : RAAF)

Federal Government spends $1.1 billion on Northern Territory air base, expanding reach into the Indo-Pacific

The Federal Government has announced a $1.1 billion upgrade to the Northern Territory's RAAF Base Tindal in a bid to expand Australia and the United States' air force capabilities into the Indo-Pacific.

The base outside Katherine will be home to a number of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) 72 new F-35 joint strike fighter jets, and the expansion project is slated to be finished by the end of 2027.

Most of the money, $737 million, will be spent on extending the runway and building new fuel storage facilities so that the base can deal with larger aircraft, including US long-range bombers and Australian refuelling aircraft.

"It will be integral to our alliance with the United States, and [will] increase the reach of Air Force capabilities in the Indo-Pacific," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.

"As part of these upgrades, RAAF Base Tindal will be able to deliver enhanced air-to-air refuelling and air support capabilities, ensuring we can support critical ADF operations — everything from air combat missions through to responding to natural disasters both at home and throughout our region."

RAAF Base Tindal is regarded as one of the nation's most strategically important defence precincts and first opened in the 1940s.

The latest announcement is indicative of the Federal Government and the Department of Defence's push to develop its capabilities in the north of Australia, given its renewed focus on the Indo-Pacific.

All eyes are on China, which continues to expand its strategic footprint in areas such as the South China Sea.

Planning is underway for a new port facility to be built near Darwin, which could eventually help US Marines operate more readily in the region.

The Northern Territory has hosted contingents of US Marines since 2012 after then-US president Barack Obama and former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard signed off on a plan for Australian and US personnel to increase joint training exercises.

Close to $500 million has already been spent at the base, readying it for the arrival of the joint strike fighter aircraft.

(ABC)

Kemhan Evaluasi Pelaksanaan ToT PSU Oerlikon Skyshield

22 Februari 2020


Peninjauan ke PT Inti (photo : Kemhan)

Progress Meeting Ditjen Pothan dengan Rheinmetall Swiss dalam Rangka Monitoring dan Evaluasi Pelaksanaan ToT Program Offset Penangkis Serangan Udara PSU Oerlikon Skyshield

Dalam rangka membangun kemandirian Alpalhankam, membutuh dukungan Industri Pertahanan yang berkualitas sebagaimana diamanatkan oleh Undang-undang Industri Pertahanan. Salah satu upaya pemerintah untuk memenuhi kebutuhan Alpalhankam bagi pengguna adalah dengan cara membangun dan mengembangkan Industri Pertahanan agar Industri Pertahanan menjadi maju, kuat mandiri dan memiliki daya saing. Ofset merupakan bentuk kompensasi yang diperoleh negara dari setiap pengadaan alpalhankam dari luar negeri untuk mendukung percepatan penguasaan teknologi.

Ditjen Pothan diwakili Direktur Teknologi dan Industri Pertahanan beserta staf IDKLO Dittekindhan, melaksanakan monitoring dan evaluasi program Ofset melalui Progress Meeting dengan pihak Rheinmetal Air Defence (RAD) sebagai penyedia Ofset pengadaan Alpalhankam Penangkis Serangan Udara (PSU) bertempat di PT Inti Bandung pada hari ini Kamis 20 Februari 2020, serta dihadiri oleh perwakilan dari RAD, Swiss, PT Inti, PT Len Industri, PT Pindad, Politeknik Negeri Batam, personel Depohar 50 dan 60.


Penangkis Serangan Udara PSU Oerlikon Skyshield (photo : Paskhas)

Progress Meeting merupakan salah satu upaya agar Ditjen Pothan Kemhan dapat memonitor program Ofset dari pengadaan PSU produk RAD, Swiss. Kegiatan diawali dengan presentasi Rheinmetal terkait Offset Status, Offset Program Schedule, PCBA Maintenance and Repair Training. Kegiatan Ofset pengadaan PSU untuk TNI Angkatan Udara terdiri dari 6 Modul yang akan diselesaikan sampai dengan tanggal 11 September 2020. Pembagian Modul antara lain : Module Repair, Intelectual Property, Test System sebanyak 3 Module, Automatic Test System (ATS) Calibration and Maintenance, Testing and Fault Diagnostic dan Certification). Saat ini telah memasuki modul ke-3 yang rencananya berakhir pada tanggal 8 Mei 2020, dimana telah menyelesaikan 76% dari keseluruhan kegiatan Ofset.

Dirtekindhan dalam sambutannya menekankan agar peserta traning dapat memanfaatkan momen ofset ini sebaik-baiknya, segera cepat menerima dan dapati diaplikasikan dalam lingkungan kerja masing-masing agar kemandirian Industri Pertahanan segera terwujud untuk pemenuhan Alapalhankam bagi TNI.

Kegiatan ditutup dengan kunjungan ke Workshop tempat pelaksanaan training ToT teknologi Penangkis Serangan Udara di PT. Inti.

(Kemhan)

RSAF’s Upgraded CH-47 Simulator Enters Service

22 Februari 2020


CH-47 Chinook full mission simulator (photo SAS)

CAE announced at the ongoing airshow that its upgraded CH-47 Chinook helicopter Full-Mission Simulator (FMS) has now been put into service for training by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). The newly delivered CH-47 Chinook FMS for the RSAF was recently upgraded by CAE and is now delivering enhanced crew training to maintain a high state of mission readiness.

“The Chinook helicopter is an iconic medium-to-heavy lift helicopter and CAE has played a key role helping prepare aircrews for operating this enduring platform,” said Ian Bell, CAE’s Senior Vice President, Global Strategy & Business Development.  “Many military customers including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands have leveraged training systems and services from CAE to help ensure their CH-47 aircrews are ready to carry out the range of missions the Chinooks are called on to perform.”

CAE offers a wide range of customisation and upgrade services for existing operators of CH-47 FMS. These include services such as incorporation of new features for later variants of the CH-47.

Amongst the upgrades being offered include the fitment of a new avionics suite, the latest generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator (IG) with Open Geospatial Consortium Common Database (OGC CDB) architecture, and enhanced synthetic and tactical environment simulation software.

Upgraded simulators by CAE for the CH-47 also feature a new or refurbished six-degree-of-freedom motion system and the implementation of a digital automatic flight control system.

CAE Elektronik GmbH is presently also part of a group of German aerospace companies along with Boeing to offer the CH-47 Chinook for the heavy-lift helicopter competition in Germany. The Canadian firm will develop and support a range of aircrew training systems and services should the CH-47 Chinook helicopter be selected by the Government of Germany.

(SAS Daily News)

KSAU Dorong Percepatan Upgrade 9 Pesawat Tempur F-16

22 Februari 2020


Pesawat tempur F-16 setelah dilakukan upgrade (photo : TNI AU)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Udara (KSAU) Marsekal Yuyu Sutisna mendorong percepatan upgrade sembilan pesawat tempur F-16 A/B Block 15. 

"Pihak-pihak terkait dapat meningkatkan kerjasama lebih baik lagi, sehingga sembilan pesawat lainnya dapat segera kembali terbang di angkasa," ujar KSAU dalam keterangan tertulis yang diterima Kompas.com, Rabu (19/2/2020). 

Pernyataan Marsekal Yuyu Sutisna itu didasarkan pada kesuksesan uji coba F-16 TNI AU yang telah diperbaharui dan dipiloti Dwayne "Pro" Opella di Apron Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi, Madiun, Jawa Timur, Selasa (18/2/2020). 

Marsekal Yuyu optimistis keberhasilan upgrade perdana tersebut dapat diikuti sembilan pesawat tempur F-16 lainnya. 

"Saya optimistis akan keberhasilan perdana ini, ditambah dengan adanya masukan yang konstruktif dari Lockheed Martin, akan menjadi pembuka jalan dalam percepatan proses upgrade sembilan pesawat F-16 A/B lainnya," tambah Marsekal Yuyu Sutisna. 

Diberitakan sebelumnya, TNI Angkatan Udara (AU) sukses melaksanakan uji coba pesawat tempur F-16 A/B Block 15 hasil pembaruan yang dipiloti Dwayne" Pro" Opella di Apron Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi, Madiun, Selasa lalu. 

"Dengan terbangnya pesawat TS-1610, telah menjadi bukti pencapaian, bahwa anak bangsa juga mampu untuk meng-upgrade secara mandiri pesawat tempur yang dimiliki Indonesia," ujar Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU) Marsekal Yuyu Sutisna dalam keterangan tertulis yang diterima Kompas.com, Rabu (19/2/2020). 

Yuyu mengatakan, pesawat tempur F-16 berhasil diperbarui dalam program Enhanced Mid-Life Update (EMLU) – The Falcon Structural Augmentation Rodmap (Falcon STAR) yang dilakukan oleh anggota TNI AU dibantu PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Di mana dalam proyek ini juga melibatkan Lockheed Martin, pengawas dari pabrik pesawat F-16 di Amerika Serikat. 

Yuyu mengatakan meskipun menemui beberapa kendala, namun program Falcon Star dan eMLU dirasa telah berhasil melahirkan pesawat perdana untuk kembali mengudara di langit Indonesia. 

KSAU juga menjelaskan bahwa program Falcon Star dan eMLU bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kemampuan airframe, avionic, dan armament system pesawat F-16 A/B Block 15, serta memaksimalkan usia pakainya menjadi 8.000 actual flying hours. 

"Kita harus bangga bahwa bangsa Indonesia sudah mampu meng-upgrade pesawat F-16 jadi lebih canggih setara dengan pesawat paling baru, yang mampu membawa persenjataan rudal jarak jauh, dilengkapi radar dan avionic terbaru," tegas dia.

(Kompas)

21 Februari 2020

Universal Motion to Support Boxer Training Simulators

21 Februari 2020


Boxer 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (photo : ADF)

Support contract signed for armoured vehicle driver training simulators

Geelong company Universal Motion Simulator Pty Ltd has been awarded a $21.4 million support contract for the sustainment of training simulators for the new Boxer 8X8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.

In addition to supporting Boxer training, the simulators can be reconfigured to train Army drivers on other types of armoured vehicles including the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and the future Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said this milestone was another step towards modernising Australia’s armoured vehicle fleet through the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability project.

“The new Boxer vehicle fleet is part of the Government’s $200 billion investment in our defence capability to deliver a more potent, agile and capable Australian Defence Force,” Minister Reynolds said.

“The new vehicles will provide a world-class capability to the Australian Army with their high levels of protection, firepower and mobility.”

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the Australian Government is committed to maximising Australian defence industry involvement in the project.

“This seven-year contract will provide long-term employment opportunities for Universal Motion Simulator Pty Ltd and its Australian workforce,” Minister Price said.

“The potential for growth for this Geelong-based company is indicative of this Government’s commitment to further strengthen Australia’s defence industry.”

Defence’s acquisition of six driver training simulators was announced in February 2019, with the first simulators expected to be delivered in 2022.

(Aus DoD)

3 More PN Assault Craft Fitted with Spike-ER Missiles This Year

21 Februari 2020


A multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) armed with Spike-ER missiles is docked at the pier of Naval Station Jose Andrada in Manila (photo : PNA)

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy's three latest multipurpose attack craft (MPACs) are expected to be fitted with missile armament by the last quarter of this year.

"Our schedule for the fitting of the (Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd.) Spike-ER (extended range surface-to-surface missile system) is in the fourth quarter of 2020," Navy flag-officer-in-command, Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Wednesday.

These were delivered and activated by the Navy on September 23, 2019, bringing the number of MPACs in PN service to 12.

At present, three of these MPACs are already armed with Spike-ER missiles.

Asked if there are plans to arm all attack craft acquired earlier with Spike-ER, Bacordo said there is none but there are initiatives to equip all of these boats with mini-Typhoon light-weight remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS) and are capable of being fitted with .50-caliber heavy machinegun and or a lighter 7.62mm machine gun for additional firepower.

"Not all would be armed with (Spiker-ER) missiles but all would be fitted with the mini-Typhoon RCWS," he added.

The Spike-ER system, which arrived in the Philippines in April 2018, is the PN's first missile weapon capable of penetrating 1,000-mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and has a range of eight kilometers.

These MPACs are capable of running at a speed of 30 to 45 knots. 

(PNA)