29 Februari 2016

New Project to Replace RAAF Hawk Lead-in Fighters

29 Februari 2016

RAAF operates 33 BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft (photo : Australian Aviation)

Somewhat lost in the Defence White Paper noise is a new $5 billion project to replace the RAAF’s Hawk lead-in fighter trainers.

The White Paper’s accompanying Integrated Investment Program document, which outlines new defence capability acquisitions, briefly notes that it: “…also includes a substantial provision
 for a new lead-in fighter training system to support those students who go on to complete the ADF’s fast jet pilot training.”

The Integrated Investment Program, released alongside the Defence White Paper on Thursday, provides little other detail other than a line in a “summary of key investment decisions” table that shows the ‘Lead-In Fighter Training System’ program has a timeframe of 2022-2033 and an “approximate investment value” budget range of $4-5 billion.

The RAAF’s 76 and 79 Squadrons operate 33 BAE Systems Hawk 127 jets in the lead-in fighter role. The aircraft entered service in 2001 and are currently being upgraded under the AIR 5438 Lead-In Fighter Capability Assurance Program.

Meanwhile, the Integrated Investment Program also reveals a requirement for a “Training Support Aircraft”, which appears in a summary of key investment decisions table with a timeframe of 2019-2024 with a $100-200 million “approximate investment value”.

No other details are provided, but the project may be to replace 32 Squadron’s King Air twin turboprops used to support the School of Air Warfare.

(Australian Aviation)

RI Pushes Back Deadlines after Delay on Submarine Infrastructure

29 Februari 2016

Submarine infrastructure at PT PAL (photo : Kaskus Militer)

The government is still working on the infrastructure needed to accommodate three new submarines from South Korea, with the project scheduled to be completed in December.

Based on the procurement contract between the government and Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME), the submarines were scheduled to be delivered last year and this year.

Now, the Defense Ministry has revealed that South Korea will be ready to deliver the three submarines by September, however, as Indonesia has yet to complete the necessary infrastructure, the delivery has been postponed until December.

“The government has disbursed Rp 1.5 trillion [US$112.1 million] to PT PAL for building the submarine infrastructure, including hangars and floating equipment,” Rear Admiral Leonardi, chief of the Defense Ministry’s procurement center told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta recently.

It was reported that the Defense Ministry and DSME signed the contract for the three Chang Bogo-class submarines in 2011. The contract was worth $1.07 billion.

Under the contract, two submarines would be built in South Korea in cooperation with state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, while the third submarine would be built at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya.

Leonardi said that besides infrastructure preparation, Indonesia also needed to train the crew members and operators who would be building the submarine in Surabaya, East Java.

“We’re confident all plans are on track, because we have already pushed back the deadline,” Leonardi said.

That optimism is also shared by PT PAL production director Edy Widarto, who said that the development was still on track and would be accomplished in December.

According to Edy, PT PAL’s new submarine infrastructure will have the capacity to build or restore two submarines at once.

“We can even use the same infrastructure to build a surface warship, such as missile destroyer warship [PKR], which we will build with Dutch shipbuilder Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding [DSNS],“ Edy told the Post in Surabaya on Wednesday.

Edy acknowledged that there was a delay in the plan due to budget disbursement issues. However, he asserted that submarine modules would be delivered from South Korea in December, and that PAL would start to assemble them in January 2017.

Edy said PT PAL would assemble the modules under the supervision of DSME’s experts.

“Our technicians are ready. We have good quality people. We have the necessary experience to assemble warship modules quickly and accurately,” Edy said.

PT PAL is an experienced ship builder, the company having built several warships for the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) and also products for sale overseas.

In addition to Chang Bogo-class submarines, the Indonesian Navy has revealed its plans to purchase another two new Kilo-class submarines from Russia to expand its fleet. The procurement is part of a strategic plan for 2015 to 2019.

However, the Navy has yet to decide on which type of Kilo-class submarines to order.

Submarines, with their stealth capacity, are regarded as effective deterrents and Indonesian needs at least 12 such vessels to protect its territory.

The Navy currently operates two German-made submarines, the KRI Cakra (401) and KRI Nenggala (402), which were built in the 1980s. The vessels are due to be decommissioned in 2020.

(The Jakarta Post)

Coast Guard Plans to Acquire 92-meter MRRVs

29 Februari 2016

92-meter MRRV will be acquired from Japan (photo : pdff)

MANILA (PNA) -- Plans are underway for the acquisition of a 92-meter multirole response vessels (MRRVs) for the Philippine Coast Guard.

This was disclosed by PCG commander Rear Admiral William Melad in an interview after his visit to the "People Power Experiential Museum" Thursday at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Negotiations between the Department of Transportation and Communications and Japan International Cooperation are now ongoing for this project, he said.

The proposed vessels are patterned after existing 92-meter ships already in the inventory of the Japan Coast Guard.

Melad said having 92-meter MRRVs in the PCG is part of their strategic development plan which seeks to acquire 80-meter to 125-meters ships.

Bigger ships mean an increase in the patrol, loiter and carrying capacity of the vessels aside from having sufficient room for modernization and upgrades.

At present, the biggest and sophisticated PCG craft are the four Tenix-made EDSA-DOS class which is around 56-meters long and features a helipad and decompression chamber.

These ships were commissioned between 2001 to 2005. 


Tentera Darat Akan Terima 56 Buah Kereta Perisai AV-8 Tahun Ini

29 Februari 2016

 AV-8 Gempita (photos : savunmaveteknoloji, drbhicom)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Tentera Darat akan menerima 56 buah lagi unit kereta perisai 8x8 (AV-8) secara berperingkat tahun ini, kata Panglimanya Jeneral Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

Beliau berkata buat masa ini, pihaknya mempunyai 27 AV-8 yang ditempatkan di Tawau, Sabah.

"Aset yang akan diterima ini juga akan diletakkan di Sabah bagi memudahkan kawalan dibuat selain memperkukuhkan pertahanan di kawasan itu.

"Jumlah keseluruhan yang kita akan ada, adalah sebanyak 83 buah kereta AV-8 tahun ini," katanya.

Raja Mohamed Affandi berkata demikian kepada pemberita dalam sidang media Khas Sempena Hari Tentera Darat ke-83 di Kem Perdana Sungai Besi di sini, Jumaat.

Kereta perisai beroda lapan itu dibangunkan dengan teknologi Turki dan dikenali sebagai 'Pars'.

Malaysia membuat pelaburan RM8 bilion beberapa tahun lepas dengan Turki untuk membangunkan AV-8 dengan perolehan pertama berjumlah 257 kereta perisai pelbagai varian.

Beliau berkata pasukan itu juga dijangka akan menerima empat buah helikopter Black Hawk daripada Brunei tahun ini.

"Kami dari Tentera Darat ucapkan terima kasih kepada Brunei kerana sudi memberikan helikopter berkenaan," katanya.

Sebelum ini, Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein dilaporkan berkata empat buah helikopter Blackhawk milik Brunei akan diserah kepada Malaysia bagi memantapkan pertahanan di perairan kedua-dua negara.

Dalam perkembangan sama, Raja Mohamed Affandi berkata beliau berkata pihaknya mahu memperbanyakkan lagi aset udara milik Tentera Darat dalam memantapkan lagi pertahanan negara.

"Selain itu, kita alu-alukan cadangan untuk membuat kawalan di kawasan sempadan menggunakan dron, ia satu idea yang bagus," katanya.


27 Februari 2016

2017: Vietnam Navy will Have 17 Modern Missile Ships

27 Februari 2016

Gepard 3.9 frigates (photo : tinnong)

Straight up is defined modern and robust investment priorities, by 2017, the Navy will have on the service 17 advanced rocket ship.

4 Missile Escort Gepard-3.9

Following the first pair of ships of Gepard 011-Dinh Tien Hoang and 012-Ly Thai missile escort vessel, 2nd pairs (units 3 & 4) being built by Zelenodolsk Shipyard (Russia) to urgently complete Navy handed over to Vietnam in 2017.

Progress is a bit slower than the original for several reasons, including the failure of Ukraine not to handed over to the Russian engine mount aboard Gepard. But then, both Vietnam and Russia jointly resolve this issue satisfactorily way.

Although not released details, but most likely the next Gepard vessel will be fitted with MTU engines originating in Germany. Earlier, Germany's partners to provide at least 2 MTU-8000 diesel engines for ships BPS-500's first domestically built in Vietnam.

Reportedly, this is the 2nd pair of vessels added submarine hunting ability, officially turn them into rocket ships versatile protector perfectly true, just anti-ship, submarine hunting recently, just as the command ship records or naval strike group ready to attack the invaders.

Russian media also reported, most likely in the near future Vietnam Navy ships will set paired 3rd Gepard (the No. 5 & 6), but perhaps the parties are still in the process of completing discussions design should contract has not yet been formally signed.

There is news that the next pair of ships, beyond anti-ship, submarine hunting, they will be equipped with air defense missile vertical launch, longer range, formed relatively strong air defense umbrella to cover Vietnam Navy ships operating at sea.

Molniya corvettes (photo : tinnong)

8 Molniya Corvettes

As of early 2016, had all six boats Molniya be handed over to the Vietnam Navy. 2 of which are built in Russia and 4 units built in Vietnam by the corporation Bason construction under license and technology transfer, supervised by the Russian side.

3rd vessel Molniya pair (the No. 5 & 6) are also officers, engineers and skilled workers of Ba Son complete urgently to conduct testing, commissioning and handover to the navy unit use this right in 2016.

It is expected that after the phase 1 close 6 ships of this type, Ba Son Corporation will implement phase 2 with a 4-6 series next Molniya ships with advanced configuration and more powerful weapons.

Tarantul FAC-M (photo : Soha)

4 Tarantul Fast Attack Missile

In the final stages of 1990 and early 2000, Vietnam navy received four fast attack missile ship Tarantul, the forerunner of today's Molniya vessels.

This is the rocket ship was deployed but the Russian side is not completed by many different reasons. Vietnam has successfully acquired the vessel, initially acquainted with modern missile boats, as a foundation for mastering the reception and more modern ships.

We can, in a few years, with the study of anti-ship missiles successfully KCT-15, this can Tarantul vessels will be upgraded to improve the firepower, continue to serve in the Vietnam Navy add a few more decades.

BPS-500 FAC-M (photo : Infonet)

1 BPS-500 Fast Attack Missile

Shipbuilding project fast attack missile BPS-500 has been postponed for reasons both subjective and objective, after just finishing is a unique one.

The project, which has helped draw more experience in choosing the type of ship, armament comes, is a prerequisite for shipbuilding Project M, ie the Molniya modern ships.

Expected in the near future, ships will be upgraded to maximize the speed, the power of anti-ship missile, meet the requirements of maritime warfare in the new situation.

In addition to the modern rocket ship above, at present, on the service of Vietnam Navy ships also have some OSA-II class missile was put into use for quite some time.

In the future, when the number of Vietnam ship missiles more are added, they will be able to archive, taken as the reserve force.


Australia to Double Defence Spending Over Next 15 Years

27 Februari 2016

Hobart class destroyer (photo : ADBR)

CANBERRA (Xinhua) -- Australia's Defence White Paper has shown that Australia will almost double its defence spending within the next 15 years in order to keep up with what it called the "unprecedented transformation" occurring in the Indo-Pacific region.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said the Australian government is set to raise the annual defence budget from 23.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2016/17 to 42.5 billion by 2025/26 - in line with its promise to raise defence spending up to 2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2023.

Dr Amy King, from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, told Xinhua the White Paper was a measured response to the "modernization" of military forces in the immediate South East Asian region.

The paper, released this week, outlines the major investment in the defence department on the grounds that "Asia's defence spending is now larger than Europe's".

The Defence Department also cited other reasons for the sudden growth in funding and military interest - Payne said a number of "complex security challenges" such as the threat posed by terrorist outfits such as Islamic State (IS) also justified the budget.

Under the plan, more than 140 billion U.S. dollars will be poured into strengthening Australia's maritime and air force defence systems, with 12 new submarines to be built locally, while nine new frigates, 12 offshore patrol vessels and 15 new aircraft have all been given the green light.

Along with a further 2,500 ground troops and a new fleet of armoured vehicles also in the works, the government highlighted the need to provide Australia's construction industry with stable employment over the next decade.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday that China was "dissatisfied" about some "negative" remarks surrounding the South China Sea in the white paper.

"It mentions Australia is willing to enhance cooperation with China, China welcomes that and hopes it can translate these positive statements into concrete actions."

"We also noticed that this white paper made some remarks about South China Sea and East China Sea...These remarks are negative and we are dissatisfied about this."

However the federal government said that spending money on an improved defence force was no cause for concern.

Following Beijing's comments, Payne told the ABC on Thursday evening that despite the South China Sea being a "point of difference" between the two nations, Australia and China share a number of "significant relationships" - such as those in trade and defence.

"We obviously have very significant relationships with China across a range of areas and not least of which is our trading relationship," she said.

"But importantly as part of our defence relationship we work with the PLA Navy, with the PLA itself."

Meanwhile King said Australia's interest in the region was formed on the basis that a number of major trading partners were involved in the South China Sea 'dispute'. She said Australia had no interest in causing further "destabilization".

"(The paper) is reflecting that while Australia doesn't face a direct threat, but it does note the region is become tenser because of those disputes," King told Xinhua.


Cambodia in Talks to Buy Warships from China

27 Februari 2016

Speculation about the type of warship, one of them can be referred to Type 054A Jiangkai II frigates (134m, 4.000 tonnes) (photo : defenceforumindia)

The commander of the Royal Cambodian Navy yesterday revealed that Cambodia was in negotiations to buy two 140-metre heavy warships armed with modern weapon systems from China.

Admiral Tea Vinh made the revelation during a meeting with Chinese Rear Admiral Yu Manjiang at the Navy’s headquarters in Phnom Penh.

“The Royal Cambodian Navy needs two warships but communication is in process between the two defence ministries,” he said. “We will not use them for war – we will only use them to protect our territorial sovereignty. Cambodia should not be looked down on by its neighbours.”

During the meeting, Vinh also reminded Manjiang that Cambodia stayed on China’s side in the South China Sea dispute. He said he didn’t talk about such issues because “the Royal Cambodian Navy has close ties to China and respects One China”.

Three Chinese warships carrying 737 sailors docked in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday and are scheduled to leave on Friday. The Chinese navy personnel are undertaking joint exercises with the Cambodian Navy during the visit.


Israel Arming Philippines’ Attack Crafts with Missiles

27 Februari 2016

Rafael Mini Typhoon 12.7mm RWS (photo : Naval Technology)

Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will be arming Philippine Navy’s upcoming three Multi-purpose Attack Crafts (MPAC) to be built by the partnership between Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation and Taiwanese builder Lung Teh Shipbuilding Corporation.

According to the Notice of Award issued by the Department of National Defense, Rafael’s proposal for the MPAC (Lot 2) Weapons System and Missiles Acquisition Project worth PhP 594,319,550 was accepted.

According to reports, the Israeli firm will provide 3 Mini-Typhoon remote-controlled naval stabilized gun and SPIKE-ER launchers and missiles.
Rafael Mini Typhoon 12.7mm RWS and Spike-ER missile launcher (photo : Rafael)

According to Rafael, Mini-Typhoon gun was designed for day and night operation, especially designed for fast maneuvering patrol boats. The system provides day and night observation, operation, and accurate firing capabilities.

The SPIKE-ER is a guided weapon which is the extended long-range version of the Spike family, capable of defeating targets at a range of up to 8 kilometers. “This missile is designed for installation on land vehicles, helicopters and naval platforms,” Rafael said.

Mini-Typhoon has a variant which incorporates a machine gun and surface-to-surface missiles.

Lot 1, the project for three attack crafts, is expected to be completed within one year. These MPACs will be capable of storing 2,000 rounds for 12.7mm, 4,000 rounds for 7.62mm ammunition and 10 canisters of surface-to-surface missiles.


26 Februari 2016

10 Tank Leopard Revolution Akan Datang April

26 Februari 2016

Tank tempur utama Leopard Revolution dan Leopard 2A4 2 (photos : Jane's, Tempo, IrwinDay)

Melengkapi Persenjataan Menjadi Prioritas

JAKARTA, KOMPAS - Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu menegaskan, prioritas pengadaan alat utama sistem persenjataan tahun ini diutamakan untuk melengkapi peralatan yang sudah dibeli. Ke depan, pengadaan alutsista harus dilakukan secara lengkap.

Hal ini disampaikan seusai mendengarkan masukan Komisi I DPR, Kamis (25/2), di Jakarta. Dalam rapat dengar pendapat itu, Komisi I melaporkan hasil pantauan 13 anggota ke Pasuruan, Jawa Timur. Dalam kunjungan kerja itu, Komisi I mendapati tank tempur utama atau main battle tank (MBT) Leopard yang dibeli pada 2012 tak dilengkapi alat komunikasi, alat bidik otomatis, dan perlengkapan pemeliharaan (toolkit). Selain itu, prasarana latihan untuk Leopard tak tersedia sehingga latihan menembak diarahkan ke laut.

"Ke depan, tidak boleh begini lagi. Kalau yang Leopard kurang ini itu, kami penuhi dulu. Kalau Leopard saja belum terpenuhi (perlengkapannya), masak kami beli yang lain," kata Ryamizard.

Pada 2012, Indonesia membeli 163 tank yang terdiri dari 103 MBT, 50 tank medium, dan 10 tank pendukung. Ke-103 MBT ini terdiri dari 61 MBT Leopard Revolution dan 42 MBT Leopard 2A4. Adapun 50 tank medium adalah Marder 1A3. Pembelian tank ini bernilai 280 juta dollar AS (sekitar Rp 2,6 triliun) dari APBN 2012.

Direncanakan, 61 Leopard jenis Revolution akan tiba tahun ini. Dari jumlah ini, sebanyak 10 unit dikirim April, sedangkan sisanya pada November 2016. Tank-tank ini adalah bagian terakhir dari pemesanan tahun 2012.

Menurut Ryamizard, pengadaan perlengkapan untuk tank- tank Leopard ini akan diutamakan dengan produksi dalam negeri. Sebab, dengan demikian, pengadaan bisa dilakukan lebih cepat. Namun, apabila tidak memungkinkan, pembelian perlengkapan dari luar negeri pun akan dilakukan, tetapi tentu hal ini akan memerlukan waktu. Karena itu, dia tidak bisa memastikan pengadaan perlengkapan tank- tank Leopard akan rampung tahun 2016.

Sebelumnya, Ryamizard pernah menyampaikan bahwa tank-tank Leopard tidak akan digunakan sampai kelengkapan operasional terpenuhi. Dia juga mengakui bahwa ada kekurangan seperti pada alat komunikasi dan alat pemeliharaan. Ketiadaan alat komunikasi ini bisa memengaruhi operasional Leopard.

Kepala Staf TNI AD Jenderal TNI Mulyono direncanakan bulan depan berangkat ke Jerman untuk melihat alat komunikasi dan memantau uji senjata untuk Leopard. Apabila peralatan yang dipamerkan baik kualitasnya, TNI AD berharap bisa membeli perlengkapan tersebut.

Pesawat F-16C/D

Masukan yang disampaikan juga terkait pembelian pesawat tempur strategis F-16. "Dulu DPR menyetujui pembelian lima F-16 yang lengkap dan baru, tapi kemudian tiba-tiba berubah menjadi 24 F-16 bekas," tutur Wakil Ketua Komisi I DPR Tubagus Hasanudin.

Saat ini, baru lima F-16 yang ada di Indonesia. Sebanyak tiga unit tak bisa dipakai dengan satu di antaranya terbakar saat akan lepas landas (take off) di Bandara Halim Perdana Kusuma, 16 April 2015.

Wakil Ketua Komisi I DPR Hanafi Rais menambahkan, pembelian alutsista ke depan seharusnya dilakukan secara lengkap dengan spesifikasi yang utuh seperti rencana awal.

"Jangan membeli tapi kurang senjata, tidak ada radar, dan sebagainya. Lebih baik membeli dengan kualitas yang utuh daripada beli secara bertahap. Sebab, ini terkait dengan efek gentar yang ingin dicapai," tutur Hanafi.

Selain perlu perbaikan rencana strategis dan realokasi penempatan alutsista, kata Hasanudin, perlu juga ada audit atas alutsista yang sudah ada. Pengadaan alutsista ke depannya, harus disesuaikan dengan geostrategis Indonesia.


Myanmar's New Air Defence Missile

26 Februari 2016

MZKT-6922 chasis for air defence system (photo : Myanmar Defence Weapons)

Myanmar army appears to have imported new air defense systems from Russia, it may be a Buk missile or Tor.

Myanmar's military blog recently published pictures taken at a wharf in the country showed that the appearance of the base chassis specialized MZKT-6922 system as the basis for modern air defense missiles from Russia. This sparked speculation that Myanmar's military may have to import a certain weapon systems from Russia. Because part of the roof is covered by canvas difficult identify whether this chassis carrying any weapons systems.

According to the Russia documents, the current base chassis MZKT-6922 is used as a platform to put the improved variant of air defense missile systems Tor, Buk, Osa-1T and T38 9K33-1T Stiletto.

Specifically, MZKT-6922 is used as the chassis for air defense systems Tor-M2E short-range is designed to destroy most of the air targets such as aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, cruise missiles, smart bombs.

Tor-M2E air-navigation allows 4 channel 4 rocket attacks leading 4 goals at the same time, ultra-fast response time is only 7 seconds, air-to-air missile launcher 9M331 high vertical with 10km range, shot 16km distance, speed 1km/s. 

Based on a MZKT-6922 can also be used in a variation of air defense systems Buk-M2E medium-range.

The gas component Buk-M2E system resource use based on a MZKT-6922. The system is capable of destroying targets up to 30km high-altitude, long-range 70km, the lower the probability is very high goals.

MZKT-6922 chassis is also used as the basis for anti-aircraft missile system Osa-1T 9K33-1T - upgraded variant of 9K33 Osa system produced by the Soviet Union, made by companies Tetraedr of Belarus. The system is equipped with ammunition missile with a range of 20km 9M33M3-1, additional camera channels aiming Day / Night OES-1T.

Osa-1T addition, generation Tetraedr develops innovative T38 deep Stilet 9K33 Osa missiles equipped with new T382 has a range of 20km how to destroy targets, detect stealth targets.


​Australia to Replace Tigers in Mid-2020s

26 Februari 2016

Australia operates 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger ARH (photo : ron and jim smith)

Australia will replace its fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger armed reconnaissance rotorcraft in the mid-2020s with a mix of manned and unmanned assets.

The disclosure was made in Australia’s 2016 defence whitepaper. Other requirements include the planned acquisition of light helicopters for special forces use, and a plan to explore the possibility of a long-range combat search and rescue asset.

“Armed reconnaissance helicopter operations will rely increasingly on intelligence and mission data and access to the common operating picture and other real time data for effective integration with joint forces,” says the whitepaper.

“The Tiger has had a troubled history – essential upgrades are programmed to maintain the capability’s effectiveness. Defence will invest in a future armed reconnaissance capability to replace the Tiger, which could include manned or unmanned systems or a combination of both, to be introduced from the mid-2020s.”

Canberra also plans to obtain “light helicopters” that can be easily transported aboard the Boeing C-17 strategic transport.

“A new capability for the ADF will be introduced with the acquisition of dedicated light helicopters to support Special Forces operations,” says the whitepaper. “These light helicopters can be rapidly deployed in C-17s, and can insert, extract and provide fire support for small teams of special forces undertaking tasks ranging from tactical observation through to counter-terrorism missions, or hostage recovery.”

Another new capability Canberra plans to explore in the 2020s is “a long-range, aero-medical evacuation and combat search and rescue aircraft.”

The whitepaper did not explicitly state if this would be fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter, but it requires that it be “capable of operating with the amphibious ships.”

In addition, Canberra confirmed its interest in three additional CH-47F Chinooks, taking its fleet of the twin rotor type to 10. The US government approved a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case for this in December 2015.


Filipino, Taiwanese Firms to Build Missile Platform Attack Crafts of Navy

26 Februari 2016

The MPAC Mk. II (photo : Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. Ltd)

The Department of National Defense has awarded the joint venture of Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation and Taiwanese builder Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. the contract to build three (3) Multi-purpose Attack Crafts with contract price of PhP268,880,000, a document from PhilGEPS states. Award date is February 5. The approved budget for the said procurement project was PhP270,000,000.

These MPACs, 17-meter Mk III, to be delivered within 365 days will be utilized as platforms for missile launch system and other weapons.

MPAC Mk III will have provisions for remote weapon system for 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun M2HB; missile launch system and its respective remote operating console inside the craft. MPAC Mk III will also have provisions for two M60/7.62mm Light Machine Gun.

The MPAC Mk. I (photo : Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. Ltd)

These three MPACs will also be capable of storing 2,000 rounds for 12.7mm, 4,000 rounds for 7.62mm and 10 canisters of surface-to-surface missiles.

Weapons and missiles will be procured in a separate project, Multi-Purpose Attack Craft Acquisition Project (Lot 2).

The Philippine Navy is known to be operating six MPACs which are not armed with missiles. Three, 15-meter Mk I, were built by Lung Teh while the other three, 17-meter Mk II, were built by Propmech.


HMAS Ballarat Sails from Successful Upgrade

26 Februari 2016

HMAS Ballarat conducts an inclining experiment essential for calculating manoeuvrability and stability of the vessel following comprehensive structural changes, such as the addition of the Aft Mast Cupola, during the ASMD Programme. (photo : RAN)

HMAS Ballarat proceeded to a buoy in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, recently, signifying the completion of a busy and successful Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade.

The sixth Anzac class frigate built for the Royal Australian Navy, Ballarat  was the fifth vessel to proceed to Mariner Skills Evaluation and Sea Trials post upgrade, following HMA Ships Perth, Arunta, Anzac and Warramunga. 

The upgrade project delivers not only an upgraded combat system and the Australian designed CEA phased array radar suite, but a comprehensive package of engineering changes and maintenance tasks including the ability to embark the MRH-90 helicopter.

The most significant visual change is the addition of the aft radar mast ‘cupola’ to house the phased array radar, and completing the new look a coat of the Royal Australian Navy’s new ‘haze grey’ paint scheme is applied to the upper deck structures.

Having verified propulsion plant safety and operability, the ship sailed to commence sea trials to test and validate the comprehensive package of work done. 

Sailing represents the culmination of months of work by the Integrated Project Team and ship's staff to re-activate the vessel, which was de-crewed during the docking phase of the activity.

Commander Cassandra Ryan, Anzac Systems Program Office Sustainment Director, said milestone was a credit to both the crew and the project team.

“It is exciting to see the each ship depart the programme and return to service in the Navy equipped with such impressive capability," she said.

Significant co-ordination was required to bring the vessel back into service, including the de-confliction of ongoing production, set to work and testing activities while the ships staff re-inhabited and re-populated compartments and systems with everything from computers and office furniture to food to maintenance supplies.

The upgrade programme is managed by the Anzac Systems Program Office and involves industry partners including BAE Systems, NSM, Saab, and multiple sub-contractors.

“During the installation of the upgraded combat system, almost 30km of cable is installed, and the project has recently surpassed two million hours on task," Commander Ryan said.

“The project represents a significant upgrade to the capability, and is one of the major projects currently under delivery within the Royal Australian Navy fleet.”

Over half-way through the whole-of-class upgrade, HMA Ships Parramatta and Toowoomba are currently on the dry dock in the BAE yard at Henderson, Western Australia.

HMAS Stuart is the final ship to be upgraded and will enter the programme in May 2016. 

Following sea trials, Ballarat will work up her ship's company to be ready for all future Navy tasking.

(Aus DoD)

VN Satellite to Enter Space by 2018

26 Februari 2016

Design of the MicroDragon satellite. The 50kg satellite will be launched in 2018 with assistance from Japan. (image : vnsg)

HA NOI (VNS) — A 50kg satellite, measuring 50x50x50cm, will be launched into space by Viet Nam in 2018.

The MicroDragon satellite will be designed and created by Vietnamese engineers, with the support of Japanese experts.

Japan's Epsilon rocket, created by IHI Aerospace company, will carry the MicroDragon satellite into space.

The satellite will observe the coastal areas of the country to evaluate water quality, navigate marine food resources and follow up on changes in coastal areas to inform Viet Nam's aquaculture breeding sector.

Director of Viet Nam National Satellite Centre (VNSC) Pham Anh Tuan said the MicroDragon project is expected to help create an environment in which young people have the chance to practice working with strict discipline and independent creativity.

Viet Nam launched the 1kg PicoDragon satellite to give Vietnamese experts the chance to explore the process of designing, creating and piloting a satellite in August 2013.

Under the Made-in-Vietnam satellite development roadmap, the country will launch the 10kg NanoDragon satellite in 2016, the 50kg MicroDragon satellite in 2018 and the 500kg LOTUSat-2 in 2020. 


25 Februari 2016

Australia's 2016 Defence White Paper

25 Februari 2016

Australian Army M1A1 Abrams MBT (photo : ABC)

The 2016 White Paper is a comprehensive and responsible long-term plan to ensure Australia’s national security.

It is the culmination of detailed analysis of our strategic environment, our defence priorities and objectives, and the capabilities required to achieve these outcomes.

For the first time, the White Paper released today by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Defence Minister Marise Payne fully aligns strategy, capability and resources to make the Australian Defence Force (ADF) more capable, agile and potent.

The Turnbull Government is increasing Defence spending by $29.9 billion over the next decade.

The defence strategy and capability plans have been independently costed to ensure they are achievable and affordable.

The Turnbull Government has also set a new benchmark for transparency and funding certainty by releasing an Integrated Investment Program and Defence Industry Policy Statement.

The fully costed, ten-year Integrated Investment Program brings together all capability-related investment including new weapons, platforms, infrastructure and science and technology.

The Defence Industry Policy Statement will transform Defence’s relationship with industry.

The Turnbull Government will invest $1.6 billion over 10 years in programs to build industry skills, drive competitiveness and export potential while harnessing Australian innovation and expertise.

These investments in Australian industry and technologies will generate benefits beyond the Australian defence industrial base which flow into the rest of the economy, delivering jobs and encouraging innovation for regional businesses and communities across Australia.

The implementation of the First Principles Review of Defence and the organisation’s ongoing commitment to cultural reform will be critical to realising the Turnbull Government’s White Paper goals.

The White Paper recognises Australia’s security and prosperity is directly tied to the stability of our region and to the maintenance of a stable, rules-based global order.

In the period to 2035, Australia will have greater opportunities for prosperity and development but it will also face greater uncertainty. We need to be prepared.

The White Paper positions Defence to respond to a broader range of security threats to Australians at home and abroad.

The Government will invest in new capability across the ADF including:

-A continuous naval shipbuilding program commencing with nine future frigates and 12 offshore patrol vessels.

-12 new regionally-superior submarines, with the commitment to maximise Australian industry involvement in acquisition and sustainment, to be finalised through the Competitive Evaluation Process.  

-Enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space, electronic warfare and cyber capabilities.

-Advanced training, modern equipment, health care and logistics systems to support ADF personnel.

-Comprehensive upgrades to Defence infrastructure across Australia to support our larger future force, including key bases, training and testing ranges and fuel and explosive ordnance facilities.

-Modernised information management, operational communications, and command and control systems.

Australians can be confident the Turnbull Government will continue to deliver on its most important task – defending our nation and protecting and promoting our national interests.

The 2016 Defence White Paper, Integrated Investment Program and Defence Industry Policy Statement are available at www.defence.gov.au/whitepaper.

(Aus DoD)

PHP18.1-M Allocated for Acquisition of OV-10 Spares

25 Februari 2016

PHL OV-10 Bronco aircraft (photo : Vladimir ryunin94)

MANILA (PNA) --- In line with efforts to ensure that all of its available air assets are mission-worthy at all times, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) announced that it is allocating the sum of PHP18,103,676.69 for the acquisition of spare parts needed for the maintenance of the engine, electrical, instrument systems of one of its Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" attack aircraft.

Submission and opening of bids is on March 8, 9:00 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last five years.

The OV-10s are the PAF's premier ground attack aircraft. Around six to eight units are still in service as of this posting.