22 Mei 2019

Philippine Officials Visit Czech Defense Industry Plants

22 Mei 2019

T-72 main battle tank (photo : MaxDefense)

The Philippine delegation to Czech Republic for the inaugural Joint Defense Committee (JDC) in Prague from May 6 to 9 visited several Czech defense industry manufacturing sites.

Defense Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna headed the delegation and co-chaired the JDC meeting with Czech Defense Vice Minister Jakub Landovsk√Ĺ.

Pandur II 8x8 (photo : MaxDefense)

“The Inaugural Joint Defense Consultations hosted by the Czech Ministry of Defense included several industry briefing and visits to plants of Czech defense industry such as Aura Company, CZUB, Excalibur Army, Aero Vodochody and SVOS Company. Ambassador [Ombra T.] Jainal  joined most of the industry visits for follow-up action,” the Philippine Embassy in Czech said.

MaxDefense Philippines shared in its social networking page some photos of Philippine delegation’s visit to Excalibur Army.

Vampre 8x8 MLRS (photo : MaxDefense)

Moreover, during the JDC meeting, Philippines and Czech discussed prospects of further enhancing bilateral defense cooperation, exchanged information on plans for the development of armed forces, discussed potential joint defense industrial projects, as well as exchanged views on security situation in Europe and Southeast Asia.

The Philippines and Czech signed a Defense Cooperation agreement on May 29, 2017.

Tatra 8x8 AVLB (photo : MaxDefense)

It can also be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte said during the presentation of credentials of Czech Republic Ambassador to Philippines Jana Sediva in January that the Philippines is looking into acquiring small-arms from Czech.


Jangan Spekulasi Isu Pembelian Helikopter RM300 juta, kata Mat Sabu

22 Mei 2019

Helikopter MD530G Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (photo : Shephard)

PETALING JAYA: Menteri Pertahanan Mohamad Sabu meminta spekulasi mengenai isu pembelian helikopter tempur ringan buatan Amerika Syarikat bernilai RM300 juta yang masih belum diterima Angkatan Tentera Malaysia dihentikan kerana ia akan mengganggu siasatan.

Beliau mengingatkan jawatankuasa siasatan khas isu tadbir urus, perolehan dan kewangan negara masih menjalankan siasatan terhadap isu-isu perolehan dan kewangan Kementerian Pertahanan.

“Pihak-pihak yang tidak berkaitan tidak sepatutnya membuat spekulasi terhadap sebarang isu yang sedang disiasat oleh jawatankuasa seperti pembelian helikopter, kerana ia akan mengganggu proses siasatan,” katanya dalam kenyataaan hari ini.

Beliau berkata Kementerian Pertahanan (Kementah) akan memanjangkan hasil siasatan ke atas pembelian 6 buah “Little Birds”, atau MD530G kepada jemaah menteri sebelum membuat laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) dan polis untuk tindakan lanjut.

“Sepertimana hasil siasatan terhadap isu ‘land swap’ sebelum ini,” katanya.

Terdahulu, FMT difahamkan 6 buah MD530G yang dikeluarkan oleh MD Helicopters milik gergasi aeroangkasa AS, McDonnel Douglas dipesan oleh Kementah yang dipimpin oleh Hishammuddin Hussein ketika itu.

Satu kontrak ditanda tangani pada November 2016 yang menetapkan bahawa helikopter terbabit akan dihantar dalam 2 kumpulan. Kumpulan ke-2 dijadualkan tiba tahun lepas.

Syarikat tempatan yang dilantik sebagai ejen MD Helicopters telah dibayar 35% daripada nilai kontrak, berjumlah kira-kira RM113 juta.


21 Mei 2019

Stability Tested after Arunta AMCAP Upgrade

21 Mei 2019

HMAS Arunta conducts an incline test as part of the Anzac Mid-life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade while at the Common User Facility in Henderson, Western Australia (photos : RAN)

For those who go to sea there is nothing as critical as understanding the stability of the ship as it encounters all the forces that ocean and weather can bring to bear in combination.

Therefore, after more than a year out of the water as part of her Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta (II) has undertaken an inclining experiment at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia to test stability.

An inclining experiment is a test performed on a ship to determine its stability, lightship weight and the coordinates of its centre of gravity. The experiment is applied to newly constructed ships greater than 24m in length, and to ships altered in ways that could affect stability.

The weight of a ship can be readily determined by reading draughts and comparing with the known hydrostatic properties. The ‘metacentric height’ (GM), which dominates stability, can be estimated from the design, but an accurate value must be determined by an inclining experiment.

The experiment involves positioning the ship in a still body of water and applying weights in varying configurations throughout the ship and measuring the list of the ship for each configuration.

The experiment that was performed on Arunta is important as Arunta is the first of class to undergo the AMCAP upgrade and the data from the experiment will be used as a basis for updating the trim and stability handbook for all future AMCAP ships.

The upgrade, being implemented by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), includes significant improvements to major platform systems such as the communications centre, and the replacement of the ship’s long range air search radar.

Arunta’s Marine Engineer Officer, Lieutenant Commander Leonard Woodman, said the inclining experiment is another important milestone for both Arunta and the Anzac Mid-Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP).

“The inclining experiment, while being a standard practice after a significant upgrade, has provided good data that will support all the ships that come after us on the AMCAP,” he said.

“The inclining experiment is a key component in getting the ship ready to sail later in the year, and marks a key milestone of the post-production process.”

The AMCAP aims to remediate obsolescence issues and upgrades ship systems, positioning the Anzac Class ships for sustainment and maintenance of its warfare systems capabilities.

The Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) is an alliance consisting of the Commonwealth, BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia and Naval Ship Management Australia. Arunta is the first ship to complete the AMCAP upgrade.


Indonesia Seeks American Arms

21 Mei 2019

F-16C/D and C-130 Hercules of the TNI AU (photo : Megah)

To pacify Trump, Indonesia seeks American arms

Jakarta is weighing big-ticket US weapons purchases to rebalance trade relations and maintain privileged access to US markets.

Indonesia is quietly talking to the United States about the purchase of 32 new Lockheed Martin F-16 Viper jets and six C-130J cargo aircraft in what may partly be an effort to remove the country from any possible sanctions as the US-China trade war returns to a boil.

Well-placed Washington sources speculate that the Indonesians are seeking to protect their Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) access, as well as to ward off possible US congressional retaliation against friendly countries that have recently purchased Russian military hardware.
On the military front, it is still not clear whether Indonesia’s plans to buy 11 advanced Su-35 FlankerE multi-role fighters from Russia will run into the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which penalizes procurers of Russian military systems.

The air force has said it will have no option but to terminate the deal if US sanctions are enforced, but as a spokesman has noted: “We need to operate a combination of East-made and West-made fighters. Politics is uncertain, and we need balance because if we have problems with the West, we can use aircraft made in the East.”

F-16V Viper (image : Lockheed Martin)

Ironically, the Indonesian military only went shopping in Russia in the early 2000s because of a US arms embargo which began with the Dili, East Timor, churchyard massacre by Indonesian troops in 1991 and was only strengthened following East Timor’s bloody separation from Indonesia eight years later.

Although Indonesia already has a squadron of twin-engine Sukhoi Su-27/30 jets, the subsequent lifting of the embargo has seen the delivery in the last two years of 24 refurbished US-made F-16s and eight Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters worth an estimated $1.4 billion.

Indonesia’s intended purchases, including the $1.1 billion Su-35 deal, fit with an ambitious air force modernization plan, announced in June 2018, to bring its force level up to eight fighter squadrons and six refreshed transport squadrons by 2024.

It currently has six fighter squadrons spread across Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, with an inventory that includes 25 F-16C/Ds, 16 Su-27/30s and 24 British Aerospace BAE Hawk 200s.

Government sources say the C-130 workhorses are a higher priority than the costly, state-of-the-art Vipers because of the steady depletion of its current 18-strong fleet, invaluable in flying troops and relief supplies to remote parts of the archipelago.

C-130J Super Hercules (photo : Przemyslaw Burdzinski)

Apart from its normal transport role, the Super Hercules C-130 can also be quickly configured for prolonged maritime surveillance duties with belly-mounted radar and roll-on, roll-off sensor stations in place of cargo.

The Indonesians have yet to publicly announce their interest in the F-16V, which was first demonstrated at the Singapore Air Show in 2012 and only went into service with Taiwan’s Air Force this year.

Developed to inter-operate with Lockheed’s fifth-generation F-35 and F-22 fighters, the latest F-16 variant can be deployed against enemy air defenses and also in air-to-air, air-to-ground and deep interdiction and maritime missions.

US analysts advise Indonesia to continue conducting business as usual and say there is no need for Jakarta to make any major announcements on military procurements or highlight joint military exercises or other unilateral endeavors.

High-level US visits in the recent past by Pence and then Defense Secretary James Mattis went a long way, they say, to establishing Indonesia’s value to the US as a democracy of strategic importance. But whether that assessment extends to the mercurial and unpredictable Trump is a different matter.

See full article ATimes

Foto Pertama Fregat Jose Rizal Class AL Filipina

21 Mei 2019

Fregat BRP Jose Rizal FF-150 (photos : Max Defense)

Foto pertama dari fregat Filipina muncul di laman medsos MaxDefense. Fregat dengan basis kapal tipe HDF-2600 dan diberi nama BRP Jose Rizal dengan nomor lambung FF-150, saat ini masih dalam pengerjaan di galangan kapal Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, Korea Selatan.

Filipina memesan dua fregat baru senilai Php 15,7 bio (297 mio USD) yang tendernya dimenangkan oleh galangan dari Korea ini. Pengadaan dua kapal ini adalah bagian dari modernisasi angkatan bersenjata Filipina tahap pertama (Horizon 1) yang berlangsung dalam kurun 2013-2018.

Tinggal menghitung hari fregat pertama ini akan diluncurkan dan kemudian disusul dengan keel laying fregat kedua, BRP Antonio Luna FF-151. Fregat yang keel layingnya dilakukan pada Oktober 2018 ini akan diserah-terimakan pada kuartal pertama tahun 2020, sedangkan fregat kedua pada 2021

Kapal fregat ini mempunyai panjang total 107 meter dan lebar 13,8 meter, bobot maksimalnya adalah 2.600 ton, kapal sanggup berlayar dengan kecepatan maksimal 25 knot dengan jelajah maksimal 4.500 nm (8.330 km).

(Defense Studies)

India Agrees to Acquire Palm Oil, MiG-29 from Malaysia to Secure Tejas Deal

21 Mei 2019

HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (photo : Sputnik)

India is among the five contenders competing for the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF) intended purchase of 30 light combat aircraft over the next 10 years. New Delhi has put forth its indigenously developed Tejas fighter jet for the RM (Malaysian Ringgit) 36 billion (~ $8.7 billion) deal.

Other aircraft that are on offer are believed to be the F-50 of Korea Aerospace Industries (South Korea), YAK-130 by Irkut Aerospace (Russia), JF-17 Thunder (Pakistan) and Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master (Italy), reports Free Malaysia Today.

According to the report, the political consideration will be the main factor behind Malaysia’s purchase of the aircraft.

Despite heavy lobbying from Pakistan, Malaysia is unlikely to buy the JF-17 as the Kuala Lumpur reportedly intends to link the deal to purchases of palm oil.

India, which is one of the largest buyer of Malaysian palm oil, could easily meet the country’s demand. Besides, New Delhi, in a bid to boost its chances for the deal, has also offered to buy the retired MiG-29 jets from Malaysia.

According to the report, the RMAF currently operates a mixed fleet of supersonic fighters and multi-role combat aircraft, comprising 13 Russian-made MiG-29s (now retired) and 18 Sukhoi SU-30MKM “Flanker”, and eight American Boeing F/A-18D Hornet.


20 Mei 2019

Philippine Army Acquiring 178 Units of 40mm Revolver Grenade Launchers

20 Mei 2019

Philippine Marine Corps personnel with 40mm grenade launcher (photo : Reddit)

The Philippine Army is acquiring 178 units of 40mm Revolver Grenade Launcher. The procurement project is now in progress with Receipt and Opening of Bid Envelope (ROBE) scheduled on May 29.

The procurement project has an approved budget for contract (ABC) of PhP 106,800,000.00, as part of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program Second Horizon.

“During the ROBE, the bidders or their “duly authorized representative shall submit their bids using the forms specified in the Bidding Documents in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes, and which shall be submitted simultaneously. The first shall contain the technical component of the bid, including the eligibility requirements under section 23.1 of Revised IRR, and the second shall contain the financial component of the bid” under Section 25.1,” the procuring entity said in a bulletin posted at PhilGEPS.


Progress of RTN's Second OPV

20 Mei 2019

OPV-552 HTMS Prachuap Khiri KhanIn (all photos : Royal Thai Navy)

On May, 12 2019 the Office of the Navy Secretary led by Colonel Phukri Wilairak, Deputy Secretary of the Navy take the media from the center to visit the progress to build a 2nd Offshore Patrol Vessel OPV-552 HTMS Prachuap Khiri KhanIn at the Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard, Sattahip District, Chonburi Province.

For the project of procuring a 2nd long-range surveillance ship into the Navy, using the type of Krabi Royal Boat Is the basis for building a ship with improvements in various defects That had happened to long-distance surveillance boats, boat sets, Pattani, Royal and Krabi boats In order for the new ship to have more suitable features in response to the Navy's mission By the Royal Thai Navy approved the project to build a remote surveillance boat on the 2nd side as the Chalermprakiat Project His Highness Maha Bhumibol Adulyadej Maharaj Boromart, Bophit has a project period of 4 years since the fiscal year 2015 to 2018.

Project to build a remote surveillance boat on the 2nd side of Chalermprakiat As part of the Navy's development strategy purpose to enhance capacity of the Navy to protect national interests by sea marine law enforcement and surface water operations as well as searching and helping victims in the sea and support other naval operations.

In this regard, the difference between Krabi Royal Boat with the second OPV which is important to increase the capacity of the flight deck to be able to park ASW helicopters Seahawks. The installation of a weapon to release the ground to the ground like a harpoon including renovating rooms to be more appropriate in the part of shipbuilding, use block construction instead of the original design that must start from placing keels by assembling 17 large blocks, 31 sub blocks to finish first, and then assembled in a dry dock by carrying out the ship building at the Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard.

During building project of HTMS Prachuap Khiri KhanIn, the Navy has used the potential and knowledge of the Navy personnel to conduct the test installation. Both the ship by the Navy Department, the weapon system by the Naval Ordnance Department and the Navy Electronic Department. Although using a foreign ship model, it can be said that it is a large boat building with self-reliance.

See full article PR Thai Navy

Singapore Navy Confirms 16 m-class USVs aboard Future Unmanned Vehicle ‘Mothership’

20 Mei 2019

Venus 16 USV (photos : RSN)

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will field 16 m-class unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) on its future Multi-role Combat Vessels (MRCVs), a senior RSN official confirmed during a media briefing on the sidelines of the IMDEX 2019 exhibition held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Wong Chng Tong, commanding officer of 194 Squadron, noted that the RSN is presently looking into embarking the Coastal Defence-variant of the Venus 16 USV - which will be specifically configured for maritime security/force-protection operations - aboard the MRCVs. These new frigate-sized vessels replace its six upgraded but ageing Victory-class missile corvettes that entered service from 1989.


GDLS Awarded Contract to Support Australian ASLAVs and M1A1 Abrams Tanks until 2022

20 Mei 2019

M1A1 Abrams MBT (photo : DTR Magazine)

General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia provides the Australian Defence Force with leading Military vehicles such as the Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) and M1A1 Abrams main battle tank.

The Phase 3 Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) contract was awarded in 2003, including a new turret electric drive, enhanced thermal sight with laser range find and an improved fire control system for the 25 mm turrets in the fleet, as well as integration of a GPS-based navigation system and enhanced suspension system.

ASLAV 8x8 wheeled vehicle (photo : GDLS)

General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia was awarded a number of contract extensions for the through life support contract of the Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) and M1A1 Abrams tanks to 2022.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia was established in 2004 and was formerly known as General Motors Defence Australia which was established in 1991.


19 Mei 2019

Marinir Gelar Latihan Perang di Situbondo

19 Mei 2019

Latihan Pasukan Pendarat Damar 19 (all photos : Korps Marinir)

Dispen Kormar (Situbondo). Dalam rangka meningkatkan kemampuan dan profesionalisme, Korps Marinir melaksanakan Latihan Pasukan Pendarat 2019 di Pusat Latihan Pertempuran Korps Marinir 5 Baluran Situbondo, Jawa Timur. Sabtu (18/05/2019).

Latihan yang disaksikan oleh Komandan Korps Marinir Mayjen TNI (Mar) Suhartono, M.Tr. Han, Brigjen TNI (Mar) Torry Subiyantoro selaku Penasehat Latihan, Komandan Pasmar 2 Brigjen TNI (Mar) Ipung Purwadi, M.M, Kolonel Marinir Suharto, Kolonel Laut (P) Desmon Hermono Kusumo selaku Peninjau Latihan, Asintel Dankormar Kolonel Marinir Hendro Suwito, Asops Dankormar Kolonel Marinir Y. Rudi Sulistyanto, Dankolatmar Kolonel Marinir Suliono, S.E., Danlanmar Surabaya Kolonel Marinir Mauriadi dan Para Asisten Danpasmar 2 serta Dankolak di jajaran Pasmar 2 tersebut dengan materi latihan meliputi proses perencanaan operasi amfibi, embarkasi, lintas laut, infiltrasi satuan Taifib, pengintaian dan konfirmasi pantai pendaratan, pendaratan khusus (Ratsus), gerakan kapal ke pantai (GKK), serbuan amfibi, Kerja Sama Infanteri Tank (KSIT) atau Penyerbuan Mekanis (Bunis), Bantuan Tembakan (Bantem) dan Dukungan Satuan Bantuan Administrasi.

Pendaratan amfibi yang dipimpin oleh  Komandan Pasukan Pendarat (Danpasrat)  Kolonel Marinir Agus Gunawan Wibisono, S.H., M.M yang sehari-hari menjabat Komandan Brigade Infanteri 2 Marinir tersebut, selain melibatkan prajurit Korps Marinir TNI AL juga menurunkan beberapa material tempur yang dimiliki Korps Marinir TNI AL diantaranya BMP-3F, LVT-7A1, BTR-50, KAPA K61, MLRS Vampire, BVP-2 dan Howitzer 105 mm.

Seluruh personel dan material tempur Korps Marinir TNI AL melaksanakan Latihan Pasukan Pendarat Korps Marinir tahun 2019 menggunakan KRI Teluk Banten-516, KRI Teluk Cendrawasih-533, KRI Makassar-590, Helly Bell dan pesawat Cassa TNI AL.

Komandan Korps Marinir Mayjen TNI (Mar) Suhartono, M.Tr. Han, mengatakan, latihan ini merupakan perpaduan antar unsur dalam bermanuver, dalam hal ini infanteri sebagai pasukan pendarat, tank amphibi dan Ranratfib. Selain itu, latihan ini merupakan latihan rutin, bagian dari latihan yang bertingkat, bertahap dan berlanjut, untuk meningkatkan profesionalisme prajurit Korps Marinir sebagai prajurit matra laut. (Korps Marinir)

Armed Marinir Ikut Serta Latpasrat di Situbondo

Dispen Kormar (Situbondo). Batalyon Howitzer 2 Marinir dan Batalyon Roket 2 Marinir yang tergabung dalam satuan Artileri Medan (Armed) turut serta dalam Latihan Pasukan Pendarat (Latpasrat) "DAMAR19" Tahun 2019 di di Pusat Latihan Pertempuran Korps Marinir 5 Baluran Situbondo, Jawa Timur. Sabtu (18/05/2019).

Dalam latihan tersebut satuan Armed melibatkan 2 pucuk meriam howitzer 105 mm, 2 unit BVP-2 dan 2 pucuk RM 70 Grad dibawah pimpinan Komandan Baterai (Danrai) Armed Kapten Marinir Khumaidi Irfandik.

Tujuan dari latihan tersebut adalah untuk meningkatkan kemampuan atau keterampilan satuan tempur  prajurit Armed dalam operasi pendaratan amfibi, disamping itu, juga umtuk melatih kepemimpinan sesuai fungsi jabatan di lapangan.

Materi yang dilatihkan meliputi pendaratan amphibi, Gerakan Artileri Medan (GAM), masuk stelling cepat, stelling pokok, tembakan pendahuluan (tembak ganggu gusar), mendukung bantuan tembakan kepada satuan manuver yang melaksanakan serangan kemudian melaksanakan stelling dinamika pertahanan.

(Korps Marinir)

18 Mei 2019

C-Flex PATROL System Update for RAN Multi-Role Aviation Training Vessel

18 Mei 2019

The Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel MV Sycamore (all photos : Terma)

Copenhagen and Singapore - In April 2019, Terma confirmed the update to the C-Flex Mission System on the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) to the newest member of the C-Series family C-Flex PATROL. The C-Flex PATROL Mission System encompasses a completely redesigned user interface providing a modern and very intuitive user experience relieving operator workload.

The Royal Australian Navy will be the fourth navy operating the C-Flex PATROL Mission System. System update and associated training will be coordinated by Terma’s local service partner Jenkins Engineering Defense Systems.

A primary mission for the MV Sycamore is to conduct operational aviation/helicopter training by and for RAN. Consequently, the MV Sycamore is equipped with a helicopter mission control system from Terma that comprises the SCANTER 6002 Air and Surface Surveillance radar with IFF and the C-Flex PATROL Mission System.

The C-Flex PATROL Mission System is located in the aviation control room from where the operator is presented with the situation awareness based on data from the SCANTER 6002 radar and the IFF. These data are correlated and fused into a layered situation picture with sea chart, track overlay, crisp-clear radar video overlay as well as graphical overlays, routes, helicopter approach patterns, etc., allowing for the operator to concentrate on making decisions and commanding the helicopter in the specific operation. 

SMART Displays enables remote role-specific operation of the mission system from the wheelhouse and helicopter control rooms without the need for a full operator position.

The SCANTER 6002 is a combined Air and Surface Surveillance radar providing unique capabilities for advanced navigation, air, and surface surveillance and helicopter control. On the MV Sycamore, the SCANTER 6002 radar is configured with its 12 feet Dual Beam High Gain antenna and combined with the C-Search IFF system providing for military modes as well as the civilian Mode S. The SCANTER 6002 radar enables the operator to detect a helicopter far from the vessel and follow it all the way until hovering over the helicopter pad.

The C-Flex PATROL Mission System is derived from Terma’s famous and proven C-Flex Combat Management System supplied fleetwide for the Royal Danish Navy (OPVs and Frigates) and for several other navies, such as the Romanian Navy, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Thai Navy, etc. Rather than providing Combat Management, the C-Flex PATROL Mission System provides a mission-oriented command and control solution enabling commercial-, coast guard- and naval vessels to conduct efficient missions within Search & Rescue, surveillance, law enforcement, and deterrence. 

The SCANTER 6002 radar has become a preferred choice for both navigation and surveillance purposes by a large number of navies and coast guards around the world. The SCANTER 6002 is a Solid State X-Band radar providing unique and unmatched small target detection and tracking. The SCANTER 6002 is a member of Terma’s world famous SCANTER radar family with more than 2,700 radars in operation worldwide.


Damen Offers CROSSOVER XO 131C for Singapore's MRCV

18 Mei 2019

CROSSOVER XO 131C scale model on DAMEN stand at IMDEX 2019 (all photos : NavalNews)

DAMEN To Answer Singapore’s MRCV Requirement With Fit For Purpose CROSSOVER Design

At this year's IMDEX Asia, Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN unveiled a new variant of its CROSSOVER design specifically configured to answer the future MRCV requirement of the Republic of Singapore Navy.

Damen’s CROSSOVER “mission flexible combatant” was originally unveiled at DIMDEX 2014, presented as the ultimate mission modular naval concept.

The variant of the CROSSOVER specifically designed for the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) future MRCV requirement was showcased on DAMEN stand in a 1:100 scale model. It is based on the “XO 131C” baseline variant of the CROSSOVER, configured as a surface combatant. Other CROSSOVER variants include Security, Fast Security, Amphibious, Fast Combatant. The first three are built according to commercial standards while the last two and the Combatant are 100% military/naval grade.

The CROSSOVER XO 131C is 130 meters in length (as are most designs being pitched for MRCV, likely an indication of an early requirement by the RSN eventough no RFI has been issued yet). It has a beam of 19.6 meters and a displacement of 5,300 tons.

Its maximum speed is 28 knots and crew complement 108 to 125 sailors plus accommodation for an extra 128 personnel.

The scale model on display at IMDEX Asia 2019 was fitted with a 76mm main gun, 2x Millenium CIWS, 8x anti-ship missiles and an integrated mast featuring a radar with four fixed panels.

The most interesting feature of the CROSSOVER is not related to the sensor or weapon suite however, but rather its “X-DECK”, a single, flexible deck to handle, store, operate and deploy mission equipment, fast RHIBs, landing craft or, in the case of MRCV, USV, UUV and UAV (from the flight deck).

The scale model featured 3x landing craft and 2x RHIBs below the helicopter deck. These can be deployed via a a convertible slipway/beach at the stern or via the X crane system: An integrated crane and davit system port, starboard and astern.

Talking to Naval News, Pieter Heijboer, Naval Sales Support at DAMEN explained that the CROSSOVER is a new design which was introduce to make the next step in what frigates can bring in capabilities at sea.

The future MRCV or Multi-Role Combat Vessels will replace the ageing Victory-class Missile Corvettes, which have served with distinction since 1989. Delivery is expected to begin from 2025, with full delivery expected around 2030. The RSN has yet to issue its requirements for this future program however some information about it appeared recently when Singapore MINDEF outlined its future procurement plans.

Besides improving capabilities, the new MRCVs will be custom-built for lean manning and incorporate technologies to automate certain functions. This results in the MRCV using less manpower – about half the size found in modern frigates. In addition, this will result in operational cost savings of up to 10 per cent, compared to similar-sized frigates.

The MRCVs will also have unmanned air and surface vehicles to extend their reach and flexibility against threats.

Indonesia to Reinstate Missile Capabilities on KCR-60M Fast Attack Craft

18 Mei 2019

Indonesia plans to reinstate missile capabilities on two of its KCR-60M vessels in the long term. First- and second-of-class were earlier stripped of their missile launchers after receiving Chinese-made CIWS turrets (photos : mcd)

Slightly more than a year after removing missile launchers from two of its KCR-60M fast attack craft (FAC), the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is now working to reinstate the capability on these vessels.

SR-47B search radar (photo : KeyPublishing)

The matter has been confirmed with Jane's by a senior crew member of KRI Tombak (629), which was berthed at RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base for the 2019 IMDEX exhibition, which was held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May. Tombak is one of the two KCR-60M vessels taking part in the event, with the other being KRI Halasan (630).

Beginning in late 2017, Indonesia's state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL removed diagonally mounted missile launchers on Tombak and first-of-class KRI Sampari (628) as part of efforts to reconstitute the class.

TYpe 347G "Rice Bowl" fire control radar (photo : GlobalMil)

The vessels were subsequently installed with the Chinese-made Type 630 close-in weapon system (CIWS) turret on a pedestal at the stern position where a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) used to be positioned.

Type 630 CIWS set-up on Sampari and Tombak includes the Type 347G 'Rice Bowl' short-range fire-control radar and its associated fire-control console, and the SR47B air-and-surface search and gun-target indication radar, which has been integrated with an identification friend-or-foe system.

Type 630 cannon (photo : TNI AL)

In response to requests for clarification from Jane's, a PT PAL official who first informed Jane's of the reconstitution confirmed that Tombak has now been refitted with its original missile launchers, but at a slightly different position in the aft section. He explained that this weapon has yet to undergo evaluations in its new position, or to be integrated into the vessel's wider combat systems.


HMNZS Manawanui Arrives in New Zealand from Norway

18 Mei 2019

HMNZS Manawanui ex MV Edda Fonn (photos : NZDF)

Ministry of Defence's new dive and hydrographic vessel arrives in ship shape

A $103 million vessel for the Ministry of Defence has berthed in Wellington after 46 days travelling from Denmark. 

The diving support and hydrographic survey vessel, named Edda Fonn, was purchased second-hand from Norway.

Frank Dyer, the integrated project team leader for the dive and hydrographic vessel, said it was packed with world-class facilities for both diving and hydrographic specialists.

Disaster relief, search and recovery and explosives disposal are among the many tasks it could be utilised for in the Pacific. 

"A typical mission ... to the islands in Fiji, it could get up there in just over three days and could hold station there for close to a month."

It could run tasks up there, return home and still have over 40 per cent of its fuel, Dyer said.

The ship's crane can also retrieve 100 tonnes from one kilometre underwater. It could even retrieve a sunken ship.

"It's also got a massive range. It's just completed a 12,000 mile, 46-day journey without refuelling."

The ship has four engines, two of which are brand new and can run in a green emission mode.

"They can run just emitting water vapour and nitrogen."

The ship can treat it's own ballast water so that undesirable water is not transported to wherever the ship may travel. 

Edda Fonn has bunks for 66 people, cabins have ensuites and entertainment centres, and there's even a gym and a sauna for crew. 

The ship will provide the ability for diving and hydrographic specialists to conduct specialised operations such as surveying coastlines and harbours.

Dyer said although the vessel is already 15 years old, engineers had assessed it to be seven years younger than that based on its good condition.

Next stop for the Edda Fonn is Auckland, where ownership will be transferred to the Crown on June 7.

It will spend the rest of the year being fitted with military equipment.


17 Mei 2019

TNI AL Menerima Pesawat Terakhir dari Pesanan 5 CN-235 MPA

17 Mei 2019

Pesawat CN-235 MPA melewati water salute (photo : Jawa Pos)

Puspenerbal Juanda Terima Pesawat Udara CN 235-220 MPA Terakhir sejak Pengadaan 2013

SIDOARJO - Pusat Penerbangan TNI Angkatan Laut (Puspenerbal) Juanda menerima satu unit terakhir pesawat udara CN 235-220 MPA, dari total lima pengadaan pesawat sejak 2013 silam, Senin (13/5/2019).

Komandan Puspenerbal, Laksamana Pertama (Laksma) TNI Dwika Tjahja menjelaskan Pesawat CN 235-220 MPA merupakan pesawat bermesin Turboprop produksi PT Dirgantara Indonesia yang bekerja sama dengan CASA Spanyol.

Pesawat jenis ini, lanjut Laksma TNI Dwika sudah banyak dioperasikan oleh berbagai instansi militer di dunia. Pesawat bernomor Iambung P-8305 ini akan menambah jajaran kekuatan untuk memenuhi MEF (Minimum Essetial Force) yang menjadi target TNI AL.

"Ini merupakan pesawat kelima dari total 5 pengadaan Puspenerbal dengan 2 kali pengadaan. Pengadaan pertama, 3 buah pengadaan kedua, 2 buah. Kedepan kita masih ada pengadaan-pengadaan pesawat sejenis untuk kebutuhan Puspenerbal, harapannya Puspenerbal memiliki pesawat intai maritim yang memadai," jelasnya, Senin (13/5/2019).

Pesawat CN-235 MPA melewati water salute (photo : Puspenerbal)

Laksma TNI Dwika mengatakan jumlah pesawat intai maritim yang dibutuhkan Puspenerbal idealnya sesuai dengan luas wilayah yang jadi tugas mereka di lapangan.

"Kita tidak menghitung secara ideal, tapi paling tidak kita harus mampu mendukung kegiatan koarmada 1, 2 dan 3 yang masing-masing juga memiliki tugas mengamankan wilayah masing-masing. Untuk operasionalnya, sluruh pesawat kita harus waspada untuk selalu mengamankan perairan," tambahnya.

Sebaggai informasi, pesawat udara merupakan salah satu sub Sistem Senjata Armada Terpadu (SSAT) yang dimiliki TNI AL saat ini, dimana fungsinya adalah sebagai unsur yang mengumpulkan dan mendeteksi hal-hal yang mencurigakan dan merugikan juga ikut dalam pencegahan penangkalan dan penindakan pelanggaran perairan wilayah Indonesia.

Dalam mengemban fungsinya, pesawat udara melaksanakan patroli udara maritim untuk mendapatkan data atau sasaran yang selanjutnya dkindak lanjuti oleh unsur KRI.

Pesawat ini masuk di jajaran Skuadron 800 Wing Udara 2 Puspenerbal yang memiliki tugas pokok melaksanakan pembinaan kekuatan dan kemampuan tempur dibidang lntai Udara Taktis, Pengamatan Laut Terbatas serta Anti Kapal Permukaan.

Pesawat CN 235-220 MPA juga memiliki kemampuan untuk melaksanakan misi Inteligence, Surveillance dan Recognition, selain itu pesawat ini dapat mengirimkan data-data secara real time kn Unsur KRI Dengan kemampuan tersebut, pesawat ini dapat menjalankan misi sebagai Pesud Patron Maritim.