19 Juli 2019

TNI AL Tambah Alutsitsa Dua Unit Kapal PC 40

19 Juli 2019


Keel laying di galangan kapal CMS Banten (photo : TNI AL)

Banten, Indikatornews.com – TNI Angkatan Laut akan menambah Alat Utama Sistem Persenjataan (Alutsista) dengan kembali membangun 2 unit Kapal Patroli Cepat (PC) 40 Meter di galangan kapal PT. Caputra Mitra Sejati. Pembangunan tersebut diawali dengan prosesi Peletakan Lunas Kapal (Keel Laying) yang ditandai dengan penekanan tombol sirine oleh Wakil Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Wakasal) Laksamana Madya TNI Wuspo Lukito, S.E., M.M., di Banten, Kamis (18/7).

Kapal PC 40 yang dibangun rencananya akan memperkuat jajaran KRI di Komando Armada II. Alutsista ini merupakan kapal perang karya anak bangsa yang diproduksi oleh PT Caputra Mitra Sejati, Banten. Kapal Perang tersebut memiliki panjang 45.50 meter, lebar 7.90 meter, tinggi 1.80 meter serta memiliki kecepatan ekonomis 15 knot, kecepatan jelajah 17 knot, kecepatan maksimum 24 knot serta endurance selama 6 hari.

Laksamana Madya TNI Wuspo Lukito dalam amanatnya antara lain menyampaikan bahwa, sebagai bagian integral dari komponen pertahanan negara, TNI AL akan terus mengembangkan dan membangun kekuatannya hingga mencapai kekuatan laut (sea power) yang profesional dan modern serta dipercaya oleh rakyat, sejalan dengan kebijakan Minimum Essential Force (MEF).

“Dalam merencanakan suatu pengadaan Alutsista seperti halnya pembangunan kapal perang ini, memerlukan suatu perencanaan yang matang. Pengadaan bukan saja berarti Angkatan Laut hanya akan memiliki kapal perang ini saja, namun juga harus bisa menggunakan kemampuan dari Alutsista tersebut sesuai dengan fungsi azasi yang diharapkan,” ujar Wakasal.

Turut hadir menyaksikan prosesi Keel Laying ini, para pejabat tinggi di lingkungan TNI AL antara lain, Irjenal Laksda TNI Djoko Erwan, M.Tr (Han), CFrA., Aslog Kasal Laksda TNI Moelyanto, M.Si (Han)., Kadisadal Laksma TNI Prasetya Nugraha, S.T., Kadismatal Laksma TNI Budi Sulistyo, Direktur PT. CMS Kris Pramono serta jajaran Direksi PT. CMS Banten.

(IndikatorNews)

DND to Look for European Military Equipment

19 Juli 2019


The multipurpse littoral submarine (image : Naval Group)

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will visit five European countries to look into military equipment and platforms being sold by these nations.

In a message to reporters Wednesday, the defense chief said he will be visiting France, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal this September.

"Mag-canvass lang muna. Window shop kung meron silang gamit na kailangan at gusto natin na kaya ng budget. (We will just window shop at first to determine if they have equipment we need and if we can afford it based on our budget)," he said.

And when asked what particular equipment they will be checking, Lorenzana said they will be looking into diesel-electric submarines manufactured by France.

"In France, it is their submarines," the DND chief said.

Using European-produced military equipment is not new for the Philippines as the country has acquired two AW-159s "Wildcat" anti-submarine helicopters and 13 AW-109 helicopters, 10 attack and three combat utility versions from Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) and surface-to-air missiles from MBDA France, to name a few.

The missiles will be used to arm the Philippine Navy's Jose Rizal-class missile frigates being constructed in South Korea while the AW-159 helicopters will be the country's first anti-submarine platforms.

While the attack and utility AW-109s are being used by the Navy and Air Force for internal security operations and other missions.

(PNA)

18 Juli 2019

Indonesia Rampungkan Renegosiasi Pesawat KFX/IFX Tahun Ini

18 Juli 2019

Model pesawat tempur KFX/IFX (photo : Jkgr)

Pemerintah Indonesia menargetkan revisi negosiasi kerja sama pembuatan pesawat tempur KFX/IFX dengan Korea Selatan akan rampung pada tahun ini.

Menteri Koordinator Politik Hukum dan Keamanan Wiranto mengatakan rencana itu dalam rapat koordinasi mengenai kelanjutan proyek pesawat tempur generasi 4.5 itu, Kamis.

Wiranto mengatakan sejumlah poin yang akan masuk di dalam negosiasi tersebut yakni mengenai kesepakatan skema pembiayaan antara Indonesia dengan Korea Selatan dalam pembuatan pesawat.

Dalam kesepakatan awal, Indonesia akan membiayai sekitar 20 persen dari total nilai proyek KFX/IFX sementara sisanya akan dibayar oleh Pemerintah Korea Selatan.

Diubahnya skema pembiayaan itu kata Wiranto karena Presiden Joko Widodo fokus menggunakan Anggaran Pendapatan dan Belanja Negara (APBN) untuk pembangunan infrastruktur.

"Mengurangi share Indonesia dalam program pembantuan pesawat tempur KFX/IFX. Mengapa? karena kita juga tidak mau mengganggu persahabatan kedua negara indonesia dan Korea Selatan yang sudah berlangsung lama dan cukup baik," ujar Wiranto.

Wiranto juga menegaskan Indonesia tidak mau kehilangan kesempatan dalam mendapatkan alih teknologi dalam proyek itu.

Apalagi kata dia, Pemerintah Indonesia dalam lima tahun ke depan fokus dalam membangun sumber daya manusia yang berkualitas.

Korea Selatan memahami kepentingan Indonesia menghormati usaha [renegosiasi] tapi dia [Korea Selatan] juga punya batas tertentu dan juga proses di dalam negeri mereka," tambah dia.

Sebelumnya, pesawat tempur KFX dan IFX merupakan pesawat tempur generasi 4.5 yang mengungguli pesawat tempur jenis F-16 dan F-18 buatan Amerika Serikat (AS).

Dalam produksinya, Pemerintah Indonesia melibatkan PT Dirgantara Indonesia.

Pembiayaan proyek ini menggunakan skema 80 persen dari Pemerintah Korsel dan 20 persen dari Pemerintah Indonesia.

Kerja sama pengembangan proyek tersebut berlaku hingga 2026 mendatang.

Pada 2016 lalu, Indonesia menganggarkan Rp21,6 triliun untuk proyek tersebut.

(Anadolu)

Pilatus Completes Delivery of Royal Australian Air Force PC-21

18 Juli 2019


PC-21 for the ARDU (photo : Scramble)

TSAMTO - On July 12 Pilatus announced the completion of the assembly of the third PC-21 intended for the Air Force Research and Development Unit of the Australian Air Force (ARDU). According to Scramble Magazine, the aircraft with serial number A54-045 (serial number SN 278, temporary registration number HB-HWS) was presented in gray tones of the Australian Air Force and with an ARDU icon on its tail.

The ARDU aviation research and development unit plans, conducts and analyzes the results of ground and flight tests of existing and new aircraft of the Australian Air Force. The ARDU group consists of four units located at air bases in Edinburgh, Amberley, Richmond and Williamtown, which employ qualified test pilots, flight test engineers and flight test systems specialists. Previously, ARDU received PC-21 aircraft with serial numbers A54-017 (serial number 250) and A54-018 (serial number 251).

According to TSAMTO, judging by the serial number of the third PC-21 for the ARDU group, the delivery program of the Australian Air Force to 49 machines of this type is being completed. In particular, the aircraft intended for the ARDU group is the 45th in the series.

Recall that on September 6, 2015, the Australian Ministry of Defense announced the selection of a consortium headed by Lockheed Martin Australia as a preferred participant in the tender for the supply of a new system of military pilots training for the country's air force under the AIR 5428 project. New aircraft are designed to replace 63 obsolete PC-9/A, as well as the CT-4B Airtreiner. PC-9/A should be decommissioned in 2019 after 30 years of operation.

On 8 December 2015, the Australian Ministry of Defense concluded a contract with Lockheed Martin Australia worth 1.2 billion Austrians. dollars (863 million dollars) for the supply and maintenance of the flight training system based on the TC-21 PC-21. The agreement provides for the delivery of 49 Pilatus Aircraft's PC-21 aircraft, seven flight simulators, the creation of a flight training system, and logistics during the initial seven-year period. Hawker Pacific has been assigned technical support services for aircraft.

The flight tests of the first PCT-21 produced for the Australian Air Force, PC-21 (serial number A54-001), began in June 2016. The transfer of the first pair of aircraft to the air force took place in March 2017 during the international aviation and defense exhibition AVALON-2017. The first 6 PC-21 aircraft were officially adopted by the Australian Air Force in August 2017.

(ArmsTrade)

Pesawat N219 Uji Terbang di Pangandaran Selama 3 Bulan

18 Juli 2019


Kapten Adi Budi pilot N219 sedang mengecek pesawatnya sebelum diterbangkan dari bandara Nusawiru Cijulang, (photo : Pikiran Rakyat)

Uji Terbang N219 di Bandara Nusawiru Dipiloti Oleh Putra Daerah

PANGANDARAN,(PR).- Pesawat perintis jenis N219 melakukan uji terbang di atas wilayah Kabupaten Pangandaran dan sekitarnya melalui bandara Nusawiru Cijulang, Rabu, 17 Juli 2019.

Pesawat bertuliskan Produk Anak Bangsa Hadir Untuk Negeri di badan pesawat buatan PT Dirgantara Indonesia itu dipiloti oleh seorang Kapten asal putra daerah Kabupaten Pangandaran. 

Adi Budi seorang pilot pesawat perintis N219 mengaku merupakan warga Kab. Pangandaran yang beralamat di Dusun Cibarengkok, Kecamatan Cijulang. 

"Saya asli Cibarengkok Cijulang, dari putra daerah," ungkap Adi beberapa saat sebelum naik ke pesawat di bandara Nusawiru, Rabu, 17 Juli 2019.

Menurut Adi, Pangandaran cocok untuk melakukan pengujian pesawat, pasalnya kalau di Bandung elevasinya tinggi sedangkan untuk di Pangandaran elevasinya selevel. 

"Jadi untuk pengujian pesawat di Nusawiru bagus. Kita gunakan dua pilot, saya dan teman saya," ujar Adi yang mengaku sudah dari sejak tahun 1991 melakukan uji terbang pesawat. 

Adi pernah juga disuruh ngantar pesawat ke Afrika dan Arab Saudi. 

Selama 3 bulan

Koordinator Infrastruktur Test Area N219 PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Dedi Suhendi mengatakan, rencana uji terbang pesawat N219 akan dilakukan di Pangandaran selama 3 bulan. 

Menurut Dedi, uji terbang pesawat dinilai kritikal sehingga penerbangan tidak boleh di atas populasi area atau tidak boleh di atas pemukiman warga. 

"Uji terbang pesawat N219 sudah dilakukan beberapa kali seperti Bandung, sekarang di Pangandaran mungkin ke depan di daerah mana, sampai sertifikatnya dikeluarkan," ungkap Dedi kepada wartawan Kabar Priangan, Agus Kusnadi.

Dirinya mengatakan, pada pelaksanaan uji terbang pesawat N219 diawaki sebanyak 2 pilot dan 3 crew mekanik dengan lama penerbangan sekitar 2 jam.

"Pilotnya juga bukan pilot asal bisa bawa pesawat aja, tetapi pilot khusus yang bisa membaca kondisi cuaca dan seluruh bagian pesawat termasuk montir," ujarnya

Sementara Kepala Bandara Nusawiru Dinas Perhubungan Provinsi Jawa Barat, Hendra Gunawan menginformasikan, bahwa kondisi cuaca saat ini di wilayah Kab Pangandaran cukup bagus, sehingga uji terbang pesawat tidak mendapat kendala.

Hendra juga mengatakan, rencana perpanjangan runway di bandara Nusawiru akan dilakukan pada tahun 2020. Panjang runway saat ini hanya 1.400 meter.

"Rencananya tahun depan runway akan diperpanjang menjadi 1.850 meter," ujarnya. 

Ditanya soal kesiapan untuk pengembangan bandara Nusawiru, Hendra mengatakan, segala macam perlengkapan bandara baik sarana maupun prasarana nya sudah lengkap.

(Pikiran Rakyat)

PHL Coast Guard’s First OPV BRP Gabriela Silang Finally Launched

18 Juli 2019


BRP Gabriela Silang OPV (all photos : PCG)

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said that its first offshore patrol vessel (OPV) was launched today, July 17 at OCEA’s shipyard in France.

PCG said that the OPV, based on OCEA OPV 270, will be commissioned in the PCG service as Barko Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Gabriela Silang.

“It incorporates characteristically modern design with low radar cross section to minimize reflectability and a modern hull design capable of ocean voyage and operations in rough sea condition,” PCG said.

The vessel will be used to patrol the West Philippine Sea, Benham Rise and will be utilized in other anti-piracy and terrorism campaigns of the government in the Southern Philippines.


“This 83.6-meter long vessel has a maximum speed of 20 knots and it has an endurance that will take up to 22 days long and can accommodate 64 crew onboard,” PCG said.

PCG said the OPV is equipped with a mission management system (MMS) with dedicated command and control center, which integrates vessel’s sensors such as radars, automatic identification system (AIS), communications equipment, surveillance equipment, day and night vision camera, etc.

The future BRP Gabriela Silang also carries two 9-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) with speed of 40 knots specially designed for law enforcement to include visit and boarding of other vessels.

(Mintfo)

17 Juli 2019

Lanud Sam Ratulangi Manado Segera Miliki Skadron Udara

17 Juli 2019

7 Wing Udara yang dimiliki TNI AU (image : ManadoPost)

MANADOPOSTONLINE.COM—Pertahanan udara di Sulawesi Utara bakal makin kokoh sebagai benteng Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI). Pangkalan Udara TNI AU Sam Ratulangi Manado tak lama lagi bertipe-A. Tipe A bakal mendorong kehadiran pangkalan militer berupa skadron udara.

Pesawat-pesawat tempur bakalan mondar-mandir di angkasa Sulut. Hal ini diungkapkan Komandan Pangkalan Angkatan Udara Sam Ratulangi (Danlanudsri) Manado Kolonel Penerbang (Pnb) Johnny Sumaryana.

“Seperti kita ketahui, Sulawesi Utara memang berbatasan langsung dengan negara tetangga, Filipina. Nah, pembentukan Skadron sudah sangat dibutuhkan di daerah ini (Sulut) guna semakin memperkuat wilayah udara kita,” ungkap Kolonel Sumaryana, ketika diwawancarai Manado Post di ruang kerjanya, Selasa (16/7) siang.

Lanjutnya, panglima sudah memberi bocoran soal beberapa daerah yang bakal dibentuk skadron. “Ada Manado, Kupang, dan Solo,” ujarnya.

“Karena salah satu syarat naik ke tipe A itu (pembentukan skadron). Selain penambahan pembangunan kantor pangkalan. Sekarang kan masih tipe B. Jadi kita tunggu saja perkembangannya,” sambung Sumaryana.

Rencana tersebut juga untuk mendukung program Presiden RI Joko Widodo, yang ingin terus menguatkan pertahanan udara kita lewat keberadaan pangkalan militer milik TNI AU. Lalu kapan Skadron tersebut bisa dibentuk? Jawabnya tak lama lagi.

“Nantinya akan ada pesawat-pesawat tempur yang nongkrong di pangkalan. Kita juga mulai perluas pangkalan yang ada sekarang. Misalnya penambahan fasilitas apron (tempat parkir pesawat) serta semua kebutuhan pangkalan militer lainnya,” paparnya. “Skadronnya tetap akan berkedudukan di lokasi saat ini (samping Bandara Sam Ratulangi),” bebernya.

Bagaimana dengan pengadaan alat utama sistem persenjataan (Alutsista)? “Misalnya, di Makassar ada Sukhoi-nya. Maka, di Sulut juga akan ada jet-jet tempur dan pesawat-pesawat tempur canggih pendukung lainnya. Tapi untuk sekarang saya belum tahu pesawat jenis apa yang akan hadir di daerah ini,” jelasnya.

Diketahui, jika Lanudsri sudah tipe A, otomatis komandan Lanudsri bakal dikendalikan jenderal bintang satu dengan pangkat Marsekal Pertama TNI.(

(Manado Post)

India Delivers First Batch of Indigenous Lightweight Torpedoes to Myanmar

17 Juli 2019


First batch of Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL) Shyena torpedoes (photo : Bharat Dynamics Limited)

India has delivered the first batch of Shyena advanced lightweight torpedoes to Myanmar as part of a USD37.9 million deal that New Delhi signed with Naypyitaw in early 2017.

Official sources told Jane's on 15 July that an undisclosed number of these torpedoes, which were designed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), had been transferred to the Myanmar Navy (MN), or Tatmadaw Yei, in early July.


TAL Shyena torpedoes (photo : Indiandefensenews)

Inducted into the Indian Navy in early 2012, the electrically propelled 2.75 m long, self-homing Shyena weighs 220 kg, is packed with 50 kg of explosive, and can be launched from triple-tube launchers on surface ships and helicopters, according to DRDO sources.

(Jane's)

BAE Systems Looks to Position Hunter-class Frigate for New Zealand

17 Juli 2019


BAE Systems Australia has indicated a potential move to position its Hunter-class frigate, which has already been selected by Australia, to meet a future requirement within the RNZN. (image : RAN)

BAE Systems Australia has confirmed a potential move to position the company's Hunter-class frigate design for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).

A spokesperson for BAE Systems Australia told Jane's on 12 July that given its commitment to deliver the Hunter-class platform to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under its Sea 5000 project, it would be "logical" for the Australian government to also pursue international sales of the vessel.

When asked by Jane's to confirm that the company will look to export the Hunter-class frigate to New Zealand, the spokesperson said, "It is critical to understand that the programme to design and build nine world-leading Hunter-class frigates [for the RAN] will also see BAE Systems transfer technology and skills to Australia to enable the development of an enduring world-class naval shipbuilding industry for the nation.

"It would be a logical conclusion for the Australian government and its close allies to consider the potential export opportunities."

The spokesperson's comments followed a news report by the Financial Times newspaper on 11 July, which quoted Steve Timms, BAE managing director for naval ships, as saying "New Zealand is clearly interested" in the company's 6,900-tonne Type 26 frigate, on which the Hunter-class design in based.

According to the report, Timms said a deal with New Zealand could involve "two or three" vessels but declined to elaborate.

BAE Systems Australia signed a AUD35 billion (USD25 billion) contract in June 2018 with the Australian government to locally build nine Hunter-class frigates to replace the RAN's Anzac-class frigates, which have been in service since 1996 and were built by Australian shipbuilder Tenix Defence. Tenix Defence was acquired by BAE Systems in 2008.

(Jane's)

Eks Taming Sari Bukti Keunggulan TLDM Kendali Persenjataan Peluru Berpandu

17 Juli 2019


Peluncuran misil Sea Skua dan Exocet selama latihan (all photos : RMN)

KUANTAN – Eksesais Taming Sari 19/2019 menyaksikan kejayaan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia melakukan penembakan peluru berpandu anti kapal, Exocet MM40 Block II dan Sea Skua.

Eksesais Taming Sari yang merupakan kemuncak Eksesais Kerismas 26/2019 yang telah dilaksanakan semenjak 1 Julai yang lalu.

Penembakan peluru berpandu Exocet MM40 Block II telah dilancarkan oleh kapal KD Kasturi manakala dua peluru berpandu Sea Skua telah dilancarkan dari helikopter Super Lynx.

Menteri Pertahanan, Mohamad Sabu dan Timbalan Menteri Pertahanan, Senator Liew Chin Tong turut hadir menyaksikan latihan ini.



“Apa yang saya lihat adalah TLDM mempunyai keupayaan untuk mengendalikan keupayaan teknologi baharu,

“Kalau dilengkapkan dengan lebih moden, saya percaya TLDM mampu melakukannya,” kata Menteri Pertahanan dalam sidang media di Markas Wilayah laut 1 (MAWILLA 1) di Kuantan, hari ini.

Beliau turut menegaskan bahawa Malaysia merupakan negara maritim dan perlu menjaga khazanah lautnya.

“Saya berharap kelengkapan TLDM dipertingkatkan dari masa ke semasa,” ujarnya yang turut berpuas hati dengan kejayaan tersebut.



Eks Kerismas merupakan latihan terbesar buat TLDM. Latihan ketenteraan yang dijalankan di kawasan laut pantai timur Semenanjung Malaysia menyaksikan kehadiran 13 buah kapal dan sebuah kapal selam TLDM.

Menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Markas Pemerintahan Armada Barat, latihan ini juga turut menyaksikan kehadiran aset-aset TUDM seperti F/A-18D, helikopter EC-725 dan pesawat rondaan maritim Beechcraft B200T.

“Latihan ini dapat memberikan impak positif kepada komuniti maritim di Pantai Timur Semenanjung Malaysia khususnya keyakinan mereka terhadap kemampuan serta komitmen ATM amnya dan TLDM khasnya dalam menjaga keselamatan perairan negara,” jelas kenyataan tersebut.

(Air Times)

16 Juli 2019

Army’s RPG Launchers Ordered from Russia to be Delivered Soon

16 Juli 2019


RPG-7V2 handheld rocket propelled grenade launcher (photo : Vitaly Kuzmin)

“The Philippine Army (PA) is expected to receive its shipment of Russian-made RPG-7V2 rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launchers in the next few days,” MaxDefense Philippines said in its Armed Forces of the Philipppines (AFP) modernization portal.

The said project was delayed due to issues on United States government’s Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

The Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) worth PHP408 million was released by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in June 2018 to cover the Rocket Launcher Light Acquisition Project under the Horizon 1 of the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Director General of JSC Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev signed the deal for supply and delivery of RPG-7V grenade launchers and ammunition in October 2017 at the sidelines of 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers-Plus Meeting in in Clark, Pampanga.

(Mintfo)

Vietnam Quietly Builds Up 10 Islands in South China Sea

16 Juli 2019

An aerial view of Southwest Cay, also known as Pugad Island, controlled by Vietnam and part of the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, April 21, 2017 (photo : VOA)

Both China and Vietnam are building up small islands in the South China Sea, a waterway known in Vietnam as the East Sea.

China has received a lot of criticism for its actions there. But Vietnam receives very little international criticism. In fact, the country even gets some support because the speed of its island-building project is slower and widely seen as defensive.

There are several differences between the ways the countries are operating in the South China Sea. First, Vietnam has held its islands for many years. In addition, the areas where work takes place are close to the Vietnamese mainland. The country avoids military projects that might appear offensive. Lastly, Vietnam belongs to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). That organization is known for helping its members work out any differences.

Alan Chong is an associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He explains that Vietnam and neighboring ASEAN nations have kept to the areas near their borders around the sea.

"They've never had, I think, a standoff with any other country," Chong said. He added that within ASEAN, members do not want to cause each other trouble "so as to present a common front towards China."

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said in a report on April 8 that Vietnam has "slowly" added buildings on some of its 10 islands since 2017. The initiative is a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a research group based in the United States.

The report also noted new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of an airport runway on Vietnam’s largest property in the Spratly Islands.

See full article VOA

Highly Mobile Rocket Systems to Stay in Australia after Talisman Sabre Ends

16 Juli 2019


HIMARS of the USMC in Talisman Sabre 2019 (photos : Aus DoD)

High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, known as HIMARS, will train with Marines in Darwin, Australia, after participating in this month’s Talisman Sabre exercise Down Under, according to the Marine Corps.

A platoon from the Okinawa-based 12th Marine Regiment brought three HIMARS launchers to Australia for the monthlong, biennial drills involving 34,000 U.S. and Australian troops.

“The HIMARS is a highly mobile artillery rocket system,” 12th Marines commander Col. Mike Roach said in a phone interview from Australia on Thursday. “It’s light and it’s air transportable but it’s all-weather capable and provides a range up to [186 miles].”

On Monday, 50 Marines teamed up with the Air Force, Australian army and Royal Australian Air Force to practice inserting the launchers into an expeditionary air base before conducting live-fire drills in coordination with ground and amphibious forces, Roach said.



Air Force C-130J cargo planes out of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, and KC-130s out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in mainland Japan flew the launchers into Williamson Airfield in the Australian state of Queensland.

The launchers conducted live-fire training with reduced-range practice rounds, but the capability of the HIMARS wasn’t lost on Australian troops who watched them in action, Roach said.

“All the folks out there were very impressed at what it can do,” he said.

The rocket artillery has participated in Talisman Sabre in past years. It has also seen service in Afghanistan and Iraq, where it struck insurgents up to 50 miles from where launchers were based, Roach said.

In an area as large as the Pacific, the rocket artillery provides commanders with the range to go after time-sensitive targets, he said.



After the exercise, the launchers will move to Australia’s Northern Territory, where 2,500 Marines are training over summer as part of Marine Rotational Force — Darwin, Roach said.

“The HIMARS are taking advantage of the opportunity that Australia provides,” he said.

The sparsely-populated continent with its massive military training areas is a contrast to the Marines’ home on Okinawa, where military bases take up much of the island, causing friction with some locals.

The HIMARS will conduct training in Darwin in August, Roach said.

(Stars and Stripes)

HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan (OPV 552) Ready to Tested

16 Juli 2019


HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan 552 OPV (all photos : Navy for Life)

Royal boat, Prachuap Khiri Khan 552 move again into the dry dock at Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard to make a Ship Stability Test and preparing to test the ship in the part of the hull and the propulsion system in the next week



The Royal Ship Prachuap Khiri Khan is a type of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), the number of ships 552, which is affiliated with the 1st ship division Battle Squadron.



Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) will be named seaside provinces such as HMS Prachuap Khiri Khan etc. In the past, when there was no Long-range surveillance ship the Navy used to use the province name.

(Navy for Life)

15 Juli 2019

Indonesian Aerospace Hesitates to Take NC212i Order

15 Juli 2019


NC212i aircraft (image : PTDI)

KUALA LUMPUR—Indonesian Aerospace is temporarily declining to accept a Philippine order for six NC212i transports while it considers whether it can deliver them on time. 

Philippines Air Force (PAF) Chief Air Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez said the aircraft should be received in 2020, but the manufacturer would not confirm when asked by Aerospace Daily. 

“We need to synchronize the aircraft production line to ensure that we can meet the delivery schedule before the contract"

(Aviation Week Aerospace Daily)

RMAF’s Bomb Evolutions

15 Juli 2019


An LGB and JDAM inert units displayed with an F/A-18 Hornet at LIMA 2017 (photo : Malaysian Defence)

The introduction of McDonnell Douglas A-4PTM Skyhawk fighter bombers in 1984 brought along new capabilities in the fight against Communist Terrorists (CT) hiding deep in the jungles of Peninsular Malaysia.

Previously, two of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) strike aircraft namely the Canadair CL-41G-5 Tebuan light strike/jet trainer and Northrop F-5E Tiger II supersonic interceptor were employed to drop Mk 80 iron bombs over suspected CT camps often with mixed results.



The Malaysians managed to get unspecified numbers of Mark 14 Tail Retarding Device (TRD) kits to be installed on Mk 80 family bombs. In Snake Eye configuration, the extended fins increases tail drag and slows down front speed thus enabling the low flying aircraft to pass through bombing area safely without the risk of hitting its own bomb shrapnel and fragments.

In 1997, with the delivery of McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D+ NiteStrike Hornet to the RMAF’s No 18 Skn, a more precise delivery capability has been obtained in the form of GBU-16 Paveway II laser guided bomb (LGB). The Paveway II essentially is kitted together with Mk 82 bombs. It is believed that the Hornet is also able to dispense Snake Eye bombs but with the acceptance of Paveway II smart bombs, the Snake Eye has essentially becomes obsolete and eventually being withdrawn from use.


Su-30MKM with Paveway II (GBU-12 bomb) (photo : MMP)

The effectiveness of Paveway II bombs in combat could be seen during Ops Daulat in 2013 as around five rounds were dispensed with devastating effect on the enemy’s positions. Paveway becomes the Air Force weapon of choice so much so they integrate the system with the KNAAPO built Sukhoi Su-30MKM (NATO Reporting Name: Flanker), the only country that have mated Russian made aircraft with US made weapon system.

During the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) 2017 show, the Air Force took the opportunity to showcase its Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bombs now equipping the upgraded Boeing F/A-18D Mod 25X Hornet. Unlike Paveway bombs which needs their targets to be painted by special forces on the ground, Mk 82 bombs equipped with JDAM kits only need GPS coordinates of target being keyed in. Malaysian JDAM have yet to see combat.


Tubitak Sage KGK bomb (photo : sondakika)

The next evolution of bomb that yet to be acquired by the RMAF is glide bombs. Turkish TUBITAK Sage has come up with Kanatlı Güdüm Kiti (KGK) precision guidance wing kit that converts Mark 82 bombs into long range fire and forget smart weapons. The KGK would give the RMAF’s strike fighters especially the Hornets and the Sukhoi a stand off strike capability.

Owing strong relationship with Turkish defence industries and strategic value, KGK should be considered as a priority procurement.

(MFH)

Vietnam Seeks for Bigger Surface Combatans

15 Juli 2019


Delegation of the Ministry of Defense of Vietnam visited the frigate Admiral Kasatonov - Project 22350 Admiral Gorshokov class at IDMS Exhibition 2019, which has length of 120m and 5.400 tonnes in weight (photo : BaoDatViet)

Missile defense ship Project 22356 is the commercial version of Admiral Gorshokov - Project 22350, Russia was officially launched at IDMS 2019.

Currently, Vietnam is actively looking for a new class of battleships with higher combat capability than the first 4 3.9 Gepard missile defense ships that have entered service.

There has been an assumption that we will order 2 more Gepard 3.9 with a more powerful weapon configuration but unfortunately, the upgraded version design has not yet been completed by Russia but only in the form of a demonstration model.


The image of the warship appearing on the screen is the fringe of Project 11356 (photo : BaoDatViet)

Before this situation, at the two international military exhibitions, Army 2019 and especially IDMS 2019, noted the move of the Vietnamese military delegation.

Russian media recently posted a meeting of Vietnam's high-level military delegation to attend IDMS 2019 Exhibition with the Russian state-owned Rosoboronexport State Import-Export Corporation. During the meeting, the image of the missile defense ship Project 11356 appeared, showing our interest.

But the Vietnamese delegation not only paid attention to the frigate Project 11356 but also directly visited and evaluated missile defense ship Admiral Kasatonov - Project 22350, second Admiral Admiral Gorshkov class. This vessel is rated as a more advanced design when placed next to Project 11356.


Multi-purpose frigate model Project 22356 is displayed by Russia at IDMS Exhibition 2019 (photo : BaoDatViet)

Project 22356 frigate is designed to destroy all targets of air, on and in the sea surface of the enemy, with the ability to attack the ground very strong through a powerful missile array.

The ship is 135 meters long; width 16.4 m; water draft 4.53 m; load of full load of 4,550 tons; maximum speed of 29.5 knots / h; range of 4,500 nautical miles; The time for continuous sea fishing is 30 days.

Russia has pre-engineered a number of basic configurations for customers to choose from, when the electronic system can include Fregat-M2EM or Fregat-MAE-3 air reconnaissance radar, fire control radar is Mineral-ME, Sigma-E22356 or Trebovanie-M combat management system, with electronic countermeasures TK-25E or KT-308-05.


Project 11356 Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate has a length of 124.8m and 4.075 tonnes (photo : Naval Today)

The ship's armament is notable, customers can choose to configure 16 Yakhont supersonic anti-ship missiles or 16 Kalibr-NKE missiles, but the second option is superior to the Kalibr-combination. NKE deployed both anti-submarine missiles and ground-based cruise missiles via UKSK multi-purpose launchers.

Air defenses are also available in two options: carrying Shtil-1 medium-range missile combos with 36 9M317ME interceptors 50 km long, or Rif-M system (naval version of S-300F lift level) with 32 long range 48N6E2 missiles of 195 km, creating a room that is not extremely reliable.

In addition, there was a single 130 mm gunboat and 2 30 mm rapid-firing guns, flight deck and stern carrier that allowed carrying a Ka-28 underground helicopter or warning helicopter. early air Ka-31.

Both 22356 and 11356 Project frigates are extremely powerful ships, if Vietnam chooses any class of ships, it will take naval forces to a new level.

(BaoDatViet)

RAAF Begins Annual Training with F-22 Raptors

15 Juli 2019


USAF F-22 Raptor with the F/A-18F Super Hornet (photo : Aus DoD)

The RAAF has started flying alongside USAF F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft as part of an Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) activity for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.
The aim of Enhanced Air Cooperation is to strengthen the ability of Australia and the US to work together as well as regional partners.

Group Captain Stephen Chappell, Commander of the Amberley based Australian-US task unit for the exercise, said training with the stealth fighter aircraft honed Australian fifth-generation integration and provided valuable training.

“Talisman Sabre builds on the regular exercises we do at Amberley, in the United States and the key training programs and exchanges with USAF and US Navy that we use to develop our tactics, techniques and procedures,” Group Captain Chappell said.

“Integration with the fifth-generation platforms like F-22 and F-35 are key to how we will do our job both now and in the future.

“We train with Raptors annually, and this is a continuation of the journey and the ongoing pursuit and maintenance of full air combat integration.

“For Talisman Sabre, we will be focusing on how we operate and train on our F/A-18 Classic Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and E-7A Wedgetail in the same theatre as this advanced F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet.”

Colonel Barley Baldwin, Amberley USAF Group Commander, 13th Expeditionary Air Force said his personnel were looking forward to the opportunity to exercise in Australia.

“Exercises and training opportunities like Talisman Sabre 19 foster stronger relationships and increase interoperability with our Australian allies, as well as enable our aircrew and support personnel to become familiar with conducting operations out of Royal Australian air bases,” Colonel Baldwin said.

“I am excited for the 90th Fighter Squadron to return to Queensland where the squadron first established its long term relationship in with the Australians in 1942.

“During Talisman Sabre 2019, RAAF and USAF Airmen will train for high-end, modern combat as we continue to build upon our 70-plus year relationship.”

The USAF have deployed F-22 Raptors from 90th Fighter Squadron, the E-3C Sentry from the 962nd AACS, the KC-10 Extender from the 6th Air Refuelling Squadron, and a B-52 Stratofortress from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron to support Talisman Sabre.

(ADM)

14 Juli 2019

More Second Hand Indonesian CN-235 Enters African Market

14 Juli 2019

CN235-110M of the President of Madagascar (photo : Presidence de Madagascar)

Madagascar has recently unveils its nine new aircraft consist of an IAe CN-235-110M, three AS350 Squirrel helicopters, five Cessna 206 aircraft. The CN-235 was formerly operated by the Botswana Defence Force Air Wing. It was initially sold to Togolese Air Force in 2012 as part of fleet capitalisation of the former. The deal did not materialised though and the Indonesian-made aircraft, acquired by Botswana in 1988 find itself in South Africa before eventually ended up in Madagascar hand.

The CN-235 and the C206 will be used in support of the air transport operation of the Malagasy military as well as Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) and Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Response (HADR) operations.

The Malagasy CN-235 is the second Indonesian made aircraft that ended up in Africa’s secondary market. Previously a CN-235-110 aircraft formerly operated by the United Arab Emirates Air Defence & Air Force (UAEADAF) was handed over to the Mauritanian Air Force  last May 2019.

This was not the first CN-235 operated over Madagascar as Tiko Air had previously operated a former South African Air Force (SAAF) CN-235 until 2006.

(MFH)

13 Juli 2019

Vietnam, Thailand and Others Interested in Gepard Frigate and Karakurt-class Missile Corvettes

13 Juli 2019


Project 22800 Karakurt missile corvettes (photo : TASS)

UAE, Saudi navies eye Russian-made Gepard frigate, Karakurt-class missile corvettes

ST. PETERSBURG/TASS/. Military delegations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam have displayed interest in the Russian-made frigate Gepard-3.9 and Project 22800 ‘Karakurt’ missile corvettes at the St. Petersburg International Maritime Defense Show, the press office of the Zelenodolsk Shipyard reported on Friday.

The military attache from Nigeria, the delegations of the UAE, Saudi and Vietnamese navies and the armed forces of Namibia, Ghana, Thailand and other countries viewed the exposition at the St. Petersburg naval show, the press office said.

"The visitors displayed a special interest in the frigate Gepard-3.9, Project 22800 small missile ships, Project 22160 patrol vessels, Project 21980 anti-subversion boats and Project A223 amphibious assault boats," the Shipyard’s representatives said.
Project 22800 Karakurt missile corvettes (photo : Navy Recognition)

The visitors of the St. Petersburg naval show could also view the Project 21631 small missile ship, the Project 21980 special-purpose boat and the Project 22160 patrol vessel built by the Zelenodolsk Shipyard, the statement said.

Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvettes are a Russian series of green-water multipurpose missile/artillery warships. The corvettes of this class developed by specialists of the St. Petersburg-based Almaz Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering displace about 800 tonnes and develop a speed of over 30 knots.

Karakurt-class corvettes are armed with Kalibr or Oniks missiles, and also with the modernized AK-176MA 76.2mm artillery system. The corvettes’ endurance is 15 days.

Overall, the shipbuilders are planning to build 18 warships of this Project for the Russian Navy.

Gepard 3.9 model at IMDS 2019 (photo : TASS)

The Project 11661 Gepard-3.9 frigate is designated to carry out patrol missions and protect state maritime borders and exclusive economic zones, support maritime operations and be present in the areas of national interest.

The Project 11661 frigate has a displacement of 1,500 tonnes. It is equipped with artillery guns, anti-ship, air defense and anti-submarine warfare weapons.

The ninth International Maritime Defense Show runs at the Lenexpo Exhibition Center in St. Petersburg on July 10-14. The naval show has been organized by the Industry and Trade Ministry with the support of the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, the state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the St. Petersburg government. A total of 353 companies, including 28 foreign firms from 19 countries are taking part in the naval show.

(TASS)