26 Mei 2020

Banjarmasin Class, Kapal Perang TNI AL yang Mampu Membawa 5 Helikopter

26 Mei 2020

Banjarmasin class terdiri dari 2 kapal yaitu KRI Banjarmasin 592 dan KRI Banda Aceh 593 (photo : MO Roy)

KRI Banjarmasin 592, Kapal Perang Buatan RI Bikin Menepuk Dada

VIVA – Mengulik tentang alat utama sistem senjata atau alutsista milik TNI Angkatan Laut tidak akan habis dalam satu hari saja. Karena TNI AL memiliki berbagai macam jenis kapal yang memiliki fungsi beragam.

Nah edisi alutsista milik TNI AL yang akan dibahas VIVA Militer Minggu 24 Mei 2020 kali ini adalah Kapal Perang Republik Indonesia (KRI) Banjarmasin 592. Dilansir dari akun Instagram resmi milik Kolinlamil, ternyata KRI Banjarmasin 592 adalah kapal perang buatan lokal atau buatan anak bangsa.

Kapal yang diproduksi oleh PT PAL Indonesia ini memakan waktu pengerjaan selama 36 bulan dan pembuatannya sendiri berada di Surabaya. Kapal ini berjenis Landing Platform Dock atau LPD.

Meski buatan dalam negeri, kapal ini juga dilengkapi dengan teknologi yang canggih lho. KRI Banjarmasin 592 memiliki teknologi desain semi siluman, jadi selain untuk bertempur, kapal ini juga bisa digunakan untuk misi kemanusiaan.

Kapal ini mampu mengangkut 5 buah helikopter : 3 di dek heli, dan 2 di hanggar (photo : PAL)

Kapal dengan slogan Amun Mundur Kada atau pantang menyerah ini ternyata sudah bertugas sejak Maret 2011. Meski sudah berusia 9 tahun, kapal ini masih gagah untuk menjaga laut Indonesia daerah pulau Kalimantan.

KRI Banjarmasin 592 memiliki kemampuan berlayar selama 30 hari tanpa berhenti. Selain itu kapal ini dirancang untuk membawa pasukan ke zona perang melalui laut. Tidak hanya itu, kapal perang ini juga dirancang untuk membawa kekuatan udara terbatas atau helikopter.

Untuk daya angkut yang dimiliki KRI Banjarmasin 592 ini juga terbilang banyak, karena mampu mengangkut 344 personel, 5 unit helikopter berjenis Mi-2 atau Bel-412, dan 20 kendaraan tempur berat berupa tank.

Kapal ini dilengkapi persenjataan berupa 3 unit meriam howitzer, 2 unit LCVP (Landing Craft Vechile Personal), serta juga dilengkapi dengan rumah sakit darurat.


25 Mei 2020

Russian MoD Signed a Contract for Two Helicopter Carriers

25 Mei 2020

2 LPD will be built at Zaliv shipyard, Kerch, Crimea, Russia (image : bastion-karpenko)

MOSCOW/TASS /. The Ministry of Defense signed a contract with the Kerch shipyard Zaliv for the construction of the first two Russian universal landing ships (UDC) for a total amount of about 100 billion rubles. This was reported by TASS a source in the military-industrial complex.

“The contract has been signed, its total cost is about 100 billion rubles. The laying of the ships should take place in the coming weeks,” the source said.

TASS does not have official confirmation of contract information. The press service of the Zaliv plant told TASS that the company was technically ready to build helicopter carriers in the interests of the Russian Navy, but noted that they did not have information about the deal and the timing of laying the ships.

Design of the ship looks different from the previous pictures or miniatures (photo : bmpd)

As TASS sources in the shipbuilding industry reported earlier, the displacement of ships of a new class for the Russian fleet will be 25 thousand tons, with a maximum length of about 220 meters. One Russian UDC will carry more than 20 heavy helicopters on board, will receive a docking chamber for landing boats and will be able to transport up to 900 marines.

Universal landing ships, also called helicopter carriers, are capable of carrying a group of heavy helicopters for various purposes, transporting from several hundred to 1 thousand marines; they are equipped with a dock for boats, transport armored vehicles. Ships of this class were previously in the Russian Federation, and before that they were not built in the USSR.


Jose Rizal Class, Between CMS and Link 16

25 Mei 2020

Arrival of BRP Jose Rizal (photo : PN)

Philippine Navy’s first brand new warship comes home

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Navy’s first brand new warship, to be christened BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), dropped anchor in Subic Bay, Zambales on Saturday (May 23) after a five-day voyage from Ulsan, South Korea.

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) delivered the first of two 2,600-ton missile-capable frigate of the Philippine Navy. It carried 31 Korean crew men and 61 Philippine Navy sailors.

The future BRP Jose Rizal was escorted by the BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17), together with one Agusta Westland (AW) 109 helicopter and C-90 fixed wing aircraft toward the anchorage area on Friday afternoon (May 22), the Navy said in a statement.

Early Saturday, the future BRP Jose Rizal received passing honors from BRP Andres Bonifacio and three multi-purpose assault craft with Navy anti-submarine and AW-109 helicopters hovering above.

Before the ship’s tentative commissioning set on June 19, the birthday of Jose Rizal whom the ship was named after, the crew will first go on quarantine prior to final acceptance evaluation by the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC), the Navy said.

The Philippine government had signed a deal with HHI in October 2016 for two multi-role frigates worth P16 billion.

Documents seen by INQUIRER.net showed that HHI pushed for the delivery of the frigate even without the pre-delivery inspection by the TIAC in South Korea due to travel restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

HHI president and CEO Yeong Seuk Han wrote to Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on April 14 to suggest that the final acceptance evaluation be done in the Philippines after delivery of the vessel “by way of relevant amendment of contract.”

“As most of the assessments are already completed, I believe there is no problem with final acceptance evaluation in the Philippines,” Yeong’s letter read.

Combat Management Systems (CMS)

The selection of combat management systems (CMS) for the frigates had put the deal in national spotlight in 2018. The Navy was then pushing for Tacticos of Thales Nederland, a CMS already compatible with Link 16, compared to the CMS picked by the HHI, which was Naval Shield ICMS of Hanwha Systems.

The contract stated that the shipbuilder would have the “sole right” to choose the subsystems, which was then opposed by the Navy but not by the Department of National Defense.

HHI promised in 2017 that Hanwha Systems’ Naval Shield ICMS would be compatible with Link 16 by 2019 or before the first frigate was delivered.

In the same letter to Lorenzana, Yeong said HHI had demonstrated compatibility with Link 16 using the Air Defense System Integrator (ADSI) equipment of Ultra Electronics during sea acceptance tests in February 2020.

But HHI could not yet produce the US Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification required by the TIAC to validate these tests.

BRP Jose Rizal FF-150 (photo : HHI)

Yeong said in his letter that HHI and Hanwha Systems representatives had visited Ultra Electronics in the US and “verified the certificate with their naked eyes.”

“However, as it is a classified document that requires the prior approval of US government for provision to third parties, it has been confirmed that it is a force majeure that the certificate cannot be submitted at this time,” Yeong wrote.

“Therefore, we have no choice but to submit the confirmation letter by the ROK Minister of National Defense as well as relevant document by DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration) in lieu of the certificate of the ADSI test equipment,” he added.

INQUIRER.net learned from a security official familiar with the project that the standard conformity tests by the US JITC for the Naval Shield ICMS and Link 16 may be moved to 2021.

Korean Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeongdoo also wrote to Lorenzana on April 20, providing guarantee that the ADSI of Ultra Electronics is accredited to conduct Link 16 compatibility tests.

“It has been verified with the US manufacturer of the ADSI, Ultra Electronics Limited, that the ADSI has received the Link 16 compatibility certification of the US JITC,” said Jeong.

He said that the ROK Defense Communication Command and the Agency for Defense Development have also adopted the ADSI from the same US manufacturer, Ultra Electronics, and are conducting Link 16 compatibility tests.  

“With these facts as basis, I would like to request your active support so that the approval of for the compatibility of the Philippine frigate’s combat management system with Link 16 may be given soon and lead to the successful delivery of frigate number 1,” Jeong said.

Lorenzana responded to Yeong on April 20, approving the request of HHI to deliver the BRP Jose Rizal to the Philippines.

The defense chief said the letter of guarantee from HHI and confirmation by the ROK Ministry of National Defense were sufficient for the Philippine DND to accept HHI recommendation to conduct final acceptance tests for the frigate in the Philippines.

Lorenzana listed a few conditions, however.

1. The final acceptance evaluation of the vessel shall be subjected to technical inspection and acceptance standards and procedures provided in the contract;

2. The HHI shall warrant the vessel and still be accountable until such time that the final acceptance evaluation has been concluded and the vessel has been accepted by TIAC. In addition, HHI will submit certification of the frigate CMS being compatible with Link 16 once this was available.

Link 16

The Link 16 compatibility, set in the contract requirements for the frigates deal, would have been the first for the Philippine Navy.

If future Navy ships would be eventually installed with Link 16 equipment later on, sailors would have enhanced monitoring of battle space operations, share information in real time and level up interoperability with allies and other local platforms fitted with this capability.

Everything that a ship at sea could detect or all information that it would gather, could also be seen by other local platforms and allies connected to the network. There would be real-time data swapping without getting hacked or being intercepted by the Chinese or other hostile force, explained one Navy official familiar with the frigate project.


SM-1 Helikopter Latih Pertma Milik TNI AU

25 Mei 2020

SM-1 helikopter Mi-1 versi Polandia (AURI MiG plane photo)

Kiprah Mil MI-1 Helikopter Latih Pertama yang Hampir Terlupakan

VIVA – Helikopter SM-1 merupakan salah satu jenis helikopter yang dioperasionalkan TNI AU pada era 1950-an. Prototipe awal SM-1 adalah GM-1 (Gelikopter Mil atau helikopter Mil), yang diproduksi oleh perusahaan Mikhail Mil dari Rusia.

Keberadaan pesawat helikopter di Indonesia, diawali dengan berhasilnya Wiweko Soepono menyelesaikan sekolah penerbang helikopter di Amerika tahun 1950 dengan jenis Hiller-360 yang mulai datang di Indonesia tahun 1953, dan Wiweko menjadi penerbang helikopter pertama Indonesia.

Berdasarkan informasi yang diterima VIVA Militer melalui situs resmi TNI AU Minggu 25 Mei 2020, pada tahun 1950an ini ada suatu peristiwa yang menarik. Presiden RI Ir. Soekarno merupakan presiden pertama di dunia yang menggunakan helikopter sebagai pesawat kepresidenan, yang kemudian dalam perkembangan selanjutnya diikuti oleh negara-negara lainnya.

Penambahan armada helikopter menjadi skala prioritas dalam mengembangkan kekuatan AURI saat itu, yakni dengan mendatangkan berbagai jenis pesawat dari negara-negara Blok Timur. Salah satunya adalah dengan membeli helikopter jenis SM-1 dari Polandia sebanyak delapan unit dan mulai berdatangan antara tahun 1958-1959.

Kedatangan helikopter SM-1 di Indonesia, juga membawa serta seorang instruktur terbang bernama Mr. Richard Widskorsky yang  mendidik dan melatih dua orang pilot TNI AU yakni Soewoto Soekendar dan Ashadi Tjahjadi untuk mengawaki SM-1.

Helikopter ringan untuk latih SM-1 buatan WSK-Swidnik, Polandia (photo : Indomiliter)

Masa bakti SM-1 di Tanah Air tak berlangsung lama, seperti halnya pesawat terbang dan helikopter yang didatangkan dari Blok Timur lainya. Ini dikarenakan mengalami kesulitan dalam pengadaan suku cadang dan tahun 1970 seluruh SM-1 dinyatakan non operasional.

Dari delapan unit yang ada, masih tersisa sebuah SM-1 dengan tail number H-121 yang kemudian dijadikan monumen di gerbang masuk Lanud Atang Sendjaja, Bogor. 

Setelah puluhan tahun menjadi monumen dan identitas Lanud Atang Sendjaya, berdasarkan instruksi Kasau Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto pada bulan Agustus 2017, pesawat SM-1 di relokasi ke Museum Pusat TNI AU Dirgantara Mandala Yogyakarta.

Pemindahan pesawat SM-1 ini adalah sebagai benda sejarah yang perlu disimpan dan diabadikan untuk dikenang sepanjang masa. Selain itu, pesawat ini juga bisa sebagai bahan pembelajaran, baik oleh generasi penerus bangsa maupun pihak TNI AU sendiri.


24 Mei 2020

Royal Thai Air Force Test New Model V-150 MOD Armored Car

24 Mei 2020

Test of V-150 MOD (all photos : RTAF)

Air Force Command Unit Thai Air Force Conducted a performance test for the modernized V-150 MOD 4x4 armored vehicle at the Victory Air Weapon Training Field Lopburi province on May 21, 2020.

In the picture set, you will see the combined forces with Department of Special Air Operations, Cadillac Gage V-150 Commando 4x4, Rheinmetall Condor 4x4, and Helicopter Airbus Helicopter EC725, Squadron 200, Wing 2, Khok Krathong, Lop Buri.

Currently, Armored Security Vehicle Company, Department of Special Operations Air Force Command Unit Thai Air Force, there are two types of 4x4 tire armored vehicles stationed in two companies. The armored vehicle consisted of a V-150 US mounted turret with an M2 .50cal heavy machine gun and twelve MG3 7.62mm co-axial machine guns and Condor Germany mounted with a gun turret, large 20mm machine gun and 18 7.62mm co-axial machine gun.

Although it doesn't have very clear details But the newly modified V-150 MOD 4x4 wheel armor vehicle is heavily modified from the original V-150. With the front glass layout for the driver station And a new left and right side mirror on the side of the car there is an additional fire box from the inside of the car. And the back of the car seems to be equipped with a new propulsion engine On the front roof is a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) turret equipped with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun and a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

As of this writing, no details have been revealed about the V-150 MOD at Air Yothin. But the vehicle improvements have some parts similar to the improvements to the V-150 rubber armored vehicles, tank companies, tank battalions, marines Royal Thai Marine Corps, of the Royal Thai Navy.

Chaiseri metal and rubber Co. Ltd., Thailand, has improved the IMI WAVE 200 Israeli remote turret for the Browning M2HB .50cal heavy machine gun, as the company Panus Assembly Co Ltd. Thailand had improved armored V-150 armored vehicles of the Marine Corps, Thailand, the prototype HMV-150 tires have been used for trial at the southern border.

Both Chaiseri Thai and Panus Thailand is competing in the procurement of 2 light armored vehicles of the Royal Thai Air Force, but it is unknown whether it is relevant, with the test of the latest Island V-150 MOD.


$206 Million Investment in Upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base

25 Mei 2020

Ohakea Air Force Base (photo : spitfirepv270)

The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.

The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and is part of the Defence Estate Regeneration Programme. Cabinet approval will be sought for final project and funding arrangements for each phase.

“Base Ohakea plays an essential role in maintaining New Zealand’s national security. It  is a principal staging point for NZDF operations, and our response to national, regional and global humanitarian disasters and emergencies,” said Ron Mark.

“The base is also often used as the point of entry for the armed forces of our strategic partners, and its ability to cope with surges of personnel and equipment is vital.

“This spending is required to rectify longstanding problems with Base Ohakea’s supporting infrastructure and ensure the base can continue to function.

“Critical compliance and safety issues will be addressed, as well as upgrades to fuelling and logistics facilities, taxiways and aprons, accommodation and fresh, storm and waste water reticulation.

“Demands on Base Ohakea are increasing with four busy fleets of aircraft – the NH90 and A109 helicopters, the KA350 small transport and training aircraft, and the Texan pilot trainer. In the near future the base will need to be ready to accept the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft fleet. The changes provide flexibility to respond to future demands on the Defence Force and will ensure the base can accommodate these aircraft for several decades to come.

“While the upgrades at Ohakea focus on infrastructure, there is a direct correlation to the wellbeing of our personnel. Improvements to health, safety and compliance enables the Defence Force to meet the needs of a modern workforce.

“A large proportion of the Defence Estate was built over 70 years ago, during World War II. Almost 80% of the Defence Estate is reaching the end of its remaining useful life, and must be replaced in the next 30 years.

“I can also announce today that of the $676.5 million of additional Defence Force operating funding included in Budget 2020,  $69.9 million is planned for investment into the Defence Estate,” said Ron Mark.

The $69.9 million includes:

-$63.9 million for deferred maintenance across NZDF camps and bases, which will help clear the backlog of deferred maintenance at NZDF bases and camps, which has contributed to 42% of the Defence Estate being assessed as only marginally fit for purpose
-$6 million for Healthy Homes compliance, which will help NZDF meet the Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019, which established minimum standards for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress and drainage, and draught stopping in rental properties, and come into effect in 2022 for the NZDF.
“Defence Estate and infrastructure work across our camps and bases will create jobs and provide a crucial boost to regions during the COVID-19 economic recovery and rebuild, with local contractors completing the work,” said Ron Mark.

These investments build on the strong progress made by the Coalition Government this term in regenerating the Defence Estate, through major decisions such as: 

-Refreshing the Defence Estate Regeneration Programme, with Cabinet in April 2019 increasing the indicative capital funding envelope from $1.7 billion under the previous Government, to $2.1 billion out to 2030;
-Providing $86.1 million of new capital and operating funding across Budgets 2018 and 2019 for the Defence Estate; and
-Commencing the over $200 million of infrastructure works for facilities dedicated to operating and supporting the P-8A fleet at Ohakea.

23 Mei 2020

BRP Jose Rizal Arrived in Subic

23 Mei 2020

BRP Jose Rizal FF-150 (photo : Philippine Navy)

Philippine Navy announces arrival of BRP Jose Rizal

The Philippine Navy has announced the arrival of its first missile-capable warship today in Subic, Zambales. She will be known as BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) when commissioned to Navy service. This is after its five day voyage from Ulsan, South Korea.

The Philippine Navy also gave highlights of future FF-150’s very first interactions with other Navy assets.

“Upon reaching the Philippine waters early morning of May 21, FF150 exchanged signals and communications through radio with BRP Quezon (PS70) that is currently deployed in Mavulis Island, Batanes,” the Navy said.

“On early morning of May 22, the Naval Forces Northern Luzon welcomed FF150 by rendering a meeting procedure with its first patrol boat division composed of three patrol boats at the vicinity of Bolinao, Pangasinan,” it added.

In the afternoon of May 22, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) with one Augusta Westland (AW) 109 helicopter and C-90 Fixed Wing Aircraft conducted a meeting procedure with FF150 along the vicinity of Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

BRP Andres Bonifacio then escorted future BRP Jose Rizal to its designated anchorage area.

“Earlier today, frigate Jose Rizal was accorded the traditional passing honors with PS17 and three multipurpose assault crafts (MPACs). The momentous event was captured during the fly-by of two naval helicopters – the anti-submarine helicopter, AW159 and AW109,” the Navy added.

BRP Jose Rizal FF-150 (photo : Hanwha Sytems)

Navy’s Offshore Combat Force commander Commodore Karl Decapia presided the arrival of FF150. He said that the arrival of FF-150 signals the realization of a modern navy that is capable of imposing the Navy’s territorial defense mandate. 

Commodore Decapia thanked Philippine government leadership for standing behind Philippine Navy modernization in pursuit of a credible and modern navy.

“We are one with the Filipino people in expressing our profound gratitude in bringing pride and honor to the Philippine Navy and the AFP,” Philippine Fleet commander Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe said in a statement. “Our countrymen expect nothing less than the selfless and honorable service that we in the Fleet have sworn to uphold and protect. I enjoin everyone to sustain the momentum that you have gained and continue to aspire for competence and excellence.”

The Navy said the frigate’s sailing crew will undergo two-week quarantine in adherence to the strict health protocols being implemented by the Philippine government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Technical Inspection and Acceptance of the frigate will start after the quarantine period.

The Navy noted that arrival and commissioning ceremony is scheduled to be conducted on June 19 coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the ships namesake.


Lumindo Berhasil Rekondisi Beberapa Alutsista Korps Marinir

23 Mei 2020

Tank amfibi PT-76 Korps Marinir (photo : Trissan)

PT Lumindo Artha Sejati dalam medsos-nya menampilkan foto-foto pekerjaan yang dilakukan pada akhir tahun 2019 yang berhasil melakukan rekondisi beberapa alutsista Korps Marinir TNI AL.

Korps Marinir mempunyai sekitar 120 tank amfibi PT-76, sejak tahun 1990-an beberapa tank PT-76 telah mengalami retrofit dengan penggantian mesin dengan Detroit Diesel buatan AS, dan kanon dengan Cockerill Mk.III A-2 kaliber 90 mm buatan Belgia.

Kendaraan amfibi pengangkut pasukan Korps Marinir BTR-50 (photo : Lumindo)

Korps Marinir juga melakukan rekondisi pada kendaraan pendarat amfibi BTR-50 buatan Uni Sovyet. Marinir memiliki kendaraan ini dengan jumlah sekitar 120 unit dari berbagai varian, yaitu BTR-50P, BTR-50P (M) dan BTR-50PK.

Sebagaimana rekondisi kendaraan tempur pada umunya, bodi kendaraan benar-benar dilepaskan dari kaki-kaki (onderstel) serta peralatan elektronik kendaraan, sandblast dilakukan pada bodi dan dicat kembali. Mesin, kaki-kaki kendaraan, peralatan elektronik dan senjata semuanya dilakukan pengecekan kemudian dilakukan pemasangan sistem pemadam kebakaran baru pada kendaraan tempur.

PT Lumindo juga mengerjakan rekondisi kendaraan peluncur roket RM-70 Grad buatan Ceko (photo : Lumindo)

Setelah selesai kemudian kendaraan dicoba kembali, baik pada jalan darat maupun berenang dilaut. Sebelum kendaraan kembali berdinas ke kesatuannya, prosedur standarnya adalah harus lulus tes kelaikan.

Korps Marinir telah mempunyai rekanan untuk menjaga Serviceable alat utama sistem senjata dari Prancis yaitu PT Delima Jaya yang melakukan rekondisi kendaraan tempur tank AMX-10 PAC 90 serta kendaraan pendarat amfibi yaitu AMX-10P. Kini Korps Marinir mempunyai rekanan untuk menjaga Serviceable alat utama sistem senjata yang berasal dari Uni Sovyet/Rusia dan Eropa Timur yaitu PT. Lumindo Artha Sejati.

Ke depan, Marinir perlu menambah rekanan untuk melakukan pemeliharaan dan perawatan kendaraan tempurnya, karena Pemerintah mewajibkan adanya transfer of technology dalam setiap pembelian alutsista. ToT yang paling sederhana adalah mengajarkan untuk melakukan pemeliharaan dan perawatan. Dan juga Pasmar sekarang sudah ada tiga : Jakarta, Surabaya dan Sorong, sehingga di masing-masing kota ini harus ada.

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Bisalloy and Rheinmetall Teaming Agreement Extended

23 Mei 2020

Boxer 8x8 CRV (photo : Bisalloy)

Bisalloy Steel Group is pleased to announce the extension of its longstanding teaming agreement with Rheinmetall Defence Australia (Rheinmetall) for the further development and production of high performance armour steel for military vehicles. This steel is to be used for Rheinmetall’s Australian manufactured BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV), for export customers and specifically, once certified by the German Government, used as a source of supply for Rheinmetall in Germany.

Rheinmetall and Bisalloy are currently working together in Australia and Germany to create specialised grades of BISALLOY® Armour Steel for application on the BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to be delivered to the Commonwealth of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 program.

Bisalloy is two years into the development of new grades of armour steel in order to meet the exacting protection levels required for each BOXER 8×8 CRV. Once certified, Bisalloy steel will produce the best protection for Australian soldiers to ensure they survive and win in combat.

Bisalloy is also working closely with Rheinmetall as part of the company’s offer – the LYNX KF 41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) – for the $10 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 program and the supply of more than 400 IFVs to the ADF.

Bisalloy Steel Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Greg Albert said the company was proud to be part of a new military vehicle industry for Australia – and deliver world class armour steel to the ADF.

“Bisalloy has long worked in partnership with Australian steel producers, defence scientists and manufacturers of military vessels and vehicles to produce what we believe are some of the best armour plate products in the world,” Mr Albert said.

“Our work with Rheinmetall will ensure Bisalloy’s capabilities have created the best possible protection for the Australian soldier but also significant export opportunities for Australia.”

Bisalloy’s new armour steel is in the final stages of German Government qualification process.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart said qualification of Australian steel for the BOXER program would reconfirm Bisalloy’s status as a world class supplier of armour grade steel.

“Apart from ensuring supply to the LAND 400 Phase 2 vehicles, it will also qualify Bisalloy to work globally with Rheinmetall on future projects, including LAND 400 Phase 3 and other offshore defence programs,” Mr Stewart said.

Defence equipment's hull

Listed on the ASX and operating for 40 years, Bisalloy is Australia’s only manufacturer of high tensile and abrasion-resistant quenched and tempered steel plate used for armour, structural, protection and wear resistant steel applications.

Australia’s only manufacturer of impact resistant, armour and protection grade steels, Bisalloy has a long history of collaboration with the ADF. Developed in the 1980s for use in the hulls of the Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide Class Frigate, BISALLOY® Armour steel has since been used in several other local defence projects, including the Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles.

BISALLOY® Armour steel has become a leading product for defence applications in Australia and abroad and is specified for hulls in Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV), Collins Class submarines and the Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles in Australia, along with many APCs and LAVs worldwide.


22 Mei 2020

Modernisasi Alutsista Jadi Atensi TNI AL

22 Mei 2020

6 Fregat Van Speijk akan digantikan oleh 4 Sigma 10514 class dan 2 Iver Huitfeldt class (photo : Kivimaki) 

PROKAL.CO, JAKARTA - Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (KSAL) Laksamana TNI Yudo Margono langsung tancap gas. Usai pelantikan serta serah terima jabatan, dia segera menyusun sembilan program TNI AL. Seluruh program tersebut langsung disampaikan oleh Yudo kepada semua pejabat teras di bawah koordinasi matra laut.

Tidak kurang 39 pimpinan satuan kerja yang kini berada di bawah kendali Yudo menyimak penjelasan orang nomor satu di Angkatan Laut Indonesia tersebut. Sembilan program prioritas itu dibuat dalam rangka pembangunan kekuatan dan pembinaan kemampuan TNI AL ke depan. "Kesembilan program prioritas itu meliputi, pembangunan SDM, modernisasi KRI, pesawat udara dan material tempur," beber dia. 

Selain itu, pembangunan dan peningkatan sarana dan prasarana TNI AL, pembangunan sistem pembinaan kekuatan dan kesiapan operasional, penyelarasan doktrin; operasi; latihan dan sistem pendidikan, peningkatan kemampuan komando; kendali; komunikasi; komputer; intelijen; pengamatan; dan pengintaian, serta peningkatan kemampuan siber TNI AL juga masuk prioritas TNI AL. 

Yudo pun menyebut, pihaknya menekankan TNI AL ke depan mampu meningkatan program dan anggaran berbasis kinerja yang berorientasi hasil. "Perbaikan sistem dukungan logistik serta peningkatan kemampuan TNI AL menghadapi ancaman bersifat non konvensional," bebernya. Dia berharap penjelasan terkait dengan program-program tersebut dapat direalisasikan selama masa kepemimpinannya. 

Mantan panglima Kogabwilhan I dan panglima Komando Armada I itu pun menyebut, ke depan visi TNI AL adalah mewujudkan matra laut yang profesiobal, modern, serta tangguh. "Untuk mewujudkan Indonesia maju yang berdaulat, mandiri dan berkepribadian berdasarkan gotong royong," bebernya. Dia pun mengakui bahwa saat ini masalah Covid-18 masih harus menjadi prioritas. 

Yudo menekankan agar TNI AL harus tampil memberikan contoh dan teladan dalam upaya percepatan penanganan Covid-19. Mengingat persoalan itu tidak dapat diselesaikan tanpa kerja sama banyak pihak. Lebih lanjut, dia mengungkapkan bahwa program-peogram Angkatan Laut yang sudah dikerjakan oleh pimpinan sebelumnya juga bakal dia teruskan. "Yang akan diselaraskan dengan petunjuk strategis dan arah kebijakan presiden," imbuhnya.


Army Acquires 50 Troop Carriers

22 Mei 2020

50 KM250 truck for PA (all photos : Philippine Army)

The Philippine Army has acquired 50 KM250 troop carriers under the the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP).

In line with this, a blessing ceremony was held at the Headquarters Philippine Army Grandstand, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City today, May 19, 2020.

Army chief Lieutenant General Gilbert I. Gapay graced the event as keynote speaker.

The Army said the vehicles will augment the Army’s existing mobility assets and were temporarily issued to the Army Support Command (ASCOM) to further increase its mobility readiness and to be utilized in the operations against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“KM250s, along with their other counterparts, have become synonymous to the Army’s sustainment operations. These 2 ½ ton-workhorses are all over the country – in Internal Security Operations, development efforts, reliefs, partnerships, and now in our pandemic operations. Let us take care of our vehicles, and keep them always on top working condition. As more transports enable us to become more mobile, we ensure that our service keeps rolling smoothly,” Lieutenant General Gapay said.


Lockheed Martin Continues Production of Sniper ATP for Indonesia and Thailand

22 Mei 2020

Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for TNI AU F-16A/B and RTAF F-16AM/BM (image : Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a ceiling $485,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Department of Defense and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Sniper, Infrared Search and Track (IRST); and Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) navigation pod (fixed wing) hardware production. 

This contract provides the necessary resources required for the management, fabrication, upgrade/retrofit, integration support and testing and shipping of its non-developmental item (NDI) Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) System, NDI LANTIRN Fixed Image Navigation Set upgrades, and the NDI IRST system as it relates to the requirements document associated with each specific delivery order placed under this contract. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and various locations to be identified at the order level. The work is expected to be completed by May 2025. 

This contract involves FMS to (this list is not all inclusive): Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $34,900,000 are being obligated at the time of award under delivery order FA8540-20-F-0034 for the country of Morocco. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8540‐20‐D‐0001). 

(Aus DoD)

21 Mei 2020

Australian Industry to Develop New Hercules Training Systems

21 Mei 2020

Current C130J exterior simulator (photo : USAF)

Sydney-based CAE Australia has been awarded a $26 million contract to upgrade an aircraft simulator and other training systems as part of the C-130J Block Upgrade Program at RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said Defence’s partnership with CAE Australia would deliver game-changing capability for the Air Force.

“This will equip Defence with a state-of-the-art C-130J aircraft simulator so that our Air Force can access the highest quality of training available,” Minister Price said.

“A modern training system closely aligned with the upgraded C-130J aircraft configuration is essential to providing a robust and safe capability.

“This partnership demonstrates CAE Australia’s in-country expertise in this field, and their commitment to supporting these Air Force capabilities.”

Minister Price said the contract would also create seven new full-time jobs over the next four years.

“The first students will commence training on the new simulator and training systems in early 2023, which is designed to train 16 pilots, 8 loadmasters and up to 100 maintenance crew each calendar year,” Minister Price said.

(Aus DoD)

India-Philippines Brahmos Deal Expected to be Signed in 2020

21 Mei 2020

Brahmos land based version (photo : DefenseStar)

Philippines explores options to buy BrahMos missile from India

India and the Phillipines are in talks for the purchase of a number of defence platforms from India including the Brahmos missile, India’s ambassador to the Phillipines Jaideep Majumdar has said.

“There are discussions going on a range of weapons systems between India and the Phillipines. Once travel becomes possible, the joint committee that looks at defence logistics will meet discuss these things," Majumdar said on Monday.

The Philippines and India have had price negotiation talks for the BrahMos cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia, with the aim of concluding a deal in 2020, two people familiar with the matter said separately.

The Phillipines is one among several countries in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam that has shown an interest in purchasing the land and sea-based versions of the supersonic cruise missile.

The cost of the system was a key factor in Manila’s decision to equip the Philippines Army’s first Land Based Missile System Battery, which was raised and activated in October, one of the people cited above said.

Though India has offered a $100 million line of credit to the Philippines for defence purchases, Manila is exploring the option of acquiring the BrahMos system with its own funds to be allocated in the next budget.

In recent years, the Philippines has concluded several deals with India for personal protective items or bulletproof gear and armour plating for military vehicles. An Indian firm has also bid for a recent Philippines tender for bulletproof gear.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Philippines in 2017, India and the Phillippines had signed an MoU on defence industry and logistics cooperation to provide a framework for strengthening cooperation and coordination in logistics support and services, and in the development, production and procurement of defence hardware.


India is also exploring the possibility of selling the BrahMos to Indonesia, and a team from the Indo-Russian joint venture that makes the system visited a state-run shipyard to assess the fitting of the missile on Indonesian warships.

India has also held talks with Vietnam for the sale of the BrahMos, which was developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture set up in 1998. The Indian Navy inducted the missile on its frontline warships in 2005 and the army began inducting the BrahMos from 2007 after a series of tests.


Zeni TNI AD Uji Coba Kendaraan 4x4 Baru

21 Mei 2020

Kendaraan taktis Patriot II 4x4 (all photos : pusziad)

Beredar foto di medsos bahwa Direktorat Zeni TNI Angkatan Darat sedang melakukan uji coba kendaraan taktis 4x4 baru diatas jembatan ponton amfibi. Dari bentuk fisiknya kelihatan bahwa ini adalah gambar kendaraan lansiran Excalibur Army bernama Patriot, dan dilihat dari grille depannya maka dipastikan bahwa ini adalah Patriot II. 

Jika pembaca perhatikan dengan cermat, kendaraan ini pernah dibawa ke pameran Indodefence 2018 di Jakarta oleh holding Excalibur Army yaitu CSG (Czecho Slovak Group).

Kendaraan ini datang bersamaan dengan kendaraan M3 amphibious pontoon pada pekan lalu, sebagaimana kita ketahui paket pengadaan M3 termasuk di dalamnya 18 unit M3 amphibious pontoon, 3 unit rantis kelompok komando (Pokko), 5 unit kendaraan trackway, dan 2 unit kendaraan Recovery Vehicle.

Kendaraan yang kedatangannya telah diliput oleh media adalah M3 ponton, dan Treva-15 recovery vehicle, trackway adalah kendaraan penggelar landasan (mats) agar kendaraan dapat melalui medan berpasir atau berlumpur, kendaraan ini belum muncul. Kini tinggal kendaraan taktis untuk kelompok komando (Pokko) dan itulah Excalibur Army Patriot II yang rencananya akan datang 3 unit.

Produsen alusista Ceko dan Slovakia baik bersama agent-nya PT Republik Defensindo atau sendiri melalui CSG memang aktif menawarkan produknya ke Indonesia dan Asia Tenggara. Di Indonesia sendiri produknya telah banyak yang dipakai yaitu : Excalibur Army Vampire MLRS, Kerametal Aligator 4x4, VYVOJ Martin Tatrapan 6x6, Excalibur Army Pandur II, truk Tatra, dan paket M3 amphibous pontoon. 

Kendaraan Patriot II adalah kendaraan taktis dari sasis truk Tatra T815 menggunakan stir kanan, dengan bermesin diesel Cummins 6.700 cc dan transmisi otomatis Allison 3200 SP (enam gigi maju dan 1 mundur), tidak sulit untuk mencari suku cadangnya. Dinding bajanya merupakan sistem perlindungan balistik yang berada pada level 3 STANAG 4569 serta bagian bawah kendaraan mampu menahan ledakan ranjau pada level 2a/b STANAG 4569, dan bobot hingga 15 ton cukup ideal untuk jadi kendaraan komando.

(Defense Studies)

20 Mei 2020

USCGS John Midgett (WHEC-726) is being Prepared for Transfer to the Vietnam

20 Mei 2020

WHEC-726 John Midgett being prepared for fransfer to Vietnam (photos : VietDefense)

The United States continues to prepare USCGC John Midgett (WHEC-726) for transfer to the Vietnam Coast Guard. American insignias have been painted over with white while components such as the radar & Phalanx CIWS were spotted being removed. The vessel is expected to be painted with the insignia of the VCG before it leaves Seattle for a trip back home to Vietnam.

Remember that Vietnam requested three Hamilton class cutters from the United States thus making the Midgett the second vessel acquired by the Vietnam Coast Guard after the former USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722), itself currently serving as the patrol ship CSB-8020. This leaves the USCGC Douglas Munro (WHEC-724) & USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) as the remaining Hamilton-class cutters in American service. If Vietnam is able to obtain either of those vessels from the United States upon retirement, the original request for 3 ships will be complete.


Antisipasi Keamanan, Paskhas Amankan Penerbangan CN-235

20 Mei 2020

Pengamanan penerbangan CN235 di bandara Oksibil, Papua (photo : TNI AU)

Satgas Pamrahwan Yonko 462 Paskhas Melaksanakan Pengamanan Penerbangan CN 235 di Bandara Oksibil

TNI AU. Satgas Paskhas Pamrahwan Yonko 462 Paskhas Pos Oksibil dipimpin Lettu Pas Febrianto Tri Sulaksono S.T.(Han) melaksanakan pengamanan penerbangan di wilayah Bandara Oksibil Kabupaten Pegunungan Bintang Papua. Jumat (15/5/2020).

Pengamanan ini bertujuan untuk mengamankan Bandara Oksibil dari gangguan yang selama ini terjadi, penerbangan pesawat CN 235 A-2302 dari Skadron Udara 27 milik TNI Angkatan Udara ini membawa dukungan logistik Satgas TNI yang bertugas di wilayah Oksibil Kabupaten Pegunungan Bintang Papua.

Pada kegiatan pengamanan ini Satgas Paskhas Pamrahwan Papua Batalyon Komando 462 Paskhas Pos Oksibil melaksanakan pengamanan pesawat, pengamanan perimeter bandara, pengamanan tower, dan penembak runduk.

Pelaksanaan pengamanan penerbangan dilaksanakan ini dapat terlaksana dengan aman dan lancar.

Dansatgas Pamrahwan Yonko 462 Paskhas Letkol Pas Yoseph M. Purba, MAvnMgt, M.M.S., pcsc, mengatakan Pengamanan ini adalah suatu bentuk kesiapsiagaan Prajurit Satgas Yonko 462 Paskhas dalam melaksanakan Pengamanan Bandara di Wilayah Papua terutama di wilayah Bandara Oksibil.