18 April 2024

Northrop Grumman Expands Australia MQ-4C Triton Support Team

17 April 2024

Australia’s first multi-intelligence MQ-4C Triton takes to the skies for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 in Palmdale, Calif. (photo: Northrop Grumman)

BRISBANE, Australia – Northrop Grumman Australia (NYSE: NOC) has signed a contract with L3Harris Corporation (L3HCA) for the operation and maintenance of command-and-control systems aboard Australia’s MQ-4C Triton multi-intelligence uncrewed aircraft fleet. The collaboration is another milestone in advance of delivery of the platform to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Christine Zeitz, chief executive and general manager, Australia & New Zealand, Northrop Grumman: “L3Harris will support Triton’s wideband C3 functionality as we work collectively to deliver next-generation technology solutions that will help keep Australia safe.”

Andrew Rushbrook, managing director, L3Harris Communications Australia Pty Ltd, and regional vice president, L3Harris Tactical Communications: “L3Harris is delighted to be working with Northrop Grumman Australia to deliver this critical capability to the Commonwealth. Our wideband C3 solution for Australia’s MQ-4C Triton will help establish a world-class sovereign capability.”

Details on Triton
Built for the U.S. Navy and RAAF, the multi-intelligence MQ-4C Triton supports a wide range of missions including maritime patrol, signals intelligence, search and rescue and communications relay. These aircraft provide commanders with persistent surveillance for the prediction of an adversary’s behavior, enabling better planning and enhancing joint military responses.

Northrop Grumman successfully completed the first flight of Australia’s MQ-4C Triton uncrewed aircraft at its Palmdale facility in California in November 2023. The flight marks a major production milestone as Northrop Grumman progresses toward delivery of Australia’s first Triton in 2024. All four Australian Tritons currently under contract are progressing as planned through their production schedules.

Northrop Grumman is establishing a dynamic support environment for the progressive delivery of the Triton systems into Australia. This includes establishing ground stations at RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia and facilitating air vehicles into RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. The company is building a highly qualified Australian workforce across both locations, leveraging extensive knowledge and experience gained supporting U.S. Navy Triton operations.

Australia is part of the Triton cooperative program and is helping shape the requirements of the system. Together, U.S. and Australian defense forces will share data collected by their respective Tritons.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global aerospace and defense technology company. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect and protect the world, and push the boundaries of human exploration across the universe. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our employees define possible every day.

Danpasmar 1 Hadiri Uji Coba Drone Thermal

18 April 2024

Pasmar uji coba drone thermal (photos: Pasmar1)

TNI AL, Pasmar 1 -- Komandan Pasmar 1 (Danpasmar 1) Brigjen TNI (Mar) Umar Farouq, S.A.P., CHRMP., M.Tr.Opsla., M.Han., menghadiri uji coba Drone Thermal di lapangan Apel Brigif 1 Kesatrian Marinir Hartono Cilandak, Jakarta Selatan, Selasa (16/04/2024).

Drone Thermal ini merupakan barang pengadaan dari Dinas Material Senjata dan Elektronika Angkatan Laut (Dissenlekal) yang rencananya nanti akan mendukung dan dipergunakan pada Satuan Tugas Pengamanan dan Perbatasan (Satgas Pamtas) Mobile RI-PNG Tahun 2024.

Pada kesempatan tersebut hadir juga Asisten Operasi Angkatan Laut (Asops) Kasal Laksamana Muda TNI Yayan Sofian yang juga menjelaskan bahwa adanya Drone ini tidak lain adalah untuk mendukung kesuksesan jalannya misi penugasan para prajurit Satgas Pamtas Mobile RI-PNG Tahun 2024.

Pada kesempatan tersebut juga dilaksanakan uji coba oleh para personel Satgas Pamtas Mobile RI-PNG Tahun 2024 yang nantinya akan mengawaki Drone tersebut, sekaligus memastikan kesiapan dan kelayakan Drone tersebut untuk dibawa ke medan penugasan.

17 April 2024

US Army’s Mid-Range Capability (MRC) Makes Its First Deployment in the Philippines for Salaknib 24

17 April 2024

The MRC Launcher can fire the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) for extended-range anti-air warfare (ER-AAW) purposes and the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) (photos: US Army)

NORTHERN LUZON, Philippines – In a historic first, the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force successfully deployed the Mid-Range Capability (MRC) missile system to Northern Luzon, Philippines, on April 11, 2024, as part of Exercise Salaknib 24. This landmark deployment marks a significant milestone for the new capability while enhancing interoperability, readiness, and defense capabilities in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Covering a journey of more than 8,000 miles in over 15 hours, the Mid-Range Capability (MRC) reached the Philippines aboard the C-17 Globemaster III airframe. The historic deployment, undertaken in part with the pilots and flight crew of the U.S. Air Force's 62nd Airlift Wing from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, showcases the extensive reach and logistical precision of the Joint Force and represents a significant achievement for the Air Force, marking the first time the service has flown the exquisite capability.

“This is a significant step in our partnership with the Philippines, our oldest treaty ally in the region. We’re grateful to our partners in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and we’re excited to expand our security cooperation as we bring this new capability to Luzon. This creates several new collaboration opportunities for our bilateral training and readiness, we look forward to growing together,” said Brig. Gen. Bernard Harrington, commanding general of the 1MDTF.

The 1MDTF’s MRC is a land-based, ground-launched system that enhances multi-domain fires. A versatile capability, the MRC Launcher can fire the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) and the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM). The full configuration of MRC comprises a battery operations center, four launchers, prime movers, and modified trailers.

Salaknib 24 directly supports the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Army Pacific efforts in enhancing bilateral U.S. land power capacity and capabilities for joint operations. By bolstering our collective readiness with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Salaknib improves our operational capabilities and strengthens the longstanding and strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance, displaying our dedication to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Ini Jadwal Pengiriman Kapal PPA Pesanan Kemhan

17 April 2024

Kapal PPA Angkatan Laut Italia/Marina Militare (photos: Kemhan)

Dalam rangka memperkuat pertahanan dan keamanan maritim, Kemhan dan Fincantieri S.p.A telah resmi menandatangani kontrak pengadaan dua unit kapal fregat sejenis FREMM (Frigate European Multi-Mission), belum lama ini.

Berdasarkan kontrak yang telah disepakati, dua kapal perang yang tengah dibangun di galangan kapal di Trieste, Italia, pengiriman unit pertama dilakukan pada bulan Oktober 2024, sedangkan kapal kedua dijadwalkan pada April 2025. Kedua kapal perang jenis Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) tersebut memiliki kemampuan multi-misi dan dilengkapi dengan teknologi terkini.

Selain itu, kapal perang PPA memiliki spesifikasi panjang 143 meter dan lebar kapal sekitar 16.5 meter, Displacement 6.250 Ton (Full Load) Kecepatan max ≥ 30 Knots, Endurance 5000 NM, serta dipersenjatai dengan sistem rudal permukaan ke udara (Surface to Air Missile /SAM) Aster 15 beserta peluncur vertical DCNS Sylver A43.

Sistem rudal SAM Aster 15 ini dapat dipasang pada berbagai jenis kapal perang, seperti fregat, destroyer, atau kapal induk. Selain itu, kapal juga dipersenjatai dengan meriam 127mm Vulcano, meriam 76mm Strales, meriam ringan 25mm dengan Fire-Control Radar (FCR) RTN 10X system Dardo, Peperangan Elektronika RECM, RESM dan CESM, Tactical Data Link-Y serta Multifunction Radar Leonardo Kronos.

Pengadaan kapal ini juga diiringi dengan paket offset yang komprehensif, di antaranya mencakup konsultasi pengembangan galangan kapal, strategi bisnis jangka panjang, peningkatan fisik galangan kapal, pelatihan kelas di Italia selama enam bulan, termasuk pengembangan jalur pelatihan di Universitas Pertahanan RI.

KD LEKIU Ready for RIMPAC 2024 Exercise

17 April 2024

KD Lekiu at Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (LUNAS) (photos: LUNAS)

We are pleased to update the successful downslipping and towing of KD LEKIU back to RMN Lumut Jetty, completed on April 12. As usual, our team displayed exceptional commitment, ensuring that the Emergency Defect Repair (EDR) project remained on schedule even during festive holidays. Their hard work and determination are commendable and reflect our values of dedication and teamwork.

As KD LEKIU prepares for its upcoming role in the RIMPAC 2024 exercise, we extend our best wishes to the crew and the RMN for a successful deployment.

LUNAS Naval Shipyard

From humble beginnings to a modern maritime leader, Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (LUNAS) has made significant footprint in the industry. Established in 1984 as the Royal Malaysian Navy Dockyard, LUNAS transitioned to a corporatized entity in 1991 and ultimately became a private company, PSC Naval Dockyard Sdn Bhd, in 1995. LUNAS underwent a series of strategic acquisitions that propelled its growth. 

In the early 2000s, Boustead Holdings, a prominent Malaysian conglomerate owned by the Armed Forces Provident Fund, acquired the shipyard. This led to a name change to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd in August 2005. As of January 2024, a shift in the company's governance structure necessitated a renewed direction and strategy when the company became a company under the ownership of Ocean Sunshine Berhad, a wholly-owned entity under the Ministry of Finance (MOF Inc). Consequently, the shipyard embarked on a rebranding initiative, adopting its current name, Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (LUNAS).

Today, LUNAS flourishes as a fully modernized shipyard spanning 46 hectares. Recognized for its technological capabilities, LUNAS has secured numerous contracts, solidifying its position as a one-stop center catering to the defense and maritime needs of the region.


16 April 2024

VPAF Successfully Organized Live Firing and Bombing Drills

16 April 2024

Su-30MK2 and Mi-8 during live firing and bombing drills (photos: VPAF)

In 2 days (March 26 and 27), at the National Shooting Range Region 3 (TB-3); The Air Defense - Air Force (PK-KQ) successfully organized the 2024 Live Fire and Bombing Exercise for air force units, including: Regiment 917, Regiment 935 (Division 370); Regiment 916, Regiment 923, Regiment 927 (Division 371). Monitoring and directing the exercise were Lieutenant General Pham Truong Son - Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army; Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Hien - Commander of the Army; Lieutenant General Tran Ngoc Quyen - Political Commissar of the Army; Major General Vu Hong Son - Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Army; Heads of agencies and a number of some functional departments of the Air Force - VPAF.

At the live ammunition shooting and bombing drill, pilots and flight crews practiced attacking ground targets during the day and at night with the following contents: Flying bombs, shooting missiles, simple mobile rockets, and mechanical rockets. Complex operations by squadron and single unit, on Su-30MK2 and Mi-8 aircraft. During the process of preparing and practicing flying and shooting, the units performed well in command and control; Ensuring good technique, logistics, and information - radar in all stages. The team of pilots and flight crew members are carefully prepared in terms of technical skills, tactics, bravery, and psychology.

With a total of 27 flights using weapons and 30 successful attacks on targets, the live ammunition shooting and bombing drill at the TB-3 shooting range has successfully completed the set goals and requirements. Absolute safety is guaranteed. The results of live firing and bombing exercises accurately reflected the combat training results of the units; and contributed to training and improving the qualifications, experience, and fighting spirit of pilots and flight crew members; at the flight command level. At the same time, this is also an opportunity for units to check the quality of operation of aircraft systems, the working ability of stations and communication means, and enhance the ability to ensure operations. flight of units. Thereby improving the level and combat readiness of Air Force units, meeting mission requirements in the coming time.

At the end of the exercise, 100% achieved good and excellent scores, of which 73% achieved excellent scores; and 27% achieved excellent results. Among them, Regiment 917 (Division 370) had 100% excellent results. At the Drill Commentary Conference, the Army awarded certificates of merit to 2 groups and 6 individuals for their outstanding achievements in carrying out live fire and bombing drills at the TB-3 shooting range in 2024.

Australia Awards $139.5 Million Contract for P-8A upgrades

16 April 2024

The P-8A Poseidon will be enhanced the aircraft’s anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities (photo: Aus DoD)

Dozens of local jobs will be created in South Australia through a new contract to upgrade the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The Albanese Government has signed a $139.5 million contract with Boeing Defence Australia to upgrade the Poseidon’s software, systems and sensors at RAAF Base Edinburgh, supporting 50 new highly skilled defence industry jobs.

The Poseidon P-8A aircraft is Australia’s maritime patrol aircraft and this critical work will enhance the aircraft’s anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

These upgrades will also ensure continued interoperability with Australia’s allies and partners.

Boeing Defence Australia will recruit and train apprentices and supply chain trainees to provide P-8A Poseidon support, providing upskilling and pathways for Australians to gain long-term employment in a critical industry. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Defence Industry, Pat Conroy:
“This announcement creates 50 new jobs and builds on the existing 283-strong workforce currently employed by Boeing Defence Australia at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

“Investing in this critical upgrade to our P-8A Poseidon fleet will create new opportunities for apprentices to learn valuable skills and forge a career that offers long-term and well-paid employment, while also ensuring our Defence Force is equipped with the capabilities it needs to keep Australians safe.”

France Authorizes the Transfer of 30 Mirage 2009-E Aircraft from Abu Dhabi to Morocco

16 April 2024

In June 2023 the Indonesian MoD said that it is currently negotiating with the UAE to purchase the Mirage 2000-9 aircraft (photo: Tactical Report)

After keeping it suspended for three years, France “has agreed” to the transfer of 30 Emirati Mirage 2000-9 aircraft to Morocco. This decision, according to North African sources consulted by LA RAZĂ“N, has been adopted after many doubts on the part of Emmanuel Macron's administration.

The transfer of the thirty aircraft faced French opposition and required approval from Paris, according to the initial sales contract between Abu Dhabi and Paris, which prohibits the transfer of these aircraft to a third party until the manufacturing country, France approves.

The "Mirage 2000-9" aircraft that the United Arab Emirates decided to grant to Morocco within the framework of military cooperation between both countries are the last version of this type manufactured specifically for the United Arab Emirates Air Force, as they have high capabilities and modern technology used to carry out high precision air strikes. According to the aforementioned sources, this made its transfer to Morocco an urgent need to strengthen its air forces in the face of regional tensions.

Among the files discussed last Wednesday between the foreign ministers of both countries was the French approval of the agreement on the “Mirage 2000-9” aircraft, which Paris finally agreed to after Abu Dhabi insisted on completing the transfer of these aircraft to Morocco after its signing, on the agreement to acquire 80 French “Rafale” military attack aircraft in 2021.

The French hesitation was due to Paris' desire to buy back 40 Emirati “Mirage 2000-9” aircraft, with high capacity and modern technology, and transfer them to Ukraine to support its war against Russia, while the United Arab Emirates preferred to give up 69 aircraft. this model, 30 of which went to Morocco and 39 in favor of Egypt.

15 April 2024

Cerita Kontingen TNI AU "Air Drop" Logistik di Gaza: "Warning" Daerah Militer hingga GPS Hilang Saat Terbang

15 April 2024

Air dropping logistic ke jalur Gaza dengan pesawat C130J TNI AU (photos: TNI AU)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Kontingen penerbang dari TNI Angkatan Udara (TNI AU) berhasil menerjunkan bantuan logistik (air droping logistic) untuk warga Palestina yang berada di jalur Gaza pada Selasa (9/4/2024).

Kontingen yang dipimpin oleh Kolonel Pnb Noto Casnoto itu membawa logistik dengan pesawat Hercules C-130 J.

Dalam keterangannya, Kolonel Noto menceritakan bahwa operasi untuk menerjunkan bantuan logistik dilakukan selama total 14 hari.

Waktu tersebut dihitung sejak pertama kali pesawat berangkat dari Jakarta.

"Total kami operasi ini 14 hari. Kemudian logistik yang kami bawa pada saat kami keberangkatan dari Jakarta ini membawa 900 payung (payung udara barang) yang digunakan dan diserahkan kepada pemerintah Yordania untuk menurunkan bantuan logistik ke Palestina," ujar Noto sebagaimana dilansir siaran YouTube KompasTV pada Sabtu (13/4/2024).

Dari Jakarta, pesawat menuju Yordania untuk bergabung dengan tim yang berasal dari sejumlah negara lain.

Menurut Noto, operasi penerjunan logistik ke Gaza kali ini diikuti oleh kontingen dari sembilan negara.

Antara lain Indonesia, Yordania, Mesir, Uni Emirat Arab, Perancis, Jerman, Belanda, dan Inggris. 

Sesampainya di Yordania, tim dari TNI AU melakukan sejumlah persiapan.

Antara lain mengadakan rapat dengan Royal Jordan Air Force untuk pelaksanaan teknis penerjunan logistik.

Sementara itu, pelaksanaan penerjunan dilakukan selama dua jam, yakni dihitung sejak take off dari Bandara King Abdullah II di Yordania menuju ke Gaza.

"Secara teknis itu, kita setelah selesai briefing, semua pesawat sudah di-loading untuk barang masing-masing, kemudian kita dikasih window time. Take off itu sesuai dengan urutan masing-masing sudah dikasih time table-nya. Jadi di dalam rute penerbangan sama," jelas Noto.

"Jadi dari poin ke poin itu kita harus benar-benar disiplin, strict, menjaga jarak antar pesawat itu 5 menit. Tidak boleh terlalu dekat, tak boleh terlalu jauh. Kemudian sampai ke masuk droping area juga sama, jadi kita tunggu clearance betul-betul, listen out dengan menara kontrol yang memberikan clearance, baru kita bisa masuk ke area," paparnya.

Adapun penerjunan logistik dilakukan dalam sekali waktu saja (sekali droping).

Jalur penerbangan dari Yordania menuju ke kawasan udara di Gaza telah disesuaikan dengan rute yang dibuat oleh Pemerintah Yordania selaku pemimpin operasi air droping logistik kali ini.

Meski demikian, Noto mengakui bahwa ada tantangan tersendiri saat melakukan operasi tersebut.

Salah satunya karena TNI AU sebelumnya tidak pernah melihat medannya seperti apa.

"Kemudian kami pada saatnya berangkat itu sudah di-warning bahwa daerah itu adalah daerah operasi (militer) dan itu sedang aktif daerahnya sehingga kemungkinan besar terjadinya jamming radio, jamming navigasi itu sangat mungkin terjadi, dan itu (memang kenyataannya) terjadi," katanya.

 "Untuk itu, kami kemarin sudah siap dengan segala pola operasinya sehingga kami pun kemarin menerbangkan pesawat secara manual," ungkap Noto.

Ia juga sempat menyinggung terjadinya sinyal GPS yang hilang saat operasi dilaksanakan sehingga tim Indonesia harus melakukan pemetaan wilayah terbang secara manual.

"Ya terutama di GPS, GPS nya suddenly hilang, sehingga kita harus mapping secara manual dan menerbangkan secara konvensional gitu," katanya.

Diketahui, dalam operasi air droping logistic kali ini Indonesia berhasil menerjunkan 20 paket bantuan yang mencakup makanan dan obat-obatan yang dibutuhkan para pengungsi di Gaza.

Masing-masing paket memiliki berat 160 kilogram sehingga total berat paket bantuan yang diterjunkan adalah 3.200 kilogram.

Australia’s Bisalloy Steel Integrates into US Nuclear-powered Submarine Supply Chain

15 April 2024

Manufacturing of Vurginia class nuclear-powered submarine (photo: HII)

The Albanese Government welcomes the initial purchase order of processed Australian steel by a major U.S. military shipbuilder, marking another important milestone in the AUKUS partnership and providing significant boost for the defence industry and local jobs. 

Australian steel manufacturer Bisalloy Steel will process steel at its Port Kembla facility for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of HII (Huntington Ingalls Industries), the largest military shipbuilder in the U.S. and one of two U.S. companies that designs and builds US nuclear-powered submarines.

Importantly, the integration of Aussie steel into the Newport News Shipbuilding supply chain paves the way for further opportunities for local suppliers and potential to create more well paid and highly skilled jobs in Australia.

This follows the announcement in December 2023 of the Australian Submarine Agency (ASA) entering into a contract with Bisalloy Steel for the qualification of Australian steel for the use on Australia’s SSN-AUKUS submarines, and to increase the resilience of the trilateral supply chains.  

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) will use the steel for training and testing with this order representing a critical step in strengthening the industrial supply base for the AUKUS program.

The Government is continuing collaboration with AUKUS partners and industry to develop the Australian supply chains and facilitate industry participation in the supply chains of the United Kingdom and United States.

A key initiative to support this objective is the Defence Industry Vendor Qualification (DIVQ) Program which was launched in January 2024.

DIVQ will help to accelerate the qualification of Australia products for entry into supply chains of our AUKUS partners. 

(Aus DoD)

Philippine Army Received 2 Merkava AVLB for Combat Engineer Battalion

15 April 2024

PA's Merkava AVLB-Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge by Elbit Systems Ltd (photos: 525th CEB)

The 525th Combat Engineer “Forerunner” Battalion of Combat Engineer Regiment, Philippine Army led by its Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Michael Rey L. Bautista warmly welcomed the visit of Col. Joel N. Sobrera, the Deputy Commander of Combat Engineer Regiment and the Chief of the Office of Ethical Standards and Public Accountability.

The visit kicked off with a unit briefing, Troops Information and Education (TI&E) on matters pertaining to Ethical Standards and Public Accountability, talk to troops and inspection of newly acquired heavy equipment.  

PA confirms that they have started using Merkava AVLB for training together with the first batch of WFEL Dry Support Bridge from UK (photo: 525th CEB)

The troops also warmly received and shared moments with Col. Sobrera and his team reminiscing his time being the former Commanding Officer of the unit.

14 April 2024

NZDF to Deploy P-8A Poseidon to Korea for UN Mission

14 April 2024

RNZAF P-8A Poseidon (photo: NZDF)

NZDF to Deploy Poseidon Aircraft on Furthest Deployment

The NZDF has contributed personnel and maritime surveillance patrol aircraft to help enforce Security Council sanctions against North Korea since 2018.

North Korea continues to launch ballistic missiles in violation of Security Council resolutions. The sanctions are intended to persuade the country to denuclearise and abandon its ballistic missile weapons capabilities.

Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Rear Admiral Jim Gilmour, said the NZDF was committed to working alongside partners on enforcement operations, to uphold the international rules-based system and contribute to regional stability and security.

The maritime surveillance and reconnaissance patrols will be over international waters looking for violations of the sanctions resolutions, including illicit ship-to-ship transfers of banned goods such as oil and coal, he said.

Air Component Commander, Air Commodore Andy Scott, said the deployment included several “firsts” for the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s latest aircraft, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon.

Previous patrols in support of enforcing Security Council sanctions were conducted by the now-retired P-3K2 Orion.

The Poseidon aircraft and crew will be based in Japan, conducting sanctions enforcement flights in support of the Enforcement Coordination Centre. Patrols will be conducted during April and May.

Australian Apache Contract to Grow Support Workforce

14 April 2024

A US Army AH-64E Apache aboard HMAS Canberra while alongside at Fleet Base East in Sydney (photo: Aus DoD)

The AH-64E Apache program has reached an important milestone with the recent establishment of a $306 million Apache initial support contract with Boeing Defence Australia.

The contract will provide maintenance, engineering and logistics support, as well as aircrew and technician training for the Apache fleet.  
The first seven Boeing Defence Australia employees have commenced work in locations across Queensland, focused on the development of Apache training materials and establishing a logistics and maintenance site in Townsville.

This paves the way for growth in the logistics and engineering disciplines within the Attack Helicopter systems program office.  

Director General of Army Aviation Systems Branch, Brigadier Andrew Thomas, said the workforce would continue to grow, with an initial 71 positions to be filled by January 2025. 
Brigadier Thomas said the Apache program was expected to reach full strength by 2030. 
“Over its seven-year term, this contract will provide over 230 industry jobs across the Queensland locations of Townsville, Brisbane and Oakey,” Brigadier Thomas said.

Townville is also set to become an industry hub, following the expansion of Army Aviation’s presence in the region.  

“As part of this increased presence, the new fleet of Apache helicopters will be introduced alongside Army’s Chinooks,” Brigadier Thomas said.  
“Both platforms are supported by Boeing Defence Australia as the prime contractor; generating a regional hub of rotary wing excellence for both the ADF and local industry. 

“The support offered to these two platforms will generate employment stability for the current and future workforce of these helicopters.” 

PH Navy Test-fires New Non-line of Sight Missile System

14 April 2024

The Philippine Navy test-fired the newly-installed Spike NLOS missile system on one of its FAIC platform in Mariveles, Bataan (photo: PN)

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) has validated the precision strike capability of the newly installed Israeli-made Spike NLOS (non-line of sight) missile system fitted aboard one of its fast attack interdiction craft (FAIC) platforms.

The NLOS missile system accurately hit the target at least 20 kilometers away during the firing held in Mariveles, Bataan on Wednesday, Navy spokesperson Commander John Percie Alcos said in a news release Friday.

"Said activity was part of the acceptance terms and training deliverables included in the FAIC Acquisition Project," he said.

"Offering unparalleled accuracy and versatility, this new capability represents a leap forward in precision-guided munitions technology," Alcos added.

Developed by Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Spike NLOS missile system is equipped with advanced electro-optical and infrared sensors and offers day and night operational capabilities, enhancing its effectiveness in various combat scenarios.

The advanced missile system boasts an impressive range of up to 30 km (approximately 18.6 miles), enabling operators to engage targets with pinpoint accuracy from stand-off distances.

"The test-firing coincided with the nation’s commemoration of the Veterans Week and Day of Valor which added significance to the activity that demonstrated the PN’s resolve to better fulfill its mandate to uphold and protect our maritime nation’s sovereignty and interests and as a way to honor the valor and keep the legacy of Filipino war veterans," Alcos said.

The Navy received the two FAICs, also known as the Acero-class gunboats, from Israel on Nov. 18, 2023.

The missile boats were delivered through the general cargo ship Kogra Royal and are now at the Commodore East Posadas Wharf in Cavite City for enhancement, maintenance, and training.

The platforms will be commissioned as PG-906 and PG-907 under the Acero-class patrol vessels of the Fleet’s Littoral Combat Force.

The delivery is part of the FAIC acquisition project of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program Horizon 2 contracted with Israel Shipyards, which includes nine platforms, and the transfer of technology to bolster the country's shipbuilding capability. 


13 April 2024

Type 218SG Keempat Hampir Selesai Dibangun di TKMS

13 April 2024

RSS Inimitable, kapal selam Type 218SG keempat yang hampir selesai dibangun oleh TKMS, Jerman (photo: Eckhard Uhrbrock)

Laman Shipspotting pada tanggal 6-7 April lalu oleh Eckhard Uhrbrock dilakukaan posting pembangunan kapal selam keempat pesanan pemerintah Singapura di galangan kapal di kota Kiel, Jerman bagian utara  milik ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). Tampak lambung kapal selam (hull) yang dibangun telah hampir selesai.

Pemerintah Singapura telah memesan empat kapal selam diesel kepada galangan kapal TKMS di Jerman dalam dua gelombang, dua pertama pada tahun 2013 disusul dua sisanya pada tahun 2017. Kapal selam Type 218SG ini mempunyai bobot 2.000 ton dengan panjang 70m dan bobot maksimal ketika menyelam 2.200 ton. 

Kapal selam keempat ini dinamakan RSS Inimitable menyusul kapal selam pertama RSS Invincible, kapal selam kedua RSS Impeccable dan kapal selam ketiga RSS Illustrious.  
(Defense Studies)

Sukses Terjunkan Bantuan di Gaza, C-130J TNI AU Tiba Kembali di Halim PK

13 April 2024

Pesawat C-130J TNI AU A-1340 sukses mendarat kembali di Jakarta (photos: TNI AU)

Setelah sukses menerjunkan bantuan kemanusiaan di wilayah udara Palestina, Gaza melalui upaya diplomasi dan kerja sama antar negara. Pesawat C-130 J Super Hercules kembali ke tanah air, dan landing dengan mulus di Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta Timur, Kamis (11/4/2024).

Dibawah kendali Mission Commander Danwing 1 Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma Kolonel Pnb Noto Casnoto dan Captain Pilot Letkol Pnb Alfonsus Fatma Astana Duta Alumni AAU 2004 sehari hari adalah Komandan skadron Udara 31 bersama 27 personel gabungan TNI dan Kemhan menempuh rute penerbangan yang cukup panjang dengan singgah di beberapa negara.

Pesawat C-130 J Super Hercules yang bermarkas di Skadron Udara 31 telah berhasil menerjunkan sebanyak 3200 Kg bahan pangan dan obat-obatan yang terbagi 20 paket dengan berat masing-masing 160 Kg di Wilayah udara Palestina, Gaza dengan metode Low Cost Low Attitude (LCLA).

LCLA Air Drop adalah teknik pengiriman pasokan atau personel dari pesawat terbang dengan cara menjatuhkannya dari ketinggian rendah untuk memasok barang-barang ke daerah yang sulit dijangkau jalur darat atau memberikan bantuan dalam situasi darurat maupun bencana alam melalui sistem pembukaan parasut ketinggian 2000 feet agar mencapai tujuan dengan akurat.

Pesawat C-130 Super Hercules Tipe J saat mendarat di Halim Perdanakusuma Jakarta disambut oleh Panglima TNI, Kasad, Kasal, Kasau dan pejabat utama TNI dan TNI AU, TNI AD, TNI AL, serta Pejabat dari Kementerian Pertahanan RI.

TWPG Delivers First Two Australian-made Whiskey Bravo Watercraft to US Marine Corps

13 April 2024

TWBG 11-metre Multi-Mission Reconnaissaince Craft for the USMC (photo: TWBG)

Camp Pendleton, CA, USA & Sydney, Australia -- Australian specialist and tactical watercraft
manufacturer, The Whiskey Project Group (TWPG), has successfully delivered the first two (2) 11-metre Whiskey Bravo – Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Craft (MMRC) to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) at the Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, in Southern California. The vessels have been accepted by the Marine Corps War Fighting Lab (MCWL) and are being used extensively by the reconnaissance Marines to host and trial a number of different mission payloads.

In one of the first industry-led examples of AUKUS Pillar II technology collaboration and sharing, the Whiskey Bravo incorporates almost 50 US and Australian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including a range of world-leading systems, sensors, modular mission sets and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance (ISR) systems. The trials have, included analysing a wide range of critical mission-specific payloads built specifically for USMC operational theatres, as well as trialling a series of multi-scenario combat operations.

This delivery of the first two (2) Whiskey Bravo follows a comprehensive competitive evaluation process in which TWPG was awarded a USD $20.5 million (AUD $33.8 million) contract to supply a number of both its 8-metre Whiskey Alpha and 11-metre Whiskey Bravo vessels to the USMC. TWPG Co-Founder and CEO Darren Schuback said: “From the very outset, The Whiskey Project Group’s mission was to redefine tactical watercraft and create a new generation of safer, completely networked, combat-ready fit for purpose platforms, based on our own naval special operations experience.”

TWPG watercraft on littoral capability collaboration with Rafael (photos: TWPG)

“We’re extremely appreciative of the U.S. Department of Defense and USMC’s focus on
innovation-sharing opportunities with life-long allies like Australia. The contracting process enabled by DIU makes it easier for private sector companies to rapidly fill real time capability gaps faced by war fighters and combatant commanders,” Mr Schuback said.

The contracting of The Whiskey Project Group is a tangible example of Australia continuing to
expand, evolve and innovate in Australia’s defence cooperation with the US in areas like maritime patrol, by combining strengths and pooling resources across sovereign borders.

TWPG continue to engage with the Australian defence delivering cutting edge watercraft solutions and will look to participate in LAND 8710-3 for the delivery of vessels to the Australian Army’s reconfigured littoral manoeuvre brigade.

12 April 2024

The RSAF's H225M and CH-47F Helicopters are Fully Operational

12 April 2024

H225M medium lift helicopter and CH-47F heavy lift helicopter of the RSAF (photos: Sing Mindef)

Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated a ceremony to mark the attainment of Full Operational Capability (FOC) status by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)'s H225M and CH-47F helicopters at Sembawang Air Base this afternoon. Dr Ng received a brief on the enhanced capabilities of the new helicopters, flew on the H225M, unveiled commemorative plaques for the attainment of FOC, and thanked the personnel from the RSAF and Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) for their dedication and commitment towards saving lives and safeguarding Singapore's skies.

The H225M medium-lift helicopters and CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters will replace the RSAF's fleet of AS332M and CH-47D respectively. The new helicopters will enable the RSAF to be more effective, flexible and capable in meeting operational demands, including troop lift, underslung, search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation, counter terrorism and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. Achieving this FOC status is also testament to the hard work by the airmen and women from 125, 126 and 127 Squadrons, the RSAF's Oakey Detachment in Australia, as well as the strong cross-Service integration with the Singapore Army and Republic of Singapore Navy.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Ng said, "Today, the H225M and the CH-47Fs will provide the SAF with an enhanced, robust, and flexible lift capability. They will strengthen the RSAF's ability to undertake a wide range of operations, including Search and Rescue operations, aeromedical evacuations, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. More importantly, these two new helicopter platforms will enhance cross-service integration, allowing the RSAF to better support our Army and Navy troops in equipment lifts."

Sharing on the strong Operations-Logistics and Operations-Technology integration, and the quality and commitment of RSAF and Defence Technology Community personnel, Dr Ng also said, "I want to commend the Ops-Logs and Ops-Tech partnership between Helicopter Group, 6 Air Engineering and Logistics Group, and the Defence Technology Community in operationalising not one, but two platforms, both technologically-advanced within a few short years. Well done to the airmen and women who have worked and trained hard to operationalise the H225M and CH-47F."

Dr Ng was accompanied by Permanent Secretary (Defence) Mr Chan Heng Kee, Chief of Defence Force Vice Admiral Aaron Beng, Chief of Air Force Brigadier-General Kelvin Fan, Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Sean Wat, and other senior officers from across the SAF.

Boxer Vehicle Production Contract Signed

12 April 2024

Signing the Production Contract for the Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier Vehicle Exportin Brisbane on 10 April 2024 (photos: Aus DoD)

Landmark production contract signed for Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicle export to Germany

Australia’s largest ever defence export agreement has taken its next step today, with the signing of a production contract between the Australian Government and Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

The signing of the production contract fulfils the intent of the bilateral agreement signed by the Australian and German Governments in March to export more than 100 Australian-made Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles to Germany.

This contract, worth more than $1 billion to the Australian economy, will see Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles, built at Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Redbank, Queensland, supplied to the German Army.

This contract will secure 600 direct jobs in Queensland, in addition to the economic opportunities that will flow through the defence supply chain. 

The first vehicle to be built in Australia is scheduled to be delivered to the German Government in 2026 with the final vehicle due in 2030.

Quotes attributable to Major General Jason Blain, Head Land Systems Division:
“This contract will supply our security partner, Germany, with one of the most advanced armoured vehicles in the world, and supports Australia’s world-class defence industry, not only here in Queensland, but throughout the national supply chain.

“This contract signing signals the strength of the ongoing partnership between the Australian Government and our nation’s defence industry, including Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

“Rheinmetall Defence Australia has strong, enduring partnerships with a large number of Australian companies skilled in the delivery of military vehicle capabilities."