12 Juli 2024

Nova Systems Tests AI-Enabled Drones

12 Juli 2024

AI technology which enables drones to detect landmines from above (photos: Nova Systems)

AI-enabled drones tested in Latrobe Valley

Cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology which enables drones to detect landmines from above has been tested in Latrobe Valley.

The image recognition technology equips Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) with the ability to detect and differentiate between real landmines and other objects such as rocks or debris, with the potential to significantly minimise risk for Defence personnel and civilians. 

Developed in-house by Nova Systems engineers, the AI tool has been undergoing testing at Latrobe Valley within the company’s deployable UAV Testing Range as a part of ongoing capability development and system improvement.  

Veteran-founded and Australian-owned company Nova Systems is a leading Australian provider of Test and Evaluation (T&E) services and has been a trusted T&E partner to Defence for more than 20 years 

Through its T&E Centre of Excellence initiative – a collaboration with academia, industry and government - the company has been investing in both physical and synthetic methods for performing T&E on autonomous and uncrewed systems-of-systems. This also includes underwater autonomous vehicles.  

Nova Systems CEO Dean Rosenfield says as UAVs can cover large areas quickly, they provide real-time surveillance without endangering human lives. 

“The integration of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems into the Australian Defence Force is not just a strategic choice, but an imperative,” Mr Rosenfield explained.  

“Testing UAVs and other complex systems in a real-world environment provides the ability to assess the full potential of the capability.  

“The ability to innovate, develop and test our own AI technology for UAVs in Australia is a strategic advantage.  

“It helps secure the nation’s advanced technological capabilities and the long-term sustainability of the Australian specialist workforce through contemporary training and development.” 

Through its T&E Centre of Excellence collaborations, Nova is supporting the acceleration of testing capabilities of emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and uncrewed systems.

(Nova Systems)

Exercise Pitch Black 2024 Takes Off

12 Juli 2024

Thailand send five JAS-39 Gripen fighter (photo: RTAF)

Australia’s biggest international air combat training activity, Exercise Pitch Black, will take to the skies over the Northern Territory from 12 July to 2 August.

With approximately 140 aircraft and over 4000 personnel from 20 nations participating, this year’s iteration of Exercise Pitch Black is the largest participation in its 43-year history.

Singapore send F-16 C/D and F-15 SG fighters (photo: Aus DoD) 

This exercise exposes participants to complex scenarios whilst utilising some of the most advanced aircraft and battlespace systems, in one of the biggest areas of military training airspace in the world.

For the first time, aircraft and personnel from Philippines, Spain, Italy, and Papua New Guinea and embedded personnel from Fiji and Brunei will participate in the exercise.

Philippine send four FA-50PH fighter (photo: Aus DoD)

In addition, aircraft from France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States; and embedded personnel from Canada and New Zealand will also participate.

Aircraft will operate from RAAF bases Darwin and Tindal in the Northern Territory, with additional tanker and transport aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland.

Malaysia send three FA-18D fighter (photo: Aus DoD)

“Exercise Pitch Black is our premier activity for international engagement, held every two years to build stronger ties with like-minded nations,” Exercise Director Air Commodore Peter Robinson said.

Papua New Guinea send PAC P-750XL aircraft (photo: Aus DoD)

“Training with our partner nations throughout Exercise Pitch Black demonstrates our commitment to the shared value of sustaining peace and stability across the region.

Japand send F-2 fighter (photo: Aus DoD)

“The Northern Territory is a big part of what makes this exercise a success, and allows visitors a unique opportunity to experience Australia.”

Italy send AV-8B Harrier, F-35A, and Eurofighter Typhoon fighters (photo: Aus DoD)

“Air Force will show its sincere thanks to our local community through the Mindil Beach flying display on 18 July, and the RAAF Base Darwin Open Day on 20 July.” (Aus DoD)

F-16 of the Indonesian Air Force (photo: Aus DoD)

Delegasi TNI AU Tiba di RAAF Base Darwin

Delegasi TNI AU pada latihan Air Manuever Exercise (AMX) Pitch Black 2024 tiba di Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, Kamis (11/7/24).

Setibanya di RAAF Base Darwin, delegasi TNI AU yang dipimpin oleh Head of Delegation, Kolonel Pnb M. Anjar Legowo dan Exercise Director, Kolonel Pnb Marcellinus Ardha Kilat Dirgantara, MMSc disambut oleh Direktur Latihan AMX Pitch Black 2024, Air Commodore Peter Robinson.

Indonesia send six F-16 A/B/C/D fighter (photo: Aus DoD) 

Latihan Pitch Black merupakan latihan perang multinasional yang diselenggarakan RAAF dua tahun sekali dengan tujuan meningkatkan kemampuan dan interoperabilitas angkatan udara negara-negara peserta.

Latihan melibatkan 140 pesawat dari 20 negara, termasuk Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Kanada, Fiji, Prancis, Jerman, India, Indonesia, Italia, Jepang, Malaysia, Selandia Baru, Papua Nugini, Filipina, Korea Selatan, Spanyol, Singapura, Thailand, Inggris, dan Amerika Serikat.


Dalam latihan ini, TNI AU mengerahkan enam pesawat tempur F-16 Fighting Falcon dan 107 personel, yang terdiri dari 12 personel Kolat, 22 penerbang, dan 73 ground crew.

Partisipasi TNI AU menunjukkan komitmen untuk memperkuat kerjasama militer dan diplomasi pertahanan, serta meningkatkan kemampuan tempur dan kesiapsiagaan dalam menghadapi berbagai ancaman keamanan di masa depan. (TNI AU)

TNI AU Tempatkan Radar-radar Baru di Sekitar IKN dan Indonesia Timur

12 Juli 2024

Thales Groundmaster 400 Alpha versi truck mounted (photo: Thales)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - TNI Angkatan Udara berencana menempatkan radar-radar baru buatan Thales dan Retia di beberapa lokasi di Indonesia, diantaranya di sekitar Ibu Kota Nusantara (IKN) dan di wilayah Papua seperti di Sorong dan Jayapura.

Wakil Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Udara Marsekal Madya TNI Andyawan Martono Putra saat ditemui di kompleks Pangkalan Udara Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta, Rabu, menjelaskan radar-radar buatan Thales, Perancis, nantinya ditempatkan di kawasan yang berbeda dengan radar-radar buatan Retia, Ceko.

“Kami ada dua (pengadaan, red.), ada pengadaan dari Thales, satu lagi dari Eropa Timur sehingga nanti kita bagi yang di Eropa Timur di mana dan sebagian dari Eropa (Barat, red.) sehingga nanti semua terkelompok,” kata Andyawan menjawab pertanyaan wartawan saat jumpa pers selepas acara Kasau Awards 2024.

Dia menyebutkan beberapa tempat yang direncanakan menjadi lokasi radar, diantaranya di Sorong, Papua Barat Daya; Jayapura, Papua; dan Tambolaka, Nusa Tenggara Timur.

“Ada daerah Sumatera, ada lengkap semuanya,“ kata Wakil KSAU.

Dia menambahkan beberapa radar baru yang dibeli Indonesia dari Perancis dan Ceko juga akan menggantikan radar-radar lama yang saat ini memperkuat pertahanan udara Indonesia.

“Ada beberapa yang nanti mengganti radar-radar kita yang lama. Radar kita yang lama teknologinya dari 1970-an, 1980-an, kita ganti,” kata Andyawan.

Sementara itu, terkait penempatan radar untuk pertahanan udara di IKN, Wakil KSAU menyatakan radar untuk IKN tidak ditempatkan di Ibu Kota Nusantara, melainkan di sekitar IKN.

“Penempatannya, sudah kami rapatkan, tentunya tidak di IKN, tetapi sekitar IKN sehingga nanti bisa mem-back up wilayah udara sekitar IKN. Kami juga sudah punya perspektif pertahanan udara di sekitar IKN. Tidak hanya radar, tetapi ada penugasan pesawat di sana, air defense weapon ada di sana,” kata Wakil KSAU.

Kementerian Pertahanan RI membeli 13 radar GCI dari Thales dan 12 radar dari Retia Ceko untuk memperkuat pertahanan udara Indonesia. Dalam pengadaan radar GCI, Thales bekerja sama dengan PT Len Industri untuk memproduksi 13 radar tersebut.

Octopath diproduksi di PT Len 
Direktur Utama PT Len Industri Bobby Rasyidin dalam sesi jumpa pers bersama jajaran direksi Defend ID di Jakarta, awal Juli 2024, menjelaskan pengadaan radar GCI pesanan Indonesia saat ini masuk tahap produksi. “Progress-nya bisa dibilang 70–80 persen,” kata Bobby.

Dia melanjutkan dalam kerja sama produksi radar GCI, PT Len juga memproduksi komponen utama radar yang disebut octopath.

“Octopath itu kita produksi sendiri. Jadi, komponen utamanya radar itu produksi dalam negeri,” kata dia.

Tidak hanya itu, perakitan akhir (final assembly) dari 13 radar Ground Control Interception (GCI) GM-403 pesanan Indonesia dari Thales juga berlangsung di fasilitas milik PT Len Industri di Len Technopark, Subang, Jawa Barat.

Pertemuan Kedua, CSSC Memberi Diskon Besar Kapal Perusak Jika Jakarta Membeli Kapal Selam S26T

12 Juli 2024

Kapal perusak Type 052D (photo: Zona Militar)

Pejabat dari China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) telah menghadiri pertemuan kedua dengan Kementerian Pertahanan Indonesia (MoD) untuk membahas tawaran kapal selam diesel-listrik (SSK) S26T yang awalnya dibuat untuk Thailand.

Dokumen yang diberikan kepada Janes oleh sumber yang dekat dengan masalah tersebut menunjukkan bahwa pertemuan kedua berlangsung pada tanggal 4 Juli di kantor Kementerian Pertahanan yang terletak di Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat di Jakarta.

Pertemuan tersebut dihadiri oleh para pejabat senior Kementerian Pertahanan dan Angkatan Laut Indonesia, namun yang tidak hadir dalam daftar hadir adalah para flag officers/perwira bendera dari dinas tersebut.

Janes juga mengetahui bahwa pejabat CSSC kini telah mempermanis tawaran mereka kepada Kementerian Pertahanan dan akan memasok kapal perusak Tipe 052D kepada Angkatan Laut Indonesia dengan harga diskon besar jika Jakarta membeli S26T SSK.

S26T mempunyai panjang 77,6m dan bobot penuh 3.600 ton lebih besar dari Scorpene yang mempunyai panjang 70,62m dan bobot penuh 1.900 ton (photo: ChinaMil)

Janes pertama kali melaporkan pada bulan Januari 2024 bahwa China tampaknya sedang mencari pembeli baru untuk kapal selam tersebut, dan perusahaan tersebut telah menyampaikan undangan kepada Panglima Angkatan Laut Indonesia, Laksamana Muhammad Ali, untuk mengunjungi fasilitas tempat kapal tersebut sedang dibangun.

Mengingat undangan ini tidak ditanggapi, CSSC membuat janji untuk bertemu dengan pejabat Kementerian Pertahanan Indonesia pada tanggal 28 Juni, di mana presentasi resmi mengenai tawaran ini dilakukan kepada pejabat senior Kementerian Pertahanan dan Angkatan Laut Indonesia.

Sebagai bagian dari tawarannya, CSSC telah menyiapkan paket modifikasi yang memungkinkan S26T SSK untuk mengerahkan dan meluncurkan rudal jelajah anti-kapal yang diluncurkan dari tabung torpedo YJ-18 buatan Tiongkok.

11 Juli 2024

Embraer and TAI Signed MoU for MRO of C-390 Millennium and ERJ 135/ERJ 145 Transport Aircraft

11 Juli 2024

Signing MoU between Embraer and TAI (photo: TAI)

Thai Aviation Industries Co.,Ltd (TAI) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) on developing business cooperation with Embraer Defense & Security 

Air Chief Marshal Phibun Worawanpreecha, Managing Director, signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of business cooperation between TAI and Embraer on 2 April 2024 in Brazil to increase capabilities and develop skills to become a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) center for aircraft manufactured by Embraer Defense & Security, including C-390 Millennium and ERJ 135/ERJ 145 transport aircraft in the future.

Embraer Defense & Security also visited TAI facilities at Wing 4 Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Nakhon Sawan Province, Thailand on 27 May 2024. 

There are already Thai government agencies that are users of aircraft manufactured by Brazil's Embraer, including the Royal Thai Army's ERJ 135 LR general aviation aircraft and the ERJ 135 LR transport aircraft of Squadron 201, Wing 2, Royal Thai Navy. The establishment of a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) center in Thailand will greatly benefit the Thai aviation industry.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on April 2, 2024 in Brazil and the visit to the Takhli Aircraft Maintenance Center, Wing 4 in Nakhon Sawan Province, Thailand on May 27, 2024, show that Embraer Brazil sees opportunities for its C-390 Millennium transport aircraft with the Royal Thai Air Force.

However, the latest Royal Thai Air Force White Paper 2024 does not provide details on the project to procure a new transport aircraft to replace the C-130H. There is also a project to improve the capabilities of the C-130H Phase 3 as mentioned above. This makes it seem that there is still no sign indicating that there will be a project to procure a new transport aircraft anytime soon.

(AAG)

Japan and the Philippines Sign a Defense Pact

11 Juli 2024

Japan can now deploy its forces to Philippines under Reciprocal Access Agreement (photo: AFP)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Japan and the Philippines signed a key defense pact Monday allowing the deployment of Japanese forces for joint drills in the Southeast Asian nation that came under Japanese occupation in World War II but is now building an alliance with Tokyo as both face an increasingly assertive China.

The Reciprocal Access Agreement, which similarly allows Filipino forces to enter Japan for joint combat training, was signed by Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa in a Manila ceremony witnessed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. It would take effect after ratification by the countries’ legislatures, Philippine and Japanese officials said.

The defense pact with the Philippines, which includes live-fire drills, is the first to be forged by Japan in Asia. Japan signed similar accords with Australia in 2022 and with Britain in 2023.

Under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Japan has taken steps to boost its security and defensive firepower, including a counterstrike capability that breaks from the country’s postwar principle of focusing only on self-defense. It’s doubling defense spending in a five-year period to 2027 to bolster its military power and make Japan the world’s third-biggest military spender after the United States and China.

Kishida’s moves dovetail with Marcos’ effort to forge security alliances to bolster the Philippine military’s limited ability to defend its territorial interests in the South China Sea.

The United States has also been strengthening an arc of military alliances in the Indo-Pacific to better counter China, including in any future confrontation over Taiwan, and reassure its Asian allies. Japan and the Philippines are treaty allies of the U.S. and their leaders held three-way talks in April at the White House, where President Joe Biden renewed Washington’s “ironclad” commitment to defend Japan and the Philippines.

Japan has had a longstanding territorial dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea. Chinese and Philippine coast guard and navy ships, meanwhile, have been involved in a series of tense confrontations in the South China Sea since last year.

Japan and the United States were among the first to express alarm over the Chinese actions and call on Beijing to abide by international laws. Washington is obligated to defend the Philippines, its oldest treaty ally in Asia, if Filipino forces, ships and aircraft come under an armed attack, including in the South China Sea.

See full article AP

Delegasi Pussenarmed Saksikan Live Firing Missile Khan 600 di Turki

11 Juli 2024

Delegasi Pussenarmed mengikuti live firing demonstrasi Missile Khan 600 di fasilitas Latihan Kementrian Pertahanan Turki di daerah Sinops, Turki (photos: Pussenarmed)

Kecanggihan Senhata Baru Armed TNI AD Berjarak Ratusan Kilometer

"God is on the side with the best artillery" merupakan pernyataan yang disampaikan oleh Napoleon Bonaparte yang merupakan salah satu pemimpin militer terbesar di dunia. Ia berhasil menaklukkan sebagian besar Eropa pada awal abad ke-19.


Demikian halnya dengan Perang Modern saat ini Peran Artileri akan sangat menentukan hasil akhir dari suatu pertempuran.


Sejalan dengan hal tersebut melalui program Modernisasi Alutsista Pussenarmed mencoba untuk menjajaki sejumlah Alutsista baru yang mana salah satunya dengan pengadaan Multi  Launcher Rocket Systems (MLRS) Indonesian Tactical Ballistic Missile (ITBM) produksi Roketsan Turki yang akan memperkuat jajaran TNI khususnya dalam rangka pengamanan IKN.


Komandan Pussenarmed TNI AD Mayjen TNI Putranto Gatot Sri Handoyo.,S.Sos.,M.M, beserta sejumlah delegasi yang mewakili Kemhan, Mabesad, Puspalad dan Pussenarmed berkesempatan untuk menyaksikan Live Firing Demonstrasi Missile Khan 600 di fasilitas Latihan Kementrian Pertahanan Turki di daerah Sinops, Turki.


Peluncuran Guided Missile dengan jarak jangkau s.d 280 km tersebut dapat berjalan dengan aman dan lancar walaupun pada kesempatan ini hanya dilakukan uji pada jarak minimal pada jarak 80 km.