27 Maret 2017

RHIB Paskal Bakal Diganti – Panglima

27 Maret 2017

The “M10” Roughneck by Ophardt (photos: Ullman Dynamics)

LANGKAWI 24 Mac – Aset Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) milik Pasukan Khas Laut (Paskal) akan menjalani proses penggantian sebagai salah satu transformasi peningkatan keupayaan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM).

Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin berkata, proses penggantian tersebut akan dijalankan secara berpe­ringkat dan mengambil masa dalam tempoh tertentu.

Walau bagaimanapun, kata­nya, TLDM kini masih menjalankan proses penilaian secara teliti bagi memastikan pasukan itu menerima aset terbaik sekali gus dapat melaksanakan misi dengan berjaya.

“Selain daripada proses transformasi kapal, kita juga akan mempertingkatkan keupayaan Paskal secara berperingkat untuk menghadapi apa jua ancaman masa kini.

“Kita tidak boleh menggunakan aset lama yang menjejaskan keupayaan dan saya akan sentiasa menentukan Paskal sentiasa diberi keutamaan,” katanya.

Bercakap dalam sidang akhbar khas sempena Pameran Udara dan Maritim Antarabangsa Langkawi 2017 (LIMA’17) di sini hari ini, katanya, beliau tahu dan yakin dengan kemahiran Paskal apabila diperlukan.

Beliau mengulas mengenai ujian penilaian bot Roughneck M-10 keluaran Ophardt Maritim yang dijalankan oleh Paskal semalam.

Dalam pada itu, Ahmad Kamarulzaman berkata, aplikasi Keselamatan, Kesedaran dan Komuniti Maritim (K3M) mampu menjadi platform komunikasi terbaik antara masyarakat serta TLDM.

“Dengan adanya aplikasi itu, golongan nelayan terutamanya dapat membantu kami dan agensi lain membanteras ancaman di perairan serta insiden kemalangan,” ujarnya.


PM Confirms Thai Navy to Get Three Chinese Submarines

27 Maret 2017

S-26T submarine (image : thailandsusu)

It’s finally Chinese submarines for Thailand. But the government would pay for only two as the third one was “a free gift”, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha revealed at his weekly press briefing yesterday.

The announcement by the PM ends a wait of over two decades for the Navy.

Thailand had four submarines in 1937, the first country in Asean to have submarines and only the second in Asia.

Made in Japan, they became damaged over time and were beyond repair. Following the defeat of Japan in World War II, the submarines were discharged in 1951.

Since then, Thailand has never had any submarines. The Thai Navy revived its quest for some submarines to be deployed in the Thai waters, especially in the Gulf of Thailand, in 1995.

Several western countries – Germany, Sweden, France – and Russia were eager to offer new submarines at good prices, but the Navy’s dream was hampered by budget shortage and political problems.

In 2010, the Navy made another try, eyeing six submarines from Germany, though they were second hand. The Navy then readjusted the plan, eyeing one brand new submarine from either Germany or South Korea, but even that bid was suspended.

It was only when the current military government took power in 2014 that the Navy felt itself closer to realising its dream.

The three submarines are Yuan Class S26 T, which have been developed exclusively for Thailand based on China’s Yuan Class Type 039 A.

They would be nearly 78 metres long and 9 metres wide, equipped with the latest technology AIP (Air Independent Propulsion) system, that would allow them to dive consecutively up to 21 days without surfacing. Normal nuclear-based submarines can dive around seven to 10 days.

The deal would cost Thailand Bt3.6 billion.

Sensing the criticism of the Navy’s obsession with acquiring submarines, Prayut urged the public to understand why the country needed the subs, and that too from China.

“The submarines from China are the cheapest with the quality relatively acceptable. It has also offered services after purchase, something extra that we have received. I asked my Deputy Prime Minister Prawit [Wongsuwan], and he is ready for any examination of their worthiness.

“We are not rich, and we don’t have much money to spend [on them]. We cannot build them on our own so we have to buy them from others,” said Prayut.


Tiga Tiang "KRI BIMA SUCI" Telah Terpasang

27 Maret 2017

KRI Bima Suci (all photos : Javier JAC)

Pagi tanggal 25 Maret 2017 jam 11.00 siang, kapal layar tiang-tiga jenis brigantine dan menggunakan layar jenis bricbarca "KRI BIMA SUCI" selesai menjalani docking di dermaga perbaikan dan kembali ke dalam galangan kapal untuk melanjutkan pekerjaan pemasangan senjata dan penyelesaian pekerjaan interior.

Kapal latih Angkatan Laut Indonesia KRI BIMA SUCI benar-benar akan menjadi kebanggan Angkatan Laut Indonesia, anda sudah bisa melihat dengan mata kepala sendiri, sekarang kapal layar itu telah tampak lebih tinggi dengan tiga tiang utama yang telah terpasang. 

Pada saat masuk ke layanan, "KRI Bima Suci" akan menjadi salah satu yacht terbesar di dunia dari jenisnya, dilengkapi dengan tiga tiang dan layar dengan luas total 3.350 m2, berukuran 110 meter panjang, lebar 12,6 meter dan tinggi badan 5,5 meter.


26 Maret 2017

Aselsan Debuts 'Anti-Drone Jammer' System

26 Maret 2017

IHASAVAR 'anti-drone' system (photo : Shephard)

Turkish defence company Aselsan has unveiled a man-portable 'anti-drone jammer' system at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2017 exhibition, and is positioning the product for the export market for the first time, a company official told Jane's.

The system, which has been developed to protect high-security facilities, such as military bases and airports from rotary-wing and fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), is designed to disrupt remote control, data link, and satellite navigation frequencies, which will effectively render an offending UAV uncontrollable.

According to an Aselsan representative who spoke to Jane's at the LIMA exhibition, the system has been developed relatively quickly, over a period of six months, in response to the growing threats posed by the proliferation of commercial UAVs.

"Aselsan analysed that developing a cost-effective, man-portable, and ergonomic solution that doesn't need any sensor systems to disrupt hostile drones, would meet the high expectations of its present and future customers," said Ertugul Nacak, account manager at Aselsan's radar and electronic warfare systems.

Known as the IHASAVAR, the system consists of one 11.5 kg backpack that houses two lithium-ion batteries, and a handheld 2 kg 'rifle', which features a directional antenna that will be aimed at hostile UAVs. According to specifications provided by the company, the system can operate in temperatures that range from -30°C to 50°C and features an operation time of about 1.5 hours.

The IHASAVAR system is currently in use with the Turkish Armed Forces, and the company is currently eyeing the wider Asia-Pacific region as a potential market for the system.


Indonesia is Considering the Possibility of a Licensed Production of Components for BMP-3F

26 Maret 2017

BMP-3F of the Korps Marinir (photo : vpk)

LANGKAWI / Malaysia / TASS / - Indonesia is considering the possibility to establish a licensed production of shells and components for infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3F, Mikhail Petukhov, deputy director-general of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told reporters at the LIMA arms exhibition.

"At present, the Indonesian side is studying Russian proposals for the organization of licensed production of ammunition and individual components for previously delivered BMP-3F," Petukhov said.

According to him, Russia is ready to cooperate with potential foreign customers in the field of licensed production of equipment. "We are ready for this format of cooperation, but its appropriateness, parameters and prospects should be considered in each specific case," he said.

BMP-3F is a version of a combat vehicle for the Marine Corps, it can also be used by the Coast Guard and border guards. The machine is used to conduct combat in the coastal zone, on the coast, during the landing of the sea assault. Its arms include guns of 100 and 30 millimeters caliber, anti-tank guided missiles, a 7.62 millimeter machine gun. Crew BMP-3F consists of three people, the car can carry up to seven people landing.

The first BMP-3F was delivered to Indonesia in 2010, then the Asian country received 17 vehicles. Later, the Indonesian military received 37 more infantry fighting vehicles.

Exhibition LIMA 2017 takes place on the island of Langkawi from 21 to 25 March. More than 550 companies from 36 countries participate in it, over 300 official representatives from more than 60 countries are invited to the events.


RTA Ordered 34 NORINCO ZBL-09

26 Maret 2017

Norinco ZBD 09 (photo : Tank Encyclopedia)

RTA ordered ZBL-09 from NORICO to be commissioned in the Cavalry Unit

Foreign correspondent said to TAF in LIMA 2017 yesterday that the Royal Thai Army signed the order to buy 34 ZBL-09 8x8 and 12,506 30 mm round from China's NORICO.

ZBL-09 can be compared to BTR-3E1 earlier procured and deployed in the infantry units. RTA will buy one battalion of ZBL-09 and aim for 2020 delivery at the price of 1.695 mil USD each. TAF believe that this order is a part of the 400 million Baht project to upgrade the RTA maintenance factory to be able to maintain and refurbish all Chinese-made vehicle in RTA, including VT-4 tank, Type-85 and ZBL-09. Thy aim to become the regional center for Chinese vehicle maintenance.


MTC Shows Mobile Offshore Base Station

26 Maret 2017

MTC Mobile Offshore Base Station concept (all photos : Monch, Navy Recognition) 

During LIMA 2017 in Malaysia, the Marine Technology Company (MTC) has presented the MOBS (Mobile Offshore Base Station) in two proposed variants – with engine (SPB, Self-Propelled Barge) and without (tugged by another unit, known as 8PMB, 8-Point Mooring Barge). MTC is a consortium of several companies, established in 2009 as MTC Engineering Sd. Bhd. (MTCE).

MOBS is intended for military purposes as a sea-base. Its project assumes that MOBS would be built from steel – the main hull is to be divided into several compartments (galley, mess room, recreation room, prayer room, and control room). Accommodation area is intended to be placed on a main deck (up to 40 personnel). Its maximum length is 62 metres (SPB) or 44.80 metres (8PMB). Capacity of its fuel tank is 2000 m3 and of fresh water is 200 m3. This barge would accommodate one helicopter on a deck (without a hangar) and one interception/patrol craft (small craft ramp is planned at the aft).

MTC is known in Malaysia and the region for its activities in a civilian market – it specialises in Front End Engineering Design (FEED), Detailed Design Engineering (DDE), Naval Architecture (ship design, fast boats, fishing vessels, tugs, trawlers and barges, accommodation barges), mechanical, electrical and structural services as well as Marine Engineering consultancy. It is also involved in mooring systems and fixed platforms.