24 Agustus 2016

FA50PH Grounded after Clark Bird Strike

24 Agustus 2016


FA-50PH Golden Eagle (photo : rodd929)

ONE of the two brand new South Korean-made FA50 “Golden Eagle” lead-in fighter jet platforms of the Philippine Air Force was rendered non-operational after its engine was hit and totally destroyed by a “bird strike.”

“It’s true, one of our FA50 had a bird strike and was grounded because its engine was totally destroyed. I just don’t know if it was only one or both engines,” a former officer of PAF who asked not to be identified told the Manila Standard.

The Manila Standard tried but failed to get an immediate comment from PAF spokesman Colonel Araus Robert Musico and learned that the incident was not reported.

According to the source, the bird strike hit the FA50 jet at the PAF’s runaway at Clark Airfield in Pampanga sometime in March.

“As of now, only one of the FA50s is able to fly because the engine of the damaged jet has not been replaced,” the source said.

In November 2015, the first batch of two of 12 FA50s ordered from the Korean Aerospace Inc. was delivered to PAF. Two more are set to arrive before the end of 2016 and the rest until 2017.

The supersonic lead-jet fighters that are yet to be armed with missiles were bought by the government with a total amount of P18.9 billion.

During the election campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte had criticized the procurement of the lead-in jets as a “waste of money.”

At present, Duterte has prioritized the procurement of naval fast-craft and high-speed combat helicopters to first address the internal security operations especially in Mindanao where kidnapping remains a problem.

But Duterte has promised to continue modernization efforts being started by the previous administration.

(TheStandard)

23 Agustus 2016

Anggaran Dipangkas, Kemenhan Tunda Sejumlah Pembaruan Alutsista

23 Agustus 2016

Pemangkasan anggaran menghambat rencana akuisisi untuk modernisasi alutsista (photo : Pavel Adzhigildaev)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Kementerian Pertahanan menunda dan menghapus sejumlah program pertahanan negara. 

Keputusan itu terpaksa diambil seiring kebijakan pemangkasan anggaran yang diinisiasi pemerintah.  

Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu mengatakan penundaan program termasuk pada pembaruan alat utama sistem pertahanan (Alutsista).

"Ya kena semua. Setelah periode pertama dikurangi Rp 2,8 triliun, kemudian periode pemotongan kedua kemarin, akhirnya kami menunda beberapa pembaruan alutsista," ujar Ryamizard saat ditemui di silang Monas, Jakarta Pusat, Selasa (23/8/2016).

Ryamizard menjelaskan, akibat pemangkasan anggaran tersebut, Kemenhan harus melakukan beberapa penghematan.

Menurut mantan KSAD itu, pemangkasan anggaran bukan membatalkan pembelian alutsista tapi menunda.

"Bukan tidak beli, tapi ya harus kami tunda pada periode berikutnya. Mudah-mudahan ekonomi membaik nanti kami benahi lagi," ungkapnya.

Ryamizard pun menegaskan bahwa Kemenhan sudah membuat skala prioritas pasca-pemangkasan anggaran. Dan yang paling diprioritaskan saat ini adalah kesejahteraan prajurit.

Menurutnya, hal itu tidak bisa diganggu gugat karena sangat berpengaruh pada keamanan negara. 

"Yang penting kesejahteraan masyarakat. Tentara kan juga masyarakat dan bekerja untuk masyarakat kan. Jadi itu yang prioritas," kata Ryamizard.

Program Prioritas TNI AD

Pasukan Para Raider Yonif 330 Kostrad (photo : Liputan6)

Sementara itu Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Darat (KASAD) Jenderal TNI Mulyono pernah mengatakan, salah satu program priotitas TNI AD pada 2016 adalah memperkuat pertahanan di daerah perbatasan.

Upaya tersebut dilakukan melalui rencana memodernisasi alat utama sistem persenjataan (Alutsista). Menurutnya, program pembaruan alutsista tersebut dilakukan untuk mendukung kinerja prajurit yang berada di perbatasan.

"Prioritas kami saat ini memperbarui alutsista agar semua prajurit di perbatasan lebih kuat. Karena memang prioritas kami saat ini adalah memperkuat perbatasan," ujar Mulyono saat ditemui di Balai Kartini, Jakarta Selatan, Rabu (10/8/2016).

Mulyono menuturkan ada empat titik prioritas dimana para prajurit perlu penambahan dan pembaruan alutsista. Empat titik tersebut yakni, Natuna, Morotai di Maluku Utara, Biak di Papua dan Selaru di Maluku bagian selatan.

Dia mengatakan empat wilayah tersebut menjadi salah satu titik rawan karena berbatasan langsung dengan laut lepas dan negara tetangga. Pembaruan alutsista ini juga berkorelasi dengan beberapa isu yang menjadi perhatian TNI AD.

Setidaknya ada beberapa isu penting antara lain persoalan Laut Cina Selatan, penculikan yang dilakukan oleh kelompok Abu Sayyaf dan perdagangan narkotika lintas negara.

"Sekarang ini, modernisasi alutsista saya sedang prioritaskan untuk Kopassus dan batalyon Raider. Prioritas untuk memenuhi kebutuhan perlengkapan mereka. Terutama untuk batalyon Raider yang di perbatasan. Itu semua akan dilengkapi sarana dan prasarananya," ungkap Mulyono.

(Kompas)

Saab Receives Order from New Zealand for Tactical Engagement Simulation System

23 Agustus 2016


The simulation systems are instrumentable and interface with Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) training domains. The instrumented systems provide cost savings in reduce operational tempo, reduced time to train troops, consistency of training results, and immediate response to training needs. (photo : SAAB)

Defence and security company Saab has received the first order, under a five-year agreement recently signed with the New Zealand Army, to deliver a high fidelity Tactical Engagement Simulation System (TESS). This initial order will provide the army with a proven, off-the-shelf and technically advanced training system.

The laser-based TESS capability will be delivered by Saab New Zealand, drawing on over 35 years of tactical engagement simulation design, delivery and support expertise. Saab has a demonstrated track record of delivering on time and on budget, to the American, British, Canadian and Australian (ABCA) armies and to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) land forces. Saab’s live training system has been developed and continuously modernised with experience from more than 20 customer nations.

“We look forward to working closely with the New Zealand Army to enhance its training outcomes. We are proud to deliver this significant training system to the New Zealand Army, which will now lead the region in the employment of advanced laser-based tactical engagement systems to support training,” says Saab Australasia Head of Training and Simulation, Inger Lawes.

“With this agreement and order for training systems, the New Zealand Army will have a market-leading live training system that will improve their training capability. We deliver a modern system that enables a wide range of training scenarios and the highest realism. This order further strengthens our market position within this field”, says Åsa Thegström, head of business unit Training & Simulation within business area Dynamics.

Saab will work with the New Zealand Army to deliver a value for money, off-the-shelf TESS capability that will significantly enhance the Army’s ability to conduct and analyse the outcomes of force-on-force exercises. The capability meets the New Zealand Army’s current requirements while providing a platform and capacity for long-term system growth.

(SAAB)

HTMS 561 Jalani Proses Sea Acceptance Trial

23 Agustus 2016

HTMS Leamsing 561 (all photos : Navy for Life) 

HTMS 561 Leamsing mulai menjalani Sea Acceptance Trial (SAT). Desain kapal 58 meter ini merupakan kerjasama antara Royal Thai Navy dan galangan kapal Marsun.



HTMS Leamsing mempunyai ukuran panjang of 58 meter dan lebar 9.30 meter, serta bobot maksimal 520 ton. Kapal dapat mencapai kecepatan maksimal 23 knots dan dapat menempuh perjalanan hingga 2500 nautical miles.

Serie kapal tipe M58 ini dipersenjatai dengan meriam utama 76mm Oto Melara dan meriam sekunder 30mm MSI Defence serta dua senapan mesin .50 cal.

(Defense Studies)

22 Agustus 2016

Kapal ADRI L Ditugaskan di Yonbekang 4/Air

22 Agustus 2016

Kapal ADRI L (50) (photo : TNI AD)

Yonbekang 4/Air TNI AD Terima Kapal ADRI

JAKARTA (Pos Kota) – Batalyon Pembekalan Angkutan atau Yonbekang 4/Air TNI Angkatan Darat menerima 1 unit kapal ADRI L ukuran 1200 DWT.

Penyerahan kapal tersebut dilaksanakan oleh Dirbekangad Brigjen TNI Taat Agus Budianto kepada Danyonbekang 4/Air Letkol Cba Atjep Miharja Soma S.I.P.

Menurut Danyonbekang 4/Air Letkol Cba Atjep Miharja Soma, kapal buatan tahun 2013 dengan jenis Landing Cralt Utility (LCU) 1200 dengan panjang 79.50 meter dioperasikan untuk mendukung tugas pokok TNI AD di pangkalan Yonbekang-4/Air Tanjung Priok.

Kapal dengan kecepatan 12 knot dan tinggi 7.80 serta jarak jelajah 2880 NM tersebut memiliki kapastias anak buah kapal (ABK) sebanyak 43 orang, pasukan 40 orang dengan muatan 6 unit Tank Leopard dan 1 unit trasporter dan dioperasikan di laut antar pulau.


Kapal ADRI XLVI (46) (photo : boassugiyarto)

Tidak hanya itu kapal itu dapat dimanfaatkan untuk angkutan bencana alam serat mendarat (beaching) di pantai.

Atjep menambahkan Batalyon Pembekalan Angkutan (Yongbekang) 4/Air berfungsi melaksanakan tugas operasi baik di dalam maupun di luar negeri diantaranya melaksanakan tugas rutin maupun khusus dalam rangka mengangkut bekal, materil, personel dan alat perlengkapan ke Kodam-kodam di seluruh wilayah NKRI.

Atas pengabdian dan keberhasilan dalam melaksanakan tugasnya, kapal-kapal ADRI dan prajurit Yongbekang 4/Air mendapatkan penghargaan tanda jasa dari pemerintah RI diantaranya Samkarya Nugraha, Bintang Sakti, Satya Lencana Seroja dan penghargaan Satya Lencana Dharma Nusa.


Kapal ADRI XL (40) (photo : boassugiyarto)

Adapun kapal ADRI yang dimiliki oleh Satuan Yonbekang 4/Air Ditbekangad saat ini ada 12 diantaranya yakni :
- ADRI XXXII 300 DWT/1978, 
- ADRI XXXVI 150 DWT/1982, 
- ADRI XL 300 DWT/1981, 
- ADRI XLI 150 DWT/1982, 
- ADRI XLIII 150 DWT/1982, 
- ADRI XLIV 1000 DWT/1983.
Selain itu : 
- ADRI XLV 500/2004, 
- ADRI XLV 500 DWT/2004, 
- ADRI XLVI 500 DWT/2004, 
- ADRI XLVII 500 DWT/2004, 
- ADRI XLVIII 1000 DWT/2015, 
- ADRI XLIX 1000 DWT/2015,
- ADRI L 1200 DWT/2016.

(PosKota)

Vingmate’s FCS Garners Interest

22 Agustus 2016


Vingmate AB’s fire control system (photo : Army Recognition)

Increasing the accuracy of heavy crew served weapons like the .50 caliber machine gun and 30/40mm automatic grenade launchers allows troops to take advantage of the comparative greater range and potential lethality of these weapons.

Vingmate AB’s (part of Rheinmetall) Fire Control System enables this and when used on a 40mm AGL (Automatic Grenade Launcher) it has demonstrated first round hits on a tank-size target at 1.8 kilometers range, (1.1 miles) in live firing trials. The FCS is compact and weighs 6.3 kilograms (13.8 pounds) yet provides day and night firing solutions for direct and indirect fire, target acquisitions and airburst programming. The basic FCS version has a laser rangefinder, day camera and ballistic correction but its modularity allows the mounting of a thermal camera, laser pointer and other sensors.

The system is fielded by Canada, Norway, New Zealand, US Special Operations and was a candidate for the Australian Army’s Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launchers coupled to the Heckler and Koch 40mm GMG automatic grenade launcher. The Australian Defence Material Organisation, which supervises procurement for the Australian military, eventually selected the General Dynamics Mk.47 40mm AGL for this requirement.

(Asian Military Review)

The Leading Candidate to Replace the Position of Vietnam BTR-152

22 Agustus 2016


BPM-97 Vystrel (photo : DefenceTalk)

With many advantages, armored troop transport BPM-97 is considered the best candidates, will replace the role of the "old man" Army BTR-152 in Vietnam.

Armored troop transport vehicles BPM-97 (industrial production code Kamaz-43 269 "Vystrel") was designed in 1997 and officially equip Border Forces of the Russian Federation since 1999.

Kamaz plant BPM-97 created by combining the chassis of multi-use trucks with armored body, Kamaz-43 269 was originally intended to replace the role of GAZ-66 truck.

This is a light armored vehicle with reasonable cost, is well suited for patrol or escort. Besides Russia, BPM-97 was used by the Army of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.


Vietnamese BTR-152 (photo : ttvnol)

Due to the similarities in the back offers a wealth of advantages, BPM-97 is rated as the No. 1 candidate to replace the BTR-152 was very old in Vietnam.

Currently Kamaz has factories located in Vietnam, meets the capacity requirements of finished products assembled within the country, which makes it the chance of winning BPM-97 became apparent than ever.

It is likely in the near future, Vietnam People's Army armored vehicles will be staging a new generation tire to origin "inland", similar to the model that the army several ASEAN countries are applying very successfully.

(Soha)