20 Oktober 2017

PH Nears in Sealing Deal for Acquisition of 6 Super Tucanos

20 Oktober 2017

EMB-314 Super Tucano (photo : Combat Aircraft)

The Philippine government through the Department of National Defense (DND) is nearing to seal a deal with Brazilian manufacturer Embraer for the purchase of six EMB 314 Super Tucanos for Philippine Air Force (PAF), IHS Jane’s Defence Industry said in a report.

IHS Jane’s cited DND public affairs chief Arsenio Andolong saying the contract is expected to be finalized before this year ends.

These aircraft to be procured will act as Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft for PAF and will replace/complement PAF’s Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” turboprop attack planes.

According to MaxDefense, the plan under the second horizon of AFP modernization is to acquire 18 more Super Tucano to “ultimately replace the OV-10A/C/M Broncos and SF-260TP with the PAF’s 15th Strike Wing.”

The DND confirmed in June that Embraer was declared as the lowest calculated bidder.

“Embraer was determined as the lowest calculated bidder for the Close Air Support Project, but they still have to undergo and pass the post-qualification inspection to be awarded the contract,” DND told Update Philippines.


Rockwell Collins Wins Contract for Digital Terminal Control System Simulators for ADF

20 Oktober 2017

Battlefield controller simulator (photo : Aus DoD)

$40 million to modernise military training

The battlefield training of our soldiers has been given a major boost with eight new Digital Terminal Control System simulators coming online next year.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a $40 million contract with Rockwell Collins Australia to supply the simulators.

Minister Pyne said the contract includes operator and maintenance support and built on the acquisition of three interim systems in March this year, with 80 per cent of the contract value to be spent in Australia.

“This contract will create seven new jobs in Perth, Sydney, Newcastle and Puckapunyal, on top of the four jobs created under the earlier contract,” Minister Pyne said. 

“The DTCS itself is a state of the art computer-based capability which uses specialised software and hardware equipment to identify enemy targets with greater speed and accuracy.”

“These simulators will equip our soldiers with the skills necessary to use the DTCS to coordinate battlefield fire from artillery, mortars, helicopters, naval ships and fighter aircraft.”

“It also provides our personnel with the ability to work with multiple Australian and coalition land, air, and sea platforms to engage the enemy.” 

“The simulators provide an environment which can be difficult to replicate in live training, they provide a realistic, cost effective and safe alternative.”

“The purchase of these systems demonstrates our commitment to using Australian defence industry to improve and modernise our training equipment.”

The new simulators will be installed at bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin, Perth, Sydney, Williamtown and Puckapunyal.

Delivery of the simulators is planned to commence in May 2018 with the final simulator expected in December 2018.

(Aus DoD)

Indonesia Delays Decommissioning of Ahmad Yani-Class Frigates Amid South China Sea Obligations

20 Oktober 2017

The Indonesian Navy has delayed the planned retirement of its ex-Royal Netherlands Navy frigates. Move to ensure that the service can fulfil operational requirements and deployment obligations, especially in the South China Sea (photo : Joko Sulistyo)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut) has decided to postpone the retirement of its Ahmad Yani-class frigates amid operational requirements that necessitate continued service of the platforms for about one more year, the service has confirmed with Jane’s .

Citing a TNI-AL source from the service’s Western Fleet (KOARMABAR), Jane’s reported in February 2016 that the country will start to retire the first of its six Ahmad Yani-class frigates in 2017. This decision was made at the 2016 iteration of an annual naval technical and logistics work plan meeting, and the intention then was to retire the class at a rate of one ship a year from 2017 to 2022.

However, given current progress of the Martadinata (SIGMA 10514)-class’ induction, and ongoing service obligations, this schedule has since been delayed by about one more year to ensure that there are no operational gaps in the fleet’s deployment capacity especially in the Natuna Sea where there is now an increasing number of unregulated fishing cases, said the TNI-AL.

Indonesia commissioned its first Martadinata-class frigate, KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (331), in April 2017. The second-of-class, which will be known as KRI IGusti Ngurah Rai with pennant number 332 once it is in service, was launched by state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL in September 2016. The country is expected to acquire follow-on ships in this class, but a formal procurement process for this has yet to begin.

The TNI-AL’s Ahmad Yani-class ships were formerly in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) as the Van Speijk class. After being in service for about 20 years, the ships were transferred to Indonesia between 1986 and 1989.


NZ Defence Force to Buy 82 New High-Tech Rifles for $4 Million

20 Oktober 2017

Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel rifle (photo : Defense Review)

Two new types of weapons, including a long range sniper rifle that can hit targets at almost twice the distance current weapons can, are being bought by the New Zealand Defence Force [NZDF] at a cost of $4 million.

NZDF announced today it was entering an agreement to buy 40 of the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel rifle and 42 Barrett Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifles.

The cost includes day optics, suppressors and ballistic computer auxiliary equipment.

The 0.50-calibre semi-automatic anti-materiel rifle gives soldiers the ability to identify and engage vehicle or installation targets with precision to 1500 metres.

The Barrett MRAD .338 Lapua Magnum has been proven effective to 1500m. It replaces the current AW 7.62mm calibre sniper rifle, effective to 800m, which has reached the end of its service life, Chief of Army Major General Peter Kelly said.

BARRETT MRAD: Multi-caliber capable precision rifle (photo : SADJ)

"This new weapon will increase significantly the range of NZDF snipers, and with the innovation of new tripods will increase their ability to shoot in various positions, from prone to standing."

Both rifles will be used by infantry units within the New Zealand Army and the New Zealand SAS, and will be introduced into service from mid-2018.

Kelly said the new weapons would provide soldiers with the latest technology and ensure they would be equipped for any battlefield environment they might encounter.

"The new weapons were chosen after rigorous testing and feedback from qualified operators."

The MRAD was selected after six weeks of testing of a number of potential rifles at Waiouru, with more than 10,000 rounds fired in a variety of evaluation activities.


DPR Bahas Proyek KFX/IFX dengan Menkeu dan Menhan

20 Oktober 2017

Pesawat tempur KFX/IFX (photo : defence.pk)

Anggaran Jet Tempur Siluman Tunda Raker Komisi I DPR

RAPAT kerja Komisi I DPR dengan Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu dan Pang­lima TNI Jenderal Gatot Nurmantyo yang sedianya membahas persoalan anggaran, kemarin, belum tuntas. Rapat pun dilanjutkan hari ini.

Demikian penjelasan Ketua Komisi I DPR Abdul Kharis Almasyhari kepada Media ­Indonesia, kemarin. Abdul yang bertindak ­sebagai pimpinan rapat enggan membeberkan detail alasan kenapa rapat yang berlangsung tertutup itu memerlukan waktu tambahan.

“Ya, karena belum rampung makanya besok dilanjutkan. Nah, besok itu rapat kita lanjutkan dengan Menteri Keuangan dan Bappenas yang kebetulan ada di Komisi XI maka kita manfaatkan sekalian,” ujarnya.

Pendapat berbeda dikatakan anggota Komisi I DPR Bobby Adhityo Rizaldi. Menurutnya, rapat perlu dilanjutkan karena adanya permintaan anggaran Rp1,85 triliun dari Kementerian Pertahanan untuk proyek pengembangan jet tempur KFX/IFX.

“Dalam rapat disampaikan bahwa masih banyak program prioritas TNI lain di lima unit organisasi lain, sehingga Kemenhan disarankan berkoordinasi dulu dengan ­Kemenkeu agar kiranya program tersebut bisa dimasukan di alokasi anggaran umum lain,” tutur Bobby.

Jet tempur canggih KFX/IFX adalah pesawat semi siluman generasi 4,5 yang dikembangkan Korea Selatan dan Indonesia. Bobby menilai proyek tersebut masih dalam fase engineering manufacture development (EMD) atau masih sangat lama untuk proses produksinya.

Tidak hanya itu, Komisi I juga memperta­nyakan beberapa hal yang dianggap masih memerlukan koordinasi terkait alih teknologi dengan negara-negara Eropa selain Amerika Serikat, khususnya untuk 4 teknologi utama di dalam pesawat tempur KFX/IFX. Misalnya, radar electronically scanned array (AESA), infrared search and track (IRST), electronic optics targeting pod (EOTGP), dan pengacak frekuensi radio.

“Hal-hal seperti ini perlu dipertimbangkan agar jangan seperti proyek satelit yang bernilai triliunan dan sudah disetujui bersama DPR, ternyata tidak bisa dijalankan, malah Kemenhan dituntut ke arbitrase internasional,” kata Bobby.

Panglima TNI Jenderal Gatot Nurmantyo dan Menhan Ryamizard Ryacudu pun ­hanya menjawab diplomatis ketika disinggung awak media perihal alasan rapat dilanjutkan besok. “Cut dulu, besok dilanjutkan. Kita akan rapat dengan Menteri Keuangan, jadi belum disimpulkan,” pungkas Gatot.

(Media Indonesia)

19 Oktober 2017

ScanEagle Completes Operation Evaluation in the Middle East Region

19 Oktober 2017

ScanEagle UAV on the board HMAS Newcastle (photo : Aus DoD)

HMAS Newcastle has conducted the RAN’s first simultaneous operations of manned and unmanned aircraft during its current deployment to the Middle East on Operation Manitou.

In September, Newcastle’s MH-60R helicopter and ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) were employed on concurrent surface search sorties in the Gulf of Oman in support of Task Force 50, US Navy 5th Fleet.

Commanding Officer, HMAS Newcastle, Commander Mark Sirois said the integration of manned and unmanned aerial operations offered significant flexibility to Commanders at sea.

“The cooperative employment of both aviation platforms allows Newcastle to effectively conduct wide-area search and persistent surveillance by employing the appropriate asset,” he said.

“The advent of unmanned aerial systems within the RAN, specifically in Newcastle for OP Manitou, has provided an excellent asset for both the CMF mission and for future use within the RAN.”

Newcastle has four ScanEagle air vehicles embarked as part of an Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) to support the introduction of Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems and their teamed employment with manned aircraft, under Project SEA 129.

HMAS Newcastle’s Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Ian Holmes said the deployment of manned and unmanned systems had seen Newcastle operate at flying stations for extended periods, which was based on comprehensive planning and coordination.

“The successful, concurrent MH-60R - ScanEagle mission was a result of detailed planning and preparation to ensure that the conduct of the flying operations could be supported effectively by Newcastle,” Lieutenant Commander Holmes said.

“This required a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities of both aviation platforms.”

During the manned-unmanned teaming sortie, ScanEagle was equipped with a ‘Video Detection and Ranging’ (ViDAR) camera that automatically detects surface contacts, increasing operator situational awareness and search capacity.

Due to the longer endurance of ScanEagle, and a need to ensure safe recovery of the manned aircraft to the single flight deck, the MH-60R was operated after ScanEagle launch and prior to its recovery.

Prior to the simultaneous manned-unmanned operation, the ScanEagle had been used as a platform to conduct surface search and persistent, covert surveillance in support of CTF 150 Maritime Security Operations, including chokepoint transits in the Bab al Mandeb.

As of late September, ScanEagle had flown 140 hours over 29 OPEVAL sorties.

The UAS is fully integrated into Newcastle’s combat system, enabling live streaming of ScanEagle imagery to the operations room for analysis and exploitation.

(Aus DoD)

KASAL resmikan Markas Komando Pasukan Marinir 2 di Marunda

19 Oktober 2017

Prajurit Marinir TNI AL (photo : Antara)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Kepala Staf TNI AL, Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi, meresmikan Markas Komando Pasukan Marinir 2 Korps Marinir TNI AL, di Kesatrian Marinir Baroto Sardadi, Marunda, Jakarta Utara, Rabu.

Nama yang disematkan pada kesatrian baru Korps Marinir TNI AL itu mengambil nama Mayor Jenderal TNI (Purnawirawan) Baroto Sardadi, yang pernah menjadi komandan komponen pendarat TNI AL itu.

Marunda ternama dengan kekhasan adat-istiadat Betawi-nya, sehingga kedatangan Supandi dan rombongan disambut kesenian Betawi, selain demonstrasi terjun payung dari Batalion Intai Amfibi 2 Korps Marinir TNI AL.

Peresmian Markas Komando Pasukan Marinir 2 itu ditandai penyerahan keris dari Supandi kepada Komandan Pasukan Marinir 2, Brigadir Jenderal TNI (Marinir) Nur Alamsyah. Keris menduduki posisi penting pada Korps Marinir TNI AL karena senjata tradisional Indonesia itu dijadikan komponen lambang korps pasukan pendarat TNI AL itu.

Selain itu, dilakukan penandatanganan prasasti dan pemotongan pita secara simbolis dan penyerahan dua unit kendaraan dan pengukuhan Supandi sebagai ketua pembina Jayamahe Jeep Club, sebagaimana dinyatakan siaran pers Dinas Penerangan TNI AL, diterima di Jakarta, Rabu.

Pada kesempatan ini dia turun langsung mengendarai kendaraan off-road, untuk mengetahui lingkungan sekitaran Markas Komando Pasukan Marinir 2 didampingi Alamsyah.

Supandi, mengatakan keberadaan Pasukan Marinir-2 sebagai komando pelaksana Korps Marinir TNI AL di wilayah barat, khususnya Jakarta, dituntut senantiasa meningkatkan kinerja organisasi guna memenuhi tugas pokok yang diharapkan.

Oleh karena itu, kata dia, pembangunan gedung dan fasilitas sarana dan prasarananya dapat mendorong ide-ide pemikiran yang kreatif dan inovatif guna pencapaian tugas pokok Korps Marinir TNI AL dalam rangka mewujudkan visi dan misi TNI AL ke depan.

Dia berpesan agar semua komponen Korps Marinir TNI AL mampu tetap meningkatkan semangat kejuangan dan keprajuritan dan menjaga semua fasilitas yang telah diberikan negara.


Satu Flight Pesawat F-16 Ikuti Latihan AUSINDO 2017

19 Oktober 2017

Kali ini pesawat yang diberangkatkan latihan Ausindo 2017 adalah pesawat F-16C/D dari Skadron Udara 3, Madiun (photo : TNI)

Satu flight pesawat tempur F-16 Fihgting Falcon dari Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi berangkat menuju Darwin, Australia

Satu flight pesawat tempur F-16 Fihgting Falcon dari Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi, beberapa waktu lalu berangkat menuju Darwin, Australia, guna melaksanakan latihan bersama dengan Angkatan Udara Australia.

Latihan Bersama (Latma) dengan sandi "AUSINDO" tersebut merupakan latihan perang antara TNI Angkatan Udara Indonesia dengan Angkatan Udara Australia yaitu Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Keberangakatan Satu flight pesawat F-16 Fighting Falcon dipimpin langsung oleh Komandan Skadron Udara 3 Letkol Pnb Yoga Ambara, dilepas oleh Kepala Dinas Operasi Lanud Iswahjudi Kolonel Pnb Wastum, beserta segenap pejabat Lanud Iswahjudi.

Latma "AUSINDO 2017" akan digelar dari tanggal 17 Oktober hingga tanggal 28 Oktober 2017, dalam latihan tersebut Lanud Iswahjudi mengerahkan 7 pesawat tampur F-16 Fihgting Falcon, 77 teknisi dan didukung dengan dua pesawat C-130 Hercules.


Cubic’s GATR Technologies Awarded Contract to Support New Zealand Defence Force

19 Oktober 2017

GATR’s first foreign military sale contract will provide satellite communications for the Network Enabled Army Program (photo : GATR)

SAN DIEGO –  Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced that GATR Technologies, a subsidiary which operates within the Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division, was awarded an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication (SATCOM) solutions for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and New Equipment Training (NET) for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program.  In addition to a multi-year support contract, Cubic will deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, time division multiple access (TDMA) network within the NZDF's existing and future hub infrastructure. 

The NEA program improves the NZDF’s ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield’s command and control system, communications and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems. By closely examining how the NZDF communicates across coalition operations, the NEA program works to advance communication capabilities for future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments. Cubic was awarded the foreign military sale (FMS) contract for the entirety of the NEA program due to its ability to provide the largest aperture and throughput within the smallest packaged weight and form factor in the industry.

 “GATR’s SATCOM is expected to provide the New Zealand Army with a communications solution that meets its tactical requirements and enhance the command and control capabilities of its forces when deployed on operations. Work is expected to commence soon to integrate GATR into the New Zealand Defence Information Environment,” said Major General Peter Kelly, New Zealand Chief of Army. “Along with our partners in the New Zealand Ministry of Defence, we are looking forward to working with Cubic Mission Solutions and GATR Technologies to bring our GATR SATCOM systems into service.”

“To support warfighters at the tactical edge, the GATR inflatable antenna is designed to be extremely portable, reliable and easy to set up,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions. “We are pleased to be selected by the NZDF to provide solutions that will further enable interoperability of command, control and communications for our customer’s mission success.”


Cobham Awarded Contract for KF-X Antenna Suite

19 Oktober 2017

The fully conformal antenna suite for the future KF-X (photo : Cobham)

Cobham Antenna Systems has been awarded a contract from Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) to design and supply the fully conformal antenna suite for the future KF-X, next-generation indigenous multi-role and fighter aircraft.

Cobham Antenna Systems has been a leader in conformal antenna technology since the company’s inception over 50 years ago. This wealth of experience has allowed the company to develop a full suite of conformal antennas for the KF-X platform.

Unlike traditional antennas which stand proud of the skin of a platform, conformal antennas are built into the skin and allow for reduced drag, improved aerodynamics and reduced life-cycle repair costs.

The KF-X conformal antenna suite will offer a full range of Communication, Navigation and Identification (CNI) functionality.

“Cobham is an established market leader in conformal antenna technology and provides platforms with bespoke Communications, Navigations and Identification antennas which deliver high performance and reliability.” David Bulley, Vice President, General Manager of Cobham Antenna Systems said. “The KFX programme is strategically important and this award allows Cobham Antenna Systems to continue to lead the market in the design and supply of airborne antennas and systems for next generation fighter platforms.”

Cobham will be exhibiting at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) from the 17-22 October at the Seoul Airport, ADEX exhibition site in South Korea. Members of the team will be on hand to discuss any customer requirements.


18 Oktober 2017

Russia Expands Myanmar Mi-24P Repair Programme

18 Okober 2017

Mi-35 helicopter of the Myanmar Air Force (photo : MMMilitary)

Russian Helicopters is to repair a small number of Mil Mi-24P/35P (‘Hind’) combat helicopters in Myanmar, as part of an initiative to support platforms in the country of operation instead of transporting the aircraft to Russia.

The group said that it would send a team of technicians to Myanmar from this month to repair three of four Mil Mi-24 helicopters operated by the Myanmar Air Force (MAF). Russian Helicopters said that repair work on the first Mi-24 was recently completed at the company’s Aircraft Repair Plant 419 in St Petersburg.

As part of the support programme, Russian Helicopters added that it had delivered the accessories and spare parts to Myanmar required to locally repair the MAF’s Mi-24s, reducing the timeframe required to overhaul the aircraft.

Highlighting the significance of the MAF programme, Russian Helicopters’ deputy CEO for aftersales service, Igor Chechikov, said, “This contract is extremely important for us, as we are implementing a procedure of complete overhaul of military aircraft with on-site visits [from] group specialists to the client’s territory for the first time.”

Chechikov added, “Successful completion of works will lay the foundation for [the] further development of co-operation and [the] signing [of] new agreements with our partners in Myanmar.”

The contract to repair the aircraft was announced in June 2016, and followed a framework agreement in 2015 under which Russian Helicopters committed to expand collaboration with the Myanmar armed forces. Russian Helicopters regards these deals as potential precursors to additional contracts through which the firm will support localised maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) programmes.


Menyaksikan Uji Coba Meriam GS M109A4-BE 155 mm

18 Oktober 2017

Uji coba howitzer M109A4-BE TNI AD (photo : NusantaraNews)

NusantaraNews.co, Lumajang – Danrem 083/Bdj Kolonel Inf Bangun Nawoko, menyambut langsung kedatangan tim dari Pussenarmed yang dipimpin langsung oleh Danpusssenarmed Brigjen Tni Dwi jati Utomo di Kabupaten Lumajang. Kedatangan tim Pussenarmed untuk mengadakan uji fungsi Meriam GS M109A4-BE 155 mm, Selasa (17/10/2017).

Rombongan tim Pussenarmed yang hadir dalam uji fungsi Meriam GS M109A4-BE 155 mm, Danpussenarmed Brigjen Tni Dwi jati Utomo, Brigjen TNI Eko Erwanto, Kolonel Cpl Saiful Rochima, Kolonel Inf Sugeng Priyanto, Kolonel Cpl Kokom, Kolonel Cpl Suwoto, Kolonel Kav Dwi Haryoko, Kolonel Cpl Bambang Pursetiadi, Kolonel Cpl Dwi Angga Suwono, Kolonel Arm Saripudin, Kolonel Arm Dwi Wahyudi, Kolonel Arm Saiful Rizal, Letkol Cpl Wahyu Widodo, Letkol Cpl Andi Edwin, Letkol Cpl Sugiharto, Letkol Cpl Dwi Cahyadi, Letkol Chb Sihono, Mayor Cpl Krisna, Mayor Cpl Agus Priyanto, Mayor Cpl Untung Sutopo, Mayor Cpl Sutarman, Mayor Cpl Budiyanto dan Mayor Cpl Putu Ngurah.

Brigjen TNI Dwi Jati Utomo menyampaiakan, Artileri Medan merupakan salah satu kecabangan TNI AD dan sebagai kekuatan yang menjalankan fungsi serangan Artileri dan Bantuan Tembakan terhadap sasaran di darat maupun permukaan secara tepat dan kontinyu. Untuk itu, Danpussenarmed Brigjen TNI Dwi Jati Utomo mengadakan uji fungsi meriam GS M109A4-BE155 mm.

Howitzer M109A4-BE TNI AD (photo : meisakh putra)

“Baru-baru ini Pussenarmed telah memesan 18 unit meriam M109A4 155 mm. Meriam Arbeba GS M109A4BE 155 mm Howitzer merupakan upgrade dari meriam M109A2 buatan Amerika Serikat yang dibeli pada tahun 1984-1985. Peremajaan dilakukan oleh Belgia pada tahun 2007-2008. Secara teknis kemampuannya telah diperbaharui dengan tekhnologi terbaru dan mempunyai daya tempur sangat dahsyat dan mobile yang tinggi,” papar Danpussenarmed

“Senjata andalan korps baret coklat yang terakhir ini sekarang berada di Ditpalad untuk dilakukan pemeliharaan secara efektif dan efisien, sehingga seluruh materiil peralatan tersebut selalu dalam kondisi siap pakai guna menunjang kesiapan satuan jajaran TNI Angkatan Darat dalam melaksanakan tugas pokoknya,” imbuhnya.

Materi yang dilaksanakan dalam uji fungsi Meriam GS M109A4-BE 155 mm tersebut adalah Yonarmed roket melaksanakan bantuan tembakan dalam operasi serangan dan Yonarmed roket melaksanakan operasi serangan Artileri (Artileri Strike).

Artilleri Strike yang merupakan suatu bentuk operasi tersendiri, lanjut Dwi Jati Utomo, sangat menentukan dalam pertempuran. Dimana terjadi pengerahan kekuatan Armed roket untuk menghancurkan musuh/instalasi (sasaran strategis) dari jarak yang sangat jauh dengan tembakan penghancuran, ketika pasukan sendiri masih berada dalam jarak yang aman atau belum terlibat dalam operasi secara keseluruhan yang dapat menimbulkan keuntungan bagi pasukan sendiri dan operasi selanjutnya.

“Mengingat persenjataan Armed saat ini semakin canggih dan modern, maka perlu diadakan revisi pembinaan fungsi Armed ke depan,” tandas Dwi Jati Utomo.


KAI Pushes for Additional T-50 Sale to Thailand

18 Oktober 2017

KAI T-50 lead-in fighter trainer (image : pantip)

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is hopeful of selling a third batch of T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers to Thailand, to add to the two batches already signed for.

Jane’s was told on 17 October that KAI hopes to begin talks shortly for the four fighters that are outstanding from Thailand’s original requirement of 16. Eight were initially procured and delivered in the first batch, with a contract for a further four following earlier this year ahead of delivery in 2018.

“We have spoken to the assistant chief of the Thai air force at the show already, and hope to start a formal dialogue for the third batch soon,” Jake Jaehong Kim, senior manager Business Development Team, Middle East and North Africa, said at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX).


S. Korea, Indonesia in 'Close Consultations' Over KF-X Program Cost

18 Oktober 2017

KF-X fighter (image : Military Factory)

GWACHEON, South Korea (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Indonesia are maintaining a close partnership over a fighter jet development project, code-named KF-X, despite concerns about agreed cost sharing, Seoul's arms agency said Friday. 

Last year, the two countries signed a deal that calls for Jakarta to pay 20 percent of the total cost, estimated at 8.1 trillion won (US$7.1 billion). The program, led by South Korea, aims to develop 4.5th-generation fighter jets by the mid-2020s. 

But Indonesia recently changed its stance to a more tepid position and discontinued the allocation of related budgets, according to news reports. 

"(We) are in close consultations with the Indonesian government on the issue," Jeon Je-guk, head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), told lawmakers during an annual audit of the agency's affairs. "(We) are trying to resolve the problem." 

Indonesia has informed South Korea that it is also taking internal measures to address the matter, he added.


New Government will Soon Decide on RNZAF C-130 Replacement

18 Oktober 2017

RNZAF C-130H Hercules (photo : Nathan Lang, images : NZHerald)

New government will have to make a call on Hercules replacement

An early job for the new government will be to make a call on what it wants from a replacement to New Zealand's ageing fleet of Hercules aircraft.

The 52-year-old aircraft are nearing the end of their operational life and although manufacturer Lockheed Martin says it is currently doing work for the New Zealand Defence Force on how many flying hours the five planes have left, the need for new planes is getting more pressing.

A detailed business case prepared by defence officials was due to go to Cabinet before the end of the year and the influence of New Zealand First deputy leader and defence spokesman Ron Mark could be pivotal in the next major acquisition project.

He has been a strident critic of much of the country's recent procurement of defence hardware.

Lockheed Martin is competing against military airlift newcomers Embraer from Brazil and Kawasaki from Japan, which are offering similar-sized planes that are powered by jet engines.

That means they are faster than the Hercules, although they are so far unproven in operation.

European aerospace conglomerate Airbus has the A400M in service and has actively promoted it in this country but it may be too big and too expensive for New Zealand's air mobility contract which will be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Lockheed is ''cautiously optimistic" about the chances of New Zealand replacing like with like.

While the new model Hercules C130J looks similar to the H model first developed in the 1950s it has had a complete overhaul of its avionics and is 25 per cent more powerful.

''It looks like a C130 on the outside but it doesn't perform like an old C130," said former US Air Force pilot Keith Gurnick, who now works for Lockheed Martin and has flown 6000 hours in the plane.

Antarctic operations are crucial to New Zealand and the new model "Super Hercules" has the ability to get to the McMurdo Sound, for crew to assess landing conditions while overhead and if they are too bad return safely to Christchurch. The older model planes' point of safe return was much earlier in flight.

Mike Kelley, Lockheed's senior director-South East Asia/Oceania business development said the Request for Information (RFI) process - where manufacturers are invited to make their initial pitch - started in 2013. The NZDF has asked them for more information several times since and a formal tender round was likely next year.

''The political situation may impact that but if they are able to put that business case up to Cabinet theoretically we could see a request for tender sometime in the second quarter of next year."

It was thought a deal could be signed the following year in order to meet the likely end of operational life deadline for the current Hercules fleet of 2022.

''It's going to be a competition - we're cautiously optimistic about our chances. We have a very good aircraft," said Kelley.

Transitioning to a later-model Hercules wouldn't need new hangar modifications and retraining pilots would be easier than if moving to a new aircraft, he said.

Like Embraer, Lockheed Martin is touting the ability of its new planes to fulfil maritime surveillance roles when the P3 Orions need replacing later next decade.

New Zealand has about $1 billion to spend on its air lifters and VIP fleet in the next decade as part of a big overhaul of military equipment.


17 Oktober 2017

KASAU : Tambah Hercules C-130J, Drone, dan Skyshield

17 Oktober 2017

Hercules serie C-130 J (photo : Andy G Leonard)

Kasau: TNI AU Akan Diperkuat Hercules Tipe J

Yogyakarta- Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Udara (Kasau) Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, menjelaskan, pihaknya akan terus melakukan pembinaan kekuatan di lingkungan TNI AU.

Dalam Rencana Strategis (Renstra) kedua (2014-2019) ini, TNI AU akan menambah kekuatan pesawat Hercules Tipe J. Sehingga ke depannya akan berpengaruh langsung pada kesiapan Pasukan Khas (Paskhas) TNI AU.

"AU sendiri dalam renstra kedua ini akan menambah kekuatan pesawat Hercules Tipe J sehingga berpengaruh langsung pada kesiapan Pasukan Khas," kata Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, ketika ditemui sesaat setelah memimpin peringatan Hari Ulang Tahun (HUT) ke-70 Korps Pasukan Khas (Korpaskhas) TNI Angkatan Udara di Taxy Way Landasan Udara (Lanud) Adi Sutjipto, Yogyakarta, Selasa (17/10).

Dikatakan, dengan adanya pesawat angkut Hercules Tipe J tersebut akan mengubah pelaksanaan penerjunan Paskhas karena pesawat itu sudah dilengkapi dengan oksigen.

"Pesawat tipe J dilengkapi dengan oksigen, sehingga profile penerjunan akan berubah. Sehingga pasukan bila melaksanakan kegiatan ini dengan aman karena ketika pada ketinggian lebih dari 10.000 (kaki), pesawat buka pintu oksigen juga bisa hidup karena peralatan yang ada di pesawat itu," ungkapnya.

Bila terealisasi, pesawat angkut Hercules Tipe J akan menggantikan pesawat angkut Hercules lawas (Tipe B) yang hingga kini masih digunakan TNI AU dalam menjalankan setiap operasi.

Sebagaimana diketahui, Indonesia merupakan satu-satunya negara yang masih menggunakan pesawat angkut Hercules tipe B. Selain Hercules Tipe B, Indonesia juga masih menggunakan pesawat angkut Hercules Tipe H. (BeritaSatu)

Radar pasif dan aktif akan digelar di pulau terluar (photo : radio.cz)

Kasau: Radar dan Drone Akan Digelar di Pulau Terluar

Perbatasan adalah garda terdepan NKRI yang harus dijaga dan dipertahankan demi keamanan nasional Indonesia, terutama pulau-pulau terluar antar negara. Penguatan sektor pertahanan yang akan diantaranya pengembangan pangkalan udara terluar menjadi Tipe B.

Menurut Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Udara ( Kasau) Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, peningkatan tipe pangkalan udara dilakukan untuk menjawab berbagai tantangan pertahanan keamanan nasional yang semakin kompleks ke depan.

” Kita sedang kembangkan pangkalan udara di Pulau terluar, contohnya di Ranai, Tarakan dan kita juga kembangkan di Morotai, kita tingkatkan ke tipe B,” ujar Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, ketika ditemui sesaat setelah memimpin peringatan Hari Ulang Tahun (HUT) ke-70 Korps Pasukan Khas (Korpaskhas) TNI Angkatan Udara di Taxy Way Landasan Udara (Lanud) Adi sutjipto, Yogyakarta, Selasa (17/10/2017).

Pangkalan TNI AU Ranai (Natuna) merupakan pangkalan Operasi TNI AU tipe C dan berada dibawah komando dan kendali Koopsau I. Sedangkan Pangkalan TNI AU Tarakan merupakan Salah satu Pangkalan Operasi Tipe C dibawah Koopsau II.

Dengan peningkatan status Lanud tersebut, kata Kasau, selanjutnya juga akan diikuti dengan peningkatan kepangkatan jabatan dan jumlah personel pengawak lanud serta fasilitas lanud.

UAV berjangkauan 2.000km akan melengkapi pangkalan terdepan (photo : defense update)

Melalui peningkatan status ini, maka Lanud tipe C yang selama ini dipimpin Komandan berpangat Letkol, maka setelah meningkat menjadi tipe B akan dipimpin oleh seorang Komandan berpangkat Kolonel.

Demikian juga, untuk jumlah personel yang mengawaki Lanud, mengalami peningkatan. Sesuai dengan Daftar Susunan Personel (DSP) TNI AU, maka Lanud tipe B sedikitnya akan diawaki oleh 150 personel (militer dan PNS).

Kasau mengatakan, selain peningkatan tipe, di Pangkalan Udara terluar juga akan dilengkapi dengan tambahan radar. Bahkan, untuk pangkalan udara tertentu akan diperkuat pesawat tanpa awak (drone) yang memiliki kemampuan jelajah hingga 2.000 kilometer.

Untuk itu, lanjut Kasau, kekuatan Paskhas pun akan ditingkatkan, karena akan di gelar di Lanud terluar yang juga akan kita gelar radar, tambahan radar aktif dan radar pasif.

“Termasuk Tarakan maupun Ranai kita tempatkan pesawat drone yang mampu terbang 2.000 km,” ujar Kasau.

Selain itu, peningkatan kemampuan pasukan TNI AU yang bertugas di pangkalan udara juga perlu dilakukan. Semua dilakukan agar kegiatan operasi yang dilakukan dapat ditunjang oleh kemampuan personil yang bertugas.

Menurutnya, tugas dan fungsi Paskhas juga diperlukan untuk menjaga Alutsista tersebut. Saat ini TNI AU memiliki tiga wing, satu satuan bravo, batalyon.

“Kita akan bertahap sesuai dengan Renstra. Karena saat ini kita berbasis pada mininum esential force (MEF),” kata Kasau. (Tangerang Online)

Oerlikon Skyshield (photo : defence.pk)

TNI AU datangkan 11 unit penghalau serangan udara

KONTAN.CO.ID - YOGYAKARTA. TNI Angkatan Udara akan datangkan senjata Penghalau Serangan Udara (PSU) Oerlikon Skyshield. Alat utama sistem pertahanan (alutsista) ini akan menambah daya tahan objek vital dari serangan udara, 

Kepala Staff Angkatan Udara (KSAU) Marsekal TNI AU Hadi Tjahyono mengatakan, 11 oerlikon skyshield akan ditempatkan di landasan udara yang membutuhkan.

"Penambahan Alutsista kita tambah itu orliekon, akan ada tambahan 11 oerlikon di lanud yang kita kira harus ditambah," kata Hadi seusai Menjadi inspektur upacara dalam perayaan HUT Korps Pasukan Khas (Korpaskhas) ke 70 di Lanud Adisutjipto, Yogyakarta, Selasa (17/10).

Oerlikon Skyshield yang diproduksi pabrikan asal Swiss ini punya efektivitas halau serangan pada jarak 4.000 meter dan ketinggian 1.000 meter.

Kapuspen TNI AU Jemi Trisonjaya pada saat yang sama menyebut penambahan Oerlikon Skyshield akan dilakukan secara bertahap.

"Kita kini punya 4 Oerlikon yang ada di Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Makassar, dan Pontianak. Sementara yang sebelas akan diadakan secara bertahap sesuai Renstra TNI AU," kata Jemi.

Selain pengadaan Oerlikon Skyshield, rencananya TNI AU juga akan segera menambah Pesawat Hercules. Hadi menyebut Hercules yang akan didatangkan akan miliki teknologi terbaru.

"Kita akan datangkan satu Hercules Tipe J. Pesawat ini telah dilengkapi dengan oksigen, saat ketinggian 10 ribu Meter, pasukan penerjun akan aman karena masih ada oksigen dari pesawat," tambah Hadi. (Kontan)

RAN Concludes MASTEX 17 in Malaysia

17 Oktober 2017

HMAS Toowoomba with new radar (photo : The Land)

Toowoomba concludes MASTEX 17

HMAS Toowoomba has successfully concluded the week-long Exercise MASTEX 17, held at the Royal Malaysian Navy Western Fleet base of Lumut.

The exercise is the only bilateral maritime exercise conducted between the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy, commencing with the harbour phase and ceremony, prior to the fleet undertaking a three-day sea phase.

The Commanding Officer of Toowoomba, Commander Stuart Watters said the exercise involved 500 Australian and Malaysian personnel.

“MASTEX enhanced interoperability and mutual understanding between the navies in selected facets of naval operations through the conduct of graduated training activities and weapons practices,” he said.

KD Lekir 26 (photo : FSG Lekir)

“Additionally, there were opportunities to exchange professional views through the conduct of workshops on specific areas of interest and through the personnel exchange program.”

Commander Watters said the two navies have conducted Exercise MASTEX together since 2002.

"It is an important part of the Royal Australian Navy’s exercise program and helps to foster a close and long lasting relationship between our two nations,” he said.

“One of our junior officers met a Malaysian officer for the third time in the last two years – it was a great opportunity to build on these ongoing relationships.”

MASTEX commenced with a harbour phase - which included a range of briefings and professional exchanges - before the sea phases of the exercise began.

KD Lekir 26 (photo : RAN)

While at sea, the ships undertook a graduated series of maritime security activities, which culminated in complex warfare serials.

The visit also included visits to local Navy faculties such as the engineering school, and fire fighting training facility.

"By regularly conducting exercises like MASTEX we ensure that the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy are ready and capable of working together on common tasks,” Commander Watters said.

Australia’s strong relationship with Malaysia is underpinned by cooperation through the Five Power Defence Arrangements.


Vietnam Built Mi-8 Simulation Cockpit

17 Oktober 2017

Mi-8 simulator (photo : qpvn)

In pilot training, the use of ground-based simulators will reduce costs and increase training efficiency many times.

The Mi-8 helicopter flight simulator designed and built by the Air Force Air Defense Force (PK_KQ) is based on state-of-the-art technology that is one of the breakthroughs. in the training and combat readiness of the army.

These systems help to solve the problem of training and training pilots in the new situation, while minimizing costs while still ensuring effective training as in real aircraft. On the other hand, pilots can practice difficult situations in the training ground on the ground rather than on the aircraft as before.

Mi-8 simulator (photo : qpvn)

The Mi-8 helicopter flight training system is currently being equipped for a number of PK-KQ units, including the 930th Regiment (Division 372).

The screen shots show the simulation parameters of the training system. With multiple displays and software support, training officers and pilots can easily customize the display, allowing you to display the parameters as you like.

The simulated flight simulator also uses a joystick similar to a real-life helicopter. With this simulation system, the training officers can construct a hypothetical scenario where several aircraft parts are experiencing trouble so that students and pilots can learn how to cope with the problem while flying.

Mi-8 of the Vietnam People's Air Force (photo : BuiTuanKhiem)

Flight simulators can help trainers assess the capabilities of trainees and pilots before they can perform training exercises well on real Mi-8 helicopters.

The Mi-8 is a legendary helicopter design developed by the Mil Moscow (Soviet Union) in the 1960s, manufactured directly by today's two factories, Kazan and Ulan-Ude. This is considered one of the most production helicopters in the world (more than 17,000), most commonly used (in about 80 countries, territories).

The Mi-8 multi-purpose transport helicopter has been in service with the Vietnam People's Air Force since 1973. It has served effectively in the final stages of the American war, and especially in the border war. South Korea 1978-1979, campaigns to help Cambodian people escape genocide.

Mi-8 of the 930th Helicopter Regiment (photo : congnghe)

Mi-8 is still one of the main helicopters of the Vietnam Air Force, doing many tasks from transport, fighting to search rescue and rescue. The picture is a Mi-8 of the 930th Helicopter Regiment.

The 930th Infantry Division (372th Division) was tasked with reconnaissance and military transport in the Central Highlands and the southern part of the Gulf of Tonkin. In addition, the regiment also has a flying role in serving high-level leaders, training officers, participating in disaster search and combat operations.

The 930 is currently equipped with many modern aircraft, but the Mi-8/17 helicopters are capable of a variety of missions including combat.