22 Januari 2018

Russia is Ready to Share with Myanmar the Experience of Combating Drones

22 Januari 2018

Several SAM of Myanmar Army (photo : mm military)

NEIPIIDO (Myanmar) - RIA Novosti. Russia is ready to share with Myanmar the experience of fighting long-range unmanned aerial vehicles that are used for terrorist attacks by militants in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

"A new type of terrorist threat has appeared in Syria - unmanned aerial vehicles, the range of which is more than 100 kilometers, and we are ready to share our experience in combating these threats," Shoygu said on Saturday during a meeting with the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar, Senior General Ming Aung Hlin.
Shoigu drew attention to the fact that terrorist attacks with the help of drones can now be committed not only in Syria.

"These are very serious threats, and we are ready to share the experience that we already have in combating drones, which the terrorists began to use," the defense minister said.

The problem of countering terrorist threats is extremely urgent for Myanmar. In turn, Khlein informed Shoigu that a delegation from Myanmar will participate in the next international security conference, which will be held in Moscow this year, as well as in several competitions of the Army International Games-2018.

(RIA Novosti)

Menhan Setuju TNI AU Tambah Hercules

22 Januari 2018

Hercules TNI AU (photo : Kompas)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Menteri Pertahanan (Menhan) Ryamizard Ryacudu setuju penambahan pesawat angkut Hercules untuk TNI AU.

Namun, ia memberikan catatan agar pengadaan alutsista TNI itu juga memperhatikan kesediaan anggaran.

"Enggak usah banyak-banyak juga, yang penting ada," ujar Ryamizard di Kantor Kementerian Koordinator Politik, Hukum, dan Keamanan, Jakarta, Senin (22/1/2018).

Menurut Menhan, pesawat Hercules milik TNI AU saat ini masih cukup nyaman. Dari sisi mesin, Ryamizard bahkan memuji pesawat Hercules TNI AU masih handal meski sudah berusia tua.
Bila dibandingkan dengan India dan Singapura, kata dia, pesawat angkut TNI AU tidak kalah jauh. Sebab, Hercules milik kedua negara tersebut juga punya umur yang tua.

Ia menuturkan, perbedaan antara Hercules milik RI dan India serta Singapura, yakni terletak pada sisi perawatan atau pemeliharaannya.

Sebagai tindak lanjut, ia akan bicara dulu dengan Panglima TNI Marsekal Hadi Tjahjanto.

"Kami hitung-hitung dulu dananya. Kami inikan tentara rakyat, rakyat dulu pikirkan, baru diri sendiri. Jangan pikirkan diri sendiri baru rakyat," ucap dia.

Sebelumnya, Panglima TNI Marsekal Hadi Tjahjanto mengatakan bahwa Alat Utama Sistem Persenjataan (Alutsista) TNI AU masih perlu ditambah. Mulai dari tambahan 12 radar baru hingga penambahan pesawat angkut Hercules.

"Kami merencanakan pesawat Hercules gantikan dengan tipe Hercules sama namun tipe akan kami tingkatkan menjadi tipe J termasuk pesawat angkut ringan dan helikopter," kata dia usai acara serah terima jabatan Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU) di Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta, Jumat (19/1/2018).


Drones and the Future of Aerial Combined Arms

22 Januari 2018

Future aerial lines of battle (image : War on the Rocks)

Today, fighter pilots approach warfare like a questing medieval knight. They search for opponents with similar capabilities and defeat them by using technologically superior equipment or better application of individual tactics and techniques. For decades, leading air forces nurtured this dynamic by developing expensive, manned air superiority fighters. This will all soon change. Advances in unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) will turn fighter pilots from noble combatants to small-unit leaders and drive the development of new aerial combined arms tactics.

Stealth UCAV in the front line (photo : Northrop Grumman)

Since ancient times, commanders have dealt with diverse threats by integrating combat arms to achieve complementary effect. Macedonian hoplites were protected by a screen of javelin-throwing skirmishers, medieval pikemen cooperated with primitive musketeers, and modern U.S. Army brigade combat teams integrate artillery, armor, and infantry elements into a unified force. Fighter pilots of the future will not be the individualistic warriors of today, but rather commanders of small combined arms forces largely consisting of UCAVs. As in modern ground forces, these integrated groups of manned fighters and UCAVs will possess a mix of specialized capabilities ranging from direct combat to electronic warfare.

UCAV bomb and missile (photo : defenseimagery)

A future fighter aircraft with advanced communications will control semi-autonomous UCAV systems from dozens or hundreds of miles behind the line of battle, well outside the range of most enemy missiles and radars. From this vantage point, the fighter commander will guide drones in a myriad of tasks, locating enemy fighters with advanced radar and infrared sensors, engaging them with UCAV-carried missiles, and blinding the enemy through electronic jamming and attack. While opponents are tied up dogfighting drones, future fighter commanders will seize advantageous positions or engage distracted enemy aircraft with their own missiles.

E-3 AWACS aircraft (photo : Military Factory)

If a fighter commander is task-saturated or destroyed, aircraft such as the E-3 airborne early warning control center (AWACS) will be able to assume control of the UCAVs through communications links. Pilots onboard the AWACs will fly additional drones in support of fighter elements and take control of UCAVs as friendly manned fighters are lost to the enemy. As the E-3’s embedded pilots engage the enemy, other crewmen will feed information to higher headquarters and sync intelligence inputs from friendly aircraft in theater.

Even further from the front lines, legacy bombers such as the B-1 and B-52 will loiter hundreds of miles away and sling long-range missiles at enemy targets painted by UCAV radars and infrared sensors, greatly expanding the number of munitions in the fight. This “aerial artillery” will be especially useful against foes fielding large numbers of fourth-generation fighters.

F-35 and F-22 fighter (photo : wired)

Fifth-generation fighters such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter already attempt to integrate many of the features described above into a single platform, but at great expense and increased vulnerability. A single enemy missile could remove a $148 million investment from the battlefield, the current production cost of an F-35A. Diversifying this investment across several drone aircraft and a simplified fighter with command and control capabilities would ease the development of these platforms and prevent the problems that arise when you attempt to make a weapon system that’s “good at everything.”

Bomber aircraft (photo : Christopher Ebdon)

Dispersing the capabilities of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft like the F-35 across a team of UCAVs also allows for individual weapon systems to be used in the best manner possible. The integration of these functions into a single fighter forces the pilot to employ his systems sub-optimally; theoretically, a stealth fighter conducting an electronic attack could expose its location by repeatedly broadcasting signals traceable by enemy aircraft. Distributing these capabilities among UCAVs allows the controlling fighter to achieve complementary effects by placing UCAVs into the best position to employ their particular weapon system or intelligence-collection capability. Imagine a forward-positioned UCAV jamming an enemy fighter’s radar moments before the impact of its wingman’s missile.

Long range cruise missile (photo : USAF)

Combined arms tactics on the ground have evolved for over 2,000 years, but aerial combined arms tactics remain in infancy. The modest integration of unmanned assets with manned fighters and bombers over the last decade has been impressive, but remains nascent. As nations invest hundreds of billions in developing the next air superiority fighter, they should consider how changes in the nature of air combat could affect the dominance of any single platform. They also should examine their financial ability to replace a $100 million-plus aircraft during a protracted air war. The U.S. military lost 671 F-4 Phantoms during the Vietnam War, but were able to absorb the cost — an F-4 would be approximately $20 million today. The replacement of 671 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters would cost nearly $100 billion, almost a fifth of the annual defense budget!

Another program in France (photo : Dassault)

The fifth-generation fighters in development far surpass their fourth-generation predecessors, but combined arms concepts, not isolated technology, triumph in combat. At the beginning of World War II, the German Wehrmacht possessed similar technology to its main opponents, but easily beat French and British armies by executing a superior concept of technological integration, blitzkrieg. Roman legions won through the same means; they dominated the ancient world for centuries by combining types of light infantry into revolutionary combat formations. As the military technology of other states begins to match the United States, the U.S. Air Force must avoid creating the best weapons systems with the poorest concepts for their employment.

(War on The Rocks)

Thai Army Boosts Air Defense Missile Capability

22 Januari 2018

KS-1C SAM of the Royal Thai Army (photos : Sukasom Hiranphan)

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has displayed the Chinese KS (KaiShan)-1C surface-to-air missile (SAM) system that it has acquired in the past two years. It is also going ahead this year, with the purchase of vertical launch (VL) MICA air defense missile systems from MBDA. Until now, the RTA operated only short-range anti-aircraft guns such as the Oerlikon GDF-007, and man-portable missiles such as the Thales Starstreak.

The KS-1C was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Cooperation (CASIC) and is the improved version of the KS-1A. It has an increased range, to 70 km from 50 km, and engagement altitude to 27 km from 24 km. The RTA KS-1Cs are fired from twin launch-rails mounted on a Chinese-made 6x6 truck.

The Chinese SAM system is paired with the H-200 phased-array engagement radar, which has detection range of up to 120 km. At the time of development, the H-200 was China’s first phased-array air defense radar, and many likened the display and concept of operation to those of the American Patriot AN/MPQ-53 system. Chinese literature highlighted that the H-200 radar is able to direct six KS-1 missiles to intercept three to six incoming targets.

Unlike the Western-leaning Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), the RTA has adopted various Chinese equipment, including the WS-1 302 mm multiple rocket launcher and the new VT-4 main battle tank. Perhaps the RTAF will take an interest in China’s UAV systems, which are being heavily marketed for export.


At last year’s Defence and Security Show in Bangkok, Pascal Emler, regional executive export sales for MBDA, said that his company will deliver two truck-mounted VL MICA launchers this year, along with a command truck. But the RTA decided not to buy a second pair of launchers, as originally planned in 2013. MBDA claims that the “fire-and-forget” MICA is the only one in the world capable of being fitted with either a heat-seeking homing head (VL MICA IR) or with an active radar (VL MICA RF).

The Thai MICA firing unit will be paired with an Airbus Defence & Space TRML-3D/32 mobile C-band phased-array radar that has a detection range of up to 200 km.


20 Januari 2018

Australia Confirms Additional Bushmaster Sales to Japan

20 Januari 2018

JGSDF's MRAP 'Bushmaster' (photo : UPI)

Australia and Japan have outlined an intention to expand defence equipment collaboration, building on Canberra’s newly confirmed deal to sell additional Bushmaster multirole protected vehicles to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).

The pledge to increase bilateral co-operation in military equipment, science, and technologies was made during meetings in Tokyo on 18 January between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his visiting Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull used the visit to promote Australian defence exports, and he highlighted Thales Australia’s sales of the Bushmaster as an example of expanding opportunities.

Thales Australia built and supplied four Bushmaster vehicles to the JGSDF in 2014 at a cost of around AUD3.6 million (USD2.8 million) and Turnbull said that the company is scheduled to “ship another tranche of four Bushmasters” during the next few months.


Panglima: TNI AU akan Aplikasikan Konsep Perang UCAV

20 Januari 2018

Anka drone versi UCAV (photo : Hakan Kilic)

AKURAT.CO, Panglima TNI, Marsekal Hadi Tjahjanto, mengungkapkan bahwa proyeksi pembangunan kekuatan TNI Angkatan Udara (AU) diarahkan untuk dapat mencapai air supremacy dan air superiority.

Menurut Hadi, sasaran yang ingin dicapai adalah kekuatan pemukul udara strategis,untuk menghadapi dua trouble spots dalam bentuk komposit, yang berisi pesawat-pesawat tempur multi-role dari generasi empat setengah.

Marsekal Hadi Sematkan Bintang Swa Bhuwana Paksa Pratama kepada 10 Pati TNI AU Hadi mengatakan, bahwa pembangunan TNI AU juga diarahkan pada kemampuan mobilitas serta proyeksi kekuatan pada lingkup nasional, regional, dan global.

"Sistem pertahanan udara juga akan diintegrasikan dengan matra lainnya dalam suatu jaringan bertempur atau Network Centric Warfare. Pada pembangunan kekuatan selanjutnya, juga akan mengaplikasikan konsep berperang dengan Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV) yang berbasis satelit," ungkapnya di Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta Timur, Jumat (19/1).

Hadi mengingatkan, tantangan tugas TNI AU ke depan tidaklah semakin ringan, bahkan bisa semakin sulit. Namun dengan kebersamaan, seluruh prajurit TNI AU akan mampu melaksanakan tugas dengan baik dalam menegakkan kedaulatan, menjaga keutuhan wilayah dan melindungi segenap bangsa.

"Kita harus bertekad membangun tentara yang profesional, disiplin, militan dan rendah hati, melalui profesionalisme, disiplin dan militan, menjadikan TNI hebat dalam segala medan tugas," ujarnya.


TNI AL Targetkan Punya 6 Kapal Hidrografi untuk Petakan Perairan

20 Januari 2018

KRI Rigel 933 (photo : Ocea)

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - TNI Angkatan Laut menargetkan memiliki enam buah kapal hidrografi guna meningkatkan kualitas peta perairan Indonesia. Kapal tersebut lebih canggih dari kapal hidrografi milik negara Asia Tenggara lainnya.

"Malah KSAL dari Perancis, sudah pernah bilang akan meniru kapal hidrografi kami, karena kami lebih lengkap," kata Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Laut Laksamana Ade Supandi di Pusat Hidrografi TNI AL pada Kamis, 18 Januari 2018.

Ade mengatakan kelebihan kapal hidrografi milik TNI AL ialah pada teknologi dan kelengkapan persenjataan yang dimiliki. "Dan beberapa survei yang kita lakukan sudah ada hasilnya, salah satunya kita akan membuat peta bawah air," ujar dia.

KRI Floch 934 (photo : Michael Floch)

Digenjotnya hidrografi TNI AL, kata Ade, merupakan salah satu upaya menjadikan Indonesia sebagai poros maritim dunia. Menurut dia, penyediaan data ialah hal yang penting.

Ade mengatakan Hidrografi Angkatan Laut memiliki peran penting karena dengan pemetaan perairan yang akurat, maka TNI akan dapat melindungi batas-batas wilayah Indonesia. "Jadi Kapus Hidrosal, mengemban amanah cukup berat," ujarnya.

Pushidrosal merupakan perwakilan Indonesia dalam bidang hidrografi. Satuan tersebut menyediakan data dan informasi hidro-oseanografi dan memberikan perlindungan lingkungan laut untuk kepentingan sipil dan militer. Kegiatan dari satuan ini antara lain survei, penelitian, pemetaan laut, penerapan lingkungan laut, dan keselamatan navigasi laut untuk pertahanan dalam tugas pokok TNI AL.


Border Patrol Received Two High-Speed Patrol Boats

20 Januari 2018

It is known that the patrol boat SPA-4207 (Stan Patrol), was designed by Damen Group - The Netherlands, the nose design is very different from the model ships week Other, prominent with the ability to go vietnam sea. (photo : QDND).

On the morning of January 18, in Da Nang, Song Thu Corporation and Border Guard Command have held the launching ceremony of two high speed patrol boats to the Border Guard Command.

High-speed patrol boats (Stan Patrol) SPA 4207 (photo : Da Nang Corporation)

Two SPA 4207 ships are modern high speed patrol boats designed to best serve the patrol and coastal protection; marine rescue and safety. The vessel is built according to international standards, the equipment is arranged reasonably to save operating costs, easy maintenance and technical features in accordance with the requirements of the task, equipment of the force. of the Border Guards of Vietnam.

Closed to high quality and modern standards, the vessel is 42.81m in length; width 7.11m. It is equipped with two diesel engines, with a capacity of 4200 bkw (5632 bhp)/1600 rpm; speed: 25.5 knots.

High-speed patrol boats (Stan Patrol) SPA 4207 (photo : Damen)

The launch of two SPA 4207 ships in Seri 4 ships to the Border Guard Command not only meet the requirements of technical equipment, boats for the Border Guard under the project approved by the Prime Minister but also remove difficulties, contributing to save State budget, army over 400 billion, creating the premise for the localization of products to enhance the production capacity of defense, affirming the capacity and prestige of the General. Song Thu in ensuring the building of military ships for national defense and security.


19 Januari 2018

Indonesia Puts KC-46A Pegasus, Airbus A330 in Frame for Aerial Tanker Requirement

19 Januari 2018

Boeing KC-46A Pegasus based on Boeing 767. Indonesia is studying the Boeing KC-46A, and the Airbus A330 MRTT to improve its aerial refuelling capabilities. Programme is expected to be the next major logistics aircraft acquisition undertaking after the Airbus A400M (photo : Boeing)

The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara) has begun a study to expand the service’s aerial refuelling capabilities, with a view on establishing a formal acquisition programme for two airframes by 2024, a TNI-AU official told Jane’s on 18 January.

The aircraft types that are being compared in this study are the A330 multirole tanker-transport (MRTT) from Airbus, and what the Indonesians allude to as a militarised version of the Boeing 767 tanker, in reference to the KC-46A Pegasus.

Issues that will be scrutinised in the study include suitability for Indonesian operational requirements, compatibility of refuelling methods with the TNI-AU’s fleet of aircraft, interoperability with existing and future assets, and life-cycle costs.

Airbus A330 MRTT (photo : Aus DoD)

Also to be considered are possible local and foreign funding options that can be tapped upon, and potential for transfer-of-technology arrangements with local companies such as state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTD), said the TNI-AU official.

A completion of this study will then pave the way for a definition of programme parameters, and the TNI-AU is expected to launch a formal acquisition programme, and funding request from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, in the 2020–24 timeframe.

Prior to June 2015, the TNI-AU operated a fleet of two pod-equipped KC-130Bs, which were delivered in the early 1960s. One of these aircraft crashed in Medan on 30 June of that year after developing engine troubles, and since then the TNI-AU has had to rely on a single airframe of the type for its aerial refueling needs. The sole KC-130B is currently stationed with the TNI-AU’s Aviation Squadron 32 at the Abdul Rachman Saleh airbase in Malang.


Japan to Assist with Establishment of 11 New Radar Stations Across Southern Philippines

19 Januari 2018

Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines. Move aims to secure major shipping lanes that connect the Sulu Sea, with the Celebes Sea and the Pacific Ocean (photo : Flying Dutchman)

In an effort to help bolster security along a notorious sea lane known as the Sibutu Passage, the Japanese government has agreed to donate equipment and systems for 11 new radar stations that will be constructed across southern Philippines.

The assistance will be provided under a government-to-government programme, with equipment and systems likely to be acquired from Japanese electronics company Furuno, said Lieutenant Al-Hafidz Bih, assistant deputy chief of Coast Guard Staff for Intelligence, Security and Law Enforcement, of the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG), in an interview with Jane’s on 17 January.


Anti-Stealth Radar RV-02 Vietnam is Stronger than Imports

19 Januari 2018

Anti-Stealth Radar RV-02 manufactured by Vietnam (photos : PK-KQ)

According to PK-KQ, Vietnam has officially operated RV-02 - stealth radar is evaluated against more powerful version produced by Belarus.

In the article "Cánh sóng canh trời Đông Bắc" in the second issue of the PK-KQ, January 1, 2018, the RV-02 anti-stealth radar built by Vietnam has been dispatched to the radar station 61 , Regiment 291 - Ba Be radar mission to guard the Northeast.

Based on this information, up to now, many RV-02 radars have been manufactured and shipped to radar stations to supplement a new, modern, Invisible, create new fighting force for Air Force - Air Force (PK-KQ) Vietnam.

According to public information, the RV-02 radar complex was born with full initiative in technology of designing, fabricating and machining at all stages, based on the cooperation of RV-01. designed with Belarus.

The limitations of RV-01 have been studied and overcome, along with the most advanced applications in radar technology. RV-02 has achieved many technical breakthroughs.

The RV-02 system integrates on two vehicles designed specifically to ensure mobility, with only two cars and some of the base equipment imported, the rest, the Military Technical Institute PK-KQ coordinated with other units to actively design and manufacture, from mechanical to software.

The RV-02 features a 21.6 meter long antennae with 28 deadbolts designed and engineered with state-of-the-art technology to ensure target detection at distances of hundreds of kilometers on all terrain conditions. different weather.

On fixed platforms for fiber optic transmission installations, this is also an important improvement of the RV-02 in signal transmission because fiber optic cable makes the transmission process faster and more accurate. Much like high-frequency cable systems such as older radars.

With RV-02, the transmission and reception process is optimized with 28 digital channels, equivalent to 28 antennas, and 28 receivers are designed as standard. RV-02's proactive technology is also reflected in the optimal design of the body, platform and column.

The height of the RV-02 is 11m from the ground, which ensures that the system can best capture aerial targets within hundreds of kilometers. However, with a revolution speed of 6 rounds per minute, the body system, the radar platform is designed with special criteria.

The radar platform is rotatable and at the same time ensures the rigidity of the entire antenna array with a weight of approximately 18 tons. Caravans are simply arranged with three computers, like a miniature command post, in which the systems are arranged in an integrated way to minimize the area and maximize efficiency.

Optical cables are used to replace the conventional ones of older radar generations. Accordingly, the signal speed of the radar is optimized, and the LAN system is also designed with the best processing and communication between the coordinator on the RV-02.

RV-02, with the participation of an automatic hydraulic control system, has a recovery time of only 10-15 minutes, which is much lower than the deployment time of radar radars. from 45 minutes - 1 hour.

The operation of RV-02 is simple and effective. The state-of-the-art equipment assists RV-02 with superior features such as the ability to capture targets with small reflective areas or use stealth technology.


Supacat Special Operations Vehicles Accepted in New Zealand

19 Januari 2018

Supacat HMT Extenda Special Operations Vehicles (photo : Supacat)

Supacat has announced that the fleet of Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) has been accepted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence. The fleet goes into service with the New Zealand Defence Force early this year.

The new SOV-MH vehicles are based on the latest MkII version of Supacat’s HMT Extenda and provide a high level of commonality with the equivalent vehicles with other Special Forces. New Zealand is a new customer for Supacat and the latest defence force to join the HMT family.

Designed for, and used by, the world’s elite Special Forces, the HMT Extenda is unique in being convertible to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration to meet different operational requirements. Its open architecture provides for various levels of protection and great variety in the roles and missions for which it can be configured.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director Asia Pacific said, “We are very pleased to have achieved our first product export from the Australian office. It is a great credit to the Supacat Team Australia members that we have delivered this fleet on time and to budget.”

The SOV-MH vehicles were manufactured at Supacat’s existing assembly facilities in Australia using Supacat Team Australia members to manufacture and assemble the vehicle. This represents the first time that Supacat Team Australia members have exported completed vehicles and complements the opportunities already emerging for Australian suppliers to enter Supacat’s global supply chains.


Tim VBSS Berhasil Menggagalkan Penyelundupan Senjata Dari PNG Menuju Jayapura

19 Januari 2018

Tim VBSS membawa bersama terduga penyelundup senjata (photo : TNI)

Dua Unit Sea Rider Dengan Tim VBSS Lantamal X Berhasil Menggagalkan Penyelundupan Senjata Dari PNG Menuju Jayapura

Dua unit Sea Rider dengan Tim VBSS (Visit Board Search Seizure)  Lantamal X terpaksa melumpuhkan pergerakan dan menangkap speed boat warna putih list kuning  yang dikendarai oleh orang tak dikenal (OTK) dari PNG karena tidak menghiraukan isyarat bendera dan komunikasi dan berusaha melarikan diri dari pemeriksaan yang dilakukan oleh Tim VBSS Lantamal  X. Selasa, (16/01/2018).

Berdasarkan informasi dari Intelejen diperoleh laporan bahwa ada speed boat yang dikendarai oleh OTK melalui jalur laut sedang melakukan penyelundupan senjata dari PNG menuju Jayapura. 

Setelah mendapatkan perintah dari Dansatgas Ops. Pamtas Letkol Laut (P) Nouldy J Tangka, Wadan Ops. Pamtas Mayor Laut (P) Alpirut Musa Samban langsung memerintahkan dua unit Sea Rider untuk melakukan pengejaran dan penangkapan. Kedua unit Sea Rider melaksanakan penembakan peringatan kepada speed boat yang menjadi target operasi, akan tetapi tetap melaju dengan kecepatan tinggi akhirnya kedua unit Sea Rider melaksanakan penembakan kearah buritan speed boat yang menjadi target operasi dan mengenai bagian motor tempel dan salah satu orang di speed boat sehingga membuat speed boat mengurangi  kecepatannya.

Sea Rider berhasil melumpuhkan pergerakan dan menangkap speedboat yang menjadi target operasi tim VBSS Satkamla Lantamal X melaksanakan peran pemeriksaan dan penggeledahan di speed boat tersebut. Dari hasil pemeriksaan dan penggeledahan tim VBSS  menemukan 3 pucuk senjata SKVZ dan tiga  orang yang diduga OPM dengan salah satu orang terluka karena terkena tembakan. Kemudian Wadan Satgas Ops. Pamtas memerintahkan untuk melakukan pengawalan speed boat beserta tiga personil dan barang buktinya ke Dermaga Porasko Satkamla Lantamal X untuk menjalani pemeriksaan oleh Tim Intel Satgas Pamrahwan untuk selanjutnya diserahkan kepada Pomal untuk diperiksa lebih lanjut.


Design Review of 2 Frigates to Undergo Technical Inspection: DND

19 Januari 2018

In front the ship will be armed with a 76mm Oto Melara Super Rapid main gun, 8 cell vertical launching system (FFBNW) (image : HHI)

MANILA -- The so-called "Critical Design Review" (CDR) of the two frigates, on order from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, has been completed and will now be undergoing examination by the Philippine Navy's Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) this week.

The twin Simbad-RC launchers, the X and S-band navigation radar antennas, the STIR 1.2 EO Mk.2 fire control radar, and the NS-106 3D surveillance radar are clearly shown on this part of the ship. (image : HHI)

This was disclosed by Defense public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong in an interview Monday.

"The CDR has been completed and by this week, it will be undergoing inspection by the Navy's TIAC," he added.

A deck enclosure to cover the launchers, RHIBs, and two triple-torpedo-tubes launchers. Two twin Simbad-RC launchers for Mistral short range SAM. Also,the 30mm Seahawk secondary gun would be more suitably installed here than on top of the hangar. (image : HHI)

Andolong said it was the Navy and Hyundai who created the CDR.

Once approved, the CDR will serve as the "Bible" of the shipbuilder in constructing the ship and putting the systems desired by the customer or end-user.

A 30mm Seahawk secondary gun at top the hangar (image : HHI)

The two frigates, along with their weapon systems and munition, have a contract of PHP18 billion.

Once delivered and commissioned in 2020, the frigates will be the first Filipino warships capable of neutralizing surface, subsurface and air threats with missile and other modern armaments.


Joint Helicopter School Commence Training at HMAS Albatross

19 Januari 2018

An Australian Army OH-58A Kiowa leads a Royal Australian Navy AS-350BA Squirrel and a Eurocopter EC-135 through the skies over Nowra, NSW. (photo : RAN)

The Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army have joined forces with industry to train rotary wing crews at a new joint helicopter school as part of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System.

The first intake of 37 future pilots, aircrew and Aviation Warfare Officers commenced the 26-week training course this week at a new dedicated facility at HMAS Albatross.

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, said the establishment of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System within 723 Squadron represents a major step forward for next-generation military helicopter training.

“The ongoing partnership with Boeing Defence Australia ensures our aviators receive the best training we can offer to do their job,” Commodore Smallhorn said.

“Our Navy and Army aviators operate some of the most advanced equipment in the world, which is now matched by state of the art training facilities that combine full motion simulation, virtual reality and airborne instruction in a purpose built school house.

“Maritime, littoral and land warfare is a demanding vocation, and mission success often relies on the aviator. The Helicopter Aircrew Training System will ensure they are ready.”

Acting Director of Navy Aviation Systems Branch, Captain Steven Arney, said these facilities will do more than assist our future Army and Navy aircrews.

“The initiative and new facilities provide learning opportunities for apprentices and trainees and also help to secure local jobs on world leading projects,” Captain Arney said.

“The training school will deliver an integrated training system for all Australian Defence Force rotary wing aircrew and provide streamlined initial pilot training in a highly realistic environment before conversion to operational Navy and Army aircraft.

“Starting the first intake is a major milestone and a testament to the Commonwealth’s $500 million upgrade to facilities at HMAS Albatross and the strength of collaboration between industry and Defence.”

The school has been in development for the last three years. It provides opportunities for up to 380 contractors to work on the program and will train up to 116 students each year.


18 Januari 2018

Dua Kali Tertunda, 2 Pesawat F16 Hibah AS Akhirnya Tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi

18 Januari 2018

Dua pesawat F16 terakhir dari hibah Pemerintah Amerika Serikat tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi, Kabupaten Magetan, Jawa Timur, Kamis ( 18/1/2018) siang (photo : TNI AU)

MAGETAN, KOMPAS.com - Setelah tertunda dua kali, dua sisa pesawat F16 hibah Pemerintah Amerika Serikat akhirnya tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan, Jawa Timur, Kamis (18/1/2018) siang.

Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi, Marsma TNI Samsul Rizal yang dikonfirmasi di sela-sela acara penandantanganan sinergi BUMN pengadaan sarana LRT Jabodebek di PT INKA Madiun, Kamis (18/1/2018) siang, membenarkan datangnya sisa dua pesawat F16 kloter terakhir bantuan Pemerintah AS. Kedua pesawat tempur F16 bernomor TS 1628 dan TS 1634 tepat mendarat di Lanud Iswahjudi pukul 11.28 WIB.

"Dengan hadirnya dua pesawat kloter terakhir, maka total pesawat tempur F-16 bantuan pemerintah AS sebanyak 24 unit. Nanti pembagiannya 12 untuk skadron tiga Lanud Iswahjudi dan 12 di Lanud Pekanbaru," kata Samsul.

Samsul mengatakan, kedatangan dua pesawat itu sempat tertunda dua kali karena persoalan teknis. Persoalan pertama terjadi pada mesin pesawat dan selanjutnya masalah pesawat tanker pengisi bahan bakarnya.

"Awalnya hanya persoalan mesin di pesawat. Namun setelah bergerak ada masalah di pesawat tanker pengisi bahan bakarnya. Pasalnya perjalanan Hawaii-Ghuam memakan waktu tujuh hingga delapan jam sehingga membutuhkan pengisian bahan bakar di udara hingga tiga kali," ungkap Samsul.

Tak hanya itu, kata Samsul, terdapat permasalahan pada pilot yang menerbangkan dua pesawat tersebut. Pilotnya diperintahkan kembali ke AS karena ada tugas khusus.

Samsul menambahkan 24 pesawat tempur itu nanti akan diserahterimakan dari Kementerian Pertahanan kepada TNI AU akhir Februari 2018.


Indonesia, Turkey Team up to Develop HALE Military Drones with Max Height 40,000 Feet

18 Januari 2018

ANKA-TP (SIHA- Strategic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), a 5+ ton, turbo-prop powered, High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) version of the ANKA is also being planned. TAI officials have announced that the Strategic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle version named ANKA-TP will feature a new mission computer, airframe and have the ability to carry between 1 and 1.5 Tons in armament. It will have a span of 23 meters, speed of between 200 and 250 knots and a cruising altitude of 40,000+ ft. (photo : TAI)

Indonesia, Turkey Team up to Develop Military Drones

Aircraft company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is collaborating with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to produce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are capable of flying at a maximum height of 40,000 feet.

“TAI has lengthy experience in building high-altitude UAVs. So we will collaborate with them in the project,” said PTDI president director Elfien Goentoro in Bandung on Monday.

TAI has developed UAVs or drones that are used by the Turkish Military and operated at a height of 20,000 feet. They are capable of being equipped with night vision and weapons systems.

Elfien said PTDI was currently developing a medium-altitude long-endurance UAV.

PTDI production director Arie Wibowo added that the government wanted to ensure that collaboration between PTDI and TAI in producing lightweight UAVs take place to reduce dependency on manufacturers in Western countries.

“We need an experienced firm like TAI, a firm from a Muslim country with an advanced technology in the aviation industry,” said Arie, adding that several other firms were only interested in direct selling, not technology transfer.

The UAV project is projected to be completed within one to three years, Arie said, adding that PTDI and TAI also planned to develop CN-235 and N219 planes, PTDI’s two flagship products.

Meanwhile, TAI CEO and president Temel Kotil expressed hope that the collaboration would result in the production of high-quality UAVs, saying that PTDI had a reputation as a major player in the Asian aerospace industry. 

(The Jakarta Post)

Palace had Special Interest in Navy’s Selection of Weapons System Supplier

18 Januari 2018

Hanwha CMS (image : Hanwha)

Malacañang Palace took special interest in the Philippine Navy’s controversial selection of the weapons system supplier for the P15.7-billion frigate program as early as January 2017, the Inquirer learned recently.

Documents obtained by the Inquirer showed that in a span of two weeks in January 2017, the Palace, the Department of National Defense (DND), and the Navy discussed the issue hounding the combat management systems (CMS) of the Navy’s frigate program.

It included a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte from the Navy explaining why it preferred Tacticos CMS of Thales Nederlands, Inc. over Hanwha Thales (HTC) for the CMS of the frigates.

Malacañang’s attention to the CMS was indicated in a marginal note, dated Jan. 12, 2017, made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado, then Navy flag officer-in-command (FOIC).

“To Admiral Mercado,” Lorenzana wrote on a post it. “Ronald, This was given to me by Bong Go. Go over it and prepare a report/rebuttal to be submitted to the Pres.”

The Defense chief then affixed his signature.

Go is Duterte’s right hand man, who was formally given a Palace position as the special assistant to the president (SAP) and head of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS).

Palace preference for Hanwha over Tacticos Thales

The letter from Go, written in broken English, claimed that while “Thales CMS,” apparently referring to Tacticos CMS, has “many sales records of CMS in many countries including Korea… the End-Users of the many countries has (sic) been suffering from their poor supports (sic) of logistics services and upgrade or modernization of their outdated CMS because they are putting all non-recurring/ development costs for the logistics and upgrade to the foreign customer only due to small number of ships in their home countries with high margin as their profits policy.”

The letter said that the Korean Navy was set to “discard” Thales from its “OEM [original equipment manufacturer] portfolios” because of the above-stated reason.

It also said that “Hanwha will provide Philippines Navy (sic) the most economic and effective logistics and upgrade etc. (almost free riding or on boarding) after delivery or (sic) brand new CMS with the logistic supports based on large number of government funding supports.”

Tacticos CMS (image : Thales)

Moreover, Hanwha was prepared to provide “real time 24 hours logistics support in every fleet of Korean (N)avy and will establish a team for Philippines Navy in their fleet with real time network with Korean teams.”

The letter mentioned that the Navy prefers Tacticos CMS because of its compatibility with the Tactical Data Link (TDL) 16, a requirement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) C4ISTAR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information/Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting Acquisition and Reconnaissance).

But the letter insisted that Hanwha is developing its own “Link 16 with CMS that will be validated within 2019”, before the delivery of the first frigate in 2020.

The letter also belied the supposed claim of the Navy that Hanwha “doesn’t have export records out of Korea” and listed the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Korean Navy as some of its clients.

Navy insists on Tacticos Thales

In Empedrad’s letter to Duterte, he said that the FAP PMT “preferred Tacticos CMS over Naval Shield ICMS” because Tacticos CMS “is one of the leading Combat Management Systems in the world considering that it is being used by 23 foreign countries to over 172 ships.”

Tacticos CMS is also compatible with the TDL 16 requirement of the AFP, while “Hanwha’s Naval Shield ICMS’ compatibility with TDL 16 is still under development phase but could not be operational by 2019,” Empedrad said.

“HTC’s claim that many countries using Tacticos have been suffering from their poor support of logistics and upgrade of their outdated CMS cannot be validated for there is no available verified report which supports said allegation,” he said.

“In addition, there have been repeat orders from Germany, Indonesia, and Turkey that indicate their satisfaction on Tacticos CMS,” Empedrad told the President.

Empedrad also said that while HTC offers to provide a “most economic and effective logistics and upgrade, etc” it was something that would need to be validated “later on.”

“In view of the foregoing, the Frigate Acquisition Project PMT sustains its preference on Tacticos of Thales Nederlands as the CMS for the two (2) PN Frigates,” Empedrad said.

He also attached to the letter to Duterte a power point presentation “for the detailed justifications.”

Empedrad is now the acting Navy flag officer-in-command after the unceremonious firing of Mercado on Dec. 19, supposedly for pushing for Tacticos Thales as the Navy frigate’s CMS supplier when the Department of Defense had already chosen Hanwha Thales Co.

Curiously, the HTC consortium was dissolved in October 2016, and Hanwha renamed itself as “Hanwha Systems.”

The Thales Group is a French multinational company that caters to the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets.

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