21 Agustus 2017

Russia to Deliver Ka-32 Multirole Helicopters to Thailand and Turkey for First Time

21 Agustus 2017


Kamov Ka-32A11VS multirole helicopters (photo : RIA Novosti)

KUMERTAU/TASS/ - Eight Kamov Ka-32A11VS multirole helicopters will be delivered to Thailand and Turkey for the first time, Russian Helicopters rotocraft manufacturer said on Friday.

"By now, Russian Helicopters Group has signed contracts for the delivery of another eight helicopters of this type [Ka-32A11VS] abroad. Under the contracts signed, the Ka-32 will be delivered to Thailand and Turkey," the rotocraft producer said, without specifying the timeframe.

The Ka-32A11VS medium multirole helicopter with a coaxial rotor system is designed to accomplish special search and rescue operations and high-altitude assembly works, carry out fire-fighting missions and transport cargoes inside the fuselage and externally suspended, evacuate injured persons, conduct patrols and provide support for special services.

"The Ka-32 is rightly called one of our ‘bestsellers’ thanks to its unique flight characteristics and wide capabilities. We are proud to note that the circle of operators of this model will expand soon," Russian Helicopters First Deputy CEO Sergei Fomin said.

Ka-32A1VS helicopters are operational in Russia, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, China, South Korea, Indonesia and other countries. The helicopter is produced by the Kumertau Aviation Enterprise founded in 1962 on the basis of the Kumertau repair and mechanical factory.

(TASS)

New Research with Chemring to Protect Defence Aircraft

21 Agustus 2017


A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet releasing flares. (photo : Defence)

New Research Protect Defence Aircraft

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a new research agreement with industry to explore innovative technologies for protecting Australian Defence Force aircraft against missile threats.

Minister Pyne said this five-year agreement with Chemring Australia was signed in Adelaide today as part of the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group Partnerships Week, and was a big step towards improving the countermeasures deployed to protect our aircraft.

“Chemring Australia and DST Group will explore capabilities and advanced techniques for the manufacture of high performance countermeasures that hide aircraft from radar detection and deflect heat-seeking missiles,” Minister Pyne said.

“The research will also examine the use of more efficient manufacturing technologies, such as resonant acoustic mixing, and novel concepts for pyrotechnic device.

“This partnership will allow the development of an advanced flare capability to provide protection against increasingly sophisticated missile systems.

“I welcome these agreements which are designed to give Defence a capability edge. Chemring Australia specialises in the manufacture of countermeasures, sensors, and energetic systems.”

Partnerships Week is an annual external engagement event open to invited representatives from industry, academia, research agencies, Defence and stakeholders from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics community.

DST Group also leads the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund which complements the Defence Innovation Hub launched last year, as the core of the new Defence Innovation System outlined in the Defence Industry Policy Statement.

These two signature innovation research and development programs, together with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, deliver on the Government’s $1.6 billion commitment to grow Australia's defence industry and innovation sector.

(DST)

TNI AU Terus Cetak Penerbang Tempur

21 Agustus 2017


Pilot F-16 TNI AU (photo : Sasandri)

Jumlah Penerbang Pesawat Tempur TNI AU Masih Jauh dari Target

SLEMAN - Penerbang militer pesawat tempur TNI AU masih jauh dari target. Sebab sesuai dengan rencana strategis (Renstra) tahun ini TNI AU akan menambah kekuatan lagi pesawat tempur, yaitu 24 pesawat tempur F16. Sehingga dengan penambahan ini nantinya jumlah pesawat tempur F16 akan menjadi 34 pesawat. 

Sebab sebelumnya sudah ada 10 pesawat tempur F16. Padahal sekolah penerbang (Sekbang) TNI AU tahun 2017, hanya mampu menambah 13 penerbang pesawat tempur.

“Dari penambahan 13 penerbang pesawat tempur ini jumlah penerbang pesawat tempur jauh dari target,” ujar KSAU Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto usai melantik penerbang militer Sekbang Terpadu TNI angkatan 91 di lapangan Jupiter, Lanud Adisutjipto, Yogyakarta, Sabtu (19/8/2017).

Hadi mengatakan, sebagai solusi untuk kondisi tersebut, selain akan memaksimalkan penerbang militer yang ada, juga akan menambah kuota Sekbang, terutama jurusan pesawat tempur. Diharapkan dengan langkah tersebut kebutuhan penerbang pesawat tempur akan terpenuhi. Meskipun untuk pemenuhan kebutuhan itu sesuai dengan renstra dilakukan secara bertahap.

“Karena itu, meminta kepada penerbang militer yang baru dilantik segera menyesuaikan diri dengan alutsista yang akan diawakinya nanti,” terangnya.

Sekbang Terpadu

Mengenai kelanjutan pendidikan Sekbang terpadu yang melibatkan tiga angkatan, AD, AL dan AU, menurut Hadi, untuk tetap akan dilanjutkan. Sebab yang membutuhkan penambahan penerbang militer bukan hanya AU, namun AD dan AL juga sama. 

Pasalnya, di ketiga angkatan tersebut, bukan hanya ada penambahan alutsista pesawat, baik tempur, angkut dan heli. Namun, alutsista yang datang juga lebih canggih, yaitu generasi 4.5.

“Sekbang terpadu tetap akan dipertahankan,” paparnya.

Hadi juga berpesan kepada penerbang pesawat militer muda yang baru dilantik tetap harus mempertahankan airmanship, disiplin dan dapat melaksanakan tugas dengan baik. Apalagi uang untuk membeli pesawat yang harganya cukup mahal itu memakai uang rakyat. Sehingga mereka dituntut dapat menerbangkan pesawat dengan aman dan selamat.

“Yang jelas bertambahnya penerbang pesawat militer ini tentunya akan menjadi kekuatan TNI,” tandasnya.

Sekbang Terpadu angkatan 91, menghasilkan 46 penerbang militer muda. Terdiri dari penerbang militer TNI AU sebanyak 35 orang (14 penerbang militer pesawat angkut, 13 pesawat tempur dan 8 heli), AD 8 orang dan AL 3 orang.

“35 penerbang militer TNI AU akan disebar ke skudron di Indonesia, untuk penerbang militer AD dan AL akan memperkuat kesatuan masing-masing, yaitu di Puspernebad dan Puspenerbal,” tambah Kapentak Lanud Adisutjipto Mayor Sus Giyanto. 

PH Navy to Get US-Donated Radar System

21 Agustus 2017

Thetered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) (photo : Robcrimmins, image : Leaksource)

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) will formally take possession of its first-ever tethered aerostat radar system (TARS) donated by the US government.

The turnover ceremony will be led by US Embassy in Manila’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael Klecheski, and PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado, at the Naval Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Zambales on Tuesday.

Navy spokesperson, Capt. Lued Lincuna, said the TARS, a self-sustained, unmanned lighter-than-air systems, would enhance the PN’s capability in maritime intelligence surveillance reconnaissance by effectively detecting maritime and air traffic within the country’s coastal waters using sensors.



It will also be used in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.

The TARS includes a weather station that provides telemetry data to the ground station for the monitoring of ambient temperature, pressure, wind speed, and other pertinent parameters in the operation of the system. 

(PNA)

19 Agustus 2017

TNI AL Bicarakan Masa Depan KRI Dewaruci

19 Agustus 2017

Kapal latih TNI AL KRI Dewa Ruci (all photos : Garda Nasional)

20 Pati TNI AL Bicarakan Masa Depan KRI Dewaruci

Di hari pertama pelayaran KRI Dewaruci menuju detik-detik Proklamasi Kemerdekaan RI ke-72, Panglima Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur (Pangarmatim) Laksamana Muda TNI Darwanto, S.H., M.A.P., membuka sarasehan atau diskusi interaktif dengan tema, "KRI Dewaruci Menuju 100 Tahun", bertempat di Geladak KRI Dewaruci, Selasa, (15/08/2017).

Mengawali sambutannya, Laksamana berbintang dua tersebut mengucapkan selamat datang kepada perwakilan lichting Akademi Angkatan Laut (AAL) mulai dari Angkatan 10 s.d. 56 dan 60-61 yang hadir disini berkumpul bersama dalam rangka melakanakan upacara bendera 17-an di Laut. Selain itu Pangarmatim pada pertemuan sarasehan yang juga dihadiri oleh 20 Perwira Tinggi TNI AL baik yang aktif maupun purnawirawan serta pem berbincang-bincang membahas masa depan KRI Dewaruci menuju 100 tahun.

Pangarmatim mengungkapkan kenapa kita mempertahanakan KRI Dewaruci hingga 100 tahun kedepan, tentunya kita tidak boleh melupakan sejarah.KRI Dewaruci ini telah melahirkan ratusan Laksamana yang menjadi pemimpin TNI AL bahkan menjadi pemimpin negeri ini seperti Menteri dan Panglima TNI.


Menurut Pangarmatim yang kedua bahwa, KRI Dewaruci telah memberikan kontribusi positif terhadap bangsa Indonesia khususnya saat KRI Dewaruci bertugas keliling dunia dalam misi Diplomasi. Oleh karena itu, kita harus mempertahankan kapal ini dapat di lihat sekarang hadir mantan Komandan, Palaksa dan crew yang pernah melakukan pelayaran dan pelatihan di KRI Dewaruci ini. Sehingga pertemuan yang bersejerarah menjadi satu suara dan sumbangsih pemikiran untuk bahan saran dan masukan kepada pimpinan TNI AL sesuai dengan kebijakan Presiden RI terkait poros maritim dunia.

Dengan adanya kapal latih KRI Dewaruci ini, bisa kita kembangkan kedepan untuk pelatihan-pelatihan generasi muda bahkan calon pemimpin bangsa dapat kita latih disini. "Karena kalau tidak pernah merasakan berada di laut mungkin tidak ada pandangan tentang laut. Laut merupakan tantangan kita masa depan, inti sumber daya alam kita berada di laut", ucapnya.

Menutup sambutannya Laksda TNI Darwanto mengatakan, keberadaan para mantan Komandan Dewaruci dan masyarakat pemerhati dunia kemaritiman diharapkan bersama-sama bersinergi menjaga dan merawat KRI Dewaruci tetap baik sehingga kedepan dapat dimanfaatkan untuk menjadi contoh sejarah bahwa kapal latih ini yang dibuat sejak tahun 1953 mampu menjadi kebanggaan tidak hanya di Indonesia namun di mancanegara.

 Selanjutnya dalam suasana santai dan penuh kekeluargaan salah satu pertemuan menarik yaitu dalam pelayaran ini terdapat Laksda TNI (Purn) Warsono H.P yang merupakan komandan KRI Dewaruci di tahun 1982 - 1985 pernah berlayar muhibah ke Osaka Jepang dan Guam dan pada waktu itu, Laksda TNI Darwanto merupakan Taruna yang mengikuti pelayaran ke negara tersebut.

(TNI AL)

India Denies Selling BrahMos Cruise Missiles to Vietnam

19 Agustus 2017



BrahMos missile system (photo : India Today)

Just talks, no sale of BrahMos cruise missiles to Vietnam: MEA

New Delhi: India on Friday refuted reports that Vietnam had acquired BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles from India. 

Addressing the weekly MEA briefing, spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “Vietnam has clarified that their spokesperson did not confirm the sale but had just talked about defence and strategic relations.”

Earlier, Vietnam Foreign Ministry said the country was persistent in pursuing the national defence policy of peace and self-defence.

Terming it as a normal defence practice, Vietnam Foreign Ministry maintained that the procurement of defence equipment was consistent with the policy of peace and self-defence. (Deccan Chronicle)

Vietnam responds to information of purchasing cruise missiles from India

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang on Thursday responded to the information of Vietnam purchasing missiles from India.

According to WorldTribune, Vietnam will receive the BrahMos which is considered one of the most effective and lethal anti-ship missiles in the world, with speeds reaching Mach 2.8 to 3.0. The BrahMos can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It was developed jointly by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia. The missile is heavily based on the Russian P-800 Oniks cruise missile and other similar sea-skimming Russian cruise missile technology.

Replying the question of reporter about this information, Hang said, India – Vietnam relationship developed in numerous areas including economy, society and security cooperation. Especially in Security cooperation, two sides contributed positively to the peace, sustainability in region and over the world. “Vietnam and India maintained the self-defend and peaceful policy. The weapon purchase is normal action and in line with Vietnam national defense policy”, Hang added. However, she didn’t confirm the information about BrahMos purchase.

On September, 2016 Indian PM Narendra Modi visited Vietnam and had bilateral talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as well as President Tran Dai Quang. Vietnam is India’s important strategic partner and the visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties, including defense, security and trade. During the trip, Modi announced a $500 million credit line to Vietnam to buy defence equipment, on top of a $100 million given previously to help it buy patrol boats. The two sides have also agreed for training of Vietnamese air force pilots to operate Su-30 Russian fighter planes.

It was published by Reuters  in Feb 2017 that: “India is in talks to sell short range surface-to-air missiles to Vietnam, the head of India's defense research agency said on Wednesday, in what would be its first transfer of such weapons to the Southeast Asian country.” (HanoiTimes)

DigitalGlobe Announces Four-Year Direct Access Contract with the Australian DoD for Real-time Access to the World’s Highest-Resolution Commercial Satellite Imagery

19 Agustus 2017


Highest resolution satellite imagery (photo : Digital Globe)

WESTMINSTER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that it signed a Direct Access Program (DAP) contract with the Australian Department of Defence. This multi-year agreement will allow the Australian government to access DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading commercial satellite imaging constellation to support defense and intelligence missions. The contract is expected to deliver $83.0 million USD in incremental revenue to DigitalGlobe over four years, beginning in January 2018.

As a DAP partner, the Australian Department of Defence will be able to directly task and download imagery in real-time to its ground station from all five DigitalGlobe satellites—including WorldView-4, launched in November 2016, and WorldView-3, launched in August 2014, which are the world’s two highest-resolution commercial satellites. The addition of Australia—a key ally of the U.S. and member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance—expands the global footprint of DigitalGlobe’s DAP program and reflects the Australian government’s commitment to increase the use of commercial satellite imagery for its critical national defense and intelligence missions.

MDA is a long-standing partner in DigitalGlobe’s Direct Access Program and will be providing the multi-satellite ground system to support tasking, reception and precision processing of imagery from the satellite constellation. VIASAT will provide the ground antenna systems that will enable direct tasking and downlink capabilities.

“DigitalGlobe is a trusted partner to the Australian Department of Defence,” said Dan Jablonsky, SVP and General Manager of Defense & Intelligence at DigitalGlobe. “We currently provide timely, high-resolution imagery to Australia via our web-based SecureWatch service. This agreement provides enhanced, real-time access to DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading satellite constellation to enable decision-making with confidence. We look forward to working closely with Australia as it further integrates high-quality commercial satellite imaging capabilities into its military operations, border protection and humanitarian missions.”

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.

(DigitalGlobe)