20 Oktober 2017

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.

(NZHerald)

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.

(Antara)

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.

(TNI)

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.”

(Cubic)

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.

(Cobham)