21 November 2017

Philippine Navy to have Missile System by Christmas

21 November 2017

Spike ER missile for MPAC (photo : Update)

If everything goes as planned, the Philippine Navy (PN) will be mounting its first-ever missile system on three brand-new multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) this Christmas season. This was confirmed Monday by PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, when asked on the delivery and mounting of the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd’s Spike ER (extended range) missile systems on its three MPACs.

The weapons are on anti-ship mode or can engage surface vessel targets. It is capable of penetrating 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and has a maximum range of five miles.

“A pre-delivery inspection is already scheduled. Then an Air Force plane (from the Philippines) will go Israel to transport the missiles to the Philippines, all expenses paid by the proponent,” Mercado said.

Tentative delivery and fitting out date is within December, the PN chief added.

The three MPACs, with hull number BA-488, BA-489, and BA-490, were activated last May 22.

These MPACs are the Mark III models and considerably more advanced that the six Mark I and IIs currently in the Navy inventory that was constructed by Subic Bay-based Propmech Corporation.

Contract for the three ships is worth PHP270 million which was sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act Trust Fund of 2000. The contract for the weapons system and missiles is worth PHP594,319,550.


Second Air Warfare Destroyer Enters Sea Trials

21 November 2017

HMAS Brisbane (photo : Aus DoD)

The Australian Defence Force’s second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Brisbane, has commenced its first phase of sea trials, which will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems.

The initial trial phase, which will occur over the coming months, will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year to test the ship’s combat and communications systems.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said this achievement is a further demonstration of industry’s role as a fundamental input into capability for Defence.

“Over the past decade, more than 5000 people from across the Department of Defence, ASC, Raytheon Australia and Navantia have dedicated millions of hours of effort to the AWD program,” Minister Pyne said.

“With more than 60 per cent Australian industry capability, the AWD program is a true example of a home-grown capability.

“Through the AWD program, we have created a local workforce with specialist shipbuilding and complex systems integration skills that will form the foundation for future shipbuilding projects in Australia.”

The start of Brisbane’s sea trials phase follows the commissioning of HMAS Hobart earlier this year, with both events reinforcing the success of the Government-led reform, an initiative that set the AWD program on track to meet cost and schedule targets.

“As part of the AWD reform initiative, the Commonwealth worked directly alongside industry to remediate the program,” Minister Pyne said.

“This resulted in an injection of Commonwealth expertise and shipbuilding management from Navantia, as well as project management oversight and de-risking activities from Raytheon Australia.

“Working together with ASC’s quality shipbuilding workforce, this new structure has put the AWD program on a path to long-term success.”

(Aus DoD)

TNI Pesan 22 Speedboat Buatan Lamongan

21 November 2017

Speedboat buatan Lamongan, Jawa Timur (photo : Detik)

Wow... TNI Pesan 22 Speedboat Made In Warga Pesisir Paciran

Lamongan - Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) memesan 22 speedboat di Paciran, Lamongan. Bahkan, sejumlah personel dari Mabes TNI juga sudah menjajal speedboat tersebut.

Informasi yang dihimpun menyebutkan, pembuatan speedboat ini dilakukan oleh PT Luckon Arthaka Nusantara (PATRIOT BOAT) yang bekerjasama dengan PT Tri Ratna Diesel Indonesia yang berada di Desa Tunggul, Kecamatan Paciran, sedang mengerjakan 22 speedboat pesanan dari Mabes TNI. Saat ini, 22 speedboat selesai pengerjaannya. 

Komandan Koramil Paciran, Kap. Arh. Suherman membenarkan Mabes TNI memesan 22 speedboat di Lamongan. Tim Mabes TNI, terang Herman, juga sudah meninjau progres pengerjaan speedboat tersebut di Galangan Kapal Santosa Marine (Agrindo). 

"Ya memang telah dilaksanakan kunjungan tim Mabes TNI dalam rangka uji coba speedboat pesanan Mabes TNI dipimpin oleh Kepala Badan Pembekalan TNI, Brigjen Fabian Albert Embran dan karena ini acaranya BABEK TNI, jadi juga mengundang wairjen dan kadislaikad," kata Herman kepada wartawan, Kamis (16/11/2017).

Herman mengatakan, saat meninjau pengerjaan speedboat, rombongan dari Mabes TNI beserta sekitar 20 orang juga melakukan uji coba kepada 22 unit speedboat tersebut di perairan Pantai Paciran. 

"22 Speedboat yang diujicoba karena sudah selesai pengerjaannya," ungkap Herman.

Dia mengungkapkan, selain Kepala Badan Pembekalan TNI Brigjen Fabian Albert Embran dari Mabes TNI, sejumlah petinggi TNI lainnya juga turut hadir peninjauan pembuatan speedboat. Di antaranya adalah Wairjen TNI, Laksamana Muda Maheranto, Kepala Dinas Kelaikan Angkatan Darat Brigjen. Eko Erwanto dan Kolonel Armed Wiwin Sugiono.

20 November 2017

Five Ukraine Tanks on Way to Thailand

20 November 2017

T-84 MBT of Royal Thai Army (photo : RTA)

A new batch of five more tanks from Ukraine will be delivered late this month as the Royal Thai Army has so far received 31 of the Ukraine-made T84 Oplot tanks, according to an army source.

Ukraine was contracted to supply a battalion of 49 T84 Oplot tanks worth 7.2 billion baht in 2011 but was slow to press ahead with production and delivery due to security problems in the country. 

So far, 31 Ukrainian tanks have been sent to Thailand and the new batch of five tanks are now heading to Thailand by ship and are expected to reach the country by the end of this month, according to the source.

The final batch of the remaining 13 tanks have already been manufactured and Ukraine is now waiting for an army delegation to travel there to examine the tanks late this month. 

See full article Bangkok Post

Alpha Jets Commence Red Air Support for RAAF Training

20 November 2017

Air Affairs Learjet and DA Defence Alpha Jets in an air-to-air mission role as Red Air aggressors near RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales (photo : Air Affairs)

Air Affairs Australia and Discovery Air Defence Services Inc (Discovery Air - Defence) have completed their first fast jet training missions in support of the Australian Defence Force’s Fast Jet Trial contract.

Two of Discovery Air Defence’s upgraded Alpha Jets and four Air Affairs Learjets participated in air-to-air missions as Red Air aggressors near RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales.

“Air Affairs Australia is pleased to be working closely with Discovery Air Defence for the Fast Jet Trial. Both companies are proud to be selected for this initial Fast Jet trial Discovery Air Defence’s proven track record in contracted air services brings a complimentary solution to our current Jet Air Services contract. Our common commitment to the highest levels of safety and airworthiness will ensure the best training for the Australian Defence Force".

(Air Affairs)

The First Pictures of Two Myanmar Air Force Yak-130 Trainer Jets

20 November 2017

Yak-130 of the Myanmar Air Force (photo : Myanmar Defence Weapons)

The Facebook page Myanmar Defence Weapons posted the first photos of two Yak-130 training aircraft, obtained by the Myanmar Air Force from Russia.

The aircraft number are "1805" and "1806", which confirms the delivery of six Yak-130 vehicles to the Myanmar Air Force.

Earlier, on November 8, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia, Mikhail Petukhov stated  "Russia has delivered six Yakovlev Yak-130 combat training aircraft to Myanmar under the 2015 contract and expects to supply an additional batch in 2018".

The contract on the delivery of Yak-130 combat trainers to Myanmar was signed in 2015. The first three planes were delivered in 2016 and the other three in 2017.

The Yak-130 is a new-generation two-seat combat trainer jet designed for the flight personnel’s combat training and its combat employment in simple and harsh weather conditions against air and ground targets.

By its characteristics, the aircraft is close to the parameters of modern fighter jets with a subsonic speed of flight, which makes it possible to use the plane to train pilots for 4+ and 5 generation warplanes. The Yak-130 is easy in terms of its basing and can land on unequipped sites.

(Russian Aviarion)

18 November 2017

TNI AU Uji Dinamis Radar Pasif di Lanud Sulaiman

18 November 2017

Pengujian radar pasif TNI AU (photo : TNI AU)

Uji Dinamis Radar Pasif Tahun 2017 di Lanud Sulaiman

TNI AU. Litbang Kemenhan melaksanakan uji dinamis radar pasif tahun 2017 yang dilaksanakan di gedung balai Prajurit Cendrawasih Lanud Sulaiman, Margahayu, Bandung, Jum’at (17/11).

DR.Joko Suryana dari LAPI ITB memaparkan tentang penelitian  dan Pengembangan Radar Pasif : Demo Dinamis yang mengatakan bahwa radar pasif adalah memampuan mendeteksi  dan mengidentifikasi objek di sekitar lingkungan yang memanfaatkan gelombang elektromagnetik. 

“Radar pasif tidak memancarkan gelombang elektromagnetik  untuk melakukan fungsinya. Akan tetapi memanfaatkan gelombang elektromagnetik yang ada disekitar atau yang dipancarkan oleh objek itu sendiri, “ Jelas DR. Joko Suryana.

Dijelaskan pula fungsi-fungsi yang ada di radar pasif antara lain adalah PCL ( (Pasive Coherent Location) yang berfungsi untuk mendeteksi dan mengidentifikasi objek dengan memanfaatkan pantulan gelombang elektromagnetik yang ada di lingkungan sekitar. Selanjutnya adalah PET (Passive Emmiter Tracking) yang fungsinya untuk mendeteksi dan mengidentifikasi objek dengan memanfaatkan gelombang elektromagnetik yang dipancarkan oleh objek itu sendiri. Sedangkan IFF/ADS-B berfungsi mendeteksi dan mengidentifikasi objek di udara dengan memanfaatkan transmisi/pertukaran informasi IFF/ADS-B.

“Komponen utama radar pasif terdiri dari antenna system, Mast and Traier, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), dan Display. Keuntungan radar pasif adalah tidak perlu memancarkan sinyal sendiri (silent) untuk mendeteksi target. Selain itu, biaya lebih murah karena tidak memerlukan transmitter,” kata DR. Anne Kusmayati selaku Kabalitbang Kemenhan.

Pada kesempatan tersebut hadir pula Kepala Dinas Operasi Letkol Lek Imam Bintoro mewakili Komandan Lanud Sulaiman Kolonel Pnb Tyas Nur Adi, Ir. Budi Harja Raden (Ses balitbang) dan Bpk. Abdullah Sami (Kapuslibang Alpalhan). Acara tersebut diikuti pula para instruktur dan siswa yang sedang melaksanakan pendidikan di Lanud Sulaiman dengan kejuruan teknik radar.