24 Maret 2018

Expanded Force Posture Initiatives in Northern Australia

24 Maret 2018

MV-22B Osprey deployed to Darwin (photo : dvidshub)

Elements of the 2018 Marine Rotational Force–Darwin (MRF-D) will begin arriving in the Top End this month to prepare for the seventh and largest rotation to date. The rotation will include 1,587 US Marines, eight MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and an artillery battery of six M777 Howitzers.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne welcomed the increased Marine rotation, which underscores the commitment of both the Australian and US Governments to the full implementation of the United States Force Posture Initiatives.

“These Initiatives strengthen the ability of Australia and the US to work together, and with regional partners, in the interests of regional stability and security,” Minister Payne said.

Since 2012, the MRF-D has been increasing in size and complexity, further enhancing the interoperability and capability of Australian and US forces.

“During major exercises the rotation will include additional equipment and assets such as AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, UH-1Y Venom helicopters, F/A-18 Hornet aircraft and MC-130 Hercules aircraft,” Minister Payne said. 

Minister Payne said the increase in personnel and capability will enable a broader range of exercises and training activities with the Australian Defence Force and other regional nations.

“During the six-month training period, the US Marines are expected to participate in 15 training activities alongside the ADF. Other regional nations, including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and many more will also participate in or observe some of these training activities,” Minister Payne said.

“Australia and the US have a longstanding history of working together to promote peace, security and stability across the globe. Australia welcomes opportunities to work with the United States to foster greater cooperation with our regional partners.”

Minister Payne said in addition to training with the US Marines, the ADF conducts air training exercises with the US Air Force personnel and regional nations under the Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative.

This year’s EAC activities include an aero medical evacuation training mission; 5th generation fighter integration; combat mobility activities with the US Marine Corps; undertaking integrated aircraft maintenance; and expanding air-to-air refuelling capabilities.

“Enhanced Air Cooperation activities complement and support training with the US Marines, as it increases the ability of Australia and the US to deploy into the region, where and when they are required to do so,” Minister Payne said.

“The US military plays a vital role in underwriting security and stability across the Indo-Pacific, and the Force Posture Initiatives will be an essential component in preserving stability and security over the coming decades,” she said.

The US Marines are expected to complete the rotation of training in Australia in October 2018.

(Aus DoD)

AMRAAM for Indonesia and Other Countries Start to Produce by Raytheon

24 Maret 2018

NASAMS air defense missile used AMRAAM missile (photo : Kongsberg)

Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $523,148,647 fixed-price incentive modification (P00001) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 31.  

This modification provides for AMRAAM Production Lot 32 for the production of the AMRAAM missile and other AMRAAM system items. 

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2021.  This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan, Kuwait, Poland, Indonesia, Qatar, Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom. 

Fiscal 2018 production funds in the amount of $308,016,581; fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $3,569,227; and foreign military sales funds in the amount $211,562,839 are being obligated at the time of award.  

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Dominance Contracting Office, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

(US DoD)

DND Reboots Procurement for Combat Helicopters

24 Maret 2018

Turkey’s T625 utility helicopter (photo : AIN)

MANILA -- Following the cancellation of the PHP12-billion Bell 212EPI helicopter contract with Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC), the Department of National Defense (DND) has rebooted the procurement process for its combat utility helicopters (CUHs) requirement.

"The project has been cancelled and CCC received the notification regarding the cancellation. We will reboot the procurement of the CUHs and we are currently studying other possible sources of the units," DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said they are checking out helicopter suppliers from South Korea, Russia, China, Turkey and other nations for medium lift helicopters in lieu of the Bell 412.

The PHP12-billion contract is supposedly for CCC to deliver 12 units of Bell 412EPI helicopters by 2019 up to 2020.

The cancellation of the contract comes after the Canadian government ordered the review of the deal between the DND and CCC after receiving reports that the Philippines is planning to use the helicopters against rebel forces.

"While the combat utility helicopters being purchased are primarily for the purpose of transporting personnel and supplies, the Department believes that it does not owe the Canadian government any justification for an outright purchase of equipment from a privately-owned company," Andolong earlier said.

He also stressed that the DND will continue to pursue the modernization program, and will look into the procurement of combat utility helicopters from other countries in lieu of the Bell 412. 


23 Maret 2018

South Korea Tests The First Prototype of Long-Range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

23 Maret 2018

KUS-FS 001 (all photos : Fangnook)

The South Korean spotter, under the name Fangnook, distributed the photographs of the first prototype of the South Korean reconnaissance-strike unmanned aerial vehicle of the long range, known under the designation KUS-FS (Korean Unmanned System) , which he had made on March 16, 2018. These are the first known images of the flying prototype of this UAV in open sources. The first prototype of the South Korean long-range reconnaissance-strike unmanned aerial vehicle KUS-FS (board number "001"), March 16, 2013 (c) Fangnook / twitter.com/2008junwoo.

It is known that this UAV was developed with the lead role of the aviation division of the South Korean Korean Air (Korea Air Aerospace Division) with the participation of the Defense Development Agency (ADD) of the Ministry of Defense of South Korea. It is known that for the first time the first prototype KUS-FS (on-board number "001") was filmed for the first time, it made the first flight in 2012, and, judging by the above pictures, by now it is being tested with a full set of equipment and target load. It is reported that the UAV test should be completed by the end of 2018, after the apparatus will be handed over to the military tests of the South Korean Air Force.

UAV KUS-FS is a very large aircraft with take-off weight up to 4.5 tons and equipped with a retractable landing gear. The length of the apparatus is estimated at 13 meters, and the wing span is 25 meters. Used turboprop engine series Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 with a capacity of about 1200 hp. with pushing screw. The cruising speed is about 250 km / h, the flight duration is from 24 to 32 hours, the operational ceiling is up to 15500 meters. To communicate with the ground control station, satellite communication equipment is used, one ground station can control three or five UAVs.

The UAV is equipped with a very rich complex of reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting equipment, including the LIG Nex1 synthetic aperture radar and the 24-hour Hanwha System electronic-optical station, as well as radio and electronic intelligence equipment. It is also possible to equip the UAV with EW equipment and other types of radar. Managed weapons (probably special design) with a total mass of up to 500 kg are placed on four external suspension nodes.


Latihan Bersama "Spear Iron" Paskhas TNI AU - CCT USAF

23 Maret 2018

Latihan Bersama "Spear Iron" (photo : TNI AU)

Latihan Bersama "Spear Iron" di Lanud Sam Ratulangi

TNI AU.  “Sebuah pesawat tempur kita tertembak dan jatuh di daerah musuh, (Tompaso Minahasa) dalam sebuah operasi tempur“. Pilot sempat keluar dari pesawat menggunakan kursi lontar (Ejection seat) sesaat sebelum pesawatnya hancur menghantam bumi. Setelah mendapat laporan dan berkoordinasi dengan Pimpinan maka segera di bentuk tim penyelamat gabungan antara Paskhas TNI AU dan CCT Special Force dari Amerika Serikat untuk mencari dan menyelamatkan personil dan materil yang ikut jatuh bersama pesawat agar jangan sampai jatuh ke tangan musuh.

Pada Selasa (21/3), malam hari pukul 19.00 Wita segera tim gabungaan Paskhas TNI AU dan CCT Spesial Force, di terjunkan di area Drop Zone menggunakan pesawat CN-295 di Tompaso, Minahasa. Setelah mendarat dalam keadaan senyap dan aman, tim melakukan kompas malam dan melanjutkan pencarian pesawat dan pilot yang jatuh di daerah musuh. Setelah menemukan korban pilot, tim selanjutnya mengevakuasi ke daerah aman di luar garis musuh (safe zone).

Selanjutnya pada pagi hari, tim gabungan mengarahkan dan menuntun pesawat tempur F-16 US Air Force dan TNI AU, untuk melancarkan penembakan dan membombardir daerah musuh. Tim Gabungan melaksanakan operasi dengan mendatangkan Helikopter EC-725 untuk mengevakuasi pilot ke daerah aman di home base.

Demikian sekilas skenario yang dilaksanakan dalam Latihan bersama antara PASKHAS TNI AU dan CCT Special Force dari Amerika Serikat, bersandi “ SPEAR IRON 2018 “ di Lanud Sam Ratulangi. Latihan bersama antara TNI AU dan US PACAF ini di mulai sejak tanggal 12 Maret sampai 23 Maret 2018. Latihan penerjunan malam yang dilaksanakan di daerah Tompaso Minahasa ini mendapat apresiasi dan perhatian dari masyarakat sekitarnya. Masyarakat berbondong – bondong ingin menyaksikan operasi penerjunan di malam hari yang hampir tidak pernah di lakukan sebelumnya di daerah ini. Dalam latihan ini di terjunkan dari paskhas TNI AU sebanyak 15 personil sedangkan dari CCT special Force sebanyak 9 personil. Latihan berahir pada siang harinya pukul 10.00 Wita.

Kegiatan latihan ini turut di dukung oleh pemerintah setempat, baik kepala desa, camat, unsur satuan samping dari Koramil Kakas, pihak kepolisian dan dinas kesehatan Minahasa.


Navy to Get 3 More Patrol Planes from Japan Next Week

23 Maret 2018

JMSDF TC-90 (photo : JMSDF)

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) will formally receive three more Beechcraft King Air TC-90 patrol airplanes from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on March 26.

The turnover ceremony will take place at the Naval Air Group, Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City, Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said in a message Thursday.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will be the event’s guest-of-honor and speaker. He will be joined by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and other delegates of the JMSDF and Japan Ministry of Defense.

The first two TC-90s were delivered to the Philippines last March 27. With the arrival of the three airplanes, the number of Philippine-operated TC-90s will climb to five.

Last Jan. 31, one of the first two delivered planes, with tail number 390, conducted its first maritime air patrol mission off Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, Zambales.

The TC-90 has a range of more than 1,000 nautical miles, and a cruising speed of 260 knots, and is capable of carrying eight passengers along with the pilots.

As of this time, the Navy is operating six Norman Britten "Islander" patrol aircraft, four GAF "Nomad" airplanes, five AgustaWestland combat utility helicopters, and one Robinson R-22 training helicopter.

The TC-90, which is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized on Feb. 29, 2016.


Rheinmetall Wins Major order from Australia

23 Maret 2018

M777 field howitzer and ammo (photo : Military History)

Australia is procuring artillery ammunition from Rheinmetall. Under its “Land 17 Phase 1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition” project, the Australian Defence Force will soon be taking delivery of various projectile types from the Rheinmetall Assegai family as well as fuses and propelling charges, supplied by a team consisting of NIOA, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, Nitrochemie and Junghans Defence. The first qualification lots will already be shipped this year. A second partial delivery will take place in 2019. Following successful qualification, Australia will also procure war reserve stocks of the new ammunition.

Encompassing supply of the qualification lot and war reserve stocks, the order – awarded at the end of last year – is worth around AU$ 100 million, roughly €65 million. The contract also includes several options for further five-year periods, with a total value in the triple-digit million AU$ range.

The order represents a significant success for Rheinmetall in several respects. It will enable the Group to establish itself in coming years as Australia’s sole supplier of artillery ammunition. In addition, it is the first time a M777A2 field howitzer user nation has opted for the Assegai family. The armed forces of Canada and the United States, among other nations, also deploy the M777A2.

The ammunition will be supplied via Rheinmetall’s partner NIOA. Headquartered in Brisbane, NIOA is the largest supplier of ammunition and weapons systems to Australia’s military and law enforcement agencies. NIOA has also been cooperating closely with Rheinmetall for decades on other projects. The company joined the Rheinmetall Land400 team in May 2017.

Just last week, following a rigorous selection process, the Australian government announced its intention to buy Rheinmetall’s Boxer multipurpose wheeled armoured vehicle under Australia’s Land400 Phase 2 programme. Presuming the procurement contract is awarded as planned, the order will mean over €2 billion in sales for the Düsseldorf, Germany-based tech group. A total of 211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles are to be built for the Australian Forces.