27 Juli 2017

Menhan Saksikan Ujicoba Beberapa Drone di Bogor

27 Juli 2017


Pameran dan uji coba drone buatan dalam negeri (all photos : Kumparan) 

Menhan inginkan pesawat tanpa awak dilengkapi persenjataan

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Menteri Pertahanan (Menhan) Ryamizard Ryacudu menginginkan pesawat terbang tanpa awak (PPTA) atau drone bisa digunakan untuk keperluan tempur, yang dilengkapi senjata dan bom.

"Pesawat terbang tanpa awak yang dibuat atas kerja sama Balitbang Kemhan dengan industri pertahanan dalam negeri sudah bagus, dengan jarak tempuh hingga 200 kilometer dan bisa digunakan selama 20 jam. Luar biasa itu," kata Menhan usai menyaksikan uji coba pesawat tanpa awak hasil kerja sama kementerian pertahan (Kemhan) dan industri pertahanan di Lapangan Terbang Rumpin, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat, Kamis.

Ke depan, lanjut Ryamizard, tak terlalu sering memakai pesawat yang menggunakan awak karena cost relatif mahal, dan penggunaannya pun terbatas. Namun, pesawat tanpa awak bisa digunakan setiap saat dan relatif lebih murah. 



"Kemungkinan kecelakaan sangat kecil. Kalau pun ada kecelakaan tidak ada korban jiwa," katanya. 

Pesawat terbang tanpa awak ini nantinya bisa di-update untuk dipasang alat tembak dan bom, serta bisa digunakan siang dan malam hari. 

"Ini nggak kalah lagi dengan dari luar. Kemudian akan ditingkatkan terus. Itu kalau pakai satelit, jaraknya bisa 500 kilometer," kata mantan Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Darat (Kasad) ini.



Purnawirawan Jenderal bintang empat ini berharap nantinya pesawat tanpa awak dapat dimaksimalkan untuk menjaga perbatasan, bahkan dapat digunakan untuk mencegah peredaran narkoba.

"Iya pasti (akan dimaksimalkan) di perbatasan mau lihat di mana tukang narkoba itu bawa narkoba. Semuanya lah. Curi-curi ikan segala macam. Nanti di kapal angkatan laut juga ada drone, penanganan bencana, segala macam lah," katanya.

Kendati demikian, tambah dia, pihaknya tetap akan membeli beberapa drone militer dari China guna menambah pengetahuan teknologi mengenai drone.



"Jadi begini. Kita, orang China, orang manapun, beli pasti dia bedah itu barang untuk dipelajari. Kita juga beli sedikit satu-dua, kemudian kita pelajari untuk menambah kecanggihan itu. Semuanya begitu," jelasnya.

Pesawat yang diujiterbangkan bernama Rajawali 720, yang merupakan hasil kerja sama Balitbang Kemhan dengan PT Bhineka Dwi Persada. PPTA Rajawali 720 termasuk ke dalam kategori Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) atau juga disebut Pesawat Udara Nir Awak (PUNA) dan merupakan PPTA bersayap tetap (fixed wing). 

PPTA tersebut memiliki kemampuan terbang Iebih dari 24 jam dengan misi radius jelajah 20 km sampai dengan 1000 km, dan ketinggi jelajah 8000 meter dan kecepatan hingga 135 km/jam (73 knots). PPTA Rajawali 720 tersebut juga mampu tinggal landas dan landing dengan Iandasan yang cukup pendek. 



PPTA Rajawali 720 dirancang dengan misi utama sebagai pesawat pengintai, yang dilengkapi dengan sistem gimbal dan kamera yang dapat mengirimkan hasil pantauan, baik gambar maupun video secara real time ke darat melalui Ground Control Station (GCS). 

Sehingga, PPTA Rajawali 720 dapat menjadi salah satu altematif yang handal dalam melakukan pengawasan dalam berbagai keperluan, seperti melakukan pemantauan di daerah perbatasan, lautan ataupun hutan. 

Selain PPTA Rajawali 720, kata Kapuskom Publik Kemhan Brigjen TNI Totok Sugiharto, juga akan diuji coba beberapa pesawat tanpa awak lainnya, yakni Pesawat Udara Tanpa Awak (Puna) Alap-Alap, Wulung (PT Carita Boat Indonesia), Elang Laut (PT DI), dan Mission System (PT LEN Industri), serta Target Drone (PT Indo Pacific Communication dan Defence), M3LSU03 (PT Mandiri Mitra Muhibbah).

(Antara)

Indonesia in Talks to Procure First Mini-Submarine

27 Juli 2017

Indonesia is currently in the process of acquiring its first mini-submarine. Platform may partly fulfil Indonesia’s requirement to operate a fleet of 12 submarines by 2024 (photo : Navy Recognition)

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently finalising a contract with Batam-based shipbuilder PT Palindo Marine for the procurement of a mini-submarine, Indonesian Navy Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) sources informed Jane’s on 26 July.

This information has since been corroborated with officials from PT Palindo, who confirmed on the same day that discussions over the contract are currently still ongoing with officials from the MoD and the TNI-AL. “Negotiations over the procurement are still ongoing as we speak,” said Mukti Syarif Rivai, a naval architect with PT Palindo, in a phone conversation with Jane’s . “We will be making an official announcement once the contract is confirmed and signed,” he added.

According to PT Palindo, the mini-submarine will be based on the concept that was first unveiled by the MoD’s research and development branch in November 2016 at the Indo Defence exhibition in Jakarta. The concept is a product of collaboration between PT Palindo Marine, the MoD, the Indonesian Co-ordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, and two Indonesian tertiary institutions Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS) and the University of Indonesia (UI).

The concept features an overall length of 22 m, an overall beam of 3 m, and a hull draught of 2.5 m. It displaces approximately 117 tonnes when surfaced, and 127 tonnes when submerged. The submarine has a maximum operating depth of 150 m, an endurance of six days, and a top speed of 10 kt when dived. It can accommodate a crew of five, with space for up to nine additional personnel.

(Jane's)

Aquila Engineering to Provide Engineering Support for RAAF PC-21s

27 Juli 2017


RAAF PC-21 training aircraft (photo : Stephan Widmer)

The Royal Australian Air Force’s new Pilatus PC-21 trainers will receive in-country engineering and logistics support from Aquila Engineering under a new contract that came into affect on July 1.

The contract, announced on Wednesday, means Aquila Engineering will maintain its link with the Australian Defence Force training fleet, given it currently provides support for the PC-9/A that is being withdrawn.

Aquila Engineering general manager Jenny Marshall said the PC-21 work would build on the company’s experience working on the PC-9/A.

“Pilatus and Aquila first partnered in 2004 to provide in-country engineering and logistics support to the current RAAF pilot training platform,” Marshall said in a statement.

“The initiative to set-up the in-country technical capability has been very successful in supporting the customer’s needs; particularly with Aquila being based in Sale, Victoria and Perth, Western Australia being the two primary RAAF pilot training bases.

“This same system will now support the PC-21 platform, which has the same customer, roles and operating bases and will therefore benefit from a proven and responsive engineering capability to support the new performance based contract through an SME entity with its head-office located in rural Victoria.”

The first of 49 PC-21s for the ADF’s AIR 5428 Pilot Training System program arrived in Australia in February. A formal ceremony to welcome the aircraft into RAAF service is expected some time early next month.

The prime contractor for the AIR 5428 project is Lockheed Martin, which has teamed with Pilatus and Hawker Pacific to deliver the new ADF pilot training system under a seven-year, $1.2-billion contract that was signed in late 2015.

Under AIR 5428 the PC-21 will replace both the ageing PC-9/A, which has been in service since 1988, and the CT-4 currently used for basic training. The PC-9/A is due to be withdrawn in 2019 after 30 years of service and more than 500,000 flying hours.

“We are looking forward to this renewed long-term partnership and are pleased to continue our relationship with Aquila Engineering; an in-country arrangement for the engineering support further increases our commitment to Australian industry capability supporting the PC-21,” Pilatus director defence Australia Rob Oliver said.

(ADBR)

US Donated ISR Aircraft to Help Patrol Vast PH Waters

27 Juli 2017


PAF Cessna 208B Caravan (photo : Pinoy Aviators)

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will use the two US donated Cessna 208B "Caravan" aircraft, which are fitted with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), to patrol the country's vast maritime domains and borders, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restito Padilla said on Wednesday.

In an interview, Padilla said the ISR aircraft could also conduct photo-recon missions along the country's coastal zones.

Padilla said the two planes, which will be formally turned over by the US government to the Philippines Thursday, were part of America's Maritime Security Initiative.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is expected to be in the hand-over ceremony in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City along with US Ambassador Sung Kim.

The Cessna 208B will also give the AFP the capability to detect ships and other craft intruding into the country's territorial waters quickly.

It can also be used to track down or locate lawless elements attempting to infiltrate in the Philippines' southern maritime borders.

The Cessna 208B has a cruising speed of around 170 knots and has a range of over 1,000 nautical miles and capable of transporting eight to nine persons, including the pilot.

Minus the ISR equipment and avionics, each of the aircraft is worth about USD2 milllion.

(PNA)

Indonesia Akan Beli 11 Su-35 dan Drone Bersenjata Buatan China

27 Juli 2017

Hasil negosiasi terakhir dengan harga yang sama, Indonesia mendapatkan 11 pesawat Su-35 (photo : zawerok)

Indonesia pastikan beli Sukhoi untuk perkuat pertahanan udara

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Pemerintah Indonesia memastikan akan memperkuat pertahanan udaranya dengan membeli alutsista jet tempur Sukhoi Su-35.

"Tadi (membahas) pembelian Sukhoi, finalisasi sudah. Sudah itu akan membeli drone, selain itu masalah regulasi siber," kata Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu ditemui usai menghadiri rapat terbatas tentang Alutsista di Kantor Presiden Jakarta, Rabu.

Menurut Ryamizard, Indonesia berencana membeli 11 pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker. "Sudah negoisasi pembelian, sudah dua tahun," tambah Ryamizard.

Drone bersenjata buatan China

Selain itu, terkait rencana pembelian "drone" atau pesawat nirawak, Menteri menjelaskan pemerintah sedang mencari "drone" yang berkualitas dan biaya terjangkau serta kemampuan transfer teknologi yang memadai bagi kemandirian industri pertahanan Indonesia.

"Beli saja sedikit, nanti dikembangkan. Besok saya akan minta pabrik drone datang, uji coba mana yang bagus," jelas Ryamizard.

Sementara itu, Kepala Badan Sarana Pertahanan Laksda Leonardi mengatakan TNI AU membutuhkan "drone" dengan kualifikasi pesawat yang dapat mendeteksi serta melakukan identifikasi dan juga melakukan penyerangan.


Drone bersenjata/UCAV buatan China (photo : Jane's)

Leonardi menambahkan hingga saat ini pemerintah merencanakan membeli enam unit "drone" dengan tiga baterai.

"Yang bisa memberikan, mengizinkan kita untuk beli itu China. Yang lain tidak mau jual. Sejauh ini sudah penjajakan 'G to G' dengan spesifikasinya dari TNI AU," jelas Leonardi.

Sebelumnya dalam rapat terbatas, Presiden Jokowi menegaskan pemerintah harus mengoptimalkan pembelian alutsista yang mengarah kepada pembangunan kemandirian industri pertahanan di dalam negeri.

Presiden menegaskan Indonesia memperoleh sejumlah tawaran kerja sama alutsista dari banyak negara dengan sejumlah tawaran seperti transfer teknologi, desain bersama hingga realokasi fasilitas industri pertahanan dari negara produsen ke Indonesia.

"Saya juga ingatkan pengadaan alutsista harus memerhatikan pendekatan daur hidup tidak hanya, misalnya, membeli pesawat tempur tanpa mempertimbangkan biaya daur hidup alutsista tersebut 20 tahun ke depan," tegas Jokowi.

Indonesia berencana membeli pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO: Flanker E) sebagai pengganti F-5E/F Tiger II di Skuadron Udara 14 TNI AU yang telah pensiun.

(Antara)

26 Juli 2017

PH Marines Train to Maneuver Amphibious Assault Vehicles in Japan

26 Juli 2017


Philippine Marine Corps trained with USMC (photo : US Marines photo)

Members of the Philippine Marine Corps under the Assault Armor Battalion trained with their United States counterparts inside US military base Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, on July 18, 2017.

“The Philippine Marine Corps recently purchased AAVs (Assault Amphibious Vehicles) and are working with U.S. Marines to learn different amphibious procedures – such as hand signaling, egress training, and water operations,” the US Marines said.

According to US Marines this is the first time the Philippine military has trained on an American base.

In April 2016, it was reported that Hanwha Techwin, previously Samsung Techwin, was declared as the winning bidder for the Department of National Defense’s Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) acquisition project.

8 AAVs are expected to be delivered in 2018. These assault vehicles can be housed and deployed at sea by Philippine Navy’s two Tarlac-class landing platform docks.

(Update)

Ferra Selected for Submarine Radar Motors

26 Juli 2017


Thales Phoenice tactical submarine navigation radar systems (all photos : Thales)

Brisbane-based Ferra Australia will build motors for Thales Phoenice tactical submarine navigation radar systems destined for a European customer, announcing a deal with Thales Germany last week after an 18-month Global Supply Chain selection process.

Ferra is initially contracted to provide two Primoss pressure-tight motors – self-contained systems around 1.1 metres high that are mounted outside a submarine’s pressure hull to drive the Phoenice radar antenna on the surface. The systems must be watertight at depth, and include a high-torque motor and complex control system to withstand wave slaps at different sea states without impairing the performance of the radar.



Ferra’s selection completes an 18-month process in which 10 SMEs in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland were initially issued technical drawings and invited to produce a test piece. After a visit from Thales Germany personnel, five companies were then shortlisted to submit Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) pricing, which was found to be comparable to that of existing German suppliers.

Thales released a full Request For Quote(RFQ) in August 2016, with Ferra selected in June 2017. The company’s supplier team includes Queensland’s EM Solutions for complex electronic systems, and Adelaide’s Axiom Precision Manufacturing.

Ferra managing director Mark Arthur said the contract underlined both the company’s journey to becoming a provider of complex systems and the capabilities of Australian industry.



“We have grown quite significantly and the complexity of the work that we do has also changed and moved up the value chain,” Arthur told ADM. “And I think our supply chain, the fact that we have some very competent companies here in Australia who have their own very high reputations, offered something to Thales that was quite unique.”

He believes the expertise in both Ferra and the supplier companies will overcome any issues in producing a complex system that is critical to the Phoenice radar’s performance.

“This system, once fully assembled, is extremely complex and will require a large amount of testing, which includes mechanical and electrical testing as an entire system,” Arthur said. “That will be at a higher and a more complex level than what we have done in the past. But I think we’ve got the skills and experience available to us here, or reaching out in to our supply chain, to overcome those problems.”



Thales Industry Engagement Manager for Australia - France/Europe, David Peckham, said the Ferra partnership would open opportunities for both the European defence company and Australian SMEs.

“By establishing a regional partner and supply chain in Australia, Thales Germany aims to globalise its business and open up new markets,” he said. “There will also be opportunities for Ferra and other Australian companies to be involved in the upcoming redesigns of some of the components of the Phoenice radar system which are planned by Thales Germany for the next years.”

(ADM)

Sejumlah Alutsista TNI AD Tiba di Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok

26 Juli 2017


M-109 artileri swagerak 155mm TNI AD di atas kapal pengangkut (photo : ARC)

Selamat Datang M109, Artileri Swagerak Terbaru TNI AD!

Tanpa banyak gembar gembor, selasa (25/7) siang, TNI kedatangan alusista baru. Alutsista itu adalah meriam swagerak kaliber 155mm, M-109. Sebanyak 18 unit M-109 ini tiba di Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok Jakarta.

Meski demikian, belum diperoleh informasi pasti akan dimana meriam M-109 ini nantinya ditempatkan. TNI AD sendiri memiliki beberapa batalyon armed gerak sendiri, misalnya Yon Armed 7/ GS yang berlokasi di Bekasi. Dengan masuknya M-109A4 ke jajaran Artileri Medan TNI-AD, maka ini merupakan sebuah lompatan teknologi dan gaya gempur. Ini mengingat artileri Swagerak beroda rantai yang saat ini masih beroperasi adalah AMX-13 MK61 dengan kaliber meriam 105mm. Apalagi, munisi M-109A4 bisa menggunakan munisi meriam 155mm standar NATO yang juga sudah dioperasikan oleh TNI-AD.


M-109 artileri swagerak 155mm TNI AD setelah unloading (photo : ARC)

Minat TNI AD terhadap meriam M-109 tercium sejak adanya delegasi dari Pussenarmed TNI-AD berkunjung ke Belgia untuk menengok meriam swagerak roda rantai M-109A4. Proses pengadaannya meriam makin nyata karena tercantum jelas dalam Nota Keuangan serta RAPBN 2017 Republik Indonesia. Bahkan jumlah yang dibeli pun sudah tersebut yaitu sebanyak 20 unit.Meski tidak disebut variannya, sumber ARCinc menyebutkan varian yang dilirik adalah M-109 versi A4. Dibandingkan pendahulunya, versi A4 ini memiliki kelebihan proteksi nubika dan sistem elektronika. (ARC)

Kedatangan Batch Lanjutan M-113, Sherpa, dan Caesar



Kedatangan alutsista TNI AD ternyata tidak hanya howitzer swagerak M-109 saja, namun diikuti juga alutsista lainnya yang berasal dari Belgia dan Prancis, sebagaimana yang diposting oleh pr1v4t33r dalama laman defence.pk. Nampak sejumlah APC M-113 untuk batalyon mekanis beroda rantai TNI AD.



Tampak dalam gambar kendaraan taktis Sherpa tipe Multi Purpose Combat Vehicle (MPCV) dilengkapi rudal pertahanan udara Mistral untuk batalyon artileri pertahanan udara TNI AD. Kendaraan ini akan melengkapi Mistral ATLAS yang telah diterima TNI AD.



Juga sejumlah truk Renault artileri swagerak 155mm Caesar untuk batalyon artileri medan TNI AD. Caesar dan M-109 Paladin akan menjadi tulang punggung batalyon artileri swagerak TNI AD dimana sistem penggeraknya berbeda, Caesar merupakan truck mounted artileri sedangkan M-10- merupakan tracked vehicle artileri.

(Defense Studies)

Malaysia Completes F/A-18D Hornet Upgrade (2)

26 Juli 2017


RMAF F/A-18D Hornet after upgrade (photos : RMAF, SYark)

THE UPGRADES

Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)

The JHMCS combines a magnetic head tracker with a display projected onto a pilot's visor, giving the pilot targeting information he needs to prosecute a target. It does this by synchronising the aircraft’s sensors with the user’s head movements so that they automatically point to where the pilot is looking. Pilots can also view any desired data (airspeed, altitude, target range, etc.) while ‘heads-up’, eliminating the need to look inside the cockpit during visual air combat.



AIM-9X Sidewinder

The AIM-9X continues the legacy of the AIM-9M in the RMAF F/A-18D Hornet inventory and operations. All AIM-9 versions are ‘heat-homers’, first designed back in the 1950s. AIM-9X now has all-moving control surfaces in the front and rear. While the AIM-9M is a third-generation infrared-guided missile, the AIM-9X is a fifth-generation, all-aspect missile. This digital, field reprogrammable missile has agile, thrust-vector control, a new processor, autopilot, a full envelope, off-boresight capability and high-resolution imaging infrared seeker. Combined with the JHMCS, the AIM-9X makes the RMAF F/A-18D Hornet a particularly lethal air-to-air adversary.


Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)

The Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs into all-weather, ‘smart’ bombs. JDAM bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system linked to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. Now, the aircrew only has to insert the coordinates of the target, fly at very high altitudes and drop the bombs. Their delivery is unconstrained by the weather, smoke or any other atmospheric conditions that would normally prevent the delivery of laser- or optically-guided weapons.



Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR)

ATFLIR is a multi-sensor, electro-optical targeting pod incorporating a thermographic camera. Compared with the previous Nitehawk FLIR used by the RMAF’s F/A-18D Hornets, ATFLIR now has a low-light television camera, target laser range finder, laser designator, laser spot tracker and IR marker. It is the world’s first Generation III Targeting FLIR, developed in response to a requirement for the aircrew to be able to acquire a target with improved target recognition and at a greater stand-off ranges.

Malaysia Completes F/A-18D Hornet Upgrade (1)

26 Juli 2017


RMAF F/A-18D (all photos : RMAF No 18 squadron) 

More lethal sting for RMAF's Hornets

“STICK me in this jet, and I’ll take her anywhere,” said a Royal Malaysian Air Force F/A-18D Hornet ‘driver’.”

The pilot’s confidence in the much-vaunted strike fighter’s ability to handle modern threats is due to the fact that the RMAF’s 20-year-old fleet recently underwent a comprehensive upgrade that gives it an even more lethal “sting”. The best just got better.

The programme, carried out in phases, was to enhance the Hornet’s combat effectiveness in its primary tasking in the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.

This included the integration of four primary elements — Boeing’s Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), the super-agile, thrust-vectoring AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking air-to-air missile, Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance kits for the GBU-31, -32, -38 and -54 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) “smart” bombs, and the Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pods for the strike mission.

Air force chief General Datuk Seri Affendi Buang told the New Straits Times that the upgrades had given RMAF Hornets a “quantum leap in capability”.

“The upgrades will ensure the Hornet’s dominance in the modern battle space against a broad spectrum of airborne and surface threats for years to come,” said Affendi, who added that the upgrades put RMAF’s Hornets on par with Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block 1.



On Nov 28, 2011, Boeing was awarded a firm-fixed price order for “Engineering Change Proposal 618” (ECP 618) kits for all RMAF Hornets under the United States’ Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. The contract included training for ECP 618 and ECP 624, and the installation of other systems that made up the Malaysian upgrade.

Initial work was done at the Boeing plant in St Louis, Missouri, while subsequent airframes were modded at 18 Squadron’s home base — the “Hornet’s Nest” — in RMAF Butterworth. Work on the last airframe was completed in April 2015.

At the heart of the upgrade to the “25X standard” was the introduction of the JHMCS. 18 Squadron, The Mighty Hornets, received the helmets in batches, beginning 2014.

JHMCS is a modern helmet that projects all the flight and targeting information the pilot needs onto his visor. The pilot then aims and locks the aircraft’s sensors and weapons just by looking at the target.

Coupled with the AIM-9X Sidewinder, jhmcs gives Hornet jocks a true, high off-boresight, or “snap-shooting” capability in a dogfight.

The Mighty Hornets commanding officer, Colonel Koey Tang Chai, said the JHMCS gives his pilots a huge advantage in the acquisition and prosecution of targets, both air-to-air and air-to-surface.



Koey, whose callsign is “Mickey”, said in a “slashing” or turning fight, all his pilots have to do is look at the target, lock the weapon system and fire the missile.

“The ‘all-aspect’, thrust-vectoring AIM-9X means that I don’t even have to manoeuvre my jet to get behind an enemy aircraft to lock onto his heat signature.

“In a turning fight, all I have to do is look at the target, get a lock on him, wait for the ‘shoot’ cue, squeeze the trigger and he’s toast,” said Mickey.

To attack a ground target, pilots can acquire the target with a sensor and note its location on the helmet display. Alternatively, pilots can use the helmet display to cue sensors and weapons to a ground target.

In the strike role, the Hornet’s traditional weapon of choice used to be the optically- or laser-guided Paveway series of bombs. While accurate, the delivery is often hampered by cloud or smoke cover over the target.

To solve this problem, the RMAF opted for the integration of the JDAM into the Hornet’s bag of tricks. The air force now has, in its inventory, the whole series of JDAMs — the GBU-31, -32, -38 and the GBU-54 — which is optimised for moving targets.



JDAM is a guidance kit that converts unguided “dumb” bombs into all-weather “smart” munitions. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a GPS receiver.

JDAM is a “bolt-on” guidance package that converts unguided gravity bombs into precision-guided munitions (PGM).

The key components of the system consist of a tail section with aerodynamic control surfaces, a (body) strake kit, and a combined inertial guidance system and a GPS guidance control unit.

“The guidance kits for the JDAMs give my boys phenomenal bombing accuracy. JDAM gives us pinpoint weapons delivery capability, day or night, and in any weather. We can’t miss.”

(New Straits Times)

25 Juli 2017

DPR Setuju Tambah Anggaran Kemenhan Rp 5,4 triliun

25 Juli 2017


Tambahan anggaran akan dipergunakan untuk penguatan perbatasan (photo : Republika)

Merdeka.com - DPR menyetujui penambahan anggaran Kementerian Pertahanan di RAPBN-P 2017 sebesar Rp 5,4 triliun. Jumlah anggaran itu akan dibagi untuk 3 matra TNI, yakni Angkatan Darat, Laut dan Udara, Kementerian Pertahanan dan Mabes TNI. 

"Jadi APBN-P kita mendapatkan tambahan, Kemenhan harusnya nih yang ngomong, Rp 5 triliun 441 miliar, di bagiin Kemenhan Rp 1 triliun lebih, AD Rp 1 triliun lebih setiap angkatan Rp 1 triliun lebih," kata Panglima TNI Jenderal Gatot Nurmantyo di Komplek Parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta, Selasa (25/7).

Gatot menjelaskan alokasi anggaran itu akan digunakan untuk penguatan daerah perbatasan, penyiapan alutsista, pengamanan daerah rawan konflik hingga pengadaan, perlengkapan, dan pemberantasan korupsi. 

"Ya kan macam-macam, penguatan daerah perbatasan‎ kemudian pulau terluar sarana dan prasarana daerah perbatasan tersebut, kemudian masalah penyiapan alutsista, dan perlengkapan pemberantasan teroris kemudian pengamanan daerah rawan perbatasan," terangnya. 

Lebih lanjut, Gatot menyebut tambahan anggaran Rp 5,4 triliun itu tidak cukup untuk pengadaan alutsista TNI. 

"Enggak, mau bicara alutsista bagaimana anggarannya cuma segitu," pungkasnya. 

(Merdeka)

Vietnam Confirms Order 64 T-90 Tanks, Add with Four S-400 and Su-35 Fighters

26 Juli 2017


S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile system (photo : DailyMail)

Vietnam Confirms Order of Russian T-90 Tanks

Vietnam has ordered 64 T-90S/SK main battle tanks (MBTs) from Russia, state-run news agencies in Hanoi confirmed on 21 July.

The reports, which cited comments from Russian defence officials who were speaking at a press conference at the MAKS-2017 aerospace exhibition in Moscow, said that the acquisition will be funded by credit provided by Moscow.

Jane’s first reported in early July that Russian tank manufacturer UralVagonZavod revealed in its annual report that it had secured an order from Vietnam for the T-90S/SK MBTs. The T-90S is the basic export model, while the 'K' postfix is a reference to command versions.

The value of the T-90 deal was not disclosed but is thought to be about USD250 million. The investment represents the first major order of new MBTs that the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) has secured for many years. Investment over the past decade and more has been firmly focused on modernising the Vietnamese navy and air force.

In addition to the MBTs, the reports said Vietnam is also positioned to procure from Russia four S-400 Triumf missile systems to boost surface-to-air missile capability and MiG-35 multirole combat aircraft to replace the Vietnam People’s Air Force’s (VPAF’s) MiG-21 fighters, which are now thought to have been retired.

The number of Su-35s that the VPAF is looking to procure was not revealed, although the service previously operated more than 30 MiG-21s and is known to require significant additional numbers of fighter aircraft to enhance air combat capability.

To support these purchases and others, the state news agencies in Hanoi reported that Russia’s defence industry is looking to expand its presence in Vietnam.

(Jane's)

US Navy Tests Amphibious Concept at Talisman Saber Exercise

25 Juli 2017

Talisman Saber exercise (all photos : Aus DoD)

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia — The U.S. Navy has put its up-gunned expeditionary strike group concept into practice within a realistic war-fighting scenario, with allied surface combatants joining an amphibious ready group, or ARG, and its embarked Marines for a major exercise off the coast of Australia.

The Bonhomme Richard ARG was joined by a surface action group, or SAG, made up of the U.S. destroyer Sterett and four Australian frigates at Exercise Talisman Saber 2017, which saw American and Australian forces carry out two major amphibious landings at Australia’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area.



According to Royal Australian Navy Capt. Guy Holthouse, sea combat commander for the Talisman Saber 2017 Combined Amphibious Force, the up-gunned ESG was pitted against a very active and capable adversary that presented a mix of surface, air and subsurface threats using real submarines, aircraft and ships throughout the exercise, which added training value to both U.S. and Australian forces.

Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander of the U.S. Navy’s Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, added that Talisman Saber was used “to work on concept development (of the up-gunned ESG), especially for the cruiser/destroyer/frigate integration into the force as we build towards adding the F-35B.”


Dalton noted that the amphibious assault ship Wasp, which will replace the Bonhomme Richard as the Navy’s forward-deployed big-deck amphibious ship in Japan this fall, will start deploying the F-35B at sea in the region in early 2018 and will represent “the first opportunity to operate with the complete package of the up-gunned ESG.”

In addition, a Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine helicopter from the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan was also embarked onboard the Bonhomme Richard for a short duration during the exercise, which Amphibious Force 7th Fleet said was for “practicing the up-gunned ESG concept in providing surface/subsurface defense of the ESG.”


Dalton told Defense News that embarking the MH-60R onboard the Bonhomme Richard is one of several options being evaluated to “dynamically reconfigure the capabilities” of the amphibious forces, which he described as being very flexible; “what we’re looking for is what the right situation would be to when we want to bring that capability onto the amphibious ships and what the trade-offs are.”

(DefenseNews)

24 Juli 2017

The 371th Air Force's Live Firing Practice Hit the Target Almost Perfectly

24 Juli 2017


Su-30MK2 squadron (photos : PK KQ)

The 371th Air Force Flew, Bombed, and Fired

From July 18th to July 21st, the 371st Airborne Division (PK-KQ) organized a firefighting, bombing and live-fire exercise for the 923th Regiment, 927th Regiment And 916th Regiment. This time, there were Lieutenant-General Le Huy Vinh - Member of the Central Party Committee, Commander of the PK-KQ Army; Major General Vu Van Kha - Deputy Chief of the PK-KQ; Major General Pham Thanh Liem - Standing Member of Party Committee, Political Chair of PK-KQ.



This practice of flying, bombing, and ammunition training is aimed at evaluating the combat training and combat readiness of the 371th Air Force during the past year. It contributes to improving the quality of the coordination of commanding synergies between units, enhancing the practice for pilots involved in firing, throwing ground targets.

Speaking to mobilize the troops at the conference to assign firefighting, bombing, bullets, Comrade Commander request through this shot, throw, 371 Division should promote the results achieved, Experienced the limited aspects, while paying more attention to study, research to improve professional qualifications as well as the training, physical training, making the soldiers have enough brains, health , The ability to master new equipment, ready to receive and complete all assigned tasks, contributing to firmly protect the sky of the country.



The 371th Flying Squadron, the bombing and live fire of the 371th Division was successful, achieving high results and ensuring absolute safety. Results: 100% achieved quite, excellent and excellent. The results of the firing and firing have contributed to improving the combat capability of the pilots, flight crews as well as flying skills, the ability to assure flight operations, Battles of units of the 371th Division in particular and the PK-KQ Army in general.

(PK KQ)

Philippine Navy Now has Tethered Aerostat Radar System

24 Juli 2017


The Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) (photo : MaxDefense)

The Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), low-level airborne ground surveillance system that uses aerostat as radar platform, of Philippine Navy from United States government has finally arrived, MaxDefense Philippines said without giving details where the said platform is stationed and when it arrived.

The aerostats are large fabric envelopes filled with helium, and can rise up to an altitude of 15,000 feet (4,600 m) while tethered by a single cable. The largest lifts a 1000 kg payload to an operating altitude providing low-level, downward-looking radar coverage.

TARS has a Maximum Detection Range of 200 nautical miles.

This is among the military aid provided by US to boost the Philippines’ maritime surveillance capabilities amid West Philippine Sea dispute.

The TARS for Philippine Navy was first announced by US officials in April 2016.

In 2015, the US government announced its five-year Maritime Security Initiative, a commitment to help partner nations like Philippines address common challenges with an overall budget of US$425-million.

“We’ve just released the first tranche of this money, nearly 80 percent of which is going to the Philippines. There it will help modernize the technology and train staff at the Philippines National Coast Watch Center, enhance an information network to enable the sharing of classified communications between U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii and key Philippines maritime command centers, provide an aerostat reconnaissance platform (airship), and outfit Philippine navy patrol vessels with better sensors so they can see and do more in the region’s waters,” former United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in April 8, 2016.

(Update)

TNI AU Akan Bangun Pangkalan Udara Tipe C di Jayawijaya

24 Juli 2017


Jayawijaya, Papua (image : GoogleMaps)

Wamena, Papua (ANTARA News) - Komando Operasi TNI AU II siap membantu pendistribusian kebutuhan bahan pokok kepada masyarakat di pegunungan tengah Papua. TNI AU akan membangun pangkalan udara tipe C di Pegunungan Jayawijaya.

"Saya akan berusaha membantu kelancaran pembangunan atau perkembangan ekonomi di sini melalui penyediaan ataupun melengkapi, atau meningkatkan frekuensi kargo yang mengangkut kebutuhan material yang dibutuhkan," kata Panglima Komando Operasi TNI AU II, Marsekal Muda TNI Yadi Sutanandika, di Wamena, ibukota Kabupaten Jayawijaya, Jumat.

Selain membantu pendistribusian kebutuhan masyarakat, dalam waktu dekat akan dibangun juga pangkalan TNI AU untuk mendukung pelayanan itu.

"Nanti kami bangun pangkalan udara tipe C di sini. Saya dengar ada niat dari masyarakat Jayawijaya memberikan lahan kepada kami untuk mendirikan pangkalan TNI AU," katanya.

Dia memastikan, setelah ada pangkalan TNI AU di sana, frekuensi penerbangan di sana akan meningkat dan dapat membantu pembangunan di sana sebab rata-rata pendistribusian barang ke pegunungan hanya melalui pesawat.

(Antara)

UEC has Signed Contracts for the Repair of Engines Su-30MKM of the RMAF

24 Juli 2017


Saturn AL-31FP engine (photo : HAL)

Zhukovsky (Moscow region) - RIA Novosti. The joint engine building corporation during the MAKS-2017 airshow has signed a package of agreements on the repair of AL-31FP engines installed on the Su-30MKM Air Force fighters of Malaysia, the press service of the UEC told journalists on Wednesday.

"UEC within the framework of the International Aviation and Space Salon held in the city of Zhukovsky MAKS has concluded a number of agreements on the overhaul of the fleet of turbojet engines AL-31FP and their units installed on the Su-30MKM multi-role fighters of the Royal Air Force (RMAF) of Malaysia," - The report said.


Sukhoi Su-30MKM (photo : Sng Wei Jie)

The documents were signed by the general director of the UEC Alexander Artyukhov and the general director of the Malaysian company ATSC (Aerospace Technology Systems Corp.) Mohd Fadzar in the presence of the Commander-in-Chief of the RMAF Malaysia, Dato Sri Haji Affendi.

"For us, Malaysia is one of the key partners in the Asia-Pacific region. As part of the development of cooperation with Malaysian partners, our corporation is interested in the formation of a system of comprehensive after-sales technical support of previously delivered products.

"I am confident that the agreements signed today will strengthen the foundation of our relations with Malaysian operators "- quoted in the message of the word Artyukhov.

(RIA Novosti)