15 Desember 2017

Pangkalan Udara Sendayan Beroperasi Mulai Januari 2018

15 Desemebr 2017

Pangkalan Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan (image : GoogleMaps)

KUALA LUMPUR - Pangkalan Udara Sendayan yang baharu bakal memulakan operasinya secara berperingkat mulai Januari 2018.

Panglima Tentera Udara, Jeneral Tan Sri Affendi Buang berkata, pihaknya yakin Pangkalan Udara Sendayan yang kini dalam fasa terakhir pembinaannya akan beroperasi sepenuhnya pada tahun depan.

“Perpindahan operasi akan dilakukan secara berperingkat mengikut unit dan anggota di setiap pangkalan sedia ada,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar selepas menyampaikan Anugerah Kecemerlangan TUDM 2017 di Pangkalan Udara Subang dekat sini hari ini. 

Tambah beliau, pengoperasian Pangkalan Udara Sendayan itu nanti diharap dapat meningkatkan lagi keupayaan TUDM serta memberi keselesaan tempat kerja termasuklah alat kelengkapan baharu bagi melicinkan lagi tugas-tugas TUDM


KAPLAN MT Poised to Become Force Multiplier for Indonesia

15 Desember 2017

Medium Tank Kaplan MT (photo : Dixie, all images : MilScint)

KAPLAN MT to Take Over the Flag

Taking into account all of the above, experts believe that the need for medium-class tanks that bridge the gap between light tanks and MBTs is increasing rather than diminishing under today’s conditions. Currently under development by FNSS and Indonesian company PT Pindad, the KAPLAN MT Medium-Weight Tank is being showcased as the most viable response to this need of the modern battlefield, and its technical properties are meeting expectations.

Body: The tank weighs approximately 35 tons, and its power to weight ratio of 20 HP/ton, as the main factor determining a vehicle’s movement capability, is sufficient for a vehicle in its category.

KAPLAN MT’s double pin tracks is now a standard feature in modern tracked vehicles in this weight category. It is stated that the vehicle has a powerful cooling system equipped with a special software, which ensures that part of the heat generated by the engine of the vehicle can be dissipated. The vehicle has a torsion bar style suspension system. Considering the tropical climate of Southeast Asia, this vehicle will be one step ahead of those designed for more general climatic conditions in terms of performance. The reason for this is that diesel or turbine engines in modern armoured vehicles are machines that convert the heat energy to movement , and these engines generate maximum output when operating at a specific temperature range. When the internal temperature of the engine goes over a certain level, its output falls and the engine may suffer damage. Cooling systems ensure that excess heat within the engine is removed, meaning that an effective cooling system will make a significant difference when air temperatures are high and it is more difficult to remove the heat from engine. In the light of this, it would be fair to say that the KAPLAN MT will ensure effective engine performance even in geographical areas with different operational environments, as can be found across Turkey.

This feature has the added advantage of reducing the heat signature of the vehicle, allowing it to hide from infrared surveillance. The reduction of the infrared signature is probably the most important factor for survival in armoured warfare, which is governed by the principle “see first, shoot first”. The importance of spotting the enemy without being noticed was observed during the Gulf War in 1993, when US M1 Abrams tanks equipped with thermal imagers, two generations more advanced than those fitted on Iraqi T-72s, were able to fire at their enemies from much farther distances in Iraq’s dusty climate. The US tanks were able to destroy a large number of enemy tanks in a short period, while suffering almost no loss.

Even while conducting a surveillance mission, tanks need to run their main or auxiliary engines for a certain period to generate electricity. The heat energy generated by the engines remains on the tank for a certain period, and slowly propagates through radiation particularly in the infrared wavelengths, and thermal imagers are able to detect this radiation. Thermal imaging systems are used on modern tanks not only for the detection of targets at night, but also in daylight, depending on conditions. Mostly made of metal, armoured vehicles tend to heat up and cool down at different rates to the surrounding environment, which leaves them vulnerable to detection by thermal monitors, even during daylight. It is, for instance, quite difficult to detect camouflage from a long distance using optical systems when there is a background of forestry, but if a thermal imager is used, the temperature difference between the tank and the background will create a significant contrast in the image.

Medium-weight class tanks, which have a lower armour protection level and so a lower primary defence, need to conceal better than MBTs, and so the importance of an effective cooling system is clearly apparent. The faster the heat generated by the tank engine is removed from the tank, the harder it will be to detect it using thermal imagers.

Airbus A-400M (photo : Airbus Defence)

The bottom of the vehicle’s body has been designed to resist landmines, which is an unavoidable requirement of today’s asymmetrical warfare conditions, and this also offers protection against mines of the Area Denial Artillery Munition (ADAM) type with area effect that are in the inventory of some countries in Southeast Asia and can be shot by howitzers.

The heaviest cargo plane in the inventory of the Indonesian Air Force is currently the C-130, which with an approximate payload capacity of 20 tons is insufficient for the transport of the 35-ton KAPLAN MT, and so it is no surprise that Indonesia plans to purchase the A400M, which are already in the inventory of the Turkish Air Forces, as can be seen in Table 2.

Another unique feature of the KAPLAN MT is that it was designed as a tank in the design phase, in that its modern competitors in other countries were initially designed as armoured combat vehicles (ACV), but were eventually equipped with armour kits and heavier weapon systems later. The CV-90120 T light tank, developed on the CV-90 APC platform, or the Marder light tank manufactured, which is based on the Marder APC, can be cited as examples of such platforms. The main point here is that a vehicle with a design weight ranging between 20 to 25 tons supporting a load between 30 and 35 tons. Undoubtedly designers take the necessary actions to ensure the vehicle meets the necessary requirements, but we can say with some comfort that a vehicle that has been designed as a tank from the very beginning will be much more coherent and balanced.

Turret: The Cockerill 3105 turret built by Belgian CMI Defence, the heaviest member of Cockerill 3000 family, has been selected by the Indonesian Land Forces for mounting on the vehicle, integrated with a 105 mm rifled gun capable of firing standard NATO ammunition as its main weapon system. The gun is also able to fire Falarick 105 missiles designed by CMI Defence. Falarick is a kind of Gun-Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile (GLATGM), and the manufacturer claims that this laser-guided missile with a tandem warhead is capable of penetrating 550 mm steel armour with additional explosive reactive armour (ERA) from a distance of 5,000 meters. The secondary weapon is a 7.62 mm machine gun for close quarters defence.

As it is fully stabilised, the turret can fire effectively when the vehicle is on the move. The turret is also equipped with day/night imaging systems and a fire control computer as standard. The commander will have his own monitoring periscope, independent of the gunner, and so while the gunner is firing at a target, the commander can be searching for the next target, saving time for the gunner. This makes the vehicle ideal for hunter-killer type missions, and allows the commander and the gunner to monitor different directions at the same time.

Reloading of the main weapon will be performed by an auto-loader located behind the turret, which has brought several advantages. Moving the auto-loader behind the turret has allowed the turret height to be slightly lowered and has resulted in a significant reduction in turret size, in that personnel in the turret can be reduced from three to two. Because auto-loaders don’t need any ergonomic spaces around them. As a result, both the weight of the turret and the tank silhouette has been reduced and lowered. This brings to mind an old saying: “Space under the armour is equal to weight”.

Developed by CMI Defence, the Falarick guided anti-tank missile can be fired from KAPLAN MT’s 105 mm main weapon. The company claims that the missile can pierce 550 mm tank armour clad with explosive reactive armour, fired from a distance of 5 kilometres. (photo : CMI)

The turret’s exceptional elevation angle is one of the most noteworthy features of the weapon system. The maximum elevation angle in this kind of weapon systems is generally around +20 degrees, whereas the Cockerill 3105 system boasts an elevation angle of +42 degrees. This is an important factor, and if evaluated together with the geographic features of the terrain of Indonesia, it acquires a different meaning (See box entitled “Why KAPLAN MT?). CMI Defence officers say that the system is capable of firing indirectly up to 10 km thanks to this elevation angle, meaning that the vehicle can also be used as a light-artillery system when necessary, although being a medium-weight tank. It is obvious that the artillery units accompanying tanks should be mounted on armoured and tracked chassis like tanks, due to the nature of mechanised warfare. Considering Indonesia possesses fewer self-propelled howitzers than tanks, it can be assumed that they want to assign a dual role to KAPLAN MT. It would, however, not be inaccurate to say that a weapon system manufactured as a tank should assume the functions of an artillery class vehicle only if this becomes unavoidably necessary.


It may be useful to analyse why Indonesia has opted this kind of combat platform.

Infrastructure: Firstly, it is known that the transportation infrastructure in the country has various problems that may obstruct an MBT from functioning to its best ability, which can be explained using a mathematical expression: “the ratio of logistical cost to gross domestic product”. This value goes some way to explaining the logistical costs, and thus the condition, of the infrastructure of a country. When this ratio is high, the transportation infrastructure in the country can be assumed to be costly and problematic. The average value for Asian countries is 15-20 percent, while this figure is 27 percent for Indonesia. Problems related to transportation infrastructure considerably restrict the strategic mobility of MBTs, which weigh over 60 tons. In short, you cannot drive a tank in your country if your bridges are weak. It is on this point that the advantage of medium-weight class tanks, which are lighter, emerges.

Economics/Logistics: These two titles should be analysed at the same together. The country has a large number of light tanks and wheeled armoured vehicles with different configurations. Putting MBTs aside, the barrels of those with the heaviest weapons is 90 mm, while the Leopard 2 A4 tanks that they own have a 120 mm main gun. Thus, the acquisition of a weapon system that uses 105 mm ammunition by an army that is equipped mostly with 90 and 120 mm weapon systems means a very costly initial burden and a significant change in the army’s logistical infrastructure. It, however, remains a fact that 105 mm ammunition is cheaper and more prevalent around the world than 120 mm ammunition. In addition to all these facts, 105 mm ammunition causes less collateral damage than 120 mm, and serves to lessen the number of unwanted casualties during firefights in residential areas.

In addition, Indonesia’s defence budget, which increased recently, should be mentioned. Indonesia’s annual defence budget rose from $4 billion to approximately $8.5 billion from 2009 to 2016. When its advantages and disadvantages are evaluated alongside the country’s economic condition, the selection of the 105 mm main weapon can be understood.

Geographical: Indonesia is a country in the tropical belt, where temperatures are considerably high, and for this reason, the vehicle will be equipped with an advanced cooling system. All internal combustion engines are thermodynamic machines that can function efficiently only within specific temperature ranges. Indonesia is a country of volcanic islands that are very mountainous, and the average inclination is quite high. The significance of the +42 elevation angle of the turret can be understood from this fact.

Medium Tank Kaplan MT (photo : Pindad)

In addition, Indonesia possesses thousands of islands, numbering somewhere in the region of 18,000, although the exact number differs depending on the source. The KAPLAN MT is not an amphibious platform, although it would be much easier to transport a medium tank weighing around 35 tons than an MBT weighing in at 65 tons or more.

KAPLAN MT Demonstrates Maturity and the Confidence Placed on it in Indonesia

After the unveiling of the prototype at IDEF 2017, the medium-weight tank KAPLAN MT developed by FNSS in collaboration with PT Pindad of Indonesia took part in a parade in the city of Cilegon, held on the occasion of Indonesia National Armed Forces Day on October 5, driven by the personnel of the Indonesian Armed Forces.

Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, made the following comments about the presence of the KAPLAN MT at the parade: “The fact that the KAPLAN MT was displayed at a parade, while being driven by its operator, is the biggest indication of the maturity of the project and the confidence placed on it by the user. An unfortunate fire incident experienced by another newly-developed vehicle in another country is proof that [creating a new vehicle] is a very serious undertaking. Our product will be a highly effective solution in these times of asymmetric warfare. The KAPLAN MT meets all the requirements for easy and rapid deployment, high manoeuvrability, low visibility, high firepower and cost-effectiveness.”

The KAPLAN MT’s tests in Indonesia are continuing as part of the project.

Protection Levels Defined by NATO for Armoured Vehicles

The level of protection for armoured vehicles is defined in NATO STANAG 4569, and to meet these levels, the vehicle must be able to protect itself against kinetic energy ammunition, artillery ammunition and mine explosions to a certain level. Levels 4 and 5 shown in Table 1 can be outlined briefly under three different headings:

Medium Tank Kaplan MT (photo : Pindad)

– Protection against kinetic energy ammunition: To meet Level 4 standard, an armoured vehicle must protect the personnel aboard against armour-piercing shells fired by 14.5 mm heavy machine guns from all directions (360 degrees). For Level 5, the vehicle should also provide protection against armour-piercing shells fired from within a frontal 60-degree arc of the vehicle by 25 mm auto-cannons.

– Protection against artillery ammunition: The vehicle must protect its personnel against highly explosive 155 mm ammunition bursting in the air at a distance of 25 meters at Levels 4 and 5.

– Mine Protection: The document defines mine protection up to Level 4. For Level 4, the vehicle must protect its personnel against anti-tank mines weighing 10 kg when they explode underneath the tank.


The Medium-Weight Class Tank KAPLAN MT, manufactured jointly by FNSS and PT Pindad, will be the first vehicle to be exported in the tank class by the Turkish defence and aerospace industry. For FNSS, it will enhance its presence in the Asian market and will underline, once again, its status as a serious competitor. The vehicle is further proof that the Turkish defence and aerospace industry is not only striving to catch up with its competitors, but also to surpass them.

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Raytheon to Deliver Unmatched Anti Air Warfare Defense Technology to Australian Navy

15 Desember 2017

Raytheon Cooperative Engagement Capability system (all images : DefenseIndustryDaily)

TEWKSBURY, Mass., – Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed design, development and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability system, which will be certified by the U.S. Navy for the system’s first international installation. Onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Hobart, CEC will expand the ship’s battlespace awareness by sharing sensor data among a network of other Australian and allied CEC-equipped ships and aircraft.

CEC is a real-time ‘sensor-netting’ system that brings together radar data into a single integrated air picture from geographically dispersed ships, aircraft and ground-based units. This integrated picture improves task force effectiveness by enabling longer range, cooperative, or layered engagements. Today’s CEC benefits from advancements in commercial and specialized technologies, as well as from the experience and expertise the Raytheon team has gained throughout more than 30 years as the U.S. Navy’s CEC Design Agent.

“The addition of CEC is a major building block for Australia in their defense against anti-air warfare threats in the Pacific Region,” said U.S. Navy Captain Jonathan Garcia, CEC major program manager, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems 6.0. “This delivery to Australia marks a significant first – expanding the CEC network globally and increasing the U.S. Navy interoperability with a valued, strategic ally.”

The equipment - certified hardware and software - will transfer to Australia for installation on HMAS Hobart (DDG-39), and NUSHIP Brisbane (DDG-41) over the coming months, followed by an extensive integration, test and evaluation period. Raytheon will actively support CEC system integration and testing, including scheduled sea trials, similar to support provided for the U.S. Navy fleet.

Enhancing the capabilities of U.S. forces, CEC is currently deployed on ships and land-based test sites, E-2C/D aircraft, and U.S. Marine Corps network systems. The system continues to evolve, advancing capability and affordability through developments in core technologies.


14 Desember 2017

Dua Unit Pesawat Tempur TNI Tertahan di Hawaii

14 Desember 2017

Pesawat tempur F16 hibah dari Amerika Serikat yang sudah tiba di duluan Lanud Iswahyudi, Madiun, kemarin. (photo : Jawa Pos)

jpnn.com, MAGETAN - TNI Angkatan Udara (AU) harus bersabar lagi untuk bisa menggenapi 24 unit pesawat tempur F-16 Fighting Falcon C/D program hibah Amerika Serikat (AS). Sebab, baru empat unit yang tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi, Maospati, Magetan, Jawa Timur.

Jumlah itu baru dari total di antara enam pesawat yang sedianya dikirim pada tahap akhir. Dua unit pesawat itu masih tertahan di Utah-Hickam Air Force Base (AFB), Hawaii.

''Sebenarnya ada enam pesawat yang dijadwalkan tiba hari ini (kemarin, Red). Tetapi, dua unit lainnya belum bisa diikutkan,'' kata Danlanud Iswahjudi Marsma TNI Samsul Rizal.

Samsul mengungkapkan, dua pesawat F-16 itu belum bisa tiba di tanah air lantaran mesinnya bermasalah. Namun, dia menyatakan tidak mengetahui detailnya.

Saat ini dua unit pesawat tempur itu diperbaiki. ''Kami juga sedang menunggu konfirmasi dan hasil evaluasi dari pihak di Hawaii terkait berapa lama perbaikannya,'' ujarnya.

Dia menuturkan, sebetulnya jadwal kedatangan terakhir pesawat F-16 itu Senin lalu (11/12).

Namun, jadwal itu molor hingga kemarin. Samsul menjelaskan, keterlambatan kedatangan empat pesawat F-16 yang diawaki penerbang AS tersebut terjadi bukan karena permasalahan engine seperti dua pesawat lainnya, melainkan faktor cuaca buruk.

''Mereka menempuh perjalanan selama dua hari, berangkat pada Minggu (10/12) dari AS,'' jelasnya.


Government Resolves Defence Cost Blowout

14 Desember 2017

RNZN Anzac class frigates (all photos : Naval Today)

Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced that a revised contract has been signed with Lockheed Martin Canada to deliver the installation phase of the Anzac Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) project.

The project, which had a budget of $491 million after contract signature in 2014, has experienced a cost overrun of $148 million, around 30 per cent of the budget. The revised project budget now sits at $639 million.

Mr Mark said that the FSU cost overrun was the largest example of procurement overspends under the previous Government yet identified.

“This Government has discovered a range of cost pressures and procurement overspends across several portfolios. This Defence project is the largest such example to date.

“This project is the biggest commitment of a series of mid-life upgrades on the frigates that have taken place since the mid-2000s, which have kept systems up to date with modern technology," he said.

“There has been a series of inaccurate estimates and project management errors by the Ministry of Defence, compounded by a failure to act by previous Ministers.

“The scale of this overrun is deeply disappointing, and I have made it clear to officials that under this Government, Defence procurement must and will be accurately costed, scoped and delivered on time and within budget. This is not good enough.

"While this Government has acted quickly on this issue, through making a fiscally neutral transfer within the Defence Budget allocation at no additional cost to taxpayers, the same cannot be said about the previous Government.

“After first becoming aware of this issue in September 2016, when additional costs were first estimated at between $65-74 million, they failed to resolve it over a year, while costs continued to increase, and schedule delays became longer and longer.

"Crucially, the contractor provided a final fixed firm price in June 2017, and this was not taken up in the run-up to the election. This decision imposed a real further cost to taxpayers and the Navy, with the contract having to be reopened and renegotiated, causing additional costs to be incurred, and a significant delay to the point at which installation of this essential equipment on the frigates could begin.”

To fund the cost overrun, and consistent with the Coalition’s commitment to fiscal prudence, Cabinet has agreed to reallocate a portion of the money that was provisioned in Budget 2017 for the Littoral Operations Support Capability project. This trade-off will mean that a contemporary, off-the-shelf commercial dive and hydrographic vessel will be procured, rather than a more advanced, specifically designed military vessel.

“While this is a trade-off in capability for Defence, this innovative response means that a dive and hydrographic vessel will be able to be delivered to the Defence Force sooner than the military-specification option,” Mr Mark said.

“It will be significantly more capable than HMNZS Manawanui and HMNZS Resolution, the two vessels it is replacing, particularly in regards to support to underwater search and recovery operations, and in capacity, speed, and versatility in response to domestic and regional natural disasters. This trade-off was made on the advice of Defence officials, as the most appropriate and manageable within the Defence portfolio.”


Setelah Di-"upgrade", Pesawat F-16 Bantuan AS untuk TNI AU Punya Banyak Kelebihan

14 Desember 2017

Pesawat F-16C yang baru datang (photos : Kompas, Antara)

MADIUN, KOMPAS.com – Pesawat tempur jenis F-16 bantuan AS yang dihibahkan ke TNI AU merupakan pesawat bekas pakai. Namun, setelah di-upgrade jadi memiliki banyak kelebihan. Selain jago bertempur jarak dekat, pesawat tempur itu juga jago bertempur jarak jauh.

"Pesawat F-16 dapat mendeteksi sasaran dari jarak dekat maupun jauh. Radar pendeteksi dapat mencari sasaran dari jarak 10 mil hingga 200 mil. Bahkan, tinggi dan besaran sasaran dapat dideteksi," kata Mayor (Pnb) Pandu Eka, salah satu penerbang tempur Lanud Iswahjudi, kepada wartawan, Selasa (12/12/2017).

Menurut Pandu, jangkauan kemampuan radar pesawat tempur F-16 yang sudah di-upgrade bila saat menyerang tidak perlu datang mendekat. Pasalnya, pesawat tempur ini dilengkapi rudal dengan jarak tempuh hingga ratusan mil.

"Pesawat dilengkapi sembilan hard point untuk tempat misil. Pesawat ini dapat bertempur air to air (antar-udara) hingga air to ground (udara ke tanah) dan membawa sembilan ton misil dengan berat take off maksimal 19 ton," ungkap Pandu.

Pandu mengatakan, pesawat tempur jenis F-16 tipe CD yang sudah di-upgrade sudah dilengkapi sistem avionik (perangkat elektronik). Selain itu, memiliki radar pencari sasaran hingga RWR (radar warning receiver) untuk mendeteksi ancaman musuh.

Untuk sistem pertahanan, kata Pandu, pesawat itu dilengkapi radar peringatan musuh. Teknisnya, peringatan langsung menyala jika pesawat terkunci radar musuh sehingga pesawat langsung bisa menghindar.

Pandu mengatakan, pesawat tempur jenis F-16 ini juga dilengkapi sistem chaff untuk mengecoh pendeteksian radar musuh. Dengan demikian, pesawat musuh bisa salah mendeteksi.

"Kalau misil telanjur diluncurkan, masih ada sistem flare atau pengecoh sinyal panas. Lewat sistem ini dapat membelokkan misil pesawat," jelas Pandu.

Komandan Lanud Iswahyudi Marsma TNI Samsul Rizal menyebut total biaya mendatangkan 24 pesawat bantuan AS sebesar 690 juta dollar AS. Biaya itu sudah termasuk untuk upgrade.

"Jadi pesawat ini sebelum dikirim mendapat perbaikan terlebih dulu. Pengiriman bertahap dan ini pengiriman terakhir kali," kata Samsul.

Samsul menjelaskan, hadirnya pesawat tempur bantuan AS menjadikan Lanud Iswahyudi memiliki 10 pesawat tempur F-16 CD dan AB di Skadron 3. Sepuluh pesawat tempur F-16 AB sudah berada di Lanud Iswahyudi sejak 1989 silam. Selain itu, terdapat 16 pesawat T 50 Golden Eagle di Skadron 15.


5 More OPLOT-T Tanks Delivered to Thailand

14 Desember 2017

Arrival of 5 Oplot T main battle tanks (all photos : Thai Defense News)

Unofficial photos On December 10, 2017, five main battle tanks OPLOT-T for the Royal Thai Army which was sent from Ukraine have arrived in Thailand. 

With the five tanks that sent to the Thai authorities, the total of the main battle tanks OPLOT-T received at this time was 36, from 49, still remaining 13.

The last of the 13 tanks already just wait for the official representative of Thailand to check. When the process is complete, Ukraine will deliver the remaining 13 OPLOT-T main battle tanks to the Thai authorities.

(Thai Defense News)

Apache Segera Diserahkan, Boeing Langsung Tawarkan Chinook

14 Desember 2017

Helikopter AH-64E Apache Guardian (all photos : defence.pk)

Helikopter Apache Akan Diserahkan, Selanjutnya Boeing Tawarkan Helikopter Chinook

Jakarta – Menteri Pertahanan Republik Indonesia Ryamizard Ryacudu menerima Wakil Direktur Global  Sales and Marketing Boeing  Defence Space (BDS) Mr. Yeong Tae Pak, Rabu (13/12) di kantor Kementerian Pertahanan, Jakarta.

Dalam pertemuan tersebut, kedua pihak membicarakan tentang kerja sama pengadaan Alutsista yakni terkait dengan pengadaan helikopter serbu Apache dan juga penawaran helikopter angkut besar Chinook.

Wakil Direktur Global  Sales and Marketing Boeing  Defence Space menyampaikan ucapan selamat kepada Indonesia yang dalam waktu dekat akan menerima helikopter serbu Apache pesanan TNI AD. Pihaknya menjamin bahwa Apache adalah helikopter terbaik saat ini.

Selain itu pihak Boeing juga menjanjikan akan memberikan pelatihan dan dukungan yang terbaik. “Jadi terkait dengan dukungan suku cadang dan pemeliharaan sudah dibicarakan dengan pihak PT DI”, ungkapnya.

Terkait dengan penawaran helikopter Chinook, Wakil Direktur Global  Sales and Marketing Boeing  Defence Space lebih lanjut menjelaskan apabila Indonesia berminat, maka pihak Boeing akan memberikan penawaran dengan skema pembiyaan dan harga yang terbaik.

Boeing juga bersedia memberikan penjelasan selengkap – lengkapnya bagaimana sistem offset-nya yang sesuai dengan keinginan Indonesia untuk memajukan industri pertahanan dalam negeri.

Lebih lanjut dijelaskannya, helikopter Chinook memiliki multi fungsi karena dapat digunakan untuk mendukung berbagai macam tugas kebutuhan mulai dari operasi militer khusus, hingga penanganan bencana alam dan kebakaran hutan.

Sementara itu menanggapi penawaran tersebut, Menhan RI menyampaikan akan berkomunikasi dengan pihak pengguna dalam hal ini TNI AD atau TNI AU. Karena dalam setiap proses pengadaan Alutsista, didasarkan kepada kebutuhan pengguna.


13 Desember 2017

TUDM Nilai Aset Pesawat MPA dan UAV, 
Tingkat Keupayaan

13 Desember 2017

Airbus C-295 MPA (image : AirbusMilitary)

IPOH  – Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) sedang membuat penilaian untuk menentukan empat unit pesawat Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) yang sesuai bagi meningkat keupayaan pasukan tersebut pada masa depan.

Panglima Tentera Udara, Je­neral Tan Sri Affendi Buang berkata, empat pesawat tersebut merupakan aset terbaharu yang telah diluluskan kerajaan kepada TUDM pada pembentangan Bajet 2018, Oktober lalu.

Selain itu kata Affendi, pihak­nya juga sedang melihat keupayaan lain yang relevan melibatkan pembangunan pesawat tanpa pemandu (UAV) sebagai langkah persediaan menghadapi ancaman baharu di masa hadapan.

“Pada masa yang sama, TUDM juga dalam perjalanan untuk memperkuat dan memperkasakan lagi keupayaan kita dengan peralatan yang konvensional dan bukan konvensional.

“Ini adalah untuk menentukan kita benar-benar bersedia untuk menghadapi sebarang ancaman tidak kira pada masa sekarang dan juga masa hadapan, selain memastikan keupayaan kita sentiasa setaraf dengan keupayaan negara serantau yang lain,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas menyempurnakan perbarisan tamat latihan perajurit muda TUDM Siri 57/2017 di padang kawad Akademi Tentera Uda­ra (ATU) di sini hari ini.

Seramai 285 pelatih berjaya menamatkan latihan yang diadakan selama 22 minggu bermula 1 Julai sehingga 31 Disember itu.


Australia has Agreed to Sell 18 F/A-18 A/B Classic Hornets to Canada

13 Desmber 2017

RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornet (photo : wiki)

Sale of Australian Classic Hornets to Canada

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the Government has agreed to the sale of 18 Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 A/B Classic Hornets to the Government of Canada. 

The offer follows an expression of interest from the Canadian Government received in September. The sale of the aircraft and associated spares remains subject to final negotiations and Country of Origin export approvals.

Defence plans to withdraw its fleet of F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets from service by 2022, which will be progressively replaced by the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, Australia's new fifth-generation air combat capability.

Minister Payne spoke with her  Canadian counterpart, Minister for National Defence Harjit Sajjan, to welcome the sale.

“Australia greatly values our longstanding and broad bilateral defence relationship with Canada, and this decision is another example of our close and strong partnership,” Minister Payne said.

“The aircraft will supplement Canada’s existing fleet as it develops and implements its plan to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force fighter jet fleet.

Transfer of the first two aircraft is expected to occur from the first half of 2019, in line with the current plan to transition to the Joint Strike Fighter.

Australia’s first two Joint Strike Fighters are expected to arrive in Australia at the end of 2018.

(Aus DoD)

TNI AU Terapkan Kebijakan Penggelaran “No Area Left with No Air Cover”

13 Desember 2017

TNI AU rencananya akan menambah skadron tempur dari tipe pesawat yang sudah dimiliki sebelumnya (image : Lockheed Martin)

TNI AU Gelar Kekuatan di Pangkalan Terdepan

TNI AU. Kasau Marsekal TNI Hjadi Tjahjanto S.IP menyatakan, TNI AU akan mengubah pola gelar kekuatan tempur . Pola gelar yang selama ini terpusat di wilayah tertentu, diperbarui dengan kebijakan menempatkan satu flight pesawat tempur di beberapa pangkalan udara terdepan. Dengan pola gelar tersebut diharapkan TNI AU dapat mewujudkan konsep “No Area left with no air cover” (tidak ada wilayah dibiarkan tanpa perlindungan udara).

“Saat ini sedang digelar satu flight pesawat T-50i Golden Eagle di Kupang. Kedepan juga akan di gelar unsur-unsur pesawat tempur di Pangkalan terdepan lainnya”. Kata Kasau Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, S.IP., dalam pembekalannya kepada 105 Pasis Sekolah Komando Kesatuan Angkatan Udara (Sekkau) Angkatan 102  di ksatrian Sekkau, Halim Perdanakusuma, Selasa (12/12). Sekkau Angkatan 102 diikuti 101 TNI AU,  tiga Pasis diantaranya Wara, lima Pasis TNI AU di luar negri, serta dua Pasis TNI AD dan dua Pasis TNI AL.

Kasau optimis kebijakan dan strategi tersebut dapat dilaksanakan mengingat kondisi kesiapan pesawat mencapai  100% demikian juga kesiapan pesawat helikopter yang tinggi untuk misi SAR,  akan mendukung penempatan pesawat tempur di beberapa pangkalan udara terdepan.  Bila hal ini dikaitkan dengan kebijakan pemerintah untuk mengembangkan Indonesia sebagai poros maritim dunia maka, kebijakan penggelaran “No area left with no air cover” dapat memberikan jaminan perlindungan udara di atasnya.

Pembangunan Kekuatan TNI AU

Di bidang pembangunan kekuatan, kedepan TNI AU akan menambahan 3 Skadron tempur, 2 Skadron angkut berat/sedang/ringan,1 Skadron helikopter, 2 Skadron PTTA/UAV. Selain itu juga pengadaan pesawat berkemampuan khusus terdiri dari 4 Pesawat Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C), 4 Pesawat jet tanker, Helikopter anti teror, 12 Satuan Radar, serta pengadaan pesawat Multipurpose Amphibious.

Sedangkan bidang pembinaan kemampuan, TNI AU akan memenuhi siklus latihan yang telah direncanakan secara ketat dan terus meningkatkan kualitasnya melalui pelaksanaan evaluasi serta melaksanakan latihan bersama dengan negara lain.


Australian Base HMAS Cairns Set for AU$300m Upgrade in Preparation for New OPVs

13 Desember 2017

HMAS Cairns Naval Base. (photo : RAN)

Royal Australian Navy base HMAS Cairns will be undergoing a $300 million upgrade to accommodate new offshore patrol vessels to be built under German shipbuilder Lurssen as prime contractor.

HMAS Cairns will be home to four of the new vessels.

The upgrades were announced by member of the House of Representatives, Warren Entsch MP, Member for Leichardt, who noted that the government approval for investment represented an additional $200 million for works on the upgrade.

“This comes on top of the $22 million which has already been planned for a mid-term refresh in 2019-20, and another $313 million for the redevelopment of HMAS Cairns post 2025-26,” Entsch said.

“That takes the overall committed spend for HMAS CAIRNS to $635 million over the next 12 years, which is $215 million more than the $420 million which was first committed in the in the white paper.”

The 12 new offshore patrol vessel, to be delivered by Lurssen under a project worth up to AU$4 billion, will start construction in the fourth quarter of 2018 and are expected to start entering service in 2021.

Based on Lurssen’s OPV80 design adapted to Australian requirements, the vessels will be 80 meters in length with a displacement of 1700 tonnes and a draught of 4 meters.

The vessels will be fitted with a 40mm gun for self-protection, three 8.4m sea boats, and command and communication systems. This will allow the OPVs to operate alongside Australian Border Force vessels and other Australian Defence Force units.

(Naval Today)

12 Desember 2017

4 Pesawat F16 C dari Guam Mendarat di Lanud Iswahjudi

12 Desember 2017

Pesawat F16 C memerlukan waktu sekitar 5 jam dari Guam menuju Lanud Iswahjudi (all photos : detik)

Magetan - Sebanyak empat pesawat F16 C tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi Madiun. Keempat pesawat tempur tersebut langsung didatangkan dari Guam untuk mengisi skuadron udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi.

"Ada 4 pesawat tempur jenis F16 C kami datangkan langsung dari Guam untuk melengkapi sarana pengamanan wilayah udara Indonesia," ujar Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Marsekal Pertama Samsul Rizal kepada wartawan di Lanud Iswahjudi Madiun, Jalan Raya Solo Maospati, Magetan, Selasa (12/12/2017).

Samsul mengatakan, seharusnya batch terakhir ini yang datang ada 6 pesawat. Namun karena masih ada masalah engine, maka dua pesawat lain belum bisa diikutkan.

"Seharusnya batch terakhir ini yang datang 6 pesawat. Karena masih ada masalah engine sehingga masih di Guam. Masih harus menunggu perbaikan dulu," terang Samsul.

Dengan hadirnya empat pesawat F16 Tipe C ini, berarti total sudah ada 22 pesawat F16 C yang di datangkan ke Indonesia. 22 Pesawat tersebut di tempatkan di Skuadron 3 Lanud Iswahjudi dan Skuadron 16 Lanud Rusmin Nurjadin Pekanbaru. Sesuai rencana, jumlah pesawat tempur F16 C yang didatangkan berjumlah 24 pesawat. 

Empat pesawat F16 C ini menempuh perjalanan sekitar 5 jam dari Guam. Berangkat pukul 05.30 WIB dari Guam dan mendarat di Lanud Iswahjudi Madiun pukul 11.45 WIB. Empat pesawat tempur F16 Tipe C yang memiliki kursi tunggal ini dipiloti oleh pilot dari USAF Amerika Serikat.

Samsul menambahkan pesawat yang didatangkan dari Guam ini adalah bekas pesawat AS yang kondisinya terbilang masih bagus. Mesinnya dibuat tahun 1990 dan masih bisa digunakan hingga 20 tahun ke depan.

"Iya, ini pesawat bekas Amerika tapi masih bagus buatan tahun 1990 dan masih bisa di pakai 20 tahun ke depan," pungkas Samsul.

"Seharusnya batch terakhir ini yang datang 6 pesawat. Karena masih ada masalah engine sehingga masih di Guam. Masih harus menunggu perbaikan dulu," terang Samsul.

Dengan hadirnya empat pesawat F16 Tipe C ini, berarti total sudah ada 22 pesawat F16 C yang di datangkan ke Indonesia. 22 Pesawat tersebut di tempatkan di Skuadron 3 Lanud Iswahjudi dan Skuadron 16 Lanud Rusmin Nurjadin Pekanbaru. Sesuai rencana, jumlah pesawat tempur F16 C yang didatangkan berjumlah 24 pesawat. 

Kedatangan empat pesawat tempur F16 disambut pejabat muspida dan muspika se-Bakorwil Madiun. Setibanya di Lanud Iswahjudi keempat pilot mendapat kalung bunga dari Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Marsekal Pertama Samsul Rizal. Tampak Bupati Madiun Muhtarom juga hadir memberikan karangan bunga serta Kapolres Magetan AKBP Muslimin dan Komandan Kodim 0804 Letkol Heri Bayu Widiatmoko.


Fourth Gepard-Class Scheduled to Arrived in Mid January 2018

12 Desember 2017

Fourth Gepard class 487 carrying by Rolldock Star vessel (photo : defence.pk)

Fourth Gepard-class warship begins journey to Vietnam

VOV.VN - On November 28, the Netherlands’ heavy lift transport vessel, Rolldock Star, carrying the fourth Gepard-3.9 frigate for delivery to Vietnam docked at Novorossiysk port in the Black Sea.

Earlier this year, the Vietnam Navy’s third Gepard-3.9 frigate was transported by heavy load carrier Rolldock Star from Russia to Vietnam and arrived at Cam Ranh Port in late October after a 1.5-month journey.

As scheduled, the fourth frigate built by the Gorky Shipbuilding Company based in Zelenodolsk, Russia is destined to arrive at Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa province in mid-January, 2018.

According to Russia’s BusinessOnline, the maintenance of the third and fourth warships will run until May 9, 2018.

Fourth Gepard class 487 (photo : Igor Terokhin)

In terms of features, the two new warships are similar to the two previous Gepard-class 3.9 frigates. The difference is that the second pair are equipped with anti-submarine weapons (2 torpedo tubes) and other modern devices used for detecting enemy submarines.

Vietnam’s first two Gepard-class 3.9 frigates, the missile escort vessels Dinh Tien Hoang (HQ-011) and Ly Thai To (HQ-012), built by the Rosoboronexport Company at the Zelenodolsk shipyard, were dispatched to Brigade No.162 of Naval Region 4 under the Vietnam People's Navy six years ago.

According to Russian News Agency TASS, Vietnam has been an important partner of Russia in military technology cooperation for the past decades.

Over recent years, Vietnam has signed numerous contracts for weapon procurement from Russia with a total value of more than US$ 4.5 billion.


LAPAN Kembangkan UAV LSU-03 Full Carbon

12 Desember 2017

UAV LAPAN Surveillance LSU-03 FC (photo : LAPAN)

Tim aerostruktur Pusat Teknologi Penerbangan @pustekbang LAPAN mengembangkan pesawat tanpa awak LAPAN Surveillance UAV Full Carbon LSU-03 FC (Full Carbon).

Diharapkan dengan body yang terbuat dari karbon yang lebih ringan daripada body sebelumnya dari bahan GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer) pesawat ini mampu meningkatkan ketahanan jelajah dengan konsumsi bahan bakar yang lebih irit.

Pada body sebelumnya (LSU-03 NG, generasi sebelum LSU-03 FC), pesawat ini mampu terbang sejauh 600 km dengan muatan seberat 24 kg. Kecepatan jelajah 100 km/jam kecepatan max 150 km/jam (arah angin juga berpengaruh).

Pesawat tanpa awak ini menjelajah pada ketinggian 150-300 meter. Pada November 2015 lalu, pesawat LSU-03 NG meraih Rekor Muri sebagai pesawat tanpa awak dengan daya jelajah terlama dan terjauh 340 km dalam jangka waktu 3 jam 39 menit. Dengan body full carbon composite nanti diharapkan akan jadi lebih cepat dan jadi lebih jauh.


ASELSAN Malaysia is Ready for Local Production in Malaysia

12 Desember 2017

Aselsan SMASH 30mm naval gun (photo : Aselsan)

​ASELSAN continues deliveries of 30mm Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun (SMASH) to Malaysian Coast Guard as the main armament of New Generation Patrol Crafts and the performance of 30mm SMASH is appreciated by the end users. 

As per the commitment of ASELSAN on technology and know-how transfer to Malaysia, 30mm SMASH System assembly, integration and tests are accomplished locally by Malaysian Engineers after a comprehensive training program. In November 2017, Malaysian Coast Guard and Royal Malaysian Navy officers witnessed the progress in 30mm SMASH test&integration facility in Lumut, Perak, Malaysia. 

ASELSAN MALAYSIA SDN. BHD., which is %100 owned by ASELSAN, established in 2017 with the purpose of local production of Remote Controlled Stabilized Weapon Systems and act as a regional hub for sales, after-sales and R&D activities. In this context, the local 30mm SMASH System assembly, integration and tests are the first steps of ASELSAN MALAYSIA SDN. BHD. and the company targets to make further investment in Malaysia for the serial production and R&D.


11 Desember 2017

TNI AL Laksanakan Uji Coba Kelaikan Hyperbaric Chamber Low Magnetic

11 Desember 2017

Kapal pemburu ranjau Tripartite Class KRI Pulau Rupat 712 (photo : Husni Ibrahim)

Surabaya -- TNI AL melaksanakan Uji Coba Kelaikan Hyperbaric Chamber Low Magnetic DDC dan DART yang dilaksanakan di KRI Pulau Rupat-712, Koarmatim, Surabaya, Jawa Timur (10/12).

Uji coba kelaikan tersebut dilakukan terhitung dimulai tanggal 7 sampai dengan 10 Desember 2017 dengan hasil yang baik dan direkomendasikan lulus setelah menjalani beberapa rangkaian verifikasi dan uji fungsi terhadap 13 sistem.

Sistem tersebut yakni Unit Hull Chamber, Sistem Udara Bertekanan, Sistem O2 (Oksigen murni) (Tabung O2 DDC bahan baja), Sistem Pendingin, Sistem CO2 (Karbondioksida) Scrubber, Sistem Listrik/Elektrik, Sistem Komunikasi, Video dan Audio, Panel Pengendali/Console Panel, Sistem PMK Inner Chamber, Sistem PMK External/Ruangan, Dokumen Teknis, Pengawak dan Fasilitas Pendukung.

Pada sistem Uji Coba PMK Inner Chamber tanpa tekanan telah terlaksana dan berhasil dengan baik. Pelaksanaan uji coba tersebut dilakukan pada kedalaman 30 meter selama 10 menit.

Kolonel Laut (T) Sujono, S.E., selaku Ketua Tim Kelaikan  menyampaikan bahwa Chamber  untuk KRI Pulau Rupat -712  adalah benar Chamber type LOW MAGNETIC dengan merek DRAGER buatan Jerman tersebut telah melalui serangkaian uji kelaikan sesuai dengan prosedur dan ketentuan kelaikan direkomendasikan lulus dan aman untuk dioperasikan dalam mendukung tugas pokok TNI AL.

Dalam kesempatan tersebut  Tim Kelaikan yang turut berpartisipasi mendukung kegiatan uji kelaikan tersebut yakni Mayor Laut (T) Ir. Dwi S Puto, Mayor Laut (K) Setiawan, S Farm, Peltu  MES  Moch. Yusuf dan Peltu Mes Winarto.