23 Mei 2018

Australia Selects Spike LR2 ATGM

23 Mei 2018


Side view of the Spike LR II - full scale development of the new missile is scheduled to be finalised in Q4 2018. The Australian Department of Defence has selected the Spike LR2 to arm the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV under the Land 400 Phase 2 programme. (photo : Rafael)

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to supply its Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Australian Army.

Australia becomes the second export customer for Spike LR2, after Latvia ordered an undisclosed quantity earlier this year.

Beating out the MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée or medium range missile) from MBDA in what was a mini-contest inside the competition to supply an 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) under the Land 400 Phase 2 programme, Spike LR2 will arm the Rheinmetall Boxer CRV, itself selected ahead of the BAE Systems AMV35 on 13 March this year under a AUD5.2 billion (USD3.91 billion) acquisition.

Spike LR2 to arm Rheinmetall Boxer CRV (photo : Financial Review)

Whilst both Spike LR2 and MMP met the Land 400 Phase 2 requirement for a missile able to engage main battle tanks at 4,000 m, Jane’s understands that the Spike LR2’s more streamlined integration into the Army’s existing Elbit-sourced battle management system and the technical maturity of the Spike-launcher combination on the Boxer CRV were decisive in the selection. Rheinmetall, in addition, did not include the MMP in its Boxer CRV proposal.

Spike LR2 will be fired from the twin-round ATGM launcher installed on the left side of the Boxer CRV’s two-man Lance turret, with the launcher being almost identical to that on the German Army’s Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Earlier this year, the German Army successfully completed qualification of the in-service Spike LR ATGM for Puma. Supplied by EuroSpike, the Spike LR is known as MELLS (German acronym for ‘multi-role lightweight guided missile system’) in German service.

The final qualification trials of Spike LR on Puma were undertaken by the German Army and Rheinmetall at the company’s Unterlüss facility and included the live firing of several Spike LR missiles out to ranges between 2,000 and 4,000 m, in both the fire-and-forget and fire-and-observe modes.

(Jane's)

MoU Pembelian A400M Sudah Diteken, Airbus Tunggu Kontrak

23 Mei 2018

Airbus A400M (photo : Ronnie Macdonald)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Airbus masih menunggu kontrak kesepakatan pembelian dua unit pesawat angkut A400M, dari pemerintah Indonesia. Adapun nota kesepahaman dikatakan sudah ditandatangani.

"MoU-nya sudah ditandatangani, namun kita masih menunggu Indonesia menandatangani kontrak (pembelian)," kata juru bicara Airbus kepada KompasTekno, Senin (21/5/2018) di Jakarta.

"Sebagai wakil dari pemerintah adalah Pelita Air," imbuh juru bicara tersebut.

Untuk diketahui, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sifatnya tidak mengikat, hanya menunjukkan niat untuk membeli. Masing-masing pihak masih bisa membatalkan. Berbeda dengan kontrak pembelian yang sifatnya lebih mengikat.

Kabar pembelian 2 unit pesawat angkut berat Airbus A400M sudah berembus sejak Maret 2018 lalu, namun hingga kini belum ada kelanjutannya. Pembelian pesawat akan dilakukan oleh salah satu BUMN, dan pengoperasiannya akan diserahkan kepada TNI AU.

Airbus A400M tersebut kabarnya akan dipakai oleh pemerintah Indonesia, untuk mengangkut logistik dan kebutuhan pokok, ke wilayah Indonesia Timur. Saat ditanya kapan pesawat Airbus A400M tersebut bisa dikirim, perwakilan Airbus mengatakan bisa mengirimkan 2,5 hingga 3 tahun setelah kontrak pembelian resmi ditandatangani.

"Jika kontraknya ditandatangani sekarang, kami bisa mengirimkan dalam waktu 2,5 hingga 3 tahun, namun itu dikembalikan lagi bagaimana permintaan pembeli," ujarnya.

Adapun salah satu permasalahan yang masih menghambat kontrak selesai dibuat adalah skema pembiayaan.

Pembelian 2 unit A400M oleh pemerintah Indonesia ini melibatkan berbagai pihak. Selain Pelita Air, PPI (Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia) juga disebut terlibat.

"Mereka sedang memikirkan pembiayaannya," kata perwakilan Airbus.

Penurunan kapasitas produksi tak pengaruhi

Airbus sendiri saat ini telah menurunkan kapasitas produksi A400M di pabriknya di Sevilla, Spanyol mulai Maret 2018 lalu. Hal itu dilakukan karena sejumlah A400M yang telah selesai dirakit, belum dikirim ke negara pemesannya.

Sejumlah pesawat pesanan itu masih membutuhkan perbaikan di gearbox dan bilah baling-baling, setelah ditemukan kelemahan usai diinvestigasi.

Namun penurunan tingkat produksi itu dikatakan perwakilan Airbus, tidak bakal mempengaruhi pesanan pesawat dari Indonesia, jika kontrak telah disepakati.

Penurunan kapasitas itu juga dikatakan demi melengkapi kebutuhan berbagai negara pemesan, daripada mengirim pesawat namun dikirim kembali untuk melakukan upgrade.

"Proyek ini adalah multi-nasional, banyak negara terlibat dengan berbagai kebutuhan berbeda, kami berupaya memenuhi semuanya," ujar juru bicara tersebut.

Pengembangan A400M memang melibatkan sejumlah negara di Eropa, seperti Spanyol, Jerman, dan Perancis.

(Kompas)

22 Mei 2018

Philippine Navy to Receive Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar

22 Mei 2018


BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) during exercise with US Navy (photo : DefenceImagery)

Saab will supply its Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the US Navy (USN) as part of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the United States and the Philippines.

The radar system will be installed on two Philippine Navy frigates – BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) – both of which are former US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutters, said the company in a 21 May statement. The sale also includes Saab’s 9LV combat management system for radar control and display for enhanced situational awareness.

(Jane's)

Inilah Spesifikasi KRI Ardadedali 404

22 Mei 2018


KRI Ardadedali 404 (photo : Sindonews)

Kapal selam terbaru milik TNI Angkatan Laut bernama Kapal Perang Republik Indonesia (KRI) Ardadedali - 404.

Pemberian nama Ardadedali memiliki arti. Ardadedali merupakan nama panah milik Arjuna yang dikenal sebagai Penengah Pandawa, yang memiliki paras yang menawan serta lembut budinya.

Kedatangan kapal selam terbaru TNI AL itu disambut secara resmi oleh Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (Kasal) Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi didampingi Panglima Komando Armada II (Pangarmada II) Laksamana Muda TNI Didik Setiyono di Dermaga Kapal Selam Koarmada II, Ujung, Surabaya, Kamis (17/5/2018).

KRI Ardadedali – 404 merupakan kapal selam type 209/400 DSME yang memiliki bobot 1.280 ton saat muncul di permukaan dan bobot menjadi 1.400 ton saat menyelam.

Kapal selam ini didukung dengan empat mesin diesel MTU 12V493 dengan jarak jelajah mencapai 18.520 km.

KRI Ardadedali – 404 memiliki panjang 61,3 meter, diameter 6,2 M, dengan draf 5,7 M yang mampu menampung 40 kru kapal. Kapal ini memiliki kecepatan mencapai 21 knot di bawah air dan 12 knot di permukaan serta mampu berlayar lebih dari 50 hari untuk menunjang fungsi operasinya.

Kepala Dinas Penerangan Armada II, Letkol Laut (KH) Suratno menjelaskan rute kedatangan KRI Ardadedali-404. Menurut Suratno, KRI Ardadedali berangkat dari Korea Selatan menuju Indonesia setelah melaksanakan lintas laut selam selama 17 hari sejak 30 April 2018 lalu.

KRI ini melewati rute Okpo (Korsel) – Selat Korea – Perairan Jepang – Laut Cina Timur – Selat Luzon – Laut Cina Selatan – selat Apo – Selat – Cuyo – Laut Sulu – Selat Sibutu – Laut Sulawesi – Selat Makassar – Laut Jawa – Alur Pelayaran Barat Surabaya (APBS) hingga akhirnya merapat di Dermaga Koarmada II Surabaya.



Setelah kapal berada pada posisi, Letkol Laut (P) Widya Poerwandanu selaku Komandan KRI Ardadedali – 404 menyampaikan laporan dan diterima langsung oleh Kasal Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi didampingi Ketua Umum Jalasenastri Ny. Endah Ade Supandi. Hal tersebut ditandai dengan pengalungan bunga kepada Komandan KRI Ardadedali – 404 dan dilanjutkan peninjauan ke kapal selam tersebut.

Selain itu, Ibu Kasal juga memberikan hand bouqet kepada keluarga awak KRI Ardadedali-404 yang pada saat sang suami bertugas a.n. Mayor Laut (E) Adam dan Koptu Lis Dofirul pengambilan kapal selam di Korsel, berhasil melahirkan putra-putrinya dengan sehat dan selamat.

Kasal dalam amanat singkatnya, menyampaikan KRI Ardadedali – 404 merupakan kapal selam type 209/400 DSME yang diproduksi oleh Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Korea Selatan yang dilengkapi dengan Latest Combat System, Enhanced Operating System, Non-hull Penetrating Mast and Comfortable Accomodation, dan merupakan kapal penyempurnaan dari pendahulunya KRI Nagapasa – 403.

Kepada seluruh pengawak KRI Ardadedali – 404, Kasal berpesan untuk menjaga dan merawat Alutsista terbaru yang dimiliki TNI Angkatan Laut ini, agar selalu siap untuk melaksanakan operasi.

Sedangkan kepada seluruh Ibu-ibu Jalasenastri, Orang Nomor Satu di TNI Angkatan Laut mengungkapkan rasa bangganya dan ucapan terima kasih karena dapat menjaga diri, anak-anak, serta keluarga dengan baik selama ditinggal oleh suami untuk melaksanakan tugasnya di Korea Selatan.

Dengan bergabungnya KRI Ardadedali-404 di jajaran Alutsista TNI AL diharapkan akan mampu mendukung lebih terciptanya stabilitas keamanan kawasan dan mewujudkan Indonesia sebagai poros maritim dunia.

Hadir pada acara tersebut, Sekjen Kemhan RI Marsekal Madya TNI Hadiyan Suminta Atmadja, Para Asisten Kasal, Pangkoarmada III, Para Pangkotama Wilayah Surabaya, Para Asisten Pangarmada II, Ketua Daerah Jalasenastri Armada II Ny. Retno Didik Setiyono dan Ibu-ibu Jalasenastri TNI AL, Para Delegasi Korea Selatan serta segenap undangan lainnya.

(JPNN)

India to Hold Naval Exercise with Vietnam

22 Mei 2018


First naval exercise of India and Vietnam (photos : defence.pk)

NEW DELHI: India will hold its first naval exercise with Vietnam, as part of the overall strategy to steadily build military ties with nations in the Asia Pacific region with an eye firmly on a confrontationist and expansionist China, even as defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is slated to visit Hanoi next month.

Three Indian warships on operational deployment to South East Asia and North West Pacific region, stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, missile corvette INS Kamorta and fleet tanker INS Shakti, will enter the Tien Sa Port (Danang) on Monday.

“From May 21 to 25, there will be a professional interaction between personnel of the two navies, official calls and interaction with dignitaries of the Vietnamese Government. On completion of the harbour phase, warships from the two navies would be undertaking the exercise,” said Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma.

With defence cooperation being a vital component of the “comprehensive strategic partnership” between the two countries, Sitharaman is scheduled to visit Vietnam in June to further bolster bilateral military ties. The chief of general staff of the Vietnam People's Army and the commander-in chief of Vietnam People's Navy are also slated to visit India later this year.

The two countries are wary of China’s aggressive tactics in Asia-Pacific, especially the contentious South China Sea, and have steadily cranked up their bilateral military ties over the last few years. 

There have also been a series of high-level visits to Vietnam, with PM Narendra Modi visiting Hanoi in September 2016 and announcing a new $500 million defence line of credit.



After inking a “joint vision statement on defence for 2015-2020” in May 2015, the two countries also decided to elevate their “strategic partnership” to “comprehensive strategic partnership” during Modi’s visit in September 2016.

India has also offered the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles as well as the Akash surface-to-air missile defence systems to Vietnam.

India is also set to train Vietnamese fighter pilots to fly the Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, much like it has been tutoring sailors from that country on the complex art of operating Kilo-class submarines for the last four years, as earlier reported by TOI.

Apart from regular port calls by warships, the Indian Navy cooperates with the Vietnam People’s Navy on a wide range of issues from operational interactions and training to logistics support and exchange of experts.

India, of course, has also stepped up defence cooperation, ranging from expansion in military visits and exercises to training and technology-sharing, with other Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.

As for the South China Sea, India has repeatedly stressed the need for all to respect the freedom of navigation in international waters, right of passage and overflight, unimpeded commerce and access to resources in accordance with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Arrival of VL MICA and Exocet Missiles for TNI-AL

22 Mei 2018


Indonesian military supply shipment from France (all photos : FPS Group)

FPS Indonesia Handles Indonesian Military Supply Shipment

PT. FPS Indonesia successfully handled a project shipment of ammunition to include: 3 VL MICA, 1  Exocet missiles, and weapon spare parts from Chateauroux France to Surabaya, Indonesia for the Indonesian Navy.

To facilitate the shipment FPS Indonesia arranged for a Boeing 747 through airline operator ACG for transport.



FPS Indonesia is experienced in transporting military shipments and has carried out many shipments for the Indonesian military. With the most recent shipment FPS Indonesia has handled:
-MICA and Exocet missiles from France
-90mm ammunition and Tarantula vehicle from Belgium
-Oerlikon 30mm ammunition from South Korea
-C-212 & C-235 engines from Spain
-F-16 spare parts from USA
-Torpedoes from Italy
-Trimaran missiles from China
-Radar systems from Canada
-Military Land Rover and spare parts from the UK

PT FPS Indonesia does more than military shipments and has also worked with the Indonesian government to support the Indonesian Railway by handling the carriage of train cars from factory to arrangement sites.

(FPS Group)

21 Mei 2018

AFP Plans Naval Base, Backs Research at Philippine Rise

21 Mei 2018


BRP Gregorio Velasquez (AGR-702) survey ship (photo : CNN)

ABOARD BRP DAVAO DEL SUR — The Armed Forces of the Philippines wants to build a naval base in Casiguran to guard against foreign intrusions on Philippine Rise off the coast of Aurora province.

“That is on the planning board,” Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, the head of the Northern Luzon Command, said on Wednesday.

Salamat said he also proposed the upgrade of port facilities to maintain the military’s presence in order to support efforts “to secure, preserve and conserve our rich resources here in Philippine Rise.”

Big ships, such as frigates and strategic sealift vessels like the BRP Davao del Sur, were needed to patrol the vast region.

“All area commands require this kind of [naval] platform to be able to ensure the protection and preservation of our natural resources and secure our territory,” he pointed out.

He hoped that the national government would provide the resources to improve the AFP’s “sea power.”

Big ships, such as frigates and strategic sealift vessels like the BRP Davao del Sur, were needed to patrol the vast region.

The Navy also will be backing scientific research.

Support committed

“All area commands require this kind of [naval] platform to be able to ensure the protection and preservation of our natural resources and secure our territory,” he pointed out.


Philippine Rise (photo : GMA)

He hoped that the national government would provide the resources to improve the AFP’s “sea power.”

The Navy also will be backing scientific research at Philippine Rise.

Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna said President Duterte has committed support to underwater researchers and would be given full use of the BRP Gregorio Velasquez, a research vessel capable of conducting oceanographic and hydrographic survey.

“Just make a request and the Navy, the Coast Guard, our boats are ready,” Luna said.

The ship was commissioned by the Navy in June 2016. It was named after a Philippine physiology pioneer and national scientist, Gregorio Velasquez.

Then US President Barack Obama committed to provide the ship to the Philippines during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in 2015.

Gil Jacinto of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute said he hoped that the research to be undertaken on Philippine Rise would be institutionalized.

“Work here will take us not only a couple of years, it will take decades. It is not for our generation only, it is for the next generation,” Jacinto explained.

The rise is a submarine prolongation of Luzon, extending up to 589 kilometers from the eastern Philippine seaboard. Its reefscapes—containing corals, algae, sponges and Halimeda—sustain a variety of fish including the Pacific bluefin tuna.

Its seabed is believed to hold cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts, hydrothermal polymetallic sulfides and gas hydrates.

(Inquirer)

ADF Trains with Partners at Ex BERSAMA SHIELD 2018

21 Mei 2018

HMAS Toowoomba and Royal Malaysian Navy ship KD Lekir (26) dispatch their boarding parties in Toowoomba's rigid hull inflatable boats during Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2018. (photos : RAN)

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken to the sea and skies of Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations.

Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom participated in the bi-annual Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 18, focusing on the conduct of a combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment.

Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the ADF’s ongoing support to Exercise Bersama Shield 18 is another example of Australia’s commitment to regional security and stability.



“This exercise allowed us to build on our already strong relationship with the FPDA nations,” Vice Admiral Johnston said.

“The FPDA has fostered successful, practical cooperation amongst its members for close to 50 years. Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD demonstrated the continued commitment by all members to pursuing closer interoperability.” 

The exercise involves approximately 440 ADF personnel, Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol and King Air aircraft, and Royal Australian Navy Ships HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success. 

Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 18 was conducted from 27 April to 15 May 2018. The next exercise in the series, Exercise BERSAMA LIMA, will occur in October 2018.

(RAN)

Koopsusgab di Bawah Panglima TNI, tapi Bisa Dikendalikan Kapolri

21 Mei 2018


Pasukan khusus TNI (photo : Kompas)

Komando Operasi Khusus Gabungan (Koopsusgab) yang rencananya dibentuk oleh pemerintah akan di bawah wewenang Panglima TNI.

Namun, pada saat diminta Polri untuk memberantas aksi terorisme, tim khusus tersebut akan dikendalikan oleh kepala Polri.

Hal itu dikatakan Wakil Ketua Panitia Khusus Revisi Undang-Undang Antiterorisme Supiadin Aries Saputra saat menjadi narasumber diskusi di Cikini, Jakarta Pusat, Sabtu (19/5/2018).

Menurut Supiadin, saat Koopsusgab diminta untuk membantu Detasemen Khusus Antiteror 88 Pori, maka segala risiko dan tanggung jawab ada di tangan Kapolri.

Dalam situasi itu, Panglima TNI dapat memonitor dan memberi masukkan.

Namun, saat Koopsusgab tidak sedang membantu Polri, maka kegiatan operasi berada di kendali Panglima TNI.

"Kalau suatu saat terjadi terorisme di darat, laut dan udara, di situ lah dia (Koopsusgab) berdiri sendiri. Karena sudah ada di undang-undang bahwa TNI bisa mengatasi terorisme," kata Supiadin.

Presiden Joko Widodo sebelumnya membenarkan bahwa saat ini pemerintah dalam proses mengaktifkan kembali Koopsusgab TNI.

Presiden menegaskan, pengaktifan kembali Koopsusgab TNI itu demi memberikan rasa aman bagi seluruh rakyat Indonesia dari para pelaku teror.

Meski demikian, Jokowi menegaskan Koopsusgab TNI itu nantinya baru turun tangan dalam situasi kegentingan tertentu.

Para personel TNI terlatih itu berasal dari sejumlah satuan elite matra darat, laut dan udara dipanggil secara khusus untuk membantu Polri melaksanakan tugas pemberantasan terorisme.

Diketahui, pertama kali, Koopsusgab dibentuk saat Moeldoko menjabat sebagai Panglima TNI pada Juni 2015. Namun, beberapa waktu kemudian dibekukan.

(Kompas)

Philippine Navy’s Jacinto Class on Track to Conclude Combat Systems Restoration in 2018

21 Mei 2018


BRP Emilio Jacinto PS-35 (photo : Philippine Navy)

A third phase to extend service life of the Philippine Navy’s Jacinto-class corvettes is expected to complete by end-2018. Restorations are expected to cap a multiphase series of upgrade efforts that have been ongoing since the mid-2000s.

A project to restore combat systems of the Philippine Navy’s fleet of three Jacinto (Peacock)-class corvettes is on track for completion by end-2018.

The restoration and sustainment works are done under Phase 3 of a service life extension programme (SLEP) that began in the mid-2000s. Under this stage, which has been further divided into Phase 3A and Phase 3B due to fiscal considerations, weapons and fire-control systems on each of the vessels are being repaired and refurbished with new components where required.

(Jane's)

19 Mei 2018

Launch of Third Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney

19 Mei 2018

HMAS Sydney 42, third Air Warfare Destroyer (all photos : Aus AWD)

Today’s launch and formal naming of the third and final Air Warfare Destroyer, Sydney, showcases the success of the AWD Program.

The milestone marks a 60 per cent productivity improvement from the first ship to the third ship since the implementation of the Government-led reform initiative.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said today’s achievement shows the strength of the shipbuilding and systems integration skills which have been developed by the AWD Program.

“Today we celebrate the highly skilled workers from ASC, Raytheon Australia, Navantia Australia and Defence,” Minister Pyne said.

“It’s difficult to imagine just ten years ago, this shipyard at Osborne was a brownfield site with no infrastructure.”


“Since then more than 5,000 people have worked directly on the AWD Program to build and integrate three of the most capable and potent warships the Navy has ever possessed.”

“This is underpinned by the 1,500 suppliers who have supported the AWD Alliance in its efforts to exceed Australian Industry Capability targets for the overall Program.”

The lessons, skills and experience developed throughout the AWD Program will deliver low risk solutions and real cost savings for Australia’s future complex naval programs.

“The AWD Alliance is on track to deliver the second ship Brisbane to the Commonwealth in coming months, followed by the delivery of Sydney next year.”

(Aus DoD)

Indonesia Terus Negosiasikan Program Pesawat Tempur KF-X/IF-X

19 Mei 2018


Pesawat tempur IF-X (photo : Defense Studies)

Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu mengungkapkan kelanjutan program pembuatan pesawat tempur Korean Fighter Xperiment/Indonesia Fighter Xperiment (KF-X/IF-X) yang merupakan kerja sama Indonesia- Korea Selatan terus dinegosiasikan.

“Kami negosiasikan terus,” kata dia dalam perbincangan dengan Antara di Kementerian Pertahanan RI, Jakarta, Jumat.

Beberapa waktu lalu proyek bertotal investasi 8 miliar dollar AS itu diklaim sudah masuk tahap engineering manufactur development (EMD). Namun, kelanjutan program yang dibiayai Korea Selatan 80 persen dan Indonesia 20 persen itu masih dinegosiasikan.

Penelusuran Antara, pengembangan pesawat menghadapi kendala pengadaan beberapa komponen yang lisensinya dimiliki Amerika Serikat.

Korea Selatan dan Indonesia sejatinya mencoba menyiasati kendala itu dengan berkolaborasi dengan negara-negara di Eropa untuk pengadaan komponen itu.

Kerja sama pengembangan jet tempur generasi 4,5 ini telah dimulai sejak 2016.

Ditargetkan pada 2019 prototipe pesawat tempur ini sudah diproduksi. Kemudian, pesawat dapat diluncurkan dan bisa terbang pada 2021. Pada 2026, diharapkan pesawat tempur KFX/IFX bisa mendapatkan sertifikat.

“Kita sedang negosiasikan terus, agar dapat segera diputuskan,” kata Ryamizard.

Ryamizard mengatakan kekuatan militer yang memadai harus dimiliki Indonesia untuk memperkuat posisi tawar Indonesia di tingkat regional dan global.

DoD Plam to Upgrades its Explosive Ordnance Facility

19 Mei 2018


Ammunition, propellants, explosives and related services for ADF is suppplied by local companies, which the largest supplier is Australian Munitions a business of Thales Australia Limited (photo : Australian Munitions)

Local industry to benefit from Explosive Ordnance facility upgrades

The Turnbull Liberal Government’s investment in the Fort Direction Explosive Ordnance facility south of Hobart is set to provide a welcome boost to local firms.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, today announced that Hansen Yuncken, based in Hobart, has been appointed as the Medium Works Contractor for the construction of the new facilities at Fort Direction.

The $2.8 million project to build a new administration building at the Fort Direction Depot is part of the Turnbull Liberal Government’s new Local Industry Capability Plan initiative, which is ensuring that local businesses and trades have the best opportunity possible to secure work on Defence infrastructure projects.

“As part of the Local Industry Capability Plan, Hansen Yuncken, has committed to sourcing 95 per cent of its contractors from the local area. This is will ensure that the majority of the $2.8 million invested in Fort Direction stays in the Tasmanian economy, creating jobs and supporting local industry,” Minister Payne said.

“This project is the first of the Local Industry Capability Plan pilots to be implemented and it is pleasing to see that such a high percentage of works will be sourced from local Tasmanian businesses and suppliers.”

“This project will help the ADF to implement the capability plans set out in the Turnbull Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper as part of our $200 billion investment in Defence capability.”

Senator Abetz said that Tasmanian small and medium sized businesses have the capability to undertake the work at Fort Direction necessary to support Defence requirements.

“Tasmanian businesses are some of the best in Australia and I have no doubt that the managing contractor will be able to achieve the 95 per cent target of local businesses and trades on this important project,” Senator Abetz said.

“The Federal Liberal Government’s commitment to backing local Tasmanian workers will help to add to Tasmania’s economic recovery which has seen more than 13,000 Tasmanians find work since 2013 while delivering Defence capability for our nation.”

“The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, along with Braddon Liberal candidate Brett Whiteley, will continue to work hard for all Tasmanians to ensure they can secure work as the Federal and State Liberal Governments work in partnership to invest and grow our state.”

The 2018-19 Budget confirms that the Turnbull Liberal Government is committed to keeping our nation safe and secure and will grow Defence spending to two per cent of GDP by 2020-21.

2018, PT Dirgantara Indonesia Bidik Pertumbuhan Laba Dua Kali Lipat

19 Mei 2018

Pesawat NC-212 pesanan Angkatan Udara Vietnam (photo : Fahmun)

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) memproyeksi pertumbuhan laba konsolidasi akan melonjak dua kali lipat atau menjadi US$12 juta pada 2018, dari sebelumnya US$5,4 juta pada 2017.

Presiden Direktur PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) Elfien Goentoro optimistis target tersebut dapat diraih karena perseroan mendapatkan kontrak pemesanan dari beberapa lembaga di Tanah Air pada tahun lalu.

“Ada hasil yang cukup signifikan yang kami peroleh pada November dan Desember 2017, antara lain pemesanan 9 pesawat jenis NC-212 dari Angkatan Udara,” ujarnya di Jakarta, Senin (29/1/2018).

Peningkatan target laba juga tidak lepas dari kontribusi dua anak perusahaan asal Bandung tersebut yang diprediksi ikut menyokong pundi-pundi perseroan, yaitu PT Nusantara Turbin dan Propulsi (NTP) dan IPTN North America Inc.

Pada 2018, NTP diyakini mampu meraih laba sebesar US$2,8 juta, dengan kontrak senilai US$34,9 juta dan penjualan sebesar US$32,7 juta. Sementara itu, anak usaha IPTN North America Inc. ditargetkan bisa meraih cuan US$1 juta dengan penjualan US$15 juta dan kontrak US$16 juta.

Adapun laba bersih PT DI sendiri diharapkan dapat menembus US$7,9 juta dari kontrak senilai US$592,4 juta dan penjualan US$455,4 juta. Perusahaan dirgantara nasional ini juga disebut membukukan investasi sebesar US$33,9 juta, serta dipatok target efisiensi material sebesar 5%.

“Ini artinya kami melakukan inovasi dan peningkatan penggunaan dalam produksi karena 70% dari biaya kami ada di material,” ungkap Elfien.

(Bisnis)

18 Mei 2018

The First Prototype of the French Armored Vehicle EBRC Jaguar

18 Mei 2018


The first prototype of the Jaguar EBRC 6x6 armored vehicle (all photos : Tom Antonov, Thales)

On May 16, 2018, the French company Nexter Systems officially unveiled the first prototype of the EBRC Jaguar armored vehicle with a 6x6 wheel arrangement, created as the "flagship" model of the French Army's perspective wheeled armored vehicle within the SCORPION program. This prototype EBRC Jaguar will be publicly demonstrated in June at the Eurosatory 2018 in Paris.



The Jaguar is intended to replace the French Army's AMX-10RC and ERC-90S cannon armament combat vehicles, as well as the VCAC Mehhisto self-propelled ATGMs (on the VAB armored vehicle chassis) ). The development of Jaguar, as well as the other main machine of the program SCORPION (Synergie du contact renforcée par la polyvalence et l'infovalorisation), an armored personnel carrier VBMR Griffon with the wheel formula 6x6), designed to replace the VAB VAB) - is carried out by the consortium of Nexter, Thales and Renault Trucks Defense (RTD). Deliveries of EBRC Jaguar and VBMR Griffon cars are scheduled to start in 2020, although it is unclear whether this period will be sustained.



Earlier, the French army planned to purchase 248 EBRC Jaguar cars and 1668 VBMR Griffon vehicles, but in the recently approved arms program for 2019-2025 it was approved an increase in the procurement plan for up to 300 EBRC Jaguar cars and 1,892 VBMR Griffon cars by 2030. Including 110 cars EBRC Jaguar is supposed to be delivered in 2025. In April 2017, a consortium led by Nexter was awarded a contract for the delivery of the first 20 EBRC Jaguar cars and 319 VBMR Griffon vehicles.



In June 2017, the Belgian government also decided to purchase for the Belgian Army 67 cars EBRC Jaguar and 417 cars VBMR Griffon in the period 2025-2030.



The EBRC Jaguar with a 6x6 wheel configuration will have a full combat mass of up to 25 tons and is equipped with a twin tower T40 with a 40mm CTAS CT40 automatic cannon firing telescopic ammunition. Also on the tower there are two double-charging launchers for the new MBDA MMP. The crew is three people. The ballistic protection of the machine is declared on the level of STANAG 4569 Level 4 and reinforced anti-mine protection.

(BMPD)

Four Bushmaster 4x4 PMV Arrive in Japan

18 Mei 2018


Bushmaster 4x4 Protected Mobility Vehicle (photo : DefenceConnect)

Bendigo-Built Army Vehicles Arrive in Japan

The latest tranche of Australian-built Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles has arrived in Japan this week.

The four vehicles delivered this week take the total of exported Bushmaster vehicles to Japan to eight.

Thales Australia said the delivery of the vehicles is a milestone for defence exports in Australia.

"Over the past 10 years, Thales Australia has generated more than $1.6 billion worth of exports. Delivering economic benefits not only for Thales, but along our supply chain," a spokesperson for Thales Australia told Defence Connect.

"The Bushmaster is operated by eight defence forces across the world, including Australia, the Netherlands, UK, Japan, Jamaica, Indonesia, Fiji and New Zealand."

The second shipment of vehicles to Japan comes after Prime Minister Turnbull showcased Australian-made Bushmasters to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January.

Thales Australia built and supplied four Bushmaster vehicles to Japan in 2014 at a cost of around $3.6 million. The combination of the eight vehicles represents Australia's biggest defence export deal to Japan. Over 1,100 Bushmasters have been manufactured to date in Bendigo.

The Bushmaster vehicles have been in operation since 1997 for the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Army, British Army and the Jamaica Defence Force.

The vehicles are lightly armoured and provide protected mobility transport for infantry dismounting from the vehicle before going into action.

(Defence Connect)

DPR Dukung Pelibatan Pasukan 'Super Elite' TNI Berantas Terorisme

18 Mei 2018


pasukan khusus TNI (photo : Detik)

Jakarta - TNI tengah menyiapkan Komando Operasi Khusus Gabungan (Koopssusgab) untuk menanggulangi terorisme. DPR mendukung pelibatan TNI tersebut.

Wakil Ketua DPR Agus Hermanto menyebut pelibatan TNI dalam penanggulangan aksi teror tak bertentangan dengan undang-undang. 

"Tentunya nggak ada (bertentangan dengan undang-undang)," kata Agus di kompleks parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta, Kamis (17/5/2018).

Alasannya, meski soal pelibatan TNI itu belum diatur dalam UU No 15/2003 tentang Pemberantasan Tindak Pidana Terorisme, hal itu telah dibahas dalam RUU Terorisme. Menurut Agus, kerja sama antara TNI dan Polri dibutuhkan dalam penanggulangan aksi teror.

"Karena walaupun dalam UU Terorisme yang sekarang ini belum, tentunya yang sekarang kita bicarakan sudah ada di situ. Namun kan ada UU TNI dan Polri yang di situ juga dimungkinkan dan diharapkan bahwa kerja sama antara TNI dan Polri dalam menghadapi segala sesuatu yang tentunya sangat diperlukan bangsa dan negara," ujarnya.

"Karena memang TNI dan Polri sendiri banyak mempunyai keahlian-keahlian di bidang (kontra) terorisme, di bidang intelijen yang apabila kemampuan ini digabung tentunya akan menjadi manfaat yang tertinggi bagi nusa, bangsa, dan negara," jelas Agus.

Kepala Staf Kepresidenan Moeldoko sebelumnya menerangkan Presiden Joko Widodo merestui pembentukan Koopssusgab TNI untuk menanggulangi terorisme. Koopssusgab akan berada di bawah komando Panglima TNI.

"Untuk komando operasi khusus gabungan TNI, sudah direstui oleh presiden dan diresmikan kembali oleh Panglima TNI," ujar Moeldoko di kompleks Istana Kepresidenan, Jakarta Pusat, Rabu (16/5).

Selain itu, saat ini Polri telah menggandeng pasukan elite TNI Angkatan Darat, Kopassus, dalam operasi penangkapan teroris. 

Roll Roice Selects Marand for Local Partner in Australian Future Figates

18 Mei 2018


Roll Royce MT30 engines (photo : BAE Systems)

BAE Systems delivering for Australian industry

BAE Systems today welcomed the announcement by Rolls Royce that it has selected Australian engineering company Marand as its local partner to construct the enclosures for its MT30 engines, should BAE Systems be selected to build nine Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

BAE Systems has proposed an Australian version of the Global Combat Ship to replace the ageing ANZAC class frigates for SEA 5000. The MT30 engines will be major components of the Global Combat Ship – Australia.

Rolls Royce is a major supplier of critical equipment for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, currently being manufactured by BAE Systems in the UK.

Rolls Royce is one of a number of multinational companies that have committed to transferring technologies and capability to Australia, to develop an enduring sovereign Australian shipbuilding capability.

BAE Systems Australia SEA 5000 Managing Director Nigel Stewart said:

“Our approach is to create an economic powerhouse of advanced manufacturing in Australia.

“Together with our major suppliers and partners, we are committed to creating and sustaining advanced manufacturing jobs and to help develop skills that will create a sovereign shipbuilding industry in Australia.

“Today’s announcement is a significant commitment by our combined team to develop and grow Australian capability for the SEA 5000 program, and prepare Australian industry for future export opportunities.”

17 Mei 2018

Kapal Selam KRI Ardadedali 404 Tiba dari Korsel

17 Mei 2018

KRI Ardadedali-404 memasuki Dermaga Kapal Selam Koarmatim, Ujung, Surabaya, Jawa Timur, 17 Mei 2018. KRI Ardadedali-404 merupakan kapal selam diesel elektrik type 209/1400 pesanan kedua Indonesia dari Korea Selatan, sekaligus menjadi kapal selam keempat yang dimiliki TNI AL. ( photo: Antara)

Surabaya - KRI Ardadedali 404, kapal selam kedua pesanan Indonesia kepada Korea Selatan (Korsel) bersandar di Dermaga Kapal Selam Koarmada II, Ujung, Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Kamis (17/5).

ArdadedaIi diambil dari nama panah milik Arjuna yang dikenal sebagai Penengah Pandawa, yang memiliki paras yang menawan serta Iembut budinya.

Kapal produksi Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Korsel ini merupakan kapal selam type 209/400 DSME, yang memiliki bobot 1.280 ton saat muncul di permukaan dan bobot menjadi 1.400 ton saat menyelam.

KRI Ardadedali 404 berangkat dari dermaga galangan kapal DSME, Gyeongsang Selatan, Korea Selatan pada pada 30 April 2018 lalu, meIintasi Iaut selama 17 hari hingga akhirnya sampai di Surabaya.

Panjang kapal 61,3 meter, diameter 6,2 M, dengan draft 5,7 M mampu menampung 40 kru kapal.

Kecepatan kapal mencapai 21 knot di bawah air dan 12 knot di permukaan ini mampu belayar lebih dari 50 hari untuk menunjang fungsi operasinya.

Sebagai senjata, kapal selam ini dilengkapi dengan peluncur torpedo 533 mm, serta peluru kendali anti kapal permukaan yang merupakan moderenisasi armada kapal selam TNI Angkatan Laut.

(Berita Satu)

Singapore Navy Opts for Partial Helicopter Capability Across Independence Class

17 Mei 2018

RSS Justice (foreground) and RSS Sovereignty, two of the four LMVs that will not be helicopter capable, despite having been built with a flight deck. (photo : Jane's)

A series of observations and verifications done by Jane’s over the last six months have confirmed that only four of the eight Independence-class littoral mission vessels (LMVs) to be operated by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) are helicopter capable.

The LMV is an ST Marine-built 80 m vessel type that is progressively replacing the RSN’s fleet of Fearless-class patrol boats. The class’ armaments include an Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid naval gun, two Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon stations, a Rafael 25 mm Typhoon stabilised naval gun system, and a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section that is capable of launching MBDA’s VL-MICA anti-air missiles.

While all vessels in the class have been designed with weight and strength considerations to accommodate one medium-life helicopter on the flight deck, four vessels in the class are currently being equipped to operate only rotor-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

At the commissioning ceremony of RSS Sovereignty (16) and RSS Unity (17) in November 2017, Jane’s first observed that the flight deck surfaces of both ships have not been given markings, such as landing area periphery and landing line-up lines, associated with helicopter touch-down and lift-off (TLOF) operations. Also missing on both ships were vertical replenishment (VERTREP) limits demarcations.

The flight deck surfaces of both ships have also not been treated with anti-skid coatings typically found on helicopter-capable ships. What has been done on both flight decks instead is the painting of visual cues that are typically used to aid with UAV operations.

(Jane's)