23 Maret 2017

Malaysia Selects Turkish 30 mm Naval Gun System for New OPVs

23 Maret 2017

A mock-up of the SMASH 30 mm remote controlled naval gun system by Aselsan, on display at LIMA 2017. (photo : Jane's)

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has selected the SMASH 30 mm remote controlled stabilised naval gun system from Turkish defence company Aselsan for the three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) it is acquiring from local shipbuilding joint venture THHE Destini.

Speaking to Jane's at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition on 22 March, an official from the service has also confirmed that the system will be positioned as the OPV's primary weapon, and will be complemented by a stern-facing 12.7 mm machine gun position.

The same type of weapon has previously been selected by the service for another class of newbuildings that the service is anticipating from Destini Shipbuilding & Engineering: the 44 m New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC).


Russia will Supply Myanmar Additional Batch of Yak-130

23 Maret 2017

Yak-130 aircraft (photo : RIA Novosti)

Langkawi (Malaysia) - RIA Novosti. Russia will supply additional batch of Myanmar combat training aircraft Yak-130, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, the deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Russian Mikhail Petukhov.

He heads the Russian delegation at the opening in Langkawi (Malaysia) arms exhibition LIMA-2017.

"In addition, in 2018 it is planned to put into the country an additional batch of Yak-130", - said Petukhov.

In 2016, Russia supplied Myanmar first three Yak-130. Fully first contract will be executed in 2017.

According to the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (TSAMTO), the Russian Federation and Myanmar signed an agreement in 2015 to supply the Asian country batch of Yak-130 aircraft. (RIA Novosti)

Russia has delivered the first three Myanmar combat training aircraft Yak-130

Langkawi (Malaysia) - RIA Novosti. Russia completed the delivery of the first batch to Myanmar combat training aircraft Yak-130, the contract will be fully executed in 2017, he told RIA Novosti Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Russian Mikhail Petukhov.

He heads the Russian delegation at the opening in Langkawi (Malaysia) arms exhibition LIMA-2017.

"Supply in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is the first batch of Yak-130 aircraft completed in 2016. Complete execution of the contract is planned in 2017." - Petukhov said, replying to a question raised whether the first three combat training aircraft Yak-130 Myanmar under the contract signed in 2015.

According to the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (TSAMTO), the Russian Federation and Myanmar signed an agreement in 2015 to supply the Asian country Yak-130 aircraft. The contract for the supply of Myanmar Russian combat training aircraft Yak-130 can be considered a unique breakthrough in the market of that State, that shows the highest performance characteristics of the aircraft, said a spokesman TSAMTO.

(RIA Novosti)

Russia Ready to Modernize Malaysian Combat Aircraft MiG-29N to MiG-29SM Level

23 Maret 2017

RMAF MiG-29N (photo : world avia

LANGKAWI (Sputnik) —  Russia is ready to provide full repair and modernize Malaysia's MiG-29N fighter jets to MiG-29SM, a representative of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, during his visit to the international aerospace and maritime exhibition LIMA-2017.

Currently, the country has 18 MiG-29N fighter jets, which were supplied in 1994.

"We are ready to provide full repair for these fighter jets and modernize them to MiG-29SM. We have brought a MiG-29SM simulator to this exhibition," the representative said.

MiG-29SM is a multi-role combat aircraft carrying high-precision weapons capable of destroying air and surface targets. The series is considered to be one of the best jet fighters of the fourth generation.

The prime minister noted that Malaysia also used Su-30MKM fighter jets and carefully listened to the UAC's offers concerning Russian combat aircraft MiG-35 and MiG-29K (carrier-based).

The Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) is an annual event taking place in Malaysia's resort Langkawi. This year the exhibition will last from March 21 to 25, with Russia presenting fighter jets, submarines and amphibious aircraft. LIMA is the largest exhibition in the Asia Pacific region, which accounts for 45 percent of Russian military equipment sales.


Honeywell to Supply Engines for PTDI's NC212i Aircraft

23 Maret 2017

PTDI NC212i (photo : Gombaljaya)

State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has signed a contract with US company Honeywell for the supply of 34 TPE331 turboprop engines for its NC212i aircraft over the next four years.

Honeywell said in a press statement that the contract, signed on 21 March at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia, also includes the provision of training for six PTDI engineers to promote line-maintenance skills and to transfer technical knowledge to Indonesian companies.

According to the statement, Honeywell's TPE331 turboprop engines will support PTDI's NC212i aircraft with "faster take-offs and climbs and more efficient cruise speeds, without increasing fuel burn while reducing operating costs".


Thales Delivers a Flight and Navigation Training Simulator to the RMAF

23 Maret 2017

H120 helicopter simulator of the RMAF (photo : Thales)

Thales was selected to deliver an FNPT II (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer) simulator to the Royal Malaysian Air Force for the purposes of initial pilot training. The simulator, delivered to the company Gading Kasturi, has been in operation since December.

The flight and navigation training simulator for H120 helicopters is a welcome addition to the Royal Malaysian Air Force's current facilities which offer training on real helicopters and meets pilots' specific needs in terms of flight procedure training. Besides reducing costs and limiting the environmental impact, trainee pilots are now trained in normal procedures such as navigation, instrument flight and how to handle failures as well as various emergency procedures which cannot be easily accomplished on a real helicopter.

The visual database provided with the simulator is adapted to training needs within the Malaysian environment. Flight training, provided by the Malaysian company Gading Kasturi, takes place at the Royal Air Force College in Alor Setar, the capital of Kedah state in Peninsular Malaysia.

This first collaboration between Thales and Gading Kasturi signals the beginning of a strong partnership in the field of flight simulation and reinforces Thales' positioning in the domain.


22 Maret 2017

Damen Unveils its New MRSS Design Proposal for Royal Malaysian Navy

22 Maret 2017

Damen MRSS Enforcer 10000 LPD LIMA 2017 1Damen's MRSS Enforcer 10000 LPD at LIMA 2017 (photos : Navy Recognition)

At LIMA 2017, the Langkawi International Maritime And Aerospace Exhibition currently held in Malaysia, Damen shipyards of the Netherlands unveiled a new design proposal for the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN) Multi-Role Supply Ship (MRSS) requirement. Damen's MRSS is based on its Enforcer product line of landing platform docks (LPD), more precisely, the Enforcer 10000.
Talking to Navy Recognition during the show, a Damen representative said he could not discuss Damen's existing or future local partner but explained the Enforcer design is particulary suited to the RMN's needs.

The Enforcer 10000 measures 157 meters in length with a beam of 24.8 meters. Its range is 10,000 nautical miles. It is capable of transporting 400 to 700 troops as well as two LCMs in the well deck and two LCVPs in davits. Finally it is fitted with two to three helicopter spots.
According to Damen, The Enforcer LPD is characterised by a stern dock that creates a sheltered environment for the deployment of Landing Craft in adverse conditions, including Sea State 4. This feature results in an extensive weather window enabling operations for 80% of the time worldwide, whereas alternative concepts usually manage only 30%. 

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PN Vessels Mounting Oto Melara Gun Rise to Six

22 Maret 2017

Del Pilar class frigates (photo : GMA Network)

MANILA (PNA News Feature) --- With the Philippine Navy (PN) now operating three Hamilton-class cutters in its fleet, the number of Filipino warships mounting the formidable 76mm Oto Melara automatic cannon in the Philippine Navy (PN) has climbed to six.

The third Hamilton cutter (now the Gregorio Del Pilar class frigate in PN service) was delivered and commissioned last December with her first and second sisters being activated on December 2011, and November 2013, respectively.

The other three ships carrying these armaments are the three Jacinto-class patrol vessels (formerly the Peacock-class of the United Kingdom acquired in Aug. 1, 1997).

Naval experts said the Oto Melara was one of the best weapon systems in service with the PN today.

The Oto Melara 76 mm gun of the above-mentioned vessels are all mounted in a turret forward of the bridge.

Jacinto class corvettes (photo : fifth column)

It has a range of up to 10 nautical miles (20 kilometers).

It is remotely controlled from within the combat information center by the gunnery officer and has no crew within the turret itself.

The gun in Philippine service can fire 80 rounds in 60 seconds from its ready magazine, and the ships can carry a total of 450 rounds.

The Oto Melara 76mm cannon is used by 53 naval forces worldwide.

The gun's high rate of fire makes it suitable for short-range anti-missile point defense.

Specialized ammunition is available for armor piercing, incendiary and directed fragmentation effects and there is also a new guided round that is supposed to be able to destroy maneuvering anti-ship missiles.

Another advantage of this weapon is that it is light and compact enough to be installed in warship weighing 750 gross tons or even less, the configuration of most naval vessels in the PN.

The 76 mm gun is a naval artillery piece built by the Italian defense conglomerate Otobreda.

It is based on the Oto Melara 76mm/L62 Allargato which is bigger and heavier.