18 Oktober 2017

Russia Expands Myanmar Mi-24P Repair Programme

18 Okober 2017

Mi-35 helicopter of the Myanmar Air Force (photo : MMMilitary)

Russian Helicopters is to repair a small number of Mil Mi-24P/35P (‘Hind’) combat helicopters in Myanmar, as part of an initiative to support platforms in the country of operation instead of transporting the aircraft to Russia.

The group said that it would send a team of technicians to Myanmar from this month to repair three of four Mil Mi-24 helicopters operated by the Myanmar Air Force (MAF). Russian Helicopters said that repair work on the first Mi-24 was recently completed at the company’s Aircraft Repair Plant 419 in St Petersburg.

As part of the support programme, Russian Helicopters added that it had delivered the accessories and spare parts to Myanmar required to locally repair the MAF’s Mi-24s, reducing the timeframe required to overhaul the aircraft.

Highlighting the significance of the MAF programme, Russian Helicopters’ deputy CEO for aftersales service, Igor Chechikov, said, “This contract is extremely important for us, as we are implementing a procedure of complete overhaul of military aircraft with on-site visits [from] group specialists to the client’s territory for the first time.”

Chechikov added, “Successful completion of works will lay the foundation for [the] further development of co-operation and [the] signing [of] new agreements with our partners in Myanmar.”

The contract to repair the aircraft was announced in June 2016, and followed a framework agreement in 2015 under which Russian Helicopters committed to expand collaboration with the Myanmar armed forces. Russian Helicopters regards these deals as potential precursors to additional contracts through which the firm will support localised maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) programmes.


Menyaksikan Uji Coba Meriam GS M109A4-BE 155 mm

18 Oktober 2017

Uji coba howitzer M109A4-BE TNI AD (photo : NusantaraNews)

NusantaraNews.co, Lumajang – Danrem 083/Bdj Kolonel Inf Bangun Nawoko, menyambut langsung kedatangan tim dari Pussenarmed yang dipimpin langsung oleh Danpusssenarmed Brigjen Tni Dwi jati Utomo di Kabupaten Lumajang. Kedatangan tim Pussenarmed untuk mengadakan uji fungsi Meriam GS M109A4-BE 155 mm, Selasa (17/10/2017).

Rombongan tim Pussenarmed yang hadir dalam uji fungsi Meriam GS M109A4-BE 155 mm, Danpussenarmed Brigjen Tni Dwi jati Utomo, Brigjen TNI Eko Erwanto, Kolonel Cpl Saiful Rochima, Kolonel Inf Sugeng Priyanto, Kolonel Cpl Kokom, Kolonel Cpl Suwoto, Kolonel Kav Dwi Haryoko, Kolonel Cpl Bambang Pursetiadi, Kolonel Cpl Dwi Angga Suwono, Kolonel Arm Saripudin, Kolonel Arm Dwi Wahyudi, Kolonel Arm Saiful Rizal, Letkol Cpl Wahyu Widodo, Letkol Cpl Andi Edwin, Letkol Cpl Sugiharto, Letkol Cpl Dwi Cahyadi, Letkol Chb Sihono, Mayor Cpl Krisna, Mayor Cpl Agus Priyanto, Mayor Cpl Untung Sutopo, Mayor Cpl Sutarman, Mayor Cpl Budiyanto dan Mayor Cpl Putu Ngurah.

Brigjen TNI Dwi Jati Utomo menyampaiakan, Artileri Medan merupakan salah satu kecabangan TNI AD dan sebagai kekuatan yang menjalankan fungsi serangan Artileri dan Bantuan Tembakan terhadap sasaran di darat maupun permukaan secara tepat dan kontinyu. Untuk itu, Danpussenarmed Brigjen TNI Dwi Jati Utomo mengadakan uji fungsi meriam GS M109A4-BE155 mm.

Howitzer M109A4-BE TNI AD (photo : meisakh putra)

“Baru-baru ini Pussenarmed telah memesan 18 unit meriam M109A4 155 mm. Meriam Arbeba GS M109A4BE 155 mm Howitzer merupakan upgrade dari meriam M109A2 buatan Amerika Serikat yang dibeli pada tahun 1984-1985. Peremajaan dilakukan oleh Belgia pada tahun 2007-2008. Secara teknis kemampuannya telah diperbaharui dengan tekhnologi terbaru dan mempunyai daya tempur sangat dahsyat dan mobile yang tinggi,” papar Danpussenarmed

“Senjata andalan korps baret coklat yang terakhir ini sekarang berada di Ditpalad untuk dilakukan pemeliharaan secara efektif dan efisien, sehingga seluruh materiil peralatan tersebut selalu dalam kondisi siap pakai guna menunjang kesiapan satuan jajaran TNI Angkatan Darat dalam melaksanakan tugas pokoknya,” imbuhnya.

Materi yang dilaksanakan dalam uji fungsi Meriam GS M109A4-BE 155 mm tersebut adalah Yonarmed roket melaksanakan bantuan tembakan dalam operasi serangan dan Yonarmed roket melaksanakan operasi serangan Artileri (Artileri Strike).

Artilleri Strike yang merupakan suatu bentuk operasi tersendiri, lanjut Dwi Jati Utomo, sangat menentukan dalam pertempuran. Dimana terjadi pengerahan kekuatan Armed roket untuk menghancurkan musuh/instalasi (sasaran strategis) dari jarak yang sangat jauh dengan tembakan penghancuran, ketika pasukan sendiri masih berada dalam jarak yang aman atau belum terlibat dalam operasi secara keseluruhan yang dapat menimbulkan keuntungan bagi pasukan sendiri dan operasi selanjutnya.

“Mengingat persenjataan Armed saat ini semakin canggih dan modern, maka perlu diadakan revisi pembinaan fungsi Armed ke depan,” tandas Dwi Jati Utomo.


KAI Pushes for Additional T-50 Sale to Thailand

18 Oktober 2017

KAI T-50 lead-in fighter trainer (image : pantip)

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is hopeful of selling a third batch of T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers to Thailand, to add to the two batches already signed for.

Jane’s was told on 17 October that KAI hopes to begin talks shortly for the four fighters that are outstanding from Thailand’s original requirement of 16. Eight were initially procured and delivered in the first batch, with a contract for a further four following earlier this year ahead of delivery in 2018.

“We have spoken to the assistant chief of the Thai air force at the show already, and hope to start a formal dialogue for the third batch soon,” Jake Jaehong Kim, senior manager Business Development Team, Middle East and North Africa, said at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX).


S. Korea, Indonesia in 'Close Consultations' Over KF-X Program Cost

18 Oktober 2017

KF-X fighter (image : Military Factory)

GWACHEON, South Korea (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Indonesia are maintaining a close partnership over a fighter jet development project, code-named KF-X, despite concerns about agreed cost sharing, Seoul's arms agency said Friday. 

Last year, the two countries signed a deal that calls for Jakarta to pay 20 percent of the total cost, estimated at 8.1 trillion won (US$7.1 billion). The program, led by South Korea, aims to develop 4.5th-generation fighter jets by the mid-2020s. 

But Indonesia recently changed its stance to a more tepid position and discontinued the allocation of related budgets, according to news reports. 

"(We) are in close consultations with the Indonesian government on the issue," Jeon Je-guk, head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), told lawmakers during an annual audit of the agency's affairs. "(We) are trying to resolve the problem." 

Indonesia has informed South Korea that it is also taking internal measures to address the matter, he added.


New Government will Soon Decide on RNZAF C-130 Replacement

18 Oktober 2017

RNZAF C-130H Hercules (photo : Nathan Lang, images : NZHerald)

New government will have to make a call on Hercules replacement

An early job for the new government will be to make a call on what it wants from a replacement to New Zealand's ageing fleet of Hercules aircraft.

The 52-year-old aircraft are nearing the end of their operational life and although manufacturer Lockheed Martin says it is currently doing work for the New Zealand Defence Force on how many flying hours the five planes have left, the need for new planes is getting more pressing.

A detailed business case prepared by defence officials was due to go to Cabinet before the end of the year and the influence of New Zealand First deputy leader and defence spokesman Ron Mark could be pivotal in the next major acquisition project.

He has been a strident critic of much of the country's recent procurement of defence hardware.

Lockheed Martin is competing against military airlift newcomers Embraer from Brazil and Kawasaki from Japan, which are offering similar-sized planes that are powered by jet engines.

That means they are faster than the Hercules, although they are so far unproven in operation.

European aerospace conglomerate Airbus has the A400M in service and has actively promoted it in this country but it may be too big and too expensive for New Zealand's air mobility contract which will be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Lockheed is ''cautiously optimistic" about the chances of New Zealand replacing like with like.

While the new model Hercules C130J looks similar to the H model first developed in the 1950s it has had a complete overhaul of its avionics and is 25 per cent more powerful.

''It looks like a C130 on the outside but it doesn't perform like an old C130," said former US Air Force pilot Keith Gurnick, who now works for Lockheed Martin and has flown 6000 hours in the plane.

Antarctic operations are crucial to New Zealand and the new model "Super Hercules" has the ability to get to the McMurdo Sound, for crew to assess landing conditions while overhead and if they are too bad return safely to Christchurch. The older model planes' point of safe return was much earlier in flight.

Mike Kelley, Lockheed's senior director-South East Asia/Oceania business development said the Request for Information (RFI) process - where manufacturers are invited to make their initial pitch - started in 2013. The NZDF has asked them for more information several times since and a formal tender round was likely next year.

''The political situation may impact that but if they are able to put that business case up to Cabinet theoretically we could see a request for tender sometime in the second quarter of next year."

It was thought a deal could be signed the following year in order to meet the likely end of operational life deadline for the current Hercules fleet of 2022.

''It's going to be a competition - we're cautiously optimistic about our chances. We have a very good aircraft," said Kelley.

Transitioning to a later-model Hercules wouldn't need new hangar modifications and retraining pilots would be easier than if moving to a new aircraft, he said.

Like Embraer, Lockheed Martin is touting the ability of its new planes to fulfil maritime surveillance roles when the P3 Orions need replacing later next decade.

New Zealand has about $1 billion to spend on its air lifters and VIP fleet in the next decade as part of a big overhaul of military equipment.


17 Oktober 2017

KASAU : Tambah Hercules C-130J, Drone, dan Skyshield

17 Oktober 2017

Hercules serie C-130 J (photo : Andy G Leonard)

Kasau: TNI AU Akan Diperkuat Hercules Tipe J

Yogyakarta- Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Udara (Kasau) Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, menjelaskan, pihaknya akan terus melakukan pembinaan kekuatan di lingkungan TNI AU.

Dalam Rencana Strategis (Renstra) kedua (2014-2019) ini, TNI AU akan menambah kekuatan pesawat Hercules Tipe J. Sehingga ke depannya akan berpengaruh langsung pada kesiapan Pasukan Khas (Paskhas) TNI AU.

"AU sendiri dalam renstra kedua ini akan menambah kekuatan pesawat Hercules Tipe J sehingga berpengaruh langsung pada kesiapan Pasukan Khas," kata Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, ketika ditemui sesaat setelah memimpin peringatan Hari Ulang Tahun (HUT) ke-70 Korps Pasukan Khas (Korpaskhas) TNI Angkatan Udara di Taxy Way Landasan Udara (Lanud) Adi Sutjipto, Yogyakarta, Selasa (17/10).

Dikatakan, dengan adanya pesawat angkut Hercules Tipe J tersebut akan mengubah pelaksanaan penerjunan Paskhas karena pesawat itu sudah dilengkapi dengan oksigen.

"Pesawat tipe J dilengkapi dengan oksigen, sehingga profile penerjunan akan berubah. Sehingga pasukan bila melaksanakan kegiatan ini dengan aman karena ketika pada ketinggian lebih dari 10.000 (kaki), pesawat buka pintu oksigen juga bisa hidup karena peralatan yang ada di pesawat itu," ungkapnya.

Bila terealisasi, pesawat angkut Hercules Tipe J akan menggantikan pesawat angkut Hercules lawas (Tipe B) yang hingga kini masih digunakan TNI AU dalam menjalankan setiap operasi.

Sebagaimana diketahui, Indonesia merupakan satu-satunya negara yang masih menggunakan pesawat angkut Hercules tipe B. Selain Hercules Tipe B, Indonesia juga masih menggunakan pesawat angkut Hercules Tipe H. (BeritaSatu)

Radar pasif dan aktif akan digelar di pulau terluar (photo : radio.cz)

Kasau: Radar dan Drone Akan Digelar di Pulau Terluar

Perbatasan adalah garda terdepan NKRI yang harus dijaga dan dipertahankan demi keamanan nasional Indonesia, terutama pulau-pulau terluar antar negara. Penguatan sektor pertahanan yang akan diantaranya pengembangan pangkalan udara terluar menjadi Tipe B.

Menurut Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Udara ( Kasau) Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, peningkatan tipe pangkalan udara dilakukan untuk menjawab berbagai tantangan pertahanan keamanan nasional yang semakin kompleks ke depan.

” Kita sedang kembangkan pangkalan udara di Pulau terluar, contohnya di Ranai, Tarakan dan kita juga kembangkan di Morotai, kita tingkatkan ke tipe B,” ujar Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, ketika ditemui sesaat setelah memimpin peringatan Hari Ulang Tahun (HUT) ke-70 Korps Pasukan Khas (Korpaskhas) TNI Angkatan Udara di Taxy Way Landasan Udara (Lanud) Adi sutjipto, Yogyakarta, Selasa (17/10/2017).

Pangkalan TNI AU Ranai (Natuna) merupakan pangkalan Operasi TNI AU tipe C dan berada dibawah komando dan kendali Koopsau I. Sedangkan Pangkalan TNI AU Tarakan merupakan Salah satu Pangkalan Operasi Tipe C dibawah Koopsau II.

Dengan peningkatan status Lanud tersebut, kata Kasau, selanjutnya juga akan diikuti dengan peningkatan kepangkatan jabatan dan jumlah personel pengawak lanud serta fasilitas lanud.

UAV berjangkauan 2.000km akan melengkapi pangkalan terdepan (photo : defense update)

Melalui peningkatan status ini, maka Lanud tipe C yang selama ini dipimpin Komandan berpangat Letkol, maka setelah meningkat menjadi tipe B akan dipimpin oleh seorang Komandan berpangkat Kolonel.

Demikian juga, untuk jumlah personel yang mengawaki Lanud, mengalami peningkatan. Sesuai dengan Daftar Susunan Personel (DSP) TNI AU, maka Lanud tipe B sedikitnya akan diawaki oleh 150 personel (militer dan PNS).

Kasau mengatakan, selain peningkatan tipe, di Pangkalan Udara terluar juga akan dilengkapi dengan tambahan radar. Bahkan, untuk pangkalan udara tertentu akan diperkuat pesawat tanpa awak (drone) yang memiliki kemampuan jelajah hingga 2.000 kilometer.

Untuk itu, lanjut Kasau, kekuatan Paskhas pun akan ditingkatkan, karena akan di gelar di Lanud terluar yang juga akan kita gelar radar, tambahan radar aktif dan radar pasif.

“Termasuk Tarakan maupun Ranai kita tempatkan pesawat drone yang mampu terbang 2.000 km,” ujar Kasau.

Selain itu, peningkatan kemampuan pasukan TNI AU yang bertugas di pangkalan udara juga perlu dilakukan. Semua dilakukan agar kegiatan operasi yang dilakukan dapat ditunjang oleh kemampuan personil yang bertugas.

Menurutnya, tugas dan fungsi Paskhas juga diperlukan untuk menjaga Alutsista tersebut. Saat ini TNI AU memiliki tiga wing, satu satuan bravo, batalyon.

“Kita akan bertahap sesuai dengan Renstra. Karena saat ini kita berbasis pada mininum esential force (MEF),” kata Kasau. (Tangerang Online)

Oerlikon Skyshield (photo : defence.pk)

TNI AU datangkan 11 unit penghalau serangan udara

KONTAN.CO.ID - YOGYAKARTA. TNI Angkatan Udara akan datangkan senjata Penghalau Serangan Udara (PSU) Oerlikon Skyshield. Alat utama sistem pertahanan (alutsista) ini akan menambah daya tahan objek vital dari serangan udara, 

Kepala Staff Angkatan Udara (KSAU) Marsekal TNI AU Hadi Tjahyono mengatakan, 11 oerlikon skyshield akan ditempatkan di landasan udara yang membutuhkan.

"Penambahan Alutsista kita tambah itu orliekon, akan ada tambahan 11 oerlikon di lanud yang kita kira harus ditambah," kata Hadi seusai Menjadi inspektur upacara dalam perayaan HUT Korps Pasukan Khas (Korpaskhas) ke 70 di Lanud Adisutjipto, Yogyakarta, Selasa (17/10).

Oerlikon Skyshield yang diproduksi pabrikan asal Swiss ini punya efektivitas halau serangan pada jarak 4.000 meter dan ketinggian 1.000 meter.

Kapuspen TNI AU Jemi Trisonjaya pada saat yang sama menyebut penambahan Oerlikon Skyshield akan dilakukan secara bertahap.

"Kita kini punya 4 Oerlikon yang ada di Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Makassar, dan Pontianak. Sementara yang sebelas akan diadakan secara bertahap sesuai Renstra TNI AU," kata Jemi.

Selain pengadaan Oerlikon Skyshield, rencananya TNI AU juga akan segera menambah Pesawat Hercules. Hadi menyebut Hercules yang akan didatangkan akan miliki teknologi terbaru.

"Kita akan datangkan satu Hercules Tipe J. Pesawat ini telah dilengkapi dengan oksigen, saat ketinggian 10 ribu Meter, pasukan penerjun akan aman karena masih ada oksigen dari pesawat," tambah Hadi. (Kontan)

RAN Concludes MASTEX 17 in Malaysia

17 Oktober 2017

HMAS Toowoomba with new radar (photo : The Land)

Toowoomba concludes MASTEX 17

HMAS Toowoomba has successfully concluded the week-long Exercise MASTEX 17, held at the Royal Malaysian Navy Western Fleet base of Lumut.

The exercise is the only bilateral maritime exercise conducted between the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy, commencing with the harbour phase and ceremony, prior to the fleet undertaking a three-day sea phase.

The Commanding Officer of Toowoomba, Commander Stuart Watters said the exercise involved 500 Australian and Malaysian personnel.

“MASTEX enhanced interoperability and mutual understanding between the navies in selected facets of naval operations through the conduct of graduated training activities and weapons practices,” he said.

KD Lekir 26 (photo : FSG Lekir)

“Additionally, there were opportunities to exchange professional views through the conduct of workshops on specific areas of interest and through the personnel exchange program.”

Commander Watters said the two navies have conducted Exercise MASTEX together since 2002.

"It is an important part of the Royal Australian Navy’s exercise program and helps to foster a close and long lasting relationship between our two nations,” he said.

“One of our junior officers met a Malaysian officer for the third time in the last two years – it was a great opportunity to build on these ongoing relationships.”

MASTEX commenced with a harbour phase - which included a range of briefings and professional exchanges - before the sea phases of the exercise began.

KD Lekir 26 (photo : RAN)

While at sea, the ships undertook a graduated series of maritime security activities, which culminated in complex warfare serials.

The visit also included visits to local Navy faculties such as the engineering school, and fire fighting training facility.

"By regularly conducting exercises like MASTEX we ensure that the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy are ready and capable of working together on common tasks,” Commander Watters said.

Australia’s strong relationship with Malaysia is underpinned by cooperation through the Five Power Defence Arrangements.


Vietnam Built Mi-8 Simulation Cockpit

17 Oktober 2017

Mi-8 simulator (photo : qpvn)

In pilot training, the use of ground-based simulators will reduce costs and increase training efficiency many times.

The Mi-8 helicopter flight simulator designed and built by the Air Force Air Defense Force (PK_KQ) is based on state-of-the-art technology that is one of the breakthroughs. in the training and combat readiness of the army.

These systems help to solve the problem of training and training pilots in the new situation, while minimizing costs while still ensuring effective training as in real aircraft. On the other hand, pilots can practice difficult situations in the training ground on the ground rather than on the aircraft as before.

Mi-8 simulator (photo : qpvn)

The Mi-8 helicopter flight training system is currently being equipped for a number of PK-KQ units, including the 930th Regiment (Division 372).

The screen shots show the simulation parameters of the training system. With multiple displays and software support, training officers and pilots can easily customize the display, allowing you to display the parameters as you like.

The simulated flight simulator also uses a joystick similar to a real-life helicopter. With this simulation system, the training officers can construct a hypothetical scenario where several aircraft parts are experiencing trouble so that students and pilots can learn how to cope with the problem while flying.

Mi-8 of the Vietnam People's Air Force (photo : BuiTuanKhiem)

Flight simulators can help trainers assess the capabilities of trainees and pilots before they can perform training exercises well on real Mi-8 helicopters.

The Mi-8 is a legendary helicopter design developed by the Mil Moscow (Soviet Union) in the 1960s, manufactured directly by today's two factories, Kazan and Ulan-Ude. This is considered one of the most production helicopters in the world (more than 17,000), most commonly used (in about 80 countries, territories).

The Mi-8 multi-purpose transport helicopter has been in service with the Vietnam People's Air Force since 1973. It has served effectively in the final stages of the American war, and especially in the border war. South Korea 1978-1979, campaigns to help Cambodian people escape genocide.

Mi-8 of the 930th Helicopter Regiment (photo : congnghe)

Mi-8 is still one of the main helicopters of the Vietnam Air Force, doing many tasks from transport, fighting to search rescue and rescue. The picture is a Mi-8 of the 930th Helicopter Regiment.

The 930th Infantry Division (372th Division) was tasked with reconnaissance and military transport in the Central Highlands and the southern part of the Gulf of Tonkin. In addition, the regiment also has a flying role in serving high-level leaders, training officers, participating in disaster search and combat operations.

The 930 is currently equipped with many modern aircraft, but the Mi-8/17 helicopters are capable of a variety of missions including combat.


RAAF Takes Connectivity to New Heights with Honeywell's JetWave

17 Oktober 2017

The new Ka-Band SATCOM fitted to a C-130J Hercules A97-448 from No. 37 Squadron. (photos : RAAF. Honeywell)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is trialing the next generation in military communications via Honeywell’s JetWave Ka-band satellite communications hardware and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite network.

The RAAF is conducting a six-month trial of the JetWave hardware, including the fuselage-mount antenna (FMA), on a C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft.

At in-air VIP trials in Canberra, Australia, a truly connected battlefield evaluation — powered by JetWave — was successfully demonstrated using a number of secure military applications that previous technology couldn’t enable, including live video streaming and encrypted file transfer.

“Honeywell is proud to usher in the era of the Connected Aircraft for military operators,” said Ben Driggs, President, Americas, Honeywell Aerospace. “The RAAF has been at the forefront of connectivity technologies, seeing the importance of having this type of connectivity for operators. JetWave provided unparalleled situational awareness to the aircrew, passengers and ground-based leaders, ultimately enabling better decision making and enhanced safety.”

The RAAF’s fleet of 12 C-130Js is frequently used to deliver disaster relief in Australia and the Pacific region, as well as to support military deployments overseas.

“Staying connected is vitally important in the modern battlespace. This demonstration is the first of its type in the world and it’s been a great success,” said Wing Commander Rob Crawford, Staff Officer Capability Development for the RAAF’s Air Mobility Group. “Decision superiority is about delivering the right information, to the right people, at the right time, so better decisions can be made. JetWave allows us to do that.”

The trial is being conducted with support from industry partners Airbus Group Australia Pacific, Inmarsat Global Government, as well as the Australian Government Defence Department’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

“This project has been in the works for a long time and is testament to the power of industry and defense working together to ensure that communications are an effective tool for delivering greater operational capability,” said Todd McDonell, Vice President of Inmarsat Global Government.


16 Oktober 2017

KF-X Advances, as Detailed Design Beckons

16 Oktober 2017

KF-X fighter (image : Aviation)

The final design of the Korea Aerospace Industries KF-X fighter is expected in June 2018, at which point detailed design will commence.

The detailed design phase for the twin-engined type will run until late 2019, at which point the production of prototypes will commence, says an official familiar with the programme.

A first flight is planned in the middle part of 2022, with testing and evaluation to run until 2026.

The KF-X will have both single and two-seat versions, and be powered by two General Electric F414 engines.

At present, the design is undergoing wind tunnel tests and computational fluid dynamic analysis.

The official adds that Indonesia, which is undertaking 20% of development costs, obtained export licences from the US government in April 2017. Indonesian Aerospace has over 80 staff working on the programme, along with staff from Lockheed Martin and KAI. Jakarta's variant, of which it will obtain about 80 examples, is referred to as the IF-X.

"At this point, there is almost now difference between KF-X and IF-X shapes," says the official.

Still, the South Korean and Indonesian examples are likely to be different. Previously, officials have said that a Block I configuration without stealth coatings and the ability to carry weapons internally will go to Indonesia. South Korea will have a Block II aircraft, with stealth coatings and weapons bays.

Seoul will also develop indigenous capabilities in key areas where it failed to obtain export licences from the US, an early stumbling block for the programme. These include the jet's active electronically scanned array (AESA), which will be developed with Israeli assistance, infrared search & track (IRST), electro-optical targeting, and the aircraft's electronic warfare suite.

Seoul plans to obtain 80 IF-X fighters, while Seoul plans to obtain 120 examples of KF-X.


PH Marine Corps Plans to Get 87 Tactical Combat Vehicles

16 Oktober 2017

Currently tactical vehicle of PMC (photo : geocities)

PH Navy plans to get Tactical Combat Vehicles for Marines

The Philippine Navy is planning to procure 87 new Armored Tactical Combat Vehicles for the Philippine Marine Corps in 2018 as part of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Second Horizon.

Second Horizon of the ongoing military modernization will start next year and will end 2022. The First Horizon is now on its final year.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, the Navy is allocating PHP2.610 billion for the acquisition of 87 new Armored Tactical Combat Vehicles.

“No specifications has been provided yet, but based on the budget alone we can assume that its a wheeled armored vehicle smaller than the Simba, but definitely larger than an armored Humvee or KIA Light Tactical Vehicle,” MaxDefense said.

MaxDefense added that the procurement of said vehicles may have born out of experience from fighting in Marawi City which mainly required urban warfare operations.

However, MaxDefense noted that “AFP’s procurement plans are so liquid that it keeps on changing.”


Progres Pembangunan Pangkalan Armada Terpadu di Teluk Ratai Mulai Nampak

16 Oktober 2017

Wakasal Tinjau Pembangunan Dermaga Armada Terpadu Teluk Ratai. (photo : TNI AL)

Wakasal Tinjau Pembangunan Dermaga Armada Terpadu Teluk Ratai

Wakil Kepala Staf TNI AL (Wakasal) Laksamana Madya TNI Achmad Taufiqoerrochman M., S.E. beserta rombongan melaksanakan kunjungan kerja dalam rangka meninjau lokasi pembangunan kawasan Armada Terpadu di Pantai Caligi, Teluk Ratai, Lampung, Rabu (11/10/2017)

Dalam kunjungan kesekian kalinya ke Lampung, Wakasal beserta rombongan yang terdiri dari Asrena Kasal Laksamana Muda TNI Tri Wahyudi, S.E., M.M., Dankormar Mayjen TNI Mar Bambang Suswantono, Kadisfaslanal Laksamana Pertama TNI M. Simbolon, S.Pi., dan Paban V Faslan Kolonel Laut (T) Puguh Santoso, dalam kesempatan ini mereka menggunakan pesawat Helly TNI AL langsung dari Jakarta ke Piabung dengan disambut dan didampingi oleh Komandan Pangkalan TNI AL (Danlanal) Lampung, Kolonel Laut (P) Kelik Haryadi, S.H., M.Si beserta Danbrigif-3 Marinir Kolonel Marinir Umar Farouq serta pejabat lainnya.

Sebelum meninjau ke lokasi terlebih dahulu dilaksanakan paparan master plan dari kawasan Armada Terpadu dan progres pembangunan Dermaga serta Sarana prasarananya dari tim Direksi dan Pengembang dilanjutkan dengan meninjau langsung dari kemajuan pembangunan Dermaga, selain itu juga dilaksanakan pengecekan lokasi rencana dari Denah pembangunan sarana prasarana seperti lokasi Gedung Mako dan perkantoran, Pembuatan Kanal dan Irigasi serta normalisasi muara sungai Sabu, Pembuatan Jalan penghubung, Penampungan Air bersih serta rencana pembangunan Fasilitas lainnya.

Turut hadir juga dalam peninjauan tersebut para Perwira dari Staf Kormar, Lanal Lampung dan Brigif-3 Marinir yang diahiri foto bersama dengan rombongan Wakasal. (TNI AL)

Pangkalan Armabar Mulai Dibangun, Danlanal: Lampung Akan Menyaingi Jakarta
17 Agustus 2017

Suasana pembangunan pangkalan Armabar di Pantai Caligi, Pesawaran, Lampung di bulan Agustus lalu (photo : Kupas Tuntas)

Kupastuntas.co, Bandar Lampung – Pangkalan Armada Barat (Armabar) TNI AL di Lampung mulai dibangun di Pantai Caligi, Pesawaran.

Komandan Lanal Lampung, Kolonel (P) Kelik Haryadi, mengatakan pembangunan sudah dilakukan sejak 3 minggu lalu, dimulai dengan pembuatan dermaga, yang ditargetkan selesai 2017.

Setelah itu, pembangunan dilanjutkan 2018 dengan penambahan fasilitas, seperti gedung dan fasilitas pendukung lainnya.

“Targetnya 2019 sudah bisa digunakan, dan akan diresmikan oleh Presiden. Karena, salah satu nawacita Presiden adalah membangun pertahanan maritim,” ujar Kelik di ruang kerjanya, Selasa (15/08/2017).

Danlanal menjelaskan, nantinya di Teluk Ratai akan dibangun armada terpadu berbasis SSAT (Sistem Senjata Armada Terpadu), yang terdiri dari Pangkalan, KRI, Penerbangan, dan pasukan Marinir. Personel TNI AL di Lampung juga akan bertambah hingga di atas 10 ribu prajurit.

“Jika suatu saat dibutuhkan dalam perang, kita bisa cepat mengumpulkan kekuatan di satu wilayah. Kalau saat ini kan terpisah, Pasukan Marinir 2 di Cilandak, KRI di Tanjung Priok, memerlukan waktu dan kurang efektif dalam pertempuran,” jelasnya.

Di Teluk Ratai Lampung, nantinya akan dipadukan berbagai unsur, Armabar, Kolinlamil, Pusidros, Pusperbal, dan Marinir. Maka dipastikan di 2019 akan ada pergeseran personel dari daerah lain menuju Lampung.

“Jumlahnya di atas 10 ribu personel. Karena untuk KRI saja kita hitung personelnya untuk kapal kecil diawaki 50 orang, kapal besar bisa di atas 200 orang. Nanti di Lampung akan banyak KRI,” kata Kelik lagi.

Menurutnya, pembangunan Armabar akan berdampak positif bagi Provinsi Lampung. Ekonomi juga akan membaik dan stabilitas keamanan juga demikian. Selain itu, pembangunan rumah untuk para personel TNI AL di Armabar ini juga akan mendukung property di Lampung.

“Yang jelas keamanan akan terjamin, investor tidak akan ragu berinvestasi di sini. Pokoknya Lampung bisa jadi saingannya Jakarta,” tuntasnya.

Teluk Ratai, Lampung (image : GoogleMaps)

Sementara, Komandan Brigade Infanteri-3 Marinir, Kolonel (Mar) Umar Farouq, mengatakan dengan pembangunan Armada terpadu ini Brigif-3 Marinir akan bertransformasi menjadi Pasukan Marinir (Pasmar). Ia mengatakan saat ini baru ada dua Pasmar, yakni Pasmar 1 di Surabaya dan Pasmar 2 di Jakarta.

“Brigif 3 jadi cikal bakal Pasmar. Nanti Indonesia akan memiliki 3 Pasmar. Konsepnya, Pasmar 1 di Lampung membawahi ujung Sumatera sampai Kalimantan bagian barat dan Jakarta. Pasmar 2 di Surabaya membawahi Kaltim dan Sulawesi, dan Pasmar 3 di Sorong membawahi wilayah timur Indonesia,” bebernya, kemarin.

Disversi kekutan ini, sambung dia, untuk mendukung komando armada TNI AL yang juga akan dibangun jadi 3, yakni Armada Timur, Armada Tengah dan Armada Barat.

Tak hanya AL, penambahan serupa juga dilakukan TNI AD dan AU. Dimana nantinya Divisi Kostrad juga akan menjadi tiga (saat ini masih 2) dan AU juga demikian.

“Dalam menghadapi ancaman dari luar. Kita mempersiapkan diri dengan tindakan preventif untuk menjaga kedaulatan negara. Secara otomatis personel Marinir di Lampung juga akan bertambah untuk mengembangkan kekuatan material,” jelas Danbrigif.

Terkait tahapan yang sudah berjalan, ia mengatakan saat ini sudah dibangun dermaga untuk digunakan tempat memasok logistik menuju Lampung. di Teluk Ratai akan dibangun Pangkalan TNI AL, sehingga status Lanal nantinya akan bertransformasi jadi Lantamal.

“Pemilihan Lampung tidak serta-merta, banyak pertimbangan seperti kondisi alam maupun jalur taktisnya. Itu semua sudah dikaji oleh dewan strategis para petinggi TNI AL,” pungkasnya.


Keel Laying Ceremony for MMEA OPV

16 Oktober 2017

A CGI of the MMEA OPV (image : APMM)

SHAH ALAM: The keel laying ceremony for the first out of three MMEA OPV is expected to be held this December. It will be held at the THHE-Destini shipyard in Pulau Indah, in Port Klang.

Industry sources told Malaysian Defence steel cutting for the first OPV is already underway in Singapore and it was a matter of time before the prepared materials are shipped to Port Klang for the building process to start.

For those unawares, we also sourced and cut steel for both the LCS and NGPV projects – overseas as Malaysian steel producers do not make steel for ship-building. In the case of the LCS and NGPV, the steel were sourced and cut at two different manufacturing plants in Holland.

By getting the steel from a plant in the region, THHE-Destini would have reduce the cost for the OPV somewhat.

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Australia and Indonesia Conduct Trilateral Maritime Patrol

16 Oktober 2017

Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Cape Wessel on patrol with the BAKAMLA vessel Ular Laut 4805. (all photos : ABF)

Australia’s cooperation with Indonesia on maritime security has been further strengthened through a trilateral maritime security patrol in the Timor Sea north-west of Darwin, targeting illegal exploitation of natural resources.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) and Indonesian Coast Guard (BAKAMLA), as part of Operation Shearwater V, concluded the patrol together with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs & Fisheries (MMAF) on 11 October 2017.

Operation Shearwater and the MMAF Coordinated Patrols are usually standalone patrols but, in a first for all of the involved agencies, were combined into a single operation.

These patrols target the illegal exploitation of natural resources and help to stop illegal fishing and environmental threats, while simultaneously improving operational communication between Australia and Indonesia.

The Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Cape St George worked alongside BAKAMLA vessel KN Gaja Laut 4804 and MMAF vessels KP Orca 01 and Hui Macan Tutul 01 with an ABF Dash-8 aerial aircraft complementing the surface assets.

In support of this operation, an AFMA officer was on board ABFC Cape St George for the duration of the patrol.

Commander Maritime Border Command (MBC), Rear Admiral (RADM) Peter Laver, said these activities demonstrate the inter-operability of MBC, BAKAMLA and MMAF assets and enhance Australia’s collaboration between agencies involved.

“The combined Operation demonstrates the close relationship between MBC, AFMA, BAKAMLA and MMAF to combat the ongoing threats of illegal civil maritime activity, including foreign fishing either side of Australia and Indonesia’s maritime boundaries.

“These maritime operations are a result of ongoing close cooperation among the ABF and our international law enforcement and intelligence partners,” RADM Laver said.

This was the fifth Operation Shearwater conducted between the ABF and BAKAMLA, with the inaugural patrol occurring in October 2013.

(Aus Border)

14 Oktober 2017

Vietnam's CSB 8020 Ready to Return Home

14 Oktober 2017

CSB 8020 Vietnamese Coast Gurad (photo : BaoDatViet)

On the foreign military sites appeared latest pictures of Vietnamese CSB 8020 ship at the time of the day 04.10.2017.

Currently, Vietnam CSB 8020 and its crew are being trained in Honolulu in the Hawaiian Islands of America. Recently, the ship has welcomed Vietnamese Ambassador to the  US Pham Quang Vinh.

The panoramic image of the CSB 8020 did not appear during the visit, but a clear picture of it was made on October 4, 2017.

Looking outside, the ship was brought a new coat of paint, indicating that the repair process was completed, preparing to self-journey back to Vietnam. If that is the case then we will officially receive the train at the end of this year as expected.

Another noteworthy detail is that the number of the ship is only 20, not 8020 as the original information.

CSB 8020 is a Hamilton class patrol vessel, the WHC 722, which is based at the Avondale Plant, and was officially commissioned on March 10, 1969, and has just retired on April 18, 1977.

The ship has a full load stretch of 3,250 tons; length 115 m; width of 13 m; draft of 4.6 m; 160 crew members (including 20 officers and 140 crew members).

The vessel is equipped with a combined propulsion system consisting of two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines, giving a maximum speed of 29 knots (53.7 km / h), a range of 14,000 nautical miles (22,531 km ), continuous time of 45 days.

The original ship's weaponry included the AN/SPS-40 airborne radar guns, the 76.2 mm Oto Breda gunboat, the 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, the M242 Bushmaster size 25 mm, 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun and 7.62 mm M240 light machine gun.

However, based on the above image, only the only gunboat Oto Breda along with the fire control radar was retained.

It is expected that after the WHEC 722, Vietnam Coast Guard can receive some more Hamilton class patrol boats from the US Coast Guard.