26 Maret 2017

RTA Ordered 34 NORINCO ZBL-09

26 Maret 2017


Norinco ZBD 09 (photo : Tank Encyclopedia)

RTA ordered ZBL-09 from NORICO to be commissioned in the Cavalry Unit

Foreign correspondent said to TAF in LIMA 2017 yesterday that the Royal Thai Army signed the order to buy 34 ZBL-09 8x8 and 12,506 30 mm round from China's NORICO.

ZBL-09 can be compared to BTR-3E1 earlier procured and deployed in the infantry units. RTA will buy one battalion of ZBL-09 and aim for 2020 delivery at the price of 1.695 mil USD each. TAF believe that this order is a part of the 400 million Baht project to upgrade the RTA maintenance factory to be able to maintain and refurbish all Chinese-made vehicle in RTA, including VT-4 tank, Type-85 and ZBL-09. Thy aim to become the regional center for Chinese vehicle maintenance.

(TAF)

MTC Shows Mobile Offshore Base Station

26 Maret 2017


MTC Mobile Offshore Base Station concept (all photos : Monch, Navy Recognition) 

During LIMA 2017 in Malaysia, the Marine Technology Company (MTC) has presented the MOBS (Mobile Offshore Base Station) in two proposed variants – with engine (SPB, Self-Propelled Barge) and without (tugged by another unit, known as 8PMB, 8-Point Mooring Barge). MTC is a consortium of several companies, established in 2009 as MTC Engineering Sd. Bhd. (MTCE).


MOBS is intended for military purposes as a sea-base. Its project assumes that MOBS would be built from steel – the main hull is to be divided into several compartments (galley, mess room, recreation room, prayer room, and control room). Accommodation area is intended to be placed on a main deck (up to 40 personnel). Its maximum length is 62 metres (SPB) or 44.80 metres (8PMB). Capacity of its fuel tank is 2000 m3 and of fresh water is 200 m3. This barge would accommodate one helicopter on a deck (without a hangar) and one interception/patrol craft (small craft ramp is planned at the aft).



MTC is known in Malaysia and the region for its activities in a civilian market – it specialises in Front End Engineering Design (FEED), Detailed Design Engineering (DDE), Naval Architecture (ship design, fast boats, fishing vessels, tugs, trawlers and barges, accommodation barges), mechanical, electrical and structural services as well as Marine Engineering consultancy. It is also involved in mooring systems and fixed platforms.

(Monch)

Tiga Helikopter Apache Guardian akan Diterima November

26 Maret 2017

Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian (photo : conpaper)

Delapan Apache Siap Perkuat Skadron 11 Penerbad

SEMARANG, suaramerdeka.com - Delapan Heli Apache akan segera diterima Skadron 11 Penerbad Semarang. Pengiriman pesawat canggih buatan Amerika tersebut akan dilakukan dua tahap, dengan tahap pertama sebanyak tiga unit akan diterima November, sedang lima unit sisanya pada tahun 2018. Hal tersebut diungkapkan Wadanpuspenerbad Brigjen TNI Eko Susetyo usai menerima kunjungan kerja Komisi I DPR RI di Skadron 11/ Serbu, Penerbad Semarang, Jumat (24/3).

“Heli Apache akan kita terima sebanyak delapan unit yang akan dikirim bertahap. Ini menjadi alutsista penerbad dengan teknologi tercanggih dan terbaru. Untuk itu kita telah melakukan persiapan, baik untuk kemampuan pilot menerbangkannya maupun dalam perawatannya. Sejumlah personil pilot sudah kami kirim untuk mengikuti training di Amerika. Apache ini akan menjadi kekuatan baru yang menunjang tugas Penerbad yang bisa digunakan dalam tugas heli serang, patrol perbatasan atau dilibatkan dalam  pengamanan laut maupun ilegal fishing,”jelasnya.

91 Helikopter Penerbad

Dalam menerima Ketua Komisi I DPR RI Abdul Kharis Almasyhari bersama rombongan, Wadanpuspenerbad berharap masalah anggaran pemeliharaan alutsista Penerbad harus diperhatikan.  Menurutnya sebagai satuan yang memiliki kekuatan 91 heli berupa heli latih, serang, serbu dan angkut. Penerbad membutuhkan anggaran sangat besar untuk perawatan serta menjaga profesionalisme personil yang di sekolahkan/ training untuk menambah keilmuannya dalam bidangnya masing-masing.

Ketua Komisi I DPR RI Abdul Kharis Almasyhari mengatakan dalam kunjungannya Komisi I DPR RI ingin melihat lebih dekat seperti kondisi alutsista di Penerbad dan seberapa banyak kendala yang dihadapi.

“Ternyata Penerbad ada 91 heli yang butuh maintenance yang sangat besar. Mereka melakukan perawatan sendiri karena kalau dilakukan pihak outsourcing akan terlalu mahal biayanya. Kita akan dorong anggaran untuk mendukung tugas penerbad dalam rangka meningkatkan profesionalisme SDM dan maintenance alutsista.”

“Kami juga mendukung pembaharuan alutsista untuk menunjang tugas Penerbad . Ini sangat penting diperjuangkan karena sebagai Negara kepulauan, kehadiran satuan penerbad sangat dibutuhkan untuk mengantisipasi terjadinya gangguan keamanan seperti pergeseran patok wilayah, illegal fishing, mengantisipasi penyelundupan melalui patrol udara,” tandasnya.

(Suara Merdeka)

MRSS Indonesia Jadi Pilihan TLDM

26 Maret 2017


Tjahjono Yudo menunjukkan replika kapal laut MRSS keluaran Indonesia. (photo : Utusan)

LANGKAWI - Bukan lagi rahsia betapa Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) sangat berkehendakkan kapal sokongan pelbagai peranan (MRSS) sebagai salah satu daripada elemen transformasi 15 to 5 yang dianggap sebagai langkah efisien dalam me­ngukuhkan ketumbukan pasukan menjaga perairan negara.

Setelah beberapa negara termasuk Amerika Syarikat (AS) dan China dikhabarkan cuba melobi Malaysia untuk membeli kapal mereka sebelum ini, kebelakang­an ini, terdengar khabar mengatakan MRSS dihasilkan syarikat negara jiran, PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) yang menjadi pilihan.

Pengarah Urusan Perancangan Strategik Korporat Persero, Ir. Tjahjono Yudo ketika ditemui mengakui pihaknya sudah pun menjalinkan kerjasama bersama Boustead Naval Shipyard bagi meneliti spesifikasi kapal yang sesuai ditawarkan kepada TLDM.


Kapal MRSS pengajuan dari China (photo : Navy Recognition)

“Setakat ini saya belum boleh memberi maklumat penuh me­ngenai spesifikasi kapal yang ditawarkan. Namun secara umumnya MRSS yang kami tawarkan adalah kapal versi terkini yang diba­ngunkan daripada kapal pendarat (LPD), sama seperti kapal perang Republik Indonesia (KRI) Banjamasin dan KRI Banda Aceh.

“Tentera Laut Filipina membuat dua tempahan kapal ini daripada kami dengan satu daripadanya sudah diserahkan pada Mei 2016 dan satu lagi bakal diselesaikan tahun ini. Saya percaya selaku negara berjiran yang mempunyai keadaan hampir sama, Malaysia juga sesuai memiliki kapal ini,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, sumber dalaman TLDM memaklumkan, pasukan itu sememangnya berhasrat mendapatkan kapal tersebut namun belum ada sebarang keputusan dibuat mengenainya.

“Sejak KD Inderapura terbakar pada 2009, tugas-tugas logistik kebanyakannya diambil alih dua lagi kapal dalam kelas Multi Purpose Command Support Ship (MPCSS) iaitu KD Mahawangsa dan KD Sri Indera Sakti.


Kapal MRSS pengajuan dari Belanda (photo : Navy Recognition)

“Kedua-dua kapal itu tidak sebesar KD Inderapura dan bebanan tugas berlebihan juga menyebabkan kos penyelenggaraan serta baik pulih meningkat. Jadi, langkah untuk mendapatkan MRSS adalah pilihan terbaik,” katanya.

Selain itu, katanya, kapal tersebut sekiranya dimiliki mampu memberi imej lebih mesra kepada negara ini dalam menjalankan misi-misi kemanusiaan.

“Adakalanya dalam menjalankan misi kemanusiaan, kita terpaksa menggunakan kapal-kapal perang. Jadi kalau kita menggunakan kapal pengangkut seperti ini, keadaannya akan menjadi lebih ‘molek’ dan mesra,” katanya.

(Utusan)

Army Develops Mechatronics Mortar

26 Maret 2017

81 mm mechatronics mortar (all photos : TNI AD, Koran Jakarta)

Bandung, W.Java (ANTARA News) - Research and Development Laboratory of the Indonesian Army is developing a Mechatronics 81 mm mortar that can be placed in tactical vehicles, such as Anoa Panzer.

"This is a collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Technology Surabaya," Head of Laboratory, Lieutenant Colonel. Simon P. Kamlasi said here, Thursday.

The mechatronics 81mm mortar can be operated automatically with DC motor from the electrical system of the vehicle.


The elevation and traverse angles can be fully adjusted using an electric control from a control panel system based on a laptop.

Mechatronics 81mm mortar controller Software has been equipped with a ballistic computer system to measure distance and targets coordinates tailored to the types of projectiles and charges, resulting in accurate shooting.

Most of the control functions can even be operated from Android-based smartphones via WiFi connection so that shooting can be done remotely from outside the vehicle.


The mechatronics mortar is a second generation, which in 2015 the laboratory had developed mechatronics mortar. "This second generation is better than the first one," Simon said.

He mentioned, mechatronics 81 mm mortars which made in 2016 is still a prototype, and has not been mass-produced because it needs improvement.

"We expect by 2018 the mortar will have been certified by the Armys Research and Development Division and can be mass-produced, and directly installed in tactical vehicles, like Anoa Panzer," he said.

(Antara)

24 Maret 2017

CSOC Provided More Detail About Thai S26T

24 Maret 2017


Model of S26T submarine for RTN (photos : TAF) 

"The ship will share similar design with the Yuan class. Despite some change, over design will be as much the same as Yuan class currently operated by PLAN" CSOC official told TAF.

RTN is under the process of submitting the proposal to buy the first of three ships to the cabinet for consideration. Data provided by CSOC indicated that the ship's overall length will be 79.5 m, breadth 8.6 m, moduled depth will be 9.2 m, with the displacement of 2660 tons. The ship maximum speed is 18 knot with the maximum diving depth of 300 m and endurance of 8000 nm at 4 knot.



"In the case of Pakistan that they procured 8 ships. The company needs 2 - 3 years of design and construction will take 5 years" CSOC told TAF after she was asked about the time needed before the ship enter the commission.

Furthermore - despite the company did not confirm the type of weapon RTN will be received - weapon packages for RTN will be comprehensive and high performance.

(TAF)

KAI Pitches T-50 for Future Malaysia Trainer, Attack Role

24 Maret 2017


KAI T-50 advanced jet trainer (photo : epic)

Korea Aerospace Industies (KAI) is promoting its T-50 advanced jet trainer, light attack aircraft to Kuala Lumpur.

KAI had a large stand at this year’s show at the Langkawi Internationa Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition. Its appearancec was also in support of the South Korean air force’s Black Eagles display team, which performed daily in the show’s flying display.

The Black Eagles display with eight T-50B aircraft. It started using the type in 2009, having previously used the Cessna A-37 Dragonfly.

There is a no formal requirement for new trainer aircraft in Malaysia, so KAI sees its presence at the show as mainly introductory in nature.

The type fills two roles, both as an advanced jet trainer and a light attack aircraft. It is understood that all T-50 aircraft subsequently produced will be the FA-50 variant, which has a light attack capability with precision weapons, and a cannon.

KAI has enjoyed strong success with the type in Southeast Asia, selling the aircraft to the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Kuala Lumpur has insufficient assets for training pilots, with just seven MB-339CM trainers – the eight aircraft crashed in May 2016, with both the pilot and co-pilot ejecting safely.

A decision on new trainers is likely to be years away. It is unlikely made until Kuala Lumpur selects a new fighter under the auspices of the Multi-role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) deal. The MRCA decision has been delayed for years, with no clarity on timelines.

The T-50 also forms the basis Lockheed Martin’s bid in the US T-X competition to replace the Northrop T-38.

(FlightGlobal)

PH Military Ponders Acquiring 6 More FA-50PHs

24 Maret 2017


FA-50PH aircraft (photo : pdff)

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now looking into acquiring six more FA-50PH Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Resituto Padilla said due to the initial good performance impressions given by the aircraft there is a possibility to acquire six more units of the Korean Aerospace Industries, Ltd (KAI) made jet.

“We are constantly evaluating the jet and so far, it’s performance has been good. If we will be given additional funding and authority, we might acquire six more units,” the AFP spokesperson said as quoted by PNA.

12 Aircraft to be Completely in May 2017

This is on top of initial order of 12 units. Padilla said all 12 ordered FA-50PHs are expected to be completely delivered in May. PAF’s acquisition of the 12 FA-50PHs was under the AFP Modernization Program contracted with the KAI to enhance the country’s territorial defense capabilities.

Of 12 ordered, 6 are already in active Air Force service. FA-50PHs 007 and 008 will be delivered March 29. FA-50PHs 009, 010 and 011, 012 are expected to arrive April and May, respectively.

(Update)

Airod Lines up Three Aircraft Upgrades

24 Maret 2017


Upgraded Nuri helicopter (photo : NST)

Sikorsky S-61A4 Nuri helicopter

On 23 March, the third day of the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi, Airod formally delivered to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) its proof-of-concept Sikorsky S-61A4 Nuri helicopter with upgraded avionics. The Nuri upgrade is in progress, with Hawk and Hercules upgrades awaiting contract award too.

An Airod representative told Shephard that the first aircraft took 11 months to complete, which was two months ahead of schedule. The upgrade of each succeeding aircraft should take about five months.

Airod is contracted to upgrade 14 additional Nuri helicopters. The avionics upgrade should grant the fleet an extra 15 years of life, which is ambitious considering that the fleet entered RMAF service way back in the 1960s.

Airod, assisted by Universal Avionics and Heli-One, signed an MoU on 20 April 2016 to pave the way for this life extension project. Heli-One assisted Airod with the first aircraft, but the Malaysian company will be responsible for the remaining aircraft.

The upgrade features a single UNS-1Lw Multi-Missions Management System and four EFI-890H advanced flight displays that are night vision goggle-compatible.

Also included are LCR-100 attitude heading reference system sensors, EuroAvionics EuroNav 7 mission computer, DME-4000, DF-938 direction finder, Rockwell Collins NAV-4000, Thommen AC-32 air data computers and RDR-1600 search radar.

Heli-One also supplied a simulator for training use, with conversion training for pilots taking about five days.

BAE Systems Hawk Mk 208 and Hawk Mk 108

A day earlier, on 22 March, Airod signed an MoU with BAE Systems for a proposed Hawk jet upgrade for the RMAF.

The upgrade will incorporate a new radar warning receiver, countermeasure dispensing system, digital video and mission planning system. This will 'ensure the aircraft meets all future operational requirements,' according to BAE Systems and Airod.

Mike Swales, Hawk programme director from BAE Systems, expected a letter of acceptance to be signed within two months.

BAE Systems would be responsible for completing the first aircraft, and then assist Airod with the second. Work on the third aircraft onwards would be done by Airod. Work should be completed within three years.

The RMAF has a dozen Hawk Mk 208 light attack aircraft and six Hawk Mk 108 trainers that were acquired in the 1980s. The upgrade should concentrate on ten Hawk Mk 208s to extend their life by some 15 years.

BAE Systems and Airod had signed a letter of intent for this proposed Hawk upgrade in February 2016.

C-130H Hercules

A third upgrade programme waiting in the wings for Airod concerns the RMAF C-130H Hercules fleet, this project is being undertaken in conjunction with Rockwell Collins.

This will see a wholesale modernisation of the RMAF's 14-strong C-130H fleet, and Rockwell Collins expected a contract to be awarded before the end of 2017.

This upgrade is based on Rockwell Collins' Flight2 system, which will replace 14 analogue gauges on the flight deck with a completely digital system that will save 400kg in weight.

With Airod acting as an approved Lockheed Martin service provider, the company is in prime position to seal this contract. The programme is likely to be done in two batches of seven aircraft, with all work done in Malaysia.

(Shephard)

MINDEF Signs Contract for Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle

23 Maret 2017


The Next Generation AFV will replace the ageing ULTRA M113 AFV which has been in service since the early 70s. (photo : Sing Mindef)

The Singapore Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) for the production and supply of the Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV).



The Next Generation AFV will replace the ageing ULTRA M113 AFV which has been in service since the early 70s. The Next Generation AFV will provide our armoured forces with enhanced firepower, protection, mobility and situational awareness.

The delivery of the Next Generation AFV will begin in 2019.  (Sing Mindef)

The SAF's Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle: Enhanced Firepower, Mobility and Situational Awareness

The Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) will be the mainstay of the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) mechanised forces, operating alongside the Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle, to fulfil the SAF's operational requirements.



Developed together with the Defence Science and Technology Agency and our local defence industry, the Next Generation AFV will provide our armoured forces with enhanced firepower, protection, mobility and situational awareness.

Initiated in 2006 to replace the ageing ULTRA M113 AFV which has been in service since the early 70s, the delivery of the Next Generation AFV will begin in 2019. (Sing Mindef)

Airbus to Buy More from Malaysian Suppliers and will Rise by 25%

24 Maret 2017


CTRM products range are : Airbus A320 series, Airbus A380, Airbus A350XWB, Boeing 787, Boeing 737 Next Generation, Boeing 777, V2500 Engine Nacelle, and Airbus A400M work packages (photo : CTRM)

Airbus to buy more parts from local suppliers

KUALA LUMPUR: As demand for aircraft grows, the quantity of parts that Airbus will be buying from Malaysian suppliers will rise by 25% to the value of US$500mil over five years to 2021.

It currently stands at US$400mil and the suppliers that will produce the parts are Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM), Spirit Aerospace and Celestica.

Airbus, the French aircraft manufacturer, had predicted earlier that demand for aircraft would reach 13,640 in this region over 20 years at a value of US$2.2 trillion.

China continues to be the main buyer of aircraft in the region from both Airbus and Boeing.
“We will be buying 25% more, and the companies will have to ramp up production and increase output,” Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier told reporters yesterday at an Airbus press conference.

Bregier added that “we are committed to growing our presence in the coming years. The value of work here, except China, is by far the biggest procurement in Asia and it will only grow as our production grows”.

“This is a recognition of the high quality of work undertaken by Malaysian companies and workers, the country’s competitive cost base and its expertise in the aerospace engineering sector,” he said.

Malaysia is the fifth-largest supplier of parts to Airbus for its aircraft, and the second largest in Asia after China.

Apart from more aircraft parts led by higher aircraft orders, Airbus wants to expand further into the maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) area, given the need for quality MRO services in the region.

For now, it has a joint-venture maintenance unit, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), which specialises in the maintenance and overhaul of Airbus single-aisle aircraft, but opportunities exist for the A330-neo and A350.

“The form of expansion is not yet clear, but we definitely intend to extend the footprint of SAE. We are studying several possibilities,” he said.

Last year, there was market talk that AirAsia was keen to be party with SAE in the MRO business, but the talk subsided after some time.

Currently, Airbus has some arrangements on MRO with Singapore Airlines on the A350, but Bregier said “we have several options (for more MRO services) and it depends on partners”.
AirAsia Group is one of Airbus’ biggest customers for several aircraft types such as the A330-neo and A350.

Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) has ordered six A350 aircraft, two of which will be delivered this year, though a slight delay can be expected. Indonesia’s Lion Air Group, which has a stake in Malindo Air, is also one of Airbus’ biggest customers in the region.

MAS CEO Peter Bellew recently told StarBiz that the airline needed six more A330 or B787 aircraft with growing demand.

Over the next three to four years, he foresees MAS ordering about 35-36 new wide-body aircraft and players like Airbus and Boeing will be keen to get that business.
On this trip, Bregier is meeting both the CEOs of AirAsia and MAS.

(The Star)

23 Maret 2017

Paskhas Terima Kendaraan Taktis P2 Commando

23 Maret 2017

Kendaraan Taktis P2 Commando buatan PT SSE (photo : Paskhas) 

Serah Terima Ranpur P2 Commando Di Wing I Paskhas

Bertempat di depan ruang loby Markas Wing I Paskhas dilaksanakan proses serah terima Ranpur jenis P2 Commando dari PT SSE kepada Kementrian Pertahanan RI yang diwakili oleh Komandan Korpaskhas Marsekal Muda TNI T. Seto Purnomo. Rabu (22/03).

Korpaskhas kembali diperkuat dengan rantis (kendaraan taktis) lapis baja 4×4. Setelah sebelumnya menggunakan rantis jip lapis baja DMV-30 T/A, kini Paskhas dalam proses untuk mendapatkan P2 Commando 4×4, rantis lapis baja produksi PT Sentra Surya Ekajaya (SSE) yang akan dialokasikan ke Satbravo ‘90.

Kendaraan Taktis DMV-30A buatan PT DI (photo : Kaskus Militer)

Dalam kegiatan tersebut, Komandan Korpaskhas beserta staf mengecek secara fisik kondisi ranpur P2 Commando. Kemudian dilanjutkan dengan prosesi serah terima di ruang loby Mawing I Paskhas.

Adapun yang hadir dalam acara serah terima tersebut Wadankorpaskhas Marsma TNI Yudi Bustami, Ir Korpaskhas, Asren Korpaskhas, Danwing I Paskhas, Dansatbravo ’90 Paskhas, Danyonko 461 Paskhas, Danyonko 467 Paskhas serta Dirut PT. SSE (Sentra Surya Ekajaya).

(Paskhas)

Rafale Appears in the Lead as Malaysia Seeks New Fighter Jets - Defence Source

23 Maret 2017

Rafale jet fighter (photo : defence.pk)

Rafale appears in the lead as Malaysia seeks new fighter jets - defence source
France's Rafale fighter jet is emerging as the frontrunner as Malaysia looks to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, a source in the Southeast Asian nation's defence ministry said on Wednesday, despite narrowing its defence spending this year.

French President Francois Hollande was expected to make a pitch for the Rafale, made by Dassault Aviation SA, when he and his team visit Malaysia next week, the source said.

"The ministry's top leadership have been promoting the Rafale," said the source, who was not authorised to speak to media on the negotiations.

"It's been done in promotional material for LIMA, and even at top government meetings," the source said, referring to this week's biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.

Malaysia was looking to buy up to 18 jets in a deal potentially worth more than $2 billion, the source said.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was reported in media as saying that the race for new fighter jets has narrowed down to the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by BAE Systems.

The plan is to replace the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF) squadron of Russian MiG-29 combat planes, nearly half of which are grounded.

Dassault, which declined comment when approached, has kept a low profile in the race. BAE has been on a consistent and public campaign over the past six years to win the Malaysia contract, even establishing a regional office in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Steve Osborne, BAE's sales director for military air and information for the Asia Pacific region, said the Typhoon had a good chance of landing the deal as the company already supplied defence equipment to Malaysia.

"We believe this gives the government of Malaysia the confidence in us that they may go with us...," said Osborne.

An industry and a government source with knowledge of the negotiations said any decision would take at least two more years, as Prime Minister Najib Razak is focused on more domestic concerns in the run up to national polls that must be held by 2018.

Malaysia cut its total defence budget by 12.7 percent to 15.1 billion ringgit ($3.41 billion) this year, as Najib grapples with growing public discontent over rising living costs.


Besides Dassault and BAE, other suitors courting Malaysia are Russia's Sukhoi and Sweden's SAAB, which is selling its single engine Gripen. See full article Reuters

Rafale jet fighter (photo : Vishal Jalapara)

Dassault : Rafale to serve your needs for 40 years


KUALA LUMPUR: With the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) replacement programme seemingly back on track, Rafale International believes its jet is well-placed to be the best bet for Malaysia.

With fighter aircraft undoubtedly being the most strategic weapon of any air force today, it said, both in terms of combat effectiveness and critical technologies, the Rafale is the right answer to conduct modern warfare safely and efficiently, thanks to its multi-role capabilities.

The consortium said there were three “must haves” of a true multi-role fighter aircraft a design, which is, from the onset, for carrying out all types of missions successfully, a cutting-edge mission system with the best sensors, and the sheer power of data fusion and an outstanding store carriage capability.

It said the Rafale is a twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft that can carry out a wide range of missions, such as air policing and defensive counter air, air-to-ground precision attack, air-to-sea strike, nuclear deterrence, and air reconnaissance without having multiple fighter aircraft in an operation.

“This enables multiple missions to be carried in one sortie. Designed to be the sole combat aircraft in the French Air Force and Navy, being operated by the French armed forces in combat operations for more than a decade now, Rafale has proven its operational excellence in various theatres around the world.

“Having just one type of combat aircraft that fulfills multiple roles translates to highly efficient squadron maintenance and operations.”

Rafale International said the second “must have” has been fulfilled in the Rafale with its technologically-advanced sensors: active electronically scanned array radar, electronic warfare integrated self-protection system, front sector optronic system and datalink.

“The data fusion of information presents a unique tactical picture to the crew, increasing situation awareness and reducing pilot workload,” it said.

The Rafale, the consortium said, was able to take off at 2.5 times its empty weight, fulfilling the third “must have”.

“(It is capable of carrying) a large variety of mixed loads, offering the ability to conduct several types of missions in the same sortie. This allows flexibility in mission planning and execution.

“Its modular architecture ensures that the Rafale is ready for a wide spectrum of evolutions linked to future requirements, to increase its capacities in tomorrow’s integrated battlespace. With continuous upgrades, the Rafale is guaranteed to be operational for the next 40 years and beyond and is fully adaptable to any future needs.”

Rafale International believes recent successes in the sale of Rafale aircraft to India, Qatar and Egypt has proven that the Rafale is a worthy option for the world’s air forces, including RMAF.

“These further successes of the Rafale confirm the technological know-how and competencies of Dassault Aviation’s employees and of its 500 industrial partners. The contracts also illustrate the strategic relationship and the exemplary partnership maintained between France/Dassault Aviation and these countries and marks the natural culmination of the relationship of trust.

“The Rafale is combat-proven and is engaged in six theatres of operation, which demonstrates unstinting efficiency in protecting nations,” it said.

Should the Malaysian government procure the Rafale for RMAF, there will be benefits for local defence and aerospace industry players.

“The Rafale is produced by three aerospace leaders: Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales. These companies are (already) collaborating with Malaysian partners, among which are local aerospace industry players that are, or will become, part of Rafale OEM’s Global Supply Chain, organisations and institutions involved in education, research and high technology development.

“We are committed to Malaysia and will continue to collaborate with local partners to develop, in particular, talents and skills of technology and entrepreneurship, in line with the (government’s) Economic Transformation Programme goals,” said the consortium.
See full article NST

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).

(Jane's)

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.

(Sputnik)

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".

(Jane's)

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.

(Thales)

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.

(PNA)