05 Februari 2016

PTDI Telah Mengekspor 40 Unit Pesawat, Terlaris CN235

05 Februari 2016

 CN-235 UAE (photo : hop9)

Jakarta -PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) tercatat telah mengekspor 40 unit pesawat baling-baling tipe CN235 dan NC212 ke beberapa negara, hingga akhir 2015 lalu.

Dari data ekspor PTDI, tercatat pesawat jenis CN235 sebagai produk yang paling laris. PTDI telah mengekspor sebanyak 35 unit pesawat CN235 kepada pemesannya di luar negeri, sisanya adalah NC212.

Negara yang menjadi pelanggan produk PTDI adalah seperti Korea Selatan, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Filipina, hingga Uni Emirat Arab.

"Ada Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan dan Filipina," kata Direktur Produksi PTDI, Arie Wibowo kepada detikFinance, seperti dikutip Jumat (5/2/2016).

Selama menjual pesawat ke luar negeri, Arie mengaku, para konsumen puas terhadap produk yang dikembangkan dan dirakit di PTDI, Bandung.

"Tidak ada yang pernah komplain mengenai reliability dan performance pesawat terbang kami. Namun kami memang perlu mengoptimalkan support services kami," sebutnya.

Untuk pengembangan pesawat tersebut, PTDI menggandeng pihak Airbus Group. Meski demikian, PTDI tetap andil dalam pembuatan komponen hingga sertifikasi sehingga BUMN pesawat ini tidak sekedar merakit pesawat.

"Khususnya CN235 dan NC212 itu kita membuat komponen airframe (struktur) keseluruhannya sampai perakitan dan melakukan integrasi sistem ke dalam pesawat kemudian melakukan ground and flight testing, sertifikasi kemudian dilakukan acceptance oleh customer," ujarnya.

Dari catatan PTDI, total pengiriman pesawat PTDI untuk pasar lokal dan internasional mencapai 134 unit, sedangkan helikopter PTDI telah mengirimkan 219 unit kepada pemesannya. (Detik)

CN-235 Pakistan (photo : Gindroz)

Korsel Pengguna Terbanyak Pesawat Buatan PTDI

Jakarta -Korea Selatan tercatat sebagai pengguna terbesar produk pesawat buatan PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) untuk pasar luar negeri. Negeri K-Pop telah memakai 12 unit pesawat jenis CN235.

Konsumen terbesar berikutnya adalah Malaysia, dengan penggunaan 8 unit CN235, dan disusul Thailand 7 unit (CN235 dan NC212), Uni Emirat Arab 7 unit CN235, Pakistan 5 unit CN235, dan Brunei Darussalam 1 unit CN235.

Direktur Produksi PTDI, Arie wibowo menyebut, produk NC 212 dan CN 235 sebagai pesawat buatan PTDI yang paling laku di pasar internasional.

Keunggulan yang ditawarkan membuat militer beberapa negara menjatuhkan pilihan untuk membeli CN235 hingga NC212.

Salah satu keunggulannya ialah mempunyai ramp door di belakang untuk memudahkan loading dan unloading barang/cargo. Selain itu, pesawat PTDI bisa dipakai untuk berbagai misi atau fungsi (multiplatform).

"Bisa landing di berbagai tipe runway kemudian reliable apabila di maintain dengan benar dan tepat waktu, serta ekonomis untuk operational cost-nya," kata Arie kepada detikFinance, Jumat (5/1/2016).

(Detik)

Boeing to Provide P-8 Training Systems to Royal Australian Air Force

05 Februari 2016


Boeing’s Virtual Maintenance Trainer is part of the maintenance training suite that Boeing will provide to the Royal Australian Air Force. (photo : Boeing)

ST. LOUIS – The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has selected Boeing [NYSE: BA] to provide the service with P-8 maintenance training devices. This is the first international sale of P-8 maintenance training equipment currently used by the U.S. Navy for its P-8A Poseidon fleet.

The RAAF virtual trainers were purchased through the U.S. Navy and RAAF Cooperative Program and will be used to train P-8A maintenance personnel starting in early 2018.

“This provides the RAAF with the ability to train its maintainers on more than 1,400 maintenance procedures using the Boeing provided suite of devices,” said Tom Wagner, Boeing’s P-8 maintenance program manager. “RAAF maintainers will be able to practice at great length before they are required to perform maintenance on the actual P-8A aircraft.”

The maintenance training devices provide interactive, high-fidelity simulations based on actual mission systems software while the hardware-based trainers are full-scale replicas of aircraft components.

Earlier this year, the RAAF ordered a Boeing P-8 aircrew training system for training pilots and mission crews to operate the aircraft, its sensors, communications and weapons systems.

In February 2014 the Australian government approved the acquisition of eight P-8A aircraft with an option for four more. That contract included training and initial spares and support equipment. Boeing plans to begin delivering the aircraft in late 2016 and the P-8A training system in 2018.

Boeing Aerostructures Australia manufactures ailerons for 737 series aircraft and their derivatives, including the P-8.

(Boeing)

RTAF Membeli 3 UAV Aerostar

05 Februari 2016


UAV Aerostar (photo : Aeronautics)

Angkatan Udara Thailand melakukan pengadaan 1 sistem pesawat tak berawak (3 UAV) dengan biaya 40 juta baht dengan Aeronautics Ltd Israel.

Saat ini di Squadron 404, di Wing 4, skuadron UAV milik Angkatan Udara Thailand memiliki UAV Aerostar sekitar 5 unit.

Juga dilakukan produksi 17 pesawat taktis tak berawak kelas menengah jenis Tiger Shark II dengan nilai  579 juta baht oleh Research And Development Centre For Space And Aeronautical Science And Technology - Thailand.


(AAG)

Malaysia to Upgrade Armoured Vehicles

05 Februari 2016


Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4x4 APC used by Malaysia fitted with a Thales FVT900 one-person turret armed with a 20 mm cannon and 7.62 mm co-axial MG. (photo : Mjabb)

Malaysia is looking at ways to upgrade elements of its fleet of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) to extend its operational life, even though the country is currently taking delivery of 257 AV8 8x8 vehicles from local company DEFTECH, the first of which were delivered from the FNSS production line in Turkey.

Speaking at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2016 conference held in London, in late January, Dr Yazid Ahmad, director Mechanical & Aerospace Technology Division of the Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE), revealed that Malaysia is planning to upgrade some of its Alvis Vehicles Scorpion 90 light AFVs and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4x4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs).

Malaysia received a total of 186 SIMBAS 6x6 AFVs between 1983 and 1984 and 459 Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Condor 4x4 APC and variants. It also acquired 26 Alvis Scorpion 90 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) from 1983, which were fitted with a two-person turret armed with a 90 mm Cockerill gun and a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG). They were originally fitted with a flotation screen for amphibious operations, but these have now been removed.


Export Alvis Scorpion fitted with a two-person turret armed with 90 mm gun, 7.62 mm co-axial MG, and roof-mounted 0.50 calibre M2 HB MG, excluding flotation screen. (photo : bertiwi)

Export Alvis Scorpion fitted with a two-person turret armed with 90 mm gun, 7.62 mm co-axial MG, and roof-mounted 0.50 calibre M2 HB MG, excluding flotation screen. (BAE Systems)

After looking at a number of options a decision was taken to refurbish the current Perkins diesel engine and upgrade the TN15 transmission to the more reliable TN15DE standard, and also to go with a new single pin track.

The aluminium hull will be refurbished and seven of the remaining 14 Scorpion 90 LAVs will have their turrets removed and replaced by the Thales UK FVT900 one-person turret armed with a 20 mm cannon and a 7.62 mm co-axial MG.

These FVT900 turrets are being taken from the Alvis Stormer tracked APC, of which 25 were delivered from the United Kingdom. Of the 25 Stormer APCs, 12 had the FVT900 turret and the remainder had a Rheinmetall TH-1 one-person turret armed with two 7.62 mm MGs.

(Jane's)

04 Februari 2016

114 M-113A2 Units to be Commissioned

04 Februari 2016`


AFP M-113A2 armored personnel carriers (photos : AFP)

MANILA (PNA) -- The Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) on Thursday will formally receive and commission the 114 M-113A2 armored personnel carriers (APCs) acquired through the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA).

This was disclosed by Army spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao in an interview Wednesday.

The first 77 units were shipped on December 9, 2015 while the remaining 37 units were delivered on December 14, 2015.

The 114 M-113A2 will be formally turned over to Army commander Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano who will then hand it to MID head Major Gen. Edgar Gonzales during short ceremonies in Camp O' Donnell, Capas, Tarlac Thursday.

All weapons, radios and other equipment of these APCs are installed, making them mission-capable.

"These equipment will be brought down the line to complete the Table of Equipment (TOE) (of all MID battalions)and will enhance our speed (of deployment) and our personnel protection," the Army spokesperson said.


The MID has five mechanized battalion with the theoretical TOE of 36 armored vehicles each.

The EDA Program grants excess US military equipment, without cost, to qualified allied countries.

The transfer is a result of a formal request made by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to assist in their defense modernization efforts.

The M-113A2 was developed to provide a survivable and reliable light tracked vehicle that allows troops to be brought forward under armor for dismounted operations.

Commissioning of these vehicles will greatly boost the numbers of the 343 armored vehicle-strong MID.

The AFP virtually got these additional armored assets for free saved for the shipping costs which amounted to PHP67.5 million and refitting of .50 caliber machine guns to the APCs. 

(PNA)

PT-91M Pendekar New Improved 2A46MS Main Cannon

04 Februari 2016


 PT-91M Pendekar main battle tank (photos : MMP)

PT-91M Pendekar use a new improved 2A46MS main cannon. The breech block has been redesigned to make it more symmetric, decreasing the resistance of the recoil break whilst the projectile is moving in the barrel, removing the recoil break axis below the main cannon axis in the azimuth plain, using two recuperators acting against each other and placing them above the main gun axis. 



This has increased first hit probability by 23% over the original 2A46M main cannon.

(MMP)

No Plan for Thailand to Buy Russian Tanks: Official

04 Februari 2016


T-84 Oplot main battle tanks (photo : reddit)

BANGKOK (Xinhua) -- Thailand has so far not planned to buy Russian tanks as earlier reported by the media, said a deputy Thai defense minister on Tuesday.

Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Udomdej Sitabutra categorically dismissed news reports that the Thai army has planned to purchase T-14 Armata and T-90 main battle tanks from Russia, though a group of army officers was earlier said to have visited Uralvagonzavod tank manufacturing plant in Nizhny Tagil city.

The former army chief did not either confirm or deny the hearsay about the alleged army delegation to Russia but denied such plans have ever existed.

"There has been no such thing as talk over any Russian tanks as far as the army was concerned," Udomdej said.

The Thai army has procured 10 T-84 Oplot main battle tanks from Ukraine with a backlog order for about 40 others.

One T-14 or T-90 main battle tank reportedly costs a range of 3.7 million to 4.5 million U.S. dollars.

(Xinhua)