27 Juli 2017

Menhan Saksikan Ujicoba Beberapa Drone di Bogor

27 Juli 2017


Pameran dan uji coba drone buatan dalam negeri (all photos : Kumparan, ARC) 

Menhan inginkan pesawat tanpa awak dilengkapi persenjataan

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Menteri Pertahanan (Menhan) Ryamizard Ryacudu menginginkan pesawat terbang tanpa awak (PPTA) atau drone bisa digunakan untuk keperluan tempur, yang dilengkapi senjata dan bom.

"Pesawat terbang tanpa awak yang dibuat atas kerja sama Balitbang Kemhan dengan industri pertahanan dalam negeri sudah bagus, dengan jarak tempuh hingga 200 kilometer dan bisa digunakan selama 20 jam. Luar biasa itu," kata Menhan usai menyaksikan uji coba pesawat tanpa awak hasil kerja sama kementerian pertahan (Kemhan) dan industri pertahanan di Lapangan Terbang Rumpin, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat, Kamis.


Ke depan, lanjut Ryamizard, tak terlalu sering memakai pesawat yang menggunakan awak karena cost relatif mahal, dan penggunaannya pun terbatas. Namun, pesawat tanpa awak bisa digunakan setiap saat dan relatif lebih murah. 

"Kemungkinan kecelakaan sangat kecil. Kalau pun ada kecelakaan tidak ada korban jiwa," katanya.


Pesawat terbang tanpa awak ini nantinya bisa di-update untuk dipasang alat tembak dan bom, serta bisa digunakan siang dan malam hari.

"Ini nggak kalah lagi dengan dari luar. Kemudian akan ditingkatkan terus. Itu kalau pakai satelit, jaraknya bisa 500 kilometer," kata mantan Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Darat (Kasad) ini.



Purnawirawan Jenderal bintang empat ini berharap nantinya pesawat tanpa awak dapat dimaksimalkan untuk menjaga perbatasan, bahkan dapat digunakan untuk mencegah peredaran narkoba.

"Iya pasti (akan dimaksimalkan) di perbatasan mau lihat di mana tukang narkoba itu bawa narkoba. Semuanya lah. Curi-curi ikan segala macam. Nanti di kapal angkatan laut juga ada drone, penanganan bencana, segala macam lah," katanya.


Kendati demikian, tambah dia, pihaknya tetap akan membeli beberapa drone militer dari China guna menambah pengetahuan teknologi mengenai drone.

"Jadi begini. Kita, orang China, orang manapun, beli pasti dia bedah itu barang untuk dipelajari. Kita juga beli sedikit satu-dua, kemudian kita pelajari untuk menambah kecanggihan itu. Semuanya begitu," jelasnya.


Pesawat yang diujiterbangkan bernama Rajawali 720, yang merupakan hasil kerja sama Balitbang Kemhan dengan PT Bhineka Dwi Persada. PPTA Rajawali 720 termasuk ke dalam kategori Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) atau juga disebut Pesawat Udara Nir Awak (PUNA) dan merupakan PPTA bersayap tetap (fixed wing).

PPTA tersebut memiliki kemampuan terbang Iebih dari 24 jam dengan misi radius jelajah 20 km sampai dengan 1000 km, dan ketinggi jelajah 8000 meter dan kecepatan hingga 135 km/jam (73 knots). PPTA Rajawali 720 tersebut juga mampu tinggal landas dan landing dengan Iandasan yang cukup pendek.


PPTA Rajawali 720 dirancang dengan misi utama sebagai pesawat pengintai, yang dilengkapi dengan sistem gimbal dan kamera yang dapat mengirimkan hasil pantauan, baik gambar maupun video secara real time ke darat melalui Ground Control Station (GCS).

Sehingga, PPTA Rajawali 720 dapat menjadi salah satu altematif yang handal dalam melakukan pengawasan dalam berbagai keperluan, seperti melakukan pemantauan di daerah perbatasan, lautan ataupun hutan.


Selain PPTA Rajawali 720, kata Kapuskom Publik Kemhan Brigjen TNI Totok Sugiharto, juga akan diuji coba beberapa pesawat tanpa awak lainnya, yakni Pesawat Udara Tanpa Awak (Puna) Alap-Alap, Wulung (PT Carita Boat Indonesia), Elang Laut (PT DI), dan Mission System (PT LEN Industri), serta Target Drone (PT Indo Pacific Communication dan Defence), M3LSU03 (PT Mandiri Mitra Muhibbah).

(Antara)

Indonesia in Talks to Procure First Mini-Submarine

27 Juli 2017

Indonesia is currently in the process of acquiring its first mini-submarine. Platform may partly fulfil Indonesia’s requirement to operate a fleet of 12 submarines by 2024 (photo : Navy Recognition)

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently finalising a contract with Batam-based shipbuilder PT Palindo Marine for the procurement of a mini-submarine, Indonesian Navy Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) sources informed Jane’s on 26 July.

This information has since been corroborated with officials from PT Palindo, who confirmed on the same day that discussions over the contract are currently still ongoing with officials from the MoD and the TNI-AL. “Negotiations over the procurement are still ongoing as we speak,” said Mukti Syarif Rivai, a naval architect with PT Palindo, in a phone conversation with Jane’s . “We will be making an official announcement once the contract is confirmed and signed,” he added.

According to PT Palindo, the mini-submarine will be based on the concept that was first unveiled by the MoD’s research and development branch in November 2016 at the Indo Defence exhibition in Jakarta. The concept is a product of collaboration between PT Palindo Marine, the MoD, the Indonesian Co-ordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, and two Indonesian tertiary institutions Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS) and the University of Indonesia (UI).

The concept features an overall length of 22 m, an overall beam of 3 m, and a hull draught of 2.5 m. It displaces approximately 117 tonnes when surfaced, and 127 tonnes when submerged. The submarine has a maximum operating depth of 150 m, an endurance of six days, and a top speed of 10 kt when dived. It can accommodate a crew of five, with space for up to nine additional personnel.

(Jane's)

Aquila Engineering to Provide Engineering Support for RAAF PC-21s

27 Juli 2017


RAAF PC-21 training aircraft (photo : Stephan Widmer)

The Royal Australian Air Force’s new Pilatus PC-21 trainers will receive in-country engineering and logistics support from Aquila Engineering under a new contract that came into affect on July 1.

The contract, announced on Wednesday, means Aquila Engineering will maintain its link with the Australian Defence Force training fleet, given it currently provides support for the PC-9/A that is being withdrawn.

Aquila Engineering general manager Jenny Marshall said the PC-21 work would build on the company’s experience working on the PC-9/A.

“Pilatus and Aquila first partnered in 2004 to provide in-country engineering and logistics support to the current RAAF pilot training platform,” Marshall said in a statement.

“The initiative to set-up the in-country technical capability has been very successful in supporting the customer’s needs; particularly with Aquila being based in Sale, Victoria and Perth, Western Australia being the two primary RAAF pilot training bases.

“This same system will now support the PC-21 platform, which has the same customer, roles and operating bases and will therefore benefit from a proven and responsive engineering capability to support the new performance based contract through an SME entity with its head-office located in rural Victoria.”

The first of 49 PC-21s for the ADF’s AIR 5428 Pilot Training System program arrived in Australia in February. A formal ceremony to welcome the aircraft into RAAF service is expected some time early next month.

The prime contractor for the AIR 5428 project is Lockheed Martin, which has teamed with Pilatus and Hawker Pacific to deliver the new ADF pilot training system under a seven-year, $1.2-billion contract that was signed in late 2015.

Under AIR 5428 the PC-21 will replace both the ageing PC-9/A, which has been in service since 1988, and the CT-4 currently used for basic training. The PC-9/A is due to be withdrawn in 2019 after 30 years of service and more than 500,000 flying hours.

“We are looking forward to this renewed long-term partnership and are pleased to continue our relationship with Aquila Engineering; an in-country arrangement for the engineering support further increases our commitment to Australian industry capability supporting the PC-21,” Pilatus director defence Australia Rob Oliver said.

(ADBR)

US Donated ISR Aircraft to Help Patrol Vast PH Waters

27 Juli 2017


PAF Cessna 208B Caravan (photo : Pinoy Aviators)

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will use the two US donated Cessna 208B "Caravan" aircraft, which are fitted with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), to patrol the country's vast maritime domains and borders, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restito Padilla said on Wednesday.

In an interview, Padilla said the ISR aircraft could also conduct photo-recon missions along the country's coastal zones.

Padilla said the two planes, which will be formally turned over by the US government to the Philippines Thursday, were part of America's Maritime Security Initiative.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is expected to be in the hand-over ceremony in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City along with US Ambassador Sung Kim.

The Cessna 208B will also give the AFP the capability to detect ships and other craft intruding into the country's territorial waters quickly.

It can also be used to track down or locate lawless elements attempting to infiltrate in the Philippines' southern maritime borders.

The Cessna 208B has a cruising speed of around 170 knots and has a range of over 1,000 nautical miles and capable of transporting eight to nine persons, including the pilot.

Minus the ISR equipment and avionics, each of the aircraft is worth about USD2 milllion.

(PNA)

Indonesia Akan Beli 11 Su-35 dan Drone Bersenjata Buatan China

27 Juli 2017

Hasil negosiasi terakhir dengan harga yang sama, Indonesia mendapatkan 11 pesawat Su-35 (photo : zawerok)

Indonesia pastikan beli Sukhoi untuk perkuat pertahanan udara

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Pemerintah Indonesia memastikan akan memperkuat pertahanan udaranya dengan membeli alutsista jet tempur Sukhoi Su-35.

"Tadi (membahas) pembelian Sukhoi, finalisasi sudah. Sudah itu akan membeli drone, selain itu masalah regulasi siber," kata Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu ditemui usai menghadiri rapat terbatas tentang Alutsista di Kantor Presiden Jakarta, Rabu.

Menurut Ryamizard, Indonesia berencana membeli 11 pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker. "Sudah negoisasi pembelian, sudah dua tahun," tambah Ryamizard.

Drone bersenjata buatan China

Selain itu, terkait rencana pembelian "drone" atau pesawat nirawak, Menteri menjelaskan pemerintah sedang mencari "drone" yang berkualitas dan biaya terjangkau serta kemampuan transfer teknologi yang memadai bagi kemandirian industri pertahanan Indonesia.

"Beli saja sedikit, nanti dikembangkan. Besok saya akan minta pabrik drone datang, uji coba mana yang bagus," jelas Ryamizard.

Sementara itu, Kepala Badan Sarana Pertahanan Laksda Leonardi mengatakan TNI AU membutuhkan "drone" dengan kualifikasi pesawat yang dapat mendeteksi serta melakukan identifikasi dan juga melakukan penyerangan.


Drone bersenjata/UCAV buatan China (photo : Jane's)

Leonardi menambahkan hingga saat ini pemerintah merencanakan membeli enam unit "drone" dengan tiga baterai.

"Yang bisa memberikan, mengizinkan kita untuk beli itu China. Yang lain tidak mau jual. Sejauh ini sudah penjajakan 'G to G' dengan spesifikasinya dari TNI AU," jelas Leonardi.

Sebelumnya dalam rapat terbatas, Presiden Jokowi menegaskan pemerintah harus mengoptimalkan pembelian alutsista yang mengarah kepada pembangunan kemandirian industri pertahanan di dalam negeri.

Presiden menegaskan Indonesia memperoleh sejumlah tawaran kerja sama alutsista dari banyak negara dengan sejumlah tawaran seperti transfer teknologi, desain bersama hingga realokasi fasilitas industri pertahanan dari negara produsen ke Indonesia.

"Saya juga ingatkan pengadaan alutsista harus memerhatikan pendekatan daur hidup tidak hanya, misalnya, membeli pesawat tempur tanpa mempertimbangkan biaya daur hidup alutsista tersebut 20 tahun ke depan," tegas Jokowi.

Indonesia berencana membeli pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO: Flanker E) sebagai pengganti F-5E/F Tiger II di Skuadron Udara 14 TNI AU yang telah pensiun.

(Antara)

26 Juli 2017

PH Marines Train to Maneuver Amphibious Assault Vehicles in Japan

26 Juli 2017


Philippine Marine Corps trained with USMC (photo : US Marines photo)

Members of the Philippine Marine Corps under the Assault Armor Battalion trained with their United States counterparts inside US military base Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, on July 18, 2017.

“The Philippine Marine Corps recently purchased AAVs (Assault Amphibious Vehicles) and are working with U.S. Marines to learn different amphibious procedures – such as hand signaling, egress training, and water operations,” the US Marines said.

According to US Marines this is the first time the Philippine military has trained on an American base.

In April 2016, it was reported that Hanwha Techwin, previously Samsung Techwin, was declared as the winning bidder for the Department of National Defense’s Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) acquisition project.

8 AAVs are expected to be delivered in 2018. These assault vehicles can be housed and deployed at sea by Philippine Navy’s two Tarlac-class landing platform docks.

(Update)

Ferra Selected for Submarine Radar Motors

26 Juli 2017


Thales Phoenice tactical submarine navigation radar systems (all photos : Thales)

Brisbane-based Ferra Australia will build motors for Thales Phoenice tactical submarine navigation radar systems destined for a European customer, announcing a deal with Thales Germany last week after an 18-month Global Supply Chain selection process.

Ferra is initially contracted to provide two Primoss pressure-tight motors – self-contained systems around 1.1 metres high that are mounted outside a submarine’s pressure hull to drive the Phoenice radar antenna on the surface. The systems must be watertight at depth, and include a high-torque motor and complex control system to withstand wave slaps at different sea states without impairing the performance of the radar.



Ferra’s selection completes an 18-month process in which 10 SMEs in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland were initially issued technical drawings and invited to produce a test piece. After a visit from Thales Germany personnel, five companies were then shortlisted to submit Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) pricing, which was found to be comparable to that of existing German suppliers.

Thales released a full Request For Quote(RFQ) in August 2016, with Ferra selected in June 2017. The company’s supplier team includes Queensland’s EM Solutions for complex electronic systems, and Adelaide’s Axiom Precision Manufacturing.

Ferra managing director Mark Arthur said the contract underlined both the company’s journey to becoming a provider of complex systems and the capabilities of Australian industry.



“We have grown quite significantly and the complexity of the work that we do has also changed and moved up the value chain,” Arthur told ADM. “And I think our supply chain, the fact that we have some very competent companies here in Australia who have their own very high reputations, offered something to Thales that was quite unique.”

He believes the expertise in both Ferra and the supplier companies will overcome any issues in producing a complex system that is critical to the Phoenice radar’s performance.

“This system, once fully assembled, is extremely complex and will require a large amount of testing, which includes mechanical and electrical testing as an entire system,” Arthur said. “That will be at a higher and a more complex level than what we have done in the past. But I think we’ve got the skills and experience available to us here, or reaching out in to our supply chain, to overcome those problems.”



Thales Industry Engagement Manager for Australia - France/Europe, David Peckham, said the Ferra partnership would open opportunities for both the European defence company and Australian SMEs.

“By establishing a regional partner and supply chain in Australia, Thales Germany aims to globalise its business and open up new markets,” he said. “There will also be opportunities for Ferra and other Australian companies to be involved in the upcoming redesigns of some of the components of the Phoenice radar system which are planned by Thales Germany for the next years.”

(ADM)