26 Maret 2017

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)