25 Juni 2016

ST Marine Celebrates the Fourth & Last Patrol Vessel to Royal Navy of Oman

25 Juni 2016


A series of four patrol vessels designed and built by ST Marine for the Royal Navy of Oman, namely RNOV Al-Seeb, RNOV Shinas, RNOV Sadh and RNOV Khassab (photo : ST Marine)

ST Marine Celebrates the Interim Delivery for the Fourth Patrol Vessel RNOV Khassab

Singapore – Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), today held the Interim Acceptance ceremony for the Patrol Vessel (PV) RNOV Khasab. This is the final, in a series of four vessels, designed and built for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Guest-of-Honour was the Consul General for the Oman Consulate for the Republic of Singapore, HE Zakariya Hamed Hilal Al Saadi.

The contract for the design and build of the four Al-Ofouq class of PVs was awarded by the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman in April 2012. It was the largest defence export contract in ST Engineering’s history. These four vessels will replace the Sultanate’s current four Seeb class PVs commissioned in the early 1980s.

The Al-Ofouq vessel is designed and built based on ST Marine’s proprietary 75m Fearless-class patrol vessel. Measuring 75m in length, breadth at 12.5m and displaces approximately 1,250 tonnes, the vessels can accommodate 60 crew and is equipped with a flight deck to support the operation of a medium lift-helicopter. Armed with modern weapons and sensors and equipped with a state of art combat management system, the PVs are most suited for a variety of maritime missions.

The Al-Ofouq vessels are named after various cities along the Oman coastal area. Al-Seeb is a coastal fishing city, located several kilometers northwest of Muscat, in the northeastern Oman; Shinas is a coastal town in northern Oman, Sadh is located in Salalah; and Khassab is a coastal city located in Musandam Governorate and overlooking the Strait of Hormuz.

The first PV, RNOV Al Seeb has been successfully delivered.  The second, RNOV Shinas has completed her live firing trials in Oman last November 2015. The third, RNOV Sadh had arrived in Oman on 17 March 2016, had completed her live firing trials in April 2016. Both are currently preparing for hot-weather trials by 2Q2016.

(ST Marine)

Produksi Pesawat NC212I PTDI

25 Juni 2016


Pesawat NC-212i produksi PT DI (photo : Antara)

Sejumlah teknisi menyelesaikan produksi pesawat NC212i di hanggar PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI), Bandung, Jawa Barat, Jumat (24/6). 



Pesawat NC212i merupakan pesawat multiguna generasi terbaru dengan daya angkut 28 penumpang, yang sepenuhnya dikerjakan oleh PT DI dan diproduksi untuk memenuhi pesanan dari negara lain.



Negara Filipina sebanyak dua unit dan 3 unit pesanan dari Negara Vietnam untuk kebutuhan militer seperti patroli maritim dan penjaga pantai.

(Antara)

TNI AU : Hawk 100/200 akan Digantikan A-50 Golden Eagle

25 Juni 2016


Pesawat Golden Eagle serie A-50 (photo : KAI) 

Ingin Spektek Terbaik, TNI AU Bersabar Menunggu Su-35

TNI Angkatan Udara tetap bersabar menunggu proses pembelian penempur generasi 4++ buatan Rusia, Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E, guna menggantikan F-5E/F Tiger II yang saat ini tinggal beberapa unit dioperasikan oleh Skadron Udara 14 Lanud Iswahjudi, Madiun.

Kepala Dinas Penerangan Angkatan Udara (Kadispenau) Marsma TNI Wieko Syofyan mewakili KSAU Marsekal TNI Agus Supriatna menyatakan hal tersebut kepada media di Mabesau, Cilangkap, Jakarta Timur, Jumat 24 Juni 2016.


Pesawat Golden Eagle serie FA-50 (photo : KAI) 

Dikonfirmasi apa detail proses yang saat ini tengah dilakukan, Kadispenau menjelaskan bahwa hal itu menyangkut spesifikasi teknis (spektek) yang diinginkan oleh TNI AU dari Su-35 yang akan dibeli Pemerintah Indonesia. “Itu hanya tinggal kesepakatan saja. Dengan biaya anggaran yang ada, TNI AU ingin mendapatkan spektek yang terbaik,” ujarnya. Hal lainnya, lanjut Wieko Syofyan, adalah menyangkut cara pembayarannya. “Tapi, sekali lagi, ini ranahnya Kementerian Pertahanan ya,” ujar Kadispenau menjawab pertanyaan wartawan. “TNI AU hanya merekomendasikan saja.”

Kepala Dinas Pengadaan (Kadisada) TNI AU Marsma TNI Fachri Adamy dalam kesempatan yang sama saat ditanya Angkasa mengatakan, pengadaan Su-35 termasuk dalam program jangka dekat TNI AU. “Pengadaan jangka dekat di TNI AU saat ini adalah melengkapi pesawat T-50 Golden Eagle dengan radar dan persenjataannya, pengadaan radar untuk melengkapi Satuan Radar, dan pengadaan Su-35,” ujarnya.


Pesawat Hawk 100/200 TNI AU (photo : defence.pk)

Sementara itu, Asisten Operasi KSAU Marsda TNI Barhim, juga dalam kesempatan yang sama menyampaikan kepada Angkasa, untuk pengadaan pesawat tempur di TNI AU arahnya adalah melengkapi tipe yang ada, bukan menambah tipe baru. “Jadi ya melengkapi yang kita punya sekarang ini: F-16, Sukhoi, dan T-50. Hawk 100/200 kemungkinan besar akan diganti oleh T-50, tapi varian A-50 (FA-50),” ujar mantan Pangkoopsau II ini. Ditambahkan, FA-50 akan dipilih selain karena spekteknya juga dalam kaitan kerja sama pengembangan KF-X/IF-X yang tengah dikerjakan oleh Korea Selatan dan Indonesia.

Meski demikian, proses memang masih terus bergulir. Dalam catatan Angkasa, beberapa hal yang diinginkan oleh TNI AU belum tentu sama dengan apa yang diputuskan oleh Kementerian Pertahanan. So, mari kita tunggu saja.

(Angkasa)

Australian Army Gets Three New CH-47F Chinooks Ahead of Schedule

25 Juni 2016


The Australian Army has taken delivery of three additional CH-47Fs Chinook helicopters to add to its existing fleet of seven CH-47F-model Chinooks. (photo : CASG)

CASG delivers three new Chinooks ahead of schedule

In a major boost to Army’s medium lift helicopter capability, CASG has delivered three additional CH-47Fs Chinooks two and half months ahead of schedule.

The addition of three CH-47Fs to the existing fleet of seven significantly expands Army's battlefield capability in the areas of air mobile, air assault, aero medical evacuation and amphibious operations, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The three new Chinooks are straight off the Boeing production line and are fitted with the latest US Army technologies, including updated avionics and next generation self-protection systems.

Executive Officer Cargo Helicopter Management Unit Major Michael Hansen, said the success of the project represents a significant amount of negotiation, contract work and governmental liaison.

“Achieving delivery of three new aircraft inside four months demonstrates highly effective and coordinated project acquisition between the US Army, Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and Army Aviation,” he said.

“By employing the foreign military sales strategy the ADF also leverages the benefits of being part of a much larger fleet, which is growing to almost 500 CH-47Fs flying with the US Army.

“Not only does the ADF see the benefits of scale in the initial purchase price but the ongoing cost of consumable and repairable items is greatly reduced.”

(CASG)

24 Juni 2016

Govt Allocates Extra Funds for Defense, Security

24 Juni 2016

PKR 10514 frigates (photo : defence.pk)

The government and the House of Representatives’ budget committee agreed Thursday to allocate more funds to the Defense Ministry and the National Police in the revised draft of the 2016 state budget. 

The ministry will get an additional Rp 6.6 trillion (US$499 million) while the National Police will get Rp 5.7 trillion from a total of Rp 18 trillion in additional expenditures for ministries and institutions. 

Previously, the government allocated Rp 99.9 trillion and Rp 72.4 trillion for the Defense Ministry and the National Police, respectively, in the original draft state budget. 

The additional expenditure of Rp 18 trillion will be sourced from higher revenues projected from the increase in the Indonesia Crude Price (ICP) assumption to $40 per barrel from a previous assumption of $35 and average oil production of 820,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from 810,000 bopd. It will also come from a lower budget deficit assumption of 2.35 percent from 2.48 percent set in the previous draft. 

The Finance Ministry's director general for budgeting, Askolani, said the Defense Ministry needed to upgrade its primary weaponry system while the National Police were also in need of new equipment. The ministry had proposed almost Rp 100 trillion for the system upgrade during hearings with House Commission I overseeing legal, defense and security affairs. 

"At least [the defense and security institutions] have deterrents [to threats]. We have to maintain Indonesia's dignity," he said after the hearing with the budget committee. 

Twenty ministries and institutions will receive additional budget allocations, including the National Narcotics Agency (Rp 400 billion), the National Encryption Agency (Rp 950 billion) and the Attorney General’s Office (Rp 300 billion).

(The Jakarta Post)

Belarus Invited Vietnam to Upgrade Armored Vehicles BTR-50

24 Juni 2016


BTR-50 PKM (photo : Minotor) 

Recently, Belarus has touted Vietnam and some Southeast Asian countries upgrade packages BTR-50 armored vehicles with powerful weapons.

Under the proposal from Belarus after being upgraded to the standard BTR-50 PKM, the BTR-50 units will have new power. BTR-50 is kind of Armoured Personnel Carrier Soviet amphibious chassis-based production light tanks PT-76 was first introduced in 1954 and used until today.

BTR-50 is kind of caterpillars, unlike other vehicles typically BTR tire. The main armament of the BTR-50 7.62 mm machine guns, including machine guns, air defense or 14.5 mm, weight of 14.5 tons and can carry 22 soldiers including crews.

Although outdated but BTR-50 has been widely used in many countries around the world. In particular, some countries located in Southeast Asia, such as Vietnam, Indonesia use relatively large number BTR-50. So no wonder Belarus offers upgrade packages BTR-50PKM to Southeast Asia.

Experts said the upgrade package of the company specializes in upgrading and repair of armored Minotor quite suitable to the conditions of the Southeast Asian countries and significantly increase the usage time of the BTR-50 obsolete while ensuring suitable for modern warfare.

BTR-60 of the Vietnamese Army (photo : tintuc)

This upgrade package with the focus changes to the major parts such as motors (using UTD-20 300 hp), gearbox, steering wheel controls, braking systems, while ensuring the weight and shape the car does not change too much.

In addition to armored vehicles BTR-50, in the war against the US, rose-armored soldiers also received the Armoured Personnel Carrier BTR-152 tire. Armoured Personnel Carrier BTR-152 tire is designed to allow transport 18 infantrymen.

In 1973, Soviet aid to Vietnam Armoured Personnel Carrier BTR-60PB wheel. Currently, BTR-60PB is one of the Armoured Personnel Carrier Army's flagship Vietnam. BTR-60PB capable of carrying 8 infantrymen in the car.

BTR-60PB fitted with turret mounted 14.5 mm heavy machine guns KPVT (500 rounds of ammunition). BTR-60PB be able to swim in the water at a rate of 10km / h. Boost-Armoured Army Vietnam there in armored vehicles equipped with amphibious reconnaissance BRDM-1.

After 1975, Vietnam troops have obtained hundreds of tanks, armored vehicles spoils of the former Saigon government, including armored car M113 (US production). We have used the armored vehicles this campaign extensively in the Southwest border and until today.

(Soha)

MMEA To Obtain Nine Patrol Ships Including New Generation OPV

24 Juni 2016


One of candidates for 80m New Generation OPV for MMEA (image : Lursen Defence)

KUCHING (Bernama) -- The government allocates RM1.3 billion to build nine more patrol ships for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to increase assets and boost its capability.

MMEA director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Ahmad Puzi Kahar said the first patrol ship was expected to be completed at year's end while the rest would be obtained in stages in the subsequent years.

He said three of the patrol ships were the bigger new generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) which were equipped with sophisticated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

"The ships are being built in the country with the cooperation of a company from Germany. So, there is a transfer of technology which can boost the capability and benefits the national shipping industry," he said.

He said the new generation OPV is a bigger patrol ship measuring 80 metres and upwards, and the three would be built at a cost of RM740 million.

Ahmad Puzi said this in a media conference which was held in conjunction with the launching of Ops Pagar Laut at the Tun Abang Salahuddin Maritime Complex Jetty (KOMTAS), at Muara Tebas here, today.

He said Ops Pagar Laut, which was started at the beginning of Ramadan, gravitated around controlling the territorial water and national entry points which were hotspots, around which monitorings were boosted with the presence of three MMEA assets daily.

He said the launching today was also held after the wife of the Sarawak Yang DiPertua Negeri, Toh Puan Raghad Kurdi Taib, consented to hand over Aildifitri contributions to MMEA members this evening at KOMTAS.

According to Ahmad Puzi, MMEA always ensured that not more than 25 per cent of MMEA members were allowed to take leave during the holiday season, regardless of whatever celebration or festivity, to ensure its service would always be at its peak.

(Bernama)