03 Desember 2016

Letter of Credit for 2 Missile-Firing Frigates Being Finalized

03 Desember 2016

Philippine Navy frigate (image : HHI)

MANILA (PNA) -- The letter of credit (LOC) for the country's first two missile-firing frigates, whose contract was won by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), is now being finalized, Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command, Vice Adm. Roland Joseph Mercado has said.

"As far as I know, they are now finalizing the terms in the LOC, for the frigate project. That's the only update I could give for now," he said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

An LOC is a letter from a bank guaranteeing that a buyer's payment to a seller will be received on time and for the correct amount. In case the buyer is unable to make payment for the purchase, the bank will be required to cover the full or remaining amount of the purchase.

Mercado is the same officer who headed the technical working group that came up with the specifications of the country's first-ever missile-capable frigates.

On Oct. 24, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana formally inked the contract for the Frigate Acquisition Program, together with officials and delegates from South Korea's HHI. The signing ceremony took place at the PN's headquarters in Naval Station Andrada, Roxas Blvd., Manila.

The project involves the construction and delivery of two missile-firing frigates to the PN.

The signing of the contract signals the start of the construction and is the culmination of the long and tedious procurement process for the project.

As background, the Notice of Award was approved, issued and was duly conformed by HHI on Sept. 13 with the amount of USD336,912,000 or PHP15,744,571,584.

The project is worth PHP16 billion with another PHP2 billion allocated for the acquisition of assorted weapon systems and munitions.

(PNA)

Batalyon Arhanud Marinir Latihan Dasar Penembakan dengan BVP-2

03 Desember 2016


Kendaraan tempur BVP-2 mempunyai senjata utama kanon otomatis 2A42 kaliber 30 mm yang dipergunakan untuk anti serangan udara (photos : Kaskus Militer, Marinir)

Prajurit Batalyon Arhanud-1 Marinir Latihan Satuan Dasar

Surabaya (Antara Jatim) - Prajurit Batalyon Artileri Pertahanan Udara-1 (Arhanud-1) Marinir melaksanakan Latihan Satuan Dasar (LSD) Triwulan IV tahun 2016 di Kesatrian Sutedi Senaputra Karangpilang, Surabaya, Jumat.



Sebelum melaksanakan kegiatan, Komandan Batalyon Arhanud - 1 Mar Mayor Marinir Guntur Almasyih mengatakan, tujuan dan tugas pokok Batalyon Arhanud - 1 Mar adalah melaksanakan pertahanan udara secara aktif dengan menghancurkan, meniadakan atau mengurangi daya guna dan hasil guna (efektifitas dan efesiensi) serangan udara musuh yang mempergunakan pesawat terbang maupun peluru - peluru balistik dan peluru - peluru kendali.

"Dengan latihan tersebut, diharapkan supaya seluruh Prajurit Batalyon Arhanud-1 Mar bersemangat dalam melaksanakan setiap kegiatan, selalu menjaga dan membina kebugaran fisik dan mental prajurit," katanya.



Ia mengatakan, laksanakan latihan ini dengan sungguh-sungguh dan selalu mengutamakan faktor keselamatan, sehingga latihan benar-benar "zero accident".

"Mari laksanakan kegiatan ini dengan sungguh-sungguh dan jangan lupa untuk mengutamakan faktor keselamatan," katanya dalam siaran pers Jumat.



Kegiatan  yang dipimpin Komandan Batalyon Arhanud-1 Mar Mayor Marinir Guntur Almasyih tersebut dilaksanakan menjadi dua tahap yaitu tahap pertama, dengan materi pelajaran teori tentang ke Arhanudan, Brasas, Pelayanan Amonisi, Prosedur Komunikasi Arhanud dan Harwat.

"Tahap Kedua, berupa materi Gelar Satuan Penembakan (Satbak) menggunakan kendaraan tempur BVP-2 dengan rute yang telah ditentukan, selama dalam perjalanan, pelaku latihan akan menyelesaikan problem yang diberikan oleh pelatih," katanya.

(Antara)

Australia Awards Growler Engine Support Contract to GE

03 Desember 2016


RAAF EA-18G Growler (photo : Boeing)

The jet engines for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) new EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft will be supported under an existing contract with General Electric International Incorporated (GE) that already provides total logistics support for the RAAF’s ‘Classic’ Hornet and Super Hornet engines. 

The Growler and Super Hornet are both powered by the same GE F414 engines, which will now be supported until June 2025 under the recent contract extension worth around $230 million AU. 

The Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s Director General of Air Combat Systems, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Greg Hoffmann, said this additional support secured for our 24 Super Hornets and 12 Growlers will ensure the. 

AIRCDRE Hoffmann congratulated GE and its subcontractors on the outstanding support they have delivered under the contract since 2008. 

“GE has provided exceptional support for our air combat engines, not only during our Raise, Train and Sustain operations, but also during the increased tempo of the Operation Okra deployments,” he said. 

Geoff Culbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Australia, New Zealand & PNG.said GE are extremely proud to support the RAAF. 

“We are very pleased with the collaboration between our teams and it’s a privilege to be able to bring our expertise to their operations,” he said.

(Defense Aerospace)

RTN Takes Delivery of Six Marsun M-21 Patrol Boats

03 Desember 2016

 Six new M-21 patrol boat for RTN (photo : Royal Thai Navy)

The Royal Thai Navy yesterday took delivery of six new patrol boats to guard the country's coastlines in the Gulf of Thailand and in the Andaman Sea and to provide security for the royal family.
All the six patrol boats built by Marsun ship builder were received by Navy commander Admiral Na Areenich at the ceremony held at the Sattahip Naval Base’s Laem Thien Pier.

The boats were then  handed over to commander of the Royal Thai Fleet Admiral Sucheep Wangmaitree and later to the Coast Guard Squadron commander Rear Admiral Banchob Phodaeng.


Marsun M-21 patrol boat (photo : Marsun)

The six patrol boats will replace the four patrol boats which it received from the United States in 1968-1976. They are scheduled to be decommissioned soon.

The new boats will be operating in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea, guarding against drug traders, smugglers and illegal fishing fleets. They are also tasked with providing security for the royal family.

The 45-gross ton gunboat is 21.40 metres in length and 5.56 metres in width, and maxim speed of 30 knots.

(Thai PBS)

02 Desember 2016

Sistem Senjata KRI Fatahillah-361 Kini Lebih Modern dan Canggih

02 Desember 2016

KRI Fatahillah 361 (all photos : IMF)

Surabaya (ANTARA News) - PT Dok dan Perkapalan Surabaya (Persero) telah merampungkan modernisasi KRI Fatahillah-361, yang adalah kapal perang jenis perusak kawal berpeluru kendali yang memiliki bobot 1.450 ton pesanan Kementerian Pertahanan.

"Alhamdulillah, kami bisa merampungkan pesanan secara tepat waktu dan tidak sampai dua tahun, bahkan lebih awal. Modernisasi ini adalah kali pertama dilakukan Kemenhan untuk jenis kapal perang," kata Direktur Utama PT Dok dan Perkapalan Surabaya (Persero), Imam Sulistiyanto, saat penyerahan kapal kepada Kementerian Pertahanan, di galangan kapal Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, Jumat. 

Ia mengatakan, KRI Fatahillah-361 merupakan kapal perang buatan Belanda pada 1973, yang saat ini telah memiliki teknologi dan persenjataan terbaru dan modern.

"Daya tempur KRI Fatahillah-361 saat ini sama dengan kapal modern, yakni memiliki command management system, di antaranya sistem pendorong, yang kami perbaiki dengan kerja sama Ultra dari Inggris," katanya.



Bahkan, kata Sulistyanto, beberapa persenjataan atau peluru kendali kapal perang dengan dua sumbu baling-baling yang masing-masing berkekuatan 8.000 bhp itu sudah diuji coba tembakan, dengan hasil keseluruhan tembakan tepat sasaran.

KRI Fatahillah-361 dilengkapi senjata modern, di antaranya radar Decca AC 1229, pemandau tembakan signal, surface search, dan signal DA 05.

"KRI Fatahillah-361 yang awal komponenya sekitar 80 persen tidak terpakai itu, kini memiliki sistem sonar yang menggunakan signal PHS 32 (Hull Mounted), dan sistem pengecoh yang menggunakan 2 Knewbworth Corvus 3 - tubed launchers dan 1 T-Mk 6 torpedo decoy," katanya.

Selain memiliki persenjataan canggih, kapal berkapasitas 82 awak kapal itu juga memiliki lambung kapal yang dikerjakan sendiri oleh anak bangsa, dan dilengkapi interior kapal modern. 



Dalam kesempatan itu, Kepala Badan Sarana Pertahanan Kementerian Pertahanan, Laksamana Muda TNI Leonardi, yang mengikuti serah terima dan modernisasi KRI Fatahillah-361 mengatakan, kontrak kerja dengan PT Dok dan Perkapalan Surabaya (Persero) juga usaha memajukan indusri pertahanan dalam negeri.

"Perbaikan atau pemeliharaan harus sesuai nafas UU yakni dilakukan dalam negeri, dan untuk kandungan lokalnya juga harus didorong dari dalam negeri, meski soal mesin kita belum semua bisa," katanya.

Ia berharap, proyek modernisasi KRI Fatahillah-361 yang dilakukan kali pertama ini menjadi gambaran dan acuan, sehingga ke depan industri pertahanan bisa lebih cepat dalam proses pengerjaan atau manajemen proyeknya dan mandiri.

"Paling tidak rampungnya KRI Fatahillah-316 ini sudah harus ada gambaran bagiaman mekanisme bekerjanya, dan ke depan bisa dipercepat untuk kemajuan industri pertahanan nasional," katanya.

(Antara)

Indonesia, Russia Locked in ‘Intensive Talks’ Over Su-35 Fighter Jet Deal

02 Desember 2016

Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighter (photo : TASS)

Indonesia and Russia are holding intensive talks over the procurement of up to 10 Russian-made Su-35S multirole fighter jets for the Indonesia Air Force (TNI-AU), according to a senior Russian government official.

“There are prospects and the talks are very intensive,” the Russian president’s aide in charge of defense and technology cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, told TASS News Agency

on December 1. Kozhin did not divulge any additional details of the ongoing contract negotiations.

For over a year now, Russia has been pushing very hard to sell Indonesia Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) Fourth++ generation, twin-engine, highly maneuverable multirole fighter jets; however, Russia has had limited success so far despite repeated leaks to the media that a deal was imminent.

Last month, an Indonesian defense official said in a phone interview with Reuters that Indonesia is interested in purchasing “nine or ten” Su-35S fighter jets. “We are still negotiating,” he added. “We are still bargaining, ‘how much do you want to sell them for?’”

In addition, a senior manager of Russia’s state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, reiterated that bilateral talks are continuing. “Bilateral talks on the delivery of Su-35 multirole fighters are being conducted very actively,” Sergei Goreslavsky said during the Indo Defense 2016 exhibition on November 2.

Ten more F-16C/D will add to the 14 currently in service (photo : defence.pk)

Russia and Indonesia failed to sign a contract in early 2016. Among other things, analysts expected the inking of an agreement during the Russia-ASEAN Summit in May, 2016 but no fighter jet deal materialized. (Also, no signed contract emerged during Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu’s visit to Moscow in April, 2016.)

The exact details of the Indonesian-Russian fighter jet deal remain unknown. For example, as I noted elsewhere, there have also been conflicting reports over the total number of aircraft to be purchased:

First, Indonesia considered buying 16 new warplanes. This number went down to 10 as talks progressed. According to press reports, both sided eventually settled on eight, with an option of procuring two additional Su-35s in the future. The contract under negotiation also includes pilot training and knowledge transfers through a military exchange program.

The TNI-AU is currently undergoing a major modernization effort. By 2018, it is expecting to induct ten more F-16C/Ds fighter jets in addition to the 14 currently in service. Indonesia also operates older Russian combat aircraft including 11 Su-30s and five Su-27s. Indonesia’s defense budget has been steadily rising over the past four years.

(The Diplomat)

New Armour Training Simulation Systems to Enhance Army's Training

02 Desember 2016


Briefing on the capabilities of the Armour Driving Simulator (photo : Sing Mindef)

Second Minister for Defence Mr Ong Ye Kung officiated at the opening of the Armour Simulation Centre (ASC) at Sungei Gedong Camp this morning. At the event, Mr Ong had the opportunity to observe the Army's continued commitment to optimise training space and available training time through advanced technology.

The ASC houses two new virtual simulation systems, the Armour Driving Simulator (ADS) and the Armour Gunnery and Manoeuvre Simulator (AGMS). With the realistic scenario-based training, both systems complement existing field training by providing safe and progressive training to hone the driving and gunnery skills of soldiers across all of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)'s Armoured Fighting Vehicle and Infantry Fighting Vehicle platforms. The highly configurable and networked simulators also train tactical commanders in the command and control of their forces.

Also present at the ceremony were Chief of Army Major-General Melvyn Ong, senior officers from the SAF, and senior officials from the Defence Science and Technology Agency. (Sing Mindef)


Illustration of Armour Driving Simulator (ADS) (image : Sing Mindef)

Factsheet: Armour Simulation Centre

The new Armour Simulation Centre (ASC) comprises the Armour Driving Simulator (ADS) and Armour Gunnery and Manoeuvre Simulator (AGMS).

Key features of the Armour Driving Simulator (ADS)

Wider Range of Training Platforms. The ADS supports driving simulation training across all Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) and Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) platforms including the Leopard 2SG Main Battle Tank (MBT), Bronco All-Terrain Tracked Carrier and Bionix II Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). Prior to the ADS, there were only driving simulators for the Leopard 2A4 MBT.

Enhanced Training Realism. Providing varying weather and terrain conditions, as well as basic, advanced and operational driving scenarios, the ADS provides the AFV and IFV operators and commanders with enhanced training experiences. In addition, with the simulator's six degrees of freedom (6DOF), it is able to move freely in three-dimensional space, as the three planes replicate varying terrains to provide trainees with realistic operating conditions prior to their field training.
Versatile Design. There are 10 simulator cabins for the Leopard 2SG MBT, Bionix II IFV and Bronco All-Terrain Tracked Carrier, and four Instructor Operating Stations to control and manage the training. Up to four cabins can be mounted onto the motion simulators for training at any one time, up to platoon level.


Illustration of Armour Gunnery and Manoeuvre Simulator (AGMS) (image : Sing Mindef)

Key features of the Armour Gunnery and Manoeuvre Simulator (AGMS)

Enhanced Tactical Command and Control Training. With simulator training configurable up to company level, our commanders are able to hone their command and control (C2), fire and manoeuvre, battlefield coordination, and gunnery competencies prior to their field training.

Versatile Design. The AGMS is configurable to support gunnery and tactical manoeuvre training across all our AFV and IFV platforms. There are 36 simulator cabins which replicate the three platforms - (1) Leopard 2SG MBT, (2) Bionix I and II IFV, and (3) Ultra M113 APC. Up to 15 simulator cabins can be configured for training at any one time.

Integrated Training. Comprising 15 cabins integrated with the Battlefield Management System (BMS) and networked with a Fire Support Team simulation station, the AGMS provides integrated simulation training up to company level. Prior to the AGMS, simulator training could only cater up to platoon level. (Sing Mindef)