25 Mei 2017

Ukraine Offers Radars, UAVs and Air Defense to Phillipines

25 Mei 2017


Ukrainian made UAV (photo : iec expo)

"SpetsTeсhnoExport" starts cooperation in defense industry with Philippines

Pavlo Barbul, Director of SFTE “SpetsTechnoExport” and Oleg Hladkovskiy,  First Deputy to the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, during the working visit to the Republic of the Philippines, held an official meeting with the Secretary of National Defense Delfin N.Lorenzana and a number of negotiations with the senior leadership of defense offices of the country. The parties discussed the potential of cooperation between the countries, particularly in the field of shipbuilding, production of air defense means, UAV's, radar equipment and weapon systems.

"In fact, the Philippines with its market and economy are opening up huge prospects for Ukrainian developers and manufacturers. Shipbuilding, various weapon systems, radars, UAVs - this is nowhere near a full list of what Ukraine can offer as part of a mutually beneficial defense cooperation", - said the First Deputy to the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine.

This visit has to be a new starting point for the development of efficient cooperation and contribute to strengthening of national security of both states. 

(SpetsTechnoExport)

Latihan Kuasa Tembakan (LKT 2017) Uji Kehebatan Aset TDM

25 Mei 2017


Latihan Kuasa Tembakan 2017 (all photos : BTDM)

Gemas 'dibedil'

Gemas: Bagaikan berada di medan perang sebenar apabila tembakan mortar dan dentuman meriam bertubi-tubi membedil Lapang Sasar Kem Syed Sirajuddin Gemas, di sini.

Gegaran dirasai cukup membuat kumpulan petugas media terpegun sepanjang menyertai Latihan Kuasa Tembakan (LKT) 2017 oleh Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM).



Bunyi letupan kuat memaksa peserta menggunakan penutup telinga bagi melindungi gegendang daripada cedera.

Bagaimanapun perkara itu tidak mematahkan semangat pengunjung yang hadir untuk melihat lebih dekat aset pasukan Mekanise dan Persenjataan Infantri milik Tentera Darat (TD) dan Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) seperti kereta perisai, kereta kebal, helikopter dan pesawat tempur.



Lebih menguja apabila pengunjung dapat melihat keberkesanan aset ATM menggunakan peralatan persenjataan dalam mengatur serangan dari darat dan udara dengan melakukan tembakan tepat ke arah lokasi sasaran.

Panglima Tentera Darat Jeneral Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim berkata, latihan itu dikenali sebagai Demonstrasi Kuasa Tembakan (DKT) dan diadakan sebagai aktiviti tahunan bertujuan memberi pendedahan kepada Siswa Kursus Pemerintah dan Staf Malaysia (KPSM) dari Maktab Turus Angkatan Tentera (MTAT) kepada kuasa tembakan.



Katanya, penyertaan KPSM tahun ini membabitkan 165 siswa termasuk 45 penuntut dari luar negara.

“Siswa tempatan membabitkan 78 pegawai Tentera Darat Malaysia (TDM), 20 pegawai Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM), 20 pegawai Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM), dua pegawai dari agensi penguatkuasaan lain membabit Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) dan Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM).



“Kursus ini turut disertai 45 penuntut dari 28 negara antaranya Australia, Bangladesh, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Labonan, Meldives, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka dan Arab Saudi,” katanya ketika ditemui pada sidang media Latihan Kuasa Tembakan 2017, di sini, kelmarin.

Turut hadir Panglima Angkatan Tentera Jeneral Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor dan Panglima Wilayah Udara Satu TUDM, Mejar Jeneral Datuk Mohd Faudzi Ahmad.



Mengulas mengenai latihan itu, Zulkiple berkata, ia diadakan membabitkan dua segmen iaitu Segmen Dinamik dan Pameran Statik serta Segmen Tembakan Tidak Langsung.

Katanya, objektif latihan diadakan untuk mempamerkan keupayaan kuasa tembakan dan impak ke atas sasaran sistem persenjataan di dalam inventori TDM termasuk keupayaan pesawat TUDM.



“Ia membabitkan 1,700 pegawai dan anggota tentera dengan aset ketenteraan seperti kenderaan berperisai seperti AV8 GEMPITA, ADNAN, kereta kebal PT91M Pendekar 125mm, meriam 105mm PH L5, Meriam 155mm G5 MK III serta aset udara antaranya Helikopter Agusta, Nuri, pesawat Sukhoi SU-30MKM FA 18D Hornet dan Hawk 208.

“Latihan ini juga secara tidak langsung memberi peluang anggota menggunakan aset terbabit bagi memahirkan diri serta menentukan keberkesanan senjata berikutan ia memberi kesan besar dalam pertempuran,” katanya.



Katanya, dia berpuas hati dengan kecekapan dan kemahiran yang dipamerkan pegawai serta anggota menerusi latihan berkenaan.

Menurutnya, kelainan pada latihan tahun ini adalah penggunaan senjata baharu iaitu Agusta-7.62mm Gatling Gun M 134D.



“Senjata ini digunakan untuk menembak dari atas helikopter Agusta. Kita dapat lihat keberkesanan senjata terbabit ketika digunakan.


“Selain itu, kita lihat keberkesanan kenderaan berperisai AV8 GEMPITA yang diterima ATM sejak 2014 dan kita sangat berpuas hati melihat keupayaan kenderaan ini,” katanya.

(Harian Metro)

NSAG Joint Venture Wins $2.8M Contract to Supply Control System for Two AOR Ship

25 Mei 2017


Navantia SAGE Automation Group will supply the next generation ‘Integrated Platform Management System’ for two Royal Australian Navy Auxiliary Oil Replenishment ships (photo : SAGE)

NSAG joint venture wins $2.8M contract to supply key naval technology

Adelaide-based company SAGE Automation together with Navantia Australia have today signed a $2.8 million contract to supply the control systems for two Royal Australian Navy Auxiliary Oil Replenishment ships, currently being built in Spain.

Under the deal, SAGE Automation will supply the enclosures and consoles for the next generation ‘Integrated Platform Management System’ (IPMS) – the system which provides ship wide control and monitoring of all electrically powered on-board units.

This is the third project of its kind delivered by the Navantia SAGE Automation Group (NSAG), a joint venture which brings IPMS intelligence to the Australian defence industry. This latest contract brings the number of Royal Australian Navy ships with IPMS to seven.

Minister for Defence Martin Hamilton-Smith together with the NSAG, announced the deal at SAGE Automation in Adelaide today.

“Contracts such as this with Navantia further strengthen our local capability in naval automation and monitoring and create a footprint for future Royal Australian Navy platforms,” he said.

“With $89 billion in naval shipbuilding work for South Australia, it is vitally important that our local defence industry provides a stable supply chain and has a flow of work to maintain capabilities, ready for when the Offshore Patrol Vessel program commences in 2018.”

SAGE Automation will manufacture the enclosures and consoles for IPMS at their Adelaide manufacturing facility before they are exported to Spain for installation on board the ships. When the ships return to Australia, NSAG will provide local support for the IPMS.

SAGE Automation CEO Adrian Fahey said NSAG’s experience and expertise will be critical to the future of naval shipbuilding in Australia.

“NSAG is built on a depth of experience and technical knowledge which will be vital to the success of shipbuilding in Australia,” Mr Fahey said.

“We have proven our capability on the Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships and the Hobart Class Destroyers.”

“Through the award of this contract NSAG is able to make a significant contribution to Australian shipbuilding industry and plan for future growth.”

Today’s news comes with the announcement of the Federal Government’s long-awaited $89 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan last Tuesday, which includes $1.3 billion to upgrade facilities in SA and WA.

Defence Connect reported that the infrastructural upgrades at Adelaide's Osborne Naval Shipyard are expected to increase capacity for “high productivity construction’ of major surface combatants such as the future frigates, which are expected to begin construction in 2020.” The naval shipbuilding workforce is expected to reach 5,200 by the mid to late 2020s, with more than double this amount in supporting, maintaining and supply chain type-roles.

The infrastructural work at Osborne will begin in July.

Meanwhile at SAGE Automation, manufacturing of the IMPS components will begin in June and continue over the next 2 years.

(SAGE)

24 Mei 2017

2 Strategic Sealift Vessels Enough for Navy, for Now

24 Mei 2017


BRP Davao del Sur (photo : Rappler)

Acquisition of additional strategic sealift vessels (SSVs) for the Philippine Navy (PN) will depend on the prevailing security environment in the future.

This was stressed by Department of National Defense (DND) public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong when asked by the PNA on whether there plans to acquire additional SSVs for the Navy.

“At the moment, there are no plans to acquire a third SSV. Our modernization plan, which is based on the PN’s doctrine, only provides for two,” he added.

“Perhaps we will consider it in the future when our security environment will require it,” Andolong emphasized to the PNA.

As of this posting, the PN has two SSVs in its inventory, the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) which is scheduled to be commissioned this coming May 31.

(Update)

Singapore Shows off New ARV and Leopard Sights

24 Mei 2017


Next Generation - Armoured Recovery Vehicle (NG-ARV) (photo : Shephard)

The Singapore Army has rolled out a production prototype of the Next Generation - Armoured Recovery Vehicle (NG-ARV), as well as revealing a new Leopard 2SG sight.

The NG-ARV was developed by ST Kinetics, in parallel with the Next Generation - Armoured Fighting Vehicle that was unveiled in 2016. (Shephard)

Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle expected to debut at Singapore Army Open House along with new ARV

On a less speculative note, one of the Next Generation AFV's stablemates goes on show at Army Open House (AOH) 2017. The vehicle is the Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV) variant of the new, yet-to-be-named AFV family that was designed and built in Singapore by Singapore Technologies Kinetics.

Like the cannon-armed Infantry Fighting Vehicle variant, the ARV has an all-round camera function. This allows its crew of three armoured engineers to carry out recovery operations from within the vehicle under full armour protection with hatches closed.

Specifications are sparse. The new ARV is said to be 6.9 metres in length and is fitted with a front-oriented winch with a 25,000 kg capacity. The vehicle is so new it did not appear to have a MID numberplate. 

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Investigation Into LHD Propulsion Problems Continues

24 Mei 2017


HMAS Adelaide rests on blocks within the Captain Cook graving dock. (photo : Aus DoD)

Canberra class amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra has returned to sea to conduct trials off Sydney to test interim repairs made to the ship’s propulsion pods.

Meanwhile, sister ship HMAS Adelaide has entered the Captain Cook graving dock for a docking that includes a close inspection of its propulsion pods, defect rectification and maintenance.

A propulsion problem was identified aboard Canberra during helicopter flight trials.

Fairfax Media reported that “fundamental design flaws” could be behind the problems, following a briefing by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, although this is still under investigation.

HMAS Adelaide will miss Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 but Canberra could still take part, according to the report.

(ADBR)

US Transfers Six Coastal Patrol Boats to Vietnam

24 Mei 2017


U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius handed over six 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats to the Vietnam Coast Guard in Quang Nam Province on May 22. (photo :  US Embassy)

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius on Monday handed over six 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats to the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) in Quang Nam, Region II, marking another important step in the expanding security cooperation between the two countries, according to the US Embassy.

Delivering these patrol vessels represents deepening cooperation in the areas maritime law enforcement, maritime search and rescue, and maritime humanitarian assistance operations within Vietnam’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

These patrols boats will assist VCG Region II in intercostal patrols and law enforcement in smuggling, illicit trafficking, piracy and armed robbery against ships, and illegal fishing.

Immediately after the transfer, VCG will begin to train on and operate the vessels, making them fully operational.

“Vietnam’s future prosperity depends upon a stable and peaceful maritime environment. The United States and the rest of the international community also benefit from regional stability, which is why we are here today, and it is why we are very pleased to be working together with the Vietnam Coast Guard,” said Ambassador Osius at the handover ceremony.

The U.S. Embassy, through its Office of Defense Cooperation, coordinates U.S.-Vietnam security cooperation activities on behalf of U.S. Pacific Command to advance common defense goals and interests.

This cooperation, as agreed upon in the September 2011 Memorandum of Understanding on defense cooperation, includes security assistance and educational exchanges between the U.S. and Vietnamese militaries.

(VietNamNet)