24 Februari 2017

2 JMSDF TC-90s Aircraft to be Delivered Next Month

23 Februari 2017

JMSDF TC-90 aircraft (photo : Peter Steelhouwer)

2 JMSDF TC-90s aircraft to be delivered on March 27

MANILA, Feb. 23 (PNA) -- The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) will deliver two of the five leased turbo-prop TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy's (PN) Sangley Point air facility on March 27.

This was confirmed by Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in an interview Thursday.

The aircraft will be delivered to the country by JMSDF pilots and will be formally transferred to the Navy on the same day.

Lincuna said the remaining three TC-90s will be transferred to the Navy before the end of the year.

He added that the TC-90s will be used to augment the existing Norman-Britten BN-2 Islander fleet, which the Navy uses in patrol, surveillance and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and rapid assessment missions.

Last November, two PN pilots and six air crews left for Japan to start their TC-90 flight training.

The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier announced that the Philippines will re-equip the TC-90s as Japan has stripped them of some equipment, including their surveillance systems.

The country will pay Japan USD7,000 each for the first four aircraft yearly and only USD200 for the fifth, for total of USD28,200 as stipulated in its lease agreement.

The DND added it is also looking at the possibility of using the TC-90 for 20 years while the military is upgrading its equipment.

The TC-90, which is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized Feb. 29 last year.

The TC-90's patrol range is double that of a small Philippine aircraft, which only has a maximum range of 300 km. 


Lima Pesawat F-16C/D Akan Datang Pertengahan Maret 2017

24 Februari 2017

F-16C/D TNI AU (photo : defence.pk)

Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan Tambah Satu Penerbang F-16

Magetan (Antara Jatim) - Pangkalan Udara (Lanud) Iswahjudi Magetan, Jawa Timur, menambah satu penerbang pesawat tempur F-16 yakni  Lettu Pnb Fulgentius Dio Prakoso untuk memperkuat pertahanan udara Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI).

"Yang bersangkutan telah lulus Konversi ke-8 di Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan selama setahun. Diharapkan dengan bergabungan Lettu Pnb Dio Prakoso semakin memperkuat pertahanan udara di tubuh TNI AU Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan," ujar Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan Marsekal Pertama TNI Andyawan MP kepada wartawan, Kamis.

Penerbang baru F-16 Lettu Pnb Fulgentius Dio Prakoso telah lulus menjalani pendidikan transisi (konversi) dari penerbang pesawat latih Charlie dan tempur T-50 Golden Eagle selama satu tahun.

Sesuai data yang ada, Lettu Pnb Fulgentius Dio Prakoso sebelumnya telah memiliki 127 jam terbang menjadi pilot di pesawat latih Charlie.

Selain itu, ia juga telah memiliki 240 jam terbang menjadi pilot pesawat tempur T-50 Golden Eagle dan 130 jam terbang dengan pesawat tempur F-16.

Dengan bertambahnya satu penerbang tersebut, kini Skadron Udara 3 TNI AU Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan telah memiliki 14 penerbang pesawat tempur F-16.

Sebelumnya, penerbang F-16 di lanud setempat hanya memiliki 13 penerbang. Dan selama setahun TNI AU hanya berhasil mencetak seorang penerbang F-16 tersebut.

Kedatangan Lima Pesawat F-16C/D

Selain ada penambahan penerbang baru untuk pesawat tempur F-16, rencananya pertengahan Maret mendatang, TNI AU Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan juga akan mendapat kekuatan baru dengan kedatangan lima unit pesawat tempur F-16 dari Amerika Serikat.

Lima unit pesawat tempur F-16 yang akan datang tersebut merupakan bagian dari program "Peace Bima Sena II" dalam kontrak FMS LOA ID-D-SAL yang dilakukan Pemerintah Indonesia dan Amerika Serikat dengan total pesawat tempur F-16 yang diberikan mencapai 30 unit.

Dengan kedatangan lima unit pesawat tempur F-16 tersebut nantinya akan semakin menambah kekuatan militer Indonesia khususnya alutsista TNI AU dalam melindungi dan mempertahankan NKRI.


General Atomics to Launch ‘Team Reaper Australia’ at Avalon

24 Februari 2017

The Predator B envisaged in Royal Australian Air Force markings. (photo : General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is set to officially launch an industry team for the AIR 7003 Phase 1 Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial System project at the Australian International Airshow.

Representatives of Cobham, CAE Australia, Raytheon Australia and Flight Data Systems are scheduled to attend the event on February 28.

General Atomics will be displaying an MQ-9 Reaper turboprop-powered remotely piloted aircraft, otherwise known as the Predator B, and its Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station at the Avalon Airshow.

The Integrated Investment Program that was published with the 2016 Defence White Paper outlines a plan to acquire an armed unmanned aircraft to provide an integrated and persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and attack capability to support the Australian Defence Force and coalition forces. The AIR 7003 project reached ‘gate zero’ in early November.


Hanwha Targets Indonesia as Potential Customer for K21-105

24 Februari 2017

Hanwha K-21 amphibious IFV (photo : Jane's)

Seeking export success

Hanwha Defense Systems (Stand 12-C35) of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has brought its latest production K21 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to IDEX in an effort to win a first export contract for it. It has been developed to meet the requirements of the ROK Army and has also been referred to as the Next Infantry Fighting Vehicle (NIFV), with an estimated 500 units under contract or delivered.

When compared with other IFVs, the K21 is well armed with a two-person turret armed with a 40mm cannon and a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun (MG), with some models having a twin anti-tank launcher mounted on one side of the turret.

The K21 IFV has a combat weight of 25 tonnes and unlike most other tracked IFVs is fully amphibious with additional buoyancy aids and is then propelled in the water by its tracks at a maximum speed of 6km/h. It is fitted with an in-arm hydropneumatic suspension system, which not only provides a good ride for the crew consisting of commander, gunner and driver, and nine dismounts, but is also a more stable firing platform.

K21-105 Medium Tank

To meet potential export customer requirements, Hanwha has developed the K21-105 medium tank. This consists of a K21 IFV hull modified to take the Belgian CMI Defence two-person turret armed with a 105mm rifled gun and a 7.62mm co-axial MG. This combination has already completed its mobility and firing trials in South Korea, as well as in an undisclosed Asian country in Asia, believed to be Indonesia.

In addition to firing conventional natures of 105mm ammunition, the system can fire a laser-guided projectile fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to neutralise targets fitted with explosive reactive armour, out to a maximum range of 5,000m.

The company has also developed an armoured recovery vehicle, a command post and a driver training vehicle based on the K21 IFV platform, which are in service with the ROK Army.


23 Februari 2017

Japan and Thailand Edge Towards Defence Trade Agreement

23 Februari 2017

Kawasaki C2 airlifter, max payload 35 ton (photo : Katsonori Kimura)

Thailand and Japan are edging closer to finalising a defence trade and technology agreement that could facilitate Japanese defence exports to the Southeast Asian country.

Jane's understands that talks about bilateral defence industrial co-operation are continuing to support potential Japanese sales of equipment including air defence radars and communications systems, as well as major platforms such as the Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft and C-2 transport aircraft.

Japan is also understood to be drafting the required legal framework through which Tokyo will allow defence sales. This framework complies with Japan's Three Principles on the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology, which replaced the country's military export ban in 2014.


SAIC Unveils First Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to U.S. Marine Corps

23 Februari 2017

SAIC has rolled out the first of 16 Amphibious Combat Vehicles that the US Marine Corps will use for testing. It is an enhanced, customized variant of the ST Kinetics TERREX 8x8 combat vehicle fielded by the Singapore Army. (photo : SAIC)

CHARLESTON, S.C.--Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) today unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototype to the U.S. Marine Corps during a ceremony held at the company’s integration facility in Charleston, South Carolina. This vehicle is the first of 16 to be delivered for testing by the Marine Corps, which is scheduled to begin next month.

“SAIC is incredibly proud to deliver this modern, high-tech, highly-capable solution to the Marine Corps. Our employees and team members worked tirelessly to successfully deliver this solution to the Marine Corps on time despite delays due to an initial contract award protest,” said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group. “We are confident that this vehicle is equipped with the latest technology which will strengthen the amphibious capabilities of the USMC today and into the future.”

SAIC’s ACV 1.1 solution is an enhanced, customized variant of ST Kinetics’ TERREX vehicle fielded by the Singapore Armed Forces. Tailored to meet Marine Corps requirements, SAIC’s ACV is an 8x8 wheeled, armored amphibious vehicle with improved survivability, mobility, lethality, and C4ISR capability tailored to transport Marine Corps fighting units from ship to shore. SAIC’s ACV engine and transmission offers 600 horsepower for outstanding mobility while still exceeding fuel economy targets.

On land, the ACV 1.1’s independent suspension system improves ground mobility and ride quality for Marines. In water, its hydraulically driven propulsion systems with full independent thrust control authority and innovative water mode cooling solution supports safe operation at Sea-State 3 for ship-to-shore operational employment and through six-foot plunging surf.

Within the vehicle, state-of-the-art technologies include 360-degree situational awareness, force protection through leading blast protection seats, and a V-Over-VTM hull design to keep Marines alive in combat. All Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) vehicle hulls are manufactured and integrated in the United States.

“Our vehicle was designed with future Marines in mind. We are equipping a new generation of Marines with the latest technology that they have grown accustomed to and using it as a way that will improve warfighting capability and could potentially save their lives,” said Bernie Ellis, SAIC ACV 1.1 program manager.

SAIC has a proven track record – more than 10 years – of modifying and upgrading armored vehicles for the Department of Defense ensuring warfighters are protected during combat, while securing command and control and repair capabilities. ST Kinetics is one of Asia's leading land systems and specialty vehicles companies having delivered hundreds of TERREX vehicles to the Singapore Armed Forces as well as the Warthog, a twin chassis, multi-purpose articulated tracked carrier, to the British Armed Forces.

Last February, the Marine Corps awarded SAIC a $121.5 million contract for the EMD phase of the ACV 1.1 program. Additionally, SAIC is currently the prime contractor providing the Marine Corps with initial survivability upgrades to 10 Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) prototypes.


Pembangunan KRI Bima Suci Masuki Tahap Pemasangan Tiang Layar

23 Februari 2017

Kapal layar latih KRI Bima Suci (all photos : TNI AL)

Pembangunan Kapal Layar Latih NB705 (KLL Bima Suci) di Vigo Masuki Tahap Pemasangan Tiang Layar

Setelah diluncurkan pada tanggal 17 Oktober 2016 lalu, pembangunan kapal layar latih NB705 kini memasuki tahap Pemasangan Tiang dan peralatan layar lainnya. Dansatgas Yekda Kapal Layar Latih Laksma TNI Sutarmono, M.Si Han., memimpin langsung kegiatan pergeseran posisi kapal pada hari Sabtu (17/2) pagi.

Meskipun diguyur hujan dan dilaksanakan pada hari libur, personel staf Satgas dan para calon awak kapal tetap bersemangat hadir. Posisi sandar kapal dipindahkan dari dermaga Coia milik Galangan Freire ke dermaga umum Bouzas yang lebih luas serta peralatan yang lebih lengkap untuk memasang tiang-tiang kapal.

KLL Bima Suci memiliki 3 (tiga) tiang layar dengan tinggi rata-rata 49,5 meter, dan peralatan layar lainnya dibuat di Hamburg, Jerman serta layar-layar buatan Gdansk Polandia telah tiba di pelabuhan Bouzas, Vigo Spanyol, sejak pertengahan Januari 2017. Sebagaimana diketahui, Hamburg adalah kota kelahiran KRI Dewaruci yang legendaris 64 tahun silam.

Pemasangan tiang dan peralatan layar akan berlangsung selama 45 hari atau hingga awal April 2017, dikerjakan oleh teknisi Detlev Loell, perusahaan Jerman yang bergerak pada bidang desainer, teknisi, survei, dan supervisi pembangunan kapal layar besar, baik kapal layar latih maupun kapal layar penumpang dan super yacht. Detlev Loell memiliki pengalaman internasional lebih dari 30 tahun membangun kapal layar untuk beberapa negara, seperti Brasil, Spanyol, Inggris, Irlandia, Costarica, Oman, Denmark, Polandia, Rusia, Belanda, Italia, Turki, dan Indonesia.

Berbeda dengan KRI Dewaruci yang berjenis Barquentine 3 tiang dan memiliki 16 buah layar, kapal layar latih NB705 adalah kapal layar jenis Barque 3 tiang dan memiliki 26 layar, yang terdiri dari 5 layar jib, 3 layar dastur, 6 layar persegi di tiang haluan, 6 layar persegi di tiang utama atau tiang tengah, 3 layar besar, dan 3 layar gaffel (mizzen) di tiang buritan.

Dengan 3 tiang dan total luas layar 3552 m2 yang dimilikinya, kapal layar latih penerus KRI Dewaruci tersebut diharapkan mampu mencapai kecepatan 15 knot dengan menggunakan layar tanpa mesin pada kondisi cuaca 5 Beaufort dan mampu berlayar selama 30 hari.