30 April 2016

Raytheon Anschütz Upgrades Malaysian Hydrography Ship with Synapsis IBC

30 April 2016

KD Perantau hydrographic survey (photo : Baomoi)

A bridge modernisation effort by Raytheon Anschütz to install its Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control (IBC) suite aboard the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN's) hydrographic survey ship KD Perantau is in progress.

New bridge equipment supplied by Raytheon Anschütz also include a Standard 22 Gyro Compass and repeaters, Reflecta Magnetic Compass, GDA 101 Echo Sounder, Synapsis Radar, Synapsis ECDIS, Synapsis Conning, BNWAS Watch Alarm system and a NP 5000 autopilot.

Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control (image : raytheon-anschuetz)

Additional systems supplied by other manufacturers include a Skipper EML 224 speed log and a Skipper DL 1 Doppler log, a Saab R5 AIS, and a Saab R5 differential GPS.

Raytheon Anschütz area sales manager, Uwe Berendes, told IHS Jane's that he is hopeful that the service would consider modernising additional RMN ships with the Synapsis IBC following the completion of integration work on Perantau in May, with the ship expected to be delivered to the RMN in June.


Pesawat Super Tucano Mendapatkan Izin Terbang Kembali

30 April 2016

Pesawat tempur Super Tucano TNI AU (photos : Bintang, Kompas)

Metrotvnews.com, Malang: Pesawat tempur Super Tucano di Lanud Abdul Rachman Saleh, Kabupaten Malang, Jawa Timur, dapat kembali mengudara pascatragedi jatuhnya Super Tucano TT-3108 pada Rabu 10 Februari lalu.

Kepala Dinas Operasi Lanud Abdul Rachman Saleh Kol Pnb Fairlyanto mengatakan, izin terbang diberikan oleh Mabes TNI AU, beberapa waktu lalu. Izin hanya seputar terbang biasa dan pengecekan sistem, sementara untuk manuver dan test flight belum diperbolehkan.

”Ini kan pesawat tempur, izinnya masih sebatas mengecek kondisi pesawat. Belum sampai pada latihan sebagaimana fungsi pesawat ini,” kata dia, Jumat (29/4/2016).

Fairlyanto enggan berkomentar banyak terkait hasil investigasi penyebab jatuhnya Super Tucano TT-3108. Dia hanya memastikan bahwa di kalangan TNI AU, hasil investigasi telah dibeberkan.

“Yang berwenang menyampaikan adalah KSAU langsung, hasilnya sudah keluar. Kami optimis lambat laun latihannya bisa normal seperti biasa,” ungkap dia. 

Saat ini terdapat 15 pesawat Super Tucano di Lanud Abdul Rachman Saleh. Empat di antaranya baru didatangkan pada 29 Februari dari Brazil.

“Perawatan dan pengecekan pesawat sesuai SOP. Ke depan akan lebih dimaksimalkan, mulai pengecekan dan perawatannya. Kami harap tidak  sampai terjadi tragedi serupa,” jelas dia.

Seperti diberitakan, pesawat tempur Super Tucano TT-3108 jatuh di Jalan Laksda Adi Sucipto RT03/RW05, Kelurahan Blimbing, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur, Rabu 10 Februari. Empat orang tewas dalam tragedi tersebut, yakni Pilot dan Juru Mesin Udara serta dua warga sipil lainnya.


Singapore Quietly Introduces the VAMTAC ST5 High Mobility Tactical Vehicle

30 April 2016

A number of VAMTAC ST5 tactical vehicles in the chassis-cab configuration have been openly displayed at a holding facility in western Singapore in October 2015 (photos : Jane's)

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has taken delivery of a number of Spanish-made 4x4 Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico (VAMTAC) ST5 high mobility tactical vehicles to add to its fleet, with at least two vehicles configured as light utility or troop transport platforms observed travelling on public roads in the northern part of the country by IHS Jane's on 28 April.

A number of these vehicles - which are manufactured by URO Vehículos Especiales SA (UROVESA) and often likened to the US Army's High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) - had earlier been seen by IHS Jane's in open storage at a holding facility in western Singapore in October 2015, although local defence watchers have posted similar images on internet forums as early as July.

IHS Jane's Land Warfare Platforms: Logistics, Support & Unmanned reference notes that the VAMTAC platform is known to be offered in four main configurations: command-and-control, shelter carrier, chassis-cab, and pick-up, with the latter two models available with two- or four-door cabs.

Singapore appears to have selected the two-door chassis-cab option, which can be configured with a range of shelters and cargo modules to suit operational requirements. The two VAMTAC ST5s observed by IHS Jane's have been fitted with a soft-top shelter, which indicates that these particular examples could be employed as troop carrier or logistics supply vehicles. Other ST5 configurations could have been acquired, although these have yet to be seen in public.

The basic VAMTAC ST5 measures 4.84 m in length and 1.9 m in height with an overall track of 1.86 m and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5,300 kg. It is in essence a facelifted S3 production model with exterior alterations such as a new front bumper and bonnet, and new lights. The ST5 range also includes the optionally armoured ST5-HD, 2HD, and 3HD variants, which can vary in GWV from 6,000 kg to 9,500 kg and feature ballistic protection of up to STANAG 4569 Level 3.


29 April 2016

Navy to Buy 18 LMS to Beef up Marine Security

29 April 2016

Gowind Littoral Combat Ship (photo : Navy Recognition)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) expects to buy 18 Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) in its effort to strengthen the country’s maritime security, says Laksamana Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin.

He added that the LMS would replace the older patrol ships.

“It is cheaper to buy new ships than to maintain the old ones that are already 30 to 40 years old. Although the LMS is smaller, it is capable of doing a lot of missions.

“The LMS will not only carry out surveillance work, but also provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief,” he said

Ahmad Kamarulzaman said six new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which is bigger and faster, would also be received by the RMN between 2019 and 2023.

The ships were acquired under the 11th and 12th Malaysia Plans and built by Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd.

“With the new ships in place, the RMN will be able to beef up its armada combat capabilities as the number of combat vessels would be 10, instead of four previously,” he added.

It was reported that the six ships, estimated to be worth RM9bil, would be equipped with superior four-dimensional warfare capabilities for electronic, air, surface and underwater threats integrated with state-of-the-art systems.

It also has stealth capability which reduces radar reflection to minimise visibility and detection and it is also capable of rapid launch and recovery of boats.

Ahmad Kamarulzaman said the RMN was also set to consolidate all its naval units from 15 classes to five in an effort to strengthen the country’s maritime security.

“This is part of the RMN’s transformation programme to strengthen its armada and also to be cost effective,” he added.

(The Star)

Thai Navy Lays Keel for First of Four New M21-class Patrol Boats

29 April 2016

Marsun M21 patrol boat (photo : TAF)

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has laid the keel for the first of four additional M21-class patrol boats on order from local shipyard Marsun Company Limited, the service announced via its press affairs office on 25 April.

A keel laying ceremony was held on the same day at the company's facilities in Samut Prakan and attended by senior members of the RTN.

The RTN currently operates three M21-class patrol boats, which were also built and delivered by Marsun in May 2013. The service placed an order for more vessels, which are likely to be deployed with the service's Coast Guard Squadron, in July 2015.


Russia to Deliver 3 Yak-130 Fighter Trainers to Myanmar by Year End

29 April 2016

Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the Irkut manufacturer plan to deliver three Yak-130 (Mitten) advanced jet trainers and light attack aircraft to Myanmar by the end of the year, Russian media reported Tuesday, citing defense cooperation sources. (photo : fotografersha)

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Viktor Kladov, head of the International Cooperation Department of Russia’s state technology corporation Rostec, told RIA Novosti last week that Myanmar and a range of Latin American and North African states expressed interest in the Yak-130 aircraft.

"The plan provides for the transfer of three aircraft to them [Myanmar] in 2016," one of the Russian Kommersant daily’s two sources told the publication.

Additionally, Russian experts reportedly plan to set up a specialized combat flight simulator in Myanmar before the end of 2017.

The Defense Ministry of Myanmar signed its first Yak-130 purchase contract in June 2015, three years after the Southeast Asian republic voiced initial interest in the fighter trainer, the outlet says.

The Yak-130 lead-in fighter trainer is the world's only training aircraft with the aerodynamic configuration and subsonic flight performance characteristics of modern jet fighters. The two-seat reconnaissance and light attack jet has a combat load of up to 3,000 kilograms (about 6,600 pounds).


Pussenarmed Tengok Tawaran SP Howitzer M109A4 Eks-Belgia

29 April 2016

M109A4 Angkatan Darat Belgia (photo : milpedia, pussenarmed)

Kunjungan DanPussenArmed Kodiklat TNI AD dalam Rangka Menghadiri Presentasi dan Demonstrasi Meriam ARBEBA GS M109A4 SP 155 MM Howitzer di Belgia

Belgia –  Danpussenarmed Kodiklat TNI AD melaksanakan kunjungan ke Belgia dalam rangka menghadiri presentasi dan demonstrasi Meriam Arbeba GS M109A4 SP 155 mm Howitzer buatan Amerika Serikat di Belgia oleh PT Indocertes.

Pada kesempatan tersebut Danpussenarmed Kodiklat TNI AD didampingi oleh Dirbinlitbang Pussenarmed Kolonel Arm Ruly Chandrayadi,S.H. dan Padya-3/Binsis Alutsista Spaban IV/Bindok Sopsad Letkol Arm Budi Saroso.