22 Desember 2014

Jet-Fighters to Patrol Sabah Skies

22 Desember 2014


Hawk aircraft that will be used for patrolling Sabah’s airspace. (photo : NST)

TAWAU: JET-FIGHTERS, such as the Sukhoi SU-30MKM and Boeing F/A-18, will be patrolling Sabah’s skies in the near future as part of plans to expand Labuan’s airforce base.

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) air operations commander Lieutenant-General Datuk Seri Affendi Buang said while the BAE Hawk squadron had been based in Labuan since Nov 7, other fighter squadrons would soon be attached there as well.

“There is a Hawk squadron placed here for Sabah, but in the future, aircraft like the Sukhoi and F/A-18 would be deployed to the state,” he said after a working visit to RMAF’s Tawau air operations relief centre here, yesterday. 

Affendi witnessed several aircraft sorties demonstrations, including hostage rescue operations performed by the Hawk and helicopter squadrons.

The relocation of the Hawk squadron from the Butterworth base to Labuan was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the tabling of the 2015 Budget in October. It was part of the efforts to strengthen security in the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone).

Affendi said the presence of the Hawk squadron would instil public confidence in the government’s commitment to ensure the safety of Sabah.

“Placing our fighter aircraft in Labuan is a strategic move to monitor Sabah’s east coast and the South China Sea.

“The Hawk aircraft will help us to strike and intercept. At the same time, we have an air defence radar that detects air traffic. We also will improve our assets from time to time.”

On the announcement by Deputy Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri that the armed forces would acquire six attack helicopters to reinforce operations in Esszone, Affendi said this would be done as soon as possible.

“The helicopters would be equipped with Gatling guns, which should be effective in assisting the security teams on land.”

Apas assemblyman Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan who was present, expressed gratitude that security assets in Sabah were given priority.

(NewStraitsTimes)

Navy to Acquire 6 155mm Gun Tubes for Marine Units

22 Desember 2014


U.S. Marines and Philippine soldiers prepare to fire an M777 howitzer during Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013 (photo : USMC)

MANILA (PNA) --- The Philippine Navy (PN) is acquiring six 155-millimeter howitzers to improve the fire support and attack capability of its Marine units.

"The project will be an additional capability for the Marines especially in the conduct of fire support for its operating forces," Navy vice commander Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad said.

Aside from the gun tubes, sufficient stocks of 155mm ammunition will be also acquired, he added.

Six 155mm gun tubes are equivalent to one heavy artillery battery.

The weapon has a maximum range of 14,600 meters. The 155mm battery will supplement the existing 105mm guns of the Marines which only has an effective range of 11,270 meters.

"The artillery system (will be) equipped with fire control computers, muzzle velocity radars, inertial navigation and target acquisition systems. It (will) provide the most responsive and accurate fire support to maneuver infantry battalions with maximum lethal effect and larger target range. As of now, the project is for re-bidding," Taccad said. 

(PNA)

TNI AU Mengusulkan untuk Beli Pesawat Amfibi

22 Desember 2014


Pesawat amfibi Be-200 (photo : Militaryphotos)

Perangi pencuri ikan, TNI AU minta Jokowi beli jet amfibi

Merdeka.com - Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) siap membantu pemerintah untuk memerangi illegal fishing di wilayah maritim Indonesia. Selain TNI AL, untuk memerangi pencurian ikan tersebut juga diperlukan adanya kekuatan dari udara, yang dapat melakukan tindakan cepat untuk menangkap kapal asing yang melakukan pencurian.

Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara di Mabes TNI, Marsekal TNI Ida Bagus Putu Dunia, mengatakan, TNI Angkatan Udara meminta Pemerintah membeli pesawat Jet Amfibi untuk menjaga wilayah laut Indonesia dari praktek-praktek illegal fishing, khususnya di area perbatasan. 

Jet Amfibi itu nantinya akan digunakan untuk mengejar dan menangkap kapal-kapal asing yang melakukan pencurian ikan di perairan RI.

"Kami sampaikan kepada Beliau (Presiden Joko Widodo), solusi dalam penindakan pencurian ikan di wilayah laut perlu pesawat amfibi. Pesawat ini bisa mendarat di laut dengan karakteristik yang mampu jalan di tengah gelombang (Laut)," jelas Putu Dunia, di Mabes TNI, Cilangkap, Jakarta Timur, Senin (22/12).

Ida Bagus mengaku, hal itu telah disampaikan langsung kepada Presiden Jokowi. Dan permintaan itu pun disetujui. Bagus menjelaskan, pesawat Jet Amfibi itu mampu menghadang kapal-kapal canggih pencuri ikan milik asing. Serta bisa mengangkut tim untuk pengamanan laut.

"Beliau setuju dengan ide itu, salah satu jenis pesawatnya yaitu BE 200. Pesawat itu bisa membawa tim untuk pengamanan di laut, juga bisa gunakan sebagai pemadam kebakaran dengan bom air," ujarnya.

Sementara itu menurut, Panglima TNI Jendral Moeldoko, anggaran pembelian pesawat tersebut akan dimasukan dalam pembelanjaan pada tahun 2015 mendatang. Menurut Moeldoko, Presiden Jokowi telah mengapresiasi hal itu dan akan segera dilakukan.

"Untuk itu pasti beliau ada kemauan kuat untuk perbaikan. Beliau mengendorse pembelian pesawat baru untuk penguatan patroli maritim termasuk Jet Amfibi," tandasnya. (Merdeka)

Ini jet amfibi yang bakal dibeli Jokowi buat perangi kapal asing

Merdeka.com - Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara, Marsekal TNI Ida Bagus Putu Dunia mengatakan, TNI AU siap ikut serta dalam memerangi illegal fishing di wilayah maritim Indonesia. Untuk menambah kekuatannya, mereka pun meminta Presiden Jokowi memberi Jet Amfibi jenis Be-200 untuk menjaga laut Indonesia, khususnya di area perbatasan.

Jet Amfibi itu nantinya digunakan untuk mengejar dan menangkap kapal-kapal asing yang melakukan pencurian ikan di perairan RI. Ida Bagus mengklaim, permintaan tersebut sudah diamini Presiden Jokowi.

Dari penelusuran merdeka.com, Jet Amfibi Be-200 memiliki kemampuan mumpuni dalam mengawasi lautan Indonesia dari pencuri ikan, apalagi pesawat ini mampu mendarat di segala medan, termasuk di tengah perairan.

Be-200 atau bernama lengkap Beriev Be-200 Altair ini dibuat Beriev Aviation Company, bersama-sama Russian Irkutsk Aircraft Production Association yang kini kini berubah menjadi Irkut Corporation. Kini, kedua perusahaan tersebut sudah menjelma menjadi BUMN bernama United Aircraft Corporation.

Pesawat ini didesain oleh Alexander Yavkin. Dia dan timnya, diminta pemerintah Rusia untuk membuat pesawat pembom air. Desain itu berhasil diselesaikan setahun kemudian dan dipamerkan di ajang Paris Ais Show.

Yavkin membuat pesawat ini seperti layaknya ikan terbang. Saat ini, sudah ada enam varian Be-200, masing-masing memiliki kelebihan, mulai dari pesawat pengangkut kargo, penumpang atau ambulans udara.

Pada 2006 lalu, pesawat ini pernah dipinjam Indonesia untuk mengatasi kebakaran hutan dan lahan di Sumatera dan Kalimantan. Pesawat ini bisa dioperasikan 2 orang kru, dan membawa hingga 72 orang.

Di dalamnya terpasang Kontrol Penerbangan Digital, yang menyatu dengan sistem navigasi paling modern, antara lain GPS, FMS, autopilot and radar cuaca. Dengan kemampuan itu, Be-200 mampu terbang hingga 2.100 meter usai lepas landas, termasuk di atas permukaan air.

Dengan mesin D-436TP turbofans di kedua sisi, pesawat ini mampu terbang dengan kecepatan maksimal 700 km per jam. Sedangkan kecepatan di laut mencapai 560 km per jam.

Kapal dengan berat hingga 27.600 kg ini mampu membawa kargo seberat 7.500 kg, atau muatan air sebanyak 12.000 kg. Jika difungsikan sebagai pesawat penumpang, pesawat ini bisa menampung 44 orang (jenis Be-200ES) sampai 72 orang (Be-210).

Pesawat tersebut cocok untuk misi pengintaian dan penindakan langsung pada kapal-kapal asing. Begitu menemukan kapal asing, pesawat bisa mendarat di laut dan pasukan TNI AU dapat langsung menindak awak kapal tersebut.

(Merdeka)

Falcon III Tactical Vehicular Radios for Australia and Philippines

22 Desember 2014


Falcon III Tactical Vehicular Radios (photo : rochester)

Armed Forces of the Philippines Awards Harris Corporation a $18 Million Order for Falcon III Radios and Vehicular Communications Systems

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), has been awarded a $18 million initial order to provide the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with Harris Falcon III® tactical vehicular radios and intercom systems. The Philippine Army will acquire the radios for its tactical communications modernization program. The order was received during the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Harris will modernize the Light Armored Division of the Philippine Army with the latest Falcon RF-7800V Combat Net Radio integrated into the RF-7800I Intercom Systems. This comprehensive solution for in-vehicle voice and data communications delivers secure tactical network connectivity.

"This order will accelerate tactical radio modernization for the Philippine Army by providing soldiers with enhanced command and control and situational awareness for real-time decision-making," said Brendan O'Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communications. "The embedded encryption will provide secure interoperability with more than 13,000 Harris Falcon radios currently fielded within the AFP." (Harris)

Harris Corporation Receives $38 Million Order from Australian Defence Force for Wideband Tactical Radios

ROCHESTER, N.Y., — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has received a $38 million order to deliver Falcon III® tactical radios that will provide Australia’s armed forces with reliable and secure Type-1 tactical voice and data communications. The order was awarded by the Defence Materiel Organisation of the Australian Department of Defence to support project JP2097. This project delivers enhancements to Networked Communications to meet Special Operations Command Land Mobility (LM) and Command, Control and Communications (C3) requirements.

The Australian Department of Defence is acquiring AN/PRC-152A handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios to provide its forces with wideband tactical networking capabilities, as well as line-of-sight, ground-to-air and tactical satellite communications. The wideband network enables operators to send and receive tactical voice, video, and data, resulting in enhanced situational awareness and real-time intelligence. In addition, the AN/PRC-152A and AN/PRC-117G provide users with interoperability through legacy narrowband waveforms.

"This order complements the significant capabilities of Australia’s JP 2072 Program and expands our ongoing collaboration with the Australian Department of Defence," said Brendan O’Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communications. "Harris Falcon radios provide the ADF with wideband capabilities, a broad suite of interoperable waveforms, and the ability to easily accommodate future Joint Tactical Radio Systems waveforms."


Harris has deployed more than 35,000 AN/PRC-117G and 20,000 AN/PRC-152A radios worldwide. They are in use by all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and more than 15 allied nations. 

(Harris)

20 Desember 2014

Lift-Off for Balloon Radar to Watch Over Singapore

20 Desember 2014


A moored aerostat on the ground. (photo : Sing Mindef)

SINGAPORE - A giant helium-filled balloon will float above Singapore from early next year to watch over the Republic's skies and shores day and night.

Known as an aerostat, the balloon will be tethered to the ground and house a surveillance radar that can spot hostile aerial and sea threats from as far as 200km away. These include straying civilian light aircraft, small boats and even mobile missile launchers.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Tuesday that the 55m-long blimp will be deployed from inside a military camp, adding that the balloon will "improve our surveillance capabilities significantly". He however did not disclose the camp's location.

Dr Ng said that the aerostat will complement Singapore's existing early warning and information-gathering systems that are facing increasing constraints, due mainly to the construction of taller buildings that prevent them "from establishing a clear line of sight".

"In order to see far, you have to be very high with no buildings to block you...Our ground-based radar systems can only operate above high-rise buildings," said Dr Ng at his ministry's PRoductivity and Innovation in Daily Efforts (PRIDE) Day awards ceremony held at Nanyang Polytechnic .



"Airborne radars can go around the clock, but that is costly and manpower intensive."

It will be cheaper to launch and operate the aerostat. Dr Ng said the balloon will save about $29 million in operating costs.

Operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the aerostat can hover at a height of 2000ft, or a 200-storey building, and transmit detailed data to the ground immediately. The information will also be shared with other security agencies such as the Police Coast Guard.

Aerostats have been used by law enforcement agencies around in the world since the 1980s. They include the US Customs and Border Protection Agency which uses aerostats to scan the skies for suspicious aircraft activity.

(StraitsTimes)

Alenia Offers M-346 Master to Thailand

20 Desember 2014


Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master (photo : Avionis)

Alenia Aermacchi is offering its M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft to Thailand as a replacement for its ageing Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros platforms, the company told IHS Jane's on 19 December.

No further details of the offer were disclosed, except to say that the offer was being made in the context of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Advanced Jet Trainer/Light Attack Aircraft programme. The RTAF currently fields 30 L-39 aircraft.

The tandem twin-seat, twin-engined, M-346 can operate both as a trainer and a light attack platform, making it well suited to the RTAF's requirements. It is provisioned for nine hardpoints (four under each wing and one on the centreline for an optional canon pod), and can carry a range of 'dumb' and 'smart' munitions such as Mk 82/83/84 un-guided bombs, GBU-12/16 and Opher Mk 82 guided bombs, Durandal anti-runway dispensers, BRD-4 or LAU-7/LAU-5002/LAU-32 rocket pods, AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles, and Brimstone anti-armour/low collateral missiles.

(Jane's)

Five Navy Helicopters Sold to Peru

20 Desember 2014


Five Seasprite helicopters sold to Peru (photo : RNZAF)

Five Royal New Zealand Navy Seasprite helicopters have been sold to Peru, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today.

“Our recent purchase of eight new, more sophisticated Seasprite helicopters meant the older model Seasprites were available for sale and a deal has been struck with the Peruvian Government for them to buy them for their Navy,” Mr Brownlee says.

As well as the helicopters, Peru is buying spares and the Maverick missiles which are used with the helicopters.   

New Zealand has worked closely with a number of parties to make the sale happen, including a Canadian Government entity, the Canadian Commercial Corporation, which is acting as agent for the Peruvian Government, and the United States Government, which has had to approve the export from New Zealand of the American manufactured helicopters and missiles.

Mr Brownlee says a good price of $30 million has been achieved for the helicopters.  After the deduction of some costs, the remainder will return to the Defence Capital Plan. 

The first of the five Seasprites is scheduled to be shipped from New Zealand after three of the new replacement helicopters arrive in January.  Subsequent shipments have been timed to ensure the Navy is able to introduce the new helicopters into service before all the current Seasprite helicopters leave New Zealand.

The five Seasprites have been used on the two frigates, TE KAHA and TE MANA, and the multi-role ship, CANTERBURY.

(NZDF)