06 Mei 2015

Malaysian Army Sets Out Plans for More MBTs

06 Mei 2015

Malaysia could be in the market for more PT-91 MBTs from Poland. (photo : Jane's)

The Malaysian Army is seeking an additional regiment of main battle tanks (MBTs) along with self-propelled artillery, according to army Chief General Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

Malaysian Army's G5 155 howitzer (photo : panggilan pertiwi)

In a written reply to IHS Jane's to questions about the army's development plans, Gen Raja Affandi said the army needed an additional tank regiment to be equipped with either an upgraded version of the PT-91M MBT that is in service or an MBT with similar capabilities.

"The requirement of this additional regiment is to cater for the establishment of a new armoured brigade, which is still in the planning phase. The army's Planning and Development Branch is currently studying the requirement for this armoured brigade of the future."


Indonesia Requests Sale of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missile

06 Mei 2015

AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missile (photo : Raytheon)

WASHINGTON - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Indonesia for AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $47 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Indonesia has requested a possible sale of 30 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II All-Up-Round Missiles, 20 AIM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM), 2 CATM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Missile Guidance Units, 4 CATM-9X-2 Block II Guidance Units, and 2 Dummy Air Training Missiles, containers, test sets and support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documents, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $47 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy objectives and national security interests of the United States by making Indonesia more capable of defeating threats to regional stability and strengthening its homeland defense. It will lessen the probability that Indonesia will need to rely upon deployment of U.S. combat forces to maintain or restore stability in the region.

The proposed sale also will improve Indonesia’s capability in current and future coalition efforts. Acquisition of the AIM-9X missile supports Indonesia’s efforts to become a more capable defensive force and will also provide key elements required for interoperability with U.S. forces. Indonesia should have no difficulty absorbing this new capability into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this weapon system will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems Company in Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset requirements in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale may require the assignment of additional U.S. Government or contractor personnel to Indonesia on a temporary basis in conjunction with program technical and management oversight and support requirements.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.


05 Mei 2015

Otokar Introduces New 18 Tonnes Amphibious Tracked Vehicle

05 Mei 2015

Tulpar-S 18 tonnes amphibious IFV (photo : Shephard)

IDEF 2015: Otokar shows new Tulpar-S variant

A new anti-tank variant of the Tulpar family of tracked armoured vehicles from Otokar is being shown at the IDEF exhibition in Istanbul for the first time.

The Tulpar-S has been developed by the company for the Turkish Weapon Carrying Vehicle (WCV) programme and is fitted with a new RWS from Aselsan that carries four Kornet anti-tank missiles as well as a machine gun.

Oguz Korkut Kibaroglu, tank system engineering manager at Otokar, told Shephard that Tupar-S weighs 15t, but can be increased to 18t. The amphibious tank hunting platform has level 4 armour and can be made available in APC, IFV and other modes, as well as carry different weapon systems.

He said that the Turkish procurement agency SSM is in the bidding phase for the army’s WCV programme and that Otokar has started engineering tests on its WCV platform in order to be ready for it.

Kibaroglu said that there are similar components in the Tuplar and Tuplar-S, and this level of commonality means that it is faster to approve the overall system for when the SSM begins its own qualification tests.

Tulpar-S is 2.9m wide, 5.7m long and has a crew capacity of ten. It is equipped with a 280kW engine and can achieve a maximum speed of about 70km/h. CBRN life support is standard, as well as mine-resistant crew seats and driver front and rear thermal and day cameras.

The original Tulpar multipurpose platform, which ranges from 25t-45t, was launched at IDEF in 2013. Otokar is showing an updated variant this year fitted with the Mizrak-30 medium-calibre remote-controlled turret with 30mm dual-feed automatic cannon with 210 ready rounds.

The vehicle on show is 32t and measures 7.23m long and 3.45m wide. It also has a new MTU 8V199 turbo-charged diesel engine, producing 720hp, and Renk HSWL 106 hydromechanical transmission, which replaces the earlier Scania engine and Sapa mechanical transmission. It is fitted with the HA35-15000 indigenous designed final drive system from Otokar.

Kibaroglu told Shephard that the Turkish military likes German engines – they are also being introduced as part of the M60 tank modification and are used in the Altay MBT – however customers can request any power pack they want.

Like the Tulpar-S, it has standard CBRN life support, driver front and rear thermal and day cameras and mounting interfaces for two ATGMs and equipment. It has a crew of three, space for nine troops and is equipped with software-defined vehicle radios, GPS/INS, internal comms, with options for a battlefield management system that includes C3I.

Kibaroglu said that requirements have not been announced, but the Turkish Army is planning for lightweight, next-generation vehicles.

Performance testing has been completed on Tulpar, and now Otokar is trialling various configurations of the vehicle to meet different weight requirements, which will include a range of suspension systems.

Tulpar can also be modified into APC, combat vehicle, ambulance, 105mm anti-tank vehicle, mortar vehicle maintenance and recovery vehicle, engineering vehicle, MLRS vehicle, air defence and reconnaissance vehicle modes.


Indonesia Sends LPD to European Expo in Show of Shipbuilding Capabilities

05 Mei 2015
Indonesia is sending Makassar-class multirole landing platform dock KRI Banjarmasin (592) - sister ship of KRI Banda Aceh (seen here in Surabaya) - to Europe for the first time. (photo : Jane's)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has dispatched its Makassar-class multirole landing platform dock (LPD) ship, KRI Banjarmasin (592), to Milan for the 2015 World Expo.

A source close to the TNI-AL confirmed to IHS Jane's on 4 May that this marks the first time that the TNI-AL's Makassar class has been deployed to Europe. The vessel left the naval base at Ujung, Surabaya, on 30 April and will make scheduled stops in Cochin in India, Djibouti, and Alexandria in Egypt on its way to Milan.

In a media interview arranged to mark the vessel's send-off, TNI-AL Eastern Fleet spokesperson Colonel Suradi Agung Slamet described the deployment as an opportunity for Indonesia to showcase its naval shipbuilding capabilities. "The event is being attended by participants from 145 countries including Indonesia. It is a good opportunity to show what Indonesians are capable of producing," he said.

According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships , Banjarmasin was the first LPD to have been constructed indigenously in Surabaya by state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL; it is based on a design by South Korea's Dae Sun. The 122 m vessel was commissioned in November 2009 and has the capacity to transport up to 507 troops and two landing craft for vehicles and personnel (LCVPs).


Boeing Upgrading Australian F/A-18 Trainers to Aid Maintenance Effectiveness

05 Mei 2015

RAAF F/A-18F trainer configuration aircraft (photo : US DoD)

ST. LOUIS – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will update two maintenance trainers for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) so they better support the RAAF’s F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft.

Australia is the only nation other than the United States flying F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters and EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft. While it operates the two-seat F variant of the Super Hornet, its current trainer configuration is for the single-seat variant. The update will change that while also making Australia’s two Integrated Visual Environment Maintenance Trainers (IVEMT) specifically applicable to the RAAF’s EA-18G aircraft.

“The trainers need software upgrades to stay current with the aircraft,” said Tom Lavender, manager, Boeing Navy Training program. “Using the same software in both the trainer and the aircraft allows Super Hornet technicians to perform maintenance tasks exactly as they would on the actual aircraft.”

The upgraded trainers will support technicians working on both platforms and will provide them with a key tool to qualify as Super Hornet and Growler technicians.

“Maintenance training facilities play a key role in the training and skills development of Air Force maintenance staff,” said Air Commodore Michael Kitcher, Director General Capability Planning for Air Force. “This update is especially important for the new skill-set technicians will require to perform advanced work on the EA-18G Growler ensuring its readiness to support all branches of the Australian Defence Force when it comes into RAAF Service.”

The work, which will be done under a U.S. Navy foreign military sales agreement with Boeing, will be performed at the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley, Queensland, Australia.

The upgrades will be complete by the end of 2016.


Indonesia-Korea Lanjutkan Lagi Pembahasan KFX

05 Mei 2015

Spesifikasi pesawat KFX/IFX (photo : Defense Studies)

Indonesia Komitmen Lanjutkan Kerjasama Pembangunan Pesawat Tempur KFX/IFX Dengan Korsel

Jakarta,  Program kerjasama pembangunan pesawat tempur KFX/IFX antara Indonesia dan Korea Selatan merupakan simbol hubungan baik antara kedua negara. Pemerintah Indonesia dalam hal ini Kementerian Pertahanan  (Kemhan) mempunyai komitmen yang kuat dan sejauh ini kebijakan mengenai kerjasama program tersebut tidak berubah serta akan terus dilanjutkan.

Demikian dikatakan Sekretaris  Jenderal  Kementerian Pertahanan Republik Indonesia (Sekjen Kemhan RI) Letjen TNI Ediwan Prabowo saat menerima perwakilan dari Aircraft Program Departement Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) Korea Selatan, Baek Youn Hyeong, Kamis (30/4) di kantor Kemhan, Jakarta.

Sekjen Kemhan lebih lanjut mengatakan, program kerjasama pembangunan pesawat tempur KFX/IFX merupakan kerjasama yang sangat strategis antara Indonesia dan Korsel, dimana kedua negara memiliki hubungan baik yang panjang.

Untuk itu, kedua negara perlu membangun suatu mekanisme dan sistem yang tidak hanya melalui Business to Business (B to B) tetapi juga Government to Government (G to G). Hal ini diperlukan untuk menyelesaikan permasalahan dan kendala dihadapi bersama dalam program kerjasama ini.

“Untuk mengatasi permasalahan yang timbul dalam implementasi kerjasama KFX/IFX, perlu adanya supervisi pemerintah dari kedua negara. Pemerintah Indonesia dalam hal ini Kemhan telah memberikan arahan kepada pihak PT. Dirgantara Indonesia untuk melaksanakan program tersebut dengan baik”,  ungkap Sekjen Kemhan.

Selain program kerjasama KFX/IFX, Indonesia dan Korsel juga melakukan kerjasama pembangunan kapal selam. Terkait kerjasama kapal selam ini, Sekjen Kemhan juga berharap kepada pihak DAPA Korsel untuk mengikuti secara seksama kerjasama pembangunan kapal selam yang dilakukan antara PT PAL dengan Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). 

Menanggapi hal diatas, perwakilan dari DAPA Korea Selatan, Baek Youn Hyeong mengungkapkan bahwa Pemerintah Korsel juga berharap kerjasama yang telah terjalin baik antara Indonesia dan Korsel dapat dipertahankan dan terus ditingkatkan.

Pemerintah Korsel juga memiliki komitmen yang sama terkait kerjasama KFX/IFX.  “Korsel tidak hanya ingin menjual Alutsista saja, tetapi juga ingin bekerjasama dalam membangun kemampuan industri pertahanan di kedua negara” ungkapnya .

Diungkapkannya bahwa pihak DAPA Korsel saat ini sedang melakukan negosiasi dengan Korea Aerospace Industries untuk membicarakan berbagai permasalahan terkait dengan program kerjasama KFX/IFX. “DAPA Korsel juga telah melakukan pembicaraan dengan pihak PT. DI yang telah membuahkan hasil yang sangat bermanfaat bagi kelanjutan dan perkembangan program kerjasama KFX/IFX”, tambahnya. 


04 Mei 2015

Airbus Delivered Third and Last C-295M Transport Aircraft for Vietnam

04 April 2015

C295M 8903 with serial number EC-001 of the VPAF (photo : Ray Abela)

The military transport aircraft C-295M bearing number 8903 Tuesday officially take off from the Spain runway to Vietnam.

According photos shared on Airplane-pictures.net the transport aircraft CASA C-295M Tuesday bearing number 8903, also the last one in the contract of 3 transport aircraft by company Airbus DS (Group of the European Airbus) manufactured for Vietnam Air Force, officially took off up the road to Vietnam to conduct the final handover procedures.

Images are photographer Mark Paul Brockdorff share on Airplane-pictures.net showed Tuesday 29/4, the last C-295M Vietnam Air Force made ​​the first leg in Malta in executive aviation flight to Vietnam.

The third C-295M for VPAF (photo : Mark Paul Brockdorff)

C-295M aircraft 8903 serial numbered EC-001. While previous series is 132.

This is one of three military transport aircraft and the most modern new soon to be inducted by the Air Force Vietnam.

Two C-295M aircraft was previously Vietnam receipt bearing number 8902 EC-003 (second one) and EC-8901 and number 004 (the first). 

Only few days, Vietnam Air Force will be equipped with enough sets of 3 modern military transport aircraft C-295M, gradually replace the An-24 was obsolete Soviet-made.