29 April 2017

Australia Requests Sale of Anti Radiation Missiles for EA-18G Growler

29 April 2017

AGM-88 HARM tactical missile (photo : planephotoman)

WASHINGTON - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia for Anti-Radiation Missiles. The estimated cost is $137.6 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 27, 2017.

Australia has requested a possible sale of up to seventy (70) AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) Tactical Missiles; up to forty (40) AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM) Tactical Missiles; up to sixteen (16) CATM-88B HARM Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); up to sixteen (16) CATM-88E AARGM CATM; up to twenty-five (25) AGM-88B Control Sections; up to twenty-five (25) AGM-88B Guidance Sections; up to twenty (20) AGM-88E Control Sections; up to twenty (20) AGM-88E Guidance Sections; up to forty eight (48) Telemetry/Flight Termination Systems; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other associated support equipment and services. The total estimated cost is $137.6 million.

This sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major contributor to political stability, security, and economic development in the Western Pacific. Australia is an important Major non-NATO Ally and partner that contributes significantly to peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.

Australia is requesting these missiles for its Electronic Attack EA-18G Growler aircraft. The proposed sale will improve Australia’s capability in current and future coalition efforts. Australia will use this capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Australia will have no difficultly absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support does not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractors will be Orbital ATK (OA), Ridgecrest, CA, and Raytheon Missile Systems Company, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Australia.


Malaysia Conducts Trials of 30 mm Naval Gun from First-of-Class NGPC

29 April 2017

Image showing first test firings of the SMASH 30 mm naval gun system from KM Bagan Datuk. (photo : Malaysian Coast Guard)

The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted the first test firings of a newly installed SMASH 30 mm remote controlled stabilised naval gun system from its first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC), KM Bagan Datuk (4541).

The tests, which were conducted about 15 n miles west of Pulau Mentagor, off the coast of Perak, were conducted to validate the weapon's successful integration with systems on board the vessel.

These involved a single seaborne target that was set adrift from and subsequently fired upon by Bagan Datuk in single and burst modes of three rounds each. Present during the tests were engineers from Turkish defence company Aselsan, which is supplying the naval gun system to the coastguard. According to specifications provided by the company, the SMASH system is fitted with a 30 mm Mk 44 Bushmaster-II cannon that fires 200 rds/min.

Bagan Datuk is the first of six 44 m coastal patrol vessels ordered from Malaysian shipbuilder Destini Shipbuilding & Engineering under a MYR380 million (USD87 million) signed in 2015. The platform is derived from a design by Germany-based Fassmer Shipbuilding Company and will be the first vessels operated by the Malaysian Coast Guard to feature an organic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capability.

The 297-tonne platform features an overall length of 44.25 m, an overall beam of 7.7 m, and a design draught of 1.95 m. The vessel is powered by two 1,920 kW MTU engines, and has a top speed of 24 kt, and a standard range of 2,000 n miles at 12 kt.

Each NGPC can deploy the Thales Fulmar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a catapult-based launcher situated just behind the position of its primary weapon.


US Approves Sale of Four P-8A to New Zealand

29 April 2017

Boeing P-8A Poseidon (image : US Navy)

WASHINGTON - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand for P-8A aircraft and associated support. The estimated cost is $1.46 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 27, 2017.

New Zealand has requested the potential sale of up to four (4) P-8A Patrol Aircraft. Each includes: commercial engines, Tactical Open Mission Software (TOMS), Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) MX-20HD, AN/AAQ-2(V)1 Acoustic System, AN/APY-10 Radar, ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures. Also included are eight (8) Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS); five (5) Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies (GLTA) for the AN/AAQ-24(V)N; five (5) System Processors for AN/AAQ-24(V)N; thirty (30) AN/AAR-54 Missile Warning Sensors for the AN/AAQ-24(V)N; ten (10) LN-251 with Embedded Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/Inertial Navigations Systems (EGIs); support equipment; operation support systems; maintenance trainer/classrooms; publications; software, engineering, and logistics technical assistance; foreign Liaison officer support, contractor engineering technical services; repair and return; transportation; aircraft ferry; and other associated training, support equipment and services. The total estimated cost is $1.46 billion.

Boeing P-8A Poseidon (photo : David Cherkasov)

This proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security of the United States by strengthening the security of a Major Non-NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability within the region. New Zealand is a close ally in the region and an important partner on critical foreign policy and defense issues.

The Government of New Zealand intends to use these defense articles and services to continue its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) capability, following retirement of its P-3K maritime patrol aircraft.

The sale will strengthen collective defense and enhance New Zealand’s regional and global allied contributions.

New Zealand has procured and operated U.S. produced P-3 MSA for over 40 years, providing critical capabilities to NATO and coalition maritime operations. New Zealand has maintained a close MSA acquisition and sustainment relationship with the U.S. Navy over this period. The proposed sale will allow New Zealand to recapitalize, modernize and sustain its MSA capability for the next 30 years. As a long-time P-3 operator, New Zealand will have no difficulty transitioning its MSA force to the P-8A and absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.


Markas Pemerintahan Armada Timur, Barat Ditubuh

29 April 2017

Pangkalan Angkatan Laut Malaysia (image : Wiki)

KOTA KINABALU – Pelancaran Penubuhan Markas Peme­rintahan Armada Timur dan Armada Barat, Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) dilihat sebagai satu keperluan penting dan kritikal bagi memastikan kedaulatan di kawasan perairan negara sentiasa terpelihara.

Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein berkata, penubuhan itu juga sejajar dengan pelaksanaan teras hala tuju kementeriannya yang menekankan aspek kesiapsiagaan serta keselamatan negara berada pada tahap tertinggi.

“Sebelum ini, penugasan operasi di kawasan perairan Semenanjung, Sabah dan Sarawak hanya dilaksanakan serta dipantau di Markas Pemerintahan Armada yang berpangkalan di TLDM Lumut, Perak (sekarang Markas Pemerintahan Armada Barat).

"Melalui pelaksanaan sistem pemerintahan dua wilayah ini, penugasan operasi di perairan Sabah dan Sarawak akan dilaksanakan di Mar­kas Pemerintahan Armada Timur yang berpangkalan di TLDM Teluk Sepanggar di sini manakala operasi di kawasan perairan Semenanjung kekal di Pangkalan TLDM Lumut,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas Majlis Pelancaran Markas Pemerintahan Armada Timur dan Barat serta Sambutan Hari Ulang Tahun TLDM ke-83 di Pangkalan TLDM Kota Kinabalu, Sepanggar, di sini hari ini.

Pangkalan Angkatan Udara Malaysia (image : Wiki)

Hishammuddin yang juga Menteri Dengan Tugas-Tugas Khas berkata, penubuhan Markas Pemerintahan Armada Timur dan Armada Barat itu turut sejajar dengan Pelan Transformasi 15 kelima yang dilaksanakan TLDM ketika ini.

Ini katanya kera­na, selain mengurangkan bilangan pengkelasan kapal daripada 15 kepada lima, TLDM turut merancang penyusunan semula pengurusan organisasi serta aset dari semasa ke semasa bagi meningkatkan tahap kesiapsiagaan dan keberkesanan entiti tersebut.

“Penubuhan markas pemerintahaan ini turut seiring dengan penubuhan Markas Pemerintahan Medan Barat di Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur dan Markas Pemerintahan Medan Timur di Kuching, Sarawak oleh Tentera Darat serta penubuhan Markas Wilayah Udara 1 di Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur dan Markas Wilayah Udara 2 di Labuan oleh Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM),” katanya.


Vietnam Received Three RV-02 Radar Equipment

29 April 2017

RV-02 anti stealth aircraft radar of the Vietnamese Air Force (Thanh Trung)

PK-KQ Engineering Institute accepts some items under the project of making RV-02 radar

On the morning of April 27, at the 189-member limited liability company (General Department of Defense Industry), the Examination Council of the PK-KQ Technical Institute was organized by the Colonel, Dr. Nguyen Huu Doan, the President of the Institute. Accepted some items under the project "Investment in the construction of 03 RV-02 radar equipment for the Air Force's radar stations." Attending the pre-acceptance meeting were Major Nguyen Lac Hong - Deputy Director of Military Academy of Technology and representative of MTV One Member Limited Company 189 (contractor).

At the acceptance test, the Council has checked and commissioned the installation and testing of items under the project of manufacturing 3 sets of RV-02 radar, including: Hydraulic transmission system; Frame system, platform, antenna post; Antenna array (made by MTV One Member Limited Company); Rotary actuator (made by Military Academy of Engineering). After directly monitoring the operation, testing, product inspection and hearing representatives representatives report the manufacturing process, the production as well as the results of the implementation of the project items, the city Council members discussed and clarified some content related to products.

Colonel Dr. Nguyen Huu Doan highly appreciated the efforts of the contractor to finish the products in accordance with the schedule, quantity and quality as required. Of the contract, meeting the requirements of the proposed project specifications. The products are 100% new, the right type, full CO (Certificate of Origin), CQ (Certificate of goods quality) supplies, imported equipment ... However, to complete To improve and improve the quality of products, especially the preparation for the Council of Acceptance Test of the Ministry of Defense and the Council of Pre-acceptance Test of Ministry of Defense to undertake acceptance in the coming time; The acceptance council of the PK-KQ Engineering Institute requested the contractors to continue to supplement and complete some of the contents indicated by the members, especially the completion of the documents and documents related to the products. Products.


28 April 2017

Russian Ministry of Defense will Purchase a Batch of BT-3F APC

28 April 2017

BT-3F amphibious infantry fighting vehicle (photo : Army Recognition)

The Ministry of Defense will purchase a batch of BT-3F armored personnel carriers

VOLGOGRAD - RIA Novosti. The Russian Defense Ministry plans to purchase a batch of new BT-3F armored personnel carriers for trial operation, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said today as part of a working visit to defense enterprises of Volgograd.

"The practice of initiative works is welcomed by the Ministry of Defense, but there is a rule: any technique, made in an initiative manner, must meet our requirements."We are not present in the process of creating initiative technology, but only at the stage of its trial operation. Therefore, by agreement, we will purchase a batch, and the results will draw conclusions. We have a specialized research institute, it conducts tests," Borisov said.

Now the armament of the Russian army consists of MT-LB armored vehicles, which were manufactured in Ukraine. The BT-3F armored personnel carrier was designed to replace Ukrainian armored cars.

(RIA Novosti)

LHDs Remain Alongside as Defence Investigates Propulsion Issues

28 April 2017

HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide LHD (photo : Kelvin Hockey)

The Navy’s two amphibious assault ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide remain tied alongside at Fleet Base East, Sydney while Defence investigates issues with the LHDs’ ‘azipod’ azimuth propulsion systems.

The issue first came to public attention almost a month ago on March 29 when ABC defence reporter Andrew Green reported that both vessels were out of service after propulsion issues were discovered with HMAS Canberra while it was undertaking first of class flight trials with Army and Navy helicopters off the coast of Queensland in March.

“During these activities, a propulsion issue was identified aboard HMAS Canberra and she is currently alongside in Sydney being inspected,” Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett wrote on the Defence website on March 28.

“As a prudent measure, the same inspections were conducted on HMAS Adelaide and identified emergent issues.

“Having identified these emergent issues the ADF has put in place a very deliberate plan to investigate the issue and resolve it.”

However, the issues with the azipod systems remain unresolved, with an April 25 news story in the Daily Telegraph by Matthew Benns reporting that “an investigation found maintenance and oil changes were not being done properly”.

This assertion was disputed by Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, who wrote a clarifying “On the Record” statement subsequently posted on the Navy Daily website.

“Defence has maintained and operated HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide in accordance with the builder’s specifications, including the oils and lubricants used in their operation,” RADM Noonan, who is Acting Chief of Navy, wrote.

“Defence’s leadership is not “baffled” by these emergent issues, but it is still too early to determine the full extent of this emergent work. Defence has, and continues to work closely with industry and the original equipment manufacturers, Navantia, Siemens and BAE, to identify the root cause of the issues and develop the most appropriate repair strategy.”

HMAS Canberra was commissioned in November 2014 with HMAS Adelaide following in December 2015, but both ships are yet to be declared full operational.

“Defence has taken prudent measures to ensure the operational test and evaluation period of the vessels is sufficiently thorough to ensure they will serve the nation for decades to come,” wrote RADM Noonan.

He continued that “it remains too early to determine the extent of this emergent work and Defence is working to identify the causes and develop a repair strategy.”

The 27,500 tonnes displacement LHDs are powered by two 11-megawatt Siemens azipod thrusters with dual propellers mounted on 360-degree steerable pods driven by onboard electric motors – electricity for which is generated by the ships’ combined diesel and gas powerplant system. The LHDs’ azipods and plus their twin bow thrusters – similar configurations are fitted to large cruise ships – greatly improve ship manoeuvrability compared to conventional fixed-screw arrangements.