22 Juli 2017

APM Bakal Miliki 29 Bot Penyelamat Amphibious Sealegs

22 Juli 2017

Sealegs amphibious boat (photos : Utusan, Sarawakiana) 

Shahidan Kassim (tengah) dan Azmy Yahya memotong reben sebagai simbolik penyerahan kenderaan amphibious Sealegs milik Angkatan Pertahanan Malaysia (APM) di Putrajaya (photo : Utusan)

PUTRAJAYA  – Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM) bakal memiliki 29 buah bot penyelamat Amphibious Sealegs yang digunakan untuk misi menyelamat ketika bencana alam menjelang hujung tahun.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr. Shahidan Kassim berkata, sehingga kini APM telah menerima enam bot manakala selebihnya diterima secara berperingkat-peringkat.

“Pertambahan aset itu merupakan antara satu komitmen kerajaan dalam usaha memperkasa pengurusan bencana alam sekali gus berupaya memudahkan usaha menyelamat.

“Penerimaan ini bakal menjadikan APM sebagai pemilik terbanyak Amphibious Sealegs di Malaysia dengan membabitkan kos perolehan berjumlah RM15.7 juta,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar selepas majlis Penyerahan Bot Amphibious Sealegs di sini hari ini.

Yang hadir sama Ketua Pengarah APM, Datuk Azmy Yahya.

Sementara itu Shahidan memberitahu, jumlah keanggotaan APM dijangka mencecah dua juta orang sebelum hujung tahun ini.

Katanya, aspek kecekapan anggota yang dikerah ke lapangan turut dipertingkatkan menerusi pelbagai latihan, bukan sahaja membabitkan ketika banjir tetapi merangkumi bencana lain.

“Malah keperluan mengadakan latihan pengendalian aset harus dipergiatkan, bukan sahaja kepada APM tetapi kepada agensi lain menerusi kerjasama Strategi Lautan Biru Kebangsaan (NBOS).

“Perancangan dan persediaan ini haruslah dimulakan lebih awal dengan mengenal pasti atau menjangkakan kejadian yang bakal berlaku, agar mampu mengge­rakkan pelan tindakan dengan segera,” katanya.


C-MAX Side Scan Sonar for Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia

22 Juli 2017

CM2 side scan sonar (photo : CMax)

At MAST Asia, C-MAX introduced its CM2 side scan sonar to MONS: “We provide both the hardware and the software for the for the CM2 system,” says Hugh Frater, from C-MAX, “which has multiple applications, including hydrographic survey work, port security and, in its military application, mine counter measure (MCM).”

The CM2 exists in two configurations: the DF (100/325kHz) and EDF (325/780kHz). In 100kHz mode, the DF is particularly useful for searching larger objects such as wrecks or freight containers, whereas in 325kHz mode it can distinguish smaller objects such as mooring ropes, anchor chains, anchors, rock or even seabed texture. The EDF on the other hand offers a higher resolution and gives the most detailed images.

“Compared to a multibeam sonar, the CM2 provides real data information that can be analysed and acted upon immediately, as opposed to being processed later,” continues Mr Frater. The system scans the seabed and provides a high-resolution picture that appears on the monitor of the operator and is also recorded for later viewing. It facilitates the detection of objects of interests and is therefore particularly useful for MCM in the naval domain.

“We have sold systems to the Royal Australian Navy, the Indonesian Navy and the Malaysian Navy,” concludes Mr Frater, “which represents approximately 30% of our business.”


Bidding for Acquisition of 2 Patrol Aircraft Fails, Again

22 Juli 2017

Airbus C295 MSA (photo : Airbus DS)

The bidding for Department of National Defense (DND)-Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 2 Long-range Patrol (LRP) aircraft acquisition project under the First Horizon of Revised AFP Modernization failed during today’s Submission and Opening of Bid.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, PAL Aerospace of Canada, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) Indonesian Aerospace, and Elbit Systems of Israel were the only firms that submitted their bids – all of them were disqualified for different reasons.

It said that Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo, Embraer, Saab, Boeing, Raytheon, Elta, and Field Aviation were present but did not join the bidding.

MaxDefense also noted that the Approved Budget for Contract (ABC), P5.976 billion, is a key factor.

“The weak PH Peso vs US Dollar/Euro convertion rate, plus escalations due to inflation and time-cost issues are also main issues, with the budget formulated several years ago, which is also a perido when the exchange rate was US$1 = Php45,” MaxDefense said.

This is the second time this acquisition project failed. The first was in August 2014 where 7 bidders including Saab Asia Pacific, L3 Mission Integratio, IAI Elta Systems, Elbit Systems, Lockheed Martin, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Indonesian Aerospace), and Airbus were all declared ineligible.


U.S. to Sign MOU with Australia for MQ-4C Triton

22 Juli 2017

Artist's impression on RAAF MQ-4C Triton (image : Aus DoD)

The United States intends to sign a memorandum of understanding with Australia in March so the country can purchase up to seven MQ-4C Triton unmanned systems to complement its P-8A Poseidon multimission maritime aircraft fleet, according to a selected acquisition report obtained by Inside Defense.

The document also says Germany plans to sign a letter of offer and acceptance in late 2018 for up to four Tritons to replace its Euro Hawk fleet.

The SAR reveals other foreign governments interested in Triton include Canada, Japan, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Triton is outfitted with a de-icing capability that works well for countries operating in cooler climates.

"The mission sensors installed on the MQ-4C Triton provide 360 degree radar and Electro-Optical/Infrared coverage," the document states. "Additional functionality that optimizes the system for maritime search operations includes an Automatic Identification System and an Electronic Support Measures system."

The SAR shows the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-4C's average procurement unit cost of $171.7 million is below the initial development estimate of $177.3 million.

Inside the Navy recently reported the Navy's plan to establish in August the first-ever Triton detachment outside the continental United States.

Both the U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces Command chiefs asked the office of the chief of naval operations to allow the detachment to be based in Guam to support U.S. Pacific Command.

(Inside Defense)

Satradar Congot Mulai Instal Radar Weibel

22 Juli 2017

Proses instal radar Weibel MR2 di Congot, Kulonprogo (photo : Sorot, Keris) 

Radar Baru Seharga Rp 190 Miliar Datang, Satradar 215 Congot Mulai Instalasi

Temon,(kulonprogo.sorot.co)--Radar portable jenis Weibel MR 2 yang didatangkan dari Mabes TNI AU di Jakarta  telah tiba di markas Satuan Radar (Satradar) 215 Congot TNI AU, Kamis (20/07) kemarin. Pada hari ini, personel Satradar 215 Congot mulai melakukan instalasi radar baru yang diperkirakan seharga Rp 190 miliar.

Terdapat beberapa tahapan yang harus dilakukan sebelum radar canggih tersebut bisa dioperasikan. Untuk bisa menggunakan radar canggih tersebut, radar harus benar-benar terletak pada tanah dengan kondisi datar. Untuk mengetahui tingkat kedataran tanah dilakukan proses leveling.

Kemudian, setelah proses leveling selesai, proses selanjutnya yakni penentuan true north atau utara sebenarnya.

Proses selanjutnya yang harus dilakukan yakni menghubungkan antara radar Weibel dengan sambungan sistem komunikasi transmisi data. Setelah melalui proses itulah baru radar Weibel bisa dioperasikan. 

Joko sendiri menyebut bahwa untuk melakukan instalasi, dibutuhkan waktu sekitar 1 minggu.


21 Juli 2017

Air Force Activates 5th Fighter Wing; Defense, Tactical, Mobility Commands

21 Juli 2017

5th Fighter Wing at Basa Air Base (photo : zamboanga)

The Philippine Air Force, on July 20, implemented a major reorganization amid the gradual arrival of its different types of aircraft and state-of-the-art equipment.

The Air Force activated the Air Defense Command (ADC) from Air Defense Wing (ADW) which was deactivated at the same event. The 5th Fighter Wing was also reactivated.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Air Divisions – also deactivated today – became Tactical Operations Wing under reactivated Tactical Operations Command (TOC). Moreover, the 600th, 560th, and 530th Air Base Wings were downgraded to Air Base Groups.

Air Mobility Command (AMC) which was also reactivated was put under the command and control of Air Force Commanding General, Lieutenant General Edgar R. Fallorina AFP.

PAF air bases (image : PAF)

“With the TOC, ADC, and AMC, we shall carry on performing our mission. We shall carry on being the JET Force for greater peace and security. We shall continue to demonstrate our collective resolve and political will to seek, keep, and sustain peace at all cost,” the Air Force commander said.

Lieutenant General Fallorina underscored that organizational changes and development are important considering the “prevailing strategic realities and operational requirements” of the Armed Forces.

Fallorina also vowed that changes will not affect the number of personnel and current air assets. ““For all intents and purposes, ang lahat ng pagbabago na ito are seen to fortify our JET FORCE strength and courage, and their projection, both for real application and deterrence,” he said.


Radar Weibel Dipasang di Satrad 215 Congot, Kulonprogo

21 Juli 2017

Radar PSR dan SSR dari sitem radar Weibel akan berfungsi bersamaan dan aktif selama 24 jam. (all photos : Tifando ZK)

Perkuat Pertahanan Udara, TNI AU Pasang Radar dengan Radius 550 Km

KULONPROGO - TNI Angkatan Udara akan mengganti radar yang terpasang di Satradar TNI AU 215, Congot, Kabupaten Kulonprogo. Peralatan militer tersebut nantinya akan diganti dengan radar Weibel buatan Denmar untuk mendukung sistem pertahanan nasional. 

“Radar baru ini akan mampu menjelajah hingga 550 kilometer, setara Solo-Jakarta,” kata Komandan Satradar TNI AU 215 Congot, Mayor Lek Joko Dwi Maryanto, Kamis (20/7/2017).

Radar ini akan menjadi bagian dari alat utama sistem persenjataan (alutsista). Radar ini memiliki dua komponen besar yang terpisah, berupa primary surveillance radar (PSR) dan secondary surveillance radar (SSR).

"Radar ini sangat penting untuk mendukung tugas kita bidang Pertahanan Udara dan mengamankan perbatasan laut dan udara, mengingat di sebelah kita ada Australia,” ujarnya.

Radar ini akan mampu mendeteksi infiltirasi (pesawat dengan sengaja terbang melewati batas wilayah udara NKRI dengan mematikan transponder). PSR mampu menangkap dan mengidentifikasi target bergerak di wilayah udara tanpa transponder. Artinya bisa mendeteksi seluruh pesawat atau media yang terbang di udara dalam radius sekitar 300 kilometer. 

Sementara radar SSR, memantau media/wahana bergerak yang memakai transponder dengan radius sekitar 550 kilometer atau setara Solo-Jakarta. “Radar sudah dikirim dari Mako Kohanudnas Jakarta dengan pengawalan ketat TNI. Ini masih di perjalanan,” jelasnya. (SindoNews)

Pertama di Indonesia, Satradar 215 Congot Terima Alutsista Baru Buatan Denmark 

Temon,(kulonprogo.sorot.co)--Semenjak dioperasikan pertama kali pada tahun 1962, alat utama sistem pertahanan (alutsista) berupa radar milik Satuan Radar (Satradar) 215 Congot TNI AU belum pernah mendapatkan penggantian alat. Imbasnya, jarak pelacakan radar tersebut mengalami penurunan.

Pada awal difungsikan, radar tersebut mampu melacak keberadaan objek terbang di angkasa sepanjang 180 nautical mile atau sekitar 300 kilometer. Namun saat ini radar tersebut hanya mampu melacak dengan jarak sepanjang 90 nautical mile atau sekitar 150 kilometer.

Komandan Satradar 215 Congot TNI AU, Mayor Lek Joko Dwi Maryanto menyebutkan bahwa hari ini pihaknya akan mendapatkan alat radar baru sebagai pengganti alat radar yang lama.

“Hari ini kami kedatangan radar baru berjenis Weibel buatan Denmark. Harganya sekitar Rp 190 miliar," ucap Joko, Kamis (20/07/2017).

Radar baru buatan Denmark tersebut diantar melalu jalan darat Pantai Selatan Jawa (Pansela) menggunakan 4 kontainer terpisah dari Markas Besar TNI AU di Jakarta. Rencananya, siang ini radar baru tersebut akan tiba di markas Satradar 215 Congot beserta dengan para teknisi dari Denmark.

Joko menambahkan bahwa radar tersebut merupakan radar baru dan Satradar 215 Congot menjadi satuan TNI AU pertama yang dipercaya mengoperasikan radar tersebut. Rencananya, selain Satradar 215 Congot, alat radar serupa juga akan dipasang di Pangkalan Militer TNI AU, Kabupaten Natuna, Kepulauan Riau.

“Kebetulan ketika tahun 2014 saya ikut mengambil radar Weibel itu. Setelah saya ditugaskan di Congot melihat kondisi radar yang lama, kemudian saya mengusulkan pembaharuan radar ketika ada kunjungan KASAU 10 Juli lalu karena memang ada radar baru dan ada di Indonesia," sambung Joko. (Sorot)