28 Oktober 2016

Indonesia to Launch 'Tank Boat' with Amphibious Capabilities

28 Oktober 2016

Tank boat (image : Lundin)

State-owned land system and weapons maker PT Pindad is set to launch a new Indonesian-made weapon system that combines the capabilities of a tank and ship, dubbed the "Tank Boat", at the Indo Defense Expo in Jakarta on Nov. 2 to 5. 

The Defense Ministry's technology and defense industry director, Brig. Gen. Jan Pieter Ate, said the Tank Boat was a premier technology in the world today where it combined the land capabilities of a tank, as well as maneuverability in water as that of a ship.

"So it integrates combined combat maneuverability, and this is the first technology [of its kind] in the world. This is a product of Indonesia," Jan Pieter said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com. 

The Tank Boat was 18 meters in length and required 12 people to operate, he further said. It could be used for beach-side military operations as it also could camouflage itself among the mangroves, he said, adding that the Tank Boat was also able to maneuver in water to a depth of 90 meters.

Jan Pieter said such a weapon system would be beneficial in archipelagic countries, such as Indonesia.

He conveyed that the government hoped to reduce dependency on imports, and as such continue its efforts to develop the domestic defense industry.

He further noted that utilizing domestic products would reduce state budget expenses, without compromising quality. 

"The government wants to be less dependent on products from abroad, and that the domestic industry fulfills [the country’s] defense needs. We’ll continue efforts to develop the domestic industry," he said.

(The Jakarta Post)

Retired from Service, Squirrels were Sent to Museum

28 Oktober 2016

AS350BA Squirrel of the RAN (photo : technoid)

Museum goes nuts for Squirrel

The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra, New South Wales, has a new exhibit, with the arrival of ‘862,’ an AS350BA Squirrel helicopter from 723 Squadron. 

Aircraft 862 was the not only the first of the original six Navy Squirrels to embark long term, thirty years later she was the last. 

In August 2015, following her final deployment onboard HMAS Anzac during the Centenary of Anzac celebrations at Gallipoli, 862 retired from service. 

Joining over 30 aircraft and numerous aviation artefacts, 862 has a new role as an exhibit helping to tell the story of the Navy's Fleet Air Arm at the Museum, just outside the gates of HMAS Albatross.

From service with 723 Squadron, 862 was assigned to Raytheon Australia who demilitarised the aircraft as part of the decommissioning process, and prepared for her for display.

Mr Terence Hetherington, Manager of the Museum, was closely involved with the process of taking 862 from an operational asset to a curated exhibit.

“Aircraft 862 is a magnificent example of a capability that provided training opportunities, and developed the operational proficiency, serving the Fleet Air Arm for over thirty years, including during Gulf War,” Mr Hetherington said.

“She is a welcome addition to the Museum collection.”

The French-built Aerospatiale Squirrel joined the Fleet Air Arm in the early 1980s to replace the Bell UH-1B Iroquois helicopter in aircrew training and light utility roles. 

Through deployments and exercises, and opportunities for aircrew and flight deck teams to consolidate their training, the Squirrels have provided a long term capability protecting Australia’s interests and assets.

As part of 723 Squadron, 862 was the first Squirrel to embark long term on an Adelaide class guided missile frigate in early 1985. 

She then served in HMAS Canberra II during the 1987 Fiji Coup and in HMAS Adelaide II during and after Gulf War I in the 1990s. 

862 was one of four Squirrels that served on Australian Navy ships during the 1991 Gulf War.

The aircraft, fitted with updated avionics and a door mounted machine gun (MAG58), were used for shipping surveillance, assistance in merchant ship boardings, mine searches and light logistics support.

723 Squadron continues to operate former Air Force and Army Squirrels at Albatross, in training and utility roles.


Vietnam Hydrographic Committee Established amid Submarine Deliveries

28 Oktober 2016

HSV- 6613 Ocean surveillance ship was made by the Song Thu Company, following the design of the Dutch Damen Group (photos : Damen)

PANO – The Ministry of National Defense on October 25 held a ceremony to establish the Vietnam Hydrographic Committee, in the presence of Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army.

The committee has been established one year after Vietnam became the 84th member of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), marking a milestone in the national strategy for defense, maritime economic development, and international integration. The distribution of sea charts and electronic sea charts under the IHO standards will contribute to reaffirming, managing and safeguarding Vietnam’s national sovereignty and jurisdiction rights over seas and islands.

The committee will serve as an agency responsible for hydrographic survey and sea mapping, distributing maritime, oceanographic, hydrological publications, performing hydraulic functions while assessing and providing hydraulic surveys to assist the law enforcement at sea and protection of maritime sovereignty.

Addressing the ceremony, General Giang urged the Vietnam hydrographic sector to further expand cooperation with other countries to upgrade Vietnamese sea charts up to international standards, regularly update information of the seas, oceans and navigable waters in the world in order to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the seas and islands in the East Sea (South China Sea).


Indonesia Orders Two More C295s

28 Oktober 2016

C-295 of the Indonesian Air Force (photo : indonesian_military)

Indonesia has ordered two additional Airbus C295 aircraft, adding to nine already delivered. The new aircraft will be configured for maritime patrol. The air force uses the earlier C295s as transports.

The national police will operate one of the new C295s as its only fixed-wing aircraft ,while the air force will operate the other, says Iwan Krisnanto, the head of Indonesian Aerospace’s design center. Indonesia designates the type as the CN-295. Indonesian Aerospace ordered the aircraft on behalf of the government, as it did for the previous nine.

Krisnanto, in a written response to Aviation Week’s questions, declined to specify the type of mission system to be installed on the new aircraft.

The new face CN-235 MPA (photo : Marchel)

Indonesian Aerospace has opted for the Merlin system of U.S. company Integrated Surveillance & Defense Inc. on three CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), two of which are operated by the navy. The third CN-235 MPA, destined for the air force, is expected to be delivered by year-end, Krisnanto says. The C295 is based on the CN-235.

The main features of the Merlin MPA system are an electronic surveillance system, electro-optical turret and a Telephonics search radar.

Krisnanto says the nine C295s ordered in 2012 have been delivered to the air force, with the last one in December 2015. Two were fully manufactured by Airbus, five were outfitted by Indonesian Aerospace at its facilities in Bandung, and the remaining two were assembled and flight tested by the local company. As part of the $325 million contract, a service and delivery center and a final assembly line was set up in Bandung.

(Aviation Week)

Surveillance Aircraft from Japan expected to Arrive in 1Q of 2017

28 Oktober 2016

TC-90 aircraft (photo : shigeharu)

Two of the five TC-90 trainer jets leased from Japan are due to arrive in the first quarter of 2017, Defense Undersecretary Raymundo Elefante said on Thursday.

In a news conference, Elefante said the planes could be expected by March or April 2017 depending on the training of the Philippine Navy pilots who would start training in Japan in November.

"Magte-train pa yung piloto natin, so around first quarter of next year yung eroplano, yung dalawa tapos susunod na yung tatlo," he said.

Two Navy pilots will travel to Japan to receive free training from their counterparts.

"After the two will be another four siguro, kasi [they] will be the instructor pilots," Elefante said.

Meanwhile, Elefante said the Navy planned to use the aircraft for maritime patrols, including the West Philippine Sea, aside from training pilots.

Asked if the TC-90 had surveillance capabilities, Elefante said the aircraft was "bare" as the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force removed its equipment from the trainer jets.

"Bare yun as in, dahil tinangal nila yung [equipment] dahil kanila yun... tayo naman on our part ie-equip din natin yan ng mga pang-surveillance," he said.

The lease of the TC-90 training aircraft was among the agreements signed by the Philippines with Japan for its acquisition of patrol vessels and other equipment for the Philippine Coast Guard.

Elefante said all of the planes will be based at Sangley Point in Cavite, adding no delivery date is set yet for the remaining three.


Indonesia and Chile Interested in Brahmos Air-Launched Version

28 Oktober 2016

Brahmos air launched version (photos : defence.pk)

Air-launched version of BrahMos missile to be tested in February

The air-launched version of BrahMos missile will be tested in February, said Raja Singh Thangadurai, Deputy Programme Director, BrahMos, Defence Research and Laboratory, (DRDL), Hyderabad.

Speaking to The Hindu after inaugurating a science exhibition at Aurobindo International School here on Saturday, Mr. Thangadurai said that the design and development of the air-launched version of the missile from the SU-30 MKI fighter of the Indian Air Force had almost been completed

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) had carried out modification of the fighter aircraft to carry the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. Work had been taken up with the Sukhoi design bureau, HAL and the IAF for interface requirements and installation of BrahMos on Su-30 MKI fighter. The final stage preparation and fine-tuning of the air launch weapon system was in progress, he said.

Brahmos technical spesification (photo : trishul)

Stating that the launcher modification had already been completed, Mr. Thangadurai said that dummy trial with instrumented drop from the SU-30 aircraft was carried out at Pokhran in Rajasthan a few weeks ago. The performance and the results were successful and highly encouraging. However, two more dummy drop trials would be carried out before launching the actual test. The dummy trials would be conducted in the weeks to come, Mr. Thangadurai said.

He added that the Centre had given clearance for identifying markets for the missiles. Chile and Indonesia had shown interest. Modalities were being worked out for marketing the missiles, he said.

(The Hindu)

27 Oktober 2016

Vietnam Interested in Project 21300S Submarine Rescue Ship

27 Oktober 2016

Project 21300S "Igor Belousov" submarine rescue ship (all photos : Almaz)

Vietnam needed a Russian "Dolphin"

Vietnam Ministry of Defense intends to order the newest Russian search-and-rescue ship Project 21300S "Dolphin", the interest of which previously also expressed was India. Experts believe that Hanoi are interested in not only saving, but also the possibility of Russian hydrographic ships, which will help Vietnam get further justification of his rights to the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

In early October, the Vietnamese military asked the Russian side to provide data on prices and complete the Project 21300S ships. "Izvestia" said an informed military-diplomatic source. According to him, at present, domestic military experts are preparing an offer.

A letter was sent to the Vietnamese side at the beginning of the month - said the source publication. - It contains a request regarding a possible transaction price, as well as complete vehicles. As expected, after the transmission of the response and its study of the Vietnamese party will begin formal negotiations.

According to the source, Vietnam initially cautious about the idea of ​​buying an ocean rescue ship, citing the high cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. But then Hanoi reconsidered its position.

The Ministry of Defence of Vietnam, as well as the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, "Izvestia" is not able to provide you with comments.

The first ship of the project 21300S "Igor Belousov" was commissioned in 2015, and this year he went to a permanent place of service in the Pacific Fleet. Along the way, he made some kind of a promotional tour, including paid visits to the ports of India and Vietnam. The two countries are actively cooperating with Russia in the military sphere - in particular, the purchase submarines. Back in August, it became known on the Delhi to the ships of this class interest, and now followed the example of the Indian Navy in Vietnam.

See full article Izvestia