19 Agustus 2017

India Denies Selling BrahMos Cruise Missiles to Vietnam

19 Agustus 2017

BrahMos missile system (photo : India Today)

Just talks, no sale of BrahMos cruise missiles to Vietnam: MEA

New Delhi: India on Friday refuted reports that Vietnam had acquired BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles from India. 

Addressing the weekly MEA briefing, spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “Vietnam has clarified that their spokesperson did not confirm the sale but had just talked about defence and strategic relations.”

Earlier, Vietnam Foreign Ministry said the country was persistent in pursuing the national defence policy of peace and self-defence.

Terming it as a normal defence practice, Vietnam Foreign Ministry maintained that the procurement of defence equipment was consistent with the policy of peace and self-defence. (Deccan Chronicle)

Vietnam responds to information of purchasing cruise missiles from India

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang on Thursday responded to the information of Vietnam purchasing missiles from India.

According to WorldTribune, Vietnam will receive the BrahMos which is considered one of the most effective and lethal anti-ship missiles in the world, with speeds reaching Mach 2.8 to 3.0. The BrahMos can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It was developed jointly by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia. The missile is heavily based on the Russian P-800 Oniks cruise missile and other similar sea-skimming Russian cruise missile technology.

Replying the question of reporter about this information, Hang said, India – Vietnam relationship developed in numerous areas including economy, society and security cooperation. Especially in Security cooperation, two sides contributed positively to the peace, sustainability in region and over the world. “Vietnam and India maintained the self-defend and peaceful policy. The weapon purchase is normal action and in line with Vietnam national defense policy”, Hang added. However, she didn’t confirm the information about BrahMos purchase.

On September, 2016 Indian PM Narendra Modi visited Vietnam and had bilateral talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as well as President Tran Dai Quang. Vietnam is India’s important strategic partner and the visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties, including defense, security and trade. During the trip, Modi announced a $500 million credit line to Vietnam to buy defence equipment, on top of a $100 million given previously to help it buy patrol boats. The two sides have also agreed for training of Vietnamese air force pilots to operate Su-30 Russian fighter planes.

It was published by Reuters  in Feb 2017 that: “India is in talks to sell short range surface-to-air missiles to Vietnam, the head of India's defense research agency said on Wednesday, in what would be its first transfer of such weapons to the Southeast Asian country.” (HanoiTimes)

DigitalGlobe Announces Four-Year Direct Access Contract with the Australian DoD for Real-time Access to the World’s Highest-Resolution Commercial Satellite Imagery

19 Agustus 2017

Highest resolution satellite imagery (photo : Digital Globe)

WESTMINSTER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that it signed a Direct Access Program (DAP) contract with the Australian Department of Defence. This multi-year agreement will allow the Australian government to access DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading commercial satellite imaging constellation to support defense and intelligence missions. The contract is expected to deliver $83.0 million USD in incremental revenue to DigitalGlobe over four years, beginning in January 2018.

As a DAP partner, the Australian Department of Defence will be able to directly task and download imagery in real-time to its ground station from all five DigitalGlobe satellites—including WorldView-4, launched in November 2016, and WorldView-3, launched in August 2014, which are the world’s two highest-resolution commercial satellites. The addition of Australia—a key ally of the U.S. and member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance—expands the global footprint of DigitalGlobe’s DAP program and reflects the Australian government’s commitment to increase the use of commercial satellite imagery for its critical national defense and intelligence missions.

MDA is a long-standing partner in DigitalGlobe’s Direct Access Program and will be providing the multi-satellite ground system to support tasking, reception and precision processing of imagery from the satellite constellation. VIASAT will provide the ground antenna systems that will enable direct tasking and downlink capabilities.

“DigitalGlobe is a trusted partner to the Australian Department of Defence,” said Dan Jablonsky, SVP and General Manager of Defense & Intelligence at DigitalGlobe. “We currently provide timely, high-resolution imagery to Australia via our web-based SecureWatch service. This agreement provides enhanced, real-time access to DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading satellite constellation to enable decision-making with confidence. We look forward to working closely with Australia as it further integrates high-quality commercial satellite imaging capabilities into its military operations, border protection and humanitarian missions.”

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.


Latihan Air Assault – Keris Strike Mantap

19 Agustus 2017

Eksesais Keris Strike 2017 (all photos : BTDM)

JOHOR: Kumpulan pelaku Eksesais Keris Strike mempamerkan mutu kecemerlangan yang unggul semasa melaksanakan latihan air assault yang turut disaksikan oleh Panglima 10 Bgd Para, Brig Jen Datuk Tengku Muhammad Fauzi Tengku di sekitar Sembrong pada 3 Ogos 2017.

Latihan ini melibatkan gabungan komposit yang terdiri daripada Batalion Ke-17 Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja Para (17 RAMD Para), Batalion Ke-18 Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja Para (18 RAMD Para), Batalion Kelapan Rejimen Renjer Diraja Para (8 RRD Para), Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat (PUTD) serta Grup Gerak Khas (GGK) bertujuan untuk menguji keupayaan pasukan yang terlibat dalam melaksanakan peranan masing-masing sebagaimana peperangan sebenar.

Objektif eksesais adalah untuk meningkatkan tahap interoperability diantara trup yang mengambil bahagian dengan menambah pengetahuan taktikal dan prosedur operasi staf diantara kedua-dua negara melalui percambahan pengetahuan selain dapat melatih prosedur postad di antara pemerintah dan staf dalam eksesais gabungan.

Sepanjang latihan dilaksanakan sebanyak tujuh pesawat UH-60 Blackhawk milik USARPAC, empat pesawat Agusta dan sebuah pesawat S61A-4 Nuri telah terlibat secara langsung memainkan peranan sebagai pengangkutan, bantuan tembakan perlindungan dan Medical First Responder (MFR).

Latihan tersebut diakhiri dengan upacara penyampaian sijil dan cendera hati serta ucapan Panglima 10 Bgd Para serta ucapan timbal daripada 2-25th Aviation Regiment Battalion Commander, LTC Elizabeth A.Marin.

Turut hadir Pegawai Memerintah Rejimen 881 PUTD,  Lt Kol Mohamad Nazri Ahmad dan Pegawai Kanan Tentera Darat.

Gambar: Kapt Aminin Hafizhin Minhad, Kapt Ahmad Farhan Hassan dan SSjn Vijay Gaundar Arikrishnan


New Zealand Defence Force Acquire Enterprise Licence of VBS3 FiresFST

19 Agustus 2017

VBS3 FiresFST for School of Artillery (photos : AimCenter)

SimCentric are proud to announce the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) concluded their acquisition of a perpetual enterprise licence of VBS3 FiresFST in July 2017. This procurement marks the culmination of a strong collaborative effort over several years between SimCentric, Bohemia Interactive Simulations, the NZDF Mission Command Training School (MCTS) and the New Zealand School of Artillery to fully integrate VBS3 FiresFST into the Joint Fires Observer (JFO) training continuum. 

To date, NZDF has utilised VBS3 FiresFST software as the primary simulation training tool for the past two JFO courses, with further refinement and evolution already scoped to continue to build upon existing successes. From foundation use in the School of Artillery, VBS3 FiresFST is already being scoped for expanded use across 16th Artillery Brigade, deployable systems for use in operational theatres, and within the existing Meggitt Weapon Training Simulation System (WTSS) for NZDF.

SimCentric Vice President-Strategy, Mr Gareth Collier commented “The New Zealand Artillery community are a highly professional fraternity, and amongst the most technically proficient practitioners in the world. They are also very forward leaning in the field of simulation incorporation into training. 

To have VBS3 FiresFST selected as NZDF’s JFO simulation training solution is something we are very proud of. While we are thrilled at the level of integration that has occurred within their Call for Fire and Close Air Support training continuums, we look forward to evolving this capability even further in the coming years to ensure the training and assessment requirements of NZDF are achieved.”


18 Agustus 2017

1 Skuadron Helikopter Direncanakan di Kodam XIII/Merdeka

18 Agustus 2017

Kodam XIII Merdeka merupakan Komando Kewilayahan yang meliputi provinsi Sulawesi Utara, Gorontalo dan Sulawesi Tengah (photo : Penerbad)

Kodam XIII/Merdeka Ingin Punya Skuadron Helikopter

TRIBUNMANADO.CO.ID, MANADO - Kodam XIII/Merdeka berencana menyiapkan skudaron helikopter.

Hal itu diungkap Panglima Kodam XIII/Merdeka, Mayjen Ganip Warsito usai peringatan HUT Proklamasi RI ke 72 di Lapangan KONI Sario, Manado, Kamis (17/8/2017).

"Kita memang ada rencana peningkatana alusista jadi lebih baik, selain Jenis senjata tempur, ada juga kendaraan tempur, bahkan dalam renstra (rencana strategis) akan ada skuadron helikopter," kata dia.

Skuadron helikopter bukan untuk gagah-gagahan tapi memang satu kebutuhan pengamanan teritorial NKRI.

"Geogreafis Sulut kan itui kepulauan, jadi butuh dijangkau dengan cepat salah satunya dengan helikopter," kata dia.

Ia mencontohkan, saat 17 Agustus 2017 ini seharusnya Kodam XIII/Merdeka mengirim bendera raksasa untuk dikibarkan di Pulau Miangas, pulau terluar utara NKRI. Tapi tertunda karena persoalan transportasi.

"Saya mau kirim bendera ke Miangas tak bisa kibarkan hari ini, kalau ada helikopter kan bisa cepat," ujar Warsito.


DST and Sonartech Atlas to Develop ADF Naval Capability

18 Agustus 2017

Sonartech Atlas and DST Group will explore new technologies to help build the ADF’s Naval capability in short time signal analysis (photo : Sonartech)

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a new research partnership to pursue innovative maritime Defence technologies.

Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and Sonartech Atlas signed a three-year agreement today for research and development in Australian Defence Force (ADF) Naval capability for ships and submarines.

Minister Pyne welcomed this new partnership with Sonartech Atlas, signed in Adelaide as part of DST Group’s annual Partnerships Week.

“Partnering with small and medium enterprises is essential for building and maintaining Defence capability and enhancing Australia’s Defence industry,” Minister Pyne said.

“Under the new agreement, Sonartech Atlas and DST Group will explore new technologies to help build the ADF’s Naval capability in short time signal analysis, on-board signature management systems and multi-sensor detection, tracking and data fusion.

“This agreement will accelerate the transfer and commercialisation of these innovative technologies and contribute to building an Indigenous Defence industry that can meet the unique capability needs of the ADF.”

Sonartech Atlas is an Australian based systems engineering company specialising in the design and development of sonar systems for naval and civilian applications.

Partnerships Week is an annual external engagement event open to invited representatives from industry, academia, research agencies, Defence and stakeholders from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics community.

DST Group also leads the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund which complements the Defence Innovation Hub launched last year, as the core of the new Defence Innovation System outlined in the Defence Industry Policy Statement.

These two signature innovation research and development programs, together with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, deliver on the Government’s $1.6 billion commitment to grow Australia's defence industry and innovation sector.


Turkey, Indonesia Team up in Defense, Enhance Military Ties

18 Agustus 2017

Anka armed drone (photo : gzt)

Collaboration between Turkey and Indonesia in the defense industry and the military is increasing as the two countries are engaged in joint production of tanks, drones, submarines, weapons and radar systems.

High-level diplomatic sources in Ankara told Daily Sabah that Ankara and Jakarta have recently intensified efforts to jointly develop defense industry mechanisms and share military experience.

Medium Tank

In this respect, a prototype for the Turkish-Indonesian tank has already been created and is set to partake in an official military parade in Jakarta in October. The sources did not provide the number of tanks that would be produced, but demand will be a determining factor.

Kaplan MT medium tank (photo : pentapostagma)

Defense industry experts said the tank will weigh around 35 tons, and will have a 700-horsepower engine. There will be two tanks in the first leg of production, one for Turkey and one for Indonesia. The development cost for the medium-weight tank is estimated at $11.5 million. The FNSS, a subsidiary of Nurol Holding, which operates in the industry, eyes the production of 40 tanks, while that number could go up to 200 if Indonesia is satisfied.

The KAPLAN MT tank is expected to make a powerful contribution due to its firepower and large ammunition options as well as its superior agility. A CMI Cockerill 3105 tower, equipped to fire high-pressured 105mm shells, provides the tank's firepower.

Type 214 - 1.800 tonnes AIP submarine (photo : TKMS)


One of the striking points in the joint venture is the production of submarines. The senior sources stressed that Indonesia wants to gain know-how and the deal is near completion. Experts said that the Turkish defense industry is producing six submarines in Turkey's Gölcük shipyard under the license of ThyssenKrupp. The first submarine is set to be delivered in 2021.

An Indonesian delegation has already paid a visit to Turkey to inspect the production process. There are only a small number of issues to be resolved before the two sides ink the deal, sources said. The first two submarines will be built in Turkey and the rest are planned to be jointly produced by an Indonesian company, experts said.

The sources said a Turkish delegation, including company representatives, will be in Indonesia next week to discuss the latest details regarding the submarine deal and other projects. An Indonesian delegation will be in Turkey in early September.

N-245 aircraft (photo : AIN)

Drones and Aircraft

Ankara and Jakarta have set their sights high, as the two countries are also engaged in projects to produce Turkish-Indonesian drones. Experts said Indonesia is willing to work on a model like the domestic drone produced in Turkey.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has also recently reached a framework agreement with Indonesia's PT Dirgantara Indonesia aerospace company to design a 50-seat aircraft.

Joint weapons production is not off the table, either. The two sides have not ruled out cooperation in the production of defense industry mechanisms.

While the two countries find various areas of cooperation, radar systems have been a significant example of what a Turkish-Indonesian alliance can achieve. The sources said a radar system produced by Turkish companies is already in use on Indonesia's borders.

The presidents of both countries portray a promising future for Turkish-Indonesian relations. "We agreed to expand our cooperation regarding submarine and drone building, and it will be followed up by teams from both countries," Indonesian President Joko Widodo said during a visit to Ankara in July. The Indonesian president asserted that Indonesia and Turkey are two countries with great potential to improve cooperation.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also stressed the importance of improving bilateral ties when he was in Indonesia in the summer of 2015. Emphasizing that the two countries are in harmony at different international platforms, Erdoğan said strong political, social and economic ties forged between the two countries would benefit the people of Turkey, Indonesia and the world.

See full article Daily Sabah