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

DND Chief Sees Need to Invest in Missile Defense Technology

18 Agustus 2017

Spike missile onboard SSV (photo : Update)

MANILA -- With the threats of long-range missile bombardment now a looming reality, there is a need for the Philippines to invest in missile defense technology to fully protect itself against these threats.

This was disclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday when asked on whether the country is planning to acquire such defensive capabilities in wake of North Korea's cancelled attempt to fire four intermediate-range missiles off the waters of Guam.

"Yes, definitely. Since future wars will be fought off with stand-off weapons, meaning those missiles launched from a great distances. We need to invest on defenses to protect ourselves," he added.

While acquisition of these capabilities are not slated for Armed Forces of the Modernization Program (AFP) Horizon 2, which will run from 2018 to 2022, the DND chief said it is possible that the country might initially acquire detection capabilities before the actual missile batteries themselves.

Horizon 2 is the phase where the AFP will begin the acquisition of multi-role fighters and other advanced weaponry.


Desain Kapal Cepat dan Korvet Kecil dari Damen

18 Agustus 2017

Rangkaian desain kapal kombatan rancangan Damen (all images : Damen)

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) galangan kapal besar dari Belanda yang memasok 6 kapal kombatan kepada TNI AL (2 Fregat Sigma 10514 dan 4 Korvet Sigma 9113) mempunyai range produk yang beraneka ragam diantaranya Naval Vessel, Offshore Vessel, Patrol Vessels, Ferries, High Speed Craft, dan lain-lain. 

Untuk kapal kombatan permukaan (Surface Combatant) galangan kapal ini telah menyerahkan pesanan kapal Angkatan Laut berupa : Destroyer (Air Defence & Command Frigate), Frigate, dan Corvette kepada beberapa Angkatan Laut di dunia.

Mungkin tidak banyak yang tahu bahwa Damen juga membuat rancangan Korvet kecil dan Kapal Cepat untuk melayani kebutuhan Angkatan Laut dunia.

Untuk membayangkan ukuran kapal dari Korvet hingga Kapal Cepat, dibawah ini adalah ukuran kapal kombatan permukaan TNI AL :
- Korvet Diponegoro class (panjang 90.7m, lebar 13.0m, bobot penuh 1.700 ton)
- Korvet Fatahillah class    (panjang 83.8m, lebar 11.1m, bobot penuh 1.450 ton)
- Korvet Parchim class (panjang 72.5m, lebar 9.4m, bobot penuh 950 ton)
- KCR-60 class FAC-M (panjang 60.0m, lebar 8.1m, bobot penuh 460 ton)
- FPB-57 class FAC-M (panjang 58.1m, lebar 7.6m, bobot penuh 445 ton)
- Mandau class FAC-M (panjang 53.6m, lebar 8.0m, bobot penuh 290 ton)
- KCR-40 class FAC-M (panjang 44.0m, lebar 8.0m, bobot penuh 250 ton)


Dimulai dari tipe yang terkecil, Damen membuat rancangan Kapal Cepat dengan panjang 59m dan lebar 10m, dinamakan Sigma Fast Attack 6610.

Damen juga membuat rancangan Kapal Cepat dengan panjang 66m dan lebar 10m, dinamakan Sigma Fast Attack 6610.

Untuk kategori Kapal Cepat, desain terbesar yang dirancang Damen adalah Kapal Cepat dengan panjang 73m dan lebar 10m, dinamakan Sigma Fast Attack 7310.

Laman Damen yang khusus membahas mengenai Kapal Cepat/FAC adalah : Sigma Fast Attack Craft


Damen memperkenalkan lini "SIGMA Compact" saat berlangsungnya pameran DSEI 2013, (Defence and Security Equipment International 2013) yang berlangsung di London, Inggris. Damen merancang kapal dengan konsep Compact SIGMA (Ship Integrated Geometrical Modularity Approach) yaitu semua hal baik dari sebuah kapal besar telah diciptakan kembali dalam versi yang lebih kecil, dengan ukuran kapal mulai dari bobot benam 680 ton sampai dengan 1.150 ton dengan panjang antara 66m sampai 80m.

Dalam pameran ini rancangan Korvet compact dari Damen adalah :
Compact SIGMA 8011 (1.151 ton bobot benam)
Compact SIGMA 7310 (   907 ton bobot benam)
Compact SIGMA 6609 (   679 ton bobot benam)

Korvet Compact/Compact Corvettes Damen ini secara khusus dibahas dalam laman  : Damen Compact Corvette


Ini adalah korvet dengan desain non-compact yang telah ditawarkan sebelumnya. Yang terkecil adalah Korvet dengan panjang 75m dan lebar 13m, dinamakan Sigma Corvette 7513.

Korvet dengan ukuran yang lebih besar lagi, dengan panjang 83m dan lebar 13m dinamakan Sigma Corvette 8313.

Korvet dengan ukuran terbesar sudah tidak asing lagi di Indonesia, karena sebanyak 4 kapal telah dibeli dengan nama Diponegoro Class, Korvet ini berukuran panjang 91m dan lebar 13m, dan dinamakan Sigma Corvette 9113.

Laman Damen yang khusus membahas mengenai Korvet/Corvette adalah : Damen Corvette

(Defense Studies)

Quickstep to Withdraw from Hawkei Programme

18 Agustus 2017

The Thales Australia Hawkei protected mobility vehicle. (photo : Thales)

Australian composite specialist Quickstep Holdings is planning to withdraw from the Thales Australia programme to build Hawkei 4x4 light protected mobility vehicles for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), it has been confirmed to Jane's .

The withdrawal is expected at the end of 2017 and follows Quickstep's announced intention to restructure its production activities, placing greater emphasis on the company's core carbon-fibre technologies. The restructure is intended to position Quickstep for "growth and profitability", according to the company.

Quickstep's subcontractor involvement in the Hawkei programme is based on an agreement signed with Thales Australia in October 2014 through which the company, which is based in New South Wales, has been manufacturing glass-fibre composites for the vehicle including its bonnet, side skirts, and mud guards.

A representative of Quickstep said in a statement, "Quickstep has undertaken a comprehensive review of all aspects of the Quickstep business, which was completed in July 2017.

"Quickstep confirms that subject to appropriate programme timing, the company will cease non-core programmes that do not fit with our future growth plans. This includes the Thales Hawkei project, which uses glass-fibre technology [that] is not aligned to Quickstep's business. We will complete current orders and plan to fill remaining orders through 2017."

A Thales Australia spokesman said the company is working with Tasmanian firm Penguin Composites to provide bonnets and other composite assemblies for the Hawkei, adding that "it is not expected that this will affect the delivery of the project".

Under a AUD1.3-billion (USD910 million) contract awarded in 2015, Thales Australia is leading the programme to build more than 1,000 Hawkei vehicles in collaboration with a wide range of Australian firms. Thales has segmented this supply work into around 30 major packages, including those related to heating, ventilation, and cooling systems; bonnet assembly; pneumatic and hydraulic systems; plastic components; and engine casings.


17 Agustus 2017

Six ScanEagle UAVs for Philippines Approved

17 Agustus 2017

Insitu ScanEagle UAV (photo : Insitu Inc)

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $7,407,625 for firm-fixed-price order N00019F0235 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0001) for the procurement of six ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems, related support equipment, training, site activation, technical services, and data for the government of the Philippines.  

Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington, (70 percent); and Hood River, Oregon (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2019. 

ScanEagle's sensor (photo : dutchdefencepress)

Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $7,407,625 are being obligated at the time of the award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

(US DoD)

RSAF to Participate in World's Premier Air Warfare Exercise Red Flag - Nellis

17 Agustus 2017

An RSAF F-15SG from the Peace Carvin V Detachment taking off from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. (photo : Sing Mindef)

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will be participating in the United States Air Force (USAF)-hosted Exercise Red Flag - Nellis at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, United States, from 14 to 25 Aug 2017 (US time). The RSAF will be deploying eight F-15SG fighter aircraft and more than 100 personnel from its Peace Carvin V detachment in Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to participate in this large-scale air combat exercise. The other international participants are from Saudi Arabia and the United States (US), with observers from Chile, Oman and Romania. 

Exercise Red Flag - Nellis is a high intensity air-to-air combat exercise involving up to 100 aircraft including the Saudi Arabia's EF-2000 Eurofighter Typhoons and the USAF's F-22, F-16C/D, F/A-18C/D fighter aircraft and E-3A airborne early warning aircraft. The participating countries will engage in a series of realistic and challenging air-to-air and air-to-ground training missions. The training conducted during the exercise will allow the participants to hone their combat readiness and sharpen their operational capabilities.

The RSAF has been participating in Exercise Red Flag - Nellis since 1982. The exercise underscores the excellent and long-standing defence relationship between the United States and Singapore. It also enhances professionalism and interoperability among the participating forces, and provides the RSAF an opportunity to benchmark itself against other leading air forces.

(Sing Mindef)

Pembuatan dan Pengembangan Pesawat N219 Rp827 Miliar

17 Agustus 2017

Pesawat N-219 (photo : LAPAN)

Antarajabar.com - Biaya pembuatan dan pengembangan Purwarupa Pertama Pesawat N219 yang digagas oleh PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) dan Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (LAPAN) mencapai Rp827 miliar.
"Telah kami keluarkan semuanya pada saat ini sekitar Rp827 miliar, itu terdiri  dari anggaran LAPAN dan PT DI," kata Direktur Utama PT Dirgantara Indonesia Budi Santoso pada jumpa pers 'first flight' Purwarupa Pertama Pesawat N219 di Bandung, Rabu.
Menurut dia sejak perencanaan hingga proses uji terbang perdana, Pesawat N219 telah menghabiskan biaya sekitar 62 juta dolar AS atau setara Rp827 miliar.
Budi mengatakan proses ini masih memerlukan sejumlah tes berikutnya serta penyempurnaan. Total anggaran yang dikeluarkan diperkirakan mencapai Rp1 triliun.

Anggaran pembuatan pesawat ini, kata dia, jauh lebih murah dibandingkan pesawat terdahulunya N219. Biaya persiapan dan pengembangan N250 mencapai 25 kali lipat dari N219 atau mencapai sekitar 1,8 miliar dolar.

"Jadi, anggaran sekitar 62 juta dollar ini kecil kalau dibandingkan program N250 yang menghabiskan 25 kali lebih dari program ini," ujarnya.
PT DI, menurut dia, memang mendesain pesawat murah yang disesuaikan dengan anggaran yang dimiliki pemerintah.
"Hal ini agar tidak membebani pemerintah yang juga ingin mengembangkan pesawat karya anak bangsa sendiri," kata dia. (Antara)

N219 Butuh 300 Jam Terbang untuk Dapat Type Certificate

Bandung - Pesawat N219 sukses menjalani flight test (tes terbang) perdana selama 20 menit. Butuh waktu 300 jam terbang untuk pesawat N219 sebagai syarat mendapatkan type certificate. 

Type certificate adalah sertifikasi kelaikan udara dari desain manufaktur pesawat. Sertifikat ini dikeluarkan oleh Direktorat Kelaikan Udara dan Pengoperasian Pesawat Udara (DKUPP) Kementerian Perhubungan.

"Untuk mencapai 300 jam terbang diperkirakan membutuhkan biaya Rp 200 miliar," kata Dirut PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) Budi Santoso di kantornya, Jalan Pajajaran, Kota Bandung, Rabu (16/8/2017).

Budi menjelaskan biaya Rp 200 miliar itu untuk operasional selama penerbangan 300 jam. Sebab, sambung dia, diperkirakan satu kali penerbangan mengeluarkan biaya sebesar Rp 240 juta.

Menurutnya biaya tersebut akan segera dipersiapkan oleh PTDI bersama dengan LAPAN. Sehingga, sambung dia, sertifikasi yang dibutuhkan pesawat N219 bisa didapat pada tahun 2018.

Pesawat N-219 (photo : Detik)

"Selanjutnya tahapan serial production pada tahun 2019. Nantinya pesawat N219 sudah siap dan laik untuk memasuki pasar, dengan prioritas memenuhi kebutuhan dalam negeri dengan harga yang kompetitif," ungkap dia.

Proses untuk bisa mendapatkan sertifikasi ini sangat panjang. Mulai dari serangkaian pengujian dari wing static test, landing gear drop test, functional test engine off, medium speed taxi dan pada tanggal 09 Agustus 2017.

Purwarupa pesawat pertama N219 menjalani pengujian high speed taxi dan hopping yaitu pengujian berjalan dengan kecepatan tinggi di landasan dan mengangkat roda depan, kemudian mendarat lagi.

Pengujian hopping merupakan pengujian yang diibaratkan pesawat seperti melompat dengan mengangkat roda depan, kemudian mendarat lagi. Pengujian ini untuk memastikan sistem avionik, sistem hidrolik dan sistem permesinan telah siap dan berfungsi dengan baik untuk mendukung pesawat bisa terbang. (Detik)

First LCS To Be Launch Next Week

17 Agustus 2017

KD Maharaja Lela 2501 first of Littoral Combat Ship (photo : MMP)

SHAH ALAM: RMN’s first of class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will be launched next week at Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut. The launch of the ship marks the countdown into service of the LCS in 2019.

The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah is expected to officiate the ceremony on Aug. 24 though in keeping with naval traditions, Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim is expected to launch the ship and named her as Maharaja Lela. She will be given the Kapal Diraja prefix when she is commission into service, hopefully in 2019.

RMN chief Admiral Kamarulzaman Badaruddin confirmed the launch ceremony and the name of the ship when met at the Defence Ministry today.

The navy which had surveyed the public to choose three themes – Warrior, Weapons and Valor – as the names for the LCS, had apparently chosen the Warrior, hence Maharaja Lela as the first of class. And keeping with naval tradition the first of class will take up the 2501 pennant number.

KD Maharaja Lela 2501 first of Littoral Combat Ship (photo : Malaysian Defence)

It is likely that RMN had chosen the pennant number in keeping with its stand that it is an LCS, a new class of warship and not a corvette or a frigate. The new ship will not looked like the Egyptian Gowind at its launch as the panaromic mast has been installed on the ship prior to the launch.

Meanwhile, Malaysia has become the second ASEAN country after Thailand to be elected to the State Partnership Program initiated by the U.S Defense Department. Malaysia signed the SPP with the Washington National Guard at a ceremony today (Aug. 16). officiated by Chief of Defence Force Jen Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

Raja Affandi says through the SPP, the Malaysian Armed Forces with the Washington National Guard will not only carry military cooperation activities – joint training exercises – but also social development activities.

As a first step, MAF and WANG have carried out a series of joint exercises through Exercise Bersama Warrior, from Aug. 6 to 18 in Mentakab, Pahang and Kluang, Johor. This cooperation will be further expanded in the future for the benefits of both parties.

(Malaysian Defence)

Belanja Pertahanan pada Nota Keuangan 2018

17 Agustus 2017

Fregat KRI Martadinata 331 (photo : Damen)

Nota Keuangan RAPBN 2018: Alokasi Modernisasi Alutsista Rendah

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA—Alokasi dana modernisasi alutsista dan non alutsista hanya mendapat porsi kurang dari 10% dari total anggaran Kementerian Pertahanan dalam Rancangan Anggaran Pendapatan Belanja Negara 2018.

Dalam dokumen Nota Keuangan RAPBN 2018 yang diperoleh Bisnis, Selasa (15/8/2017) malam, total anggaran Kementerian Pertahanan (Kemenhan) mencapai Rp105,72 triliun. Jika dihitung secara keseluruhan, maka total anggaran terkait modernisasi alutsista hanya menyentuh Rp10,06 triliun.

Dalam rinciannya, disebutkan program modernisasi alutsista, non alutsista serta sarana prasarana integratif mendapat alokasi Rp695,35 miliar. Sementara itu, program modernisasi alutsista dan non alutsista, sarana dan prasarana mitra darat mendapat Rp4,07 triliun.

Adapun program modernisasi alutsista dan non alutsista serta pengembangan fasilitas dan sarana prasarana mitra laut memeroleh alokasi Rp3,32 triliun, sedangkan program modernisasi alutsista dan non alutsista serta pengembangan fasilitas dan sarana prasarana mitra udara sebesar Rp4,96 triliun.

Alokasi dana terbesar diberikan untuk program penyelenggaraan manajemen dan operasional matra darat yang mencapai Rp37,06 triliun. Pos terbesar kedua ditujukan untuk program peningkatan sarana dan prasarana aparatur Kemenhan dengan besaran Rp17,26 triliun.

Di sisi lain, pemerintah tengah mempersiapkan imbal dagang dengan Rusia. Sejumlah komoditas perkebunan dan kehutanan, seperti kopi, teh, karet, dan minyak kelapa sawit, akan dibarter dengan sebelas unit pesawat Sukhoi Su-35. Nilainya disebut mencapai US$600 juta.

Nota Keuangan RAPBN 2018 rencananya bakal dibacakan oleh Presiden Joko Widodo di hadapan Parlemen pada siang ini, seusai sesi Pidato Kenegaraan tahunan, Rabu (16/8/2017).


DND Mulls Acquisition of Medium Tanks

17 Agustus 2017

Medium tank for AFP defines weighing 40 tons or more (photo : IDET)

MANILA -- Instead of heavily-armored and gunned main battle tanks, the Department of National Defense (DND) is looking at the possibility of acquiring some medium tanks for its armored units.

This was emphasized by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when asked by the PNA Wednesday on whether the ongoing conflict in densely-packed Marawi City, where Maute Group terrorists converted concrete houses and buildings into fortified fighting positions, necessitates the acquisition of a main battle tank fleet.

"Not really. We do not expect a lot Marawi-type conflict in the future. Therefore a couple of medium tanks would do: for contingency in urban warfare and for training," he added.

Lorenzana also defines main battle tanks as vehicles weighing 40 tons or more and carrying a large-caliber gun while medium tanks are those weighing 20 tons or less and equipped with a medium-caliber but powerful cannon but capable of breaching reinforced concrete walls.

As this develops, Mechanized Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Emman Adriano said they are now using with great effect the newly-acquired armored vehicles in their ongoing operations in Marawi City.

"Our current capability can surely sustain the operations in Marawi City," he added.

Adriano earlier said a large portion of the country's armored assets are now seeing action in the ongoing operations to clear Marawi City of the remaining Maute Group terrorists.

"(Armored assets deployed ) are four mechanized battalions, one cavalry squadron and one light armored troop. All of our newly acquired armored vehicles are now deployed in Marawi City," he said. These units consists of more than 120 armored vehicles of various types.