30 Mei 2015

PAF LC-120 Aircraft Deployed

30 Mei 2015

The Cessna LC-210 aircraft is stationed at Fernando Air Base, Lipa City but can be deployed anywhere in the country (photo : PAF)

The Philippine Air Force deployed to Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on May 28 its LC-210 aircraft which is dedicated for rainmaking operations being operated and maintained by the 900th Air Force Weather Group led by the Group Commander Col. Lauro Tianchon. The said aircraft will carry out rainmaking missions over Angat Dam, Pantabangan Dam and other areas as requested by Bureau of Soils and Management.

The LC-210 aircraft is based at Fernando Air Base, Lipa City and can be sent in any part of the country for rain-making operations.

Air Force Weather Technicians MSgt. Moleta and TSgt. Fabro of the 900th Air Force Weather Group distributed 357 sacks of sodium chloride and assisted the successful conduct of rainmaking operations over the province of Negros Occidental using a chartered Piper Aztec aircraft last April 23 to May 12.

Weather Technicians dispense sodium chloride during cloud seeding operations. They also provide and specialized meteorological services, including meteorological observations, forecasts, in rainmaking and climatological studies to support the AFP and the other Government agencies.

900th Air Force Weather Group tracks and monitors all weather disturbances inside the Philippine Area of Responsibilities and performs meteorological watch in all PAF bases, sites and TOG’s including issuance of terminal and station forecast. They also repair and maintain all meteorological equipment.


Australia To Reform Defense Acquisition

30 Mei 2015

Hobart class AWD (photo : AdelaideNow)

MELBOURNE, Australia — The long-awaited Australian defense white paper will likely be released in July, fulfilling a promise made when the Liberal government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott took office in late 2009. The document will spell out Australia's strategic defense priorities for the foreseeable future and the attendant Defence Capability Plan (DCP) will include new acquisition projects over the coming decade.

The DCP likely will include new frigates and submarines for the Royal Australian Navy, an armed unmanned aerial system and VIP aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and follow-on orders of armored fighting vehicles for the Australian Army — capabilities the white paper probably will underscore.

The new equipment will be in addition to current acquisition projects, which include three air warfare destroyers (AWDs), 72 joint strike fighters and the first tranche of the Land Combat Vehicle System (LCVS) program of mounted combat reconnaissance vehicles.

But the defense organization as a whole is facing reorganization, with far-reaching implications for future procurement, following the First Principles Review, a report on the acquisition process released April 1 by Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.

One result of the review: The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), which performs acquisition and sustainment for the Australian Defence Force, is to be merged back into the force. DMO is staffed by a mix of civilian and uniformed personnel.

The government pledged to undertake the review upon coming to power, and Andrews said the shortcomings it identified will be urgently addressed.

"These include a proliferation of structures, processes and systems with unclear accountabilities, which in turn cause institutional waste, delayed decisions, flawed execution, duplication, over-escalation and issues for decision, and low engagement levels amongst employees in parts of the organization," Andrews said. "So this review proposes a transformational change across Defence, to ensure that it can deliver on future requirements that will be outlined in the government's forthcoming white paper and related documents. To achieve this, Defence must move from a current inefficient federated approach into a single, integrated organization that delivers an enhanced joint capacity."

The report is titled "Creating One Defence," and the majority of its 75 findings agreed to by the government will be implemented over the next two years.

While the specifics of future acquisition will not be fully known until the white paper's release, significant capabilities have been added to all three services in recent years, and this is set to continue with the government's promise to return spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2023-24. Andrews reiterated that commitment April 1.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) received the first two of 72 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighters last year and this year will receive its first Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifters.

In July, the first Boeing EA-18G Growler is due to roll off the production line in St. Louis and, after a period of testing with the US Navy, will be delivered to the RAAF. This will mark the first export for Growler and from 2017 the RAAF will be the only service outside the US Navy to have a dedicated airborne electronic attack capability.

Australian crews are already training with the US Navy at Whidbey Island, and some will be posted to US expeditionary Growler squadrons on completion.

"We need time to not only complete Growler training, but also understand how to properly support, task and operate the aircraft, because it is a capability the ADF has never had before," said Wing Commander Paul Jarvis, the acting director of the RAAF EA-18G Transition Team. "It will enhance ADF awareness in the electro-magnetic spectrum."

The Royal Australian Navy commissioned the first of two 28,000-metric-ton landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious warfare vessels in late 2014 and the second follows this year. Together with the ongoing Anzac-class frigate Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) program, this has added to the surface fleet significant new capability that will be further enhanced when the three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) enter service later in the decade.

The AWD program has been delayed, however, and there is a debate over the future of Australia's naval shipbuilding industry and its future viability. Australia plans to build up to 12 large conventionally powered submarines, eight frigates and a number of patrol boats in the next decade, but industry has concerns that vital shipbuilding skills are being lost as work on the AWD and LHD programs winds down.

In mid-April, Andrews released a report on Australia's naval shipbuilding enterprise, undertaken on behalf of the government by the Rand Corp. Although submarine construction was not included in the terms of reference, the report found that Australia could sustain a naval shipbuilding program, subject to industry reform and careful management of a continuous shipbuilding strategy.

Options for this include a fourth air warfare destroyer in the interim and a rolling build program for the future frigate.

"This government is prepared to invest in the skills and knowledge base of the Australian naval shipbuilding industry, and is prepared to commit to a long-term investment to make sure this important industry enjoys a future in Australia and these critical skills are maintained," Andrews said.

Andrew Davies, a senior analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, considered in that organization's "The Strategist" blog that the report is a "valuable contribution" to the debate on Australia's future shipbuilding aspirations.

"No doubt it would've been better if the analysis had included submarines as an addition to the baseline surface shipbuilding it examines, but it still answers some important questions," Davies wrote. "Perhaps most importantly, it provides a solid estimate of the premium the Australian taxpayer currently pays for local construction, and what the 'best case' figure might be in the future."

Australia early this year issued to industry a request for tender for the first phase of its largest-ever land warfare program.

There are significant questions about the initial phase, and it is not yet clear which industry teams will bid and how much of the vehicle will be assembled in Australia. Boeing and Iveco-Oto Melara announced in April they would withdraw from the competition, but did not give specific reasons. Further industry announcements are expected as June approaches.


29 Mei 2015

Patrol Ranges of Jacinto, Gregorio Del Pilar Ships Boosted by AF-81

29 Mei 2015

BRP Lake Caliraya AF-81 (photo : pdff)

MANILA (PNA) -- With the commissioning of BRP Lake Caliraya (AF-81), the Navy's first oil tanker, patrol ranges of the three Jacinto class patrol vessels have been extended by another 2,500 nautical miles while the two Gregorio Del Pilar frigates have boosted theirs by another 14,000 nautical miles.

This was disclosed by Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan in a message to the PNA.

The Jacinto class patrol vessels have a maximum unrefueled range of 2,500 nautical miles while the Gregorio Del Pilar frigates have a maximum unrefueled range of 14,000 nautical miles.

Millan added that having AF-81 in their inventory greatly boosted the patrol and endurance capabilities of their ships.

"As long as she (AF-81) has sufficient fuel stocks aboard, she can refuel any of our floating assets 24/7 to ensure their continuous patrol and maximize the presence of our floating assets," he added.

The BRP Lake Caliraya was commissioned at Naval Station Pascual Ledesma, Fort San Felipe, Cavite City last May 23.

She was the former M/T Lapu-Lapu of the PNOC Shipping and Transport Corporation that was donated to the PN last March 26, 2014.

The BRP Lake Caliraya is a single product replenishment platform that has a depot-to-ship, ship-to-depot, and a ship-to-ship refueling capabilities.

AF-81 was one of the three largest vessel of PNOC Fleet. She was built in Zhejiang Zhongxing Shipyard in Taizhou Peoples Republic of China in November 2007.

The sailing crew commissioned by the PNOC brought the ship from Taizhou, China to Manila, Philippines in January 2008.

The ship was used by the PNOC in transporting mainly bunker fuel to the different ports in the Philippines.

On May 11, 2014, the ship was brought from its anchorage area in Bataan to Keppel Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas to undergo dry docking and other related repairs.

She was then brought to Naval Shipyard, NSPL, Cavite City to undergo structural, habitability, machinery, and piping repairs.

AF-81 was named after Lake Caliraya, a beautiful lake located in the province of Laguna. As the lake provides a source of livelihood sustenance for the people of Caliraya, AF-81 on the other hand, will support the sustainment of naval operations.

With her modern replenishment and refueling gear, she will be central to facilitating and sustaining the operations of our Fleet in the operational areas.

AF-81 is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Mamerto A Goleta PN and manned by selected officers and men of the Sealift Amphibious Force.


Dua Helikopter EC-725 RTAF Tiba di Thailand

 29 Mei 2015

Helikopter EC-725 Combat SAR Thailand (photo : Thailand Aviation Photographers)

Dua pertama dari helikopter medium Combat SAR buatan Airbus Helicopter EC-725 dengan menumpang pesawat angkut raksasa Antonov An-124 telah tiba ke bandara U-Tapao Thailand sekitar 100 km selatan Bangkok pada tanggal 26 Mei lalu.

Di U Tapao helikopter ini akan dirakit dan selanjutnya diterbangkan ke Wing 2 di Lop Buri yang merupakan markas kesatuan heli transport/utility dan SAR Angkatan Udara Thailand..

Sesuai kontrak batch pertama yang terdiri dari 4 unit helikopter akan diserahkan pada bulan Agustus 2015, namun dengan kedatangan ini dua helikopter pertama akan diserahkan bulan Juni sedangkan dua selanjutnya pada bulan Juli. 

Menurut rencana 4 helikopter akan ditempatkan di Skuadron 203 Divisi Lintas Udara ke-2 di Lop Buri. Sebanyak 6 helikopter dari pesanan total 16 helikopter akan segera menggantikan posisi 6 helikopter UH-1 H yang telah lama beroperasi, 

(Defense Studies)

Plans Now Afoot to Develop Submarine Capability

29 Mei 2015

Based on studies, Philippines need between three to six diesel electric submarines (photo : militaryedge)

MANILA (PNA) -- In line with its efforts to develop its external defense capabilities, Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan said that plans are now afoot to develop a submarine arm.

However, he said that developing this capability will take time as a submarine capability requires a long gestation period in order to develop support facilities and the people and technology of operating such a force.

"(Development of a submarine capability) cannot happen overnight. It will take us some time," Millan stressed.

What is being done now is learning the concept and challenges of submarine operations.

"That’s why we in the Navy have taken the initial step to establish a unit which still start learning about this discipline and eventually prepare our personnel who will be involved in the creation of such capability," the PN chief said.

Submarine warfare consists primarily of diesel and nuclear submarines using torpedoes, missiles or nuclear weapons, as well as advanced sensing equipment, to attack other submarines, ships, or land targets.

Submarines may also be used for reconnaissance and landing of special forces as well as deterrence. In some navies they may be used for task force screening.

Military studies revealed that the Philippines need between three to six diesel electric submarines to fully secure its maritime domain.


KRI Bung Tomo Sukses Luncurkan Rudal Exocet di Laut Jawa

29 Mei 2015

Metrotvnews.com -Laut Jawa: Seorang prajurit TNI AL mengamati uji coba penembakan senjata strategis Rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II dari kapal jenis Multi Role Light Frigate (MRLF) KRI Bung Tomo (TOM)-357 di Perairan Laut Jawa, Kamis (28/5). Rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II berdaya jelajah 25 Nautical Mile (NM) dengan sasaran bekas KRI Kupang tersebut untuk meningkatkan kesiapan dan kesiapsiagaan operasional dalam mengukur kemampuan Sistem Senjata Armada Terpadu (SSAT) TNI AL dalam menjaga keutuhan NKRI. (photos : Antara, Detik, TNI AL)

Jakarta - KRI Bung Tomo-357 melakukan uji coba sistem persenjataannya dengan meluncurkan Rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II di Laut Jawa. Uji coba ini dilakukan untuk mengetahui kemampuan sistem senjata armada terpadu (SSAT) yang dimiliki TNI Angkatan Laut. 

Peluncuran rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II di Perairan Laut Jawa, Kamis (28/5/2015) disaksikan Kepala Staf Angkatan Laut (KSAL) Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi yang didampingi sejumlah pejabat Mabes TNI. KRI Bung Tomo yang merupakan kapak perang jenis multi role light frigate (MLRF) dikomandani Kolonel Laut (P) Yayan Sofiyan.

Laksamana Ade Supandi dalam keterangannya mengatakan rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II merupakan generasi kedua yang dimiliki TNI AL setelah Exocet MM-38. Nantinya TNI AL akan memiliki Blok III sebagai generasi terbaru. 

Selain untuk menguji keandalan rudalnya, uji coba rudal Exocet MM-40, dilakukan juga untuk menguji sistem yang ada di KRI Bung Tomo-357. Uji coba ini penting untuk mengetahui kesiapan tempur KRI Bung Tomo. 

Kepala Dinas Penerangan Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur, Letkol Laut (KH) Maman Sulaeman, mengatakan tahapan-tahapan kegiatan peluncuran rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II berjalan mulus.

"Penembakan Exocet MM-40 di Laut Jawa bukan satu-satunya uji coba yang dilaksanakan TNI Angkatan Laut. Karena dilakukan juga uji coba terhadap sistem persenjataan lain, seperti torpedo, meriam maupun rudal jenis lain, yang berguna dalam rangka menguji kesiapan kapal sebelum nantinya kapal tersebut digunakan sesuai proyeksi kekuatan dari Panglima TNI," ujar Maman.


28 Mei 2015

Paskhas TNI AU Butuh 119 Ranpur Pindad

28 Maret 2015

Komodo 4x4 kendaraan taktis buatan Pindad (photo : Army Recognition)

BANDUNG, suaramerdeka.com - Pasukan Khas TNI AU membutuhkan sebanyak 119 kendaraan tempur dan taktis buatan PT Pindad dalam menunjang operasional di lapangan. Ranpur tersebut akan memperkuat batalyon komando dan detasemen khusus yang dimiliki.

Hal tersebut dikatakan Komandan Korps Paskhas TNI AU, Marsekal Muda TNI Adrian Wattimena di sela-sela kunjungannya ke kawasan Pindad Bandung, Kamis (28/5).

“Produk Pindad siap mendukung kebutuhan ranpur kami. Pindad siap memenuhi semua kebutuhannya. Semoga terealisir, karena semua tergantung penganggaran,” katanya.

Secara keseluruhan, katanya, pihaknya membutuhkan kendaraan-kendaraan tempur bagi pemenuhan mobilitas prajurit yang tersebar di 9 batalyon komando dan 5 detasemen khusus.

Jenis kendaraan tempur yang dibutuhkan adalah Panser Anoa dan Rantis Komodo. Selain untuk angkut personil, varian Anoa yang diinginkan adalah yang mempunyai spesifikasi intai, recovery, ambulans, hingga logistik.

Dari kebutuhan 119 unit tersebut, semuanya terbagi rata untuk jenis Anoa maupun tactical vehicle seperti Komodo. Selama ini, Paskhas memenuhi kebutuhan tersebut dari luar negeri.

Dirut Pindad, Silmy Karim menegaskan pihaknya siap memenuhi kebutuhan tersebut. Selama ini, BUMN strategis itu terus melakukan pengembangan sehingga diharapkan produk yang dihasilkan bisa diandalkan termasuk masukan dari klien.

“Ini merupakan komitmen bersama untuk mendukung Pindad ke depan. Proses Litbang terus dilakukan. Kami pun melibatkan pengguna dalam proses itu karena pengguna adalah pihak yang paling mengetahui detail produknya,” jelasnya.

(Suara Merdeka)