26 September 2016

Japan to Provide Patrol Ships to Vietnam Amid Maritime Row with China

26 September 2016


JCG patrol vessel (photo : kozuchi)

The Japanese government said on Wednesday it is ready to provide Vietnam with new patrol ships, in its latest step to boost the maritime law-enforcement capabilities of countries locked in territorial rows with China.

On Tuesday, Japan agreed to provide two large patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, another country at odds with China over sovereignty issues in the South China Sea.

Japan itself has been at loggerheads with China over a group of tiny, uninhabited East China Sea islets.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, of Tokyo's intention in their meeting on the sidelines of ASEAN-related meetings in Vientiane.

Japan has already provided six patrol ships to Vietnam, but they were all used ones, a Japanese foreign ministry official said, adding that details such as the timing of the delivery and the number of ships to be provided have yet to be fixed.

Japan plans to extend a low-interest loan under its official development assistance program to Vietnam to facilitate the acquisition.

China has laid claim to almost all of the South China Sea, where about $5 trillion worth of seaborne trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims in the sea believed to have rich deposits of oil and gas.

A court of arbitration in The Hague in July said China's claims to the waterway were invalid, after a case was brought by the Philippines. Beijing has refused to recognize the ruling.

(Thanh Nien)

Sebuah Pangkalan TLDM Dicadang di Bintulu

26 September 2016


Bintulu, Serawak (image : GoogleMaps)

KUCHING  – Kementerian Pertahanan merancang membina sebuah pangkalan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) di Bintulu bagi melindungi keselamatan perairan serta industri minyak dan gas di Sarawak.

Menterinya, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein berkata, cadangan tersebut merupakan antara beberapa perkara yang diberikan penekanan dalam teras hala tuju kementerian merangkumi aspek keselamatan, kesiap­siagaan dan kebajikan melalui perancangan yang dibuat untuk negeri ini.

Katanya, kewujudan pangkalan TLDM di Bintulu akan memberi impak besar kepada kerajaan dan rakyat negeri ini daripada aspek keselamatan perairan di Laut China Selatan.

‘‘Kehadiran aset dan pangkalan di bawah Markas Wilayah Laut 4 (Mawilla 4) akan menjamin kepentingan strategik khas­nya pelabuhan serta industri mi­nyak dan gas di negeri ini.

‘‘TLDM telah mengenal pasti lokasi yang sesuai bagi membina pangkalan ini, namun perkara itu masih dalam peringkat perbincangan,’’ katanya selepas menghadiri Majlis Ramah Mesra Bersama Pegawai Tanpa Tauliah (PTT) Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) di Pangkalan Udara Ku­ching di sini, hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Panglima Tentera Darat, Jeneral Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor; Panglima Medan Timur Tentera Darat, Leftenan Jeneral Datuk Mohd. Zaki Mokhtar; Pang­lima Wilayah Udara 2, Mejar Jeneral Datuk Mohd. Shabre Hussein; Panglima 1 Divisyen, Mejar Jeneral Datuk Stephen Mundaw dan Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha (Pengurusan), Datuk Mohammad Foad Abdullah.

Dalam pada itu, beliau berkata, dalam tempoh lapan bulan penubuhan 31 Briged Sempadan, hampir 40 peratus anggotanya berjaya direkrut bagi memenuhi keperluan menjaga sempadan Sarawak dan Sabah dengan Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Katanya, usaha juga sedang giat dijalankan bagi menambah bilangan anggota yang benar-benar layak untuk mengisi baki kekosongan sebanyak 1,000 penjawatan dengan memberi keuta­maan kepada penduduk tempatan.

‘‘Kita akan membina kem bagi menempatkan Markas 31 Briged Sempadan dan satu batalion Rejimen Sempadan di Bintulu pada tahun depan bagi memantau sasaran penting seperti empa­ngan hidro elektrik di Bakun, Murum dan Baleh yang berada di kawasan Tunoh, Kapit,’’ katanya.

Tambah Hishammuddin, kementerian itu turut merancang menambah lima Pos Gabungan
(POSGAB) dan 18 Pos Tentera Darat di sempadan Sarawak-Sabah dan Kalimantan kerana lapan POSGAB sedia ada di negeri ini tidak mampu menampung beban penugasan di kawasan sempadan negara.

(Utusan)

First Batch of Guardian 4x4 Delivered to Vietnam

26 September 2016


The first batch of IAG Guardian arrived in Hai Phong port (photo : XGT)

IAG's Tactical Guardian 4x4 military vehicle manufactured from IAG - United Arab Emirates made a surprise appearance at the Green Port - Hai Phong. Dedicated models are often used in combat missions maneuver was used as a passenger.

Inside the Guardian Tactical 4x4 IAG has many options that can be changed as required by the orders of the country such as the type used on car seats, storage bins, air control system to antitrust and settlement system quite full position. Each time duty, the car can accommodate a maximum of 10 people.



About combat capability, IAG Guardian Tactical basic 4x4 is equipped with turret capable of rotating 360 degrees and can be equipped with weapons and other equipment such as missiles or grenade launcher. It is unclear what the Vietnam about using any type of engine, but IAG 4x4 Tactical Guardian has 2 choices that engine V8 6.7 liter diesel and 6.8-liter V10 petrol engine. Vehicles also optional 5-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed when the customers bid.

4x4 military vehicles Guardian Tactical be appreciated due to its bullet-proof, anti-explosion pressure and the ability to overcome powerful terrain thanks to 4x4 drive system. Maintenance costs for other military cars quite expensive, so perhaps, with low maintenance costs, IAG Guardian Tactical 4x4 Vietnam has been selected.

(XeGiaoThong)

25 September 2016

PT PAL Selesaikan Konstruksi Kapal SSV Kedua Pesanan Filipina

25 September 2016

Kapal SSV kedua pesanan Filipina akan diberi nama BRP Davao Del Sur 602 sama seperti Tarlac ini juga nama provinsi di Filipina (all photos : Gombaljaya)

PAL selesaikan pesanan kedua kapal perang Filipina

Surabaya (ANTARA News) - PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) telah menyelesaikan kapal perang pesanan kedua Kementerian Pertahanan Filipina dan berencana diluncurkan pada tanggal 29 September 2016 di galangan kapal PT PAL Indonesia wilayah Tanjung Perak, Surabaya, Jawa Timur.

Direktur Utama PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) M Firmansyah Arifin, di Surabaya, Sabtu mengatakan penyelesaian kapal perang jenis "Strategic Sealift Vessel" (SSV) pesanan kedua ini lebih cepat tiga-empat bulan dibanding proses pesanan pertama yang membutuhkan waktu sekitar dua tahun.

"Secara keseluruhan pesanan kedua ini lebih cepat dibanding yang pertama, yakni sekitar tiga hingga empat bulanan," katanya.



Sebelumnya, pesanan pertama kapal SSV canggih karya mandiri anak bangsa yang berada di kelas "Lloyd Register" itu telah diluncurkan pada 18 Januari 2016, dan telah diberi nama oleh Kementerian Pertahanan Filipina dengan nama Tarlac.

"Tarlac merupakan kapal perang pertama yang berhasil diekspor Indonesia, dan merupakan bagian dari pengembangan kapal pengangkut "Landing Platform Dock" (LPD) yang didesain panjang 123 meter, lebar 21,8 meter, dan memiliki kecepatan 16 knot dengan ketahanan berlayar selama 30 hari di laut lepas," katanya.

Sementara itu, pimpinan proyek pengerjaan kapal perang pesanan Filipna Turitan Indaryo mengatakan cepatnya proses pengerjaan pesanan kedua karena PT PAL Indonesia menggunakan prinsip "one day one blok".



"Artinya setiap hari harus ada blok-blok kapal yang diselesaikan, sehingga bisa lebih cepat dari waktu yang ditentukan," kata Turitan yang kini menjabat Direktur Perencanaan dan Pengembangan Usaha.

Sebelumnya, Turitan menjelaskan ketepatan waktu pengerjaan dan pengiriman menjadi catatan tersendiri dan merupakan nilai tambah yang ditawarkan PT PAL Indonesia kepada negara pemesan.

"Selain itu kualitas barang dan harga yang bersaing menjadi keunggulan bahwa produk bangsa Indonesia dapat bersaing dengan dunia internasional," katanya.



Sebelumnya, Filipina memesan dua unit kapal perang LPD jenis SSV yang dilengkapi persenjataan sebagai bentuk upaya pertahanan diri.


SSV dilengkapi pendaratan tiga helikopter dan hangar, serta memiliki kemampuan mengangkut dua unit kapal landing craft utility (LCU) ditambah berbagai macam kendaraan tempur dari truk militer hingga Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV). 

Dengan memiliki draft kapal lima meter, SSV mampu menjangkau hingga ke perairan dangkal serta dapat difungsikan sebagai rumah sakit apung dan SAR ketika sedang terjadi bencana.

(Antara)

Ukraine Continue Develops BTR-4M with Machine Gun

25 September 2016

 Modification of the BTR-4 (B1370) with a machine gun mount (all photos : andrei bt)

Ukraine tested the new version of wheeled armored personnel carriers  BTR-4 (B1370) with a machine gun mount, which is being developed for the Indonesian armed forces. Reported the andrei-bt.livejournal.com.


Earlier it was reported that several military vehicles on the basis of the BTR-4, including a machine gun mount has already been sent to Indonesia to conduct a series of benchmark tests.

The new version of BTR-4M has successfully demonstrated the potential customer a good nautical characteristics during testing in Saltov reservoir.



The new version of an armored personnel carrier was the German Deutz engine and additional side and head-on modules for improving the characteristics of seaworthiness and buoyancy.



It is reported that Marines (one of the branches of the forces of the Naval Forces of Indonesia) are interested in buying at least 50 wheeled combat vehicles after passing a series of tests, some units were shipped by expedition ship.



After the evaluation test will take a final decision on supplying of combat vehicles for the Indonesian armed forces.

(Military Informant)

24 September 2016

First Destroyer Hobart Successfully Completes Builder Sea Trials

24 September 2016

 Hobart first Air Warfare Destroyer (all photos : Aus AWD)

Today, the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance achieved a major milestone with the successful completion of Builder Sea Trials for the first destroyer Hobart following several days at sea off the coast of South Australia.

AWD Alliance General Manager Lloyd Beckett said that sea trials was the commencement of an exciting new phase for the Air Warfare Destroyer project.

“This first phase of sea trials, conducted over several days in the local South Australian waters, marks the successful testing of the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems. A second phase of more advanced trials will take place in early 2017 when Hobart trials its combat and communications systems,” he said.

The successful completion of Hobart’s Builder Sea Trials represents a decade of dedication and effort  by the AWD workforce on one of the most complex shipbuilding projects in Australia’s history.
“It’s the culmination of years of design and procurement, construction and outfitting, system testing, training and equipment activation.  It gives me an enormous sense of pride in seeing our hard work culminate in a successful trial period at sea,” said Mr Beckett.

Significant progress has been made on the AWD project and destroyer Hobart to reach this milestone with the ship build commencing in January 2010, hull consolidation in March 2014, and official launch - when the ship floats for the first time - in May 2015.

AWD Alliance Program Manager, Commodore Craig Bourke also expressed his satisfaction: “The completion of Hobart’s Builder Sea Trials is a significant step towards delivery of the first AWD to Defence and the most capable warships ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy.”



“The AWD Alliance team of shipbuilders and systems integrators can take great pride in attaining this major milestone of sending our first AWD to sea and successfully completing its platform trials,” he said.

Over the coming months, further progress on the AWD Project will be demonstrated when the second destroyer Brisbane enters the water following its launch in December 2016, as well as hull consolidation of the third destroyer, Sydney, in August 2017.

The AWD Alliance, consisting of shipbuilder ASC, combat systems integrator Raytheon Australia and the Government’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, offered their congratulations for the successful completion of Builder Sea Trials on the ships return to Techport:

“Today is a day when everyone who works in Australia’s highly skilled and professional naval shipbuilding industry can stand tall and be immensely proud.  Sea Trials is a visible demonstration of our success as a shipbuilding team,” said ASC Shipbuilding CEO Mark Lamarre.

“Moving forward, the highly skilled ASC workforce will continue to consolidate and outfit the remaining two destroyers Brisbane and Sydney, implementing lessons learnt from Hobart’s build along the way, and creating significant improvement in our nation’s shipbuilding capability,” he said.



Raytheon Australia Managing Director, Michael Ward, also acknowledged the successful completion of Hobart’s first phase of sea trials.

As the combat systems integrator for the AWD project, Raytheon Australia has applied its highly skilled Australian workforce of architects, systems engineers and project managers to the AWD project over the last decade

“Raytheon Australia is responsible for the design, delivery and integration of the AWD Combat System which comprises ten major subsystems, and more than 3,500 major pieces of combat system equipment.   This sophisticated combat system contributes to making AWD the most advanced and lethal warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy.”

“We look forward to Hobart’s continued success on sea trials next year when the AWD’s advanced combat system is tested.” Mr Ward said.

Following completion of further sea trials in early 2017, the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance is scheduled to deliver Hobart to the Department of Defence in June 2017.

(Aus AWD)

Kekuatan Sayap N219 Akan Diuji

24 September 2016


Uji statik sayap N-219 di PT DI (photo : Angkasa)

Meski tahapan produksi mundur dari jadwal yang  ditentukan, fase Engineering Manufacturing Development N219 masih terus berjalan. Seperti dipantau Angkasa, dalam minggu-minggu terakhir ini enjinir PT Dirgantara Indonesia tengah serius mempersiapkan uji statik untuk sayap komuter 100 persen karya Anak Bangsa tersebut.

“Saat ini masih melakukan preparation test, menuju wing static test. Butuh waktu karena semua harus dipersiapkan secara matang dan cermat. Agar tak ada kesalahan di tengah jalan. Semua sensor, hidrolik dan rig harus kami cek dulu. Tak boleh ada yang kelebihan beban,” ujar Ir. Palmana Banandhi, Chief Engineer N219 kepada Angkasa, Jum’at (23/9/2016).

Bagi industri pesawat terbang manapun di dunia, wing static test adalah salah satu tahapan terpenting. Dari sini, rancangan yang semula ada di atas kertas akan dinyatakan valid memenuhi semua persyaratan. Uji tekanan terhadap sayap akan memberi jaminan, bahwa sayap akan mampu menahan semua beban yang bertumpu padanya. Mulai dari badan pesawat dan isinya, juga dua mesin yang bergantung di kedua sisi sayap.

Dalam waktu bersamaan, dikatakan, DI juga tengah menyiapkan semua keperluan yang harus dipenuhi untuk pembuatan sertifikat terbang pesawat (N219 type certificate) bersama otoritas terkait, yakni Ditjen Perhubungan Udara.

“Penyelesaiannya memang mundur dari jadwal yang telah ditentukan, karena memang banyak hal harus dipersiapkan dengan kekuatan sendiri. Insya Allah, jika sertifikat terbang  selesai Oktober 2017, tahun berikutnya N219 akan masuk tahapan produksi,” pungkas Palmana.

(Angkasa)