25 Februari 2017

Kapal Latih Indonesia Telah Dipasang Tiang Utama

25 Februari 2017

Pemasangan tiang utama KRI Bima Suci (photo : Freire Shipyard)

Galangan kapal di Vigo Spanyol, Construcciones Navales Paulino Freire (Freire Shipyard) mencapai kemajuan dalam pemasangan peralatan kapal latih baru untuk Angkatan Laut Indonesia, yaitu Bima Suci, panjang 110 meter dengan lebar 12,6 meter. Secara teknis, pada akhir pekan kapal telah terpasang tiang utamanya dengan bantuan derek besar.

Pemasangan tiang utama KRI Bima Suci (photo : Javier JAC)

Ketika kapal selesai, Bima Suci dapat membentangkan layar seluas 3.350 meter persegi yang tersusun pada barque (terdiri dari tiga tiang layar). Pengiriman kapal dijadwalkan pada musim panas mendatang. Perahu layar, yang dinamai tokoh mitologi dari Indonesia, akan dipasang patung di anjungan, karya pematung dari Galicia, José Molares..

Pemasangan tiang utama KRI Bima Suci (photo : Javier JAC)

Kapal ini akan berfungsi sebagai platform pelatihan angkatan laut yang dapat menampung 200 orang di dalamnya, termasuk 120 taruna dalam pelatihan untuk Angkatan Laut Indonesia.

(Faro de Vigo)

NZ could Host Singapore's Fighter Jets at Ohakea

25 Februari 2017


F-15SG of the RSAF (photo : US Military Update)

Singapore is eying Ohakea air base in Manawatu as a potential base for one of its own Air Force squadrons of F15 fighter jets.

Up to 500 people would be stationed in or near the base in the region.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed that the Singapore Government in undertaking a feasibility study to determine what the move would entail, including housing and education needs of family.

That study needed to be completed before any proposal could be put before the Singapore or New Zealand Governments.

Brownlee said that Singapore's position in Southeast Asia so close to Malaysia and near Indoesia meant that air space was very tight.

"New Zealand doesn't have the same congestion so the opportunity to fly more freely clearly exists at Ohakea."


F-15SG of the RSAF (photo : fighter sweep)

The Singapore Air Force has other overseas bases, in France, the United States and in Western Australia's Pearce Air Base where a squadron is based.

Brownlee suggested the benefits to New Zealand would be strategic and economic.

"It would mean there would be up to 500 people based out of Ohakea in the Manawatu region so that has a big economic effect on the local community," he told the Weekend Herald.

"But the benefit of strengthening the strategic alliance with Singapore is the most important aspect."

Brownlee said there was deadline by which the proposal needed to be considered by but he expected that it was approved, could take a couple of years to establish.

Singapore and New Zealand have a longstanding defence relationship. The New Zealand Army stationed a battalion in Singapore for 20 years until 1989. And both are members of the Five Power Defence Arrangement along with Britain, Australia and Malaysia.


Ohakea AFB, New Zealand (image : GoogleMaps)

New Zealand's combat arm of the Ari Force was axed in 2001 by the Helen Clark-led Labour Government.

Asked if the Singapore proposal might be a way for New Zealand to re-establish a combat arm, Brownlee said "definitely not."

"It would be a Singapore operation entirely but based at Ohakea."

He did not know how many aircraft would be involved but a squadron is usually between 12 and 24 aircraft.

Singapore has F15s in New Zealand at present to take part in an Air Force Tattoo at Ohakea this weekend.

(NZ Herald)

KKIP : Jangan Batalkan Pembelian dari PT DI

25 Februari 2017


Helikopter tempur EC 725 Cougar buatan PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Bandung, Jawa Barat, yang sudah lengkap dan siap diterbangkan (photo : Kompas)

Jangan Batalkan Pembelian dari PT DI

BANDUNG, KOMPAS -- Polemik pembelian helikopter Agusta Westland 101 diharapkan tak membuat pemerintah membatalkan kontrak pembelian 16 helikopter EC 725 Cougar buatan PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Pembatalan akan merugikan dan mencoreng nama baik PT DI di dunia industri penerbangan internasional. 

Permintaan ini mengemuka dalam kunjungan Tim Komite Kebijakan Industri Penerbangan (KKIP) ke PT DI di Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat, Rabu (22/2). Kunjungan tim KKIP itu ingin meninjau secara langsung kemampuan PT DI memproduksi EC 725 Cougar.

"Jangan sampai karena polemik AW101 ini mengganggu proses bisnis PT DI. PT DI sudah belanja untuk produksi hingga pemeliharaan, jangan sampai dibuat rugi," kata Ketua Pelaksana KKIP Laksamana (Purn) Sumardjono.

Sebelumnya, pemerintah dan PT DI menyepakati pembelian 16 helikopter EC 725 Cougar. Dua unit sudah dikirim 25 November 2016. Empat unit lainnya sudah rampung meski belum ada keputusan kapan pengiriman akan dilakukan. Sementara 10 unit lagi masih dalam proses pembuatan. 

Sumardjono berpendapat, heli EC 725 Cougar buatan PT DI sebenarnya punya kemampuan setara dengan AgustaWesland 101 (AW 101). Dengan demikian, apabila spesifikasi di antara kedua heli itu tidak terlalu jauh, sebaiknya TNI AU tidak membeli AW 101. "Kita perlu mendukung dan mengembangkan industri pertahanan dalam negeri," ujar Sumardjono. 

Kepala Bidang Transfer of Technology & Ofset KKIP Rachmad Lubis juga mengingatkan Kementerian Pertahanan bahwa pembelian 16 helikopter EC 725 Cougar itu sesuai dengan rencana strategis pertahanan.


Helikopter AW 101 TNI AU (photo : cliphistory)

EC 725 Cougar merupakan helikopter kapasitas dua mesin yang mampu mengangkut beban hingga 11 ton dengan kemampuan jelajah jarak jauh. Heli ini memiliki kapasitas ruang yang mampu mengakomodasi berbagai pengaturan tempat duduk hingga 29 anggota pasukan ditambah 2 orang sebagai pilot dan kopilot.

Kepala Divisi Rekayasa Manufaktur Direktorat Produksi PT DI Mukhamad Robiawan mengemukakan, EC 725 Cougar unggul dibandingkan AW101 dalam beberapa spesifikasi. Dalam hal pendaratan darurat di perairan, sistem pelampung Cougar dapat mengembang sebelum heli mendarat di air. Berbeda dengan AW 101 yang sistem pelampungnya baru akan terbuka setelah badan heli menghantam air. 

"Selain itu, untuk kedap suara di dalam kabin, Cougar relatif lebih bagus," lanjut Robiawan.

Sebelumnya, Direktur Niaga dan Restrukturisasi PT DI Budiman Saleh mengemukakan, harga jual EC 725 Cougar sekitar 30 juta euro atau lebih kurang Rp 420 miliar. Harga tersebut relatif lebih murah dibandingkan heli AW 101 yang diperkirakan seharga 55 juta dollar AS atau Rp 761 miliar (Kompas, 28/12/2016). 

Sementara itu, Direktur Teknologi dan Pengembangan PT DI Andi Alisjahbana menyebutkan, apabila PT DI diminta untuk memproduksi helikopter AW 101, hal itu memerlukan investasi besar, mulai dari sarana produksi hingga kemampuan dasar manusia.

(Kompas)

Spyder Missiles have been Deployed

25 Februari 2017


Spyder missile of the Vietnam (all photos : MAN motors)

In 2016, 377 Division 377 has successfully completed the training, live firing and acceptance, receiving missile deployment Spyder, according to Colonel Vu Jade Emperor, the Deputy Political Commissar of the Division.

The information was confirmed in the article "A number of measures to strengthen the discipline in the Air Defense Division 377" of Colonel Vu Jade Emperor, the Deputy Political Commissar of 377 Division published in national defense 2/2017 of January.

Receiving Spyder missiles

So this is the first time a military unit official information about the consortium received the first Spyder missiles under the contract signed with the Israeli side. Earlier, Lieutenant General Le Huy Bay - Commander of the Air PK-KQ also confirmed that Vietnam has ordered missile Spyder.

According to data in the report "Transforming the world of weapons" by the Institute for the Stockholm International Peace published recently, Vietnam has ordered 5 antiaircraft missile complexes Spyder-MR midrange under a contract signed 2015 and as of the moment they are the only one combination is transferred to Vietnam.

Spyder missile air defense weapon is the new generation, very modern Israeli fabrication and manufacturing. The consortium is designed to cater to the organization of air defense operations by mode center network warfare, warfare in all weather conditions, likely high self-propelled maneuver, fighting escalated quickly and aiming to be multiple targets simultaneously.

Consortium has the ability to kill the target aircraft types including fighters, helicopters, unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles and munitions have been fired from the other controls in an environment away from institutional pressure powerful electronics.



Vietnam the Spyder missile purchase is not merely to replace the missile S-75 Volga (SAM-2) was old but also a major breakthrough on the force, strengthening the firepower to against any threat from the air, catch up with the advanced level of technology of the world.

The units, which is equipped?

According to Colonel Vu Ngoc Hoang, deputy political commissar of Division 377, in 2016, the Division successfully completed the task, there are many tasks successfully completed, such as:
"Training, live firing and acceptance, receiving missile deployment Spyder; host and participate in team combat maneuvers by the missile C125M Air Defence - Air Force held the first prize; the unit participate in live fire exercises were achieving Proficient flak. "

Although the article did not elaborate on the training, live firing rockets Spyder acceptance but more likely where the work is being done in your country to fight Israel where the first team of Vietnam for transfer students line type this new generation missile.

Maybe each team fighting was practiced in schools reporter 2-3 shot rounds of Israel to evaluate training results and acceptance prior to sealing ammunition, moved onto the ship repatriated. "Complete Excellence" certainly means that kill target right from the first rounds, the traditional right of the opening game defeat PK-KQ Vietnam team.



Reportedly, 377 Air Defense Division is tasked with combat readiness, management and protection of the airspace south central and Spratly islands of the country and are now on the payroll of the only Division 1 medium hero of People's Armed forces missile regiment, the Regiment were 274 - Doan Hung Vuong missiles.

This is also a very special unit - the only missile regiment of the Air PK-KQ equipped mix of 2 missiles S-75 and S-125 Pechora Volga (SAM-3).

Earlier, Division 377 are also equipped with radar complex visual realm ELM-2288ER round of Israel, is acting as gods eye, watching all the static aerial.

SPYDER about this, combined with modern radar would be enormous advantages for this duo can connect with each other perfectly, doubly powerful private rooms in South Central region, up an air defense network modern, safety Cam Ranh - conjugate base is especially important before any threats.

Thus forces the surface ships, submarines, naval reviews can rest assured the implementation of its key tasks is trained and ready to fight protect and assist island.

(Soha)

24 Februari 2017

2 JMSDF TC-90s Aircraft to be Delivered Next Month

23 Februari 2017


JMSDF TC-90 aircraft (photo : Peter Steelhouwer)

2 JMSDF TC-90s aircraft to be delivered on March 27

MANILA, Feb. 23 (PNA) -- The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) will deliver two of the five leased turbo-prop TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy's (PN) Sangley Point air facility on March 27.

This was confirmed by Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in an interview Thursday.

The aircraft will be delivered to the country by JMSDF pilots and will be formally transferred to the Navy on the same day.

Lincuna said the remaining three TC-90s will be transferred to the Navy before the end of the year.

He added that the TC-90s will be used to augment the existing Norman-Britten BN-2 Islander fleet, which the Navy uses in patrol, surveillance and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and rapid assessment missions.

Last November, two PN pilots and six air crews left for Japan to start their TC-90 flight training.

The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier announced that the Philippines will re-equip the TC-90s as Japan has stripped them of some equipment, including their surveillance systems.

The country will pay Japan USD7,000 each for the first four aircraft yearly and only USD200 for the fifth, for total of USD28,200 as stipulated in its lease agreement.

The DND added it is also looking at the possibility of using the TC-90 for 20 years while the military is upgrading its equipment.

The TC-90, which is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized Feb. 29 last year.

The TC-90's patrol range is double that of a small Philippine aircraft, which only has a maximum range of 300 km. 

(PNA)

Lima Pesawat F-16C/D Akan Datang Pertengahan Maret 2017

24 Februari 2017


F-16C/D TNI AU (photo : defence.pk)

Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan Tambah Satu Penerbang F-16

Magetan (Antara Jatim) - Pangkalan Udara (Lanud) Iswahjudi Magetan, Jawa Timur, menambah satu penerbang pesawat tempur F-16 yakni  Lettu Pnb Fulgentius Dio Prakoso untuk memperkuat pertahanan udara Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI).

"Yang bersangkutan telah lulus Konversi ke-8 di Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan selama setahun. Diharapkan dengan bergabungan Lettu Pnb Dio Prakoso semakin memperkuat pertahanan udara di tubuh TNI AU Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan," ujar Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan Marsekal Pertama TNI Andyawan MP kepada wartawan, Kamis.

Penerbang baru F-16 Lettu Pnb Fulgentius Dio Prakoso telah lulus menjalani pendidikan transisi (konversi) dari penerbang pesawat latih Charlie dan tempur T-50 Golden Eagle selama satu tahun.

Sesuai data yang ada, Lettu Pnb Fulgentius Dio Prakoso sebelumnya telah memiliki 127 jam terbang menjadi pilot di pesawat latih Charlie.

Selain itu, ia juga telah memiliki 240 jam terbang menjadi pilot pesawat tempur T-50 Golden Eagle dan 130 jam terbang dengan pesawat tempur F-16.

Dengan bertambahnya satu penerbang tersebut, kini Skadron Udara 3 TNI AU Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan telah memiliki 14 penerbang pesawat tempur F-16.

Sebelumnya, penerbang F-16 di lanud setempat hanya memiliki 13 penerbang. Dan selama setahun TNI AU hanya berhasil mencetak seorang penerbang F-16 tersebut.

Kedatangan Lima Pesawat F-16C/D

Selain ada penambahan penerbang baru untuk pesawat tempur F-16, rencananya pertengahan Maret mendatang, TNI AU Lanud Iswahjudi Magetan juga akan mendapat kekuatan baru dengan kedatangan lima unit pesawat tempur F-16 dari Amerika Serikat.

Lima unit pesawat tempur F-16 yang akan datang tersebut merupakan bagian dari program "Peace Bima Sena II" dalam kontrak FMS LOA ID-D-SAL yang dilakukan Pemerintah Indonesia dan Amerika Serikat dengan total pesawat tempur F-16 yang diberikan mencapai 30 unit.

Dengan kedatangan lima unit pesawat tempur F-16 tersebut nantinya akan semakin menambah kekuatan militer Indonesia khususnya alutsista TNI AU dalam melindungi dan mempertahankan NKRI.

(Antara)

General Atomics to Launch ‘Team Reaper Australia’ at Avalon

24 Februari 2017


The Predator B envisaged in Royal Australian Air Force markings. (photo : General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is set to officially launch an industry team for the AIR 7003 Phase 1 Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial System project at the Australian International Airshow.

Representatives of Cobham, CAE Australia, Raytheon Australia and Flight Data Systems are scheduled to attend the event on February 28.

General Atomics will be displaying an MQ-9 Reaper turboprop-powered remotely piloted aircraft, otherwise known as the Predator B, and its Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station at the Avalon Airshow.

The Integrated Investment Program that was published with the 2016 Defence White Paper outlines a plan to acquire an armed unmanned aircraft to provide an integrated and persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and attack capability to support the Australian Defence Force and coalition forces. The AIR 7003 project reached ‘gate zero’ in early November.

(ADBR)