16 April 2014

PT PAL Lakukan Keel Laying Modul ke-2 Kapal PKR-105

16 April 2014

Kapal PKR-105 adalah kapal perang berteknologi modular, kapal dibagi kedalam 6 modul yang dapat dikerjakan secara terpisah kemudian dirangkai menjadi satu (image : ARC)

Belanda Bantu PT PAL Produksi Kapal Perusak Rudal 

TEMPO.CO, Surabaya - PT PAL akan membuat beberapa modul kapal perusak kawal rudal 105 (PKR-105)/Frigate nomor 1. Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Laut Laksamana Marsetio mengatakan proyek ini menggandeng Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS), Belanda. "Kami produksi bersama DSNS, Belanda, dalam kerangka transfer of techonolgy," kata Marsetio di sela-sela Keel Laying modul 2 seksi 231 PKR-105 di PT PAL (Persero), Rabu, 16 April 2014.

Peletakan lunas modul 2 seksi 231 merupakan tindak lanjut first steel cutting pada 15 Januari 2014. Kapal PKR-105 direncanakan memiliki panjang 105 meter dengan dilengkapi peluncur rudal antikapal permukaan, anti-serangan udara, torpedo, dan perangkat perang elektronik. Kapal ini akan dilengkapi helikopter yang membawa torpedo. Satu unit kapal PKR-105/Frigate ditaksir US$ 220 juta.

Menurut Marsetio, satu unit kapal PKR-105 memiliki enam modul. Empat modul dibuat di Surabaya dan dua modul dirakit di Vlisingen, Belanda. Pada Maret 2015, Marsetio berharap semua modul segera dirangkai menjadi unit kapal PKR-105 di galangan PT PAL. "Kapal ini digunakan menjaga keutuhan wilayah laut NKRI. Sangat cocok dengan perairan Indonesia," ujarnya.

Duta Besar Belanda untuk Indonesia, Tjeerd F. de Zwaan, mengatakan pemerintah Belanda mendukung penuh kerja sama alih teknologi dengan PT PAL (Persero). Menurut dia, Indonesia perlu melakukan revitalisasi industri strategis, salah satunya industri kapal perang.

Sebab, wilayah Indonesia dikenal sebagai negara kepulauan dengan garis pantai terpanjang kedua setelah Kanada. "Saya pikir, PT PAL butuh melakukan revitalisasi industri kunci," katanya.

Direktur Utama PT PAL Firmansyah Arifin menuturkan perseroan sudah mengirim 75 teknisi ke Belanda mengikuti program ToT. Langkah ini juga untuk memperkuat PT PAL yang ditunjuk sebagai lead integrator matra laut. "Bersama DSNS, kami siap menyelesaikan pembangunan kapal PKR-105/Frigate nomor 1 buatan Indonesia," kata Firmasyah.


Bell and Deftech Seek Joint Venture

16 April 2014

Bell UH-1Y Venom - Bell Helicopter has announced its intention to form a strategic alliance with Malaysian defence manufacturer Deftech to seek out industrial joint-venture opportunities in the region. (photo : Shephard)

The companies held a formal signing ceremony of ‘a letter of an expression of intent’ at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 16 April.

Speaking to Shephard, Vern Bennett, vice president of international military business development for Bell, said the companies wanted to look at the possibility of mutually beneficial projects for industrial collaboration in Malaysia.

Despite the somewhat non-committal nature of the agreement, Bennett emphasised that Bell was serious about exploring joint ventures in the region, and that both companies just needed to sit down and work out how best to proceed.

‘We are really at the point where we are trying to figure out if what they want to do in aerospace fits with what we need to be doing in the region, for example is it supply chain, is it maintenance and repair, is it training, is it helicopter of fixed wing? We don’t know. So we’re going to sit down at the table and figure out what each company would like to happen, and see where the fit is,’ said Bennett.

Bennett said Bell was growing its footprint in Malaysia and, like many companies at DSA, said the company was optimistic about the future growth of the market.

Bell AH-1Z (photo : Anthony Ozborne)

‘We are looking for partners to work with from an industrial standpoint, as well as support and training. Deftech is a successful company here, and with this agreement Deftech are hoping to further their aerospace capabilities, with Bell advancing our strategic needs in the region,’ Bennett continued.

The focus of the agreement calls for cooperation to satisfy potential offset obligations of Bell Helicopter, as well as exploration of collaboration opportunities between DRB-HICOM and the global supply chain for Textron, the parent company of Bell Helicopter.

Bell is also using DSA to advance sales of its V-22, AH-1Z and UH-1Y rotorcraft in the region, hoping to capitalise on potential opportunities that may come up as Malaysia considers its options to develop new shore- and ship-based operations.

‘In terms of the AH-1Z and UH-1Y, there are a number of countries in this region that are interested in expanding their rapid response, maritime, amphibious, expeditionary operations capability. They look around and they see the US Marine Corps [USMC] doing that, so there’s a trend to start engaging with the marine corps as opposed to the traditional army to army, navy to navy relationships,’ said Bob Carrese, Director of international military business development for Bell.

‘We’re also seeing a lot of regional interest in the V-22 obviously because of what’s going on with typhoon relief. The USMC and the V-22 played a huge role in supporting that. The vast area that needs to be covered here, makes the V-22 the perfect solution for disaster relief, search and rescue,’ said Carrese.

He also noted that while the cost of the V-22 was high in terms of Malaysia’s budget, this was mitigated by the fact that, due to its capabilities, it could perform the same function as several different types of aircraft.


Indonesian Navy Upgrades Three Corvettes with ASW Capabilities

16 April 2014

Kapitan Pattimura-class corvette (photo : Indian Navy)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut - TNI-AL) has completed an upgrade of three Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvettes, including the mounting of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) equipment.

The completion was marked in a handover ceremony held at the headquarters of TNI-AL's Western Fleet in central Jakarta on 4 April.

The 75 m vessels, KRI Kapitan Pattimura , KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin and KRI Sutedi Senoputra, underwent upgrade works over a period of 234 days at a naval repair facility in Jakarta. The ex-German Democratic Republic boats, originally inducted into the East German Navy in the 1980s, were re-commissioned into the TNI-AL between 1993 and 1995.


Malaysia in Talks with FNSS to Supply PARS 6x6

16 April 2014

Malaysia is in talks with Turkey's FNSS to supply its six-wheel-drive PARS vehicle for a Malaysian UN unit. Malaysia's eight-wheel-drive program also is based on an FNSS-designed vehicle. (all photos : network54)

Malaysia Advances With 8-Wheeled Armored Vehicle

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s top armored vehicle manufacturer, Deftech, has begun the qualification stage for its eight-wheel-drive AV-8 armored wheeled vehicle and will produce 257 units with 12 variants for the country’s Army when tests are concluded, said Deftech CEO Amril Samsudin this week at the Defence Services Asia exhibition here.

The AV-8 program is part of a manufacturing partnership agreement with Turkey’s FNSS Defense Systems and is based on the FNSS-designed PARS (Leopard) multimission wheeled vehicle, an FNSS source said.

Deftech and FNSS began discussions in 2008 and came to an agreement in 2010, Amril said. “We will deliver the first of 12 units to the Army by the end of this year, … and expect the final delivery by the end of 2018.”

Amril said there are export opportunities for the AV-8 and “several countries” have approached Deftech, but the company will not market the vehicle until the Army can “verify its capabilities.”

PARS 6x6

Amril said Malaysia is in discussions with FNSS to supply the six-wheel-drive PARS for the Malaysian United Nations contingent in Lebanon. He said Deftech might pass on a manufacturing option for the vehicle if the Army orders less than 100 because the cost of tooling would be prohibitive.

Amril said the company is finalizing a contract with the Cambodian government for a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) program for 500 T-54/T-55 tanks.

“We will give it a 15- to 20-year life extension,” he said.

The MRO program will include exterior and interior refurbishment, and this is a long-term project, Amril said.

Dzulkefli Zainol, senior manager of the AV-8 project, said Deftech and the Malaysian Army have learned a great deal from its overseas UN deployments, including in Somalia in 1993, when the Army sent a battalion of four-wheel-drive Panzer Condor vehicles to rescue US Army troops during the Battle of Mogadishu.

He said Malaysians were disappointed to see the movie “Black Hawk Down” depicting the Pakistan Army as rescuing US Army Rangers and Delta Force members.

“We had one soldier killed in action,” he said.


Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

16 April 2014

The first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman's Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. (photo: Business Wire)

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kaman Aerospace announced today that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. After production flight tests, this aircraft will be used for maintenance and aircrew training. The program is on track with deliveries of all ten aircraft scheduled to be complete in mid-2015. 

“This milestone is significant for the program and our continued commitment to the New Zealand Maritime Helicopter Capability project,” said Drake Klotzman, Kaman’s Director, AVMRO Programs.

Peter Lowen, New Zealand Defence Force Project Manager, stated, “This flight of a NZ SH-2G(I) with a ‘Kiwi’ roundel represents a major milestone. The effort invested by the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force in cooperation with Kaman is now paying off.”


TNI AD Telah Ajukan Rencana Pembelian 17 Blackhawk dan 3 Chinook

16 April 2014

Skema pembelian 20 helikopter ini direncanakan dengan fasilitas kredit ekspor (photo : US Army)

17 Helikopter Black Hawk dan 3 Chinook Segera Perkuat TNI AD

Liputan6.com, Jakarta Setelah membeli helikopter serang Apache, TNI Angkatan Darat berencana mengakusisi helikopter serbu Black Hawk buatan Sikorsky Aircraft dan Chinook Ch-47 yang dibuat Boeing Rotorcraft Systems dari Amerika Serikat.

Pembelian ini melalui skema kredit ekspor melalui Kementerian Pertahanan.

"Pembelian ini merupakan usulan TNI AD (berdasarkan surat KASAD No. B/455/II/2013)," tulis Kepala Dinas Penerangan TNI AD Brigjen Andika Perkasa kepada Liputan6.com di Jakarta Selasa (15/4/2014).

Mantan Komandan Korem 023/Kawal Samudera Sibolga ini menambahkan, rencana membeli 2 tipe helikopter ini untuk menambah armada helikopter TNI AD yang masih dirasa kurang. Pembelian ini diperuntukkan pada perencanaan strategis atau Renstra 2015-2019.

"Rencana pembelian helikopter Chinook dan Black Hawk oleh Kementerian Pertahanan adalah Black Hawk sebanyak 17 unit dan Chinook 3 unit," ucap pria murah senyum itu.

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk adalah helikopter serba guna angkut menengah bermesin ganda yang diproduksi oleh Sikorsky Aircraft. Helikopter yang terkenal dalam film "Black Hawk Down" ini dapat mengangkut 11 tentara atau 6 tandu.

Helikopter Black Hawk dapat juga dipersenjatai dengan 2 x GAU-19 gatling senjata, 70 mm (2,75 in) Hydra 70 roket dan AGM-114 Hellfire laser yang dipandu rudal. Dengan mesin 2 x General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft, helikopter Black Hawk dapat melaju dengan kecepatan maksimum 159 kt (183 mph, 295 km/jam).

Sedangkan, CH-47 Chinook adalah sebuah helikopter Amerika bermesin ganda, tandem rotor dan heavy-lift buatan Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. Helikopter Chinook dapat memuat 3 kru dan 33 hingga 55 tentara.

Dari data yang didapat Liputan6.com, harga total kedua tipe helikopter Amerika Serikat itu berkisar Rp 3 triliun.

(Liputan 6)

15 April 2014

Indonesia Equips Frigates, Corvette with Stealth Radars

15 April 2014

Ahmad Yani-class frigates (photo : TNI AL)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will equip a total of four Ahmad Yani (Van Speijk)-class guided missile frigates and one Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvette with low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) naval radars.

The radars will be built by Indonesian naval sensor manufacturer PT Infra RCS, company officials told [i>IHS Jane's on 11 April.

The company describes its equipment, the IRCS LPI Radar, as a stealthy sea-based X-band (SBX) radar with frequency modulated continuous wave technology.

"It has a maximum power output of only 10 W, making it quiet and virtually invisible to radar warning receivers on enemy vessels", said Prihatno Susanto, Technical Advisor for the company. "This allows our warships to detect hostile surface combatants without being discovered".

IRCS electronic support measures (images : IRCS)

The IRCS LPI Radar has an effective range of 24 n miles and is equipped with tracking software known as Maritime Tracking Aid that allows for automatic radar plotting aid functionality. The system's antenna rotates at 20 rpm and has a gain of about 30dB.

The radar is available as a stand-alone system but can also be integrated with a vessel's electronic chart display and information system (IRCS) and combat management system.

The vessels now equipped with the radar are the guided missile frigates KRI Ahmad Yani and KRI Abdul Halim Perdanakusuma. Both began upgrade works in December 2013. Undergoing the equipment fixture currently are similar vessels in class KRI Yos Sudarso , KRI Oswald Siahaan and the Kapitan Pattimura-class corvette KRI Sultan Taha .

Besides LPI naval radars, the company has also won a contract to equip Oswald Siahaan and Yos Sudarso with naval electronic support measures (ESM) systems that can detect electromagnetic emissions from electronic devices on enemy ships such as radar, communications equipment, jammers and missile targeting systems.

"The IRCS ESM has electronic intelligence (ELINT) capabilities that can pick up signals emitted by hostile warships from up to 90 n miles away via a passive radar", said Susanto. "Once these electromagnetic emissions are detected, a computer software that comes with the system will be able to identify, classify and pin-point the exact location of the source for commanders to take action."

The company has indicated that it is currently embarking on an effort to market both systems internationally.