25 November 2015

F/A-18D TUDM Tampil dengan Skema Warna Baru

25 November 2015

F/A-18D Hornet TUDM dengan nomor bodi M45-06 (photo : Kamarul Azizi)

M45-06 dengan cat baru low visibility

F/A-18D Hornet yang mengikuti Eksesais Paradise 2/2015 dengan nomor bodi M45-06 tampil dengan cat baru Low Visibility Air Superiority Grey.

Kita dapat lihat Hornet Dash Six dengan cat baru. Sebelum ini ramai tertanya-tanya tentang Dash Seven yang warna berlainan dengan pesawat Hornet TUDM yang lain. Jadi rasmilah bahawa F/A-18D+ milik TUDM akan menggunakan warna tipe Air superiority grey sebagai tactical paint scheme dan bukan lagi experimental.

F/A-18D Hornet TUDM dengan nomor bodi 06 yang ambil bagian dalam eksesais terlihat bekas upgrade Blok 25 berupa tonjolan dan antena baru. (photo : Malaysian Defence)

Kemungkinan di masa hadapan lebih banyak F/A-18D+ Hornet TUDM akan dicat dengan warna low visibility Air superiority grey.

(Malaysia Military Power)

Tech Transfer, Budget Still Matter to KF-X

25 November 2015

KFX fighter (photo : gukjeknews)

Korea's tentative deal with Indonesia to share the costs of the KF-X project, reached Sunday, bodes well for the nation's indigenous fighter program.

The signing is expected to ease concerns over the feasibility of the 8.5 trillion won project that were raised after Seoul failed to receive four core technologies related to the F-35 stealth fighter from Lockheed Martin in April.

However, the transfer of the remaining 21 technologies from the U.S. defense giant and the budget issue still remain major obstacles to completing the project on time. The project is aimed at building new fighter aircraft by 2025 to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

Whether or not Lockheed Martin will hand over all of the remaining technologies to Seoul is cited as the biggest matter now. Company officials visited the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) last week to discuss and check on the progress of the U.S. government's inspection of the transfer.

The transfer of 25 technologies, including the four, was included in the offset deal in return for Korea's purchase of 40 F-35s, which was signed in September last year.

So far, DAPA has said the U.S. rejection of transferring the four, including the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, was anticipated from the beginning as the U.S. strictly prohibits their export for security reasons. But the agency stressed that it would be able to receive the remaining 21 with DAPA Minister Chang Myoung-jin telling reporters that Washington vowed to approve their export.

The state-run procurement agency, however, recently showed a subtle change from its position that the transfer of the 21 technologies, including a flight control system, was a done deal.

Spokesman Col. Kim Si-cheol said last week that it is a contractual obligation for Lockheed Martin to transfer technologies worth $1.41 billion.

"Although the company is changing the technologies to be handed over to Korea from the original list, they should be valued at the agreed upon amount," he said.

Some observers construed the remark as an indication that the list of technologies to be transferred could be changed after the U.S. government inspection.

Regarding the concerns, another DAPA official said, "It is difficult for now to surely say when the discussion of the technology transfer will be complete."

The budget issue is seen as another stumbling block that could deal a heavy blow to the project because an initial budget proposal for next year proposed by DAPA was cut by almost 100 billion won during discussions at the National Assembly.

DAPA had initially requested 161.8 billion won for the KF-X project next year, but the Ministry of Strategy and Finance cut it to 67 billion won in September, which was approved by the National Assembly Defense Committee at the end of last month.

Minister Chang said that if a budget bill approved by the Defense Committee is passed at the Assembly plenary session as it is, the project would be put two to three years behind schedule.


BAE, SAIC Named as Finalists in Marines ACV Competition

25 November 2015

 SAIC ACV, basic platform from STK Terrex-2 (photo : SAIC)

QUANTICO, Va. — BAE Systems and SAIC beat out three other manufacturers in a competition to build engineering and manufacturing development prototype vehicles for the Marine Corps' next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), which will ferry troops ashore and into battle, the service announced Tuesday.

BAE's contract is for $103.8 million, while SAIC's is for $121.5 million. Each company will build 16 eight-wheeled vehicles to be tested over the next two years to replace the Marine Corps' aging Vietnam-era amphibious assault vehicle. The service will then pick a winner in 2018 to deliver 204 vehicles by 2020.

The initial contract covers building 13 vehicles due to available funding and then the Marine Corps will exercise options to build three more vehicles.

The companies competing for contracts to build prototypes included Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems, SAIC and Michigan-based Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems.

According to John Garner, Advanced Amphibious Assault program manager, some "subfactors" established in the request for proposals played out in the service's decision. Being able to operate well in water and on land were equal to requirements to carry personnel, as well as protection, he said, "so the intent was to balance the capabilities."

But he added, "We did have individual emphasis areas that would give extra credit, so to speak, all the other things being equal, and those emphasis areas were weighted toward the amphibious capabilities of the vehicle because there were some very capable ground vehicles out there, but fundamentally this vehicle has to be an amphibious vehicle."

The ACV 1.1 armored personnel carrier has been a long time coming and "will yield a balanced combination of performance protection and payload all at an affordable price," William Taylor, the Marine Corps' Land Systems program executive officer, told reporters prior to the award today.

"After a very rigorous and thorough evaluation of competitor proposals, the Marine Corps will be awarding contracts to companies who clearly offer the best value selections for the Marine Corps."

BAE Systems ACV, basic platform from Iveco Superav (photo : John M. Doyle)

The winning companies will build the vehicles in 2016, and conduct "aggressive testing" in 2017 that will inform the Marine Corps development of requirements for its next iteration of the vehicle — ACV 1.2 — according to Col. Roger Turner, director of the Marine Corps' Capabilities Development Directorate. The Marine Corps will be able to refine what ACV 1.2 will look like and then "we will move out with the remainder of the program once we know what details of ACV 1.1 will yield," he added.

To analysts, the competition was wide open leading up to the downselect decision. Outwardly, the vehicles looked similar, and while there were differences all were expected to meet or surpass the Marine Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 requirements released in April. Each vehicle would seat at least 10 Marines and their combat loads, handle 2-foot waves and cost about $7.5 million each.

ACV 1.1. has been met with criticism because it will likely be a displacement hull vehicle, meaning it bobs through the water at a low speed. Critics argue that slow-moving vehicles that must travel 100 miles to shore over the course of a few hours could be sitting ducks for enemies that can lob shore-based missiles at them in the water.

But the Marine Corps believes it's taking the right path, saying its priority is to build wheeled vehicles that are well suited to move quickly across land, where the majority of missions will take place.

There are plans to later add capability to vehicles beyond ACV 1.1. While it has not set requirements for a later tranche of vehicles, the Corps could decide to improve the ability to transport more robust weapon stations, better sensors and communications equipment, and tackle the water speed issue in those later iterations.

Earlier attempts to replace the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) failed after immense cost and schedule overruns. Those efforts included the defunct Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program, in development since the 1980s, which could plane across water at a high rate of speed, but ultimately fell victim to budget cuts and program delays.

The initial tranche of vehicles will outfit six battalions with 200 ACVs by 2023 and modernize enough AAVs to equip another four battalions, giving the service the ability to put 10 battalions ashore during a forcible entry operation.

Later versions of the ACV will offer more robust capabilities, including more internal capacity and possibly even high water speed as the service once sought in the EFV.

See full article DefenseNews

First 2 'Golden Eagle' Fighters from Korea Arriving at Clark 27 Nov

25 November 2015

PAF F/A-50 aircraft (photo : pdff)

MANILA, Philippines -- The first two FA-50 “Golden Eagle” jet fighters from South Korea will be touching down at Clark airbase in Pampanga on Friday.

The Philippines has acquired 12 of the two-seater aircraft from Korean Aerospace Inc. for P18.9 billion as part of the military’s modernization program. All the fighters are expected to be delivered by 2017.

Philippine Air Force commander Lieutenant General Jeffrey Delgado will lead the welcome of the jets. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has also been invited.

Delgado earlier rode one of the fighters during test flights in South Korea.

The FA-50, an upgraded version of KAI’s supersonic T-50 advance trainer jet, is expected to boost the Air Force’s capability to patrol the country’s airspace. However, the jets that will be delivered are not yet combat-ready.

A missile project intended for the aircraft was among the “big ticket items” suspended after Armed Forces chief of staff General Hernando Irriberi assumed his post.

The jets would bring back PAF into the realm of supersonic although these are not yet combat-ready. But the aircrafts would be a big boost to air capability especially in patrolling the country’s airspace.

The Department of National Defense has also yet to decide on which long range surveillance radar system to purchase to fit with the new fighters.

PAF spokesman Colonel Enrico Canaya said the two arriving fighters will be piloted by Korean airmen and will touch down around 10 a.m. Friday.

The jets will undergo a technical inspection, including an “acceptance flight,” before being formally turned over to the Air Force, Canaya said.

He added that it would take “months” for the Air Force to train pilots for the new jets.


TNI Akan Beli Setengah Lusin Helikopter AW-101 VVIP Antipeluru

25 November 2015

Helikopter AW-101 (photo : kanal denoje)

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia -- Tentara Nasional Indonesia bakal merealisasikan pembelian helikopter untuk very very important person (VVIP) seperti yang telah tercantum dalam rencana strategi TNI Angkatan Udara periode 2015-2019.

“Dalam renstra 2015-2019, ada pembelian pesawat terbang jenis helikopter untuk VVIP. Bisa dipakai Presiden, Wakil Presiden, pejabat tinggi negara, atau tamu negara,” kata Kepala Dinas Penerangan TNI AU Marsekal Pertama Dwi Badarmanto kepada CNN Indonesia, Selasa (24/11).

Untuk tahap pertama, TNI akan membeli satu helikopter. “Sekarang sedang dalam proses. Tahun depan tiba. Tahap berikutnya kami beli dua, demikian seterusnya sampai total berjumlah enam helikopter hingga 2019 sesuai renstra,” ujar Dwi.

Pembelian helikopter disesuaikan dengan kemampuan anggaran pemerintah RI. Jika kemampuan meningkat, maka pembelian bisa saja bertambah.

“Fungsi dan peruntukan helikopter VVIP itu diatur TNI AU karena kami yang lebih tahu,” kata Dwi tanpa mau menyebut harga persis helikopter itu.

Helikopter VVIP yang dibeli TNI ialah AgustaWestland AW101. Ini helikopter angkut menengah antikapal selam yang dapat digunakan untuk kepentingan militer dan sipil.

AgustaWestland AW101 dikembangkan oleh perusahaan patungan Westland Helicopters asal Inggris dan Agusta asal Italia. Helikopter ini diproduksi untuk memenuhi kebutuhan alat utama sistem senjata Angkatan Laut modern.

“Helikopter ini jenis antipeluru karena untuk VVIP,” ujar Dwi.

Mantan Asisten Deputi Koordinator Strategi Politik Luar Negeri Kementerian Politik Hukum dan Keamanan itu menyatakan TNI AU perlu memodernisasi helikopter VVIP karena jenis yang lama, Super Puma, telah uzur.

“Super Puma milik TNI usianya sudah di atas 25 tahun sehingga perlu diganti. Jika tidak, kami mengesampingkan faktor keamanan,” kata Dwi.

Helikopter VVIP baru yang akan didatangkan TNI, AgustaWestland AW101, juga masuk radar Amerika Serikat sebagai calon Marine One atau helikopter kepresidenan AS.

(CNN Indonesia)

24 November 2015

New STARStreak Missiles Delivery to RTA from 2017

24 November 2015

STARStreak missile has been operated by RTA (photos : TAF)

Thales will start delivering the additional STARStreak missiles and Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) to the Royal Thai Army (RTA) from 2017.

Thales signed a multi-million pound contract with Thailand-based DataGate in September to supply the STARStreak air defence missile system. The contract follows on from Thailand's initial purchase of STARStreak in 2012.

"STARStreak High Velocity Missile (HVM) is designed to provide close air defence against conventional air threats such as fixed wing fighters and late unmasking helicopter targets. It is capable of being launched from lightweight land. sea and air platforms, from either automatic fire control systems such as RAPIDRanger or the STARStreak LML. STARStreak can therefore be deployed quickly into operations and is easy to integrate into a force structure" Dawn Ross, Communication Manager, Advanced Weapon Systems at Thales told Daily News.

"The system plays a key part in the air to protecting the Kingdom of Thailand," Ross added.

All the missiles ordered in 2012 were delivered to the RTA this year, Ross added.

"STARStreak is the leading VSHORAD system in the world today, enabling nations to protect key assets against both emerging and established threats. We are honored to continue to serve the Royal Thai Army as a key supplier for Thailand's advanced air defence capability."

Thales has previously exported weapons to the Indonesian government. In Malaysia this year, Thales signed a contract with Global Komited, a company within The Westar Group, to supply ForceSHIELD, the Thales integrated Advanced Air Defence system.

The purchase of ForceSHIELD will enable the Malaysian Armed Forces to replace and enhance the previously comisssioned Thales STARBurst missile system, which has been in service since the mid 1990s. 


SNAR 10 : The Artillery Radar System of the Vietnam

24 November 2015

SNAR10 artillery radar of the Vietnamese Army (photos : BaoDatViet)

In Vietnam Artillery Museum is currently showcasing a special photo radar reconnaissance system SNAR-10 very rare in Vietnam.

SNAR-10 is responsible for providing data on the location of the target fixed or mobile, said the impact of the enemy artillery as well as ensuring firepower to destroy.

SNAR-10 was discovered by sea targets and low flying helicopters. This complex is typically deployed near the infantry or artillery reconnaissance stations.

To determine the location and orientation of the target, SNAR-10 with integrated navigation system and topography device connected to the pulse doppler radar reconnaissance bidirectional wavelength 8 mm 1RL127 Big Fred put on the roof.

In pulse mode, Big Fred can not distinguish moving targets and fixed on a saturated field. To detect the object is moved, it must use Doppler mode.

1RL127 radar detection range of 300 meters to 50 kilometers from, with the motor vehicle can detect between 16 and 23 km.

SNAR-10 system is located on the chassis of armored caterpillar MT-LB multipurpose Vietnam taking very high gear, armor protection for the crew safety before personal weapons and artillery pieces.

The maximum operating range of the vehicle is 500 km, the maximum speed of 60 km / h on asphalt, 30 km / h on land lines and soft 6 km / h when wading.

In 2004, Russia undertook to upgrade combinations SNAR-10, SNAR-10M (1RL232-1M) with Credo-1E radar reconnaissance system and new digital electronics, signal processing help quickly and accurately than.

Slim recently appeared some information to know, Russia is asking Vietnam to upgrade radar reconnaissance system ground artillery SNAR-10 to SNAR-10M standards.