23 Januari 2015

F/A-50s Able to Do Autonomous Air Patrols

23 Januari 2015

KAI F/A-50 aircraft (photo : Korea Aero)

MANILA, (DWDD) — With its relative updated radar systems onboard, the soon-to-be commissioned F/A-50s “Fighting Eagle” is able to do autonomous air patrols without relying too much on ground based surveillance systems.

This was disclosed by Philippine Air Force (PAF)spokesperson Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya in a message to the PNA.

“(The F/A-50s) has its own onboard radar systems so it can detect (any hostile air threats) while on patrol,” he added.

Canaya declined to give the specifics of the F/A-50’s radar systems for security reasons but stressed that it is quite adequate for air patrol work.

Sources said this feature of the South Korean made jet fighter has greatly boosted the air defense capabilities of the PAF which was greatly reduced with the decommissioning of its Northrop F-5 “Tiger” jet fighter squadrons and Vought F-8 “Crusader” fleet, in 2005 and 1988, respectively.

This was done due to air frame aging and lack of spare parts to keep the two planes on operational status.

WIth the deactivation of its two premier supersonic jet fighters, the PAF was forced to convert the SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainers for an air defense role.

However, the S-211s are ill-suited for air defense work due to their slow speeds

The Department of National Defense earlier said that the radar systems onboard the F/A-50s is one of the many pluses why the Philippines opted to acquire 12 units of the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) made jet fighter over its many competitors.

The first two F/A-50s are expected to be delivered and commissioned by the last quarter of this year.

The Philippines has signed a Php18.9 billion with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the delivery of 12 F/A-50s.

And when questioned further, the DND official estimates that the two jets might be delivered within the third quarter of 2015.

The F/A-50 has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons.

The F/A-50 will act as the country’s interim fighter until the Philippines get enough experience of operating fast jet assets and money to fund the acquisition of more capable fighter aircraft.

The F/A-50 design is largely derived from the F-16 “Fighting Falcon”, and they have many similarities: use of a single engine, speed, size, cost, and the range of weapons.

KAI’s previous engineering experience in license-producing the KF-16 was a starting point for the development of the F/A-50.

The aircraft can carry two pilots in tandem seating. The high-mounted canopy developed by Hankuk Fiber is applied with stretched acrylic, providing the pilots with good visibility, and has been tested to offer the canopy with ballistic protection against four-pound objects impacting at 400 knots.

The altitude limit is 14,600 meters (48,000 feet), and airframe is designed to last 8,000 hours of service.

There are seven internal fuel tanks with capacity of 2,655 liters (701 US gallons), five in the fuselage and two in the wings.

An additional 1,710 liters (452 US gallons) of fuel can be carried in the three external fuel tanks.

Trainer variants have a paint scheme of white and red, and aerobatic variants white, black, and yellow.

The F/A-50 uses a single General Electric F404-102 turbofan engine license-produced by Samsung Techwin, upgraded with a full authority digital engine control system jointly developed by General Electric and Korean Aerospace Industries.

The engine consists of three-staged fans, seven axial stage arrangement, and an afterburner.

Its engine produces a maximum of 78.7 kN (17,700 lbf) of thrust with afterburner.


22 Januari 2015

PT PAL Mulai Garap Kapal Perang Pesanan FIlipina

22 Januari 2014

 Kapal SSV yang akan diproduksi PT Pal (photos : Kontan, Skyscrapercity, SuaraSurabaya)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) mulai memproduksi kapal perang pesanan Kementerian Pertahanan Filipina sebanyak dua unit Strategic Sealift Vessel-1 (SSV). PT PAL mendapatkan pesanan tersebut setelah melampaui seleksi lelang internasional yang ketat dan panjang.

Direktur Utama PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) M Firmansyah mengatakan, pesanan kapal dari Filipina ini merupakan sebuah prestasi dan juga tantangan bagi PT PAL. "Nilai investasi untuk kedua kapal perang ini mencapai senilai 90 juta dollar AS," kata Firmansyah saat pemotongan pelat pertama (First Steel Cutting) SSV, Kamis (22/1/2015) di Surabaya.

Kapal perang yang akan dibuat tersebut memiliki ukuran panjang mencapai 123 meter dan lebar 21,8 meter. Dengan ukuran tersebut, akan mampu mengangkut 121 kru kapal dan 500 prajurit. Kapal tersebut juga mampu mengangkut sebanyak empat tank, empat truk, satu mobile hospital, dua jeep, dan dua buah helikopter.

Kapal yang akan memiliki kecepatan maksimal 16 knot dengan mesin berkapasitas 2 x 2.920 kW itu akan mampu beroperasi hingga sebulan penuh di laut.

"Kapal ini dapat mengakomodasi kepentingan pemesan baik mengarungi samudra maupun perairan internasional, termasuk melakukan koordinasi baik dalam operasi militer dan nonmiliter," katanya.

Menko Bidang Kemaritiman, Indroyono Soesilo mengemukakan, SSV ini merupakan pengembangan atas desain dan teknologi dari kapal jenis Landing Platform Dock (LPD) yang telah diserahkan oleh PAL kepada TNI AL pada tahun 2011.

"Sebanyak dua unit LPD yang telah beroperasi adalah KRI Banda Aceh (593) dan kini aktif melakukan evaluasi korban pesawat AirAsia QZ8501. Ada pula KRI Banjarmasin (592) yang didemonstrasikan ke TNI AL Filipina serta membantu misi pembebasan pembajakan perompak di Somalia dan misi kebudayaan ke berbagai negara," katanya.


First Airbus A400M Airlifter for Malaysia Rolled Out of Paintshop

22 Januari 2014

Airbus A400M of the RMAF (photo : TUDM)

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Malaysian Air Force has now been painted in its new colours at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain. 

In the coming days the aircraft, known as MSN22, will perform its first ground tests and flights before delivery. 

RMAF pilots, maintenance engineers and technicians are already undergoing training at the Airbus Defence and Space International Training Centre in Seville, Spain. 


French Shipyard OCEA Launched the OSV 190 Offshore Survey Vessel for Indonesian Navy

22 Januari 2014

The first of two OSV 190 SC-WB built by OCEA for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) is launched in the water in France last month. (photo : OCEA)

In December 2014, OCEA, based in Les Sables d'Olonne on the Western coast of France, launched the first of two "OSV 190 SC-WB" Offshore Survey Vessels ordered by Indonesia for the navy (TNI-AL). OCEA won the contract among 9 bidders (3 from South Korea, 1 from Germany, 4 from France including OCEA and 1 from the Netherlands) following an international tender launched in 2011.

After analyzing the responses offered by each candidates, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense down-selected 3 companies to participate in the final negotiations: 2 from South Korea and OCEA, the only candidate to offer an aluminum vessel.

OCEA was selected as the winner of the tender and signed a contract with the Indonesian Navy on 1 August 2012. The contract includes the delivery of two vessels fully fitted for oceanographic and hydrographic research missions as well as associated logistical support.

The OCEA offer includes a funding agreement with France. Agreement between the banks and the French Ministry of Finance resulted in the keel laying of the first vessel in October 2013. The sister-ship will be launched in Q2 2015.

These ships are designed to study the waters and sea-bottom of the Indonesian archipelago and are therefore equipped with the most advanced technical and scientific equipment:
» An AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle by Kongsberg) capable of performing missions autonomously. 
» An ROV (remotely operated underwater robot by ECA) which is involved in specific tasks.
» An 8 meter hydrographic craft equipped for data gathering along the coast in shallow areas. Designed by OCEA the two craft (one for each vessel) will be made in Indonesia.
» Several integrated sensors (fitted below the keel at the bow) allow data recovering and analysis.

Integrated logistics support associated with the contract consist in:
» Technical Documentation for operation and maintenance.
» Crew Training: Technical and Scientific (40 sailors per ship).
» Maintenance training (16 people per ship).
» On site technical assistance.

OCEA's offer also included a specific formation: A Master's degree in hydrographic science for an Indonesian engineer at ENSTA in Brest (Engineering school specialized in science and technology of the sea).

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21 Januari 2015

Expert: China's J-10B Fighter Superior to Main Fighters of Neighbors

20 Januari 2015

Picture of the J-10B fighter of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) (photo : ChinaMil)

BEIJING (ChinaMil) -- Pictures showed that 14 J-10B fighters painted with the mark of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) were on the parking apron at the airport of the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co., Ltd. under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), meaning that this type of modified fighter will possibly be deployed to the aviation troops of the PLAAF, according to a recent report on the website of the Jane's Defense Weekly.

Zhang Zhaozhong, a military expert at the National Defense University (NDU), said in an interview with reporters from the China Central Television (CCTV) that the J-10B fighter is at least 30 percent better than the J-10A fighter in overall performance.

In addition, it possesses advantages as compared with the third-generation fighters of China’s neighboring countries and the 3.5-generation fighters deployed in the Asia Pacific Region by the U.S., namely the J-10B fighter possesses advantages and does not lag behind.

Zhang introduced that the medium-scale 3.5-generation J-10B fighter with a maximum take-off weight of 19 tons, a bomb load between 6 and 8 tons, a combat radius of about 1,000 kilometers and a flight speed between 1 and 1.5 mach, which is a modified model of the J-10A fighter, is equipped with an active phased-array radar and capable of carrying air-to-air missiles.

The lower nose of the J-10B fighter than that of the J-10A fighter allows pilots have a broader field of vision, and the active phased-array radar with a diameter of about one meter mounted inside the oblate nose part of the fighter, as well as the electronic jammer and searching and tracking device mounted outside the fighter cabin, greatly upgrade the fighter’s electronic information system performance, Zhang said.

In addition to the capability of carrying short-range dogfight ammunition, the J-10B fighter can carry medium-range interception missiles with a firing range of tens of kilometers, and at the same time, it is capable of attacking ground targets. Therefore, its combat effectiveness is upgraded with an overall performance improvement of over 30 percent as compared with that of the J-10A fighter, Zhang introduced.

Different from the previous radars which could only inactively receive signals, the active phased-array radar with the electronic scanning capability, installed on the J-10B fighter, is “just like 2,000 eyes equipped with telescopes in a one-square-meter radar area”, being conducive to seize the air space control, Zhang Zhaozhong analyzed.

Its medium-range interception missiles with a firing range between 70 and 80 kilometers can keep any enemy airplanes far away from its guarding area so as to protect its own safety. Moreover, this type of missile with the tracking and striking capability has a very high hit probability, namely, a target can rarely escape once being locked, Zhang disclosed.

The J-10A fighter is mainly used for territorial air defense, namely intercept and expel the planes which have invaded China’s territory. “While, the J-10B fighter, as a type of multi-purpose fighter, can not only undertake the territorial air defense tasks, but also carry out active attack,” Zhang analyzed.

As for the question if China-made engine is installed on the J-10B fighter, Zhang Zhaozhong said that it is possible for trail use of China-made “Taihang” engine on the J-10B fighter.

“Although the performance of the ‘Taihang’ engine is better than that of AF-31F engine imported from Russia, such factors as reliability and service life of the ‘Taihang’ engine have to be determined through many years’ trials. These are gaps which China should still spend a lot time to narrow,” Zhang said.

But, if the J-10B fighter goes into mass production in the future, it is sure that China’s independently developed engine should be installed on it, Zhang stressed.

Zhang Zhaozhong also expressed that although the current test flights of China’s J-20 stealth fighter are successful, it will take at least a decade to finish its final design and put it into mass production, and during the period before the J-20 is put to use, the J-10B fighter can make up for the shortcoming of the J-10A fighter, maintaining the combat power of the PLAAF effectively.

No doubt, the J-10B fighter possesses advantages over such fighters as the Su-30 and the F-15J imported by China’s neighboring countries including India and Japan, and it is even an advanced fighter and not lags behind as compared with the 3.5-generation fighters deployed in China’s neighboring areas by the U.S., added Zhang Zhaozhong.


G.A. Enhanced 10 pcs of R4A3 from Philippines Marines Corps

21 Januari 2015

PMC's riffles (all photos : GA)

The Government Arsenal's Small Arms Repair & Upgrading Plant enhanced 10 pcs Remington R4-A3 riffles from Philippines Marines Corps - Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 (MBLT5) which is still under evaluation. 

Each carbine was installed a Troy flip-up back-up iron sight (BUIS) and EOTECH optical sight.

(Government Arsenal)

20 Januari 2015

All The Weapons Australia's New F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Is Designed To Carry

20 Januari 2015

 F-35 JSF weapons (photo : Lockheed Martin)

The image above shows an F-35A at Edwards Air Force Base in California next to the F-35 systems development and demonstration weapons suite the aircraft is designed to carry.

According to Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter can carry more than 3,500 pounds of ordnance in low-observable (stealth) mode and over 18,000 pounds uncontested.

The Lightning II is conducting testing required for full weapons certification through a campaign that included validating 2B weapons software and successfully executing several weapons separation and engagement tests.

“Comprehensive flight test on the F-35A variant GAU-22 25mm gun system is scheduled to begin mid-year at Edwards AFB, Calif., and will include ground fire tests, muzzle calibration, flight test integration and in-flight operational tests,” Lockheed Martin said in a press release.

It continued: “The 25mm missionized gun pod carried externally, centerline mounted on the F-35B and F-35C also begins testing this year to meet US service’s desired schedule for full warfighting capability software known as 3F. The 3F software is currently planned for delivery with the Low Rate Initial Production nine (LRIP 9) US aircraft in 2017.”

Among the most recent tests there is the first separation test of a GBU-39 small-diameter bomb, a 250-pound precision-guided glide weapon (Oct. 21) and multiseparation test (Nov. 20); first external flutter tests flown with the AIM-132 Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) (Oct. 29) and Paveway IV missiles (Nov. 13); and the first supersonic-guided missile launch and the first JDAM release on target coordinates generated from the electro-optical targeting system (EOTS) (Nov. 18-25).

The photo and updated weapons integration status report come few weeks after a report said the F-35 would be unable to use its gun until 2019.

(Business Insider)