29 Agustus 2014

Lineup of 36 Aircraft on China's Liaoning Carrier Revealed

29 Agustus 2014

Liaoning aircraft carrier ship (photo : Xinhua)

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry four Z-18J airborne early warning (AEW) helicopters, six Z-18F anti-submarine helicopters, two Z-9C rescue helicopters, and 24 J-15 shipborne fighter jets, the Chinese-language Shanghai Morning Post reported on Aug. 28.

24 J-15 ship-borne fighter jets (photo : ChineseMilitaryReview)

Cao Dongwei, senior colonel and researcher at the People's Liberation Army Naval Research Institute, said the aircraft carrier could gain the upper hand in any potential battle for air or sea supremacy. The lineup may differ for various missions, however. The full lineup of 36 aircraft shows that the "PLA Navy's era of aircraft" has arrived, the report said.

Six Z-18F anti-submarine helicopters (photo : Janes)

On the tail of the Z-18F helicopter is the image of a sea eagle sprawling its talons, which suggests that the aircraft's mission is to seek out and attack enemy submarines, according to the paper. Cao said it is common practice to mark aircraft with physically tough and fierce animals to "show the spirit of bravery of the pilot and the craft itself."

The helicopter has a shipborne sea search radar that enables 360-degree detection and is equipped with dipping sonar and the report speculated that it can carry 32 sonobuoys.

Four Z-18J airborne early warning (AEW) helicopters (photo : yn66)

China is faced with a grave threat from the US, which owns the most advanced nuclear submarines, as well as Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force, the report said. Countries operating in the South China Sea, particularly those engaged in territorial disputes with China, have also been strengthening their naval forces, putting pressure on China, said the report.

The Z-9C helicopter's ZLC-1 radar can detect up to a range of 150 meters, while the Z-18F helicopter is equipped with four 7K anti-submarine torpedoes and four YJ-91 missiles.

Two Z-9C rescue helicopters (photo : militaryzone)

"In offshore combat, we are mainly faced with challenges to defensive military operations," said Cao. "We need to power up anti-submarine capability to prevent offshore detection from potential opponents and to prevent a mine blockade."

(WantChina Times)

Second Batch of Oplot MBT will be Delivered in October 2014

29 Agustus 2014

Second batch consist of five T-84 Oplot MBT will be delivered in October (photo : ukroboronprom)

Malyshev plant preparing to send tanks abroad

State enterprise "Malyshev Plant" (Kharkiv) is planning to send to Thailand in October a second batch of tanks "Oplot" told CEO Nikolai Belov. According to him, as part of the party - five tanks. Their production - in the final stages.

According to Belova, until the end of 2015 to complete the task of sending the "pillars" in Thailand (of the contract need to send 49 cars). "Some of the tanks have been welding, welded following housing being machined. Production process tanks is" - said Belov.

In September 2011, between the GC "Ukrspetsexport" and operational management of the Royal Thai Army was awarded a contract to supply 49 units of Thailand main battle tank "Oplot" and support vehicles production enterprise "Malyshev Plant". The total contract value substantially exceeds $ 200 million.

Royal Thai Army has received first five Oplot MBT (photo : thaidefense-news)

In November 2013 in Kharkiv representatives "Ukrspetsexport" and the Royal Thai Army signed an act of technical acceptance of the first batch of these tanks. February 4, 2014 the first batch of five tanks arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand to the port of Sattahip, where they were unloaded and sent to the place of acceptance tests.

"Oplot" is constructed in the GP "Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau" and is designed to defeat all kinds of fire ground (surface) and low-flying low-speed air targets under enemy fire enemy. The tank can be operated at ambient temperatures from -40 ° C to + 55 ° C and at an altitude of up to 3 thousand meters above sea level. The tank is armed with a gun BAF-3 (gauge - 125 mm) with a horizontal wedge semi-automatic breech, coaxial machine gun PKT (7.62 mm), and anti-aircraft guns rendered type (12.7 mm).


U.S. and Malaysia Conducts MALUS AMPHEX 2014 in Sabah

29 Agustus 2014

Malaysia-US Amphibious Exercise 2014 (all photos : MyJointForce)

U.S. and Malaysian and Armed Forces Kick Off Joint Exercise

KG TANDUO, Malaysia --Members of the United States and Malaysian armed forces came together to officially open Malaysia – United States Amphibious Exercise 2014 during an opening dinner at Kg Tanduo, Malaysia, Aug. 26.

The exercise, planned over the span of several months, is designed to improve participating forces’ amphibious training, readiness and interoperability.

Approximately 500 Marines and sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be partnered with members of the 7th and 22nd Royal Malay Regiments. A small number of planners from Amphibious Squadron Five and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready group will also be partnered with planners from the Malaysian Armed Forces.

Col. Matthew Trollinger, the 11th MEU’s commanding officer, urged participants to use the exercise as an opportunity to learn from each other and to work together.

“The U.S. and Malaysia have shared a longstanding military relationship and we are grateful to build upon that tradition over the next week,” said Trollinger.

Partnered training with the Malaysian Armed Forces includes shipboard familiarization, medical and dental capabilities, weapons familiarization, amphibious rehearsals with ship-to-shore connectors, live-fire ranges, rapid response planning process, execution of an amphibious assault and landing, and reconstitution.

The U.S. military and Malaysian Armed Forces have partnered in counter-terrorism operations since 1985 and have participated in numerous exercises over the years.

MALUS AMPHEX 14 is a realistic and challenging exercise that brings service members closer and improves both nations’ ability to work bilaterally, which better prepares both nations to provide regional and global security.

(US Marines)

28 Agustus 2014

Pilots, Crew of Armed AW-109s to Leave by Last Quarter of 2014 for Flight Training Abroad

28 Agustus 2014

Two armed AW-109 "Power" scheduled to be delivered by January 2015 (photo : militaryphotos)

MANILA (PNA) -- The pilots and crew of the two armed AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters, which are scheduled to be delivered by January 2015, will leave for their flight training in Italy by the last quarter of 2014.

This was revealed by Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo in a message to the Philippines News Agency Tuesday evening.

"The pilots (and the aircrew) will leave for their training by the last quarter of the year (2014)," she said.

Training will take place at AgustaWestland facility at Cesto Calende, Italy.

The two armed AW-109s are part of the five helicopters contract from AgustaWestland inked by the Department of National Defense (DND) last year. The contract is worth Php 1.33 billion.

Three of the planes were delivered on Dec. 8 and commissioned on Dec. 20 last year.

The AW-109 is a three-ton class, eight-seat helicopter powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines.

The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles.

The aircraft’s safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.

The AW-109 has established itself as the world’s best selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions.

Its superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost-effective maritime helicopter in its class.

For shipboard operations, the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures.

The ability to operate from small ships in high sea state enables the AW-109 to perform its mission when many other helicopters would be confined to the ship’s hangar.

Over 550 AW-109 "Power" and AW-109 light utility helicopters have been ordered for commercial, parapublic and military applications by customers in almost 50 countries. 


LADS Flight Impresses

28 Agustus 2014

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) flight team of the Australian Hydrographic Service with Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, CSC, RAN during his visit to Cairns (photo : RAN, fugrolads)

Taking hydrography to the sky is the unique task of the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) flight is and one of the lesser known capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy's Australian Hydrographic Service.

The Navy's hydrographic fleet is most visible through the fleet of two Hydrographic Survey ships and four Survey Motor Launches, but looking upwards you may see the LADS Flight, which surveys large parts of the ocean to depths of up to 70 metres, using a specially modified de Havilland Dash 8 – 200 aircraft.

Commander of the Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, CSC, visited the team at their home base at Cairns as part of the unit’s operational airworthiness audit. His visit coincided with a six and a half hour sortie surveying an area north of the Whitsundays, for which he embarked, and a period of training encompassing Aviation Medicine, Aviation Risk Management and Crew Resource Management.

“I was very impressed with the professionalism of the civilian flight crew and the Navy Hydrographic crew who operated the flight,” Commodore Di Pietro said.

“The LADS Flight was one of the first of its type in the world and provides the Navy with an important capability, giving us both a tactical advantage in navigation as well as providing a valuable service to the commercial maritime industry.”

Commanding Officer of the LADS Flight, Lieutenant Commander David Sowter, was pleased with the result of the audit.

“Achieving operational audit requirements is a key milestone, and to do so while showcasing our capability to the head of Naval Aviation is doubly pleasing,” Lieutenant Commander Sowter said.

The LADS Flight flies more than 140 sorties per year, including forward deployed operations from all parts of Australia and overseas such as Mackay, Cocos island, Papua New Guinea and Broome (where they are currently based for six weeks).


Menhan: Kebutuhan Alutsista Perairan Indonesia 48 Kapal

28 Agustus 2014

Kanon utama KCR-60 nantinya akan diganti menjadi kaliber 57mm, selain itu kapal dengan sea state level 6 ini akan dilengkapi dengan auxiliary gun 20 mm, peluncur rudal SSM dan decoy launcher  (photo : Viva)

Surabaya (Antara Jatim) - Menteri Pertahanan, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, mengemukakan, kebutuhan ideal alutsista untuk memperkuat keamanan di perairan Indonesia sesuai rencana strategis mencapai 48 unit kapal.

"Dari puluhan kapal itu sebanyak 16 unit berupa kapal cepat rudal (KCR) 60 meter, 16 unit KCR 40 meter, dan 16 unit kapal patroli cepat," kata Purnomo Yusgiantoro, ditemui usai menerima kapal pesanan kedua TNI AL, KCR 60 M dengan nama KRI Tombak-629, di PT PAL Indonesia, di Surabaya, Rabu.

Mengenai pembangunan 16 unit KCR tersebut, ungkap dia, membutuhkan waktu yang tidak sedikit. Apalagi, sampai sekarang kapasitas produksi di PT PAL Indonesia masih mencapai tiga unit kapal per tahun.

"Total KCR yang kami pesan tergolong multi role karena dipersenjatai dengan rudal, meriam, dan software yang bisa digunakan untuk perang elektronik," ujarnya.

Sementara, menurut dia, desain kapal yang dilengkapi sistem multi role itu diyakini mampu bertempur dengan mengantisipasi serangan udara, laut, maupun darat.

"Bahkan terhadap perang walfare sekalipun," katanya.

Pada kesempatan serupa, KSAL Laksamana Marsetyo, menambahkan, pembangunan KCR 60 meter akan diserahkan ke PT PAL Indonesia sebagai Lead Integrator. Sementara, untuk KCR 40 meter nantinya akan dibangun di galangan kapal di Batam.(*)


Honeywell HUMS Selected by the Republic of Singapore for its CH-47 Fleet

28 Agustus 2014

Singapore operates 16 CH-47SDs for heliborne infantry and 17 AH-64Ds for attack helicopter (photo : Sing Mindef)

SINGAPORE — Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has been selected to supply Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) to the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) CH-47SD Chinook helicopters.

“Our HUMS technology will provide RSAF operators with information that’s needed to keep their fleet safe and efficient,” said Mark Burgess, senior director, Defense and Space, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “The operational efficiencies of this technology will increase aircraft safety and availability, while reducing maintenance man-hours and parts cost for the military branch.”

The installation of HUMS on the CH-47SD Chinook helicopters is expected to:
-Reduce unscheduled maintenance
-Increase operational readiness and aircraft availability
-Reduce maintenance flight hours
-Between 2007 and 2008, a similar installation of HUMS on 71 CH-47 Chinook helicopters enabled the U.S. Army to drastically reduce the total man-hours required for maintenance.

HUMS offers analytical tools to assess an aircraft’s condition by loading the data into the ground-based station, without a need for the original equipment manufacturer’s on-site technicians. Additionally, since this technology has a low install-time – it will minimize the impact on operational readiness and downtime during the fielding process.

This is the second time Honeywell has been selected by the RSAF to provide solutions for its operations. Currently, Honeywell’s HUMS is fielded on the RSAF’s AH-64D Apache fleet with the same logistics infrastructure as the Chinook. Training efficiencies are optimized due to RSAF engineers’ existing experience with the AH-64D system.

About Honeywell HUMS

HUMS is a sensor-based monitoring system that enables preventative maintenance by measuring the health and performance of mission-critical components. By continuously monitoring aircraft flight data and vibration at numerous points throughout the drivetrain and pinpointing mechanical faults before they become catastrophic failures, HUMS provides helicopter operators with actionable information that enables them to anticipate mechanical failures and make anticipatory maintenance decisions, before the issues arise.