21 Juli 2017

Air Force Activates 5th Fighter Wing; Defense, Tactical, Mobility Commands

21 Juli 2017


5th Fighter Wing at Basa Air Base (photo : zamboanga)

The Philippine Air Force, on July 20, implemented a major reorganization amid the gradual arrival of its different types of aircraft and state-of-the-art equipment.

The Air Force activated the Air Defense Command (ADC) from Air Defense Wing (ADW) which was deactivated at the same event. The 5th Fighter Wing was also reactivated.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Air Divisions – also deactivated today – became Tactical Operations Wing under reactivated Tactical Operations Command (TOC). Moreover, the 600th, 560th, and 530th Air Base Wings were downgraded to Air Base Groups.

Air Mobility Command (AMC) which was also reactivated was put under the command and control of Air Force Commanding General, Lieutenant General Edgar R. Fallorina AFP.


PAF air bases (image : PAF)

“With the TOC, ADC, and AMC, we shall carry on performing our mission. We shall carry on being the JET Force for greater peace and security. We shall continue to demonstrate our collective resolve and political will to seek, keep, and sustain peace at all cost,” the Air Force commander said.

Lieutenant General Fallorina underscored that organizational changes and development are important considering the “prevailing strategic realities and operational requirements” of the Armed Forces.

Fallorina also vowed that changes will not affect the number of personnel and current air assets. ““For all intents and purposes, ang lahat ng pagbabago na ito are seen to fortify our JET FORCE strength and courage, and their projection, both for real application and deterrence,” he said.

(Update)

Radar Weibel Dipasang di Satrad 215 Congot, Kulonprogo

21 Juli 2017


Radar PSR dan SSR dari sitem radar Weibel akan berfungsi bersamaan dan aktif selama 24 jam. (all photos : Tifando ZK)

Perkuat Pertahanan Udara, TNI AU Pasang Radar dengan Radius 550 Km

KULONPROGO - TNI Angkatan Udara akan mengganti radar yang terpasang di Satradar TNI AU 215, Congot, Kabupaten Kulonprogo. Peralatan militer tersebut nantinya akan diganti dengan radar Weibel buatan Denmar untuk mendukung sistem pertahanan nasional. 

“Radar baru ini akan mampu menjelajah hingga 550 kilometer, setara Solo-Jakarta,” kata Komandan Satradar TNI AU 215 Congot, Mayor Lek Joko Dwi Maryanto, Kamis (20/7/2017).

Radar ini akan menjadi bagian dari alat utama sistem persenjataan (alutsista). Radar ini memiliki dua komponen besar yang terpisah, berupa primary surveillance radar (PSR) dan secondary surveillance radar (SSR).

"Radar ini sangat penting untuk mendukung tugas kita bidang Pertahanan Udara dan mengamankan perbatasan laut dan udara, mengingat di sebelah kita ada Australia,” ujarnya.



Radar ini akan mampu mendeteksi infiltirasi (pesawat dengan sengaja terbang melewati batas wilayah udara NKRI dengan mematikan transponder). PSR mampu menangkap dan mengidentifikasi target bergerak di wilayah udara tanpa transponder. Artinya bisa mendeteksi seluruh pesawat atau media yang terbang di udara dalam radius sekitar 300 kilometer. 

Sementara radar SSR, memantau media/wahana bergerak yang memakai transponder dengan radius sekitar 550 kilometer atau setara Solo-Jakarta. “Radar sudah dikirim dari Mako Kohanudnas Jakarta dengan pengawalan ketat TNI. Ini masih di perjalanan,” jelasnya. (SindoNews)

Pertama di Indonesia, Satradar 215 Congot Terima Alutsista Baru Buatan Denmark 

Temon,(kulonprogo.sorot.co)--Semenjak dioperasikan pertama kali pada tahun 1962, alat utama sistem pertahanan (alutsista) berupa radar milik Satuan Radar (Satradar) 215 Congot TNI AU belum pernah mendapatkan penggantian alat. Imbasnya, jarak pelacakan radar tersebut mengalami penurunan.



Pada awal difungsikan, radar tersebut mampu melacak keberadaan objek terbang di angkasa sepanjang 180 nautical mile atau sekitar 300 kilometer. Namun saat ini radar tersebut hanya mampu melacak dengan jarak sepanjang 90 nautical mile atau sekitar 150 kilometer.

Komandan Satradar 215 Congot TNI AU, Mayor Lek Joko Dwi Maryanto menyebutkan bahwa hari ini pihaknya akan mendapatkan alat radar baru sebagai pengganti alat radar yang lama.


“Hari ini kami kedatangan radar baru berjenis Weibel buatan Denmark. Harganya sekitar Rp 190 miliar," ucap Joko, Kamis (20/07/2017).



Radar baru buatan Denmark tersebut diantar melalu jalan darat Pantai Selatan Jawa (Pansela) menggunakan 4 kontainer terpisah dari Markas Besar TNI AU di Jakarta. Rencananya, siang ini radar baru tersebut akan tiba di markas Satradar 215 Congot beserta dengan para teknisi dari Denmark.

Joko menambahkan bahwa radar tersebut merupakan radar baru dan Satradar 215 Congot menjadi satuan TNI AU pertama yang dipercaya mengoperasikan radar tersebut. Rencananya, selain Satradar 215 Congot, alat radar serupa juga akan dipasang di Pangkalan Militer TNI AU, Kabupaten Natuna, Kepulauan Riau.

“Kebetulan ketika tahun 2014 saya ikut mengambil radar Weibel itu. Setelah saya ditugaskan di Congot melihat kondisi radar yang lama, kemudian saya mengusulkan pembaharuan radar ketika ada kunjungan KASAU 10 Juli lalu karena memang ada radar baru dan ada di Indonesia," sambung Joko. (Sorot)

20 Juli 2017

Third Australian F-35A on Production Line

20 Juli 2017


A35-002 (photo : Richard Sanchez)

Third F-35A Forges Ahead

Air Force’s third Australian F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (A35-003) is progressing along the production line in the United States (US). 

The program’s milestone coincided with a visit by Australian Ambassador to the US Mr Joe Hockey, who toured the Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth facility where the F-35A Joint Strike Fighters are being assembled. 

Meeting with Lockheed Martin representatives and Joint Strike Fighter Division’s US embedded staff, Mr Hockey was briefed on the achievements of the F-35 Program. He signed the bulkhead of the aircraft as it made its way down the assembly line at the Fort Worth facility. 

Head Joint Strike Fighter, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Leigh Gordon said the A35-003 was the first of the next batch of eight Australian F-35s currently in production in Fort Worth to begin the “mate” process, where major components of the aircraft were joined together to form the aircraft structure.


A35-001 (photo : ChrisK48)

“The aircraft will then make its way down the assembly line and through its check flights in preparation for delivery in early 2018,” AVM Gordon said. 

A35-003 is the first F-35 to be assembled for Australia since the delivery of the first two RAAF F-35A’s in 2014. 

“Like its two RAAF F-35A stablemates, A35-003 will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base Arizona in early 2018, where it will be used for F-35 pilot and maintainer training until permanently re-locating to Australia in 2020,” AVM Gordon said. 

AVM Gordon said as Australia was a strategic partner in the global F-35 Program it was delivering significant benefits to Australian industry. 

“As with every F-35 being produced, A35-003 includes components made by Australian companies, with more than $800m in production contracts so far.” 

“More than 50 Australian companies have directly shared in production work to date, with hundreds more Australian companies who are indirectly benefiting through supply chain work,” he said. 

“Australian industry will also be closely involved in sustaining the RAAF F-35As and providing through-life support services for the global fleet.” 

Defence estimates industry involvement in F-35 production is expected to reach $2 billion by 2023. 

(Aus DoD)

PH Completes Inspection of Raytheon for FA-50’s Air-to-Air Missiles

20 Juli 2017

FA-50PH (photo : Efrainnoel Morota)

The Philippine has completed post qualification inspections for Raytheon Missile Systems Co. last week in United States for Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) Aircraft Munitions Acquisition Project Lot 1.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, Raytheon is in the running to supply AIM-9L/I-1 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles for the Philippine Air Force’s FA-50 Fighting Eagle aircraft.

“If the results are positive, it won’t be long before a Notice of Award will be provided,” MaxDefense said.

MaxDefense added that air-to-air missiles being acquired are also for “future aircraft capable of carrying and firing the missiles.”

However, MaxDefense noted the decrease in Approved Budget for Contract (ABC) for the F/SA/LIFT Aircraft Munitions Acquisition Project Lot 1.


AIM-9L/I-1 missiles (photo : wiki)

It noted that ABC was decreased to PHP 1.016 billion for unspecified number of AIM-9L/I-1 missiles including associated accessories and support, from PHP 2.636 billion for 312 missiles.

“Budget decrease was also made as the PAF opted to increase the budget to acquire AGM-65G Maverick missiles (Lot 2) instead, diverting almost half the original ABC for F/SAA/LIFT Munitioms Lot 1 to Lot 2,” MaxDefense said.

AGM-65 Maverick is an air-to-ground tactical missile (AGM) designed for close air support.

F/SA/LIFT Aircraft Munitions Acquisition Project is divided into several Lots. Lots 3 and 4 are for Countermeasures and 20mm Ammunition, respectively.

(Update)

T-50i Akan Menjaga Keamanan Udara di NTT

20 Juli 2017


Pesawat latih tempur T-50i (photo : kristianto wibowo)

TNI AU Tambah Pesawat Tempur Perkuat Keamanan Udara di NTT

KUPANG, KOMPAS.com - Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Udara Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto mengatakan, pihaknya akan mendatangkan pesawat tempur T50 untuk menjaga keamanan wilayah Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

Penambahan pesawat tempur itu, sebut Hadi, mengingat lokasi wilayah NTT yang sangat strategis karena berbatasan dengan dua negara, yakni Timor Leste dan Australia.

"Dalam waktu dekat akan didatangkan pesawat tempur T50 dan tanggal 21 Juli ini sudah hadir di Kupang," kata Hadi, saat acara jamuan makan malam bersama gubernur NTT, Selasa (18/7/2017) malam.

“Terkait dengan pertahanan negara, NTT memiliki nilai yang sangat tinggi, oleh sebab itu kami hadir di sini dalam rangka menginventarisir kekuatan, khususnya kekuatan udara yang perlu ditingkatkan," sambungnya.

Selain itu, lanjut Hadi, pada rencana strategis tahap dua, pihaknya akan menambah sembilan buah pesawat Kasa.

Satu pesawat akan ditempatkan di bandara Lanud El Tari Kupang, sehingga kegiatan-kegiatan pemerintah daerah, kapolda NTT dan danrem Wira Sakti Kupang. Apabila ada permasalahan-permasalahan di luar Kupang segera bisa ditindaklanjuti dengan cepat.

Sementara itu, Gubernur NTT Frans Lebu Raya mengatakan, sebagai daerah kepulauan, dengan 1.192 pulaunya, Provinsi NTT memiliki wilayah seluas 247.000 kilometer (km) persegi, di mana luas daratan 47.000 km persegi dan 200.000 km persegi. Untuk menjangkau pulau-pulau itu, memang pihaknya tentu akan membutuhkan fasilitas yang lebih memadai.

"Bagaimana supaya kalau ada kejadian di Flores kami bisa sampai ke Flores, kalau ada kejadian di Sumba kami juga bisa segera tiba di sana dengan cepat," ucap Frans.

Frans pun meminta kepada KSAU agar terus membantu mendorong pembangunan Pos Lintas Batas Negara (PLBN) antara Kabupaten Kupang dan Oekusi (Timor Leste).

“Untuk perbatasan Oekusi dan Kabupaten Kupang sering terjadi masalah, namun untuk di Pos Motaain, Wini dan Motamasin hampir tidak ada masalah," tutup Frans.

(Kompas)

Russia, Malaysia Sign Agreement on Modernization of Malaysian MiG-29

20 Juli 2017


Russia and Malaysia have signed an agreement on the renovation and modernization of the Russia-produced MiG-29 fighter aircraft that form parts of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon on Wednesday. (photo : Peter Gronemann)

ZHUKOVSKIY (Moscow Region) (Sputnik) — The document was signed by Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) MiG Director General Ilya Tarasenko and Malaysian Air Force representative Mohamed Fadzar bin Sufad on the margins of the MAKS.

"The agreement confirms the extension of our contractual obligations for the Malaysian Air Forces on the operation of MiG-29 fighter jets. The RAC MiG will continue its cooperation with the Malaysian Air Forces and will provide technical support for these aircraft," Tarasenko said.

The MiG-29 supply contract was signed in Kuala Lumpur on June 7, 1994. The total contract value of 18 Russia-supplied aircraft was estimated at $560 billion. The MiG Corporation assumed the obligation to make the necessary adjustments and adapt the aircraft to Malaysian humid tropical climate. Malaysian MiG aircraft have come to be known as MiG-29N and MJG-29NUB, and formed Squadron 17 and Squadron 19 of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

(Sputnik)

Indonesia Completes Installation of SATCOM Systems Across LPDs and Surface Combatants

20 Juli 2017


The Indonesian Navy has equipped a number of its ships with SATCOM systems. Move will improve ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communications across the service (photo : Patrakom)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut) has completed the installation of Ku-band stabilised parabolic antennas with radar domes, and associated satellite communication (SATCOM) systems on four of its landing platform dock ships, and across the Diponegoro (SIGMA) and Bung Tomo classes of surface combatants.

According to information provided to Jane's by TNI-AL and industry sources, the installations were done between mid-2016 and early-2017 by PT Patra Telekomunikasi Indonesia, which is a subsidiary of majority state-owned Telkom Indonesia.

The SATCOM system allows the ships to receive and transmit of two-way data and voice traffic, which can be used for communication applications such as email, web browsing, and voice over internet protocol (VOIP).

Jane's understands that coverage for such services on the Ku-band are available at most of the maritime regions that the TNI-AL vessels are expected to operate in, although the band is more susceptible to rain fade than C-band systems.

The TNI-AL is expected to equip more of its ships with SATCOM systems, although no details on which vessels these may be are immediately available. This is in line with a wider effort by the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) to adopt more of such communication systems in the future.

The TNI currently relies on a satellite owned by Telkom Indonesia, for its satellite communication purposes. This satellite operates on both the Ku- and C-bands. There are also plans to further utilise a satellite owned by the People's Bank of Indonesia, known as BRIsat, which occupies the orbital slot of 150.5 degrees east longitude, once it is fully operational.

(Jane's)

19 Juli 2017

Ukroboronprom: Contract with Thailand for Supply of Oplot Tanks will be Executed in Full

19 Juli 2017


RTA Oplot MBT (photo : DTech Journal)

Ukraine will fully execute the contract signed in 2011 for the supply to Thailand of new Oplot-T tracked armored vehicles manufactured at Malyshev Plant (Kharkiv), Ukroboronprom state concern has stated.

“It (the contract) will be executed in accordance with all the agreements provided. The executor of this order and the manufacturer of Oplot tanks is Malyshev plant, which is part of the concern,” a press release from the state concern reads.

Ukroboronprom Director General Roman Romanov stated the state concern also has enough production capacity to fulfill the order for the deliveries of Oplot armored vehicles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“Ukroboronprom is able to produce the best Oplot tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the mass production of these vehicles is well established,” he said.

(KyivPost)

Australia Should Aim to Become Major Arms Exporter: Minister

19 Juli 2017


Pyne said by the end of the current contracts, Australia would have built 12 submarines, 12 offshore patrol vessels, nine frigates and 21 patrol vessels for the Pacific. He said current contracts are worth $200bn over a decade. (image : SMH)

CANBERRA (Xinhua) -- Australia needs to "reverse the current situation" and become one of the world's premier arms exporters, according to the nation's Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.

Speaking with local media on Sunday, the minister said that Australia must become self-sufficient in the way that it builds its defence capabilities, adding that creating an arms export industry would deliver self-sufficiency and build strategic relationships with ally nations in the Middle East.

Pyne said he would like to see Australia "design, build and export ships, vehicles, (and) missiles" with the 200 billion Australian dollars (152 billion U.S. dollars) the government has set aside for defence over the next decade.

"My ambition and the government's ambition is to reverse the current situation," Pyne told Fairfax Media, "There's absolutely no reason why we can't be as capable as Italy, Germany, France, Great Britain."

Currently, Australia is the world's sixth largest importer of defence goods, while it is the 20th largest exporter. Pyne said that within two decades, Australia should be exporting arms at similar levels to Germany, Britain and France, behind the United States and Russia as the world's largest defence hardware exporters.

Pyne said that creating a competitive arms industry would do wonders for the alliances which Australia holds with key Middle Eastern nations such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"Why wouldn't we want to cement our relationship with a country like the UAE, which shares many of our values in terms of the geopolitical issues that we face through things like defence exports?" Pyne said.

(Xinhua)

Satuan Elite TNI AL Latihan Terjun Payung

19 Juli 2017


Prajurit Yontaifib-1 Marinir melaksanakan latihan terjun Free Fall (photos : Marinir, Suryapagi)

Yontaifib-1 Marinir Laksanakan Terjun Free Fall

Dispen Kormar (Sidoarjo). Dalam rangka memelihara dan meningkatkan kemampuan serta profesionalisme,  prajurit Batalyon Intai Amfibi-1 Marinir (Yontaifib-1 Mar) melaksanakan latihan terjun Free Fall di Lanudal Juanda Sidoarjo, Jawa Timur, Selasa (18/07/2017).



Kegiatan latihan yang dipimpin langsung oleh Mayor Marinir Sandi Varikta, S.E. selaku Perwira Pelaksana Latihan (Palaklat) tersebut dilaksanakan sejak hari Senin (17/07/2017) diikuti sebanyak 50 peterjun menggunakan pesawat Cassa U-622 Skuadron 600 Puspenerbal dengan Drop Zone (DZ ) berada di shelter heli Ron 400.



Mayor Marinir Sandi Varikta, S.E selaku Perwira Pelaksana Latihan (Palaklat) mengatakan, latihan tersebut bertujuan untuk meningkatkan dan mengasah kemampuan prajurit Taifib-1 marinir sehingga mampu melaksanakan tugas-tugas khusus dengan infiltrasi melalui media udara baik itu dalam operasi amfibi, operasi darat atau operasi khusus lainnya. Selain itu, kegiatan tersebut juga dalam rangka persiapan pelaksanaan penerjunan pada Latihan Pendahuluan Demo Aksi Tempur Laut peringatan HUT TNI ke 72 dan sekaligus Demo Free Fall pada acara Bhakti Sosial di Pare Kediri.



Dalam kesempatan tersebut Mayor Marinir Sandi Varikta, S.E. mengarahkan dan menekankan kepada seluruh prajurit agar selalu siap dalam melaksanakan setiap kegiatan dengan tetap memperhatikan prosedur keamanan latihan (zero accident) serta serius dalam melaksanakan kegiatan latihan penerjunan guna menyongsong tugas-tugas kedepan. (Marinir)

Satkopaska Koarmabar Latihan Taktis Infiltrasi


Latihan terjun payung prajurit Kopaska TNI AL (photos : Koarmabar)

Jakarta, akuratnews.com – Satuan Koamando Pasukan Katak (Satkopaska) Komando Armada RI Kawasan Barat (Koarmabar) melaksanakan terjun payung di Komplek Satuan Koarmabar I Pondok Dayung dan Ciangsana, Gunung Putri Bogor Jawa Barat, Selasa (18/7).

Komandan Satuan Komando Pasukan Katak (Dansatkopaska) Koarmabar Kolonel Laut (P) Baroyo Eko Basuki mengatakan, bahwa latihan terjun payung penyegaran yang berlangsung selama dua hari ini merupakan latihan rutin bagi prajurit Satkopaska Armabar yang dilaksanakan dalam setiap Triwulan.



“Latihan terjun payung penyegaran ini dalam rangka menjaga dan meningkatkan keterampilan prajurit Satkopaska Koarmabar, untuk melaksanakan salah satu latihan taktis infiltrasi ke daerah musuh,” ungkap Dansat Kopaska Armabar.

Dalam latihan terjun payung kali ini prajurit Satkopaska melibatkan 125 prajuritnya. (AkuratNews)

US Scheduled to Deliver 2 ISR Aircraft in ‘Couple of Weeks’

19 Juli 2017


Cessna 208 Caravan in ISR configuration (photo : w54.biz)

United States envoy to the Philippines Ambassador Sung Kim said the US government will be providing 2 aircraft the the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) activities.

Ambassador Kim told Karen Davila in ANC’s Headstart July 18 edition that delivery will be “soon, in a couple of weeks.”

He said these aircraft are Cessna 208 which are fitted with “very useful ISR equipment”.

The US envoy noted that “everything we do is in essence under the Mutual Defense Treaty, this (US-PH alliance) is a strong alliance, we are partners, allies, and friends – and we help our friends and partners in time of need.”

“The Marawi situation is clearly a very difficult situation for the Philippines, so we’re going to do everything possible to support the AFP as it tries to secure the area,” he said.

He added that US will also help in rebuilding and rehabilitation of Marawi.

Cesna 208 aircraft for Philippines was first reported May 2016 when US government through its Defense Department has entered into couple of contracts that involve pseudo foreign military and foreign military sales to the Philippines. The contracts are with North American Surveillance System and L-3 Communications Corporation.

“North American Surveillance Systems, Titusville, Florida, has been awarded a $39,983,647 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract action. Contractor will provide modification and integration of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities into Cessna 208B aircraft, training, and field service representative support,” US Defense department said in a press release dated May 9, 2016.

“L-3 Communications Corp., doing business as Communication Systems West, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $14,185,927 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract action for Cessna 208B intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) program production of ISR capabilities and spares,” it added.

Works were expected to be completed September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2017 – with the US envoy’s statement delivery is ahead of expected delivery.

(Update)

18 Juli 2017

Russia Plans to Sign Deal on Malaysia’s MiG-29 Aircraft Upgrade at MAKS

18 Juli 2017


RMAF MiG-29N (photo : RA AZ)

ZHUKOVSKIY (Russia) (Sputnik) – The International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS is held in the town of Zhukovskiy in the Moscow Region from July 18-23.

"We plan to finalize such a serious process as modernization of Royal Malaysian Air Force’s MiG-29 jets. Today, [Malaysia's] Air Force Commander is here. We hope that everything will be successful," Shugaev said.

A total of 18 Russia-made MiG-29N fighter jets became part of Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF) fleet under a 1993 deal. On March 21, a representative of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak that Russia was ready to modernize Malaysia's MiG-29N fighter jets to MiG-29SM, and provide full repairs to this end.

(Sputnik)

Thai's T-50TH will be Equipped with ELTA Radars

18 Juli 2017

TA-50 Golden Eagle (photo : AirSourceMilitary)

Thailand to Buy T-50TH Aircraft with ELTA Radars

Thailand will acquire eight KAI T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers from South Korea. The aircraft will replace the Royal Thai Air Force’s fleet of 40 Aero Vodochody L-39ZA/ART Albatros.

Thailand’s military government has approved the acquisition of eight KAI T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers from South Korea, adding to four aircraft it acquired in 2015. 

The $258 million deal will be paid over a three-year period, according to Air Vice Marshal Pongsak Semachai. 

Designated T-50TH, the aircraft will replace the Royal Thai Air Force’s fleet of 40 Aero Vodochody L-39ZA/ART Albatros in the training and combat roles. The first four aircraft expected to be delivered by March 2018. 

According to specifications released by KAI, the T-50TH will be fully combat capable, being fitted with fire control radar – expected to be the ELTA EL/M-2032 – MIL-STD-1760 databus and will have provision for the Link 16 data link.

(Israel Defense)

Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Spotted Flying Over PH Airspace

18 Juli 2017


Hermes UAV flies over Luzon (photo : Pinoy Aviator)

An Israeli Elbit Systems Hermes 900 Kochav (Star) was spotted flying over an undisclosed Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle spotted flying over PH airspace in Luzon, Pinoy Aviators said in a post in its Facebook page July 15.

Hermes 900 is Elbit’s next-generation multi-role medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS). It is capable of performing missions for area dominance and persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance also known as ISTAR, Elbit said.

“Hermes 900 can also be utilized for ground support and maritime patrol missions, as well as for integrated multi-platform, multi-sensor operations,” Elbit said.

Hermes 900 UAV (photo : Elbit)

Elbit is actively participating in Philippine military’s modernization. It already delivered 24 upgraded armored personnel carriers and Elbit-Soltam M-71 155mm/39CAL Towed howitzers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana previously said that Second Horizon of the military’s Modernization Program will include fast crafts, drones and more helicopters.

“We have no confirmation yet from the Department of National Defense if the Philippines will close the deal for the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 MALE UAV,” Pinoy Aviators said.

(Update)

Airbus C295 Thailand Tour

18 Juli 2017


Airbus C295 MSA (photo : TAF)

Airbus put Thailand on its C295 world tour map by displaying the C295 MSA aircraft for Thai government to consider as they see the opportunity to break into the Thai market to replace the aging fleet of Do-228, Fokker F.27, and P-3T maritime surveillance aircraft. Airbus claim that it's more advanced avionic and mission flexibility make the C295 an ideal choice to replace those fleet.

The C295 on display to Thailand is the Brazilian Air Force Maritime surveillance version with surface search radar, EO/IR, as well as the medical compartment option to be installed on the MEDEVAC mission.

Thailand currently operate many types of Airbus' aircraft. A total of 12 C212s is in service with the Royal Thai Army and the Department of Royal Rainmaking of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative. Another 4 of CN235s is in service with the Royal Thai Police and recently RTA has taken delivery of this sole C295 transport aircraft.

(TAF)

Philippines Proposes 5.5% Defence Spending Increase

18 Juli 2017


The second horizon start in 2018 (photo : defenseph)

The Philippines government has proposed a 2018 defence budget of PHP145 billion (USD2.9 billion), a year-on-year increase of 5.5%, the Philippine Department of Budget and Management (DMB) announced on 15 July.

In its statement, the DMB said the increase in the 2018 defence budget, which amounts to 4% of total proposed government spending during the year, will ensure the internal security of the country and public order and safety in the communities.

A breakdown of the 2018 defence budget was not provided by the DMB but previous expenditures have provided the Philippine Army with about 43% of the expenditure, with the Philippine Navy and Air Force receiving about 16% and 14% respectively.

(Jane's)

17 Juli 2017

BPPT Siap Uji Pesawat Nirawak MALE Pada 2019

17 Juli 2017


UAV MALE (photo : Defense Studies)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) bersama dengan konsorsium siap menguji pesawat udara nirawak (PUNA) jenis Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) di 2019. 

"Ke depan yang MALE kita kembangkan. Itu bisa terbang dengan jangkauan lebih jauh, muatan lebih banyak, durasi terbang lebih lama bisa 24 jam, digunakan untuk surveillance (pengawasan) perbatasan karena sifatnya lebih ke arah untuk pertahanan dan keamanan," kata Deputi Bidang Teknologi Industri Rancang Bangun dan Rekayasa BPPT Wahyu Widodo Pandoe di Jakarta, Ahad.

Pembuatan prototipe untuk PUNA jenis ini, menurut dia, akan selesai pada 2018. 

Kepala Program Drone BPPT Joko Purwono mengatakan MALE akan sudah bisa diuji coba pada 2019. Kolaborasi pengerjaannya dilakukan BPPT dengan konsorisum yang di antaranya ada PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT LEN, Kementerian Pertahanan dan Keamanan hingga Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). 

Berbeda dengan pesawat udara nirawak yang lebih kecil yang dikembangkan BPPT seperti Alap-alap yang berbahan bakar bensin dengan oktan 98, menurut Joko, nantinya MALE yang berukuran lebih besar akan menggunakan avtur. 

Pesawat ini dikembangkan untuk mampu terbang selama 24 jam dan mencapai ketinggian hingga 30.000 kaki, dengan tidak hanya membawa kamera tetapi juga radar.


UAV Alap-alap (photo : UAV)

Sebelumnya BPPT telah mengembangkan beberapa jenis PUNA seperti Wulung dan Alap-alap PA-4 serta Alap-alap PA-5. Wulung yang dikembangkan untuk surveillance mampu terbang hingga radius 120 kilometer (km) selama empat jam nonstop dengan ketinggian jelajah hingga 8.000 kaki.

Sedangkan Alap-alap PA-4 yang pada Sabtu (15/7), mulai menjalani uji coba untuk memetaan jalur kereta api cepat Jakarta-Surabaya pada segmen Cirebon-Tegal sejauh 86 km sudah masuk Tahapan Kesiapan Teknologi (Technology Readiness Level/TRL) 8-9, yang artinya siap diproduksi. 

PUNA seberat 30 kilogram ini dilengkapi dengan kamera Sony Alpha6000 beresolusi 24 megapixels (6000x4000 pixels) seberat 344 gram dan lensa Sony E-Mount Lens 20 mm.

BPPT juga mengembangkan Alap-alap untuk fungsi yang sama yakni pengawasan. Uji coba terbang selama tujuh jam nonstop yang menjelajah wilayah seluas 635 km telah dilakukan di Pangandaran.

(Antara)

DPR Sepakat Tambah Anggaran Kemhan Lebih Dari Rp200 M

17 Juli 2017


Tambahan anggaran akan dipakai untuk membiayai kebutuhan operasi di perbatasan (photo : Hiu Kencana)

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia -- Komisi I Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR) sepakat menambah anggaran Kementerian Pertahanan lebih dari Rp200 miliar dalam Anggaran Pendapatan dan Belanja Negara Perubahan (APBN-P) 2017. Sebagian besar tambahan anggaran akan digunakan untuk kebutuhan pengembangan operasi TNI di kawasan perbatasan.

Anggota Komisi I DPR Fraksi NasDem Supiadin Aries Saputra mengatakan, penambahan anggaran itu diperlukan melihat dinamika keamanan global yang terjadi saat ini. Ia menilai, kualitas operasi militer di kawasan perbatasan perlu ditingkatkan.

"Tambahan anggaran sekitar 20 persenan karena dinamika. Fokus untuk BBM dan pengembangan operasi," ujar Supiadin usai RDP tertutup dengan Kemhan di Gedung DPR, Jakarta, Kamis (13/7).

Supiadin menuturkan, saat ini, kondisi perbatasan perlu mendapatkan perhatian, khususnya di kawasan perbatasan dengan Filipina. Keamanan kawasan tersebut terbilang rentan lantaran keberadaan kelompok simpatisan ISIS di kawasan Marawi, Filipina, yang tengah mencoba masuk ke Indonesia lewat jalur laut.

Lebih lanjut Supiadin menyampaikan, anggaran Kemhan tahun 2017 sebesar Rp108 triliun juga telah dilakukan penghematan lebih dari seratus miliar. Penghematan itu mengikuti instruksi Presiden Joko Widodo beberapa waktu lalu.

Secara khusus, Supiadin melanjutkan, penambahan anggaran juga akan dialokasikan untuk kebutuhan anggaran BBM bagi Alutsista yang dioperasikan. Pasalnya, TNI merasa kewalahan mengatasi kekurangan dana BBM ketika melaksanakan operasi.

Ia mencontohkan, pemerintah telah memotong anggaran BBM TNI AL sebesar Rp700 miliar dari total anggaran pos tersebut sebesar Rp2 triliun. Padahal, BBM sangat memengaruhi operasi yang dilakukan TNI AL di kawasan perbatasan.

"Setiap tahun, misal TNI AL mengajukan Rp2 triliun, tetapi yang didukung pemerintah hanya Rp1,3 triliun. Artinya, ngutang Rp700 miliar,” katanya.

Terkait masalah utang itu, Komisi I juga telah mendesak Kementerian Keuangan menghapus atau mengurangi beban utang tersebut. Hal itu dilakukan agar operasi TNI bisa berjalan efektif.

"Kami usulkan Kemkeu, kalau menambah utang terus, sementara untuk keperluan negara ya kenapa tidak dihapus saja. Jadi, kami usulkan utang itu dikurangi atau dihapus," terang Supiadin.

Terpisah, Panglima TNI Gatot Nurmatyo membenarkan kesepakatan penambahan anggaran bagi Kemhan, khususnya bagi TNI. Anggaran itu akan digunakan untuk membangun pangkalan militer di lima pulau terluar, yakni di pulau Saumlaki, Biak, Natuna, Marauke, dan Selaru.

"Anggaran yang diajukan Kemhan disetujui. Kami akan fokuskan pembangunan (pangakalan militer) di lima pulau terluar yang sangat strategis," imbuh Gatot di Gedung DPR, Jakarta.

Meski merasa cukup, Gatot berharap, ada peningkatan anggaran bagi TNI di tahun depan. Penambahan anggaran itu tetap akan fokus untuk membangun pangkalan militer dan penambahan alutsista.

(CNN)

Four T-50TH Set to Order in 2020

17 Juli 2017


The defence budge has risen every year since 2014 (image : Bangkok Post)

PM Defends B8.8bn Jet Trainer Splurge

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended his government's procurement of military hardware following criticism of the air force's plan to purchase another eight T-50 jet trainers worth 8.8 billion baht from South Korea. 

Gen Prayuth urged the public Tuesday to understand the air force is in need of new trainer jets to replace the ageing Czech-made L-39 aircraft which have been in service for more than 30 years, while noting that those who suspect any irregularities are welcome to look in to the programme.

"Please understand the government does not throw state money into just buying military hardware and weapons as some people claim. The government has approved agricultural sector budgets of 20-30 billion baht a week on average. Budgets for each sector are separate," he said. 

The first batch of four T-50 jet trainers will be deployed at Wing 4 in Nakhon Sawan's Takhli district. Six air force officers are undergoing training. A source said the air force is scheduled to sign a deal for the second batch in South Korea on July 29 with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

According to a source, maintenance costs of the ageing L-39 trainer jets have increased lately as their technology is obsolete.

See full article Bangkok Post

Drone Alap-alap PA4 Kejar Sertifikat IMAA

17 Juli 2017

UAV Ala-alap PA4 (photos : BPPT)

Masuk Industri, BPPT: Drone Alap-alap PA4 Diuji Coba Pemetaan

TEMPO.CO, Cirebon - Kepala Bidang Program Drone, Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) Joko Purwono, mengatakan drone alap-alap PA4 sudah layak untuk diproduksi dalam skala besar. “Untuk itu, BPPT telah bekerja sama dengan pihak swasta untuk memproduksi dalam skala besar,” kata Joko disela-sela misi uji coba pementaan udara jalur kereta api Cirebon-Tegal dengan menggunakan Puna alap-alap BPPT di Cirebon, Sabtu, 15 Juli 2017. Nantinya, spesifikasi drone tersebut tergantung dari pemesannya, termasuk jenis kameranya.

Pada 2018, BPPT akan mengajukan drone alap-alap PA4 agar mendapatkan sertifikat dari Indonesian Military Airworthiness Authority (IMAA). Sertifikat ini merupakan syarat agar drone buatan anak bangsa tersebut bisa digunakan militer Indonesia. Penggunaan untuk kalangan militer karena drone jenis ini selain bisa digunakan untuk mapping atau pemetaan juga bisa digunakan untuk surveillance atau pertahanan.

Untuk mapping, drone alap-alap PA4 dilengkapi dengan video dan kamera, sedangkan untuk surveillance, selain menggunakan kamera foto juga menggunakan gimbal video , dimana kamera bisa berputar hingga 360 derajat. Kamera video juga dapat melakukan zooming penguncian sasaran dan memotret sasaran untuk dijadikan sebagai bukti foto bila diperlukan.



Sementara itu Kepala BPPT, Unggul Priyanto, menjelaskan tujuan mapping tersebut untuk melakukan pengecekan data kereta api cepat Jakarta-Surabaya. “Berapa banyak perlintasan sebidangnya, berapa banyak lengkungannya, sisi kiri dan kanan apakah terlalu mepet dengan pemukiman penduduk, tanahnya masih benar atau tidak dan lainnya,” kata Unggul.

Nantinya hasil pemetaan ini bisa dibuatkan beberap opsi, yaitu tetap menggunakan track yang lama atau membuat yang baru. “Apakah track yang lama itu masih fleksibel untuk digunakan kereta cepat,” kata Unggul.

Selain itu, mapping kali ini juga untuk menguji seberapa jauh kemampuan mapping drone alap-alap PA4 tersebut. Drone tersebut juga mampu untuk pengawalan kebakaran hutan yang efektif. “Karena kalau menggunakan helikopter kan mahal,” katanya.

Seperti diketahui, sebelumnya BPPT telah berhasil menggelar uji coba pesawa udara nir awak (Puna) drone alap-alap PA4 di Pangandaran, Jawa Barat. Drone alap-alap tersebut mampu terbang selama 7 jam nonstop dengan total jarak jelajah 623 km. Drone alap-alap PA4 juga sangat efisien dalam membantu pengawasan kawasan hutan. dimana satu juga hektar bisa dipetakan hanya dalam 76 hari terbang. Keistimewaan lainnya, dalam pengoperasian, perawatan, mode penyelesaian masalah semuanya dikuasai oleh perekayasa BPPT.

(Tempo)

15 Juli 2017

PH Now Checking Super Tucano, Embraer Facilities for CAS Aircraft Acquisition

15 Juli 2017


A-29 Super Tucano (photo : Joshua Fuller)

“Post Qualification inspections on Embraer are now ongoing in Brazil after the aircraft manufacturer was declared the single lowest compliant bidder for the Philippine Air Force’s Close Air Support Aircraft acquisition under the Revised AFP Modernization Program Horizon 1 phase,” MaxDefense Philippines said in its social networking page.

MaxDefense added that being the only compliant bidder, Embraer should pass this process to avoid further delays in the project.


PAF OV-10 with Paveway smart bomb (photo : defenseph)

The said project, Close Air Support Aircraft Acquisition Project for the Philippine Air Force, already faced several delays in the past years.

“Embraer was determined as the lowest calculated bidder for the Close Air Support Project, but they still have to undergo and pass the post-qualification inspection to be awarded the contract,” the Department of National Defense (DND) told Update Philippines last month.


PAF OV-10 pilot with Paveway badge (photo : defenseph)

Post-qualification inspection includes the checking of manufacturer’s facilities and the aircraft offered which is the A-29 Super Tucano.

The said project will acquire six close air support aircraft to replace/complement the Air Force’s Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” turboprop attack planes.

(Update)