22 Oktober 2016

Budget 2017: RM15.1 Billion For Mindef

22 Oktober 2016

Av8 Gempita with Denel turret LCT 30 (photo : MMP)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Defence Ministry (Mindef) has been allocated RM15.1 billion under the 2017 Budget to boost the level of security and defence of the country.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling the budget in Dewan Rakyat today said from the allocation, RM1.8 billion was for the maintenance of major assets such as aircraft, patrol vessels, communication equipment, buildings and weaponry.

"RM1.3 billion is allocated, among others for communication devices, ration and uniform. The Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) will also be equipped with patrol vessels and 8x8 armoured vehicles," he said adding that the government would not compromise on the question of security and public order.

The Defence expenditure for 2017 compared to previous years.(image : Malaysian Defence)

Najib who is also the Finance Minister, announced a Special Insurgency Incentive Payment of RM55 million to ATM veterans who have yet to receive their special incentive.

"Veterans who were disabled during their service are eligible for this incentive. For example, a corporal who lost 80 per cent of his ability during his service is eligible for the bulk incentive of RM34,000 and a monthly incentive of RM590 subject to current calculation," he said and added that the new incentive was in addition to the existing Disability Pension.

Apart from that, the Prime Minister said to enhance the effectiveness of Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), a sum of RM323 million was allocated for personnel deployment in the zone.

AV-8 from rear view (photo : cari)

Najib also announced that the government would be creating a Sea Basing and a Helicopter Forward Operating Base on the waters of east coast Sabah.

"The government will also deploy AV8 GEMPITA 8x8 and 4x4 armoured vehicles in Labuan as well as Hawk fighter jets and Eurocopter EC-725 helicopter squadron at the Labuan Air Base," he said.

The Prime Minister said ATM would also implement the Jiwa Murni Programme with an allocation of RM114 million to build and upgrade roads in the interiors of Sarawak.

The Armed Forces School Ferry services which caters for 15,000 ATM children will be continued nationwide, said Najib.


Russia is Studying the Possibility Supply of "Varshavyanka" Submarines to Indonesia

22 Oktober 2016
Kilo Project 636-M/636.3 Varshavyanka (photos : RIA, VPK)

MOSCOW -. RIA Novosti Russia is considering the possibility of supply of non-nuclear submarines of Project 636 "Varshavyanka" for Indonesia, told RIA Novosti on Thursday, the deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Anatoly Punchuk.

"The Asia-Pacific region are showing a steady interest in diesel submarines of Project 636 "Varshavyanka". The ability to supply these boats are currently being worked with the Indonesian side." - Punchuk said.

According to him, with partners conducted additional negotiations, during which discussed the technical details of cooperation.

Submarine project "Varshavyanka" refers to the third generation, have a displacement of 3.950 tons, submerged speed of 20 knots, dive depth of 300 meters, the crew of 52 people. In the modified boats 636 project above the combat effectiveness. 

Their armed with torpedoes caliber 533 millimeter (six units), mines, shock missile system "Kalibr". They can detect a target at a distance of three to four times greater than the one where they can detect the enemy. For these stealth submarine got in the NATO name "black hole".

(RIA Novosti)

All Six Collins Submarines would Serviceable in Four Years

22 Oktober 2016

Collins class submarine (photo : techport)

Subs 'mediocre to excellent' in four years

From the dark days when the Navy was hard-pressed to sustain a single operational Collins submarine, it's now able to keep two and often three at sea while others undergo maintenance.

In the latest report card on Collins sustainment, UK submarine expert John Coles said few would have predicted the performance of the six Collins subs would graduate from mediocre to excellent in less than four years at almost level funding.

"If there were unit citation medals to be awarded, the Submarine Enterprise would surely qualify," he said in the report.

Collins availability would have been even better if not for a fire aboard HMAS Waller in February 2014. The sub didn't rejoin the fleet until mid-2016.

The latest review found two submarines were available for operations more than 90 per cent of the time, three for more than 50 per cent and four occasionally since January 2014.

Now that HMAS Farncomb has completed full-cycle docking - two years of top to bottom maintenance - four boat availability is expected to increase.

Previously full cycle docking took three to four years and was conducted every eight years. Now that's done for two years every 10 years.

In the 2012 review, Mr Coles compared Collins maintenance against international benchmarks for diesel electric submarines, finding Collins was wanting in key areas.

Now it's approaching or exceeding those benchmarks. Days lost due to defects is now a quarter what it was while maintenance overrun days is a fifth.

Submarine availability days are now more than 85 per cent of the international benchmark, up from 56 per cent.

Mr Coles said Collins availability should reach or better the international benchmark in the next 12 months.

"For the Submarine Enterprise to reach this level of performance is a significant achievement that has not received the attention that it merits," he said.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said submarines played a key part in national security.

"Improvements to the availability and reliability of the Collins Class submarines means that they can spend more days at sea conducting exercises and operations that directly contribute to our strategic defence capability," she said in a statement.


Royal Malaysian Navy Selects Terma SCANTER Radar for LEKIU-class Frigates

22 Oktober 2016

Lekiu class frigate (photo : chosun)

Euronaval, Paris – The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has selected the Terma SCANTER 6000 radar as their combined navigation and helicopter control radar for their two Lekiu-class frigates mid-life modernization and service life extension.

According to Jesper Tolstrup, Director, Radar Applications, Terma, the high-resolution SCANTER 6000 radar will enable the frigates to detect and track small targets – from the horizon all the way up to the ship itself – on the surface and in low-level air space, and in all weather conditions.

“In addition to surveillance and navigation, the radar is very capable for controlling helicopters. This is especially important aboard aircraft that do not have their own radar, allowing for the approach and landing on the ship or at remote locations, and do so safely in darkness, poor visibility, or bad sea conditions,” Tolstrup said.

“The SCANTER 6000 will also provide a data feed to the BAE System Nautis combat system on the frigates,” Tolstrup said.

Scanter 6000 radar antenna (photo : Terma)

The SCANTER 6000 is very versatile, and its capabilities for controlling aircraft increase tactical options and safety. It is useful for threat detection and conducting search and rescue.

The two 2,270 ton LEKIU-class frigates were commissioned in 1999 and are now undergoing a mid-life modernization and service life extension.  The radar is being be integrated with the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Vision Master automatic radar plotting aid (ARPA) display system.

The RMN has also selected the SCANTER 6000 for its two new Multi-Purpose Common Support Ships (MPCSS). “It is a similar installation to the frigates with the ARPA display and radar”, Tolstrup said.

Malaysia has 4,765 km off coastline. Along with neighboring Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysia sits astride the Malacca Straits, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The RMN operates in an “extreme littoral” environment, marked by varied environmental conditions, heavy traffic volume, and short reaction times.


21 Oktober 2016

TNI AD Rencana Tambah 2 LCU Pengangkut Leopard

21 Oktober 2016

Landing Craft Ulility (LCU) 1200 DWT ADRI-L pengangkut tank Leopard (photos : Kompas, Detik)

Perkenalkan Kapal ADRI-L Milik TNI AD, Spesialis Pengangkut Tank Leopard

Jakarta - Batalyon Perbekalan Angkutan-4/Air TNI AD memperkenalkan Kapal ADRI-L sebagai salah satu Alat Utama Sistem Pertahanan (Alutsista) air milik TNI AD. Kapal tersebut akan digunakan untuk memberangkatkan Tank Leopard dalam rangka latihan antar kecabangan (Latancab) 2016 di Kepulauan Natuna.

"Kapal ini diterima Kasad dari rekanan pada 28 Juli 2016 dan langsung diserahkan kepada kami untuk pengoperasian. Sebelumnya kami sudah melepas 16 Tank Leopard ke Natuna dengan 4 Kapal ADRI lainnya, hari ini secara simbolis melepas 3 tank Leopard, dan rencana berangkat pada hari Minggu besok menggunakan kapal ADRI-L," kata Danyon Bekang-4/Air, Letkol Cba Atjep Mihardja Soma di Markas Yonbekang-4/Air, Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok, Jakarta Utara, Jumat, (21/10/2016).

Nama ADRI sendiri merupakan singkatan dari Angkatan Darat Republik Indonesia, sementara 'L' adalah lambang angka 50 dalam Romawi. Sehingga kapal tersebut dibaca ADRI-Limapuluh. Kapal ini memiliki besar 1200 DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage) atau jumlah bobot yang dapat ditampung oleh kapal untuk membuat kapal terbenam sampai batas yang diizinkan. Kapal ADRI-L dapat menampung hingga 6 unit tank Leopard dan 1 unit transporter dalam satu kali pelayaran.

"Seperti Kapal ADRI lainnya, nantinya kapal ini lebih dominan digunakan untuk menggeser bekal materil yang dimiliki AD dari Mabesad ke daerah yang secara rutin setiap triwulan dalam rangka pembinaan satuan di jajaran TNI AD," lanjut Atjep.

Atjep berharap dengan adanya Alutsista air dapat mengoptimalkan tercapainya tugas dan fungsi angkutan air. Hal itu guna memenuhi lima aspek penyelenggaraan angkutan AD.

"Lima aspek itu adalah tepat waktu, tepat jumlah, tepat mutu, tepat tempat, dan tepat sasaran," kata dia.

Armada Kapal ADRI yang dimiliki oleh Satuan Yonbekang-4/Air berjumlah 12 unit. Yakni 1 unit Kapal ADRI 1200 DWT, 3 unit Kapal ADRI 1000 DWT, 2 unit Kapal ADRI 500 DWT, 3 unit Kapal ADRI 300 DWT, dan 3 unit Kapal ADRI 150 DWT.

"Rencana tahun ini akan dibuat lagi 2 unit Kapal ADRI 1500 DWT yang memiliki kemampuan mengangkut 8 Tank Leopard dan 1 helikopter. Diharapkan sudah dapat beroperasi pada tahun 2018," tutup Atjep. (Detik)

Pemuatan tank Leopard ke kapal ADRI-L (photo : wartakepri, viva)

Dua Tahun Lagi, TNI AD Punya Kapal Pengangkut 2.000 DWT

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Komandan Batalyon Pembekalan dan Angkutan (Yonbekang)-4/Air TNI AD Atjeb Miharja Soma mengatakan bahwa pihaknya sedang mengkaji kebutuhan alat-alat guna mendukung tugas TNI AD dalam memindahkan peralatan perang serta pasukanya.

Saat ini, Yonbekang-4/Air memiliki 12 kapal ADRI dengan berbagai ukuran deadweight tonnage (DWT) atau jumlah bobot/berat yang dapat ditampung oleh kapal untuk membuat kapal terbenam sampai batas yang diizinkan dinyatakan dalam long ton atau metrik ton.

"Kapal kapasitas daya angkut 150 DWT ada tiga, 300 DWT juga ada tiga, 500 DWT ada dua, kemudian 1.000 DWT ada tiga, dan 1.200 DWT ada satu yakni ADRI-L (50). Ini beroperasi semua," ujar Atjeb di Markas Yonbekang, Tanjung Priok, Jakarta Utara, Jumat (21/10/2016).

Ia menjelaskan, kapal berdaya angkut 1.200 DWT mampu mengangkut enam tank Leopard serta satu transporter atau alat angkut tank Leopard itu sendiri.

Ia mengatakan, saat ini sedang berjalan proses tender penambahan kapal ADRI berdaya angkut 1500 DWT.

Kapal besar tersebut mampu menampung delapan tank Leopard, serta satu helikopter.

"Diharapkan 2018 sudah beroperasi. Itu sedang dibuat, ya sekarang sedang dalam program, dalam proses tender," kata dia.

Lebih jauh ke depan, lanjut dia, diharapkan Yonbekang juga memiliki kapal dengan kapasitas daya 2000 DWT.

Dengan kapasitas sebesar itu, maka pengangkutan juga lebih efisien karena mampu mengangkut sejumlah alat-alat perang serta pasukan sebanyak satu batalyon atau sekira 700 sampai 1.000 personel. "

Penggunaan ini selama ini kami juga membantu dalam kegiatan kemanusiaan seperti waktu bencana alam tsunami di Aceh. Kami mengoperasionalkan kapal ADRI ke sana untuk membantu pelaksanaan evakuasi di sana dan kemudian untuk mendorong logistik-logistik ke pelosok-pelosok," ujar dia.

Yonbekang merupakan Batalion yang diresmikan pada 24 Mei 1950. Dahulu satuan ini bernama Kesatuan Angkutan Tentara (KAT). Yonbekang memiliki peran penting dalam pendistribusian pasukan dan alutsista TNI AD ke berbagai tempat.

Salah satu prestasi yang ditorehkan Yonbekang, yakni ketika ikut terlibat dalam Komando Mandala Pembebasan Irian Barat pada 1961-1962. (Kompas)

SAAB : Our Gripen Proposal is Comprehensive Flexible

21 Okober 2016

Gripen C and Meteor missile (image : Saab) 

Dan Enstedt, President and CEO, Saab Asia Pacific, talks about Saab’s activities in Indonesia, the Gripen proposal and how it can be a partner in meeting Indonesia’s defence needs.

Can you brief us on Saab’s activities in Indonesia?

We have always had a strong product presence across the region stretching from Korea to India. Our products have found favour with most countries in South East Asia and have stood the test of time. The Indonesian armed forces have been customers for RBS 70 and Giraffe radars for many years, for example, and we see a lot of potential here across several areas in the future.

Indonesia faces fairly unique challenges ranging from the task of securing such a huge island nation to being the guardian of some of the world’s most sensitive sea routes. There are threats from pirates, illegal fishing, logging and other illicit traffic. All require affordable, high quality surveillance systems that deliver results. For Indonesia, it is not merely a question of adding up the numbers required to police such a vast and complex land and ocean terrain. It is a question of how assets multiply capability through technology.

For example, datalinking between land, air and sea synchronises information quickly and allows you to deploy the best and fastest solution. Saab excels in such solutions which is one reason why the Indonesia defence forces take so much interest in our products.

Something else that is relevant to Indonesia is how Saab and Sweden created technology that was independent of the large powers, due to our unique political stance during the Cold War. Today, we see many parallels with Indonesia which straddles an area that is of interest to virtually all the super powers – all of whom are strongly present in the immediate vicinity. With Indonesia committed to creating a strong, independent domestic defence industry, Saab sees itself a perfect partner that can enable creation of a domestic defence industry due to our philosophy of industrial cooperation.

Gripen E could carry precision-guided glide bomb (photo : Saab)

How does the Gripen meet the future requirements of Indonesian Air Force?

The Indonesian Air Force polices a very large area that includes more than 17,000 islands stretching over nearly 2 million square kilometres. The vast archipelago requires air power that has high operational availability, short time on the ground and the ability to perform multiple roles as situations can morph into threats and require intervention in a very short span of time. Most importantly, the country needs enough aircraft to guard borders that are, in a sense, open from all directions.

Gripen is the first of the new generation, multi-role fighter aircraft to enter operational service. Using the latest technology, Gripen is capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions employing the latest weapons. Gripen is an extremely capable fighter aircraft with true multi-role capability and is cost effective to operate over the long run, as opposed to the big, heavy twin-engined competitors.

What are the key features of Saab’s Gripen proposal for Indonesia?

We have offered Gripen C fighter aircraft fitted with the latest MS20 capability upgrade which include the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and the Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb. The Gripen E option is also open depending on what capability Indonesia requires.

Our proposal is quite comprehensive, flexible and directed at contributing to the development of the country’s defence aerospace capabilities. Gripen can meet every operational requirement that Indonesia faces and it is the most combat effective solution for Indonesia.

In addition, we are offering a complete air defence system that includes airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) for maritime surveillance and control, tactical datalinks for sharing data across platforms and ground based command and control.

We are also committed to working with the local industry to support the end user. We believe that a lot of jobs can be created through strong industrial cooperation that includes transfer of technology and local production. For us, it is important to build competence with the local people in the country. We are creating a lot of jobs with our concept, and this is something our competitor does not do. Those are a few things that make our proposal unique.

Globaleye AEW&C (image : Saab)

Will Saab be investing in the civil sector as well?

Yes, Saab sees a very large role in the civil sector.

The big challenge for Indonesia is to build capacity in critical infrastructure: air traffic management, shipping traffic and port management, road and rail transportation. Together, Sweden and Indonesia can increase capacity in all of these sectors with new technology as the key enabler. However, it is not simply a question of buying technology. The critical aspect is to build a domestic capacity that can absorb and master technology, as well as creating capability to manage and operate these systems with the ability to create future platforms.

The key to all this can be found in our ‘triple helix’ approach where companies, government and academic institutions work together. Sweden and Indonesia can work together in a triple helix context to build new capabilities and share innovations that will be the basis for the next generation of green and efficient airports, ports, rail and road transportations while creating efficient infrastructure.

There are other clear areas where Saab’s technology and solutions can make a big difference.

Take the maritime sector. As ships become bigger and bigger, port infrastructure and approaches have to be monitored continuously. While in the past, ships updated their charts based on the latest notices to mariners, ECDIS users can update their charts as often as information becomes available. These services will enable the larger ships to come in under conditions of haze, fog and reduced visibility because of rain. Using these modern technologies, Tanjung Priok and other Indonesian ports can compete more successfully with other ports in the South East Asian region.

Second, take a look at the requirements for airport infrastructure. Indonesia currently has 57 airlines serving 400 domestic and international routes. Many of these airlines are growing at rapid rates. Lion Air has signed contracts over the last three years for over 500 new aircraft. Demand however is outstripping the available aviation capacity. Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta is currently serving 1,100 aircraft movements per day with over 60 million passengers per annum. Its capacity is only 22 million passengers. Saab offers a wide range of solutions designed to support the aviation industry in optimizing the different sectors of air transportation covering air traffic control, airline and airport operations management, and data integration and distribution.

Giraffe 1X radar (photo : Saab)

What is the status of the GBAD programme?

We have a teaming agreement with PT Pindad to market ground based air defence (GBAD) systems and to extend the operational life of the Indonesian Armed Forces’ existing RBS 70 air defence missile system.

Indonesia has been an RBS 70 operator since the 1980s and there is a need to extend the operational like of the missiles that are already in service here. We are working with PT Pindad to achieve that, and this will lay a good foundation for future cooperation. Together, we will work to win the next major GBAD procurement here which we hope will be a success for our advanced RBS 70 NG and radar systems.

PT Pindad is a perfect partner for Saab. We jointly held a workshop at PT Pindad's facilities in Bandung recently to outline our proposal to the MoD and the Indonesian National Armed Forces. At Indo Defence you will be able to come and see the full suite of what we have on offer to Indonesia; the RBS 70 NG with a simulator, the BOLIDE missile and the Giraffe 1X radar – all displayed on PT Pindad’s indoor and outdoor exhibition areas.


Race Between Rafale and Typhoon for RMAF Fighter Continues into 2020

21 Oktober 2016

Rafale fighter (photo : Aviation International News)

Hishammuddin: RMAF’s aircraft order will have to depend on state of country’s economy

KUALA LUMPUR : Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein reiterated that Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF)’s order for new multi role combat aircrafts (MRCAs) will have to depend on the state of the country’s economy.

In a press conference at the Parliament lobby today, Hishammuddin explained that the choice of vendor for this procurement will depend on the affordability of the package offered, and the technical suitability. This purchase is widely seen as a move to replace RMAF's Russian Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters, which have been in service since the 1990s.

“By the year 2020 we have to make a decision on the [purchase of the] MRCAs. It's an open secret that we are looking at either the [Dassault] Rafale, or the [BAE Systems'] Typhoon from the UK, but we don't have to make the decision now. What we need to do is look at the affordability, and that depends on [the state of] our economy,” he said

Therefore, at the moment, there is no particular budget allocated for the new aircraft, he added.

Hishammuddin also said the RMAF itself will also make a decision as to which new aircraft it wants.

Eurofighter Typhoon (photo : Aviationist)

“The technical side of it...the compatibility of the Rafale or the Typhoon...let the end-users decide. Let the air force decide which model they want. The affordability issue is for the MoF (Ministry of Finance) to decide, and then [there is the issue of] the offset agreement [by the vendor]. What does the industry get from such a major contract?” he said.

Hishammuddin said that while the MiG-29s are ageing, it is important for RMAF to upgrade and maintain its current fleet in order to remain operational until 2020.

“The MiG-29 is already very old, but that is not my concern right now. The maintenance and repairs of our Sukhoi [Su-30s] are important.

“We can still deal with the Sukhois, and we are upgrading our [BAE Systems] Hawks...that would take us through 2020, because even if we make the decision now, we won't get the Typhoon or the Rafale immediately, it takes years before they come into operation,” he explained.

Aviation International News, an online portal that tracks industry moves, had in 2014 reported that the RMAF MiG-29 fleet was scheduled for retirement by 2015, and in view of the slower economy, contenders for the new MRCA contract had proposed long-term repayments and lease options to Malaysia.

“There are other reasons why we did not look at the [latest] Sukhois, [Boeing F/A-18] Hornets and the Gripen, which is a Swedish plane, but the most important [factor] is that whatever we do, we must be able to explain to the public,” Hishammuddin said.

(The Edge)