19 Januari 2018

Indonesia Puts KC-46A Pegasus, Airbus A330 in Frame for Aerial Tanker Requirement

19 Januari 2018

Boeing KC-46A Pegasus based on Boeing 767. Indonesia is studying the Boeing KC-46A, and the Airbus A330 MRTT to improve its aerial refuelling capabilities. Programme is expected to be the next major logistics aircraft acquisition undertaking after the Airbus A400M (photo : Boeing)

The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara) has begun a study to expand the service’s aerial refuelling capabilities, with a view on establishing a formal acquisition programme for two airframes by 2024, a TNI-AU official told Jane’s on 18 January.

The aircraft types that are being compared in this study are the A330 multirole tanker-transport (MRTT) from Airbus, and what the Indonesians allude to as a militarised version of the Boeing 767 tanker, in reference to the KC-46A Pegasus.

Issues that will be scrutinised in the study include suitability for Indonesian operational requirements, compatibility of refuelling methods with the TNI-AU’s fleet of aircraft, interoperability with existing and future assets, and life-cycle costs.

Airbus A330 MRTT (photo : Aus DoD)

Also to be considered are possible local and foreign funding options that can be tapped upon, and potential for transfer-of-technology arrangements with local companies such as state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTD), said the TNI-AU official.

A completion of this study will then pave the way for a definition of programme parameters, and the TNI-AU is expected to launch a formal acquisition programme, and funding request from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, in the 2020–24 timeframe.

Prior to June 2015, the TNI-AU operated a fleet of two pod-equipped KC-130Bs, which were delivered in the early 1960s. One of these aircraft crashed in Medan on 30 June of that year after developing engine troubles, and since then the TNI-AU has had to rely on a single airframe of the type for its aerial refueling needs. The sole KC-130B is currently stationed with the TNI-AU’s Aviation Squadron 32 at the Abdul Rachman Saleh airbase in Malang.


Japan to Assist with Establishment of 11 New Radar Stations Across Southern Philippines

19 Januari 2018

Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines. Move aims to secure major shipping lanes that connect the Sulu Sea, with the Celebes Sea and the Pacific Ocean (photo : Flying Dutchman)

In an effort to help bolster security along a notorious sea lane known as the Sibutu Passage, the Japanese government has agreed to donate equipment and systems for 11 new radar stations that will be constructed across southern Philippines.

The assistance will be provided under a government-to-government programme, with equipment and systems likely to be acquired from Japanese electronics company Furuno, said Lieutenant Al-Hafidz Bih, assistant deputy chief of Coast Guard Staff for Intelligence, Security and Law Enforcement, of the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG), in an interview with Jane’s on 17 January.


Anti-Stealth Radar RV-02 Vietnam is Stronger than Imports

19 Januari 2018

Anti-Stealth Radar RV-02 manufactured by Vietnam (photos : PK-KQ)

According to PK-KQ, Vietnam has officially operated RV-02 - stealth radar is evaluated against more powerful version produced by Belarus.

In the article "Cánh sóng canh trời Đông Bắc" in the second issue of the PK-KQ, January 1, 2018, the RV-02 anti-stealth radar built by Vietnam has been dispatched to the radar station 61 , Regiment 291 - Ba Be radar mission to guard the Northeast.

Based on this information, up to now, many RV-02 radars have been manufactured and shipped to radar stations to supplement a new, modern, Invisible, create new fighting force for Air Force - Air Force (PK-KQ) Vietnam.

According to public information, the RV-02 radar complex was born with full initiative in technology of designing, fabricating and machining at all stages, based on the cooperation of RV-01. designed with Belarus.

The limitations of RV-01 have been studied and overcome, along with the most advanced applications in radar technology. RV-02 has achieved many technical breakthroughs.

The RV-02 system integrates on two vehicles designed specifically to ensure mobility, with only two cars and some of the base equipment imported, the rest, the Military Technical Institute PK-KQ coordinated with other units to actively design and manufacture, from mechanical to software.

The RV-02 features a 21.6 meter long antennae with 28 deadbolts designed and engineered with state-of-the-art technology to ensure target detection at distances of hundreds of kilometers on all terrain conditions. different weather.

On fixed platforms for fiber optic transmission installations, this is also an important improvement of the RV-02 in signal transmission because fiber optic cable makes the transmission process faster and more accurate. Much like high-frequency cable systems such as older radars.

With RV-02, the transmission and reception process is optimized with 28 digital channels, equivalent to 28 antennas, and 28 receivers are designed as standard. RV-02's proactive technology is also reflected in the optimal design of the body, platform and column.

The height of the RV-02 is 11m from the ground, which ensures that the system can best capture aerial targets within hundreds of kilometers. However, with a revolution speed of 6 rounds per minute, the body system, the radar platform is designed with special criteria.

The radar platform is rotatable and at the same time ensures the rigidity of the entire antenna array with a weight of approximately 18 tons. Caravans are simply arranged with three computers, like a miniature command post, in which the systems are arranged in an integrated way to minimize the area and maximize efficiency.

Optical cables are used to replace the conventional ones of older radar generations. Accordingly, the signal speed of the radar is optimized, and the LAN system is also designed with the best processing and communication between the coordinator on the RV-02.

RV-02, with the participation of an automatic hydraulic control system, has a recovery time of only 10-15 minutes, which is much lower than the deployment time of radar radars. from 45 minutes - 1 hour.

The operation of RV-02 is simple and effective. The state-of-the-art equipment assists RV-02 with superior features such as the ability to capture targets with small reflective areas or use stealth technology.


Supacat Special Operations Vehicles Accepted in New Zealand

19 Januari 2018

Supacat HMT Extenda Special Operations Vehicles (photo : Supacat)

Supacat has announced that the fleet of Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) has been accepted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence. The fleet goes into service with the New Zealand Defence Force early this year.

The new SOV-MH vehicles are based on the latest MkII version of Supacat’s HMT Extenda and provide a high level of commonality with the equivalent vehicles with other Special Forces. New Zealand is a new customer for Supacat and the latest defence force to join the HMT family.

Designed for, and used by, the world’s elite Special Forces, the HMT Extenda is unique in being convertible to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration to meet different operational requirements. Its open architecture provides for various levels of protection and great variety in the roles and missions for which it can be configured.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director Asia Pacific said, “We are very pleased to have achieved our first product export from the Australian office. It is a great credit to the Supacat Team Australia members that we have delivered this fleet on time and to budget.”

The SOV-MH vehicles were manufactured at Supacat’s existing assembly facilities in Australia using Supacat Team Australia members to manufacture and assemble the vehicle. This represents the first time that Supacat Team Australia members have exported completed vehicles and complements the opportunities already emerging for Australian suppliers to enter Supacat’s global supply chains.


Tim VBSS Berhasil Menggagalkan Penyelundupan Senjata Dari PNG Menuju Jayapura

19 Januari 2018

Tim VBSS membawa bersama terduga penyelundup senjata (photo : TNI)

Dua Unit Sea Rider Dengan Tim VBSS Lantamal X Berhasil Menggagalkan Penyelundupan Senjata Dari PNG Menuju Jayapura

Dua unit Sea Rider dengan Tim VBSS (Visit Board Search Seizure)  Lantamal X terpaksa melumpuhkan pergerakan dan menangkap speed boat warna putih list kuning  yang dikendarai oleh orang tak dikenal (OTK) dari PNG karena tidak menghiraukan isyarat bendera dan komunikasi dan berusaha melarikan diri dari pemeriksaan yang dilakukan oleh Tim VBSS Lantamal  X. Selasa, (16/01/2018).

Berdasarkan informasi dari Intelejen diperoleh laporan bahwa ada speed boat yang dikendarai oleh OTK melalui jalur laut sedang melakukan penyelundupan senjata dari PNG menuju Jayapura. 

Setelah mendapatkan perintah dari Dansatgas Ops. Pamtas Letkol Laut (P) Nouldy J Tangka, Wadan Ops. Pamtas Mayor Laut (P) Alpirut Musa Samban langsung memerintahkan dua unit Sea Rider untuk melakukan pengejaran dan penangkapan. Kedua unit Sea Rider melaksanakan penembakan peringatan kepada speed boat yang menjadi target operasi, akan tetapi tetap melaju dengan kecepatan tinggi akhirnya kedua unit Sea Rider melaksanakan penembakan kearah buritan speed boat yang menjadi target operasi dan mengenai bagian motor tempel dan salah satu orang di speed boat sehingga membuat speed boat mengurangi  kecepatannya.

Sea Rider berhasil melumpuhkan pergerakan dan menangkap speedboat yang menjadi target operasi tim VBSS Satkamla Lantamal X melaksanakan peran pemeriksaan dan penggeledahan di speed boat tersebut. Dari hasil pemeriksaan dan penggeledahan tim VBSS  menemukan 3 pucuk senjata SKVZ dan tiga  orang yang diduga OPM dengan salah satu orang terluka karena terkena tembakan. Kemudian Wadan Satgas Ops. Pamtas memerintahkan untuk melakukan pengawalan speed boat beserta tiga personil dan barang buktinya ke Dermaga Porasko Satkamla Lantamal X untuk menjalani pemeriksaan oleh Tim Intel Satgas Pamrahwan untuk selanjutnya diserahkan kepada Pomal untuk diperiksa lebih lanjut.


Design Review of 2 Frigates to Undergo Technical Inspection: DND

19 Januari 2018

In front the ship will be armed with a 76mm Oto Melara Super Rapid main gun, 8 cell vertical launching system (FFBNW) (image : HHI)

MANILA -- The so-called "Critical Design Review" (CDR) of the two frigates, on order from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, has been completed and will now be undergoing examination by the Philippine Navy's Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) this week.

The twin Simbad-RC launchers, the X and S-band navigation radar antennas, the STIR 1.2 EO Mk.2 fire control radar, and the NS-106 3D surveillance radar are clearly shown on this part of the ship. (image : HHI)

This was disclosed by Defense public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong in an interview Monday.

"The CDR has been completed and by this week, it will be undergoing inspection by the Navy's TIAC," he added.

A deck enclosure to cover the launchers, RHIBs, and two triple-torpedo-tubes launchers. Two twin Simbad-RC launchers for Mistral short range SAM. Also,the 30mm Seahawk secondary gun would be more suitably installed here than on top of the hangar. (image : HHI)

Andolong said it was the Navy and Hyundai who created the CDR.

Once approved, the CDR will serve as the "Bible" of the shipbuilder in constructing the ship and putting the systems desired by the customer or end-user.

A 30mm Seahawk secondary gun at top the hangar (image : HHI)

The two frigates, along with their weapon systems and munition, have a contract of PHP18 billion.

Once delivered and commissioned in 2020, the frigates will be the first Filipino warships capable of neutralizing surface, subsurface and air threats with missile and other modern armaments.


Joint Helicopter School Commence Training at HMAS Albatross

19 Januari 2018

An Australian Army OH-58A Kiowa leads a Royal Australian Navy AS-350BA Squirrel and a Eurocopter EC-135 through the skies over Nowra, NSW. (photo : RAN)

The Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army have joined forces with industry to train rotary wing crews at a new joint helicopter school as part of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System.

The first intake of 37 future pilots, aircrew and Aviation Warfare Officers commenced the 26-week training course this week at a new dedicated facility at HMAS Albatross.

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, said the establishment of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System within 723 Squadron represents a major step forward for next-generation military helicopter training.

“The ongoing partnership with Boeing Defence Australia ensures our aviators receive the best training we can offer to do their job,” Commodore Smallhorn said.

“Our Navy and Army aviators operate some of the most advanced equipment in the world, which is now matched by state of the art training facilities that combine full motion simulation, virtual reality and airborne instruction in a purpose built school house.

“Maritime, littoral and land warfare is a demanding vocation, and mission success often relies on the aviator. The Helicopter Aircrew Training System will ensure they are ready.”

Acting Director of Navy Aviation Systems Branch, Captain Steven Arney, said these facilities will do more than assist our future Army and Navy aircrews.

“The initiative and new facilities provide learning opportunities for apprentices and trainees and also help to secure local jobs on world leading projects,” Captain Arney said.

“The training school will deliver an integrated training system for all Australian Defence Force rotary wing aircrew and provide streamlined initial pilot training in a highly realistic environment before conversion to operational Navy and Army aircraft.

“Starting the first intake is a major milestone and a testament to the Commonwealth’s $500 million upgrade to facilities at HMAS Albatross and the strength of collaboration between industry and Defence.”

The school has been in development for the last three years. It provides opportunities for up to 380 contractors to work on the program and will train up to 116 students each year.