27 Juli 2017

US Donated ISR Aircraft to Help Patrol Vast PH Waters

27 Juli 2017


PAF Cessna 208B Caravan (photo : Pinoy Aviators)

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will use the two US donated Cessna 208B "Caravan" aircraft, which are fitted with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), to patrol the country's vast maritime domains and borders, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restito Padilla said on Wednesday.

In an interview, Padilla said the ISR aircraft could also conduct photo-recon missions along the country's coastal zones.

Padilla said the two planes, which will be formally turned over by the US government to the Philippines Thursday, were part of America's Maritime Security Initiative.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is expected to be in the hand-over ceremony in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City along with US Ambassador Sung Kim.

The Cessna 208B will also give the AFP the capability to detect ships and other craft intruding into the country's territorial waters quickly.

It can also be used to track down or locate lawless elements attempting to infiltrate in the Philippines' southern maritime borders.

The Cessna 208B has a cruising speed of around 170 knots and has a range of over 1,000 nautical miles and capable of transporting eight to nine persons, including the pilot.

Minus the ISR equipment and avionics, each of the aircraft is worth about USD2 milllion.

(PNA)

Indonesia Akan Beli 11 Su-35 dan Drone Bersenjata Buatan China

27 Juli 2017

Hasil negosiasi terakhir dengan harga yang sama, Indonesia mendapatkan 11 pesawat Su-35 (photo : zawerok)

Indonesia pastikan beli Sukhoi untuk perkuat pertahanan udara

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Pemerintah Indonesia memastikan akan memperkuat pertahanan udaranya dengan membeli alutsista jet tempur Sukhoi Su-35.

"Tadi (membahas) pembelian Sukhoi, finalisasi sudah. Sudah itu akan membeli drone, selain itu masalah regulasi siber," kata Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu ditemui usai menghadiri rapat terbatas tentang Alutsista di Kantor Presiden Jakarta, Rabu.

Menurut Ryamizard, Indonesia berencana membeli 11 pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker. "Sudah negoisasi pembelian, sudah dua tahun," tambah Ryamizard.

Drone bersenjata buatan China

Selain itu, terkait rencana pembelian "drone" atau pesawat nirawak, Menteri menjelaskan pemerintah sedang mencari "drone" yang berkualitas dan biaya terjangkau serta kemampuan transfer teknologi yang memadai bagi kemandirian industri pertahanan Indonesia.

"Beli saja sedikit, nanti dikembangkan. Besok saya akan minta pabrik drone datang, uji coba mana yang bagus," jelas Ryamizard.

Sementara itu, Kepala Badan Sarana Pertahanan Laksda Leonardi mengatakan TNI AU membutuhkan "drone" dengan kualifikasi pesawat yang dapat mendeteksi serta melakukan identifikasi dan juga melakukan penyerangan.


Drone bersenjata/UCAV buatan China (photo : Jane's)

Leonardi menambahkan hingga saat ini pemerintah merencanakan membeli enam unit "drone" dengan tiga baterai.

"Yang bisa memberikan, mengizinkan kita untuk beli itu China. Yang lain tidak mau jual. Sejauh ini sudah penjajakan 'G to G' dengan spesifikasinya dari TNI AU," jelas Leonardi.

Sebelumnya dalam rapat terbatas, Presiden Jokowi menegaskan pemerintah harus mengoptimalkan pembelian alutsista yang mengarah kepada pembangunan kemandirian industri pertahanan di dalam negeri.

Presiden menegaskan Indonesia memperoleh sejumlah tawaran kerja sama alutsista dari banyak negara dengan sejumlah tawaran seperti transfer teknologi, desain bersama hingga realokasi fasilitas industri pertahanan dari negara produsen ke Indonesia.

"Saya juga ingatkan pengadaan alutsista harus memerhatikan pendekatan daur hidup tidak hanya, misalnya, membeli pesawat tempur tanpa mempertimbangkan biaya daur hidup alutsista tersebut 20 tahun ke depan," tegas Jokowi.

Indonesia berencana membeli pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO: Flanker E) sebagai pengganti F-5E/F Tiger II di Skuadron Udara 14 TNI AU yang telah pensiun.

(Antara)

26 Juli 2017

PH Marines Train to Maneuver Amphibious Assault Vehicles in Japan

26 Juli 2017


Philippine Marine Corps trained with USMC (photo : US Marines photo)

Members of the Philippine Marine Corps under the Assault Armor Battalion trained with their United States counterparts inside US military base Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, on July 18, 2017.

“The Philippine Marine Corps recently purchased AAVs (Assault Amphibious Vehicles) and are working with U.S. Marines to learn different amphibious procedures – such as hand signaling, egress training, and water operations,” the US Marines said.

According to US Marines this is the first time the Philippine military has trained on an American base.

In April 2016, it was reported that Hanwha Techwin, previously Samsung Techwin, was declared as the winning bidder for the Department of National Defense’s Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) acquisition project.

8 AAVs are expected to be delivered in 2018. These assault vehicles can be housed and deployed at sea by Philippine Navy’s two Tarlac-class landing platform docks.

(Update)

Ferra Selected for Submarine Radar Motors

26 Juli 2017


Thales Phoenice tactical submarine navigation radar systems (all photos : Thales)

Brisbane-based Ferra Australia will build motors for Thales Phoenice tactical submarine navigation radar systems destined for a European customer, announcing a deal with Thales Germany last week after an 18-month Global Supply Chain selection process.

Ferra is initially contracted to provide two Primoss pressure-tight motors – self-contained systems around 1.1 metres high that are mounted outside a submarine’s pressure hull to drive the Phoenice radar antenna on the surface. The systems must be watertight at depth, and include a high-torque motor and complex control system to withstand wave slaps at different sea states without impairing the performance of the radar.



Ferra’s selection completes an 18-month process in which 10 SMEs in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland were initially issued technical drawings and invited to produce a test piece. After a visit from Thales Germany personnel, five companies were then shortlisted to submit Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) pricing, which was found to be comparable to that of existing German suppliers.

Thales released a full Request For Quote(RFQ) in August 2016, with Ferra selected in June 2017. The company’s supplier team includes Queensland’s EM Solutions for complex electronic systems, and Adelaide’s Axiom Precision Manufacturing.

Ferra managing director Mark Arthur said the contract underlined both the company’s journey to becoming a provider of complex systems and the capabilities of Australian industry.



“We have grown quite significantly and the complexity of the work that we do has also changed and moved up the value chain,” Arthur told ADM. “And I think our supply chain, the fact that we have some very competent companies here in Australia who have their own very high reputations, offered something to Thales that was quite unique.”

He believes the expertise in both Ferra and the supplier companies will overcome any issues in producing a complex system that is critical to the Phoenice radar’s performance.

“This system, once fully assembled, is extremely complex and will require a large amount of testing, which includes mechanical and electrical testing as an entire system,” Arthur said. “That will be at a higher and a more complex level than what we have done in the past. But I think we’ve got the skills and experience available to us here, or reaching out in to our supply chain, to overcome those problems.”



Thales Industry Engagement Manager for Australia - France/Europe, David Peckham, said the Ferra partnership would open opportunities for both the European defence company and Australian SMEs.

“By establishing a regional partner and supply chain in Australia, Thales Germany aims to globalise its business and open up new markets,” he said. “There will also be opportunities for Ferra and other Australian companies to be involved in the upcoming redesigns of some of the components of the Phoenice radar system which are planned by Thales Germany for the next years.”

(ADM)

Sejumlah Alutsista TNI AD Tiba di Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok

26 Juli 2017


M-109 artileri swagerak 155mm TNI AD di atas kapal pengangkut (photo : ARC)

Selamat Datang M109, Artileri Swagerak Terbaru TNI AD!

Tanpa banyak gembar gembor, selasa (25/7) siang, TNI kedatangan alusista baru. Alutsista itu adalah meriam swagerak kaliber 155mm, M-109. Sebanyak 18 unit M-109 ini tiba di Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok Jakarta.

Meski demikian, belum diperoleh informasi pasti akan dimana meriam M-109 ini nantinya ditempatkan. TNI AD sendiri memiliki beberapa batalyon armed gerak sendiri, misalnya Yon Armed 7/ GS yang berlokasi di Bekasi. Dengan masuknya M-109A4 ke jajaran Artileri Medan TNI-AD, maka ini merupakan sebuah lompatan teknologi dan gaya gempur. Ini mengingat artileri Swagerak beroda rantai yang saat ini masih beroperasi adalah AMX-13 MK61 dengan kaliber meriam 105mm. Apalagi, munisi M-109A4 bisa menggunakan munisi meriam 155mm standar NATO yang juga sudah dioperasikan oleh TNI-AD.


M-109 artileri swagerak 155mm TNI AD setelah unloading (photo : ARC)

Minat TNI AD terhadap meriam M-109 tercium sejak adanya delegasi dari Pussenarmed TNI-AD berkunjung ke Belgia untuk menengok meriam swagerak roda rantai M-109A4. Proses pengadaannya meriam makin nyata karena tercantum jelas dalam Nota Keuangan serta RAPBN 2017 Republik Indonesia. Bahkan jumlah yang dibeli pun sudah tersebut yaitu sebanyak 20 unit.Meski tidak disebut variannya, sumber ARCinc menyebutkan varian yang dilirik adalah M-109 versi A4. Dibandingkan pendahulunya, versi A4 ini memiliki kelebihan proteksi nubika dan sistem elektronika. (ARC)

Kedatangan Batch Lanjutan M-113, Sherpa, dan Caesar



Kedatangan alutsista TNI AD ternyata tidak hanya howitzer swagerak M-109 saja, namun diikuti juga alutsista lainnya yang berasal dari Belgia dan Prancis, sebagaimana yang diposting oleh pr1v4t33r dalama laman defence.pk. Nampak sejumlah APC M-113 untuk batalyon mekanis beroda rantai TNI AD.



Tampak dalam gambar kendaraan taktis Sherpa tipe Multi Purpose Combat Vehicle (MPCV) dilengkapi rudal pertahanan udara Mistral untuk batalyon artileri pertahanan udara TNI AD. Kendaraan ini akan melengkapi Mistral ATLAS yang telah diterima TNI AD.



Juga sejumlah truk Renault artileri swagerak 155mm Caesar untuk batalyon artileri medan TNI AD. Caesar dan M-109 Paladin akan menjadi tulang punggung batalyon artileri swagerak TNI AD dimana sistem penggeraknya berbeda, Caesar merupakan truck mounted artileri sedangkan M-10- merupakan tracked vehicle artileri.

(Defense Studies)

Malaysia Completes F/A-18D Hornet Upgrade (2)

26 Juli 2017


RMAF F/A-18D Hornet after upgrade (photos : RMAF, SYark)

THE UPGRADES

Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)

The JHMCS combines a magnetic head tracker with a display projected onto a pilot's visor, giving the pilot targeting information he needs to prosecute a target. It does this by synchronising the aircraft’s sensors with the user’s head movements so that they automatically point to where the pilot is looking. Pilots can also view any desired data (airspeed, altitude, target range, etc.) while ‘heads-up’, eliminating the need to look inside the cockpit during visual air combat.



AIM-9X Sidewinder

The AIM-9X continues the legacy of the AIM-9M in the RMAF F/A-18D Hornet inventory and operations. All AIM-9 versions are ‘heat-homers’, first designed back in the 1950s. AIM-9X now has all-moving control surfaces in the front and rear. While the AIM-9M is a third-generation infrared-guided missile, the AIM-9X is a fifth-generation, all-aspect missile. This digital, field reprogrammable missile has agile, thrust-vector control, a new processor, autopilot, a full envelope, off-boresight capability and high-resolution imaging infrared seeker. Combined with the JHMCS, the AIM-9X makes the RMAF F/A-18D Hornet a particularly lethal air-to-air adversary.


Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)

The Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs into all-weather, ‘smart’ bombs. JDAM bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system linked to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. Now, the aircrew only has to insert the coordinates of the target, fly at very high altitudes and drop the bombs. Their delivery is unconstrained by the weather, smoke or any other atmospheric conditions that would normally prevent the delivery of laser- or optically-guided weapons.



Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR)

ATFLIR is a multi-sensor, electro-optical targeting pod incorporating a thermographic camera. Compared with the previous Nitehawk FLIR used by the RMAF’s F/A-18D Hornets, ATFLIR now has a low-light television camera, target laser range finder, laser designator, laser spot tracker and IR marker. It is the world’s first Generation III Targeting FLIR, developed in response to a requirement for the aircrew to be able to acquire a target with improved target recognition and at a greater stand-off ranges.

Malaysia Completes F/A-18D Hornet Upgrade (1)

26 Juli 2017


RMAF F/A-18D (all photos : RMAF No 18 squadron) 

More lethal sting for RMAF's Hornets

“STICK me in this jet, and I’ll take her anywhere,” said a Royal Malaysian Air Force F/A-18D Hornet ‘driver’.”

The pilot’s confidence in the much-vaunted strike fighter’s ability to handle modern threats is due to the fact that the RMAF’s 20-year-old fleet recently underwent a comprehensive upgrade that gives it an even more lethal “sting”. The best just got better.

The programme, carried out in phases, was to enhance the Hornet’s combat effectiveness in its primary tasking in the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.

This included the integration of four primary elements — Boeing’s Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), the super-agile, thrust-vectoring AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking air-to-air missile, Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance kits for the GBU-31, -32, -38 and -54 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) “smart” bombs, and the Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pods for the strike mission.

Air force chief General Datuk Seri Affendi Buang told the New Straits Times that the upgrades had given RMAF Hornets a “quantum leap in capability”.

“The upgrades will ensure the Hornet’s dominance in the modern battle space against a broad spectrum of airborne and surface threats for years to come,” said Affendi, who added that the upgrades put RMAF’s Hornets on par with Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block 1.



On Nov 28, 2011, Boeing was awarded a firm-fixed price order for “Engineering Change Proposal 618” (ECP 618) kits for all RMAF Hornets under the United States’ Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. The contract included training for ECP 618 and ECP 624, and the installation of other systems that made up the Malaysian upgrade.

Initial work was done at the Boeing plant in St Louis, Missouri, while subsequent airframes were modded at 18 Squadron’s home base — the “Hornet’s Nest” — in RMAF Butterworth. Work on the last airframe was completed in April 2015.

At the heart of the upgrade to the “25X standard” was the introduction of the JHMCS. 18 Squadron, The Mighty Hornets, received the helmets in batches, beginning 2014.

JHMCS is a modern helmet that projects all the flight and targeting information the pilot needs onto his visor. The pilot then aims and locks the aircraft’s sensors and weapons just by looking at the target.

Coupled with the AIM-9X Sidewinder, jhmcs gives Hornet jocks a true, high off-boresight, or “snap-shooting” capability in a dogfight.

The Mighty Hornets commanding officer, Colonel Koey Tang Chai, said the JHMCS gives his pilots a huge advantage in the acquisition and prosecution of targets, both air-to-air and air-to-surface.



Koey, whose callsign is “Mickey”, said in a “slashing” or turning fight, all his pilots have to do is look at the target, lock the weapon system and fire the missile.

“The ‘all-aspect’, thrust-vectoring AIM-9X means that I don’t even have to manoeuvre my jet to get behind an enemy aircraft to lock onto his heat signature.

“In a turning fight, all I have to do is look at the target, get a lock on him, wait for the ‘shoot’ cue, squeeze the trigger and he’s toast,” said Mickey.

To attack a ground target, pilots can acquire the target with a sensor and note its location on the helmet display. Alternatively, pilots can use the helmet display to cue sensors and weapons to a ground target.

In the strike role, the Hornet’s traditional weapon of choice used to be the optically- or laser-guided Paveway series of bombs. While accurate, the delivery is often hampered by cloud or smoke cover over the target.

To solve this problem, the RMAF opted for the integration of the JDAM into the Hornet’s bag of tricks. The air force now has, in its inventory, the whole series of JDAMs — the GBU-31, -32, -38 and the GBU-54 — which is optimised for moving targets.



JDAM is a guidance kit that converts unguided “dumb” bombs into all-weather “smart” munitions. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a GPS receiver.

JDAM is a “bolt-on” guidance package that converts unguided gravity bombs into precision-guided munitions (PGM).

The key components of the system consist of a tail section with aerodynamic control surfaces, a (body) strake kit, and a combined inertial guidance system and a GPS guidance control unit.

“The guidance kits for the JDAMs give my boys phenomenal bombing accuracy. JDAM gives us pinpoint weapons delivery capability, day or night, and in any weather. We can’t miss.”

(New Straits Times)