27 September 2016

BAE Systems Targets Australian Companies for Possible Type 26 Supply Chain Roles

27 September 2016

Type 26 Global Combat Ship (image : BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has declared that it intends to open up the supply chain for the UK’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship program, with 150 Australian companies set to pitch their products and services.

BAE Systems together with 20 of its major suppliers, including Rohde & Schwarz, Rolls-Royce, David Brown Santasalo, L-3 and Babcock, will be in Canberra to meet Australian SMEs over the next two days.

As well as having an opportunity to meet with BAE Systems and its suppliers, SMEs will hear from companies that have been successful in securing global defence contracts and learn more about what it takes to be part of a global supply chain, BAE Systems Australia stated.

“Australian SMEs have an extraordinary reputation for being innovative, agile and cost-competitive, which is why some of the world’s biggest companies are here to engage with and understand the capability that Australian companies can bring to this important program,” said Fran Murphy, director for strategy and business development at BAE Systems Australia.

“Securing work on a project the size and scale of the UK’s Type 26 to be built for the Royal Navy would position any Australian business well for future opportunities. The Global Combat Ship has been designed for export, and is currently being offered to Australia and other nations around the world.”

BAE Systems with the Type 26 is up against Fincantieri and Navantia in the race to provide the design for the Future Frigates. BAE Systems has signed a contract with the Commonwealth to further refine its design.


Russia Arms Deal Eyed

27 September 2016

Duterte plans to purchase night attack helicopters and patrol boats for the AFP (photo : Max Bryansky)

MOSCOW is planning to donate or loan military equipment and technology to Manila, only days after President Rodrigo Duterte said he would go to Russia or China if the United States did not like his “dirty mouth.”

Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta announced the plan after he met with Russian officials over how the two countries could boost trade and security cooperation as Duterte discussed with Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev last May.

At the same time, the US State Department also announced on Saturday that Washington approved the release of $6.725 million (more than P300 million) from the $32 million fund that US State Secretary John Kerry pledged during his visit to Manila last July.

Sorreta said the plan to donate or loan military equipment was discussed when he and vice consul Luningning Camoying were briefed by officials of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).

The FSMTC is a federal agency directly under the Office of the President of the Russian Federation responsible for control and oversight in the field of military-technical cooperation between the Russian Federation and foreign countries.

Russian officials who hosted the briefing are First Department on Military and Technical Cooperation with Foreign States chief Serggey Buganov; and Section on Military-Technical Cooperation with Countries of the Asia-Pacific Region chief Valery Orel.

“We welcomed the briefing, which was quite revealing, particularly the extent that Russia is able to interact with a large number of countries in this field and the different mechanisms that are employed, including acquisition and transfer of Russian military equipment,” Soretta said.

“This is all part of our job to explore opportunities that could contribute to our government’s efforts to modernize our defense capabilities,” Sorreta said.

Aside from the military equipment and technology, Sorreta said Russia is also willing to provide training, after-sales service and maintenance, transfer of technology, investment in domestic military production and servicing and different modes of financing.

Sorreta and Camoying were briefed after a similar meeting between a Department of National Defense delegation, led by Undersecretary for Finance and Materiel Raymundo de Vera Elefante, and Russian defense officials including officials of the FSMTC.

The talks with Russia developed after Duterte met with Russian Ambassador Khovaev, who met with Duterte in Davao City a few days after the May 9 elections.

Khovaev said he was impressed by Duterte during a “very productive” meeting where they discussed how to jump-start Philippine-Russian relations which officially started only in 1976.

Khovaev said that it was “time for Russians to discover the Philippines, and it is time for the Philippines to discover Russia,” adding that strengthened trade cooperation could begin before the end of this year.

The Russian envoy said there is much potential in the two country’s bilateral ties because “there were no disputes and no contradictions” and only develop “cooperation in practical terms.”

Meanwhile, the US, through State Assistant Secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement William Brownfield the $6.7 million fund was meant to boost law enforcement in the Philippines.

In an interview with online news site Rappler, Brownfield said the fund was part of the $32 million that Kerry pledged for law enforcement training and services. 

US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs said that $4.665 million of the larger amount “is set to be transferred soon, via an Interagency Agreement, from INL to the US Coast Guard.”

This funding aims “to support maritime security in the Philippines.”

“There is additional money which was previously appropriated by Congress for use in the Philippines, but no decisions have to be made on that funding’s use until next year,” Rappler quoted the INL as saying.

(Manila Standard)

After Indian Success, France Targets Malaysia For Rafale Jet Sales

27 September 2016

Rafale multi-role fighter (photo : the Avionist)

Fresh from signing a contract to supply 36 Dassault Rafale jets to India, France is looking at Malaysia as the next possible buyer of its multi-role fighter.

Malaysia and Canada have competitions to acquire new fighter aircraft in which Dassault is a bidder but Dassault CEO Eric Trappier is more optimistic on the Asian country. Talking about the chances of the Rafale in future competitions where it would up against the American fighter jets such as the F-16 and F/A-18 Super Hornet, Trappier was quoted as saying by a French publication, Challenges, “we are not like America, we have to build a good plane.”

Reading between the lines of Trappier’s statement, is an admission of American political pressure for countries to buy its aircraft and that for the French to compete in such an environment their aircraft has to be better than the competition.

The Malaysian procurement is considered a good opportunity by Boeing which manufactures the F/A-18. Malaysia is retiring older versions of F/A-18s in service with its Air Force. Saab which has sold its Gripen fighters to Thailand is also considered a good bet especially when it beat the French in the deal to sell jets to Brazil.

Regarding Canada, which re-opened the competition after public pressure to reject the super-expensive F-35, the French are not so optimistic given ‘American pressure’ on its northern neighbour. Canada has invited Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Dassault to bid for its fighter acquisition program.

But many industry pundits expect the ultimate winner to be an American plane.

However, the Indian contract would give an advantage to Dassault like none other. A French diplomat was quoted as saying in a French publication, Le Maghreb, "the Indians are downright formidable as negotiators," meaning that the aircraft and the terms of purchase are the only issues that mattered in the negotiations. Unlike in many other defence deals all around the world where bilateral relations and political groups (NATO countries buying only from fellow NATO countries) matter more than the technical merits of the equipment.


Persiapan Latihan Puncak TNI AU Angkasa Yudha 2016 di Pulau Natuna

27 September 2016

Angkasa Yudha 2016 TNI AU mengerahkan pesawat tempur Su-27/16, F-16A/B/C/D, Hawk 109/209, dan T-50i (photos : defence.pk, HJ Yen)

WARTAKEPRI.co.id,  NATUNA – Panglima Komando Operasi TNI AU I, Marsekal Muda TNI Yuyu Sutisna,S.E.,M.M sekaligus Direktur penyelenggara latihan angkasa yuda 2016 berkunjung ke Natuna.

Rombongan jendral bintang dua ini, tiba di Natuna, Sabtu pagi pukul 8.45 WIB (24/9/2016) menggunakan pesawat boing 737 milik TNI -AU.

Tiba dibandara Lanud Ranai, rombongan disambut oleh Bupati Natuna Drs H.A.Hamid Rizal Msi. di dampingi Komandan Lanud Ranai Kolonel Pnb Nurtantio Affan,SE.,MH,Danlanal Ranai Kolonel Laut Arif Baddrudin, Dandim 0318 Natuna Lenkol Inf Ucu Yustiana Sip, Ketua DPRD Natuna Yusripandi.

Rombongan Setelah berdialog sejenak Forum Pimpinan daerah Natuna, rombongan langsung bergerak menyebar ke beberapa lokasi, meninjau titik kordinat yang akan dijadikan, tempat puncak latihan Angkasa Yuda 2016 di Kabupaten Natuna.

Salah satu lokasi yang tinjau Masda Yuyu Sutisna adalah Bandara Sipil Natuna, lokasi ini akan dijadikan tempat Presiden RI Djoko Widodo untuk menyaksikan perhelatan puncak latihan Angkasa Yuda akan berlangsung tanggal 3 Oktober mendatang natuna.

Masda Yuyu Sutisna menyebutkan,tujuan ia bersama rombongan ke Natuna dalam rangka meninjau lokasi, latihan puncak TNI AU yang diberi sandi angkasa yuda 2016, kemungkinan besar akan diselenggarakan di Natuna.

” Kita berencana menggelar latihan puncak Angkasa Yuda 2016 di sini, saat ini sedang lakukan peninjauan medan, salah satu pilihan Mebes TNI-AU di Natuna,”ucap Panglima Komando Operasi Udara I TNI AU, Marsekal Muda TNI Yuyu Sutisna, di Ruang Lanud Ranai, sabtu (24/9/2016).

Jika memenuhi persaratan, maka puncak latihan akan dilaksanakan di Natuna, melibatkan 2.200 personil dan puluham pesawat tempur.

” Total pesawat militer Latihan Puncak TNI AU Angkasa Yudha 2016 sekitar 80 pesawat dengan berbagai tipe, baik pesawat tempur, angkut, maupun helikopter,” kata Marsekal Muda TNI Yuyu Sutisna.

Pada Latihan Puncak TNI AU Angkasa Yudha 2016, dia berlaku sebagai direktur latihan. Pesawat tempur itu berasal dari tujuh skuadron udara TNI AU. Mereka adalah Skuadron Udara 3 TNI AU (F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 15OCU/Iswahyudi), Skuadron Udara 15 TNI AU (T50i Golden Eagle/Iswahyudi), Skuadron Udara 1 TNI AU (Hawk 109 dan 209/Pangkalan Udara TNI AU Supadio, Pontianak), dan Skuadron Udara 16 TNI AU (F-16 Fighting FalconBlock 52ID/Pangkalan Udara Utama TNI AU Rusmin Nurjadin, Pekanbaru).

Juga Skuadron Udara 11 TNI AU (Sukhoi Su-27-30MKIFlankers/Pangkalan Udara Utama TNI AU Hasanuddin, Makassar) dan Skuadron Udara 21 TNI AU (EMB-314 Super Tucano/Pangkalan Udara Utama Abdulrahman Saleh, Malang).

Ia menjelaskan, Latihan Puncak TNI AU Angkasa Yudha 2016 untuk melihat kemampuan dan kekuatan satuan-satuan yang ada di TNI AU secara berjenjang mulai tingkat perorangan, tingkat satuan, antarsatuan, hingga tingkat latihan puncak Angkasa Yudha.

“Hal itu untuk menguji kemampuan tempur dan kesiapsiagaan satuan secara keseluruhan jika terjadi hal-hal yang gawat,” ujar Sutisna.

Pada Latihan Puncak TNI AU Angkasa Yudha 2016, disimulasikan skenario taktik dan operasi serangan terbaru untuk menghadapi serangan musuh.

Di antaranya taktik penyerangan dengan menggunakan paket pesawat tempur yang ada, taktik penghadangan terhadap pesawat patroli musuh, taktik membungkam pertahanan udara musuh, dan taktik pengeboman musuh dengan semua pesawat tempur yang kita miliki, pungkasnya.


26 September 2016

Cessna CARAVANs for Cameroon, Chad and Philippines

26 September 2016

Cessna Caravan ISR (photo : Zane Adams)

On 21 September, the US DoD awarded Cessna, a Textron company, a $24 million contract for six 208B GRAND CARAVAN EX aircraft, plus three spare Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-140 engines and associated spares and ground handling equipment to US Africa Command and Pacific Command Areas of Responsibility, to support counterterrorism capabilities in Cameroon, Chad and the Philippines.

Configured for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations, the aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by September 2017. The award follows two contracts concluded in May this year for modification of CARAVANs to an ISR configuration: $14.2 million to L-3 Communications – Communication Systems West, for ISR equipment and spares; $40 million to North American Surveillance Systems for aircraft modification and systems integration, training and field support.

Previous recipients of similarly modified aircraft to support counter-terrorism operations include Niger, Kenya and Mauritania (one aircraft each in 2014) and Uganda (two aircraft in 2015). Niger also received two CARAVANs in 2013, configured for transport tasks and donated by DoD, while Mauritania received an additional two in 2014 to assist in maritime crime prevention and counter-terrorist operations.


Japan to Provide Patrol Ships to Vietnam Amid Maritime Row with China

26 September 2016

JCG patrol vessel (photo : kozuchi)

The Japanese government said on Wednesday it is ready to provide Vietnam with new patrol ships, in its latest step to boost the maritime law-enforcement capabilities of countries locked in territorial rows with China.

On Tuesday, Japan agreed to provide two large patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, another country at odds with China over sovereignty issues in the South China Sea.

Japan itself has been at loggerheads with China over a group of tiny, uninhabited East China Sea islets.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, of Tokyo's intention in their meeting on the sidelines of ASEAN-related meetings in Vientiane.

Japan has already provided six patrol ships to Vietnam, but they were all used ones, a Japanese foreign ministry official said, adding that details such as the timing of the delivery and the number of ships to be provided have yet to be fixed.

Japan plans to extend a low-interest loan under its official development assistance program to Vietnam to facilitate the acquisition.

China has laid claim to almost all of the South China Sea, where about $5 trillion worth of seaborne trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims in the sea believed to have rich deposits of oil and gas.

A court of arbitration in The Hague in July said China's claims to the waterway were invalid, after a case was brought by the Philippines. Beijing has refused to recognize the ruling.

(Thanh Nien)

Sebuah Pangkalan TLDM Dicadang di Bintulu

26 September 2016

Bintulu, Serawak (image : GoogleMaps)

KUCHING  – Kementerian Pertahanan merancang membina sebuah pangkalan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) di Bintulu bagi melindungi keselamatan perairan serta industri minyak dan gas di Sarawak.

Menterinya, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein berkata, cadangan tersebut merupakan antara beberapa perkara yang diberikan penekanan dalam teras hala tuju kementerian merangkumi aspek keselamatan, kesiap­siagaan dan kebajikan melalui perancangan yang dibuat untuk negeri ini.

Katanya, kewujudan pangkalan TLDM di Bintulu akan memberi impak besar kepada kerajaan dan rakyat negeri ini daripada aspek keselamatan perairan di Laut China Selatan.

‘‘Kehadiran aset dan pangkalan di bawah Markas Wilayah Laut 4 (Mawilla 4) akan menjamin kepentingan strategik khas­nya pelabuhan serta industri mi­nyak dan gas di negeri ini.

‘‘TLDM telah mengenal pasti lokasi yang sesuai bagi membina pangkalan ini, namun perkara itu masih dalam peringkat perbincangan,’’ katanya selepas menghadiri Majlis Ramah Mesra Bersama Pegawai Tanpa Tauliah (PTT) Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) di Pangkalan Udara Ku­ching di sini, hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Panglima Tentera Darat, Jeneral Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor; Panglima Medan Timur Tentera Darat, Leftenan Jeneral Datuk Mohd. Zaki Mokhtar; Pang­lima Wilayah Udara 2, Mejar Jeneral Datuk Mohd. Shabre Hussein; Panglima 1 Divisyen, Mejar Jeneral Datuk Stephen Mundaw dan Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha (Pengurusan), Datuk Mohammad Foad Abdullah.

Dalam pada itu, beliau berkata, dalam tempoh lapan bulan penubuhan 31 Briged Sempadan, hampir 40 peratus anggotanya berjaya direkrut bagi memenuhi keperluan menjaga sempadan Sarawak dan Sabah dengan Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Katanya, usaha juga sedang giat dijalankan bagi menambah bilangan anggota yang benar-benar layak untuk mengisi baki kekosongan sebanyak 1,000 penjawatan dengan memberi keuta­maan kepada penduduk tempatan.

‘‘Kita akan membina kem bagi menempatkan Markas 31 Briged Sempadan dan satu batalion Rejimen Sempadan di Bintulu pada tahun depan bagi memantau sasaran penting seperti empa­ngan hidro elektrik di Bakun, Murum dan Baleh yang berada di kawasan Tunoh, Kapit,’’ katanya.

Tambah Hishammuddin, kementerian itu turut merancang menambah lima Pos Gabungan
(POSGAB) dan 18 Pos Tentera Darat di sempadan Sarawak-Sabah dan Kalimantan kerana lapan POSGAB sedia ada di negeri ini tidak mampu menampung beban penugasan di kawasan sempadan negara.