22 April 2014

Construction for the Second PKR 10514 Frigate to Start in Next 3 Months

22 April 2014

Sigma PKR 10514 frigate (image : Acelanceloet)
Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Lays Keel for First Sigma 10514 PKR Frigate

In accordance with the agreed planning in the contract for the construction of a Damen SIGMA Frigate for the Indonesian Navy, the keellaying ceremony has taken place on 16 April 2014 at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The construction of the 4 modules that are going to be built at PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard Surabaya and the two modules that are being built in Vlissingen, are proceeding according to schedule

The construction and testing of the modules simultaneously at two different locations signifies the unique Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding modular building strategy that is unparalleled in the naval shipbuilding industry. All modules will be assembled at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard under main contractorship of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding followed by Harbour Acceptance Tests and Sea Acceptance Trials.

Second Frigate
Furthermore, the progress for the second SIGMA 10514 PKR frigate, for which the contract was signed 14 February 2013, proceeds as scheduled and construction is foreseen to start in approximately 3 months.

Expanding Indonesian Navy
The acquisition of the SIGMA 10514 PKR Frigate is part of the further modernization and expansion of the Indonesian Navy, TNI-AL. The main missions and tasks of the SIGMA PKR 10514 will be in the domains of naval warfare as well as Maritime Security missions and tasks. Also, the ship may be used for humanitarian support tasks.


21 April 2014

Navy to Build Own Radars

22 April 2014

Its own radar  to secure the country's vast airspace from intruders (photo : US Navy)

MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Navy is now planning to construct its own radar sets in a bid to fully secure the country's vast airspace from intruders with the assistance of the Naval Research and Development Center (NRDC).

This is under the NRDC's Project "Itaas" (Filipino for high ground), PN spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said.

This project is aimed at creating quality radar sets for all fleet units.

He added that Project "Itaas" is one of the five priority projects of the NRDC.

The other four programs include sonar equipment creation capability under Project "Ilalim" (literally meaning underwater), platforms under Project "Kuyog" (group) and the way ahead Project of NRDC, the satellite project under Project "Tuktuk" (surveillance) and Project "Putok" (explosives) for creation of modern munitions.

PN flag-officer-in-charge Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano said that these projects are primarily designed to support the Active Archipelagic Defense Strategy which focuses mainly on the enhancement of maritime situational awareness and maritime operations.

These projects, when successfully pursued and executed through the partnership from the triad members, will mark a distinctive level of significance to the ideal of raising the PN’s level of research and development through the absorption of new technologies.

"This will pave the way to prevent the country from being technologically outwitted by any adversary," Alano concluded. 


Up to RM6bil for Fighter Jets?

21 April 2014

RMAF MiG-29N (photo : ftpmirror)

KINIBIZ- The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), which is looking to replace its fleet of 18 Russian-made Mikoyan-29N Fulcrum jet fighters, will soon be accepting tenders for multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) from defence aviation companies.

Industry sources told KiniBiz that Malaysia is going to accept proposals soon, though Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has stated that Malaysia has not made any decision on whether or not to replace the ageing MiG-29N Fulcrums in RMAF’s fleet.

At an average cost of around US$100 million (RM322 million) per fighter with supporting equipment, maintenance, and training, the cost of 18 fighters is likely to be around RM6 billion, sources said.

In March last year, Malaysia had shortlisted five fighter jets as potential replacements for the flagging MiG-29Ns: the Eurofighter Typhoon by the European consortium of BAE Systems, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and Finmeccanica; the French-based Dassault Aviation’s Rafale; Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; the Russian-made Sukhoi-30 Flanker-C, and Swedish firm Saab’s JAS-39 Gripen.


Opening of National Aviation Centre for Cadets

22 April 2014

New glider for  Australian Air Force Cadet (photo : RAAF)

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence the Hon Darren Chester MP today officially opened the Australian Air Force Cadets National Aviation Centre at Bathurst.

The Royal Australian Air Force has overseen the $5 million project at Bathurst Aerodrome. Bathurst will become home to a National Aviation Centre for 7100 young Australian Air Force Cadet (AAFC).

“The facility will make aviation training more accessible for Cadets from around Australia,” Mr Chester said. “It will be used by Cadets aged between 13 and 20 years-of-age who will travel from all over Australia to participate in weekend and school holiday aviation camps in Bathurst. Bathurst was chosen as the home for the AAFC’s dedicated National Aviation Centre for its uncongested airspace, whilst remaining close to Sydney which will provide easy access for Cadets from around Australia.”

The facility will have accommodation for up to 80 cadets and 20 staff at any one time. The building will include classrooms, living accommodation, kitchen facilities, and a separate hangar to house aircraft.
The official opening also showcased the first of 19 new gliders which have been purchased by Air Force for the AAFC.


DND Sets Rebidding for 8 Amphibious Assault Vehicles

21 April 2014

The new eight AAV will replace LVTH6 in the Philippine Marine Corps (photo : Timawa)

MANILA -- Due to a failed bidding back in November, the Department of National Defense (DND) has called for a second round of bidding for eight new amphibious assault vehicles worth P2.5 billion.

Assistant Defense Secretary Efren Fernandez said the pre-bid conference will be on April 29, while the deadline and consequent opening of the bids will be on May 15 at 10 a.m.

Only one firm purchased bid documents last year, Samsung Techwin of South Korea. It did not tender a bid, however, because it failed to satisfy several requirements.

“Bidders should have completed within 10 years, from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project,” Fernandez said.

The bidding is open to both local and foreign firms.

The vehicles, which will be part of the Philippine Navy assets, should be delivered within 910 days upon opening of the letter of credit.

The bidding will be conducted via open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criteria as specified in the implementing rules and regulations of the Government Procurement Act.

In case the public bidding fails several times, there is a government-to-government negotiation option.

Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Gerald Fabic had said the amphibious assault vehicles will boost the capability of the Navy for its fleet-marine operations.

(ABS CBN News)

19 April 2014

Fregat PKR 10514 Dalam Video

19 April 2014


Video PKR-10514 pertama kali di-upload di Youtube pada tanggal 24 Februari 2014. Fregat yang akan menjadi kapal kombatan paling modern bagi TNI AL ini karena telah menganut sistem teknologi modular maka proses pembuatannya dapat dilakukan melalui skema produksi bersama antara Damen Schelde Naval Shipyard Belanda dan PT PAL dari Indonesia pada lokasi yang terpisah, setelah itu perakitan akhir dari blok-blok modul tersebut dan uji-cobanya akan dilakukan di PT PAL, Surabaya.

Melalui video ini kita bisa mendapatkan gambaran, bagaimana Guided Missile Frigate kelas PKR-10514 yang mempunyai panjang 105,11 m dan bobot penuh 2.365 ton ini melaksanakan peperangan Anti Air Warfare, Anti Surface Warfare, Asymmetric Warfare, dan Anti Submarine Warfare dengan seluruh persenjataan dan peralatan sensor yang dimilikinya.

(Defense Studies)

Malaysia's SMEO in Talks with Philippines Over M-4 Carbine Deal

19 April 2014

M-4 carbine (photo : Colt)

Malaysia's SME Ordnance (SMEO), a subsidiary of the NADI group, is in talks with the Philippines' Government Arsenal on a joint venture over SMEO's licenced-built M-4 in order to meet the Armed Forces of the Philippines' requirements for the carbine.

Colt has licenced SMEO to manufacture the M-4 for domestic use and for ASEAN countries already using the weapon.

General Mohd Sharom (rtd), NADI's Executive Director Defense & Business Development, told IHS Jane's at DSA 2014 that discussions were at an advanced stage and the joint venture would include the Government Arsenal manufacturing magazines of the M-4s to be produced for the Philippines.