04 Mei 2015

Airbus Delivered Third and Last C-295M Transport Aircraft for Vietnam

04 April 2015

C295M 8903 with serial number EC-001 of the VPAF (photo : Ray Abela)

The military transport aircraft C-295M bearing number 8903 Tuesday officially take off from the Spain runway to Vietnam.

According photos shared on Airplane-pictures.net the transport aircraft CASA C-295M Tuesday bearing number 8903, also the last one in the contract of 3 transport aircraft by company Airbus DS (Group of the European Airbus) manufactured for Vietnam Air Force, officially took off up the road to Vietnam to conduct the final handover procedures.

Images are photographer Mark Paul Brockdorff share on Airplane-pictures.net showed Tuesday 29/4, the last C-295M Vietnam Air Force made ​​the first leg in Malta in executive aviation flight to Vietnam.

The third C-295M for VPAF (photo : Mark Paul Brockdorff)

C-295M aircraft 8903 serial numbered EC-001. While previous series is 132.

This is one of three military transport aircraft and the most modern new soon to be inducted by the Air Force Vietnam.

Two C-295M aircraft was previously Vietnam receipt bearing number 8902 EC-003 (second one) and EC-8901 and number 004 (the first). 

Only few days, Vietnam Air Force will be equipped with enough sets of 3 modern military transport aircraft C-295M, gradually replace the An-24 was obsolete Soviet-made.

(BaoDatViet)

Pindad Dapat Fasilitas Kredit Ekspor

04 Mei 2015

Panser Anoa 2 versi amfibi buatan PT Pindad (photo : Defense Studies)

INILAHCOM, Bandung - Guna memudahkan layanan jasa perbankan, PT Pindad kini difasilitas kredit ekspor. Pasalnya, untuk mengirimkan senjata dan kendaraan tempur ke negara lain itu bukanlah hal mudah.

"Sekarang, kita (PT Pindad) siapkan dan didukung kredit ekspor. Biasanya, Indonesia dapat kredit saat beli, tapi dengan layanan ini memungkinkan kita untuk mendapat kredit saat menjual," kata Dirut Pindad Silmy Karim saat ditemui di ruang kerjanya, beberapa waktu lalu.

Menurutnya, layanan perbankan itu difasilitasi Indonesia Exim Bank. Ekspor barang alutsista itu tidak mudah. Selama ini, layanan tersebut bekerja sama dengan bank-bank di negara tujuan ekspor," ucapnya.

Disinggung mengenai persentasi ekspor antara senjata dan kendaraan tempur, Silmy mengakui sejauh ini pihaknya lebih banyak mengirim kendaraan tempur. Mengapa demikian? Dia mengaku untuk mengekspor persenjataan itu memiliki risiko yang lebih dibandingkan menjual kendaraan tempur.

"Kalau untuk senjata itu kita harus ekstra hati-hati. Tak sedikit industri pertahanan di negara lain yang tersandung kasus karena produk senjatanya disalahgunakan oleh kelompok bersenjata. Kalau minta kendaraan tempur, kita buka pintu lebar-lebar dan silakan memesan ke Pindad," tuturnya seraya membanggakan Panser Anoa sebagai produk unggulan yang diakui dunia internasional.

Lebih jauh Silmy mengatakan Pindad menargetkan pada 2015 ini sebagai tahun tantangan. Bersama seluruh stakeholder, dia berupaya mewujudkan Pindad sebagai industri pertahanan kebanggaan Indonesia. Khususnya, untuk memenuhi amanat negara yang bertugas untuk kemandirian industri pertahanan dalam negeri.

Untuk itu, belum lama ini Pindad menjadi tuan rumah Armoured Vehicles Asia (AVA) 2015. Konferensi kendaraan tempur internasional itu digelar di Jakarta pada 28-29 April kemarin.

"Sejauh ini, hasil dari konferensi itu tercipta kerjasama strategis antarasesama industri pertahanan global. Amerika dan Eropa memang mempunyai keunggulan. Tapi kita bisa bersain di pasar Asia, Timur Tengah, dan Afrika," jelas Silmy. 

(Inilah)

02 Mei 2015

PAF Allocates Php4-M for Procurement of Weapons Systems, Other Weapons Equipment

02 Mei 2015

PAF AW-109 attack helicopter (photo : Fabrizio Capenti)

MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) announced that it has allocated the sum of Php4,701,449.68 for the procurement of weapon systems and other weapon equipment.

Submission and opening of bids is scheduled on May 12 at 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

However, for security reasons, the PAF did not disclose the type of weapon systems to be acquired.

Sources said that these could be air-to-air weapons and air-to-ground platforms which will be fitted to the incoming PAF aircraft.

The Air Force is scheduled to commission eight brand-new AW-109 attack helicopters this year along with two F/A-50 jet fighters.

Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last five years.

(PNA)

US Company Participate in VPAF L-39 Upgrade

01 Mei 2015

VPAF L-39 aircraft (photo : BuTianKhiem, Soha)

The company Aero Vodochody aircraft and company Draken International (USA) has launched the upgrade package combat training aircraft L-39 jet.

Journal Airrecognition said aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody of the Czech Republic and the US company Draken International Cooperation have jointly launched the next upgrade package for line training aircraft L-39 capital by Aero Vodochody development since the late 1960s.

Draken International is one of the US defense company specializing in providing technical assistance, maintenance and repair of aviation to fly combat aircraft or train used in the US.

The latest upgrade transformers L-39, also known as L-39NG allows owners of the L-39 was active in the US can be comprehensively modernized. With significantly enhanced performance of the aircraft as well as improve safety for the L-39 life expectancy has more than 40 years.

Programme L-39NG upgrade adds to this antiquated aircraft technologies most advanced aviation. Most prominent is still equipping L-39NG jet engines Williams International FJ44-4M help it can improve the speed of flight, and the scope of activities as well as the stability of the aircraft when operated continuously.



Besides, L-39NG is equipped with new electrical system and allows removal of the old system with the relevant parts L-39NG help significantly reduce weight compared to the original version. And the L-39NG cockpit is also equipped with some new parts or replacement devices use duration has expired, including overhauling the ejection seat for the pilot.

In addition, L-39NG upgrade package also help aircraft reduce fuel consumption by 15%, reduce maintenance costs associated with the addition of routine maintenance support parallel with upgrading programs. Maintenance period for new engine takes 4 weeks FJ44-4M also for jet engine AI-25TL prototype L-39 take at least 4-6 months of L-39NG weight decreased about nearly 150kg using new engine and replace the old phone system.

According to executive director of Draken International Jared Isaacman said, with being one of the operating companies significant amount of the L-39 in the US, L-39NG upgrade package is considered to be quite fit Benefits of Draken International as well as potential customers in the Americas.

Draken International course will be the sole company offering upgraded L-39NG package market in the Americas based on an agreement with Aero Vodochody was signed last year. Accordingly the company will support maintenance, repair and overhaul line jet training aircraft L-39 and L-159 manufactured by Aero Vodochody and in the future as part of the assembly line production of the aircraft at the US.

(KienThuc)

01 Mei 2015

IMI Siapkan Pesawat Tanpa Awak Untuk Perbatasan

01 Mei 2015


Pesawat Terbang Tanpa Awak (UAV) type flyingboat yang diberi nama OS-Wifanusa khusus untuk pengawasan wilayah perbatasan baik darat maupun laut. (photos : Antara)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia Maritime Institute (IMI) sedang menyiapkan Pesawat Terbang Tanpa Awak (UAV) type flyingboat yang diberi nama OS-Wifanusa khusus untuk pengawasan wilayah perbatasan baik darat maupun laut.

Direktur Eksekutif IMI sekaligus inisator, Dr Y Paonganan mengatakan, UAV tersebut didesain agar memudahkan pengoperasian di wilayah perbatasan ‎yang kondisnya relatif sulit jika menggunakan jenis UAV fix wing yang butuh landasan lebih dari 200 meter.



"UAV OS-Wifanusa didesain mampu lepas landas baik di sungai, danau, laut maupun daratan," kata Paonganan dalam keterangan persnya, di Jakarta, Rabu.

Ongen biasa disapa menjelaskan, untuk lepas landas di air (sungai, danau dan laut) UAV ini hanya butuh panjang landasan 50 meter untuk lepas landas, sementara di darat hanya butuh 30 meter pada tanah rata untuk bisa lepas landas. 

"Ketinggian jelajah minimum 300 meter dan maksimum 5000 meter dengan durasi terbang bisa mencapai 5 jam," katanya.



Doktor lulusan IPB itu menegaskan bahwa sistem UAV tersebut dirancang sendiri oleh tim dari IMI, antara lain memiliki kemampuan kontrol kendali terbang sejauh 100 km untuk ketinggian terbang 300 meter dan semakin tinggi akan semakin jauh jangkauanannya menerima real time video," tegasnya.

UAV juga dilengkapi dengan Mobile Ground Control Station‎ (MGCS) dilengkapi antena helical setinggi 6 meter dan monitor control system untuk memonitor UAV selama penerbangan. "UAV ini juga akan dilengkapi LIDAR system untuk keperluan foto udara dan pemetaan," terangnya.

Desain pesawat ini sampai proses produksi, UAV system, landing gear system dan propeller adalah buatan‎ anak bangsa yang tergabung di Indonesia Maritime Institute (IMI). "Kecuali beberapa komponen elektronik dan mesin yang masih kita import dan direncanakan akan kami buat sendiri," tandas Ongen.

(Antara)

Vietnam Buys Submarine-Launched Land Attack Missiles to Deter China

01 Mei 2015

Illustration of Klub missile from Kilo submarine hits the land target (photos : Militaryphotos, News, Dantri, Mirror)

 (Reuters) - Vietnam is arming its expanding submarine fleet with land attack missiles that could be capable of reaching Chinese coastal cities, a choice of weapon likely to be seen as provocative by China in the ongoing South China Sea dispute.

A little-noticed filing to the United Nations made by Vietnam last year, and reviewed by Reuters, shows it has bought the Russian-made land attack variant of the Klub missile for its state-of-the-art Kilo attack submarines.

The filing came to light after the independent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website to show Vietnam's acquisition.



Regional military attaches and analysts see the missiles as a further sign of Vietnam's determination to counter the rise of China's larger military and part of a broader trend of Asian countries re-arming amid rising territorial tensions.

The choice of weapon is a more assertive one than the anti-shipping missiles Vietnam was expected to obtain.

While those would potentially target Chinese ships and submarines in the South China Sea, the land attack weapons are capable of precision strikes at a range of 300 kilometres, making China's coastal cities potential targets in any conflict.

Carl Thayer, an expert on Vietnam's military at the Australian Defence Force Academy, said the move was a "massive shift" beyond more routine anti-ship tactics.



"They've given themselves a much more powerful deterrent that complicates China's strategic calculations," he said, adding he was surprised by the move.

Vietnam is the first Southeast Asian nation to arm its submarine fleet with a land attack missile.

The Vietnamese defence and foreign ministries have yet to respond to questions submitted by Reuters. Vietnamese military officials have previously described Vietnam's arms build-up, including the submarine purchases, as defensive.

Moscow-based Almaz-Antey, parent company of the missiles' manufacturer Novator, declined to comment on any weapon sales to Vietnam.



Likely Targets

Rather than risk an attack on cities such as Shanghai, it is more likely Vietnam would see closer ports and airfields, such as the naval base at Sanya on China's Hainan Island and facilities on land reclamations China is building in the South China Sea, as potential targets, Thayer said.

While communist parties rule both Vietnam and China, Hanoi has long been wary of China, especially over Beijing's claims to most of the potentially oil-rich South China Sea.

Beijing's placement of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam last year sparked riots in Vietnam and infuriated Hanoi's leadership.



The two navies routinely eye each other over disputed holdings in the sea's Spratly islands, which straddle some of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

Before obtaining the weapons, Hanoi's previous land attack capabilities were limited to a handful of ageing Scud missiles and more limited weapons fired by Russian-built Su-30 aircraft.

Vietnam's navy has taken possession of three Russian-built Kilos and a fourth is in transit under a $2.6 billion deal struck with Moscow in 2009, according to Vietnamese state press reports. A fifth is undergoing sea-trials off St Petersburg and a final sixth submarine is due for completion in 2016.



SIPRI has logged the sale of 50 anti-ship and land attack Klubs to Vietnam as part of the deal, with 28 having been delivered already over the last two years. The precise number of land attack missiles it has bought is not publicly available.

Collin Koh of Singapore's S Rajaratnam School of International Studies said it was unclear whether Vietnam had the full electronic capabilities to deploy the missiles at peak effectiveness.

"But even with those caveats, this is still significant... the Vietnamese have realised that without the ability to launch a counterstrike, their deterrence would have been quite limited."


Moscow-based strategic analyst Vasily Kashin said the Kilos sold to Vietnam are more advanced than those used by China while Moscow has never sold the Klub land attack missile to Beijing, which has developed its own similar weapon, the YJ-18.

Zha Daojiong, an international relations professor at Beijing's Peking University, said the move was part of a "normal" regional rearmament trend and Hanoi would be aware of the costs of ever using them against China.


"It is a loaded pistol, but can (they) afford to fire it?," he said.

China's Defence Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng, when asked about the missiles and whether Beijing had expressed concern about them to Hanoi, said the two country's militaries were always in close touch.



"We have confidence we can together properly maintain this relationship," Geng told a monthly news briefing on Thursday.

Trevor Hollingsbee, a former naval intelligence analyst with Britain's defence ministry, said Vietnam was creating China's biggest strategic headache in the South China Sea.

"All indications are that they are surmounting the submarine learning curve quite rapidly...this is a very real problem for China," he said.

(Reuters)

First Australian-Made JDAM Kit Delivered

01 Mei 2015


JDAM smarts bombs (photo : USAF)

Defence enhances Air Force smart bombs

Today the Defence Project to enhance Air Force’s ‘smart bombs’ achieved a significant milestone with the acceptance of the first production set of Australian designed and manufactured range-extending wing kits.

Known as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), and manufactured by Boeing Defense, Space and Security, smart bombs provide an all-weather precision strike capability for Air Force.

Speaking at the delivery of the first production set of range-extending wing kits, the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Head of Helicopter Systems and Guided Weapons Division Rear Admiral Tony Dalton said one aspect of the JDAM enhancement program had been to test, certify and manufacture a range extending wing kit for the smart bomb.

“This successful project has taken an Australian idea and through an international collaboration, has turned it into a reality,” RADM Dalton said.

“These range extending wing kits almost triple the baseline range of the current smart bombs.

“These wing kits were developed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and are being manufactured by Ferra Engineering under contract to Boeing,” he said.

Test and evaluation flight trials of the new extended range smart bomb were successfully conducted at Woomera in December last year, with the weapons landing within metres of their designated targets.

The first set of production wing kits was delivered by Boeing today at Ferra’s Brisbane-based production facility.

(Aus DoD)