28 Agustus 2014

Pilots, Crew of Armed AW-109s to Leave by Last Quarter of 2014 for Flight Training Abroad

28 Agustus 2014

Two armed AW-109 "Power" scheduled to be delivered by January 2015 (photo : militaryphotos)

MANILA (PNA) -- The pilots and crew of the two armed AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters, which are scheduled to be delivered by January 2015, will leave for their flight training in Italy by the last quarter of 2014.

This was revealed by Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo in a message to the Philippines News Agency Tuesday evening.

"The pilots (and the aircrew) will leave for their training by the last quarter of the year (2014)," she said.

Training will take place at AgustaWestland facility at Cesto Calende, Italy.

The two armed AW-109s are part of the five helicopters contract from AgustaWestland inked by the Department of National Defense (DND) last year. The contract is worth Php 1.33 billion.

Three of the planes were delivered on Dec. 8 and commissioned on Dec. 20 last year.

The AW-109 is a three-ton class, eight-seat helicopter powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines.

The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles.

The aircraft’s safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.

The AW-109 has established itself as the world’s best selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions.

Its superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost-effective maritime helicopter in its class.

For shipboard operations, the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures.

The ability to operate from small ships in high sea state enables the AW-109 to perform its mission when many other helicopters would be confined to the ship’s hangar.

Over 550 AW-109 "Power" and AW-109 light utility helicopters have been ordered for commercial, parapublic and military applications by customers in almost 50 countries. 


LADS Flight Impresses

28 Agustus 2014

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) flight team of the Australian Hydrographic Service with Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, CSC, RAN during his visit to Cairns (photo : RAN, fugrolads)

Taking hydrography to the sky is the unique task of the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) flight is and one of the lesser known capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy's Australian Hydrographic Service.

The Navy's hydrographic fleet is most visible through the fleet of two Hydrographic Survey ships and four Survey Motor Launches, but looking upwards you may see the LADS Flight, which surveys large parts of the ocean to depths of up to 70 metres, using a specially modified de Havilland Dash 8 – 200 aircraft.

Commander of the Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, CSC, visited the team at their home base at Cairns as part of the unit’s operational airworthiness audit. His visit coincided with a six and a half hour sortie surveying an area north of the Whitsundays, for which he embarked, and a period of training encompassing Aviation Medicine, Aviation Risk Management and Crew Resource Management.

“I was very impressed with the professionalism of the civilian flight crew and the Navy Hydrographic crew who operated the flight,” Commodore Di Pietro said.

“The LADS Flight was one of the first of its type in the world and provides the Navy with an important capability, giving us both a tactical advantage in navigation as well as providing a valuable service to the commercial maritime industry.”

Commanding Officer of the LADS Flight, Lieutenant Commander David Sowter, was pleased with the result of the audit.

“Achieving operational audit requirements is a key milestone, and to do so while showcasing our capability to the head of Naval Aviation is doubly pleasing,” Lieutenant Commander Sowter said.

The LADS Flight flies more than 140 sorties per year, including forward deployed operations from all parts of Australia and overseas such as Mackay, Cocos island, Papua New Guinea and Broome (where they are currently based for six weeks).


Menhan: Kebutuhan Alutsista Perairan Indonesia 48 Kapal

28 Agustus 2014

Kanon utama KCR-60 nantinya akan diganti menjadi kaliber 57mm, selain itu kapal dengan sea state level 6 ini akan dilengkapi dengan auxiliary gun 20 mm, peluncur rudal SSM dan decoy launcher  (photo : Viva)

Surabaya (Antara Jatim) - Menteri Pertahanan, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, mengemukakan, kebutuhan ideal alutsista untuk memperkuat keamanan di perairan Indonesia sesuai rencana strategis mencapai 48 unit kapal.

"Dari puluhan kapal itu sebanyak 16 unit berupa kapal cepat rudal (KCR) 60 meter, 16 unit KCR 40 meter, dan 16 unit kapal patroli cepat," kata Purnomo Yusgiantoro, ditemui usai menerima kapal pesanan kedua TNI AL, KCR 60 M dengan nama KRI Tombak-629, di PT PAL Indonesia, di Surabaya, Rabu.

Mengenai pembangunan 16 unit KCR tersebut, ungkap dia, membutuhkan waktu yang tidak sedikit. Apalagi, sampai sekarang kapasitas produksi di PT PAL Indonesia masih mencapai tiga unit kapal per tahun.

"Total KCR yang kami pesan tergolong multi role karena dipersenjatai dengan rudal, meriam, dan software yang bisa digunakan untuk perang elektronik," ujarnya.

Sementara, menurut dia, desain kapal yang dilengkapi sistem multi role itu diyakini mampu bertempur dengan mengantisipasi serangan udara, laut, maupun darat.

"Bahkan terhadap perang walfare sekalipun," katanya.

Pada kesempatan serupa, KSAL Laksamana Marsetyo, menambahkan, pembangunan KCR 60 meter akan diserahkan ke PT PAL Indonesia sebagai Lead Integrator. Sementara, untuk KCR 40 meter nantinya akan dibangun di galangan kapal di Batam.(*)


Honeywell HUMS Selected by the Republic of Singapore for its CH-47 Fleet

28 Agustus 2014

Singapore operates 16 CH-47SDs for heliborne infantry and 17 AH-64Ds for attack helicopter (photo : Sing Mindef)

SINGAPORE — Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has been selected to supply Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) to the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) CH-47SD Chinook helicopters.

“Our HUMS technology will provide RSAF operators with information that’s needed to keep their fleet safe and efficient,” said Mark Burgess, senior director, Defense and Space, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “The operational efficiencies of this technology will increase aircraft safety and availability, while reducing maintenance man-hours and parts cost for the military branch.”

The installation of HUMS on the CH-47SD Chinook helicopters is expected to:
-Reduce unscheduled maintenance
-Increase operational readiness and aircraft availability
-Reduce maintenance flight hours
-Between 2007 and 2008, a similar installation of HUMS on 71 CH-47 Chinook helicopters enabled the U.S. Army to drastically reduce the total man-hours required for maintenance.

HUMS offers analytical tools to assess an aircraft’s condition by loading the data into the ground-based station, without a need for the original equipment manufacturer’s on-site technicians. Additionally, since this technology has a low install-time – it will minimize the impact on operational readiness and downtime during the fielding process.

This is the second time Honeywell has been selected by the RSAF to provide solutions for its operations. Currently, Honeywell’s HUMS is fielded on the RSAF’s AH-64D Apache fleet with the same logistics infrastructure as the Chinook. Training efficiencies are optimized due to RSAF engineers’ existing experience with the AH-64D system.

About Honeywell HUMS

HUMS is a sensor-based monitoring system that enables preventative maintenance by measuring the health and performance of mission-critical components. By continuously monitoring aircraft flight data and vibration at numerous points throughout the drivetrain and pinpointing mechanical faults before they become catastrophic failures, HUMS provides helicopter operators with actionable information that enables them to anticipate mechanical failures and make anticipatory maintenance decisions, before the issues arise.


27 Agustus 2014

LEN dan ALIT Kerjasama Pengembangan UAV Mission System

27 Agustus 2014

Dalam pameran Zhuhai Airshow 2012 lalu, ALIT menampilkan MALE UCAV dengan endurance 30 jam (photo : uasvision)

Kunjungan SASTIND dan China Defence Industri dalam rangka mengetahui kompetensi PT. Len Industri (Persero) dalam Bidang Elektronika Pertahanan

Dalam rangka kerjasama Industri Pertahanan (DICM) antara Kementrian Pertahanan dan The State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) di Jakarta menghasilkan beberapa kerjasama yang berkaitan dengan PT. Len Industri (Persero) khususnya pada unit bisnis elektronika pertahanan.

Salah satu kerjasama yang akan dilakukan Len adalah joint development UAV mission system yang akan dikembangkan bersama ALIT (Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co). 

“Alasan dipilihnya Len adalah dikarenakan kemampuan len yang cukup mumpuni dalam elektronika merupakan salah satu dari yang terbaik di Indonesia” ujar Manager Komunikasi Korporasi Len Dadi Meysuhadi. 

Menindak lanjuti hal tersebut pada tanggal 22 agustus 2014 delegasi dari China yang terdiri dari SASTIND, Kedutaan Besar China dan Industri Pertahanan China datang berkunjung untuk mengetahui secara langsung kompetensi dan kemampuan Len dalam bidang elektronika pertahanan. Delegasi China ini didampingi oleh tim dari Kementrian Pertahanan dan diterima langsung oleh Direktur Pemasaran Len Adi Sufiadi Yusuf.

Setelah disambut delegasi kemudian melakukan diskusi di Ruang Rapat Besar Len, dimulai dengan pemaparan mengenai Len oleh Direktur Pemasaran dan kemungkinan - kemungkinan kerjasama yang dapat dilakukan antara China Defense Industri dan Len. 

Delagasi dari Cina sangat ingin mengetahui mengenai bagaimana perjalanan Len dari lembaga penelitian hingga bisa menjadi perusahaan yang besar sekarang. Sehingga menyebabkan tanya jawab antara delegasi dan tim dari Len cukup intens . Diharapkan kunjungan ini bisa membuka pasar yang lebih besar bagi Len dan yang pasti dapat memberi jalan bagi Len untuk menjadi perusahaan yang go International.


China, Kanada, dan Slovakia Lolos Seleksi Pengadaan Simulator Sukhoi

27 Agustus 2014

Dari 11 negara peserta tender, 3 negara lolos seleksi (photo : marina lystseva)

Indonesia Matangkan Pembangunan Simulator Sukhoi

Beijing (Antara) - Indonesia kini sedang mematangkan rencana pembangunan simulator Sukhoi, kata Wakil Menteri Pertahanan RI Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin di Beijing, Selasa.

"Saat ini telah diinvetarisasi negara-negara mana saja yang akan terlibat dalam pembangunan simulator Sukhoi bagi pilot-pilot Sukhoi TNI Angkatan Udara. Setelah itu akan dipastikan kesesuaian dari simulator yang diajukan beberapa negara itu, dengan spesifikasi yang akan digunakan penerbang Sukhoi TNI Angkatan Udara," ungkapnya.

Berdasar catatan Antara, terkait rencana pembangunan simulator Sukhoi itu ada beberapa negara yang mengajukan termasuk Rusia dan Tiongkok, sebagai produsen dan juga pengguna pesawat jet tempur Sukhoi.

Dari11 negara yang mengajukan tersaring tiga negara yang sesuai spesifikasi teknik dan kebutuhan operasional TNI Angkatan Udara yakni Tiongkok, Kanada dan Slowakia.

Untuk memastikan spesifikasi teknik dan kebutuhan operasional yang dimiliki masing-masing perusahaan di tiga negara itu, tim dari Indonesia tengah melakukan peninjauan ke setiap perusahaan dari tiga negara itu.

"Dua negara sudah ditinjau yakni Kanada dan Slowakia, sedangkan Tiongkok dalam waktu dekat," kata sumber Antara di Mabes TNI Angkatan Udara.

Para penerbang pesawat jet tempur Sukhoi TNI Angkatan Udara melakukan pelatihan simulator Sukhoi di Tiongkok sejak 2007, dengan materi latihan simulator Sukhoi yang telah ditingkatkan dari materi dasar ke latihan simulasi tempur.

Hingga kini sudah ada delapan penerbang Sukhoi TNI Angkatan Udara yang mengasah keterampilan dan keahliannya di Negeri Panda.(*)


Upgrade to Australian Defence Force Navigation Warfare Capability

26 August 2014

JP 5408 aims to provide Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) protection to selected legacy ADF platforms and land forces. (photo : DSTO)

Minister for Defence David Johnston today announced Government approval of a critical project to upgrade and enhance the protected Global Positioning System (GPS) capability of the Australian Defence Force.

“The Government recognises that to ensure the ADF remains viable and robust we need to invest in force protection, countermeasures, protective security, system redundancy, lower signatures and stealth for our capabilities and systems,” Senator Johnston said.

GPS plays a vital role in providing accurate positioning, navigation, coordination, and targeting for the ADF and the ability to use modern GPS equipment is fundamental to operational effectiveness.

Senator Johnston said GPS jamming equipment has become easier to produce and deploy, and the ADF needed to continue to meet this evolving threat. JP 5408 Phase 3 (Platforms) Tranche 2 will enhance GPS on a range of ADF platforms by providing either protection or redundancy capabilities in response to GPS denial activities.

The total value of this project is in the order of $30 million.

Platforms to be upgraded include:

- Collins Class Submarines
- Hydrographic Survey Ships
- Survey Motor Launches
- Provision of Alignment Kits for Ground Based Air Defence systems
- Special Forces Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats
- Mine Hunter Coastal Ships.

“This project will strengthen the ADF’s ability to operate in a GPS denied environment and will increase the operational capability and safety of Australian service personnel.”

Senator Johnston said the project will include opportunities for Australian Industry partners to assist in the integration and maintenance of the protected GPS capability acquired under the project.

(Aus DoD)