04 Maret 2015

First of 3 Brand-New C-295 Medium Lift Aircraft to Arrive this March

04 Maret 2015


PAF C-295M (photo : Muniz Zaragueta)

MANILA (PNA) -- The cargo and transportation capability of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will be getting a much needed boost with the arrival of the first C-295 medium lift aircraft from Spanish manufacturer EADS/CASA-Airbus Military this March.

This was confirmed by Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary for finance, modernization and materiel Fernando Manalo in an interview with the PNA.

"Our first C-295 will be arriving this March," he said.

The March delivery date of the first C-295 is five months earlier than its scheduled August arrival, Manalo said.

He did not give the specific date for security reasons.

With the early arrival of the first aircraft, the DND undersecretary expects the two other aircraft to follow in short order.

EADS/CASA-Airbus Military won the DND's medium lift aircraft program by tendering a bid for Php5.29-billion for three aircraft last year.

This is considerably lower than the Php5.3-billion stipulated in the contract.

The PAF's medium lift capability is presently being fulfilled by its three F-27 "Friendship" aircraft.

"These aircraft will help in troop and limited equipment movement," DND secretary Voltaire Gazmin earlier said.

The C-295 is described as "a capable and versatile transport and surveillance aircraft.”

EADS/CASA stated that the C-295 can carry up to nine tons of cargo or 71 people.

It also has a maximum cruising speed of 260 knots and operate in short and rough airfields. 

(PNA)

Pesawat Tanpa Awak untuk Survei Kemaritiman

04 Maret 2015

Pesawat tanpa awak untuk keperluan (image : Kompas) 

JAKARTA, KOMPAS - Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional atau Lapan tengah menyiapkan empat seri pesawat tanpa awak untuk menjalankan misi sistem surveilans kemaritiman, pemantauan, dan pemetaan perbatasan. Pengembangan dilakukan pada sistem komunikasi, pengendali, dan muatannya.

Menurut Kepala Pusat Teknologi Penerbangan Lapan Gunawan S Prabowo, Minggu (1/3/2015), di Jakarta, mulai 2015 hingga tiga tahun ke depan, empat pesawat tanpa awak (drone) yakni Lapan Surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle atau LSU-02 hingga LSU-05 akan diintegrasikan pada sistem survei kemaritiman.


Uji coba LSU-2 di geladak KRI Frans Kaisiepo 368 (photos : Lapan)

Program rancang bangun LSU dirintis di Lapan pada 2011, di Pusat Teknologi Penerbangan. Kini LSU-01 hingga LSU-03 dioperasikan. LSU-01 untuk survei kebencanaan. Adapun LSU-02 yang memecahkan rekor Museum Rekor-Dunia Indonesia (Muri) untuk terbang pergi pulang sejauh 200 kilometer dipakai untuk pemotretan udara dan pemetaan.

Pesawat itu diprogram otomatis untuk terbang mandiri menuju Nusawiru berjarak tempuh 100 kilometer dan kembali ke landasan dua jam kemudian. Pesawat LSU 02 memiliki bentangan sayap 2,5 m dan panjang badan 2 meter. Pesawat UAV Lapan itu sudah dioperasikan untuk memotret kawah Gunung Merapi dan memantau banjir di DKI Jakarta pada Januari 2013. Teknologi itu juga bisa mendukung program ketahanan pangan dengan pemantauan sawah untuk estimasi produksi padi.



Wahana itu akan digunakan Direktorat Topografi TNI AD dan Badan Informasi Geospasial untuk pemantau dan pemetaan daerah perbatasan. Wahana dirancang untuk tinggal landas dan mendarat di kapal dan pernah diikutkan latihan gabungan TNI.

Pesawat nirawak LSU-03 dengan jangkauan 350 km bisa menjalankan misi surveilans dan perekaman video seketika (realtime). "Tipe LSU itu mampu mengangkat muatan hingga 10 kilogram atau dua kali LSU-02," kata Kepala Bidang Aerodinamika Lapan Agus Aribowo.



Wahana LSU-05 yang berbobot total 120 kg telah diuji terbang akhir 2014. Pesawat tanpa awak generasi terbaru itu mencapai 6 meter atau dua kali lebih panjang daripada LSU-02. Badan pesawat itu terbuat dari paduan bahan komposit lebih ringan. "Dengan berat ringan, muatannya lebih banyak," kata Agus.


LSU-05, pesawat tanpa awak buatan Lapan (photo : Lapan)

Wahana itu akan dipasang sistem radar yang bisa memetakan daerah berawan. Tujuan lain adalah untuk survei geologi dan medan magnet bumi.

(Kompas)

03 Maret 2015

First Group of RTA Pilots and Technicians Completed UH-72A Lakota Conversion Course

03 Maret 2015


6 pilots and 10 technicians from RTA ready to operate UH-72A Lakota (photo : HeliOpsMag)

Six pilots and 10 maintenance technicians from the Royal Thai Army have successfully completed training to fly and maintain the UH-72A Lakota, the initial group of Thai pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians that will be trained to operate Lakotas for Thailand.

The Thai pilots and technicians were honored Friday in a graduation ceremony at Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Grand Prairie, where they underwent several weeks of comprehensive classroom and simulator instruction as well as flight training in the UH-72A. A second group  of Thai pilots is now on site undergoing flight training in the Lakota. 

“Our team is honored to have the opportunity to train the Royal Thai Army pilots and technicians to operate the Lakota and perform important missions for their country,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters Inc. 

Airbus Helicopters has produced six UH-72As for the Royal Thai Army. Those helicopters have been delivered to the U.S. Army, which will later this year transfer the Lakotas to Thailand. The six Lakotas were ordered from Airbus Group by Thailand through the U.S. Army in April 2014, the first foreign military sale of the UH-72A. The U.S. government has offered Thailand the opportunity to purchase an additional nine Lakotas.

(HeliOpsMag)

Vietnam-Funded Repair Workshop Opens in Cambodia

03 Maret 2015


The Royal Cambodian Army operates BMP=1 and total about 200 Soviet industries' T-54/T-55 MBTs and NORINCO Type 59 MBTs. (all photos : TienPhong)

A repair workshop for tanks and armoured vehicles, constructed with funding from Vietnam’s Ministry of Defence, was inaugurated and commissioned in Battambong province, Cambodia on February 27. 

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Commander of the Cambodian Royal Army General Meas Sopheas hailed the effective assistance of the Vietnamese ministry for its Cambodian counterpart across sectors, enabling Cambodia’s army to meet the defence and security demands of the country. 

The inauguration of the workshop is expected to support the Cambodian army in maintaining, repairing and upgrading equipment and military weapons, ultimately contributing to improving its capacity, said Meas Sopheas.



The workshop’s construction required 80,000 USD, sourced from a 2.4-million USD aid package for basic construction funded by the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence as part of the cooperation protocol between the two ministries in 2014. 

Colonel Nguyen Anh Dung, Vietnamese defence attaché to Cambodia, said the Vietnamese ministry plans to increase basic construction assistance for its Cambodian counterpart to 3 million USD in 2015.

Last year, Vietnam provided 21 million USD to Cambodia in defence aid, Dung noted.-

(VietNamPlus)

Armed AW-109s to be Commissioned During Navy's 117th Anniversary

03 Maret 2015


Armed AW-109 Power of the PN (photo : timawa)

MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Navy (PN) has announced that its two armed AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters will be commissioned during its 117th anniversary on May 27.

"We're hoping to commission them by our anniversary this May," Navy spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a message to the PNA on Sunday.

The two armed AW-109 airframes arrived in the country last December as part of the five-helicopter deal, worth PhP1.33 billion, signed by the Philippines with AgustaWestland in early 2013.

Three of the AW-109s were delivered and commissioned on Dec. 22, 2013.

The armed versions of the AW-109s will be armed will have machine guns, 20mm cannons and possibly with air-to-ground rockets.

The AW-109 "Power" helicopter 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 others 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. 


(PNA)

02 Maret 2015

TNI AU Berikan Tanggapan Mengenai Tawaran Pesawat Typhoon

02 Maret 2015

Pesawat EF-2000 Typhoon AU Spayol (photo : Richard Sanchez0

TNI AU Inginkan Pesawat Tempur Generasi 4,5

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara menyerahkan keputusan penggantian pesawat tempur F5 yang akan habis masa pakainya kepada Kementerian Pertahanan. Namun, TNI AU menyatakan, pertimbangan efek gentar menjadi penekanan utama dalam pengadaan alat utama sistem persenjataan TNI AU.

"Kami inginkan pesawat tempur generasi 4,5 karena pertimbangan deterrence effect (efek gentar) dan luasnya wilayah Indonesia," kata Kepala Dinas Penerangan TNI AU Marsekal Pertama Hadi Tjahjanto, Minggu (1/3). 

Hadi mengatakan, beberapa waktu lalu, Duta Besar Spanyol untuk Indonesia Fransisco Jose Viqueira Niel bertemu dengan Kepala Staf TNI AU Marsekal Agus Supriatna. "(Dalam pertemuan itu) sempat disinggung soal Eurofighter Typhoon," katanya. 

Dalam pertemuan dengan wartawan pekan lalu, Fransisco mengatakan, konsorsium negara-negara Eropa pembuat pesawat jet tempur Eurofighter menawarkan pesawat itu kepada Indonesia. Menurut dia, teknologi yang dimiliki Typhoon cocok untuk Indonesia dan mesinnya tidak perlu diganti dalam jangka panjang. Namun, harga pesawat itu lebih mahal dibandingkan dengan pesaing terdekatnya, yaitu Sukhoi Su-35 buatan Rusia.

"Keunggulan Eurofighter adalah mesinnya seumur hidup, tak perlu mengganti mesin. ?Pesawat lain perlu mengganti dua atau tiga kali," kata Fransisco.

Fransisco mengatakan, pihaknya bersedia bekerja sama dengan Indonesia dalam bentuk transfer teknologi, termasuk soal elektronik dan avionik pesawat. Paket transfer teknologi menjadi keharusan untuk pembelian pesawat tempur saat ini. 

"Indonesia sedang membuat pesawat tempur IFX, kami bisa ikut kontribusi teknologi di dalamnya," kata Fransisco yang mewakili Spanyol, Inggris, Italia, dan Jerman.

Kebiasaan

Terkait dengan transfer teknologi, Hadi mengakui selama ini Indonesia banyak bekerja sama dengan perusahaan Spanyol, CASA, seperti dalam pembuatan N 295. Namun, ia mengatakan, ada banyak pertimbangan dalam pengadaan pesawat tempur selain transfer teknologi, seperti efek gentar di kawasan. 

TNI AU membutuhkan jenis pesawat tempur yang heavy fighter (pesawat tempur berat). TNI AU tak menunjuk langsung merek pesawat tempur yang diinginkan. Namun, faktor kebiasaan di mana banyak pilot TNI AU telah terbiasa dengan jenis pesawat tertentu perlu menjadi pertimbangan dalam pembelian pesawat itu. "Kita juga butuh pesawat yang mampu mengangkat beban seperti senjata dan bahan bakar dalam jarak jauh dengan generasi baru, yaitu generasi 4,5," kata Hadi.

Catatan Kompas, ada sejumlah pesawat yang sempat disebut sebagai pengganti F 5E/F Tiger yang telah beroperasi sejak era 1980-an. Selain Eurofighter Typhoon, kandidat itu adalah Sukhoi Su-35, JAS-39 SAAB Gripen, dan F16 Block 52. Indonesia pertama kali membeli Sukhoi tahun 2003 saat Megawati Soekarnoputri menjadi presiden.

(Kompas)

12 Boats For ESSCom From U.S.

02 Maret 2015


Malaysia will get 12 boats from US (photo : gocoastguard)

SANDAKAN (Bernama) -- The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) would be getting 12 boats from the United States of America to boost its asset strength.

Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said the contribution followed a number of agreements signed between Malaysia and the U.S. last year.

The agreements were signed during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the country, he told reporters after visiting the Pulau Berhala army camp near here, Saturday.

He said the boats were currently being modified according to the specifications required by ESSCom.

Abdul Rahim, who is also Kudat member of parliament, said a proposal to build an army camp in Kudat, under the 11th Malaysia Plan, was also being considered.

"Hopefully, we can secure an allocation for it, and further reinforce ESSCom's defence," he said.

(Bernama)