19 Desember 2014

Aero Vodochody in Talks with Thailand over L-39 Replacement

19 Desember 2014


Aero Vodochody L-159 ALCA (photo : Militaryphotos)


Czech aircraft maker Aero Vodochody is in negotiations with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to supply replacements for at least four Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros jet trainers.

Aero is offering its L-159 ALCA or L-39NG as replacement aircraft.

The RTAF currently operates a total of 36 L-39ZA/ART under the local designation of B.KhF1, most of which were westernised with Israeli avionics and are capable of firing Raytheon AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.

The bulk of these aircraft were procured during the early to mid-1990s. However, a smaller number of unwesternised L-39s were acquired during the 1980s and are approaching the end of their service lives.

(Jane's)

GE LM2500 Gas Turbine Powers Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Canberra

19 Desember 2014


Shown is the HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) -- the largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy – passing through Sydney Heads, Australia. The recently commissioned ship is powered by one GE LM2500 gas turbine in a diesel and gas turbine electric configuration. (photo : RAN)

EVENDALE, Ohio - GE Marine reports that its LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbine now powers the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship. This recently commissioned ship is the first of two LHDs to be introduced into the RAN fleet.

According to the RAN’s website, "Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said that the commissioning was a step towards developing the future of the Navy. ‘HMAS Canberra is an exciting addition to the Royal Australian Navy. This very capable ship will serve the nation well for decades to come.’"

HMAS Canberra also marks another milestone for the RAN as it is their first project application of an LM2500 gas turbine-generator set versus a traditional mechanical drive system.

At 27,000 tonnes, the HMAS Canberra was built by contractors BAE Systems Australia and Spanish shipyard Navantia; the two companies also will construct sister LHD HMAS Adelaide. The RAN LHDs are based on Navantia’s design for the Spanish Navy’s Buque de Proyección Estratégica (BPE) program that also feature the GE LM2500 gas turbine-generator set. The RAN currently operates 16 LM2500 gas turbines in two additional ship classes – the Adelaide- and ANZAC- class frigate programs.

Shown is the HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) -- the largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy – passing through Sydney Heads, Australia. The recently commissioned ship is powered by one GE LM2500 gas turbine in a diesel and gas turbine electric configuration. Photo courtesy of the RAN.

GE Marine, Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of marine products and services, including aeroderivative gas turbines ranging from 6,000 to 70,275 shaft horsepower.

(GE)

Dewan Negara: Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat Rancang Perolehan Enam Helikopter Tempur

19 Desember 2014


Airbus Helicopters EC-665 Tiger kandidat kuat helikopter tempur ATM (photo : Stephane Gimard)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Tentera Darat menerusi Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat (PUTD) merancang perolehan enam buah helikopter tempur bagi melaksanakan operasi secara berkesan di kawasan Pantai Timur Sabah termasuk Zon Keselamatan Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSZone).

Timbalan Menteri Pertahanan Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri memberitahu persidangan Dewan Negara pada Khamis bahawa perolehan berkenaan didaftarkan sebagai projek di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesebelas (RMK11) yang akan datang.

Beliau berkata kerajaan amat menyedari cabaran besar yang perlu dilalui bagi menentukan keselamatan di kawasan Pantai Timur Sabah termasuk di ESSZone sentiasa terpelihara.

"Ini kerana faktor geografinya yang merangkumi 10 daerah persisiran pantai timur Sabah mulai dari Kudat hingga ke Tawau, yang merangkumi pantai sepanjang 1,733 kilometer (km) melibatkan 361 pulau dan keluasan daratan seluas 31,158 km persegi iaitu merangkumi 42 peratus daripada keluasan negeri Sabah.


Gatling Gun M134D Hybrid (photo : dillonaero)

"Berdasarkan faktor ini, Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) sememangnya memperakui keupayaan helikopter tempur dalam melaksanakan operasi secara berkesan di kawasan berkenaan," katanya.

Abdul Rahim berkata demikian ketika menjawab soalan Senator Datuk Jamilah Sulaiman bertanya sama ada Kementerian Pertahanan merancang membeli pesawat helikopter tempur dalam masa terdekat, pada sesi soal jawab.

Selain itu, beliau berkata sebagai langkah awal, mesyuarat Kabinet pada 3 Dis lepas memutuskan perolehan 'Gatling Gun' untuk melengkapkan persenjataan helikopter ATM di Pantai Timur Sabah khususnya di Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah (EESCom).

"Lanjutan itu, Tentera Darat Malaysia dalam proses perolehan sebanyak 10 laras sistem persenjataan Gatling Gun M134D Hybrid bersama Weapon Mounting System untuk dipasang kepada pesawat Agusta A109 LOH," katanya.

(Bernama)

18 Desember 2014

Missile-Armed MPACs in the Pipeline for the PN

18 Desember 2014

Combat boat with missile (image : Militaryphotos)

MANILA (PNA) -- In a bid to improve its territorial sea interdiction capabilities, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced that it will be acquiring missile-armed MPACs (multi-purpose assault craft) to beef up its patrol force.

This was announced by PN vice commander Rear Admiral Caesar C. Taccad during Tuesday's briefing on modernization.

"It will be armed with stabilized weapon system with fire control complemented with a short to medium range missile system," he added.

The MPACs will be designed for territorial sea interdiction operations with maritime situational awareness and limited credible deterrence in the protection of the country's interest at the West Philippine Sea, Taccad stated

"And it may also be used for internal security operations and humanitarian assistance disaster response operations," he stressed.

The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier announced that it is allocating Php270 million to acquire three missile-armed MPACs.

The money will be sourced from the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund of 2000.

The contract includes mission essential equipment.



Mission essential equipment includes day/night electronic navigation systems, communication suites, safety-of-life-at-sea, propulsion system and seamanship and ship-handling gears.

The PN currently operates a force of six MPACs.

Three of the PN's MPACs are sourced from Taiwan while the remaining three were ordered from Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation, which is based in Subic Bay, Zambales.

These ships are 16.5 meters long, 4.76 meters wide and has a draft of one meter and a top speed of 45 knots.

Each one costs around Php90 million. It has a range 300 nautical miles. The hull is made of high-quality aluminum and is crewed by one officer and four enlisted personnel. It is capable of carrying 16 fully-equipped troopers or two tons of cargo.

The MPAC is capable of operating in territorial waters up to "Sea State 3" (slight waves) without any system degradation. It is armed with one .50 caliber and two 7.62mm machine guns. 

(PNA)

Yonif 516/ Carakha Yudha Surabaya akan Menjadi Yon Mekanis

18 Desember 2014


Panser Anoa buatan PT Pindad (photo : Pindad)

Upacara Alih Kodal Yonif 511/DY Dan Yonif 516/CY

Surabayanews.co.id - Dalam pelaksanaan upacara bendera 17-an dan upacara hari jadi ke-66 Kodam V/Brawijaya juga dilaksanakan upacara alih Komando Pengendalian (kodal) Yonif 511/Dibyantara Yudha dan Yonif 516/Carakha Yudha, dipimpin Pangdam V/Brawijaya Mayjen TNI Eko Wiratmoko, S.Sos pada (17/12) di Lapangan Kodam V/Brawijaya. 

Yonif 511/DY yang semula berada dalam kendali Brigif 16/Wira Yudha akan beralih kodal dibawah Korem 081/Dhirot Saha Jaya. Selanjutnya untuk Yonif 516/CY yang semula di bawah Korem 084/Bhaskara Jaya akan beralih kodal di bawah Brigif 16/Wira Yudha.

Dalam amanatnya Pangdam menyampaikan bahwa alih kodal ini pada hakekatnya merupakan salah satu upaya untuk menjaga keseimbangan dan kesiapan operasional serta pembinaan satuan. Dengan adanya alih kodal ini diharapkan akan lebih memudahkan pengendalian, pengawasan dan koordinasi dalam pelaksanaan tugas-tugasnya di lapangan.

Sejalan dengan hal itu, Kasad Jenderal TNI Gatot Nurmantyo telah membuat kebijakan bahwa pada Tahun 2015, Yonif 516/ Carakha Yudha akan menjadi Yon Mekanis, dengan dilengkapi sejumlah ranpur seperti ranpur Anoa, segera laksanakan perencanaan dan persiapan untuk perubahan menjadi Yon mekanis ini, utamanya dari aspek personil dan peralatan, sehingga pada saatnya dapat melaksanakan salah satu tugas dari Yon Mekanis yaitu untuk mendukung pertempuran yang membutuhkan kecepatan, presisi, dan manuver personil. 

(SurabayaNews)

New Training Helicopters for RMAF

18 Desember 2014


Aribus Helicopters EC120 (photo : Airbus Helicopters)

SHAH ALAM: A decision will made soon on the company to provide the training helicopters for the Royal Malaysian Air Force under a Private Financing Initiative.

Under the programme, RMAF will receive a number of helicopters for basic and advanced rotary training to replace the Allouette III currently still in service at its training centre (Pulatibang 1) at the Kepala Batas, Alor Setar Kedah.

RMAF chief Jen Datuk Seri Roslan Saad said the decision was expected within the next “one month or so” for the programme. He declined to comment further. Roslan was speaking to the media after RMAF Excellence Service Awards today.

The helicopters under consideration are from the Airbus Helicopters stable namely the latest variants, of the EC120 and the EC135.

Malaysian Defence was informed that several companies had submitted the proposal under the PFI programme, apart from Aerotree Defence and Services Sdn Bhd, which currently leased two Super King Airs, to the RMAF for its multi-engine aircraft conversion training.

Industry sources told Malaysian Defence that the contract for the PFI may be signed at Lima 2015 in March.

Back in 2011, Aerotree signed a letter of intent with Airbus Helicopters to purchase three EC135 helicopters in a training and light utility role, along with options to buy more of these helicopters in the future.

Apart from RMAF future helo pilots, trainees from other services from the Army and Navy also undertake their basic rotary flying at Pulatibang 2.

(Malaysian Defence)

German Firm Says It Can Build Subs in SA

18 Desember 2014



A German submarine builder says it can build 12 Type 216 subs in Australia on time and for $20bn or less. (image : HDW)

GERMAN submarine builder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems says it can build 12 subs in Australia on time and for $20 billion or less.

THE company insists its long experience as a designer and commercial submarine builder, with 161 boats constructed for 22 countries since 1960, make it a low risk for Australia - far lower than Japan whose Soryu-class submarines have never been exported.

"It is our core business to sell a submarine which our customer wants, build it in their country and transfer technology and know-how," a source close to the TKMS bid said on Wednesday.

The government is considering what submarine will replace the navy's six Collins boats that reach retirement age from 2026.

Labor's 2009 and 2013 Defence white papers propose 12 advanced new subs assembled in South Australia where the Collins boats were built.

The coalition has hedged on committing to an Australian build with a final decision tipped for the new Defence White Paper next year.

Two years ago, there were no foreign contenders able to meet Australia's requirements.

But now there are several, from France, Germany, Sweden and Japan, whose Soryu-class boats are regarded as closest to Australia's specifications.

Some media reports suggest Soryu is a done deal, although it would still require substantial modification.

TKMS is proposing its Type-216, a 4000-tonne scaled up version of its widely used 1860-tonne Type-214. That gives it a range of 13,000 nautical miles and endurance of 80 days.

The Type-216 doesn't actually exist yet, although it's 80 per cent in the water. The company says it could produce the first boat in time for decommissioning of HMAS Farncomb in 12 years.

"That means getting a contract in the next year or two, in 2016 or thereabouts, but we can meet that schedule," the source said.

The $20 billion price tag is regarded as the ceiling and final costs could be less.

TKMS could build in either Germany or Australia. The company, which briefly owned Collins parent Kockums, is familiar with Australian facilities and shipbuilder ASC.

"Our position is simply we can build in Australia because we have a proven track record in places such as Greece and Turkey and Korea," the source said.

(The Australian)