03 Oktober 2015

Army Acquires Four 25mm RCWS-Equipped APCs

03 Oktober 2015

Four 25mm RCWS-equipped APCs are completed by the 2nd quarter of 2016 (photo : AFP)

MANILA (PNA) -- The ability of the Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) to deliver accurate and devastating fire will be greatly boosted once delivery of its four 25mm remote-control weapon system (RCWS)-equipped armored personnel carriers (APCs) are completed by the 2nd quarter of 2016.

MID public affairs office chief Major Felimon Tan, in a message to the PNA, said the vehicles were also equipped with thermal and laser sighting systems, making them very capable of engaging targets under cover and in the dark.

Aside from having larger rounds and explosive capabilities, the 25mm RCWS-equipped APCs also has the range to deal with helicopters and attack aircraft.

These can be done by using special "bursting" ammunition, Tan added.

The capability would allow the MID to deal with airborne threats, he said.

Aside from 25mm RCWS-equipped APCs, another 14 armored vehicles fitted with 76mm turrets and the four armored recovery vehicles are also expected to be delivered in 2016.

Six .50 caliber RCWS-equipped APCs are now undergoing acceptance tests at Camp O'Donnell, Capas, Tarlac.

Tan said the 76mm armed APCs would act as fire support and the PA's mobile anti-tank platform.

The Department of National Defense signed a 28 APC order deal with Israeli defense manufacturer Elbit Systems Ltd. worth Php882 million last June 22, 2014. 


RAN to Trial Innovative Australian designed ViDAR Payload for Naval Unmanned Aircraft Systems (NUAS) Operations

03 Oktober 2015

ScanEagle during testing with the the Royal Australian Navy (photo : UASVision)

Sentient has confirmed the procurement of its ViDAR (Visual Detection And Ranging) wide area maritime detection software by Insitu Pacific Ltd which is to be utilised and trialled by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on their specially configured Scan Eagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS)

MELBOURNE, Australia, Sep. 30, 2015 – Sentient today announced that the RAN has procured a license for its Kestrel Maritime ViDAR wide area maritime detection software to support RAN UAS activities. The software is designed to be incorporated into a purpose built ViDAR payload that can be modularly applied to the existing Block D Scan Eagle currently being flown by the Navy. 

"Kestrel Maritime ViDAR has the potential to be game changing for Naval UAS operations" said Simon Olsen, Sentient's Director of Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships. "Small payload capacity and limited bandwidth restrict tactical UAS to primarily provide surveillance over objects of interest that have already been detected". Typically detection of objects in the ocean requires manned aircraft with much greater payload capacity – aircraft which are often expensive to operate and deploy. "Kestrel Maritime ViDAR now gives a UAS like the Scan Eagle the crucial capability to search as well as to conduct surveillance, dramatically increasing its usefulness to the RAN" said Olsen. 

"The Navy is looking at the Kestrel Maritime ViDAR trials to potentially support, among other systems, wide area maritime surveillance" said Captain Allen Whittaker, RAN. 

Insitu Pacific Ltd (IPL) will be trialing the Kestrel Maritime ViDAR payload for the RAN as a part of their support to ongoing Navy UAS experimentation activity. "ViDAR provides a critical point of difference for the Scan Eagle UAS enabling it to now scan significant areas autonomously in both blue water and littoral environments", said Andrew Duggan, IPL's Managing Director.

Kestrel Maritime ViDAR

Kestrel Maritime ViDAR consists of a 9 megapixel second sensor on board a Scan Eagle and onboard automation software designed to automatically detect objects on the ocean in real time. The 9 megapixel sensor works autonomously from the operator, scanning the ocean’s surface in a 180 degree arc around the front of the Scan eagle. It operates similarly to airborne radar, but in the visual domain. Objects detected are sent to the operator on the ground as images and map location points in real time. Once detected, the operator can select the objects of interest enabling the primary sensor to be cross cued for interrogation/classification. A Scan Eagle equipped with a ViDAR payload can autonomously cover over 80 times the ocean’s surface as compared with existing EO/IR sensors.


Natuna Diproyeksikan Jadi Pearl Harbour Indonesia

03 Oktober 2015

Empat kapal besar akan dapat bersandar di Natuna (photo : Kaskus Militer)

JAKARTA - Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU) Marsekal TNI Agus Supriatna menginginkan agar Natuna menjadi Pearl Harbour bagi Indonesia dalam menjaga kedaulatan negara.

"Ya itu harus, Natuna harus diperkuat karena itu (penguatan Natuna) juga rencana saya. Bila perlu kita jadikan Pearl Harbour-nya Indonesia, untuk mengawasi wilayah kita yang begitu luas," ujarnya di Jakarta, Selasa (29/9/2015).

Menurut Agus, Natuna perlu dibangun pangkalan yang betul-betul sesuai untuk melaksanakan operasi Angkatan Udara (AU). Termasuk juga dermaga-dermaga lautnya juga harus diperkuat.

"Penempatan skuadron pesawat tempur tidak perlu di Natuna, sebab pesawat tempur dalam waktu singkat sudah bisa berada di sana. (Fasilitas atau sarana) itu yang dibutuhkan seperti, bunker-bunker, enggak bisa parkir biasa, nggak boleh harus bunker," jelasnya.

Sebelumnya, Menteri Pertahanan (Menhan) Jenderal Purn Ryamizard Ryacudu berencana meningkatkan pertahanan laut dan udara di Kepulauan Natuna, menyusul meningkatnya tensi di Laut China Selatan (LCS).

"Ya nanti bulan depan Natuna kita akan lengkapi, landasan kita perpanjang, ada pelabuhan besar paling tidak bisa menampung empat kapal kemudian pesawat-pesawat besar," ujarnya.‬ (Sindo)

DPR Setujui Alokasi Rp450 Miliar Penguatan Pangkalan TNI di Natuna

Landasan udara Natuna akan diperpanjang untuk mampu didarati pesawat tempur sekelas Flanker (photo : Kaskus Militer)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: Komisi I DPR RI mendukung langkah Kementerian Pertahanan (Kemenhan) meningkatkan keamanan di wilayah Pulau Natuna yang berbatasan langsung dengan Laut Cina Selatan.

Kata Ketua Komisi I Mahfudz Siddiq, peningkatan program yang diajukan Kementerian Pertahanan tersebut untuk menjaga konflik di kawasan yang dilatarbelakangi kepentingan Amerika Serikat dan Tiongkok untuk mengusai Laut Cina Selatan.

"Tadi kita menyetujui usulan itu untuk melakukan realokasi atau pergeseran anggaran sekitar Rp450-an miliar untuk kebutuhan penguatan pangkalan TNI di Natuna," kata Mahfudz usai di Kompleks Parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta Pusat, Senin (21/9/2015).

Mahfudz mengakui, kondisi pangkalan militer di Pulau Natuna cenderung tidak layak. Cukup logis jika dana tersebut digunakan untuk pengembangan fasilitas militer seperti landasan udara, hanggar, dan pangkalan kapal militer.

"Kalau sisi alutsista TNI bisa melakukan deployment ke sana. Tapi sarana dan prasarana untuk pangkalan udaranya, runway, dan juga untuk pelabuhan kapal angkatan laut itu diperbaiki," tukas dia.

Seperti diberitakan, Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu mengatakan pihaknya tengah fokus untuk memperbaiki infrastruktur di perbatasan, khususnya, Pulau Natuna yang berbatasan langsung dengan Laut Cina Selatan.

Menurut dia, Indonesia harus meningkatkan alat utama sistem persenjataan (Alutsista) yang ada di Laut Cina Selatan. Sebab, wilayah tersebut sedang panas diperebutkan Amerika Serikat dan Tiongkok. 

Sebagai contoh yaitu memperbaiki landasan udara di Pulau Natuna. Karena landasan di pulau tersebut tidak bisa digunakan untuk pesawat tempur dan hanya bisa  digunakan untuk pesawat angkut.

"Kita memang punya alutsista (di sana), seperti kapal dan pesawat namun yang penting adalah landasan (di Pulau Natuna)," ujar dia.(MetroTVNews)

Saab Signs Contract to Support Australian C-RAM Capability

03 Oktober 2015

ADF Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) radar (photo : Saab)

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to supply the Australian Defence Force with Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System.

(C-RAM) support with a contract value of approximately $AUD 26.4m (approximately SEK 168 million). The initial contract period includes the establishment period and three years of support services thereafter, with options of up to five 12-month extensions, that could take the contract period up to July 2024.

C-RAM is an essential capability to protect friendly forces from hostile fire. C-RAM sensors provide detection and warning against small, mobile and hard-to-find threats such as rocket and mortar fire. The C-RAM capability components to be supported under this contact are Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) radar, Giraffe Training Simulator and a Lightweight-Counter Mortar Radar. The contract follows the 2010 procurement of Saab’s Giraffe AMB and Giraffe Training System Mission Systems to support Australian troops during Operation ‘Slipper’ in Afghanistan.

“The Giraffe AMB radar maintained an operational availability of 98.5 per cent in Afghanistan and was the first layer of defence against insurgent rocket attacks for the Australian led coalition base at Tarin Kot,” says Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

“This contract is a boost to local industry with additional positions through the period of the contract to manage the Australian sub-supplier network and deep maintenance services from our headquarters in Adelaide”, says Rosenfield.

Adelaide-based, SaabAustraliawill lead an In-Service Support team which includes Saab inGothenburg,Swedenand SRCTec, LLC inSyracuse,USA.

“Saab’s global radar operations are now growing in Australia. Our Australian staff has the full backing of Saab in Sweden in our proven through-life support of the Giraffe AMB. It is a solution shared by many Giraffe AMB customers and includes global logistics and supply, comprehensive training, maintenance and engineering. This contract also proves that Saab has the competence to be able to support radar systems from other OEMs”, says Anders Linder, Head of Saab business unit Surface Radar Solutions.

SRCTec has been sub-contracted to provide through-life support to the AN/TPQ-49 Lightweight-Counter Mortar Radar. Saab Australia will manage the support program, including the establishment and delivery of support services and support to the introduction-into-service requirements, associated with the three C-RAM capability components.

The C-RAM capability is intended to be absorbed into the wider Australian Defence Force ground based air and missile defence capability.

Headquartered in Adelaide, Saab Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab AB, providing defence, security and traffic management solutions. With over 300 experienced staff across Australia and New Zealand, and a reputation for achieving complex systems integration projects on time, Saab Australia has proven its capabilities over more than 26 years.


02 Oktober 2015

Second A400M To Be Delivered In December

02 Oktober 2015

RMAF A-400M (photo : Malaysian Defence)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief, General Tan Sri Roslan Saad said the second Airbus A400M will be received in early December.

"This is the second of four aircraft bought in December 2005. The first was received on March 9. The A400M is a modern aircraft compared to the DHC-4 Coribou which we already have.

"RMAF pilots can still fly the aircraft despite the modern technology," he told reporters after his induction as fifth member of the Hall of Fame at Armed Forces Defence College (MPAT) here, today.

The A400M has a longer operating range and capable of transporting a higher volume of cargo compared to other aircraft in the RMAF stable.

Other than for defence purposes, it can also perform Medical Evacuation (Medevac) Air to Air Refuelling (AAR), Aerial Delivery (Paratroop & Logistic) and Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

Roslan said the remaining two aircraft are expected to arrive in stages in the middle of next year.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest award for MPAT alumni holding the highest office in military service.

The other inductees were Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) chief, General Tan Sri Zulkifli Mohd Zin, former RMAF chief, General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director-general, Admiral Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish and Army chief, General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

Thomas Global Systems Completes Delivery to SAAB for Upgrade of Australian Submarine Control System

02 Oktober 2015

Collins control room (photo : rnwarships)

Sydney, Australia – Thomas Global Systems has completed delivery of key components for the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) Remediation Project for the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarines.

Saab Australia Pty Ltd (Saab) was awarded the ISCMMS Project by ASC Pty Ltd in October 2013 to enable upgrade of the advanced technology ISCMMS system for the Collins fleet.  Saab selected Thomas to design and manufacture updated Distributed Control Modules and Fixed Conning Consoles as form-fit-function replacement to the current units.

Saab looked to Thomas recognising the company’s track record of reliability and delivery performance on the Collins program, together with its deep expertise in the design and production of specialist mission critical electronic systems.

CEO of Thomas Global Systems, Angus Hutchinson said “We are pleased to have delivered on time and within budget to support the overall project schedule of this program sustaining one of Australia’s most important defence assets.”

“Thomas Global Systems is honoured to have partnered with Saab, to continue our long term support for ASC Pty Ltd in increasing submarine availability for the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins fleet as they work towards international benchmark performance in 2017.”

(Thomas Global)

PAF in the Market for SF-260 Trainer Plane Spare Parts

02 Oktober 2015

PAF SF-260F trainer aircraft (photos : PTVNews, Timawa)

MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) announced that it is in the market for spare parts intended for the maintenance and recovery of one of its SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 trainer aircraft.

The said plane has tail number 027.

Major Gen. Isagani Silva, PAF Bidding and Awards Committee chair, in a bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System, said the project has a budget of Php13,207,728.

Bid opening is scheduled for Oct. 8, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

The SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 (now Alenia Aermacchi SF-260) is an Italian light aircraft marketed as an aerobatics and military trainer.

It was designed by Stelio Frati, originally for Aviamilano, which flew the first prototype of it (then designated F.260) on July 15, 1964.

Actual production was undertaken when SIAI Marchetti purchased the design soon thereafter and continued with this firm until Aermacchi bought the company in 1997.

The military versions are popular with smaller air forces, which can also arm it for use in the close-support role.

The PAF is known to operate between 10 to 18 units of the said aircraft in its inventory.