13 September 2014

Only One Company Eligible for Contract to Supply Boats

13 September 2014

Two rigid-hull inflatable boats will be acquired for the Philippine Navy (photo : americanspecialops)

A local entity was the only company declared eligible to proceed to the next step of the bidding process to supply two rigid-hull inflatable boats for the Philippine Navy.

Anwelh Holdings, Inc. was the sole bidder that met all the eligibility requirements set by the Department of National Defense’s Special Bids and Awards Committee II for the P63-million contract.

This developed after bids for the supply contract were opened in Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday.

Four local vessel manufacturers that competed in the auction included Stoneworks Specialist International Corp., Propmech Corp., and Geneve S.A. Philippines, Inc.

Two other foreign companies that participated included Indonesia-based company P.T. Lundin Industry and Korean firm Hanwha Corp.

Five other bidders were declared ineligible due to documentary deficiencies and lack of certification required by government procurement procedures, Major Robert B. Maraon, legal officer of the Technical Working Group for the project, said.

“There are MRs (motion for reconsiderations) and then the other [bidders] may get reconsidered then we will proceed with the opening of the financial proposals,” Mr. Maraon told BusinessWorld in a phone interview.

Under current procurement laws, bidders may file an appeal three days after they are declared ineligible. But since the third day would fall on a Sunday, Mr. Maraon said they would accept filing until Monday, Sept 15.

The opening of financial proposals, on the other hand, will be done within ten days after the bid opening date, he said.

Rigid-hull inflatable boats are lightweight sea vessels designed for rough sea military operations by the Philippine Navy.

Besides being able to load light to medium armaments, these vessels are designed to maintain bouyancy especially during stormy weather.

These type of boats are usually used by the elite Philippine Navy Special Operations Group.

(Business World)

12 September 2014

Keel Laying for the RSN's First Littoral Mission Vessel

12 September 2014

The Keel Laying Ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy's first Littoral Mission Vessel. at Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (photo : Sing Mindef)

The keel laying ceremony for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) was held at Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) in Jurong today. Permanent Secretary (Defence) Mr Chan Yeng Kit officiated at the ceremony. The keel laying of the first LMV marks another significant milestone for the RSN.

RSN will have eight new LMVs to replace the existing Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (photo : RSN)

This LMV is the first of eight new LMVs to be built for the RSN by ST Marine, together with ST Electronics and DSO National Laboratories. The Defence Science and Technology Agency is the overall programme manager and systems integrator for the LMV programme.

The LMVs, to be equipped with advanced combat systems, will be highly versatile and capable of embarking on various mission modules to fulfil a full spectrum of operations. To enable enhanced operational efficiency with a leaner crew size, cutting-edge technologies and innovative concepts have been integrated into the design of the LMVs.

RSN Littoral Mission Vessel (image : Sing Mindef)

The LMVs will replace the existing Fearless-class Patrol Vessels, which have served the RSN well for close to 20 years. The addition of the LMVs to the RSN will enhance the capabilities of the RSN for the seaward defence of Singapore.

(Sing Mindef)

CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre Announces Official Launch of Training at New Training Facility in Brunei

12 September 2014

The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) (all photos : CAE)

Rimba, Brunei Darussalam -The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) today announced it has officially started training at the new training facility located at the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB)'s Rimba Digital Junction, Brunei Darussalam.

The official Launch of Training ceremony and celebration was attended today by the Guest of Honour Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Chairman of BEDB.  The CAE Brunei MPTC Launch of Training event was also attended by other Government of Brunei officials and CAE executives, as well as customers of the CAE Brunei MPTC.

The CAE Brunei MPTC is a joint venture between CAE, based in Canada, and the Government of Brunei Darussalam through the Ministry of Finance.

"The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre is a shining example of Brunei's investment in diversifying and growing knowledge-based industries, and CAE is honoured to be a partner in helping Brunei Darussalam achieve its National Vision, or Wawasan," said Gene Colabatistto, CAE's Group President, Defence and Security. "The MPTC will now provide high-quality job opportunities for local Bruneians, and the facility will play a key role as a world-class learning and training hub for a range of industries, defence and security forces, and the wider Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) region."

The CAE Brunei MPTC has worked closely with the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) as well as other stakeholders in Brunei to ensure the successful start-up of the CAE Brunei MPTC.  This project is one of the highest non-oil and gas investments secured by the BEDB with a total investment valued at more than US$100 million. Additionally, this project will create 65 local jobs and by the year end, there are plans to have 100 positions for Bruneians.

Brunei Darussalam was chosen for the training centre not just because of its economic strength, geographic location, stability, focus on safety, low tax rates and strong relationship with its ASEAN neighbours but also because the project was in line with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's vision of providing high-quality and high-tech employment opportunities for the locals in the future. The preparation of the Rimba Digital Junction and the training facility will see the CAE Brunei MPTC deliver the following training:

S-92 Training

The CAE Brunei MPTC features training for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter in a new CAE 3000 Series S-92 simulator, which was recently certified by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. Brunei Shell Petroleum S-92 helicopter pilots have begun training at the CAE Brunei MPTC, and it is expected that other international S-92 customers in the region will also train at the MPTC.

PC-7/S-70i Training

A CAE-built PC-7 flight training device (FTD) was recently installed at the CAE Brunei MPTC and will now be used to provide training for the PC-7 training aircraft.  The PC-7 FTD will complement PC-7 pilot training programs by providing a flight simulator that is safe and cost-effective for procedural, familiarization and emergency training.

In late 2015, the CAE Brunei MPTC is expected to take delivery of a CAE 3000 Series S-70i Black Hawk helicopter simulator.

Emergency and Crisis Management Training

The CAE Brunei MPTC has established an Emergency and Crisis Management Centre of Excellence that will provide relevant local authorities such as Brunei's Ministry of Home Affairs and National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) with comprehensive training designed to better plan and prepare for emergencies.  Using simulation-based training, the CAE Brunei MPTC will offer emergency and crisis management training programs that will help improve coordination, response and operational decision-making during a range of emergency scenarios.  The CAE Brunei MPTC will also be offering emergency and crisis management training to the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN).

"We are pleased to officially launch training at the CAE Brunei MPTC just 15 months after breaking ground on this world-class training facility," said Kevin Speed, Director of the CAE Brunei MPTC.  "The facility will play a prominent role in the training and education of professionals in Brunei and throughout the ASEAN region who are involved in mission-critical environments.  We are honoured to be the Government of Brunei's partner of choice in bringing simulation-based technologies and capabilities to the region to support safety, security, and productivity for Brunei Darussalam and its neighbours."

Other simulation-based training programs to support other market segments such as healthcare are expected to be added to the CAE Brunei MPTC in the future.


TNI AU Kirimkan 6 Pilot Berlatih di Wing Tempur 162 Tucson Arizona.

12 September 2014

Enam penerbang F-16 TNI AU saat berada di depan markas Wing Tempur 162 dibawah Pangkalan Air National Guard di Tucson Arizona saat menjalani transisi (all photos : TNI AU)

Penerbang F-16 TNI AU Berlatih di Wing Tempur 162 Tucson Arizona

TNI AU kembali mengirimkan para penerbang tempurnya ke Amerika Serikat terkait program pengadaan pesawat tempur F-16 C/D 52ID “Peace Bima Sena II”. Sejak tanggal 26 Agustus 2014 hingga 13 September 2014 enam penerbang F-16 dari Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi mengikuti latihan konversi “Differential Training Batch II “untuk mendapat kualifikasi penerbang F-16 C/D 52ID. Latihan diselenggarakan di Wing Tempur 162 yang berada dibawah Pangkalan Air National Guard di Tucson AFB Arizona.

Keenam penerbang TNI AU yang berlatih di Arizona adalah Mayor.Pnb.Nur “Racer” Alimi (36), Mayor. Pnb.Agus “Wolverine” Dwi Aryanto (33), Kapt.Pnb.Gigih “Badger” Pratama (28), Kapt.Pnb.Yunianto “Wolfhound” Wibowo (29), Lettu.Pnb.Ferry “Fierce” Rahman (29) dan Lettu.Pnb.Yususf “Adder” Atmaraga (27). Dalam latihan ini para penerbang kita hanya menjalani Ground Training karena sudah memiliki jam terbang cukup banyak di pesawat F-16 Block 15 OCU TNI AU, selanjutnya untuk latihan terbang dengan pesawat F-16 C/D 52ID akan dilaksanakan di Lanud Iswahyudi Madiun.

Tucson AFB adalah markas dari Fighter Wing 162 yang membawahi tiga skadron tempur yang terdiri dari Fighter Squadron 148, 152 dan 195 yang selain menjadi skadron National Guard juga bertugas menyelenggarakan kursus transisi serta konversi bagi para calon penerbang F-16 C/D di jajaran Air National Guard dan AU Internasional.

Seperti enam penerbang F-16 TNI AU terdahulu maka para penerbang kali ini juga tidak mengikuti pelajaran “basic system” pesawat karena dasar sistem pesawat Block 25 yang menjadi “bahan dasar” F-16 52ID hampir sama dengan pesawat block 15 kita. Para penerbang lebih memperdalam penguasaan system avionic dan taktik penggunaan system persenjataan yang sebagian cukup berbeda antara system avionic 52ID dengan pesawat block 15 OCU. Para penerbang juga melaksanakan latihan simulator untuk mempelajari “switchology” pesawat, emergency procedures serta beberapa taktik dan tehnik dasar penggunaan peralatan avionic dan senjata udara modern yang bisa diangkut F-16 C/D 52ID.

Perbedaan yang sangat mendasar dengan pesawat F-16 A/B adalah pesawat F-16 C/D 52ID dilengkapi sistem MMC 7000A (Modular Mission Computer) Tape 5 sekelas Block 52+ sebagai jantung dan otak avionic pesawat , disamping Multi Function Display berwarna, Data link 16, Radar, Stores Management System terbaru, system Embedded GPS & INS yang canggih dan memungkinkan pesawat melepas bom JDAM dengan kendali GPS, Radio Have Quick II untuk kerahasiaan komunikasi dan data, Missile Warning System, Jammer System dan Electronic Warfare System modern untuk misi SEAD (Suppression Of Enemy Air Defence) terhadap radar dan rudal pertahanan udara lawan. Pesawat F-16 C/D Block 52ID ini memungkinkan kita untuk sanggup bertempur siang dan malam disegala kondisi cuaca dan segala macam sasaran, dengan hampir semua senjata udara ke udara dan udara ke darat canggih barat saat ini.

Pesawat F-16 C/D 52ID TNI AU dalam program “Peace Bima Sena II” adalah pesawat F-16 Block 25 USAF yang telah menjalani program “The Common Configuration Implementation Program” (CCIP) seperti yang dijalani semua pesawat F-16 CD Blok 40/42/50/52 milik USAF agar sesuai standar terbaru Blok-50/52+ USAF. Semua pesawat F-16 52ID TNI AU juga menjalani penguatan struktur rangka pesawat dengan program Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) sehingga umur rangka pesawat bertambah menjadi lebih dari 10.000 jam, sehingga pesawat bisa dipakai selama minimal 10 tahun lagi. Setelah itu pesawat bisa menjalani Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) yang akan menambah umur rangka pesawat sekitar 2000 jam atau 10 tahun masa pakai. Pada saat usia pakai F-16 C/D 52 ID berakhir maka pengalaman, taktik dan tehnik yang didapat bisa dimanfaatkan untuk mengoperasikan armada pesawat tempur modern generasi 4.5 atau generasi ke 5 masa depan kita.

Sebelumnya tiga pesawat F-16 C/D 52ID sudah melakukan penerbangan dari Anderson AFB Guam ke Lanud Iswahjudi Madiun dan mendarat dengan selamat pada hari Kamis tanggal 24 Juli 2014 silam. Selanjutnya meskipun jajaran F-16 “dual seat” seluruh dunia sedang mengalami permasalahan pada struktur “longeron” cockpit namun pesawat kita sudah menjalani perbaikan dan diharapkan pada akhir September dua pesawat lagi akan tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi bersamaan dengan rencana peresmian Skadron Udara 16 di Lanud Rusmin Nuryadin Pekanbaru.

Armada baru pesawat F-16 C/D 52ID merupakan jembatan untuk membawa kekuatan udara Indonesia selangkah lebih maju, mampu menghasilkan penerbang dan tehnisi yang mahir menguasai pesawat dengan generasi lebih maju, dan juga membawa segenap jajaran Angkatan Udara kita menguasai tehnologi, manajemen dan taktik pertempuran udara modern. Dengan kemampuan yang canggih memungkinkan kekuatan udara siap menjadi bagian dari operasi gabungan TNI untuk beroperasi di darat, laut dan udara. Kehadiran skadron F-16 C/D 52ID ini akan peningkatan kemampuan Air Power atau Kekuatan Dirgantara agar mampu melindungi Keamanan Nasional Indonesia.


Penembakan Misil Bersepadu TLDM dan TUDM di Laut China Selatan

12 September 2014

Pesawat SU-30MKM selesai melaksanakan penembakan (photo : TLDM)

Kota Kinabalu – Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) dan Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) telah berjaya melancarkan penembakan misil secara bersepadu di Perairan Laut China Selatan sekitar jam 9 hingga 11 pagi tadi. Penembakan yang dilancarkan dari aset TLDM dan TUDM ini telah berjaya mengenai sasaran udara dan sasaran permukaan yang disasar pada jarak dan kelajuan yang telah dirancang.

Kesan Impak dari Tembakan KH-31A (photo : TLDM)

Dalam penembakan pagi tadi, TLDM telah melancarkan misil SEAWOLF dari Kapal Diraja (KD) LEKIU ke sasaran tunda udara TGX-2. Manakala misil EXOCET MM40 dari KD KASTURI dan misil SEASKUA dari helikopter TLDM Super Lynx dan misil KH-31A dari pesawat pejuang TUDM SU-30MKM dilancarkan ke sasaran permukaan. Kesemua misil yang dilancar pada jarak yang dirancang ini, telah tepat mengenai dan memusnahkan struktur sasaran yang dibina khas untuk tujuan penembakan.

KD KASTURI melancarkan Misil MM40 (photo : TLDM)

Penembakan bersepadu ini merupakan kemuncak kepada Eksesais ANGSA 9/2014 yang telah bermula sejak 1 Sep dan dijadualkan berakhir pada 15 Sep 14. Eksesais ini dilaksanakan setiap tahun secara giliran di antara TLDM dan TUDM dengan elemen bantuan dari Tentera Darat Malaysia (TDM), dalam usaha meningkatkan latihan secara bersama (joint) antara kesemua cabang perkhidmatan ATM khususnya dalam senario peperangan maritim.

KD KASTURI melancarkan Misil MM40 (photo : TLDM)

Penembakan kali ini melakarkan sejarah, apabila buat julung kalinya pesawat pejuang TUDM, SU-30MKM melaksanakan penembakan misil sejak memasuki inventori ATM pada tahun 2007. TLDM dan TUDM turut melaksanakan perkongsian dalam pengoperasian penembakan dengan menggunakan struktur target permukaan yang sama untuk penembakan misil SEASKUA, KH-31A dan EXOCET MM40. Selain itu, siri latihan penembakan tahunan TLDM iaitu Operasi TAMING SARI 18/2014 juga turut digabung dan dilaksana sewaktu Eksesais ANGSA 9/2014.

Kesan Impak dari Tembakan Exocet MM40 (photo : TLDM)

Eksesais pada tahun ini melibatkan aset bantuan dari kedua-dua cabang perkhidmatan sebagai aset untuk keselamatan kawasan, tim sasaran, rakaman dan analisis. Antara aset TLDM yang terlibat ialah KD JEBAT, KD MAHAWANGSA, KD SELANGOR, KD KELANTAN, KD PAHANG, KD MAHAMIRU, KD LEDANG, Bot Tempur CB 90, Tim Penyelam, Weapon Trial and Assesment Team (WTAT), Institut Penyelidikan Sains dan Teknologi Pertahanan (STRIDE), Tim Teknikal Misil dari Depot Peluru dan Letupan TLDM serta helikopter Fennec dan Super Lynx. Sementara aset TUDM yang turut terlibat ialah pesawat SU-30MKM, EC752 dan B200T.

KD LEKIU melancarkan Misil SEAWOLF (photo : TLDM)

Kejayaan penembakan misil bersepadu ini telah sekali lagi membuktikan bahawa kesiagaan ATM khususnya TLDM dan TUDM sentiasa di tahap yang tinggi dalam mempertahankan kedaulatan negara. Ia juga sekaligus meletakkan ATM antara pasukan Angkatan Tentera yang wajar digeruni di rantau ini.

VVIP yang turut hadir bagi menyaksikan penembakan bersepadu (photo : TLDM)

Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Abdul Aziz bin Haji Jaafar, Panglima Tentera Darat, Jeneral Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor dan Panglima Operasi Udara TUDM Leftenan Jeneral Dato Seri Ackbal bin Haji Abdul Samad TUDM hadir menyaksikan penembakan ini dari platform kapal KD MAHAWANGSA di Perairan Laut China Selatan. Eksesais ANGSA 9/2014 dan penembakan misil ini dikelolakan oleh Panglima Armada, Laksamana Madya Dato Mohamad Roslan bin Mohamad Ramli selaku Pengarah Eksesais. Kejayaan Eksesais ANGSA 9/2014 membuktikan keupayaan saling khidmat (interperobality) antara elemen dalam ATM.


AFP Modernization Program has 20.8-B Funding Shortfall in 2014 & 2015

12 September 2015

For the modernization program AFP requested for a budget of Php24 billion for 2014 and Php26.8 billion for 2015 (photo : militaryphotos)

The Armed Forces Modernization Program would have a total funding shortfall of Php20.8 billion in 2014 and 2015, which belies claims by some sectors that the military is provided with hefty allocation each year, according to a lawmaker during the hearing on the defense department’s Php141.84 billion proposed budget for next year.

Rep. Ashley Acedillo (Party-list, Magdalo) said during the hearing Tuesday of the House Appropriations Committee chaired by Rep. Isidro Ungab (3rd District, Davao City) that the AFP requested for a budget of Php24 billion for 2014 and Php26.8 billion for 2015 for its Modernization Program.

However, he said both amounts were not approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said that for 2014, the AFP received only Php9.7 billion for its Modernization Program. For 2015, Acedillo said based on the AFP expenditure program, the DBP-approved funding for the military’s Modernization Program is Php20 billion, which is Php6.8 billion less than the AFP’s requested funding of Php 26.8 billion.

“In other words, there is a shortfall of Php6.8 billion in 2015. For 2014 and 2015, there is a shortfall of around Php20.8 billion,” said Acedillo, a former Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilot and officer.

Acedillo said while the government has other priorities to give funding support to, the AFP Modernization Program should be adequately supported for the country’s welfare and national security.

“As pointed out by our colleagues, we have many priorities. We understand that the AFP Modernization Program, spread for several years, will cost the government a lot. But we firmly believe that there is no price tag for national security,” said Acedillo.

He urged the government that should it slash the funding requests of the AFP, the reduction should not be too drastic. He also said the DND should work closely with the DBM and the House Committee on National Defense to find a solution to the budgetary requirements of the AFP Modernization Program.

Budget and Management Assistant Secretary Tina Rose Marie Canda said the original segregation or annual amount for the AFP Modernization Program is about Php15 billion a year. “We did not expect that there will be an acceleration in the acquisition of projects for the modernization program,” said Canda.(AngMalaya)

66 military projects set for delivery, completion by 2015 --DND

Sixty-six capability upgrade projects for the military will be completed by 2015, a ranking official of the Department of National Defense said during the hearing on the DND's proposed budget for next year at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday. 

Defense Undersecretary for Modernization Fernando Manalo said that these include the attack helicopters, medium and light-lift aircraft, strategic-sealift vessels, and F/A-50 fighter aircraft.

This was in response to the question made by Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate on what equipment can the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expect within the coming years.

Manalo said they are ready to submit to Congress a more detailed description of the 66 military upgrade projects slated for delivery and completion next year. 

The DND is proposing a Php141.85-billion budget for 2015. These can be broken down into: 37.75 percent for personnel services of the Army, Air Force, Navy; 15.29 percent for capital outlay; 17.11 percent for MOOE (maintenance and other operating expenses); and 29.87 percent for pensions of retired military personnel.


11 September 2014

Lapangan Terbang TNI AL Grati-Pasuruan Resmi Dioperasikan

11 September 2014

Lapangan terbang TNI AL di Grati, Pasuruan, Jawa Timur (photo : SindoNews)

Lapter Grati Hari Ini Diresmikan KSAL
PASURUAN – Para calon penerbang dan pilot TNI-AL kini memiliki lokasi alternatif untuk berlatih menerbangkan pesawat. Lapangan terbang (lapter) R.E.B.O. Tjokroadiredjo di dalam kompleks Pusat Latihan Tempur (Puslatpur) TNI-AL Grati, Pasuruan, diresmikan KSAL Laksamana TNI Marsetio hari ini (10/9).

Kemarin (9/9) sejumlah persiapan dilakukan TNI-AL untuk menyambut peresmian lapter tersebut. Mulai pengecekan kondisi landasan hingga pemasangan radar.

Butuh waktu sekitar 10 menit dengan mengendarai sepeda motor untuk menuju lapter itu. Lokasi lapter tersebut hanya berjarak sekitar 6,8 kilometer dari Jalan Raya Grati (jalur Pasuruan–Probolinggo). Landasan pacu di lapter itu membentang dari barat ke timur dengan panjang sekitar 1,2 kilometer.

Grati akan menjadi lapangan terbang untuk mendidik calon pilot TNI AL (photo : Jawa Pos)

Kasubdit Metoda TNI-AL Mayor Martin menjelaskan, lapter tersebut dibangun sejak 2007. Untuk persiapan peresmian, perlengkapan seperti radar telah dipasang. Peresmian akan diramaikan dengan atraksi akrobatik pesawat.

’’Apron lapangan terbang ini mampu menampung 11 pesawat. Ada pesawat latih ukuran sedang yang berlatih di sana. Saat peresmian, ada juga manuver akrobat pesawat,’’ kata Mayor Martin kemarin.

KSAL Laksamana Marsetio berkunjung ke lapter tersebut beberapa waktu lalu. Dalam kesempatan itu, Marsetio menuturkan bahwa keberadaan lapter tersebut diharapkan bisa menunjang latihan pendaratan, penerjunan, dan pusat latihan dasar militer lain TNI-AL.

Lokasinya yang berdekatan dengan Bandara Juanda juga diharapkan bisa menjadi alternatif saat Juanda sibuk atau padat. ’’Dalam setahun, TNI-AL melatih 20–30 pilot baru. Kalau latihan dan landing di Surabaya sudah penuh, penerbangan bisa terganggu,’’ ujarnya saat itu.