27 Agustus 2016

Commission Ceremony of Myanmar Air Force's Y-8F-200 and Grob G120TP

27 Agustus 2016

Y-8F 200 transport aircraft of the Myanmar Air Force (photo : Bangkok Post)

On August 22, 2016, Myanmar Air Force held commission ceremony of transport aircraft and training aircraft.  Two Shaanxi Y-8F-200 two engine transport aircraft from the people's Republic of China, and 10 units propeller training aircraft Grob G120TP from Germany stationed at the air base Meiktila in Mandalay.

Myanmar Air Force has procured Y-8D transport aircraft from China active previously in 1990, 4 machines with the number 5815, 5816, 5817,5818 and 5819.

Grob G-120TP of the Myanmar Air Force (photo : Myanmar MoI)

The new generation Y-8F-200 for Myanmar Air Force has acquired. Two aircraft for this type used for cargo.

The primary training aircraft propeller Grob G120TP of the Myanmar Air Force has ordered from Germany to supply 10 machines into service in June 2015 and an additional supply of 10 machines for totally 20 units.


DND Alocates Fund for Several Navy's Ship to Undergo Maintenance

27 Agustus 2016

BRP Gregorio del Pilar frigates (photo : cimsec)

PN allocates PHP6-M for frigates maintenance

MANILA (PNA) ---The Philippine Navy (PN) is allocating the sum of PHP6,095,160 for the acquisition of materials needed for the repairs and maintenance of the naval guns of frigates BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16).

The two ships are the former Hamilton-class cutters acquired from the US through the Excess Defense Articles Program.

They are armed with an Oto Melara 76mm autocannon and a variety of 25mm and 20mm light cannons.

Winning bidders are required to deliver the items within 45 calendar days.

Pre-bid conference is on Aug. 30, 1 p.m. at the Office of the PN Bids and Awards Committee, Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. (PNA)

BRP Cebu corvette (photo : maximontero)

Navy’s 5 patrol vessels to undergo repair, maintenance

The Philippine Navy will be spending PhP2.863 million for the repair and maintenance of the five oldest Navy patrol vessels. These patrol vessels are BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19), BRP Magat Salamat (PS-20), BRP Cebu (PS-28), BRP Pangasinan (PS-31), and the BRP Rizal (PS-74).

All of the mentioned vessels are of World War II vintage and are still being used for patrol and maritime surveillance by the Navy.

These vessels have the average age of 50 to 70 years old.

Pre-bid conference is slated at 1 p.m. on Aug. 30, at the Office of the PN Bids and Awards Committee, Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City. Winning bidders are required to complete the repair within 45 calendar days.

BRP Miguel Malvar (PS-19), BRP Magat Salamat (PS-20), BRP Cebu (PS-28), and BRP Pangasinan (PS-31) are from the Miguel Malvar class is a ship class of patrol corvettes of the Philippine Navy, and are currently its oldest class of corvettes. Prior to conversion as corvettes, these ships were formerly used by the US Navy as Admirable-class minesweepers, and PCE-842-class and PCE(R)-848-class patrol craft, which were both based on the Admirable-class hull.

Meanwhile, BRP Rizal (PS-74), one of the two Rizal class ships in service, is an ex-USN Auk class minesweeper. (Update)

FarSounder to Provide Sonars for Australian Navy’s Paluma-class Vessels

27 Agustus 2016

HMAS Paluma class hydrographic survey vessel (photo : John Wilson)

FarSounder has been contracted to provide four complete FarSounder-1000 systems and spare parts as part of an upgrade programme of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) four Paluma-class hydrographic Survey Motor Launches.

The FarSounder-1000 3D forward-looking sonar system provides the user with real-time navigation information up to 1,000m range ahead of the vessel.

It allows the user to choose between a wide field-of-view and an extended range mode.

 FarSounder-1000 Forward looking 3D sonar system (photos : FarSounder, sea image)

 The system is fitted with a stainless steel Transducer Module with an underwater wet matable connector, a power module in-rack-mountable chassis, waterproof connection cable, a SonaSoft user interface software, and a marinised bridge computer.

FarSounder engineering vice-president Matthew Zimmerman said: “The FarSounder team is proud to be a part of this upgrade programme for the RAN fleet.

“We appreciate our inclusion and that our products are recognised for the benefit they bring to this class of vessels.”

BAE Systems will serve as the prime contractor for this project, while Seismic Asia Pacific is the FarSounder dealer and is responsible for the purchase of the equipment and supporting the systems integration.

The four 360 metric tonnes survey motor launches operated by the RAN are HMA Ships Paluma (IV), Mermaid, Shepparton (II), and Benalla (II).

The vessels are designed to operate in the shallow waters of northern Australia, and generally work in pairs. They feature the latest survey and computerised hydrographic data processing equipment, and navigation aids.

Recently, FarSounder supplied its FarSounder-1000 systems for two US Navy transferred Osprey-class mine hunter coastal (MHC) vessels.


Jepang Tawarkan Pesawat Amfibi US-2 Seharga 100 juta USD

27 Agustus 2016

Pesawat amfibi ShinMaywa US-2 (photo : smartkeeda)

Jepang tawarkan pesawat amfibi kepada Indonesia

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Duta Besar Jepang untuk Indonesia, Yasuaki Tanizaki, dalam pertemuan dengan Menko bidang Politik, Hukum, dan Keamanan, Wiranto, menawarkan tiga pesawat amfibi buatan Jepang ShinMaywa US-2 yang masing-masing berharga 100 juta dolar AS.

"Tadi (topik) yang sangat menonjol yakni Jepang menawarkan pesawat amfibi yang memang cukup menarik bagi negara maritim seperti Indonesia," kata Wiranto di Kantor Kemenko Polhukam, Jakarta, Jumat.

Menurut dia, pesawat yang bisa lepas landas dan mendarat di wilayah darat dan air ini sangat bagus untuk menghadapi ancaman kebakaran hutan yang tahun lalu sempat menjadi isu serius di Indonesia.

"Saya kira pesawat amfibi memang sangat bagus untuk dimodifikasi menjadi bagian dalam upaya memadamkan api. Dia bisa mendarat di perairan, menyedot air langsung kemudian menyemprotkan air ke beberapa titik kritis hutan yang terbakar," ungkap Wiranto.

Meskipun mengakui pentingnya kegunaan pesawat multifungsi itu, Wiranto menegaskan belum ada pembahasan mengenai niat Indonesia membeli pesawat amfibi dari Jepang.

Pada November 2015, wacana pembelian pesawat amfibi Jepang oleh pemerintah Indonesia sempat mengemuka, namun Kepala Dinas Penerangan TNI Angkatan Laut Laksamana Muda Muhammad Zainuddin menampik rencana itu dengan menyatakan tidak ada kebutuhan atas pesawat amfibi US-2 dalam rencana strategis kekuatan pokok minimal atau "minimum essential force" (MEF) TNI.

Standar MEF dibuat berdasarkan hakikat ancaman dalam negeri dan perbatasan negara. Melalui MEF, alat utama sistem senjata yang dianggap sudah kuno akan diganti secara bertahap.

26 Agustus 2016

Gepard Frigate of Vietnamese Navy Spotted in the Black Sea

26 Agustus 2016

Gepard frigate for the Vietnamese Navy (all photos : BaoDatViet)

Russia forumer has posted pictures 2nd pair Russian Gepard vessels are close to the Vietnam Navy sea trials.

According to public image, the ship is being pulled on the Volga (not far from the factory Zelenodoslk). Much equipment and weapons was a complete installation, except for the complex radar (Mineral-ME radars already in place bow) and Uran missile launch tube-E. And most likely, the move to the river ship is to prepare for the long journey of the Black Sea trials.

However, it is strange that this Gepard warships still not been finalized main mast. While the photographs show a few months ago the pair's second Gepard ships Vietnam has almost completed superstructure.

Speaking about the time of handing over the ship to Vietnam Gepard, Portal State Corporation quoted Andrei Spiridonov Rostex - official representative of Zelenodolsk shipyard, the Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation) informed: "until the end of summer, warships present in the waters of the plant (Vietnam Gepard vessels), will install the latest equipment components. the duration of sea trials of the ship is expected in September / 2016 "

This information means that the time of handing over the 2nd pair Gepard ships to Vietnam in August and 9/2016 as planned will not be achieved. And is capable of information handed pair Gepard ships in 8-9 month / 2016 are technical handover at the plant, not the handover complete vessels pairs in Vietnam.

Earlier, the plan was handed the general director Maxim Gorky plant, Renat MistahovRenat Mistahov said two ships Gepard 3 and 4 will in turn hand over to Vietnam in October 8 and 9, 2016, earlier than planned 2017. Currently the work is completed to 65%.

Reportedly, this is not the first time the pair planned handover 2nd warship to Vietnam Gepard is revealed, in late May 4/2016, IHS Jane's magazine also reported that Russia will hand over the ship Gepard 3.9 3rd and 4th Vietnam in the third quarter and the fourth in 2016.

"Both 2 underground train hunting version will be launched respectively in April and May 5/2016, then we will begin basic tests" - he Mistakhov said, and added that "the ship will be handed over to Vietnam in the third quarter 2016 ".

Thus, information about the time of handing over the next couple Gepard vessels for Vietnam are constantly changing Russian side. Initially the information said, the deliveries will be carried out in 2016, but then, the engine problems caused the expected time back to 2017 and so far, CEO shipyard Zelenodolsk said the third quarter of 2016.

Earlier, in the 2015 financial statements of Zelenodolsk plant also highlighted by the delay in handing over the engine from the Ukraine has made progress of construction of the two vessels significantly delayed.

Specifically, with the train number 956 (the first of the pair of 2nd train), the construction period is 51 months new (from baseline to 42 months), ship number 957 new construction time is 54 months (from baseline to 46 months). And with a new notification from the State Corporation Rostex, this delay is probably still not improved.

Acquisition of Six New Air Defence Radars Need Retender

26 Agustus 2016

ThalesRaytheon Groundmaster radar (photo : MKFI)

A Non-Transparent Radar Acquisition

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Suspected irregularities in the procurement of six new sets of radars for the Air Force need to be investigated. These new radars are needed to bring the Air Force closer to the required 32 units, up from the 20 existing installations. The tender process began in April last year, but was annulled the following November because no participant met the criteria. 

The cancellation, some suspect, was the result of intervention from senior Indonesian Military (TNI) officials who wanted to ensure that the contract was awarded to Thales Raytheon Systems. Based in Paris, France, this producer of defense equipment has supplied radars to the TNI before.

Weibel radar of TNI AU (photo : Kaskus Militer)

The tender documents show that other similar companies, including Danish company Weibel Scientific, offered more sophisticated product at lower costs. If Thales wins the tender, it will be very obvious that there was collusion between vendor and buyer. This is why the bidding should be repeated. Even the specification for the radars was changed to match the Thales product.

A number of regulations have already been issued to reform the defense equipment procurement mechanism, such as Law No. 16/2012 on the Defense Industry. Among other provisions, this law states that any purchase of military equipment from foreign parties must involve the domestic defense industry, and that there must be technology transfer and local content.

The purchase of radars from Thales Raytheon Systems did not comply with those specifications. There was no technology transfer because the Indonesian defense industry and human resources did not have the capacity. 

See full article Tempo

New Zealand Signs Contract for P-3K Orion Upgrade

26 Agustus 2016

RNZAF P-3K Orion (photo : Chris Milne)

Further investment in new Defence capabilities

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee today welcomed the signing of a contract to upgrade the Royal New Zealand Air Force Underwater, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability on our six Orion aircraft with Boeing for a total of $36 million. 

Mr Brownlee says having an underwater surveillance capability deters interference with the sea lines of communication that New Zealand and many of its friends rely on for trade purposes. 

“Knowing what is happening underwater is integral to monitoring submarine activity,” Mr Brownlee says.

“This is particularly important in the Asia-Pacific region which is home to two-thirds of the world’s submarines. 

“The current Orion systems are old and have become less reliable. 

“I am pleased that New Zealand businesses Safe Air, Beca and Marops Limited will also be involved in supporting this acquisition through its life, with around 25 per cent of the value of the contract being spent with these companies.” 

The recently released 2016 Defence White Paper confirmed the importance of the New Zealand Defence Force having capabilities to cope with the realities of a complex and changing strategic environment, and to enable it to operate across a broad spectrum of geographic and operating environments.

Work is already underway within Defence on the Future Air Surveillance Capability project which will select a replacement for the Orion aircraft, which is due to retire from service in the mid-2020s.