10 Februari 2016

Royal Thai Army to Procure New MBT with a Budget of THB8.9 Billion

10 Februari 2016

 M41 Walker Bulldog tanks (photo : pantip)

The Royal Thai Army have allocated a budget of almost THB 9 billion to procure new tanks after additional procurement of the OPLOT tanks from Ukraine ran into problems. Which 3 models have been short listed one of the short listed model is the T90S many observers think there will be some negotiations concerning the T-90S during the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prawit Wongsuwan visit to Moscow this February.

Further investigation by the Nation have revealed that the budget of THB 8,997,450,000 have already been allocated spread out across three fiscal years from 2016 to 2018 for the purchase of replacement of 51 M41 Walker Bulldog tanks produced by the US. Which has been in service with the RTA for 50 years since the Vietnam war.

“These tanks first appeared in service with the RTA in 2006, due to it’s long service RTA deemed it a necessity to replace them which originally the OPLOT tank was chosen as the replacement tank, however since the coup there are problems to procure additional OPLOT tanks which restricts sales to governments that have been taken over by a coup and if the RTA delayed the procurement till after the elections there would be problems with the budget which has already been approved and unused which would have to be returned to the Finance Ministry.”

Under these circumstances the RTA submitted other alternatives such as the Russian      T-90S, S.Korean KA1A and Chinese VT-4 of which the S.Korean KA1A have not been officially approved for export and the Chinese VT-4 failed due to quality issues.

(The Nation)

Drones an Option to Replace Orions

10 Februari 2016

MQ-4C Triton (image : Northrop Grumman)

The military is considering using unmanned drones to patrol waters surrounding New Zealand.

At present, six Orion aircraft provide airborne surveillance, support for customs and police operations, search and rescue missions and disaster relief.

Illegal fishing and drug smuggling need to be watched for in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which is the fourth largest in the world and 20 times the country's land mass.

The Defence Force's P-3K2 Orions, which normally have a crew of 12 and also provide surveillance in the Pacific and Southern Ocean, are due to be retired from service in the mid-2020s.

A Defence spokesman told the Herald that a project examining replacement options was under way.

"It is still in the early capability definition phase. Remotely piloted vehicles will be considered as part of the project, along with piloted and space-based systems."

Australia will supplement the replacement of its own Orions with up to seven MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have been under development by the United States Navy.

P3K2 Orions (photo : nzff)

The drones, made by American firm Northrop Grumman, have the wingspan of a small airliner, weigh nearly 15,000kg and and are able to fly for more than 24 hours at a time.

State-of-the-art sensors provide a 360-degree view of surrounds, for more than 2000 nautical miles.

Australia won't rely on drones - new manned Boeing aircraft are the primary replacement for the Orions. The US will likewise use a mixture of drones and conventional aircraft.

Drone technology will have advanced by the time New Zealand replaces its Orion aircraft - Aurora Flight Sciences has built a drone that recently set a world flight endurance record for unmanned aircraft at 80 hours - and landed with 60 hours of fuel left.

Remotely piloted boats are also being developed. Singapore's Navy has unveiled its new unmanned surveillance boat, which is 16m long and can stay at sea for more than 36 hours.

Labour's defence spokesman, Phil Goff, said it would be important to keep surveillance options open for as long as possible, given rapid advances in technology. "To say that either drones or satellite technology could totally replace all the functions of a crewed flight would be speculative and premature."

Illegal fishing and other activities such as drug smuggling meant surveillance was important, Mr Goff said, and he was aware that Customs and Police weren't satisfied with the current surveillance capacity of the Defence Force.

Peter Greener, a senior fellow at Victoria's University's Centre for Strategic Studies, said UAV technology was needed - balanced with manned aircraft and satellites.

"You would want to maintain some manned capacity, both for working up in the [Pacific] Islands and providing search and rescue, for instance."

It was important to recognise that surveillance UAVs were very different from those used in combat, Dr Greener said.

UAV technology would be costly, and still require trained pilots and a control base, including technicians to analyse data. That meant there wouldn't necessarily be large savings or job losses, because personnel would be retrained.


09 Februari 2016

Menhan Akan Teken Pembelian Sukhoi SU-35 Bulan Depan

09 Februari 2016

Pesawat tempur Sukhoi Su-35 (photo : Vitaly V Kuzmin)

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu berencana melakukan kunjungan kerja ke Moscow, Rusia, Maret mendatang. Ryamizard ke Rusia untuk memenuhi undangan sebagai pembicara dalam sebuah acara di Negeri Beruang Merah tersebut.

"Selain itu saya akan teken kontrak pembelian Sukhoi SU-35," kata Ryamizard usai mengikuti pertemuan dengan Sekretaris Pertahanan Rusia di kantor Kementerian Koordinator Politik Hukum dan Keamanan, di Jakarta, Selasa, 9 Februari 2016.

Ryamizard mengatakan, sesuai rencana, pemerintah hanya akan membeli delapan hingga sepuluh unit Sukhoi SU-35 meski kebutuhan TNI AU adalah satu skuadron atau 14-16 unit pesawat. 

Ryamizard mengatakan, kebijakan ini diambil agar tak ketinggalan teknologi. "Begitu sudah jadi pesawatnya, ternyata ada (pesawat tempur) yang lebih canggih lagi. Jangan sampai kita tertinggal teknologinya," kata mantan Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat itu.

Ryamizard masih merahasiakan harga satu unit Sukhoi SU-35 dan besaran anggaran pemerintah. Namun menurut sejumlah situs pertahanan, harga satu unit Sukhoi SU-35 berkisar US$ 50-70 juta, atau antara Rp 680 miliar - 952 miliar dengan kurs Rp 13.600 per dolar AS.

Sukhoi SU-35 merupakan jenis pesawat tempur canggih buatan Rusia generasi 4,5 atau mendekati kemampuan siluman (antiradar). Pemerintah sepakat memilih Sukhoi SU-35 untuk menggantikan jet buru sergap F-5 Tiger TNI AU yang dinilai sudah uzur.

Jet tempur SU-35 ini berkursi tunggal, hasil pengembangan dari SU-27. Indonesia sudah mengoperasikan jet SU-27 sejak 2004 silam. Pemerintah memilih SU-35 lantaran memudahkan pilot dan teknisi TNI AU. Sebab pengoperasian dan perawatannya tak jauh berbeda dengan SU-27.

Sukhoi SU-35 dapat terbang dengan kecepatan maksimum 2.390 kilometer per jam. Pesawat ini dapat terbang sejauh 3.500-5.000 kilometer, memiliki 14 cantelan senjata yang bisa diisi dengan rudal, roket, dan bom.


Helmet Mounted Cuing System (HMCS) untuk Helikopter MD 530G Tentera Darat Malaysia

09 Februari 2016

Helm HCMS untuk helikopter MD530G (image : MMP)

Tentera Darat Malaysia telah membeli enam buah MD 530G Scout Attack Helikopter untuk kegunaan PUTD. Pesawat ini agak unik kerana buat pertama kali MD 530G ini akan merangkumkan pakej persenjataan yang custom termasuk Mission Management System yang lengkap yang tidak pernah terdapat pada model MD 500 yang sebelumnya. 

Pakej khas ini juga akan merangkumi satu Store Managment System dan helmet yang dilengkapi Alat Helmet Mounted Cuing System (HMCS) hampir sama seperti helmet pesawat pejuang. Sistem HMCS yang canggih ini akan digunakan untuk mengenal pasti sasaran dan melakukan penjejakan, dan membolehkan roket berpanduan laser dan missile Hellfire ditembak dengan ketepatan tinggi.

Dengan jarak penerbangan pesawat ini lebih jauh berbanding model-model lain, pesawat MD 530G PUTD akan ditempatkan di ESSCOM untuk memburu dan memusnahkan penceroboh dari selatan Filipina.


Royal Thai Armed Forces to Receive New H145M Helicopters

09 Februari 2016

H145M for Royal Thai Air Force with its camouflage pattern, the Airbus Helicopters H145M previously known as the EC645 T2 (photo : DefenceBlog)

The Royal Thai Navy ordered five H145M helicopters in October 2014. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2016. The Royal Thai Army signed for six H145M too  with a VIP installation, under the Light Utility Helicopter Type II requirement, to be deployed principally on official passenger transport duties, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016.

The first helicopters H145M for Royal Thai Air Force with its camouflage pattern are ready and spotted at the factory of Airbus Helicopters.

The H145M (previously known as the EC645 T2) is an economical and versatile military helicopter covering the entire spectrum of military missions, from light utility to light attack.

The H145M delivers the reliability and low operating costs of Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role EC145, which is a rotorcraft of reference for law enforcement organizations and military services – including the U.S. Army, with its UH-72A Lakota version.

Earlier in november 2015 was spotted Thai Army H145M 20069 is towed from the production line to the flight test hangar. 20069 is also its construction number.


Ukrainian BTR-4 with Deutz Engine Adopted by Ukrainian Army

09 Februari 2016

Ukrainian BTR-4 (photo : radiosvoboda)

"Ukroboronprom" signed the decision on the admission into service of the Ukrainian army BTR-4, adapted to the German Deutz engines for all NATO standards. 

The relevant document  was signed by the head of the group Roman Romanov directly on one of the grounds of the Kharkiv region after the test equipment.

Party of the new engines will be used for the assembly of armored personnel carriers BTR-3, BTR-4 and armored latest "Dozor-B." Until now, the equipment installed outdated Russian-made engines.

"Ukroboronprom" quickly made changes to the manufacturing process, technical documentation, so in the near future the companies of the Concern will install the engine of  Deutz (NATO standards) for all domestic samples of armored vehicles.

"German Deutz powerful, reliable, and that is very important in conditions of war, much quieter Russian engines, which were installed on armored vehicles before. Thus, the Ukrainian military will receive the best examples of ukrainian military equipment, which is established in accordance with NATO standards ", - commented Roman Romanov.

"Ukroboronprom" is now sees the development of active cooperation with many famous international companies. Among them - Deutz AG, Iveco, Volvo, Honeywell, Airbus, Boeing, Textron, Elbit, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Thales.


Japan Steps up Bid to Win Australia Submarine Contract

09 Februari 2016

Australian Collins class submarines in formation in Cockburn Sound, near Rockingham in Western Australia on March 22, 2015 (photo : RAN)

Japan has assured Australia it will share its most secret stealth technology if it wins a contract to design and build Canberra's next generation of submarines, a report said Monday.

Three international bidders are competing for the project worth up to Aus$50 billion (US$36 billion) to replace Australia's current diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines which are set to be retired from about 2026.

The tender process is now closed with submissions received from DCNS of France, Germany's TKMS and the Japanese government.

Besides matching the range and endurance of the Collins Class, the new generation of subs are expected to offer superior sensor performance and stealth capabilities.

Japan's Deputy Defence Minister Kenji Wakamiya said Tokyo ordinarily only shared details of its Soryu class submarine with the United States, but Australia was also considered a deeply trusted ally.

"It is of major importance to us that we will be sharing this secret technology with Australia," he told The Australian newspaper in comments published Monday.

Wakamiya added that Tokyo's willingness to do this demonstrated the importance it placed on maintaining regional security.

"Please also recognise that this decision was based on Japan seeing Australia as a very important partner," he said.

"And I believe that a joint project to build the new submarine would contribute greatly to maritime safety in this region."

Late last year Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani echoed similar sentiments that picking Tokyo could help ensure maritime security in the Asia-Pacific.

He was alluding to the importance of allies such as the US, Japan and Australia working together in the face of China's growing military might.

For Australia, cooperating with Japan -- whose Soryu is widely seen as the best submarine of its type -— risks angering its biggest trading partner China.

According to the report, Japan is offering to build a new Soryu with its hull extended six to eight metres (20 to 26 feet) to carry more batteries and fuel to take account of the massive distances the Australian navy travels.

The tender process has been politically sensitive, with Canberra keen to maximise Australian industry involvement and jobs. There are fears that any off-the-shelf purchase could kill off the domestic shipbuilding industry.

Japan, France and Germany all have said they will build a large part or all of their submarines in Australia with the competitive evaluation process expected to take 10 months.