20 Desember 2014

China's L-15 Falcon Makes Thailand Procurement Shortlist

20 Desember 2014

Chengdu L-15 (photo : Xu Zheng)

China's Hongdu L-15 Falcon has made the shortlist of new advanced jet trainers and light attack aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), according to the London-based military news publication IHS Jane's.

The L-15 will be competing with America's Textron AirLand Scorpion, Russia's Yakovlev Yak-130, Italy's Alenia Aermacchi M-346 and Korea Aerospace Industries' TA-50 to become one of the four aircraft purchases approved by the Thai government to replace its ageing fleet of Aero L-39ZA Albatros aircraft.

RTAF chief Treetos Sonjaeng reportedly announced the 3.7 billion Thai baht (US$113 million) program on Dec. 13, adding that a decision on the procurement is expected next year.

The main reason for the program is said to be because Thailand lacks the spare parts to maintain its 40 or so L-39ZAs, originally acquired from the Czech Republic during the 1990s. The other factor is the need for a modern platform to expand the RTAF's fleet of 12 JAS-39 "Gripen" fighters delivered between 2011 and 2013, the report added.

Thailand does not have the ability to manufacture its own aircraft, but is hoping that a foreign manufacturer will be able to transfer the necessary technology and knowledge to allow it to maintain and repair the aircraft domestically.

In addition to advanced jet trainers and light attack aircraft, Thailand is also planning to acquire more Gripen fighters and Eurocopter EC725 Caracals, long-range tactical transport helicopters manufactured by Airbus, beginning next year. New fixed-wing and rotary-wing transport aircraft are also said to be needed to replace its old fleet of Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Boeing CH-47 Chinooks.

(Want China Times)

19 Desember 2014

Three S-211 Jet Pilots Selected for F/A-50 Training in South Korea

19 Desember 2014

Three S-211 pilots selected for training in South Korea (photo : pdff)

MANILA (PNA) -- Three veteran SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet pilots have been selected by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) for training in South Korea to fly the South Korean made F/A-50 "Fighting Eagle."

PAF Air Defense Wing director for operations Col. Ernesto Miguel Okol said on Wednesday these pilots will be sent to Seoul by March to begin the three-month long training which will end in May.

The F/A-50 selectees all have the rank of major and have more than 1,000 hours of S-211 jet flight time, Okol said but declined to name them "for security reasons."

During their three-month training, the Filipino pilots will fly the Mach 1.5 capable "Fighting Eagle" jet aircraft.

This is considerably faster than the S-211 which has only a top speed of Mach 0.8 (around 460 miles per hour).

The pilots will use the newly-built jets from Korea Aerospace Industries for their flight training, Okol said.

"Suffice it to say, we'll be back to supersonic again," Okol, a former Northrop F-5 "Tiger" jet fighter pilot himself, added.

The PAF's last seven F-5s, out of a total of 35, were retired from the PAF service in 2005 due to airframe cracks, high fuel costs and difficulty in finding spare parts.

The latter jet aircraft has a top speed of Mach 1.6.

The turbofan-powered S-211s were originally designed as trainers and secondary attack planes, but were refitted with avionics equipment and machine guns in recent years to take on air defense.

The Philippines is acquiring 12 FA-50s from KAI for PhP18.9-billion.

Two of these are expected to be delivered by December 2015. Four more may be delivered before President Benigno S. Aquino III's term ends in 2016.

The PhP18.9-billion package includes training, while a separate package worth about PhP5 billion is for the armaments, Okol said.

Aside from the three pilots, a team of two officers and 32 crewmen will also be sent to South Korea to train in maintenance.

Another set of PAF captains and lieutenants will also be sent for training in Korea soon after.

Aside from the jet acquisition and training and armaments procurement, the government has also promised to fund the basing for the aircraft as well as their integration training, Okol said.

The F/A-50s will be based at Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, Pampanga. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.