05 Oktober 2015

Defence Minister Says Australia Could Export Hawkei Armoured Vehicle

05 Oktober 2015

Hawkei protected vehicle (photo : Thales)

Government confirms it is equipping army with 1,100 locally-built Hawkei protected vehicles, a project expected to create more than 200 jobs in Victoria.

The federal government has confirmed it is equipping the army with 1,100 locally-built Hawkei protected vehicles and more than 1,000 trailers, under a $1.3bn deal with defence contractor Thales.

Australian army to get 1,000 armoured vehicles in $1.5bn defence contract

The project is expected to create more than 170 regional jobs in the Victorian city of Bendigo and a further 60 for the state.

The Hawkei vehicles, an upgrade of the widely-recognised Bushmasters, will better protect soldiers and allow them to operate in high-risk areas with a range of blast and ballistic protective features.

The government says the vehicle pioneers the next generation in communications management systems and is the only protected mobility vehicle in the Defence force that can be transported by its helicopters.

Defence minister Marise Payne said the “world-leading” vehicle also had enormous export potential.

“It will be very attractive on the international market, so let’s hope that as we move into effective production we can engage internationally on that as well,” she told reporters in the regional Victorian town of Monegeetta on Monday.

Thales global chief executive Patrice Caine said the Hawkei design could be sold overseas.

“We have already triggered many commercial pursuits, particularly in Europe ... to market this vehicle upstream, even before the signature of this contract,” Caine said.

The federal opposition welcomed the announcement, saying Thales was the preferred choice of the then Labor government in 2013.

“After two years of indecision, the Abbott/Turnbull government has finally reached the same conclusion that Labor did in 2013 – that the Hawkei is the best vehicle for the job,” defence spokesman Stephen Conroy said in a statement.

Former defence minister Kevin Andrews also claimed credit for the decision, saying on Twitter he had presented the Hawkei submission to the national security committee some months back.

(The Guardian)

Bidding Resumes on Aircraft Acquisition

05 Oktober 2015

DND has scheduled on Oct. 12 the bid opening for the P4.9-billion contract for six close-air support aircraft (photo : Beechcraft)

SIX FOREIGN FIRMS are expected to take in an aircraft acquisition project, with the government resuming the procurement of military hardware as part of the military’s modernization program.

The Department of National Defense (DND) has scheduled on Oct. 12 the bid opening for the P4.9-billion contract for six close-air support aircraft.

The procurement is one of 30 multibillion contracts suspended earlier in May pending the go-ahead of President Benigno S. C. Aquino III. These include two navy frigates worth P18 billion, two long-range patrol aircraft worth P5.9 billion, and three air surveillance radars worth P2.68 billion.

The six firms who bought bid documents for the contract are Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company-Construcciones Aeronautics SA (EADS-CASA) Airbus Defense and Space, and Israeli defense contractor Elbit systems, and US-based Beechcraft Defense Company and IOMAX USA, Inc.

The bid documents were priced at P75,000, obtainable from the DND’s Special Bids and Awards Committee.

The Philippines has a budget of P85.3 billion for the military’s modernization program, apart from an annual budget from Congress.

The first AFP modernization law, Republic Act No. 7898, was approved in 1995 and was targeted to be implemented in a 15-year period. For the first five years, it had a ceiling budget of P50 billion.

Republic Act No. 10349, enacted three years ago, revised the first modernization law and provided the Armed Forces a P85.3-billion budget to be spread out between 2013 and 2017.

Next year, the Philippine Army is expected to maintain around 189 tactical battalions and 81 reserve battalions. The Philippine Air Force, on the other hand, is aiming to support 140 various types of aircraft in its fleet while the Philippine Navy’s target is to maintain 124 mission-ready marine units and 59 support units.

(Business World)

Panglima TNI Ingin Beli Pesawat Angkut Militer C17

05 Oktober 2015

 Pesawat angkut militer C-17 (photo : richard willis)

Suara.com - Panglima TNI Jenderal Gatot Nurmantyo mengakui sebagian pesawat tempur milik TNI sudah tua. Meski demikian, kata Gatot, pengoperasiannya tetap sesuai prosedur.

"Memang sama-sama kita tahu pesawat kita sudah tua tetapi saya ingatkan pesawat tersebut harus diinspeksi. Apabila teknisi mengatakan layak terbang, maka dia layak terbang," kata Gatot di Mabes TNI, Cilangkap, Jakarta Timur, Minggu (4/10/2015).

Gatot mengatakan kendati pesawat sudah uzur, mesin dan onderdilnya tetap dirawat dan diganti pada waktunya.

Pesawat C-17 dapat mengangkut MBT (photo : militaryphotos)

"Karena pesawatnya selalu digantikan onderdil terbaru. Jangan sampai begitu ada pesawat tua yang jatuh terus semuanya tidak boleh terbang," katanya.

Pemerintah tidak tinggal diam melihat kondisi tersebut. Gatot mengatakan Presiden Joko Widodo telah menginstruksikan pembelian armada baru.

"Tetapi sesuai dengan apa yang dikatakan Presiden, kita harus membeli pesawat yang baru. Dan tentunya idealnya kalau pesawat angkut C17, itu yang terbaik. Kita usahakan dapat itu, apa yang jadi kebijakan presiden harus dipatuhi, kita harus beli pesawat baru," katanya.


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.