27 Juli 2016

THHE Confirms of Preliminary Talks for Offshore Patrol Vessels Supply Contract

27 Juli 2016

The NGPC model at DSA 2016 (photo : Malaysian Defence)

KUALA LUMPUR : TH Heavy Engineering Bhd (THHE) said it is in preliminary discussions to secure an offshore patrol vessels supply contract, following a report by The Edge Weekly on Monday.

In a bourse filing, THHE said it intends to capitalise on the strategic location and resources of its fabrication yard and will continue to pursue all opportunities related to the upstream oil and gas business, and also diversify into downstream and other non-oil and gas businesses.

It said this includes marine vessel building and repairs.

“In this respect, the Company states that it is in preliminary discussions with the relevant government agency to secure a contract for the supply of offshore patrol vessels.

“However, at present moment due to the preliminary nature of these discussions, the terms of the contract remains to be negotiated and is in a state of flux and therefore, the Company will be making appropriate announcements (if any) when the time materialises,” said the group.

On Monday, the group was issued an unusual market activity (UMA) query by Bursa Malaysia on the spike in its share price and trading volume, with the counter closing 4.5 sen or 39% higher at 16 sen, amid some 133.2 million trades.

In a response to the UMA today, the group said it is unaware of any other possible explanation for the trading activity, while highlighting the recent coverage by The Edge Weekly.

“Save for ongoing and preliminary discussions between the Company and the relevant government agency referred in our earlier announcement with regard to an article published by The Edge on 25 July, 2016, we are not aware of any other material corporate development relating to the company and its subsidiaries’ business and affairs that has not been previously announced that may account for the trading activity, including those in the stage of negotiation/discussion,” it said.

The Edge Weekly reported that THHE is understood to be close to securing a contract, valued in excess of RM700 million, to build at least two boats for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

The contract, which has been negotiated for some time, could be a life-line for THHE, according to the report.

At 12.30 p.m. today, THHE was the top actively-traded stock on the exchange, with some 58.5 million shares done. The counter gained 0.5 sen or 3.12% to 16.5 sen, bringing its market capitalisation to RM179.37 million.

(The Edge)

BRP Andres Bonifacio to Start Voyage to Philippines on October

27 Juli 2016

PF-17 BRP Andres Bonifacio (photo : USCG)

BRP Andres Bonifacio prospective commanding officer Captain Brendo J. Casaclang and his crew will undergo training on how to operate the ship’s systems before starting their voyage home by October, Navy acting public affairs office chief Cmdr. Marineth Domingo told the state media. BRP Andres Bonifacio is expected to arrive in Philippines November.

She currently has a sailing crew of 90 officers and enlisted personnel.

BRP Andres Bonifacio is a former Hamilton-class cutters serving under the United States Coast Guard. She was transferred, July 21, through US EDA program which facilitates transfer of defense assets no longer needed and declared excess by the US Armed Forces to foreign governments or international organizations at reduced or no cost to eligible foreign recipients on an “as is, where is” basis.

She is now a Del Pilar class frigates under the Philippine Navy.

“BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), just like the other two Del Pilar class frigates, will boost the PN’s capability to address maritime security concerns and will add up an additional vessel for sovereignty patrols,” Cmdr. Domingo said.

The US Coast Guard said BRP Andres Bonifacio is an $8 million grant, but the Philippine Navy will be investing $16 million to modernize and outfit the cutter in the US as part of the transfer program.


OSI Signs Contract to Supply Radar for RNZN ANZAC FSU Project

27 Juli 2016

 Furuno FAR-3000 series radars (photos : Furuno)

BURNABY, BC --- OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of a contract to supply new radar as part of the RNZN ANZAC Class Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) Project. 

The FSU Project is for the upgrade of surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities including radar. 

The new radars will be replacing the previous X-band radar with Furuno FAR-3000 series radars. The two X-band radars will be controlled using OSI’s Radar HMI software module and which combines the video from both radars to give uninterrupted 360° coverage. The radars will be fully integrated into the OSI integrated bridge system which was supplied to the RNZN as part of the previous ANZAC Class Platform System Upgrade (PSU) Project. 

The Furuno radar represents one of a number of radars that OSI has successfully integrated into its Integrated Navigation and Tactical System (INTS), and affirms OSI’s position as a “sensor agnostic company”. 

In addition to radar, OSI will also be integrating a new inertial navigation system into the ships’ INTS. 

OSI has been proudly supporting the RNZN a fleet wide operator of ECPINS® Warship for over fifteen years. 

OSI Maritime Systems has been providing advanced integrated navigation and tactical solutions to military customers for over 20 years. The company develops and delivers integrated bridge systems for warships, integrated dived navigation systems for submarines, and C2 systems for small craft. OSI currently has 20 naval customers from around the world with over 600 warships and submarines operating with its world leading integrated navigation and tactical solutions. 


Uji Coba Loading Tank Leopard ke LCU TNI AD

27 Juli 2016

Proses uji coba embarkasi tank Leopard 2 ke kapal ADRI L (photos : Kostrad, IMF)

Setelah sukses dalam uji coba pemuatan tank Leopard 2 ke kapal LST Teluk Bintuni 520 di dermaga Kolinlamil TNI AL, Pasukan Kostrad TNI AD juga melakukan uji coba pemuatan tank Leopard 2 ke kapal LCU (Landing Craft Utility) milik TNI AD.

Berbeda dengan KRI Teluk Bintuni 520 yang bobot mati 2.300 ton dan didesain untuk dapat menampung 10 tank tempur utama sekelas Leopard 2, maka LCU ADRI X (nomor 50) mempunyai bobot mati separohnya saja yakni 1.200 ton dan didesain untuk dapat mengangkut 6 tank tempur utama sekelas Leopard 2.

Kapal LCU ADRI L memiliki panjang 79,50 meter, lebar kapal 14.00 meter, total beban 2.400 ton, dengan mesin penggerak 2×1500 hp dapat berlayar dengan kecepatan maksimum 12 knot, Kapal ini dapat membawa enam tank Leopard 2A4 dan satu tank transporter.

ADRI L merupakan kapal terbesar yang dimiliki TNI AD, operasional kapal ini dilakukan oleh Direktorat Pembekalan Angkutan TNI AD (Ditbekang TNI AD). Kapal ini dibuat oleh galangan DKB/PT Dok & Perkapalan Kodja Bahari (Persero), merupakan galangan hasil merger (pengabungan) dari 4 (empat) industri galangan kapal : PT Dok & Perkapalan Tanjung Priok (Persero), PT Kodja (Persero), PT Pelita Bahari (Persero) dan PT Dok & Galangan Kapal Nusantara (Persero).

Tank Leopard 2 merupakan tank terbesar milik TNI, karena bobotnya yang mencapai 62 ton maka untuk sarana transportasi antar pulau digunakan dua tipe kapal yaitu LST milik TNI AL dan LCU milik TNI AD. Total sudah 4 LST sekelas KRI Bintuni yang dibangun, 2 di galangan DKB dan 2 di galangan DRU, sedangkan kapal LCU baru satu yang dibangun.

(Defense Studies)

26 Juli 2016

Testing NZDF Combat Capability at RIMPAC

26 Juli 2016

The live firing test took place  during RIMPAC 2016 with torpedoes from RNZAF's P-3K2 Orions (photos : NZDF)

Ships and aircraft of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have joined forces to hunt down an “enemy” submarine and attack it with torpedoes.

The live firing test took place this week off Hawaii during RIMPAC 2016 – the world’s biggest international maritime exercise.

The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha, her Seasprite helicopter and two P-3K2 Orions from the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) No 5 Squadron each fired a torpedo at the target, a remote underwater vehicle playing the part of a submarine.

Anti-submarine warfare is a key part of the NZDF’s maritime combat capability and the exercise provided an intense test of the combined skills of the ship, helicopter and the two Orions.

Orion pilot Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Pound said: “Sonar buoys have to be laid in a particular pattern to hunt a submarine. For us, this involved precision flying from 2000 feet to as low as 200 feet above the sea.

“It also included steep turns – a 60 degree angle of bank – which meant the Orion was essentially on its side and the crew was experiencing 2G, twice the force of gravity.”

The Commanding Officer of No 5 Squadron, Wing Commander (WGCDR) Daniel Hunt, said the torpedo drop was the first by an RNZAF aircraft in over five years.

“The range here in Hawaii has the ability to provide almost instantaneous feedback to the crew about how accurate the drop was. This allows us to externally validate our processes and procedures and ensure we have an effective combat capability.

“In New Zealand we do not have a range with this sort of fidelity and the cost of owning one would be prohibitive, which is why attendance at RIMPAC is such a major event for the team.”

He said the technology involved was crucial to the exercise.

“It provides valuable opportunities for us to train and learn with our multi-national partners.

“It was a real team effort from loading the torpedoes to locating, tracking and attacking the target below the surface. It’s a great demonstration of our warfare capability.” (NZDF)

Weapons Away!

Following on from the bombing camp earlier in the month, our Force Elements at 

A total of four torpedoes were dropped, two from the P-3 (above), one from the Seasprite, and one launched from TE KAHA. 

The Mk46 torpedo is the RNZAF's primary Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) weapon. The joint task force tracked the "submarine" (simulated by a remote underwater vehicle), a task that required the full attention and coordination of the entire crew, before launching their attacks. (RNZAF)

ST Kinetics Showcases Expanded Terrex IFV Family with an Eye on International Requirements

26 Juli 2016

All three members of the ST Kinetics 8x8 Terrex armoured vehicle family pictured together for the very first time. From left: the 24-tonne Terrex 1 which is in service with the Singapore Army; the 35-tonne Australian Land 400 Phase 2 contender Terrex 3/Sentinel II; and the 30-tonne Terrex 2 that has been optimised for amphibious operations, one of the two finalists downselected for the US Marine Corps ACV 1.1 programme. (photo: Jane's)

Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics, the land systems division of state-affiliated defence prime ST Engineering, is seeking to expand its global 8x8 armoured vehicle footprint with the Terrex family of infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), which now includes three distinct platforms with gross vehicle weight (GVW) ratings ranging from 24-35 tonnes.

Senior ST Kinetics executives asserted during a closed press briefing on 22 July - which also commemorated an occasion where all three current members of the Terrex family were displayed together for the first time - that the company's sustained efforts in capability development will enable it to meet the growing spectrum of operational requirements from international customers.

Winston Toh, ST Kinetics executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, told IHS Jane's in a separate interview that the company's 8x8 vehicles have also garnered interest from countries in the Middle East as well as North and South America, in addition to the Australian Army Project Land 400 Phase 2 and US Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1 Increment 1 (ACV 1.1) programmes that it is currently pursuing with overseas industry partners.

"We have adopted different business models to cater to the customers' needs," Toh explained. "For example, we are the vehicle OEM but we are providing [our partners with] design and engineering capabilities to support in-country manufacturing … which helps manage cost and risk for the customer."

Toh admitted that while Terrex has yet to make inroads in the Asia Pacific region outside of Singapore, ST Kinetics has leveraged on its experience with Terrex to provide technical advice and consultancy services to Thailand's Defence Technical Institute's (DTI's) indigenous 24-tonne 8x8 Black Widow Spider armoured vehicle development for the Royal Thai Army (RTA).


FA-50PH Avionic Systems up for Maintenance

26 Juli 2016

F/A-50PH (photo : Roy Kabanlit)

MANILA (PNA) - The PAF Bids and Awards Committee has allocated the sum of PHP13,463,196.31 for the acquisition of spare parts needed for the maintenance of the avionic systems of its South Korean-made FA-50PH "Fighting Eagle" light-interim jet aircraft.

Pre-bid conference is scheduled on Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

While submission and opening of bids is on Aug. 9, 9:00 a.m. at the same venue.

"The pre-bidding conference shall be open to all interested parties who have purchased the bidding documents," PAF BAC chair Brig. Gen. Nicolas Parilla said in a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System.

The PAF's first two FA-50PH jet aircraft arrived in the Philippines in Nov. 28, 2015. The rest remaining 10 aircraft, out of a 12-plane order from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) worth PHP18.9 billion, will be delivered between 2016 to 2017.

The FA-50PHs has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 "Sidewinder" air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons.

It will act as the country's interim fighter until the Philippines get enough experience of operating fast jet assets and money to fund the acquisition of more capable fighter aircraft.

KAI's FA-50PH design is largely derived from the F-16 "Fighting Falcon", and they have many similarities: use of a single engine, speed, size, cost, and the range of weapons.

KAI's previous engineering experience in license-producing the KF-16 was a starting point for the development of the FA-50PH.

The aircraft can carry two pilots in tandem seating. The high-mounted canopy developed by Hankuk Fiber is applied with stretched acrylic, providing the pilots with good visibility, and has been tested to offer the canopy with ballistic protection against four-pound objects impacting at 400 knots.

The altitude limit is 14,600 meters (48,000 feet), and airframe is designed to last 8,000 hours of service.

There are seven internal fuel tanks with capacity of 2,655 liters (701 US gallons), five in the fuselage and two in the wings.

An additional 1,710 liters (452 US gallons) of fuel can be carried in the three external fuel tanks.

Trainer variants have a paint scheme of white and red, and aerobatic variants white, black, and yellow.

The FA-50PH uses a single General Electric F404-102 turbofan engine license-produced by Samsung Techwin, upgraded with a full authority digital engine control system jointly developed by General Electric and KAI.

The engine consists of three-staged fans, seven axial stage arrangement, and an afterburner.

Its engine produces a maximum of 78.7 kN (17,700 lbf) of thrust with afterburner.