30 Juni 2015

Myanmar may be in Talks to Buy Thunder Fighters from Pakistan

30 Juni 2015

Pakistan JF-17 Thunder (photo : defence.pk)

Myanmar could become the first overseas buyer of the JF-17 Thunder or FC-1 Xiaolong multirole fighter jointly developed by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group of China, according to China's official newswire Xinhua on June 28.

Li Yuhai, the deputy general manager of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said three Thunder fighters from the Pakistan Air Force were displayed at the Paris Air Show between June 15-21. A number of countries including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Argentina, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and the Philippines reportedly expressed interest in purchasing the fighter from Pakistan.

Air Commodore Syed Muhammad Ali, spokesperson for the Pakistan Air Force told Agence France-Presse that one of the aforementioned nations had made a final decision to buy the fighter. An earlier report from Pakistan's 92 News had said Sri Lanka had already singed a contract to become the first overseas buyer of the plane. Wing Commander Gihan Seneviratne, spokesperson for the Sri Lankan air force, told Xinhua on June 22 however that his nation had not yet reached any deal with Pakistan for the fighters.

The Washington DC-based Defense News said the mystery nation is likely to be Myanmar because the head of the country's air force, General Khin Aung Myint, was in Pakistan at the end of May for a four-day visit where he visited various bases and installations though very little was said about his trip at the time.

Myanmar has a long tradition of operating Chinese military aircraft. It currently has 48 A-5C attackers, 52 F-7M fighters and four Y-8 cargo planes.


TKMS Starts Construction of Singapore's Type 218SG Submarines

30 Juni 2015

TKMS Type 218SG (photos : mypaper, mdc)

Work on the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) two new Type 218SG diesel electric submarines has started, a MINDEF spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 29 June.

The spokesperson said Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han witnessed the steel-cutting ceremony at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems' (TKMS') facility at Kiel on 24 June, which marked the commencement of construction for the service's future submarines, as part of an official visit to Germany.

Singapore signed a contract with TKMS for two new air-independent propulsion (AIP) submarines in December 2013. Initial details of the contract were scant, although a TKMS statement said the new design has been customised to meet the country's unique requirements, and includes capacity to accommodate additional equipment to meet future operational requirements. It will also feature an advanced combat system co-developed by Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics, a subsidiary of Singapore defence prime ST Engineering Group, and the Bremen-based Atlas Elektronik.

Fresh details of the Type 218SG submarine finally emerged during the IMDEX 2015 exhibition that was held in Singapore in May 2015. According to specifications provided by TKMS, the Type 218SG will be 70 m in length, 6.3 m in beam, and will displace approximately 2,000 tonnes.

A company source told IHS Jane's that the Type 218SG is developed from the Type 214 design, although the new submarine has been extended in length to accommodate additional mission systems as well as to support future upgradability.

IHS Jane's was also told that the new design combines the "best features" of the Type 212A-class and the Type 214-class platforms. For example, the Type 218SG features an X-rudder stern configuration similar to the Type 212A, which offers enhanced manoeuvrability in confined littoral waters, as opposed to the Type 214's cruciform rudder arrangement.

"The Type 218SG will also use the same air independent propulsion (AIP) system found the Type 214 submarine," the source said. According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships , the Type 214-class is equipped with an AIP system based on a pair of HDW/Siemens polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell modules that generate up to 120 kW each.

Unlike the RSN's current 1,500 tonne Archer-class SSKs (ex-Type A 17 Västergötland) that were modernised and refitted to accommodate a Stirling Mk 3 AIP system, the Type 218SG will be AIP-capable in its baseline configuration.

The new submarines will replace the RSN's ageing Challenger (Type A 12 Sjöormen)-class submarines, which were first commissioned in the 1960s for the Royal Swedish Navy and acquired by Singapore in the mid-1990s.


Cubic Selected for the Australian Army’s Exercise and Advanced Services Standing Offer (EATSSO)

30 Juni 2015

EATSSO training services is highly complementary to Cubic’s other Australian capabilities in air and land live simulation and deployable instrumentation systems (photo : Cubic)

SAN DIEGO – Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced the selection of Cubic Defence Australia as the prime contractor for the Australian Army’s Exercise and Advanced Services Standing Offer (EATSSO). Under the new award, Cubic will support the Australian Army with exercise planning, management and evaluation; the delivery of simulated environmental effects, including both live and constructive support; and the provision of medical training.

“Cubic looks forward to supporting the Australian Army by delivering a broad range of training and simulation services that will complement the ongoing Instrumentation and Communication Programs we currently conduct with the Australian Army,” said Mark Horn, general manager, Cubic Defence Australia. “Cubic has assembled a strong Australian team and is also able to draw on training services capabilities from the Cubic Global Defence business. We will continue to bring significant added value to large scale collective training events by providing a single point of coordinated exercise support in Australia.”  

EATSSO replaces the existing Collective Training Services Standing Offer (CTSSO) that was also supported by Cubic since 2011. EATSSO will operate for an initial period of five years with two further optional extension periods of up to two years.  Cubic’s delivery of EATSSO training services is highly complementary to Cubic’s other Australian capabilities in air and land live simulation and deployable instrumentation systems. Services will be flexible to requirements and will include support to both mission specific and foundation training events.


Singapore Debuts Stealthy Naval Interceptor Ahead of 50th Anniversary Parade

30 Juni 2015

RSN Special Marine Craft (photo : NDP2015)

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has unveiled a new high-speed and stealthy naval interceptor designed to perform a range of missions, including base defence for the service's two naval facilities, force protection, as well as maritime security operations alongside its existing Fearless-class patrol vessels and future Littoral Mission Vessels.

The new interceptor, called the Specialised Marine Craft (SMC), will be officially revealed to the public as part of the military display aimed at showcasing the Singapore Armed Forces' latest capabilities during the country's National Day celebration on 9 August. The SMC replaces the service's Fast Boats, which were retired in 2008.

The Republic of Singapore Navy's Specialised Marine Craft is being shown to the public for the first time since it became operational in 2009. The vessel on parade is visibly less equipped than the model shown in a publicity video, suggesting that this particular example is either a prototype or a newly built hull awaiting further outfitting. (photo : Jane's)

According to specifications provided by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the 40-tonne SMC - which is based on an aluminium hullform with a low radar cross section (RCS) design - measures 22 m in length and has a beam of 5.5 m. IHS Jane's understands that the draft of the vessel is approximately 1.2 m.

A screenshot from a publicity video showing the wide, low profile hull form of the new Specialised Marine Craft. The vessel's electro-optical sensor and what is likely to be a navigation radar can be seen mounted on its starboard mast. (photo : Republic of Singapore Navy)

Major Lee Pui Yau, commander of the SMC squadron, told reporters during a media preview event on 27 June that development of the SMC began in 2003 in collaboration with Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine, with the first vessel entering service in 2009 after extensive trials and design refinements in the intervening years.

Maj Lee said the vessel's complement of four comprises a commander, a coxswain, a navigator, and a weapons specialist. He added that the SMC is not designed to embark additional personnel.

The Specialised Marine Craft is armed with a stabilised 12.7 mm Oto Melara Hitrole G remote weapons station, which features a low radar cross section shield design. (photo : Republic of Singapore Navy)

Propulsion is achieved with two Hamilton waterjets, likely the HM series that are designed for marine craft ranging from 17 to 60 m, which enable unfettered operation in shallow waters, while enabling the vessel to attain maximum speeds in excess of 30 kt.

The SMC is armed with a foredeck-mounted stabilised Oto Melara Hitrole G remote weapons station that is equipped with a 12.7 mm FN Herstal M2HB QCB machine gun and complements the stealthy profile of the SMC with its low-RCS shield. According to company literature, the Hitrole G weapon station is capable of engaging surface and aerial targets and has an internal capacity for 400 rds of ammunition. Additional ammunition can be stored under the mount. The company also stated that the Hitrole G is also equipped with a daylight camera, a cooled infrared imager, and a laser rangefinder.

The Specialised Marine Craft is operated by a four-person crew. (photo : Republic of Singapore Navy)

Specifics of the SMC's electronic systems were not disclosed, although MINDEF said the vessel features "advanced sensors" that provide "state-of-the-art surveillance capabilities" as well as a communications suite that enables improved integration with other RSN fleet assets and facilities. However, IHS Jane's understands from Maj Lee that the vessel is equipped with a mast-mounted electro-optical sensor turret as well as a radar system, although he declined to elaborate further on their origins.

According to Maj Lee, the RSN currently operates three vessels with a further five expected to enter service by 2017.

(Sing Mindef)

Helikopter Chinook Diharapkan Dapat Mulai Perkuat TNI Pada Tahun 2019

30 Juni 2015

TNI  berencana membeli 4 helikopter Chinook untuk TNI AD (photo : Boeing)

Jakarta, DMC - Perusahaan Boeing berharap proses administrasi rencana Menhan melakukan pengadaan Helikopter Chinook buatan Boeing selesai pada tahun 2016. Sehingga setidaknya 4 unit Helikopter Chinook dapat dikirimkan ke Indonesia pada tahun 2019 untuk memperkuat alutsista TNI.

Hal tersebut mengemuka dalam pembicaraan Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu, Senin (29/6), dengan Presiden Boeing untuk Asia Tenggara Mr Young Tae Pak di Kantor Kemhan, Jakarta. 

Kunjungan Presiden Boeing untuk Asia Tenggara ini adalah untuk memastikan lebih lanjut keinginan Menhan untuk melakukan pengadaan Helikopter Chinook buatan Boeing untuk mencukupi kebutuhan Operasi Militer Selain Perang penanggulangan bencana. Menhan mengatakan akan berkoordinasi secepatnya dalam penyelesaian administrasi pengadaan Helikopter Chinook ini.

Sebelumnya, Indonesia juga melakukan pembelian Helikopter Apache yang sangat mematikan. Mr Young Tae Pak menjelaskan bahwa gabungan antara kemampuan kedua helikopter ini adalah kombinasi yang tepat dalam menghadapi ancaman nyata dan tidak nyata. Proses pemeliharan antara Helikopter Chinook dan Apache juga hampir sama, jadi memiliki keduanya akan menghemat biaya perawatan. Boeing juga telah melakukan pembicaraan dengan PT DI untuk melakukan kerjasama transfer teknologi Helikopter Chinook ini.

Pesawat Maritime Surveillance

Pesawat Boeing P-8A Maritime Surveillance (photo : Defense Update)

Dengan PT DI Boeing juga membicarakan mengenai alih teknologi pesawat Maritime Surveillance Aircraft. Karena diyakini, sesuai yang ditekankan pada Shangri-La Dialogue bahwa diperlukan kerjasama yang lebih erat antara negara-negara di Asia Tenggara terutama dalam hal pengamanan perairan dan berbagi informasi intelijen mengenai pelanggaran-pelanggaran yang terjadi di perairan.


29 Juni 2015

Republic of Singapore Extends Air Grading Contract with BAE Systems

29 Juni 2015

BAE Systems to provide the RSAF with CT-4B aircraft inflying training located in Tomworth (photo : ocean software)

Tamworth, NSW: BAE Systems has been awarded an extension to its contract to support the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Air Grading Centre (AGC) – Flying Training Institute (FTI) from its Flight Training Academy located in Tamworth, NSW.

BAE Systems will continue to provide the RSAF with aircraft, purpose built training facilities, instructor training, student accommodation and recreational facilities until the end of 2019.

Under the contract extension, the RSAF aims to increase the number of students that undertake air grading from 220 to 240 annually. The AGC will continue to be supported by a permanent detachment of 12 RSAF personnel who, along with their families, make a valued contribution to the local Tamworth community.

During the recent AGC Contract Performance Review, the RSAF Head of Air Training, Colonel Ho Yung Peng, stated that the excellent working relationship between the RSAF and BAE Systems has delivered solid contractual outcomes to date.

BAE Systems Australia Director Aerospace Steve Drury said: “We are honoured to continue providing the Singapore Air Force with aircraft and training equipment to meet their future aircrew training needs. We welcome the RSAF’s continued support for Flight Training Tamworth and BAE Systems as their on-going partner for air grading activities.”

Mr Drury continued: “This extension with the RSAF maintains our broad customer base beyond the Australian Defence Force, which is an important element of our long-term flight training business in Tamworth.”

(BAE Systems)

First RAAF C-27J Touches Down

29 Juni 2015

A34-001 on approach to Richmond. (photo : Seth Jaworski)

The first of 10 Alenia C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters for the RAAF has touched down at its new home of RAAF Base Richmond.

The aircraft, A34-001, landed at Richmond at approximately 3:45 on Thursday afternoon at the end of the last leg of its delivery flight from prime contractor L-3’s Waco, Texas facility, where it departed on June 15.

A second C-27J, A34-002, is expected to be delivered to Richmond in August.

A34-001 had entered Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin assembly line in December 2012 and first flew on December 18 2013. It was ferried to L-3 in Waco in March 2014 for fitment of its ballistic protection matting, EW/self-protection systems, and communications suite. The RAAF then accepted the first two C-27J Spartans onto the Commonwealth register, and commenced training on the aircraft at L-3’s facility at Waco, last December.

The C-27Js are being acquired as battlefield airlifters to replace the capability lost with the retirement of the DHC-4 Caribou in 2009. Ultimately the C-27Js will be based at Amberley.

(Australian Aviation)