19 April 2014

Bakorkamla Akan Tambah Enam Armada Kapal Patroli

19 April 2014

Bakorkamla akan menambah 3 kapal patroli 40 meter dan 3 kapal patroli 80 meter (photo : Bakorkamla)

Surabaya (Antara) - Badan Koordinasi Keamanan Laut berencana menambah enam armada kapal patroli cepat untuk mendukung tugas operasional pengamanan perairan di beberapa wilayah di Indonesia.

Kepala Pelaksana Harian Badan Koordinasi Keamanan Laut (Bakorkamla) Laksamana Muda TNI D Albert Mamahit kepada wartawan di Surabaya, Selasa, mengatakan pengadaan enam armada kapal patroli buatan dalam negeri itu dijadwalkan selesai tahun depan.

"Saat ini Bakorkamla baru memiliki tiga armada kapal patroli, sehingga ke depan akan ada sembilan kapal patroli yang siap dioperasionalkan," katanya usai membuka kegiatan "Penyegaran Komandan/Nahkoda Kapal Patroli dan Pengawak Satgas Operasi Bersama".

Mamahit menjelaskan enam kapal patroli baru tersebut, masing-masing berukuran 40 meter sebanyak tiga unit dan 80 meter juga tiga unit.

"Kapal ukuran 80 meter itu diproyeksikan untuk kegiatan patroli hingga wilayah terjauh sampai batas ZEE (zona ekonomi eksklusif)," tambahnya tanpa menyebut jumlah anggaran untuk pengadaan kapal tersebut.

Sedangkan tiga kapal patroli yang kini dimiliki Bakorkamla adalah Kapal Motor Bintang Laut, KM Singa Laut dan KM Kuda Laut.

Mamahit mengakui sarana dan prasarana menjadi salah satu kendala untuk mendukung kegiatan operasional pengamanan wilayah perairan Indonesia yang sangat luas.

Namun, pihaknya fokus pada 15 titik strategis yang dianggap rawan terhadap munculnya tindak pelanggaran, terutama di wilayah perbatasan dengan negara tetangga. 


Malaysia Bought Belgian Rocket $ 12 Million

19 April 2014

70 mm rocket and the launcher (photo : Dammit)

The Malaysian government has concluded with Malaysian Destini Prima contract for the supply of unguided rockets FZ 90 caliber 70 millimeters totaling 40 million ringgit ($ 12.3 million), according to Jane's. These munitions were developed in the early 1990s, the Belgian company Forges de Zeebrugge and manufactured in Malaysia under license.

In addition to the rocket itself Malaysian Government also ordered the suspension launch canisters for them. New ammunition is planned to equip F/A-18 Hornet fighter and trainer aircraft BAE Hawk. According to the Ministry of Defence Malaysia, rocket FZ 90 will be used to fight the rebels in the east. Cheaper ammo you plan to use instead of expensive JDAM.

Decision to purchase FZ 90 was adopted after the armed forces of Malaysia held in March 2013 operation to liberate the village from the rebels in the east. During the operation resets bombs JDAM, and corrected by laser beam weapons.


Indonesia Interested in Russian Submarine "Amur-1650"

19 April 2014

Amur 1650 diesel electric submarine (photo : One half 3544)

Indonesian Navy Command interested Russian diesel-electric submarines of the "Amur-1650". On this, as reported by ITAR-TASS news agency , said the director of "Rosoboronexport" roving Nicholas Dimidyuk. According to him, the Indonesian delegation announced its interest during the inspection of the Russian exposition at the international exhibition DSA-2014 in Malaysia.

Do you plan to Indonesian military to begin negotiations for the purchase of ships, is not specified. Earlier, the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia led negotiations with Russia on the purchase of second-hand submarines of Project 877 "Halibut". These ships Russia has offered the Indonesian military in August 2013. Later Indonesia declared refusal from the purchase of submarines since the military did not satisfy their technical condition.

If Indonesia decides to purchase new Russian submarines, they will be supplied as part of an export credit of one billion dollars, issued by Moscow Jakarta in 2007. On the resources of the loan, Indonesia planned to buy Mi-17, Mi-35M, infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3F and submarines of Project 877 "Halibut". Part of the equipment was purchased by Jakarta, but the contract for the supply of submarines has not been signed.


18 April 2014

China Poly Tech Signs MoU With SME Ordnance

18 April 2014

Malaysia-based SME Ordnance (SMEO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Poly Technologies to supply SMEO with machinery to manufacture cases for the 5.56 mm ammunition. (photo : iaaforum)

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Malaysia-based SME Ordnance (SMEO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Poly Technologies to supply SMEO with machinery to manufacture cases for the 5.56 mm ammunition.

The MoU was signed at the Defence Service Asia exhibition being held in Kuala Lumpur on April 16.

It will allow SMEO to build the cases with better efficiency, said a SMEO source. Poly Technologies represents Chinese companies that produce components for small arms ammunition and components for various calibers.

Each party to the MoU will cooperate and explore opportunities in “future enhancement or upgrading of the manufacturing processes at SEMO’s premise to include machines, equipment and knowledge base,” stated a press release. It also includes the “joint evaluation for potential business of products required by various users,” and “human resources development for SMEO personnel in various fields of manufacturing.”

Poly Technologies has a history of nefarious activities. In 2008, it was accused of trying to ship weapons to the Zimbabwe government during the election crisis, but the South African government refused to allow the Chinese ship carrying the cargo to unload the arms.


Thai Navy May Build Second Patrol Boat Under BAE License

18 April 2014

The HTMS Krabi is launched in 2011. Thailand may build a second boat of the class and is exploring exports. (photo : MarinerThai)

KUALA LUMPUR — Thailand may build a second offshore patrol vessel under a license granted by BAE Systems and is also starting to think about exporting the ship to other navies in the region, according to a senior executive at the British-based defense contractor.

Discussions are underway for construction of a second warship after a technology transfer deal between BAE and the state-owned shipyard Bangkok Dock resulted in the first of class, HTMS Krabi, being commissioned into the Royal Thai Navy in August 2013, said Alistair Castle, BAE’s Southeast Asia regional vice president.

“We are actively discussing a second of class as the customer wants to capitalize on the knowledge and skills already gained by Bangkok Dock,” said Castle during an interview at the Defence Services Asia show here this week.

The executive declined to discuss timescales but said that with the Thai Navy going through a modernization, the company was “trying to be responsive to their needs and requirements while ensuring the shipbuilding knowledge is not lost, that’s the key.”

The ship, a derivative of the smaller Royal Navy River-class vessel, is 90 meters long, armed with a 76mm Oto Melara gun and has a helicopter flight deck able to operate a machine the size of the AgustaWestland A139 Lynx.

Castle said sovereignty questions, sensitivity around the economic exclusion zone and other issues were driving growing opportunities in the region for selling and supporting naval platforms and systems.

HTMS Krabi 551 (photo : ChaoprayaNews)

The possible exporting of Thai-built OPVs would be subject to separate negotiation but the prospect had already sparked discussion. One possibility would be the re-export of the design to other nations in the region, he said.

“Something like that would play to efforts by the ASEAN nations towards greater collaboration,” Castle said.


Aside from license-build of further OPVs, Castle said he sees modernization and support of BAE-built warships, guns and other systems as a potentially big opportunity.

Two Lekiu-class light frigates commissioned in the mid-1990s for the Royal Malaysian Navy could soon need upgrades and the executive sees opportunities for insertion of missile, radar and other technologies being developed for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigate program.

Much of that technology is being incorporated in a Type 23 frigate upgrade program for the Royal Navy in advance of the Type 26 program getting underway.

Weighing in at around 6,000 tons, the Type 26 is probably too big and too sophisticated for all but a handful of nations but the systems being developed for the warship, such as the MBDA Sea Ceptor air defense missile and BAE’s Artisan radar, are more likely to find an export customer.

New Zealand became the first overseas customer for Sea Ceptor with an order that will see the missile installed as part of a frigate upgrade program.

Castle said he expects progress on the Malaysian upgrades either as one program or through a series of improvements during the next five-year defense plan, starting in 2016.

Other BAE executives at the show said a new OPV program for Malaysia was also likely on the horizon, although timelines were uncertain at this stage.


By a somewhat circuitous route, BAE has also found itself the supplier of warships to the Indonesian Navy and is starting discussions with Jakarta over how they could provide support.

It’s a long and tangled story but BAE’s Scottish shipyards built three corvettes for Brunei at the start of the decade. Brunei claimed the vessels didn’t meet the required specifications and refused to accept handover. The dispute eventually went to arbitration which found in favor of BAE.

Now the unused vessels have been sold to Indonesia by the German shipyard Lurssen acting on behalf of Brunei and delivery is expected this year.

BAE remains the design authority and is talking to potential local partners and others to try and secure the support and any eventual upgrade work.

Castle said that with the Bofor’s arm of BAE having a large installed base of naval guns in Indonesia, a strong dialogue was underway locally about building a maintenance repair and supply business in-country.

“The key to these initiatives in Indonesia is finding a partner and building a long-term sustainable business locally,” said the BAE executive.


Havelsan MoU Aims to Enhance Malaysian EW Capability

18 April 2014

'Growlerski' is a nickname for Malaysia's Su-30MKM with electronic warfare variant that has the ability to disrupt or jam a range of military electronics systems, including radars and communications systems. (photo : Malaysianwings)

Havelsan has agreed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysian company Impressive Communications to collaborate on electronic warfare (EW) database management and information systems for the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF).

Signed on 15 April at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, the MoU is aimed at improving MAF’s EW competence and will comprise a long-term relationship to jointly develop software based on Havelsan’s existing solutions.  A Havelsan spokesperson said the initiative would ‘constitute the backbone of future expansion of EW capabilities in the country’.

The MoU was signed by Impressive Communications CEO Tan Sri Dato Wira Abd Halim Karim and Havelsan’s CEO Sadik Yamac.

The KNIRTI SAP-518 ECM pod is a new technology replacement for the established L005 Sorbstiya series wingtip ECM pods. It operates between 5 GHz and 18 GHz (photo : Ausairpower)

Specifically, the agreement will include training of electrical and electronic engineering students in EW at Malaysia’s National Defense University.

The Kuala Lumpur-based Impressive Communications will act as Havelsan’s local partner in Malaysia. Impressive Communications’ Data Collection, Archiving and Transfer Service (DCATS) can be integrated into existing data servers, remote processing sites and processing software. It is capable of capturing, securing, storing and transferring ‘high volume’ data files in real time and comprises a 19-inch rack.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force currently utilises 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM multirole aircraft for EW missions. The platforms are equipped with KNIRTI SAP-518 advanced jamming pods. MAF also operates EW units in army and navy units.

Havelsan already has a footprint in Asia-Pacific in the EW realm. It currently supports Pakistan which launched its EW Test and Training Range in 2011.


Lockheed Martin Delivers MH-60R EWSS to RAN

18 April 2014

RAN MH-60R in Owego Acoustics Bay. (photo : Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Australia has confirmed delivery of its MH-60R electronic warfare support system (EWSS) to the Royal Australian Navy. 

Built in its Adelaide facility, the EWSS will provide the Navy with the ability to generate and test unique Australian mission data loads for the 24 aircraft MH-60R Romeo naval combat helicopter fleet. 

Lockheed Martin Australia has worked with in-country companies to procure the component parts, fabricate cabling and assemble the EWSS. 

Australian suppliers were issued subcontracts for a portion of the metal fabrication. 

Work on the project began in 2012 and has now ended in April 2014, with system demonstration and training at the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit in Adelaide, South Australia.

(Australian Defence)