25 Mei 2015

BAE Systems Delivers More AWD Blocks

25 Mei 2015

Blocks (111 and 415) for ship 3 were accepted by AWD lead shipbuilder ASC (photo : BAE Systems)

Williamstown, Victoria - A further two Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) blocks manufactured at BAE Systems’ Williamstown shipyard have been sent to Osborne, South Australia.

 BAE Systems Director of Maritime Bill Saltzer said: “Our AWD Project team has again delivered a quality product, on schedule. Both blocks (111 and 415) for ship 3 were accepted by AWD lead shipbuilder ASC following inspections at the Williamstown shipyard prior to dispatch.

“Our shipbuilders deserve recognition for the very high quality and productivity they have achieved on for ship 2 and ship 3 blocks. We have made significant investments in improving our shipbuilding capability and this is benefitting our customer. On AWD blocks that we have produced for more than one ship, we have consistently achieved productivity improvements from one block to the next which demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved with continuous production.”

Work is continuing on the remaining eight blocks for ship 3 which will be completed early next year.

(BAE Systems)

Armament Packages for PHL Navy's AW-109 up for Inspection

25 Mei 2015

Attack version of AW-109 Power (photo : Fabrizio Capenti)

MANILA (PNA) -- The armament packages for the Philippine Navy's last two AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" naval helicopters are now being processed and subjected to a technical inspection and acceptance committee.

This was disclosed by Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna in an message to the PNA on Friday.

"The armament packages are now (undergoing processing) by the technical inspection and acceptance committee. Hopefully, within a month or so, the weapons will be given to the Navy for installation at the AW-109s," he added.

Weapon systems of the AW-109s consist of rocket and machine gun mounts which arrived in the second week of May.

The last two AW-109 airframes arrived in the Philippines last December.

This is part of the five-helicopter deal, worth Php1.33-billion, signed by the Philippines with AgustaWestland in early 2013.

Three of the AW-109s were delivered and commissioned in Dec. 22, 2013.

The armed versions of the AW-109s will be armed with machine guns, 20mm cannons and possibly, with air-to-ground rockets.

The AW-109 "Power" helicopter is a three-ton class eight seat helicopter powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines.

The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles.

The aircraft’s safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.

The AW-109 has established itself as the world’s best selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions.

It's superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective maritime helicopter in its class.

For shipboard operations, the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures.

The ability to operate from small ships in high sea state enables the AW-109 to perform its mission when many others helicopters would be confined to the ship’s hangar.

Over 550 AW-109 "Power" and AW-109 light utility helicopters have been ordered for commercial, parapublic and military applications by customers in almost 50 countries. 


TUDM Masih Nilai Tawaran Pesawat Tempur Sweden

25 Mei 2015

Saab Gripen NG (photo : Saab)

KUALA LUMPUR – Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) masih menilai tawaran syarikat penerbangan Sweden, SAAB berhubung pembelian 16 buah pesawat pejuang Gripen NG sebagai aset tambahan kepada unit pertahanan udara negara.

Timbalan Presiden SAAB, Thomas Lindén berkata, perkembangan kerjasama masih di peringkat awal dan TUDM sedang menilai tawaran bersama-sama DRB-Hicom, selaku rakan kongsi tempatan.

“Dengan perkembangan semasa Malaysia berhubung pembentangan Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11 (RMK-11), kami berharap urusan jual beli antara SAAB dengan TUDM dapat direalisasikan melalui peruntukan dalam aset ketenteraan bagi Kementerian Pertahanan.

“Pesawat pejuang Gripen NG yang sebelum ini pernah mengambil bahagian dalam Pameran Udara dan Maritim Antarabangsa Langkawi (LIMA) telah menerima maklum balas positif dan mewujudkan minat di semua peringkat,” katanya kepada selepas menghadiri seminar Sistem Pertempuran Udara di sini hari ini.

Seminar yang berlangsung selama dua jam tersebut disampaikan Ketua Jurutera dan Pengurus Produk SAAB, Knut Övrebö di Dewan Bestari, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) itu turut dihadiri Naib Canselor UPNM, Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin.

Gripen NG dilengkapi sistem pertempuran dan pelancar peluru yang canggih dan boleh ditempah mengikut spesifikasi dikehendaki serta merupakan antara pesawat terawal yang memberi fokus kepada pertempuran di medan udara.

Sementara itu, Duta Sweden ke Malaysia, Bengt Carlsson berkata, syarikat Sweden telah banyak menyumbang kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi Malaysia dan berharap kerjasama dengan negara ini dapat ditingkatkan dalam bidang pertahanan pula pada masa akan datang.


NZ Budget Down $10M; Appropriations Cut

25 Mei 2015

RNZAF C130H Hercules (photo : hottail)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's budget for 2015/16 will include NZ $3.07 billion (US $2.24 billion) for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), down $10 million from last year.

Almost $1.99 billion is going to the three armed services: The Army's budget rises 2.3 percent to $742 million, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) receives 2 percent more with $759 million, and the Royal New Zealand Navy's budget increases 3.8 percent to $492 million.

Budget estimates reveal that all three services underspent last year; the Army by $11 million, the Air Force by $10 million and the Navy by $7 million.

The Ministry of Defence's budget for appropriations, however, has been substantially cut, from $414 million to $239 million. However, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the ministry will receive new operating funding of $27 million over the next four years.

Programs include $105 million to upgrade the Navy's two frigates, $40 million for Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopters, $7.4 million for new digital radios for the NZDF and $7 million on pilot training.

There is also $25.4 million budgeted for the two-year "Building Partner Capacity" mission to help train the Iraqi Defence Force.

Over the next four years, the Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau will each gain $20 million, although for the coming year the intelligence service receives $5 million more and the security bureau $5 million less than last year.

"The extra funding will ensure New Zealand buys equipment that is fit for its needs, and acquires it on time, to budget, and to the specifications the government has agreed," Brownlee said.

However, Brownlee acknowledges that the government has to replace "billions of dollars" worth of equipment over the next 15 years.

Independent defense analyst Gordon Crane told Defense News that later this year, the next five-year defense white paper is due to be published and will likely provide details of intentions to replace major platforms, including the Navy's 27-year-old tanker and two Anzac-class frigates, commissioned in 1997 and 1999.

Also due to be replaced are the Air Force's fleet of five C-130H Hercules — one of which recently celebrated 50 years of operations — together with the six P-3K2 Orions, in service since 1966.

"They all are significantly expensive platforms to replace individually, only they are all coming to the end of their operational lives within a few years of one another," Crane said. "There was noticeable opposition to buying the Anzac frigates originally and the government of the day may face similar protests should it propose replacing the two frigates with three combat ships."


Type 218SG of the Republic of Singapore Navy

25 Mei 2015

IMDEX Asia 2015, TKMS revealed technical data of new type conventional submarine of the Singapore Navy. Both units will be completed in 2025. They will replace in-service nearly 50 years ex-Swedish Challenger-class submarines (photo: Michael Jarocki)

At this year's IMDEX Asia exhibition, TKMS Germany provided some technical details of new conventional submarines Type 218SG. As we know, based on a request from the Navy in 2013, Singapore has taken the decision to buy at least two units of submarines from the German shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft. The German manufacturer beat other bidders include the Swedish Kockums shipyard.

New Singapore Navy submarines built in HDW shipyard in Kiel, northern Germany. At IMDEX Asia announced that Type 218SG will have a length of 70 meters and a width of 6.3 meters. Displacement at the surface will be 2,000 tons, a total of 28 officers and sailors needed. Estimated speed and range are still unknown. The unit will be designed to carry heavy torpedoes and fired cruise missiles. Torpedo tubes will also be used for landing troops and deep sea submersible vehicles for special forces.

Type 218SG will have eight 533-mm torpedo tubes, equipped with AIP and used X-shaped tail rudder. The contract value is estimated exceed 1 billion euros (photo : Coffee and Bullets)

The main tasks will include patrolling submarines in waters controlled by Singapore and protect the economic exclusive zone. The units can also be used for the observation and analysis of the marine environment, detection and removal of sea mines, conduct reconnaissance and support activities carried out by the army in the coastal region.

The first Type 218SG submarine will be completed in 2020. To enter service two years later, after passing through the sea acceptance tests and final test, as well as the completion of the training program for the crew. Both units should be in line 2025.

New submarines will complete two Singapore Navy fleet in service : two Archer-class submarines (1,400 tonnes surfaced) the former Swedish Västergötland class submarines which nearly 30 years old, RSS Archer (ex-HMS Halsingland) and RSS Swordsman (ex-HMS Vastergotland).


24 Mei 2015

Asia Navies Introduced to the ‘Tank Boat’

24 Mei 2015

X-18 Tank Boat for riverine operations (image : Lundin)

Indonesian shipyard PT Lundin and turret manufacturer CMI Defence are working on an innovative craft aimed at the riverine and amphibious assault market.

Dubbed the X18 Tank Boat, the design essentially wraps a boat around a CMI gyrostabilised 105mm turret, according to the head of PT Lundin, John Lundin. 

‘We identified the need for better boats for riverine operations and amphibious assault operations for countries without good air support some years ago,’ Lundin told Shephard.

They began initial discussions with CMI three years ago, quickly identifying the company’s 105mm as having the necessary firepower and elevation for the mission. ‘That elevation also allows the gun to be used as artillery if needed,’ added CMI’s local representative Patrick Ledig.

PT Lundin has used its expertise in advanced composites to design the 18m craft to ‘wrap around the gun’. 

‘We’ve used a lot of existing technologies and put them together in an innovative design,’ Lundin stated.

The companies believe that marrying existing technologies has allowed them to jump-start the engineering process and they have already conducted CAD and structural design feasibility studies.

The X18 only has a 0.8m draught making it ideally suited for the confines of riverine operation and is propelled by two MJP waterjets making it highly manoeuvrable.

According to PT Lundin, the boat should be capable of maximum speeds of 30kts and have a range of some 900nm. The size needed to accommodate the 105mm also means that alongside the crew of six the X18 can also carry up to 20 troops.

Although it is a composite design, Lundin said that the crew areas would have a level of ballistic protection. ‘We believe we will be able to give protection against 7.62mm, but the weight costs of moving up to 12.7mm were prohibitive,’ he added.

Further crew protection would be provided by integrating a number of close-in systems. The company has already had discussions with Bofors about potentially integrating its Lemur fire control system that would integrate a remote weapon station designed to carry missiles, weapons up to 30mm and 40mm AGL.


BRP Lake Caliraya, Navy's First Oil Tanker, Joins Philippine Fleet

24 Mei 2015

BRP Lake Caliraya (AF81) on the right (photo : firstknight)

A former tanker of the Philippine National Oil Company was commissioned into the Philippine Navy in rites at Fort San Felipe in Cavite City on Saturday.

According to the Philippine Navy, BRP Lake Caliraya (AF81), formerly MT Lapu-Lapu, was donated to the military in March 2014 and went through dry dock and repairs in Batangas and Cavite before beinf commissioned.

“With the commissioning of this oil tanker, the Navy has now a credible POL [petroleum, oil, lubricants] delivery platform that shall extend the operational range and scope of our ships especially those operating in the high seas and the [Exclusive Economic Zone],” Vice Adm. Jesus Millan, flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy, said.

BRP Lake Caliraya is a single product replenishment platform that has a depot-to-ship, ship-to-depot, and a ship-to-ship refueling capabilities, the Navy said.

Built in Zhejiang Zhongxing Shipyard in Taizhou, in the Peoples Republic of China in November 2007, the tanker was one of the biggest vessels in the PNOC's fleet and was used to transport bunker fuel across the country.

Now a part of the Philippine Fleet, BRP Lake Caliraya is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Mamerto Goleta and crewed by selected officers and men of Sealift Amphibious Force. 

(GMA News)