21 Maret 2018

69 Aussie Defence Companies Promoted in Export Push

21 Maret 2018

Thales Australia Hawkei (photo : Lukasz Pacholski)

The second edition of the Australian Military Sales Catalogue was released today to promote the products and services produced by Australia’s defence industry internationally.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the first catalogue launched in 2017 proved to be a success.

“The Australian Military Sales is an important initiative for us to showcase the vast range of products and services the Australian defence industry can export to our friends and allies to boost their capability,” Minister Pyne said. 

“The catalogue lists selected Australian Defence Force (ADF) equipment available with a demonstrated viable capability that other countries might seek to purchase. It supports our Smart Buyer approach to the acquisition, sustainment and disposal of ADF capability by working more closely with industry.”

“This year’s catalogue has been expanded to include products and services from 69 Australian defence companies – including small and medium enterprises, and companies located across the country including from regional Australia.”

“As Minister for Defence Industry, I am constantly reminded of the enormous ability, skill and determination of our Australian defence industry. The Turnbull Government is supporting them in a number of ways including through the Defence Export Strategy I announced with the Prime Minister on 29 January 2018.

“This catalogue is another way for the Government to help Australia’s Defence Industry reach the markets of our friends and allies. Today’s launch is another milestone that celebrates our successful Australian defence industry as a fundamental input to capability,” Minister Pyne said.

The transfer of ex-ADF equipment to foreign governments is subject to a rigorous approval process independent from the Australian Military Sales Office.

(Aus DoD)

Singapore Denies Leopard 2A7 Acquisition, but Questions Remain Over Anomalies

21 Maret 2018

An unspecified number of the Singapore Army’s Leopard 2SG MBTs have received a new sighting system for the vehicle commander. At least two upgraded examples were shown at the Army Open House event in May 2017. (photo : Jane's)

Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has refuted speculation that the country has acquired the A7 variant of the German-built Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) that stemmed from a recent entry in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI’s) Arms Transfer Database.

According to SIPRI’s data – which the institute says is drawn from a range of sources, including the UN Register of Conventional Arms (ROCA), national reports on arms exports and imports, as well as official defence budget documents and parliamentary records – Singapore has acquired 12 Leopard 2A7 MBTs that were delivered in the 2016–17 timeframe. The institute also recorded that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) received a total of 182 ex-Bundeswehr Leopard 2A4 MBTs in the 2007–12 timeframe, with a number of these used as spares and training.

Meanwhile, a separate check on the UN ROCA database has also shown that Germany reported a transfer of 168 MBTs to Singapore, with the most recent entry in 2016 indicating that seven Leopard 2 MBTs – although of an unspecified variant – had been exported to Singapore, further casting doubt on the official information released by MINDEF.

“In 2006, the SAF announced the acquisition of the Leopard 2A4 from Germany to replace the SM1 tanks,” MINDEF said a 20 March statement. “Since then, the refurnished Leopard tanks have entered service and no other variants of the Leopard has [sic] been acquired by the SAF.”

Only 96 Leopard 2A4 MBTs were ever declared to have been ordered by Singapore in a December 2006 announcement by MINDEF. The first batch of six MBTs was transferred in June 2008 and deliveries are understood to have been completed by mid-2010.


SIPRI : Ekspor dan Transfer Alutsista Singapore 2011-2017

21 Maret 2018


Air Force Declares Initial Operating Capability for the P-8A Poseidon

21 Maret 2018

RAAF P-8A Poseidon (photo : Nathan Rundle)

Australia’s new maritime surveillance aircraft the P-8A Poseidon has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC), five months ahead of the original schedule.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, congratulated Air Force and CASG on the significant milestone that has been achieved.

“Together the P-8A Poseidon and the future MQ-4C Triton aircraft will provide Australia with one of the world’s most advanced maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities,” Minister Payne said.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon (photo : Darren Crick)

“The P-8A is a very capable and effective successor to the AP-3C Orion, which will soon retire from the role after nearly 40 years of distinguished service.

“The Poseidon will improve Defence’s ability to conduct Anti-Submarine warfare, maritime patrol and surveillance of Australia’s maritime approaches.”

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, said declaring IOC was a significant milestone because the P-8A is a fundamental element of Australian Defence Forces future maritime strategy.

“The arrival of the P-8A has allowed Air Force, under Plan Jericho, to develop and evolve new operating concepts, support arrangements and sustainment options," Air Marshal Davies said.

RAAF P-8A Poseidon (photo : JR Mooing)

“These will best exploit the P-8A’s sensors and networking as part of integrated Navy and Air Force integrated Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Family of Systems. 

“The acquisition of the P-8A represents a $5 billion investment in Australia’s maritime patrol capability and along with the MQ-4C Triton, will be a very capable and effective successor to the AP-3C Orion.”

To date, six of Australia’s 12 P-8As have arrived in Australia, operated by Number 11 Squadron from RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. 


20 Maret 2018

Pangarmatim Serahkan Kapal Perang ke Setiap Lantamal di Kawasan Timur

20 Maret 2018

Kapal-kapal patroli Koarmatim (photo : CNN)

TRIBUN-TIMUR.COM, MAKASSAR - Panglima Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur (Pangarmatim) Laksamana Muda TNI Didik Setiyono memimpin upacara acara serah terima jabatan Komandan Pangkalan utama TNI Angkatan Laut (Danlantamal) VI Makassar.

Acara sertijab ini dilaksanakan di Dermaga Layang Mako Lantamal VI, Senin (19/3/2018).

Komandan Lantamal VI Makassar diserahterimakan dari Laksamana Pertama (Laksma) TNI Yusup kepada Kolonel Laut Dwi Sulaksono.

Sertijab juga dirangkaikan dengan penyerahan secara simbolis unsur KRI dari Aslog Pangarmatim, Kolonel Laut (T) Teguh Sugiono kepada Aslog Danlantamal VI Makassar Letkol Laut (T) Sidik Wahono sebagai perwakilan seluruh Lantamal jajaran Koarmatim.

Penyerahan KRI ini menyusul pemisahan komando kapal-kapal Satrol kepada 14 Satuan Keamanan Laut (Satkamla) Lantamal dari Komando Kawasan Armada (Koarmada).

Pangarmatim Laksda Didik Setiyono mengatakan, kapal-kapal perang TNI AL yang dulunya satuan kapal patroli Koarmada, sekarang menjadi satuan kapal patroli Lantamal.

"Sekarang sudah ada Perkasal baru, jadi kapal-kapal yang tadinya menjadi satuan kapal patroli di Koarmada, baik itu armada barat maupun timur, sekarang kapal-kapal patroli diserahkan ke setiap Lantamal," jelasnya.

"Di Lantamal itu juga ada satuan kapal patroli, di sini ada dansat untuk patroli di wilayah kerjanya masing-masing," kata dia.

Laksamana bintang dua ini menjelaskan, ada 29 kapal yang diserahkan ke Lantamal di Indonesia.

"Jumlahnya tidak sama setiap Lantamal, ada dapat satu ada juga dua, bergantung tingkat kerawanan wilayah itu," pungkasnya.


SIPRI : Ekspor dan Transfer Alutsista Australia 2011-2017

20 Maret 2018


Naval Group Engages KBR for Australia’s Future Submarine Facility Design Services Subcontract

20 Maret 2018

KBR to design Australian submarine construction yard (image : Naval Group)

Naval Group has formally signed a Design Services Subcontract (DSSC) with local engineering company, KBR, to assist with the concept design of the proposed Future Submarine (SEA1000) construction yard at the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct in South Australia.

The submarine construction yard concept design will include the facilities and infrastructure required to construct a fleet of twelve regionally superior Future Submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

Through the DSSC, KBR will support Naval Group to deliver the concept design for the Future Submarine yard to the Commonwealth of Australia in July 2018.

“We will be utilising Naval Group’s extensive experience building and maintaining nuclear and conventional submarines for the French, Brazilian, Malaysian, Indian and Chilean navies to ensure that the facility is appropriately equipped to build Australia’s Future Submarine fleet” said Brent Clark, Interim CEO, Naval Group Australia.

A team of KBR and Naval Group Australia engineers will undertake design workshops within Australia and France in February 2018 to inform the concept design and facilitate knowledge transfer. The team will draw on Naval Group’s international experience as a reference point for Australia’s Future Submarine yard.

“KBR is excited to be providing our expertise to Naval Group for this nationally significant project that will deliver a world-class future submarine facility, a significant component of the infrastructure enabler of Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan. Having designed the original Collins submarine facility in South Australia in the 1980’s and more recently the Air Warfare Destroyer shipyard, KBR brings extensive local defence infrastructure engineering and program management experience to this important project” said Greg Conlon, KBR President Asia Pacific.

“We anticipate this contract will employee around 100 South Australians and we look forward to working with Naval Group and the Australian Government to maximise opportunities for local industry,” added Conlon.

Naval Group are committed to the involvement of Australian industry in the Future Submarine Program, recognising that it is of vital importance to the construction and sustainment of the submarine fleet into the future, creating job opportunities across Australia.

(Naval Group)