20 Oktober 2017

Rockwell Collins Wins Contract for Digital Terminal Control System Simulators for ADF

20 Oktober 2017

Battlefield controller simulator (photo : Aus DoD)

$40 million to modernise military training

The battlefield training of our soldiers has been given a major boost with eight new Digital Terminal Control System simulators coming online next year.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a $40 million contract with Rockwell Collins Australia to supply the simulators.

Minister Pyne said the contract includes operator and maintenance support and built on the acquisition of three interim systems in March this year, with 80 per cent of the contract value to be spent in Australia.

“This contract will create seven new jobs in Perth, Sydney, Newcastle and Puckapunyal, on top of the four jobs created under the earlier contract,” Minister Pyne said. 

“The DTCS itself is a state of the art computer-based capability which uses specialised software and hardware equipment to identify enemy targets with greater speed and accuracy.”

“These simulators will equip our soldiers with the skills necessary to use the DTCS to coordinate battlefield fire from artillery, mortars, helicopters, naval ships and fighter aircraft.”

“It also provides our personnel with the ability to work with multiple Australian and coalition land, air, and sea platforms to engage the enemy.” 

“The simulators provide an environment which can be difficult to replicate in live training, they provide a realistic, cost effective and safe alternative.”

“The purchase of these systems demonstrates our commitment to using Australian defence industry to improve and modernise our training equipment.”

The new simulators will be installed at bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin, Perth, Sydney, Williamtown and Puckapunyal.

Delivery of the simulators is planned to commence in May 2018 with the final simulator expected in December 2018.

(Aus DoD)

Indonesia Delays Decommissioning of Ahmad Yani-Class Frigates Amid South China Sea Obligations

20 Oktober 2017

The Indonesian Navy has delayed the planned retirement of its ex-Royal Netherlands Navy frigates. Move to ensure that the service can fulfil operational requirements and deployment obligations, especially in the South China Sea (photo : Joko Sulistyo)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut) has decided to postpone the retirement of its Ahmad Yani-class frigates amid operational requirements that necessitate continued service of the platforms for about one more year, the service has confirmed with Jane’s .

Citing a TNI-AL source from the service’s Western Fleet (KOARMABAR), Jane’s reported in February 2016 that the country will start to retire the first of its six Ahmad Yani-class frigates in 2017. This decision was made at the 2016 iteration of an annual naval technical and logistics work plan meeting, and the intention then was to retire the class at a rate of one ship a year from 2017 to 2022.

However, given current progress of the Martadinata (SIGMA 10514)-class’ induction, and ongoing service obligations, this schedule has since been delayed by about one more year to ensure that there are no operational gaps in the fleet’s deployment capacity especially in the Natuna Sea where there is now an increasing number of unregulated fishing cases, said the TNI-AL.

Indonesia commissioned its first Martadinata-class frigate, KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata (331), in April 2017. The second-of-class, which will be known as KRI IGusti Ngurah Rai with pennant number 332 once it is in service, was launched by state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL in September 2016. The country is expected to acquire follow-on ships in this class, but a formal procurement process for this has yet to begin.

The TNI-AL’s Ahmad Yani-class ships were formerly in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) as the Van Speijk class. After being in service for about 20 years, the ships were transferred to Indonesia between 1986 and 1989.


NZ Defence Force to Buy 82 New High-Tech Rifles for $4 Million

20 Oktober 2017

Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel rifle (photo : Defense Review)

Two new types of weapons, including a long range sniper rifle that can hit targets at almost twice the distance current weapons can, are being bought by the New Zealand Defence Force [NZDF] at a cost of $4 million.

NZDF announced today it was entering an agreement to buy 40 of the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel rifle and 42 Barrett Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifles.

The cost includes day optics, suppressors and ballistic computer auxiliary equipment.

The 0.50-calibre semi-automatic anti-materiel rifle gives soldiers the ability to identify and engage vehicle or installation targets with precision to 1500 metres.

The Barrett MRAD .338 Lapua Magnum has been proven effective to 1500m. It replaces the current AW 7.62mm calibre sniper rifle, effective to 800m, which has reached the end of its service life, Chief of Army Major General Peter Kelly said.

BARRETT MRAD: Multi-caliber capable precision rifle (photo : SADJ)

"This new weapon will increase significantly the range of NZDF snipers, and with the innovation of new tripods will increase their ability to shoot in various positions, from prone to standing."

Both rifles will be used by infantry units within the New Zealand Army and the New Zealand SAS, and will be introduced into service from mid-2018.

Kelly said the new weapons would provide soldiers with the latest technology and ensure they would be equipped for any battlefield environment they might encounter.

"The new weapons were chosen after rigorous testing and feedback from qualified operators."

The MRAD was selected after six weeks of testing of a number of potential rifles at Waiouru, with more than 10,000 rounds fired in a variety of evaluation activities.


DPR Bahas Proyek KFX/IFX dengan Menkeu dan Menhan

20 Oktober 2017

Pesawat tempur KFX/IFX (photo : defence.pk)

Anggaran Jet Tempur Siluman Tunda Raker Komisi I DPR

RAPAT kerja Komisi I DPR dengan Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu dan Pang­lima TNI Jenderal Gatot Nurmantyo yang sedianya membahas persoalan anggaran, kemarin, belum tuntas. Rapat pun dilanjutkan hari ini.

Demikian penjelasan Ketua Komisi I DPR Abdul Kharis Almasyhari kepada Media ­Indonesia, kemarin. Abdul yang bertindak ­sebagai pimpinan rapat enggan membeberkan detail alasan kenapa rapat yang berlangsung tertutup itu memerlukan waktu tambahan.

“Ya, karena belum rampung makanya besok dilanjutkan. Nah, besok itu rapat kita lanjutkan dengan Menteri Keuangan dan Bappenas yang kebetulan ada di Komisi XI maka kita manfaatkan sekalian,” ujarnya.

Pendapat berbeda dikatakan anggota Komisi I DPR Bobby Adhityo Rizaldi. Menurutnya, rapat perlu dilanjutkan karena adanya permintaan anggaran Rp1,85 triliun dari Kementerian Pertahanan untuk proyek pengembangan jet tempur KFX/IFX.

“Dalam rapat disampaikan bahwa masih banyak program prioritas TNI lain di lima unit organisasi lain, sehingga Kemenhan disarankan berkoordinasi dulu dengan ­Kemenkeu agar kiranya program tersebut bisa dimasukan di alokasi anggaran umum lain,” tutur Bobby.

Jet tempur canggih KFX/IFX adalah pesawat semi siluman generasi 4,5 yang dikembangkan Korea Selatan dan Indonesia. Bobby menilai proyek tersebut masih dalam fase engineering manufacture development (EMD) atau masih sangat lama untuk proses produksinya.

Tidak hanya itu, Komisi I juga memperta­nyakan beberapa hal yang dianggap masih memerlukan koordinasi terkait alih teknologi dengan negara-negara Eropa selain Amerika Serikat, khususnya untuk 4 teknologi utama di dalam pesawat tempur KFX/IFX. Misalnya, radar electronically scanned array (AESA), infrared search and track (IRST), electronic optics targeting pod (EOTGP), dan pengacak frekuensi radio.

“Hal-hal seperti ini perlu dipertimbangkan agar jangan seperti proyek satelit yang bernilai triliunan dan sudah disetujui bersama DPR, ternyata tidak bisa dijalankan, malah Kemenhan dituntut ke arbitrase internasional,” kata Bobby.

Panglima TNI Jenderal Gatot Nurmantyo dan Menhan Ryamizard Ryacudu pun ­hanya menjawab diplomatis ketika disinggung awak media perihal alasan rapat dilanjutkan besok. “Cut dulu, besok dilanjutkan. Kita akan rapat dengan Menteri Keuangan, jadi belum disimpulkan,” pungkas Gatot.

(Media Indonesia)

19 Oktober 2017

ScanEagle Completes Operation Evaluation in the Middle East Region

19 Oktober 2017

ScanEagle UAV on the board HMAS Newcastle (photo : Aus DoD)

HMAS Newcastle has conducted the RAN’s first simultaneous operations of manned and unmanned aircraft during its current deployment to the Middle East on Operation Manitou.

In September, Newcastle’s MH-60R helicopter and ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) were employed on concurrent surface search sorties in the Gulf of Oman in support of Task Force 50, US Navy 5th Fleet.

Commanding Officer, HMAS Newcastle, Commander Mark Sirois said the integration of manned and unmanned aerial operations offered significant flexibility to Commanders at sea.

“The cooperative employment of both aviation platforms allows Newcastle to effectively conduct wide-area search and persistent surveillance by employing the appropriate asset,” he said.

“The advent of unmanned aerial systems within the RAN, specifically in Newcastle for OP Manitou, has provided an excellent asset for both the CMF mission and for future use within the RAN.”

Newcastle has four ScanEagle air vehicles embarked as part of an Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) to support the introduction of Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems and their teamed employment with manned aircraft, under Project SEA 129.

HMAS Newcastle’s Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Ian Holmes said the deployment of manned and unmanned systems had seen Newcastle operate at flying stations for extended periods, which was based on comprehensive planning and coordination.

“The successful, concurrent MH-60R - ScanEagle mission was a result of detailed planning and preparation to ensure that the conduct of the flying operations could be supported effectively by Newcastle,” Lieutenant Commander Holmes said.

“This required a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities of both aviation platforms.”

During the manned-unmanned teaming sortie, ScanEagle was equipped with a ‘Video Detection and Ranging’ (ViDAR) camera that automatically detects surface contacts, increasing operator situational awareness and search capacity.

Due to the longer endurance of ScanEagle, and a need to ensure safe recovery of the manned aircraft to the single flight deck, the MH-60R was operated after ScanEagle launch and prior to its recovery.

Prior to the simultaneous manned-unmanned operation, the ScanEagle had been used as a platform to conduct surface search and persistent, covert surveillance in support of CTF 150 Maritime Security Operations, including chokepoint transits in the Bab al Mandeb.

As of late September, ScanEagle had flown 140 hours over 29 OPEVAL sorties.

The UAS is fully integrated into Newcastle’s combat system, enabling live streaming of ScanEagle imagery to the operations room for analysis and exploitation.

(Aus DoD)

KASAL resmikan Markas Komando Pasukan Marinir 2 di Marunda

19 Oktober 2017

Prajurit Marinir TNI AL (photo : Antara)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Kepala Staf TNI AL, Laksamana TNI Ade Supandi, meresmikan Markas Komando Pasukan Marinir 2 Korps Marinir TNI AL, di Kesatrian Marinir Baroto Sardadi, Marunda, Jakarta Utara, Rabu.

Nama yang disematkan pada kesatrian baru Korps Marinir TNI AL itu mengambil nama Mayor Jenderal TNI (Purnawirawan) Baroto Sardadi, yang pernah menjadi komandan komponen pendarat TNI AL itu.

Marunda ternama dengan kekhasan adat-istiadat Betawi-nya, sehingga kedatangan Supandi dan rombongan disambut kesenian Betawi, selain demonstrasi terjun payung dari Batalion Intai Amfibi 2 Korps Marinir TNI AL.

Peresmian Markas Komando Pasukan Marinir 2 itu ditandai penyerahan keris dari Supandi kepada Komandan Pasukan Marinir 2, Brigadir Jenderal TNI (Marinir) Nur Alamsyah. Keris menduduki posisi penting pada Korps Marinir TNI AL karena senjata tradisional Indonesia itu dijadikan komponen lambang korps pasukan pendarat TNI AL itu.

Selain itu, dilakukan penandatanganan prasasti dan pemotongan pita secara simbolis dan penyerahan dua unit kendaraan dan pengukuhan Supandi sebagai ketua pembina Jayamahe Jeep Club, sebagaimana dinyatakan siaran pers Dinas Penerangan TNI AL, diterima di Jakarta, Rabu.

Pada kesempatan ini dia turun langsung mengendarai kendaraan off-road, untuk mengetahui lingkungan sekitaran Markas Komando Pasukan Marinir 2 didampingi Alamsyah.

Supandi, mengatakan keberadaan Pasukan Marinir-2 sebagai komando pelaksana Korps Marinir TNI AL di wilayah barat, khususnya Jakarta, dituntut senantiasa meningkatkan kinerja organisasi guna memenuhi tugas pokok yang diharapkan.

Oleh karena itu, kata dia, pembangunan gedung dan fasilitas sarana dan prasarananya dapat mendorong ide-ide pemikiran yang kreatif dan inovatif guna pencapaian tugas pokok Korps Marinir TNI AL dalam rangka mewujudkan visi dan misi TNI AL ke depan.

Dia berpesan agar semua komponen Korps Marinir TNI AL mampu tetap meningkatkan semangat kejuangan dan keprajuritan dan menjaga semua fasilitas yang telah diberikan negara.


Satu Flight Pesawat F-16 Ikuti Latihan AUSINDO 2017

19 Oktober 2017

Kali ini pesawat yang diberangkatkan latihan Ausindo 2017 adalah pesawat F-16C/D dari Skadron Udara 3, Madiun (photo : TNI)

Satu flight pesawat tempur F-16 Fihgting Falcon dari Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi berangkat menuju Darwin, Australia

Satu flight pesawat tempur F-16 Fihgting Falcon dari Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi, beberapa waktu lalu berangkat menuju Darwin, Australia, guna melaksanakan latihan bersama dengan Angkatan Udara Australia.

Latihan Bersama (Latma) dengan sandi "AUSINDO" tersebut merupakan latihan perang antara TNI Angkatan Udara Indonesia dengan Angkatan Udara Australia yaitu Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Keberangakatan Satu flight pesawat F-16 Fighting Falcon dipimpin langsung oleh Komandan Skadron Udara 3 Letkol Pnb Yoga Ambara, dilepas oleh Kepala Dinas Operasi Lanud Iswahjudi Kolonel Pnb Wastum, beserta segenap pejabat Lanud Iswahjudi.

Latma "AUSINDO 2017" akan digelar dari tanggal 17 Oktober hingga tanggal 28 Oktober 2017, dalam latihan tersebut Lanud Iswahjudi mengerahkan 7 pesawat tampur F-16 Fihgting Falcon, 77 teknisi dan didukung dengan dua pesawat C-130 Hercules.