25 September 2017

MBDA Teams with Ferra in ATGM Production for LAND 400

25 September 2017

MBDA-MMP fifth generation anti-tank guided weapon (photo : Defense Update)

MBDA is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Queensland based Ferra Engineering.

The MoU will see MBDA and Ferra work together in support of the Australian Industry Content (AIC) proposal to contribute to the $20 billion LAND 400 program.

“I am so pleased that MBDA has been able to partner with a great Queensland company like Ferra,” MBDA Australia Managing Director, Andy Watson said.

“Our product for Land 400, MMP, is the only fifth generation anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) in production”

“MMP is the most advanced and lowest risk missile solution for Land 400 Phase 2 and we are delighted to partner with Ferra Engineering to help bring MMP’s technological and strategic benefits to Australia,” he said.

“MBDA’s approach to Australian Industrial Content is based on two principles: ensuring the Commonwealth has the highest level of operational independence and sovereignty in its use of the missile and generating real opportunities for Australian industry”.

“Our vision is for MMP to become the first missile that is built, maintained and evolved in Australia,” Mr Watson said Ferra Engineering Managing Director, Mark Arthur, said that “this is an exciting opportunity to develop a long term partnership with MBDA, and we look forward to working with them into the future”.

The MoU with Ferra Engineering is the first of a number of agreements with Australian companies expected to be completed over the coming weeks and builds on MBDA’s established record for industrial participation and technology transfer in Australia.


24 September 2017

Tank Medium Pindad Bersiap Ikuti Parade HUT TNI

24 September 2017

Kedatangan bodi tank medium kerjasama Pindad-FNSS (all photos : defence.pk)

Dikirim dengan pesawat kargo IL-76TD buatan Rusia, bodi tank medium hasil kerjasama Pindad-FNSS tiba di bandara Soekarno Hatta sesuai rencana pada tanggal 23 September 2017. Untuk selanjutnya bodi tank buatan FNSS ini akan dipasang turret yang merupakan tanggung jawab PT Pindad.

Turret tank medium ini menggunakan jenis Cockerill 3000 series tipe CMI-3105HP buatan Belgia dengan kanon 105mm, tipe turret 105mm ini sama dengan turret yang akan dipasang pada tank boat Antasena dan panser Pandur II 8x8.

Sebagaimana diketahui pada tahun 2014 Pindad telah bekerjasama dengan produsen turret asal Belgia Cockerill Maintenance & Ingenierie SA Defense (CMI) untuk melakukan produksi lokal atas sistem meriam atau turret kaliber 90 mm dan 105 mm dari CMI untuk dipasang di kendaraan tempur produksi Pindad. Atas kerjasama ini Pindad mendapatkan lisensi untuk pembuatan turret CSE 90LP kaliber 90mm dan CMI-3105HP kaliber 105mm.

Jika prototipe#1 tank medium buatan Pindad-FNSS ditampilkan pada pameran IDEF 2017 yang berlangsung di Ankara pada 31 Mei - 02 Juni 2017 yang baru lalu, maka tank medium prototipe#2 akan ditampilkan pada parade HUT TNI ke-72 pada 5 Oktober 2017 yang akan dilangsungkan di Cilegon, Banten.

Sesuai dengan MEF 2024 TNI AD akan menggelar 15 Kodam dan 4 divisi Kostrad hingga tahun 2024, dengan demikian diperlukan 19 batalyon tank. Jumlah ini akan dibagi ke dalam 5 tipe : tank ringan (90/105mm), tank medium (105mm), MBT (120mm), panser kanon 6x6 (90mm) dan panser kanon 8x8 (105mm). Jika 1 batalyon terdiri dari 4 kompi dengan jumlah 48 tank maka dibutuhkan total 912 tank. Jika jumlah ini dibagi merata (kecuali MBT) maka kebutuhan riil tank medium TNI AD adalah 4 batalyon atau sekitar 200 tank.

(Defense Studies)

23 September 2017

Singapore Navy Launches Fifth Littoral Mission Vessel

23 September 2017

On board of fifth LMV Indomitable (photo : Sing Mindef)

Speaker of Parliament Mr Tan Chuan-Jin officiated at the launching ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Indomitable, at the Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine)'s Benoi shipyard today. The LMV was launched by Mrs Tan Lik Ling, wife of Mr Tan.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Tan highlighted how the RSN has progressed over the last 50 years. He said, "The LMV demonstrates how the RSN continues to strengthen its capabilities for the future and continues to safeguard our sea lines of communication. At 50 years, the RSN has come a long way since her humble beginnings, with just two wooden boats, to today's professional and well-respected maritime force."

He credited the RSN's achievements to the indomitable spirit of its people and entrusted the Commanding Officer and his crew the honourable duty of living up to the ship's name. "The journey to build a capable Navy was not easy. We stand on the shoulders of generations of sailors who have helped built our Navy and have kept our waters safe."

Independence class Littoral Mission Vessels (photo : Sing Mindef)

The launch of the LMVs is a significant milestone in the RSN's continued transformation to keep Singapore's seas safe. The LMVs are faster, more versatile, and equipped with sharper capabilities to further strengthen the RSN's effectiveness in seaward defence. The LMVs can be quickly configured with mission modules to take on a wide spectrum of operations, allowing the crew to deliver calibrated responses using lethal and non-lethal options to deal with a range of maritime threats.

The LMV programme is progressing well. The first LMV, RSS Independence, was commissioned during the RSN's Golden Jubilee on 5 May 2017 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. RSS Independence was most recently involved in search and rescue efforts for the missing crew of the Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19 that collided with Indonesian-registered tanker Kartika Segara. The other three previously launched LMVs, Sovereignty, Unity and Justice are presently undergoing sea trials.

Also present at the ceremony were Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, and senior officers from the RSN and the Defence Science and Technology Agency.

(Sing Mindef)

HMAS Hobart AWD Enters the Service

23 September 2017

HMAS Hobart Air Warfare Destroyer (photos : Aus DoD)

HMAS Hobart Commissioning

The safety and security of Australia and our interests around the globe has been significantly strengthened with the commissioning of the first Australian-built Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart, today.

Hobart brings together the best of Australian and global technology to be one of the world’s most potent and lethal warships.  She will provide air defence for accompanying ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.

The commissioning of Hobart is the culmination of the hard work of thousands of Australians who built and delivered the future capability of the Royal Australian Navy. The crew and shipbuilders who have brought this new capability into service are to be congratulated on their achievement.

The Turnbull Government has committed to a continuous sovereign naval shipbuilding program that will keep our Navy equipped with the latest technology for generations to come and Hobart demonstrates our commitment and ability to meet that promise.

This sovereign continuous naval shipbuilding program will create thousands of jobs across the country and is another example of the Turnbull Government building and strengthening our defence capability and defence industry.

HMAS Hobart is the first of three Hobart class guided missile destroyers that will enter service in coming years and the third ship to carry the name, Hobart. Her motto, Grow with Strength, reflects the future direction of the Navy as it continues its primary mission of protecting Australia and its interests in an increasingly dynamic region.

HMAS Hobart (image : MConrads)

As detailed in the Turnbull Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper, our Navy is undergoing its largest regeneration since the Second World War and our future fleet will be more flexible, more versatile, and more lethal than ever.

Hobart will now undergo her test and evaluation period where she will integrate into the fleet and Navy personnel will train to operate the warship.

(Aus DoD)

PCG Receives New Twin-Engine Speedboat

23 September 2017

PCG new twin engine speedboat (photo : PCG)

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received a twin-engine 200Hp Yamaha Speedboat for use of PCG in southwestern Mindanao on Wednesday, September 20.

PCG District Southwestern Mindanao acting commander Captain Ronnie Gil L. Gavan received the said speedboat from the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi led by Governor Rashidin Matba.

“The said speedboat will be used for maritime security patrol as one of the main functions of the PCG,” PCG said.


9 Armoured Security Vehicles For Malbatt

23 September 2017

IAG Guardian (photo : Army Recognition)

BEIRUT (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Peacekeeping Mission (Malbatt) in Lebanon will receive a reinforcement of nine units of Guardian armoured security vehicles (ASV) in mid December.

Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said the assets which would be mobilised in January reflected the Malaysian government's commitment in the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.

"Malbatt's assets have been upgraded to suit current needs and circumstances," he told Bernama and RTM on Thursday.

According to him, Malbatt presently has 46 RPZ Condor 4x4 armoured personnel carriers at its operation centre at Marakah Camp, located about 100km from Beirut.

He said members of the peacekeeping team had also been provided with digital camouflage uniform made of good textile, bullet proof and although thick, is light and therefore comfortable to wear.

"The government is concerned for the problems and welfare of our team in Malbatt. My last visit to Lebanon was three years ago and since then there had been many changes including relations between Malbatt and the local community," he said.

Mohd Johari said Malaysia was in the process of completing the 'Malaysian bazaar' which would provide a site and opportunity for local traders here to earn their livelihood.

"Malaysia's endeavour to help improve the economy of the local community has gained the attention and support of the people in Lebanon," he added.


22 September 2017

Budget for Korean Corvette’s Transfer to PH Navy Approved

22 September 2017

ROKS Chungju 762 (photo : KJClub)

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved and forwarded the budget request worth PHP250 million to the Office of the President for the transfer of former Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Flight III Pohang-class corvette ROKS Chungju (PCC-762) to the Philippine Navy, MaxDefense Philippines said.

ROKS Chungju was decommissioned from South Korean navy service in December 2016.

The Philippine government will be paying the South Korean government with token fee of USD100.

However, the Philippine government will handle the cost for the ship’s refurbishment to make it safe to sail from South Korea to Philippines.

“We have sent a letter to the Government of South Korea expressing our intent to acquire one Pohang class corvette. We are hoping to receive the vessel within the year,” DND public affairs chief Arsenio Andolong told PNA in April 2017.

“The transfer will be in the form of a donation, however, we will pay a token fee of USD100. The corvette will still undergo refurbishment, the cost of which we will shoulder,” he added.