30 Maret 2017

Teknologi Baterai Kapal Selam, BPPT Berguru ke Prancis

30 Maret 2017

Baterai kapal selam (image : MarineBio)

VIVA.co.id – Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) menjadi salah satu lembaga pemerintah yang akan bekerja sama dengan institusi penelitian dan pengembangan (litbang) Prancis. Rangkaian kerja sama ini menjadi rangkaian lawatan Presiden Prancis, Francois Hollande ke Indonesia.

Dua institusi litbang Prancis yang hari ini mengadakan pertemuan dengan BPPT, yakni INSA dan CEA.

Kepala BPPT, Unggul Priyanto, menyampaikan bahwa Prancis cukup maju dalam hal riset di bidang energi serta informasi dan teknologi komunikasi (ICT). Dalam hal energi misalnya, Unggul menjelaskan, seperti energi terbarukan seperti solar cell, fuel cell, dan teknologi baterai. Sementara itu, di bidang ICT, seperti security dan micro electronic.

"Atau teknologi lain, seperti manufakturing, kapal selam kalau mungkin (dikerjasamakan)," ujar Unggul usai courtesy call BPPT dengan CEA dan INSA Prancis di Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta Rabu 29 Maret 2017.

Terkait kapal selam, Unggul mengatakan, erat kaitannya dengan teknologi baterai. Sebab, kualitas kapal selam tergantung sekali dengan kualitas baterainya.

"Jadi, kapal selam ketika menyelam, energi mengandalkan baterai, semakin qualified baterainya, semakin lama bisa menyelam," kata Unggul.

Sementara itu, kapal selam bisa menyelam juga karena beban dari baterai. Sekitar 60 persen berat kapal selam adalah berat baterai.

Kapal selam yang dikembangkan BPPT, baterainya terbuat dari lithium ion. Saat ini, kekuatan durasi menyelamkan kapal selama empat hari.

Sementara itu, Prancis, telah mengembangkan baterai sodium-ion. Diklaim, baterai pengganti lithium ini lebih murah dan memiliki kerapatan penyimpanan energi sangat tinggi, ketersediaan sodium pun melimpah.

"Kami masih lihat (hasil riset Prancis) baterai sodium ion ini," tutur Unggul.

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Ruag Aviation Eyes RTN Do-228 Upgrade

30 Maret 2017

RTN Do-228 aircraft (photo : Jean Mc Braun)

Ruag Aviation eyes upgrading the RTN's fleet of 7 Do-228 as well as continue support for RTAF F-5s.

Beat Betschart, Senior Manager Regional Sales Asia of Ruag Aviation from Switzerland tell TAF at LIMA 2017 that his company still hope for the Do-228 upgrade contract from the Royal Thai Navy.

"Since the airframe has unlimited service life and wings can be operated into 42,000 hours, upgrading existing Do-228 is a vatable choice with half a price compare to buying the new aircraft"

RTN operates 7 Do-228s maritime patrol aircraft for more than 20 years and equipment start to show its age in the current mission, as well as search and rescue operation.

"RTN can choose Leonardo's SeaSpray radar or the radar of their choices as well as consider installing L-3 WESCAM EO/IR and perform the cockpit upgrade". He also stated that his company is ready to perform the work in Thailand of requested.

Ruag Aviation restart the Do-228NG production line and book more than 19 aircraft in the order book, including the two aircraft for Bangladesh Navy.

Ruag Aviation also continue to support the fleet of RTAF's F-5 despite losing to the Israeli company in the upgrade order.


Airbus Helicopters and PTDI Expand Long-Standing Industrial Co-operation to Include MRO

30 Maret 2017

Green helicopter of Panther, EC-725 and Fennec ordered by Indonesia (all photos : Airbus Helicopters)

Airbus Helicopters and PTDI expand long-standing industrial co-operation

Bandung – Riding on a 40-year long established partnership, Airbus Helicopters and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) bolstered their industrial co-operation to include support and services dedicated for the helicopter fleet of the Indonesian government. 

Witnessed by French Defence Minister Le Drian this morning, the agreement was signed by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury and PTDI President and CEO Budi Santoso.

Under this agreement, Airbus Helicopters and PTDI will jointly develop local support and services capabilities which cover maintenance, repair and overhaul specifically for the growing Airbus Helicopters fleet operated by the Indonesian government.

“Indonesia plays an extremely important role in Airbus Helicopters’ global industrial footprint, and this expanded co-operation with our long-standing trusted partner speaks of our continued commitment to invest into Indonesia’s aerospace industry,” said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “We are happy to see the ‘Made-in-Indonesia’ initiative taking root as we strengthen our support for the Indonesian government.”

“PTDI is excited to embark on this new journey with Airbus Helicopters, which now enables us to offer a complete value chain in Indonesia, for the Indonesian Armed Forces,” said Budi Santoso, CEO and President of PT Dirgantara Indonesia. “We are also happy to be part of a strengthened alliance, which would help develop Indonesia’s technical competency in helicopter maintenance.” 

This joint agreement is the result of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed two years ago. Numerous progresses were made following the MoU signing, which saw to major maintenance activities successfully completed in Indonesia for the Presidential Super Puma aircraft, with dedicated support from Airbus Helicopters in Indonesia.

Over these two years, PTDI has implemented a robust re-organisation of their processes to consolidate all support and services activities under one single roof. The Indonesian industrial partner will also be recognised as Airbus Helicopters’ approved completion centre and services centre, upon successfully passing quality and safety audits. 

The decades-long partnership between Airbus Helicopters and PTDI began in the 1970s, with PTDI’s licensed production of the NBO-105 helicopter. Today, both companies are working together on 11 different helicopter types, namely the H225M, H215M, AS565 MBe Panther, AS365 N3+, H135, the Fennec (AS550, AS555 and AS350), as well as the legacy platforms NAS330, NSP332 and NBO-105, for the Indonesian Presidential fleet, the Indonesian air force, army, navy, police forces, Basarnas and the STPI training centre; supporting a wide range of operational missions. 

EPI Signs Support Contract for TP400 Engines Powering Malaysia’s A400M Military Aircraft

30 Maret 2017

Airbus A400M engines (photo : Curufinwe)

Europrop International GmbH (EPI) has signed an In-Service Support (ISS) agreement with the Malaysian government for the TP400 turboprop engines powering the Royal Malaysian Air Force's A400M military transport aircraft, at the 2017 Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA). The agreement was signed by Christophe Bruneau, President of EPI, and Dato' Sri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi, Secretary General at the Malaysian Ministry of Defense.

This contract follows a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed on March 21 by EPI and Global Turbine Asia (GTA), a Malaysian joint venture with Safran that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for helicopter and airplane engines.

EPI and GTA provide support services for the TP400 engines' fleet powering the Royal Malaysian Air Force's four A400M airlifters. The first phase of the contract runs until the end of October 2017, leading to the second phase, when GTA will become the prime contractor for these support services.

Under the terms of the agreement, EPI and GTA will provide local support services. GTA's Subang facility already deploys a Customer Support Representative (CSR), Field Support Representatives (FSR) and Logistics Support Representatives (LSR) to ensure that the Royal Malaysian Air Force continues to receive timely support for their engines.

 "We are delighted to continue to build a successful partnership with GTA, which enables us to provide local support for the TP400 engine fleet," said Christophe Bruneau, President of EPI.

EPI will support GTA to obtain Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) certification from EPI, as well as certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA-Part145) and the Malaysian airworthiness authority DGTA.


29 Maret 2017

7th, 8th FA-50PHs Arrive, 4 More Coming until May

29 Maret 2017

FA-50PH tail number 007 and 008 (photo : Hsinchu City)

The Philippine Air Force today received its 7th and 8th Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PH Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT). PAF vice commander Major General Conrado V. Parra Jr. spearheaded the welcome ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City, Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

Twelve ordered FA-50PHs are expected to be completed May 2017. FA-50PHs 009, 010 are scheduled to arrive in Aprile, while 011, 012 are expected to be delivered May.

“The FA-50 is a multirole fighter variant of KAI’s T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic advanced jet trainer. It is capable of carrying short range air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles with countermeasures such as chaffs and infrared flares,” PAF said. “With the arrival of the fourth batch of FA-50PH jets, the PAF now has eight jets in its inventory while the delivery of the rest of the jets will be completed within 2017.”


Almost Certainly Vietnam Decided to Buy Yak-130 Aircraft

29 Maret 2017

Yak-130 aircraft (photo : Sputnik)

According to PK-KQ, almost certainly Yak-130 aircraft has been selected by the Vietnam Air Force as his new generation training aircraft.

In the article "Program renewal, the process of training military pilots is necessary" published in the Air Defense - Air Force, Colonel Nguyen Tien Hoc said:

"However, the newest of this program is that students do not graduate from L-39 but have to graduate on newer aircraft." According to the Department of Defense and the planes, The Yak-130 is a modern 4th generation aircraft and is compatible with the Su-27, Su-30.

Therefore, it is very convenient for the pilot after graduating from the Air Force School to transfer training at the Su-27, Su-30. " Vietnam has chosen but almost certainly Yak-130 has won the special attention of the Vietnam Air Force.

Previously, at the International Air and Marine Exhibition (LIMA-2017), the Vietnamese high-level military delegation had visited the site of the Yak-130 combat training ground. This is the type of aircraft that has been rumored by the Russian and international media that Vietnam is planning to buy.

Yak-130 aircraft (photo : The Aviaonist)

Speaking about the necessity of the Yak-130 aircraft to Vietnam, Sputnik news agency has analyzed the analysis of Russian military science doctor Makar Aksenenko has analyzed the need for this. Recently in Hanoi the conference was held exclusively for this, which announced plans to set up the Center for Training of Supersonic Pilots.

With the initial training facility, Vietnam is interested in modern-day Yak-130 speed trainers and the L-39NG of the Czech Republic. So what kind of aircraft should you choose: Russian or Czech? In the commentary for Sputnik, fighter plane expert, military science doctoral student Makar Aksenenko expressed the following opinion:

"For a time, it was the L-39 that took wing for future Soviet Air Force fighter pilots, then the Russian Air Force, and a whole host of other countries. The Czech plane was used not only as a training machine, but also as a light attack aircraft.

However, as time progresses, new avionics technologies have emerged, changing the training program of combat pilots and flying tactics. Therefore, the L-39, even the New Generation L-39NG, was the "yesterday".

The aircraft has an engine, avionics that does not have close interoperability with modern aircraft systems such as Su-30, Su-35, MiG-35. This does not allow the use of the L-39 as a transitional medium for the training of fighter pilots.

Yak-130 aircraft (photo : Philip B. Hosking)

The question is about the feasibility of Vietnam setting up a training center for supersonic pilots, controlling modern "Su" fighters. The clear aim is that young combat pilots need the best training when it comes to combat units, and can immediately fulfill their assigned tasks. Russian expert Makar Aksenenko assessed:

"I understand the interest of Vietnamese experts in training human resources for aviation, and they need a trainer with the same characteristics as possible with complex supersonic aircraft. However, the Russian Yak-130 (subsonic speed) aircraft can simulate the characteristics of the features, and especially the "Behavior" on "ultrasound".

These are the advantages of a combat training machine built on the basis of modern elements! Its capabilities are sufficient to train pilot pilots at supersonic speeds. Moreover, the "ultrasound" flight - the only combat mode available for use even on modern fighters. In addition, it should take into account ... economic factors: reduce costs, "- Russian expert noted.

Currently, in order to train pilots, the Vietnam Air Force has a series of specialized training aircraft including the L-39, a multi-purpose training aircraft developed in the Czech Republic. In addition to the L39 aircraft, as a training aircraft, Vietnam currently has a Yak-52 aircraft.


Kapal PKR Ke-2 akan Diserah-terimakan Oktober 2017

29 Maret 2017

KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai 332 (photo : Piet Sinke)

BUMN Ini Garap Kapal 'Perusak' Canggih Pesanan TNI AL

Jakarta - PT PAL Indonesia (Persero) tengah menyelesaikan kapal perang 'perusak' kedua jenis Guided Missile Frigate/Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR). Kapal perusak kedua yang tengah dikerjakan BUMN asal Surabaya ini merupakan pesanan TNI AL.

Ini merupakan kapal perusak buatan PT PAL pertama kali untuk kebutuhan dalam negeri. Sebelumnya, kebutuhan kapal jenis PKR ini dipesan dari luar negeri.

"Untuk kita sendiri frigate itu buatan Indonesia pertama kali. Biasanya beli, tetapi ini untuk AL (TNI Angkatan Laut) kita sendiri, belum ekspor," jelas Direktur Utama PAL, Firmansyah Arifin, kepada detikFinance, Selasa (28/3/2017).

KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata 331 (photo : Jakarta Post)

Firmansyah menambahkan, sebelumnya PAL sudah menyerahkan kapal perusak ke TNI AL beberapa waktu lalu. Kemudian untuk pesanan kapal kedua akan dikirim pada Oktober 2017 mendatang.

"Ada dua unit, satu sudah serah terima. Kedua mungkin Oktober-November kita serahkan," tutur Firmansyah.

Kapal perusak ini memiliki panjang 105 meter dengan lebar 14 meter. Kapal ini bisa melesat dengan kecepatan 28 knots. Saat beroperasi, PKR bisa membawa 120 kru kapal.

Kapal perusak ini memiliki kemampuan perang antar permukaan. Dengan tembakan torpedo dan rudal, PKR bisa menenggelamkan kapal perang musuh.

KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai 332 dan KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata 331 (photo : defence.pk)

"Ini bisa untuk perang 4 matra sekaligus, perang permukaan sesama kapal perang, perang bawah air melawan kapal selam, perang dengan udara pesawat tempur, perang elektronika," kata Firmansyah.

Selanjutnya yang tidak kalah canggih adalah perang elektronika. Kapal perusak ini bisa membajak sistem persenjataan dan kendali dari kapal perang musuh.

"Perang elektronika itu misalnya mengarahkan rudal ke satu titik itu computerized. Kalau di perang elektronik itu di-jammer," tutur Firmansyah.