26 Juli 2016

ST Kinetics Showcases Expanded Terrex IFV Family with an Eye on International Requirements

26 Juli 2016


All three members of the ST Kinetics 8x8 Terrex armoured vehicle family pictured together for the very first time. From left: the 24-tonne Terrex 1 which is in service with the Singapore Army; the 35-tonne Australian Land 400 Phase 2 contender Terrex 3/Sentinel II; and the 30-tonne Terrex 2 that has been optimised for amphibious operations, one of the two finalists downselected for the US Marine Corps ACV 1.1 programme. (photo: Jane's)

Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics, the land systems division of state-affiliated defence prime ST Engineering, is seeking to expand its global 8x8 armoured vehicle footprint with the Terrex family of infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), which now includes three distinct platforms with gross vehicle weight (GVW) ratings ranging from 24-35 tonnes.

Senior ST Kinetics executives asserted during a closed press briefing on 22 July - which also commemorated an occasion where all three current members of the Terrex family were displayed together for the first time - that the company's sustained efforts in capability development will enable it to meet the growing spectrum of operational requirements from international customers.

Winston Toh, ST Kinetics executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, told IHS Jane's in a separate interview that the company's 8x8 vehicles have also garnered interest from countries in the Middle East as well as North and South America, in addition to the Australian Army Project Land 400 Phase 2 and US Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1 Increment 1 (ACV 1.1) programmes that it is currently pursuing with overseas industry partners.

"We have adopted different business models to cater to the customers' needs," Toh explained. "For example, we are the vehicle OEM but we are providing [our partners with] design and engineering capabilities to support in-country manufacturing … which helps manage cost and risk for the customer."

Toh admitted that while Terrex has yet to make inroads in the Asia Pacific region outside of Singapore, ST Kinetics has leveraged on its experience with Terrex to provide technical advice and consultancy services to Thailand's Defence Technical Institute's (DTI's) indigenous 24-tonne 8x8 Black Widow Spider armoured vehicle development for the Royal Thai Army (RTA).

(Jane's)

FA-50PH Avionic Systems up for Maintenance

26 Juli 2016


F/A-50PH (photo : Roy Kabanlit)

MANILA (PNA) - The PAF Bids and Awards Committee has allocated the sum of PHP13,463,196.31 for the acquisition of spare parts needed for the maintenance of the avionic systems of its South Korean-made FA-50PH "Fighting Eagle" light-interim jet aircraft.

Pre-bid conference is scheduled on Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

While submission and opening of bids is on Aug. 9, 9:00 a.m. at the same venue.

"The pre-bidding conference shall be open to all interested parties who have purchased the bidding documents," PAF BAC chair Brig. Gen. Nicolas Parilla said in a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System.

The PAF's first two FA-50PH jet aircraft arrived in the Philippines in Nov. 28, 2015. The rest remaining 10 aircraft, out of a 12-plane order from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) worth PHP18.9 billion, will be delivered between 2016 to 2017.

The FA-50PHs has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 "Sidewinder" air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons.

It will act as the country's interim fighter until the Philippines get enough experience of operating fast jet assets and money to fund the acquisition of more capable fighter aircraft.

KAI's FA-50PH design is largely derived from the F-16 "Fighting Falcon", and they have many similarities: use of a single engine, speed, size, cost, and the range of weapons.

KAI's previous engineering experience in license-producing the KF-16 was a starting point for the development of the FA-50PH.

The aircraft can carry two pilots in tandem seating. The high-mounted canopy developed by Hankuk Fiber is applied with stretched acrylic, providing the pilots with good visibility, and has been tested to offer the canopy with ballistic protection against four-pound objects impacting at 400 knots.

The altitude limit is 14,600 meters (48,000 feet), and airframe is designed to last 8,000 hours of service.

There are seven internal fuel tanks with capacity of 2,655 liters (701 US gallons), five in the fuselage and two in the wings.

An additional 1,710 liters (452 US gallons) of fuel can be carried in the three external fuel tanks.

Trainer variants have a paint scheme of white and red, and aerobatic variants white, black, and yellow.

The FA-50PH uses a single General Electric F404-102 turbofan engine license-produced by Samsung Techwin, upgraded with a full authority digital engine control system jointly developed by General Electric and KAI.

The engine consists of three-staged fans, seven axial stage arrangement, and an afterburner.

Its engine produces a maximum of 78.7 kN (17,700 lbf) of thrust with afterburner.

(PNA)

LAPAN Uji Roda Pendaratan Prototipe Pesawat N219

26 Juli 2016


Pesawat N-219 (photo : BUMN)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (Lapan) masih akan menguji roda pendaratan purwarupa pesawat N219.

Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (LAPAN) masih akan menguji roda pendaratan prototipe pesawat udara N219.

Sehingga, pesawat yang digarap bersama PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) ini belum akan terbang pada puncak peringatan Hari Kebangkitan Teknologi Nasional (Hakteknas) ke-21. 

Untuk landing gear (roda pendaratan) masih uji dummy di laboratorium uji drop test di LAPAN. Masih perlu waktu untuk sertifikasi landing gear nya, kata Kepala Program N219 Lapan Agus Ariwibowo kepada Antara di Jakarta, Senin. 

Teknologi roda pendaratan, menurut dia, merupakan teknologi baru bagi Indonesia, dan ini merupakan teknologi kunci bagi industri pesawat terbang. Karena itu, pihaknya harus melakukan uji coba sebelum melakukan uji roda pendaratan yang asli. 

Ia menjelaskan dari sisi desain struktur sama, namun yang menjadi perbedaan antara prototipe dan yang asli adalah kualifikasi bahan yang sedikit berbeda. Perbedaan tersebut berpengaruh terhadap umur dan kekuatan optimal roda pendaratan menerima beban maksimal. 

"Semua proses uji (prototipe) yang sekarang dilakukan dalam rangka persiapan uji sertifikasi MLG (main landing gear/roda pendaratan utama) yang asli," kata Agus. 

Saat ini, menurut dia, MLG yang asli sedang dibuat oleh konsorsium industri swasta di Bandung dan Tangerang. 

Pihak swasta tersebut melakukan investasi pembuatan tool dan jig untuk memproses bahan baku yang disuplai PTDI untuk menjadi roda pendaratan utama yang sesuai dengan kualifikasi teknis BUMN industri dirgantara tersebut. 

Pihak konsorsium ini, lanjutnya, masih melakukan uji coba melakukan proses pembentukan, forging terhadap material prototipe MLG sebelum yang asli diproses. 

"Semoga dalam dua hingga tiga bulan ke depan ada hasil positif sehingga landing gear perdana produk asli Indonesia bisa masuk ke tahap testing di drop test untuk menjalani proses awal sertifikasi," ujar dia. 

Sebelumnya, dalam konferensi pers Hakteknas, Dirjen Penguatan Inovasi Kementerian Riset Teknologi dan Pendidikan Tinggi (Kemristekdikti) Jumain Appe mengatakan bahwa pesawat N219 belum dapat diterbangkan karena harus melewati uji sertifikasi terlebih dulu.

Menurut dia, masih ada dua uji sertifikasi yang harus dijalankan pesawat berkapasitas 19 penumpang tersebut. "Uji wings (sayap) dan sekarang dikerjakan PT DI, serta uji landing gear yang dikerjakan Lapan.

Pesawat multifungsi bermesin dua yang dirancang PT DI untuk dioperasikan di daerah-daerah terpencil ini, menurut dia, sudah dipesan 200 unit oleh berbagai pihak dari dalam dan luar negeri. 

Harapannya pesawat ini kembali dapat menjadi penanda Kebangkitan Teknologi Nasional setelah pada 10 Agustus 1995 pesawat N250 Gatotkaca mengudara perdana di langit Kota Bandung. 

25 Juli 2016

Dermaga Kolinlamil Mampu Dipakai Embarkasi MBT

25 Juli 2016


Tank Leopard TNI AD, saat uji proses Embarkasi dan Debarkasinya ke KRI Teluk Bintuni-520, di dermaga Kolinlamil, Tanjung Priok, Jakarta Utara. (photo : TribunNews, Kolinlamil, Kostrad)

Uji Coba Embarkasi Berhasil

Uji coba pemuatan (embarkasi) tank tempur utama (main battle tank/MBT) Leopard ke kapal pengangkut landing ship tank (LST) KRI Teluk Bintuni-520 berhasil dilakukan di Dermaga Kolinlamil, Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Minggu (24/7). Selanjutnya, tank Leopard itu juga diturunkan (debarkasi) dari KRI Teluk Bintuni tanpa mengalami hambatan disaksikan ribuan warga yang menghadiri acara Open Base Komando Lintas Laut Militer untuk masyarakat sipil.

Panglima Kolinlamil Laksamana Muda (TNI) Aan Kurnia, yang ditemui seusai acara, 
mengatakan, dermaga tambahan yang dibangun lebih kuat disiapkan di Dermaga Kolinlamil sejak enam bulan terakhir untuk dapat mendukung embarkasi dan debarkasi tank Leopard yang merupakan tank terbesar milik TNI. Tank itu memiliki bobot sekitar 60 ton. 

"Kita sudah memiliki dua dermaga yang dapat mendukung tank Leopard, yakni di Surabaya dan Jakarta. Kita juga sedang membangun LST sejenis KRI Teluk Bintuni di sebuah galangan kapal di Lampung untuk mengangkut tank Leopard," kata Aan Kurnia.



KRI Teluk Bintuni diklaim mampu mengangkut 7-10 unit MBT Leopard. Ditanya lebih lanjut tentang pembangunan dermaga sejenis di luar Jawa untuk mendukung gelar tank Leopard di daerah operasi, Panglima Kolinlamil mengatakan, itu disesuaikan dengan prioritas dan kemungkinan ancaman.

"Paling utama di Kalimantan. Saat ini sedang dipelajari akan dibangun di mana di Kalimantan. Prioritas tentu dibangun dermaga di Pangkalan Utama TNI AL (Lantamal)," kata Aan.

Saat ini ada Lantamal Pontianak dan Lantamal Tarakan yang berdekatan dengan wilayah perbatasan dan dekat wilayah sengketa Laut Tiongkok Selatan. Militer Malaysia dan Singapura memiliki satuan tank tempur utama. Singapura menempatkan sebagian kelebihan satuan militer berupa pesawat tempur dan tank di sejumlah negara, seperti Taiwan, Australia, dan Brunei.



Ditanya kemungkinan uji coba beaching-kapal angkut dikandaskan di pantai pendaratan- lalu Leopard didaratkan di daerah sasaran, Aan mengatakan itu belum direncanakan.

Direktur Eksekutif Imparsial Al Araf mengkritik operasional tank Leopard yang menyulitkan banyak pihak. "Dalam buku Postur Pertahanan RI yang dibuat Kementerian Pertahanan direncanakan hingga 2019 hanya tank ringan dan tank menengah ukuran 30-40 ton yang akan dibeli TNI. Tiba-tiba tank tempur utama Leopard ukuran 60 ton dibeli tanpa direncanakan adanya kapal angkut, infrastruktur jalan dan jembatan di perbatasan serta sarana pendukung lain," katanya.

Belajar dari kasus pembelian Tank Leopard, Araf mengingatkan, pembelian persenjataan TNI harus sesuai perencanaan jangka panjang.

(Kompas)

BRP Ang Pangulo Soon to Become Hospital Ship, or Entirely Scrapped

25 Juli 2016


BRP Ang Pangulo, the presidential yacht (photo : Irvine Kinea)

President Rodrigo Duterte told the troops of Philippine Army 6th Infantry ‘Kampilan’ Division, July 22, that he wants to sell or scrap the presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo. He said proceeds will go to the improvement of Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center also known as the V. Luna General Hospital.

Another plan is to build a new hospital. “I can build you a new hospital or improve. Kung sino ang magbili ng barko, anyone of you here can be a broker. Ipagbili yan kasi may komisyon kayo diyan,” he told the troops.

“Or entirely scrap na yan whatever makuha ko, I will build, I will repair V. Luna. Lagyan ko lahat, CT scan, MRI,” the President said.

Another possible fate of the BRP Ang Pangulo is it will be turned into a hospital ship. “Gawin ko na lang din ospital na kung saan ang bakbakan i-parking ko na lang doon. Kumpletuhin ko lang,” he said.

The President said plan for BRP Ang Pangulo will be “in the fullness of God’s time.”

(Update)

10 Bulan Lumpuh, Hawk 200 TNI AU Kembali ke Sarangnya

25 Juli 2016


Komandan Depohar 30 Kolonel Tek M. Yani Rudiansyah menyerahkan pesawat Hawk 200 TT-0214 usai menjalani perawatan Major Servicing 2.000 jam terbang kepada Letkol Pnb Adhi Safarul Akbar. (photo : TNI AU)

Setelah 10 bulan lumpuh dan harus menjalani rawat inap tingkat berat tahap kedua, pesawat tempur taktis Hawk 200 nomor registrasi TT-0214 milik Skadron Udara 12 Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin, Pekanbaru kini bisa kembali lagi ke sarangnya.

Jet tempur taktis kursi tunggal buatan BAE Systems, Inggris tersebut selesai menjalani perawatan major servicing 2.000 jam terbang di Satuan Pemeliharaan (Sathar) 32 Depo Pemeliharaan (Depohar) 30, Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh, Malang pada 21 Juli 2016.

Pesawat kemudian menjalani uji terbang sebanyak tiga kali oleh Letkol Pnb Adhi Safarul Akbar yang telah mengantongi lebih 2.000 jam terbang di pesawat Hawk 100/200, bergantian dengan Kapten Pnb Made Yogi Indra. Hasilnya, pesawat dinyatakan siap untuk digunakan lagi mendukung misi-misi berikutnya.

TT-0214 masuk ke Sathar 32 sejak 13 Oktober 2015. “Pesawat ini menjalani major servicing 2.000 jam terbang selama 10 bulan,” ujar Komandan Depohar 30 Kolonel Tek M. Yani Rudiansyah.

Komandan Sathar 32 Letkol Tek Dody Kurniadi sebagaimana dikutip Penerangan Lanud Abdulrachman Saleh menyatakan, perawatan major servicing tahap kedua bagi pesawat Hawk 200 meliputi pembongkaran bagian-bagian penting di pesawat sehingga pengerjaannya membutuhkan waktu yang cukup lama. “Pesawat ini tercatat bergabung dengan TNI AU pada tahun 1996,” terangnya.

Upacara serah terima pesawat dipimpin Dandepohar 30 Kolonel Tek M. Yani Rudiansyah yang kemudian menyerahkan pesawat tersebut kepada Letkol Pnb Adhi Safarul Akbar mewakili Danlanud Roesmin Nurjadin Marsma TNI Henri Alfiandi.

(Angkasa)

23 Juli 2016

PF-17 BRP Andres Bonifacio Getting Modernization,Outfits Worth $16-M

23 Juli 2016


PF-17 BRP Andres Bonifacio (photo : USCG)

The Philippine Navy has officially received the third United States Coast Guard Cutter through US Excess Defense Articles program. The said vessel will serve in Philippine Navy as frigate named BRP Andres Bonifacio.

According to US Coast Guard, the Philippine government will invest $16 million for BRP Andres Bonifacio’s modernization.

US EDA program facilitates transfer of defense assets no longer needed and declared excess by the US Armed Forces to foreign governments or international organizations at reduced or no cost to eligible foreign recipients on an “as is, where is” basis.

Transfers are typically used for modernization of partner forces in support of US national security and foreign policy objectives, under authorities established in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act.

“In Boutwell’s case, the cutter is an $8 million grant, but the Philippine Navy is investing $16 million to modernize and outfit the cutter in the U.S. as part of the transfer program,” the US Coast Guard said.

(Update)