26 April 2018

Wuxi Confirms UAV sales to Indonesia and Malaysia

26 April 2018

Wuxi YFT-CZ36 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing surveillance UAV (photo : Shephard)

A representative at the Wuxi-based Jiangsu Digital Eagle Technology Development Company confirmed the first overseas sales of its YFT-CZ36 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing surveillance UAV to the Indonesian and Malaysian governments.

The company representative would not identify the government agencies or numbers sold. Besides Indonesia and Malaysia, the source did confirm that the aircraft had made additional sales to other undisclosed countries. These successes encouraged the company to exhibit for the first time at DSA 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.

The YFT-CZ36 has a 4,000m maximum altitude, 4kg payload, 70-100km/h cruising speed and a 60-90-minute endurance.

The company is also offering international UAV customers four different VTOL rotorcraft platforms.

Wuxi YFT-CZ36 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing surveillance UAV (photo : Alibaba)

The four-rotor YM-4140 security drone has a 1,000m maximum altitude, 3kg maximum payload, 5-10m/s cruising speed and 40-60-minute endurance.

The six-rotor YM-6130 security drone has a 1,000m maximum altitude, 16kg maximum payload, 5-10m/s cruising speed and 40-minute endurance. 

The eight-rotor YM-8120 security drone has the same maximum altitude, 3.3kg maximum payload and 30-minute endurance. 

The company also offers a fire-fighting UAV. The eight-rotor YM-8160 Digital Eagle Fire Drone has a 15kg maximum payload, 5-10m/s cruising speed and 10-15-minute endurance. It can carry fire extinguishers and break windows.

The company also offers a variety of UAV jammer systems, along with two- and three-axis cameras. 


Philippine Navy Finally Receives Spike-ER Missiles and Launchers and RCWS for MPAC MK.III Boats

25 April 2018

An inert version of the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missile launcher as shown by officers of the Philippine Navy to Pres. Duterte aboard BRP Davao del Sur last June 2017. (photo : MaxDefense)

Finally, after several delays on the delivery, this week the Philippine Navy has finally received its shipment of Spike-ER short range surface-to-surface missiles, Typhoon MLS-ER missile launchers, and Mini Typhoon 12.7mm Remote Control Weapon Systems from Israeli defense company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

This would be an important milestone for the Philippine Navy as it marks its entrance to the missile age, with the Spike-ER being its first surface-to-surface missile system.

The missiles, launchers and RCWS will all be equipped on the Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.III, 3 units of which were activated last May 2017 and assigned with the Littoral Combat Force.

Each MPAC will get a Mini Typhoon armed with a Browning M2 50-caliber machine gun, and a Typhoon MLS-ER launcher. Each missile launching system can carry 4 ready-to-fire Spike-ER missile launchers and missiles, although the MPAC could carry more rounds due to availability of an ammunition storage.
The Rafael Mini Typhoon RCWS during remote operation. (photo : MaxDefense)

It would be remembered that the Philippine Navy had delivery issues with these products from Rafael, despite the contract making Rafael responsible for delivery from Israel to the Philippines.

The Philippine Navy even asked General Headquarters AFP for approval of their request to use C-130 heavy tactical transport aircraft from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to pick-up the missiles and launchers from Israel, although these requests were denied several times due to the limited availability of the PAF C-130s in line with events in the country that require their lifting capability.

Due to these availability issues, the PN and Rafael decided to push through with the delivery through commercial shipping.

See full article Max Defense

Menhan Ryamizard Nyatakan Pemerintah Fokus Pembuatan Kapal Selam Sendiri

26 April 2018

KRI Ardadedali 404 (photo : Detik)

Okpo, Korea Selatan (ANTARA News) - Menteri Pertahanan Indonesia, Ryamizard Ryacudu, mengatakan setelah kapal selam kedua kerja sama dengan Korea Selatan KRI Ardadedali-404 diserahkan, maka pemerintah fokus kepada pembuatan kapal selam sendiri.

“Ini dulu disempurnakan, kapal kelima keenam itu kita buat sendiri, masak sampai lima kali tidak bisa buat-buat, kita bukan orang bodoh, banyak orang pintar,” ujar Menhan di galangan kapal Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine (DSME), Okpo, Korea Selatan, Rabu (25/ 04).

Kapal selam ketiga kerja sama dengan Korea Selatan dibuat PT PAL, sehingga setelah ini PT PAL akan bekerja menyambung bagian-bagian kapal selam yang telah dikirim dari Korea Selatan.

Penyambungan kapal selam yang akan dinamai KRI Alugoro-405 itu sudah berjalan dan diperkirakan akan selesai dalam beberapa bulan ke depan.

Progres KRI Alugoro 405 di PT PAL (photo : saididu)

Setelah kapal selam ketiga kerja sama dengan Korea Selatan selesai, Menhan menuturkan diperlukan beberapa kerja sama lagi hingga akhirnya dapat benar-benar membuat kapal selam sendiri.

“Kemudian ditambah dua, tiga, kerja sama, setelah itu kita bisa buat sendiri, itu arti makna yang awal dari kerja sama ini,” ujar Ryamizard Ryacudu.

Pada 1960-an, ucap dia, Tanah Air mempunyai 12 kapal selam, sementara hingga sebelum kerja sama dengan Korea Indonesia hanya memiliki dua kapal selam.

Kini dengan tambahan tiga kapal selam, Indonesia memiliki lima kapal selam, tetapi jumlah tersebut dinilainya masih kurang dan setidaknya menyamai jumlah 12 kapal selam.

“Kalau tidak ya kita mundur dong, dulu 12 masa kurang dari itu, 12 saja sudah mundur, nanti akan bertambahlah, tetapi kita belajar terus kita akan membuat kapal lebih canggih dengan dasar ini,” ucap Menhan.

PTDI Offered Convertion of 3 RMAF's CN-235 into MPA

26 April 2018

RMAF CN-235 transport aircraft (photo : Stephen Fox)

MPA and Upgrades

KUALA LUMPUR: No contracts for the upgrades of the Nuri, Hawks and Hercules were signed at the recently concluded DSA 2018 although it was promised ahead of the show. However Indonesian Aerospace the manufacturer of RMAF CN-235s was awarded a three year MRO contract by the government.

What’s interesting is that the MRO contract provided for the conversion of three out of the six CN-235 transporters in service into MPAs. The seventh CN-235 is configured for VIP transport. The eight aircraft was written off after it ditched near Kuala Selangor in Dec. 2016.

However the conversion program will depend on the availibility of funds and the government has yet to indicate when money will be allocated. Indonesian Aerospace says that it will fit the Thales AMASCOS system on the CN-235s. No word however whether this will be brand new ones or the ones fitted on the King Airs.

Indonesian Aerospace has marketed new built CN-235 MPAs to Malaysia for some time now. The conversion program might well be the second prize.

(Malaysian Defence)

Rheinmetall to Supply Asian Customer with Skyshield Air Defence Systems

26 April 2018
Indonesia orders the next batch of Skyshield Air Defence Systems (photo : Hilaryo Oscar)

An Asian nation has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with advanced air defence technology. In a competitive bidding process, Rheinmetall Air Defence won the order to supply the customer with the latest generation of its Skyshield systems. The contract, booked in April of this year, is worth over €100 million. Production of the systems is already under way. Shipment will take place over the course of the next three years.

Besides reconnaissance sensors, 35mm fire units and the accompanying command and control equipment, the contract includes a comprehensive logistics and service package. Rheinmetall will be providing complete training for operators and maintenance personnel as well as technical assistance and live fire exercise support in the customer country. Moreover, local companies will take part in the project, including construction of buildings and vehicle procurement.

Rheinmetall attaches great commercial importance to this contract, with follow-up orders already on the horizon. The current project underscores once again Rheinmetall’s globally leading role in the field of state-of-the-art short-range air defence systems.


U.S., Thailand Kick-Off Anti-Submarine Exercise Guardian Sea

26 April 2018

USS Halsey DDG-97 (photo : USN)

ANDAMAN SEA (NNS) – The U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) kick off exercise Guardian Sea in the Andaman Sea, April 25. The five-day anti-submarine and maritime domain awareness exercise will involve cooperative evolutions designed to enhance mutual capabilities in anti-submarine warfare while also improving information sharing between the two navies. 

The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97), a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine and a P-8 Poseidon will be participating from the U.S. Navy. Participating assets from the RTN include helicopter carrier HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CVH 911), Khamronsin-class corvette HTMS Long Lom (FS 533), Naresuan-class frigate HTMS Taksin (FFG 422) and HTMS Naresuan, and S-70B Seahawk helicopter.

“Guardian Sea is an increasingly sophisticated and robust exercise that enables the U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy to continue working closely together and learning from each other,” said Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. “Each year, as allies, our two nations are becoming increasingly capable in mutually conducting anti-submarine warfare that ensures security and stability in the maritime domain.”

HTMS Chakri Naruebet CVH 911 (photo : USN)

The U.S. and Royal Thai Navy will conduct subject matter expert exchanges in every aspect of anti-submarine warfare focusing on tracking submarines in a variety of conditions and concludes with evolutions designed to incorporate learned techniques shared throughout Guardian Sea. 

"The Royal Thai Navy and U.S. Navy continue to demonstrate a strong relationship in every aspect of maritime operations," said Capt Anupong Taprasob, Royal Thai Navy. "We are fully committed to further strengthening this partnership well into the future with even greater and more complex naval tactic as well as maritime security exercises each year."

The U.S. Navy and the Royal Thai Navy conduct numerous annually-held engagements including the bilateral and multilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) which began in 1995, Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), and Cobra Gold, the Asia-Pacific’s largest multinational exercise. 

"The P-8 Poseidon brings an unmatched maritime surveillance capability to a wide-spectrum of operations including anti-submarine warfare," said Cmdr Bryan Hager, commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4. "We will be working side-by-side with our Royal Thai Navy counterparts through each mission and look forward to gaining and sharing knowledge."


25 April 2018

Indonesia Akui Pembuatan Jet Tempur KFX/IFX Tertunda

25 April 2018

Pesawat tempur IFX (photo : AIN)

Pemerintah Indonesia mengakui adanya penundaan kerja sama pembuatan pesawat jet tempur generasi 4.5 KFX/IFX dengan Korea Selatan.

Sekjen Kementerian Pertahanan Hadiyan Sumintaatmadja mengatakan penundaan tersebut dilakukan lantaran ada permasalahan yang harus diselesaikan dengan pihak Korsel.

"Kelihatannya masih ada penundaan, mungkin sebentar lagi, tapi mudah-mudahan jalan," ujar Hadiyan di Jakarta, Rabu, tanpa menjelaskan penyebab terhambatnya pembuatan bersama pesawat jet tempur itu.

Meski, Hadiyan membantah adanya permasalahan anggaran ataupun tekanan dari negara lain. Dia pun memastikan pembuatan jet tempur itu dipastikan akan tetap berjalan.

"[Hanya] ada kelambatan proses," tambah dia.

Pesawat Tempur KF-X dan IF-X merupakan pesawat tempur generasi 4.5 mengungguli pesawat tempur jenis F-16 dan F-18 buatan Amerika Serikat.

Dalam pembuatannya, Pemerintah Indonesia melibatkan PT Dirgantara Indonesia.

Pembiayaan proyek ini menggunakan skema 80 persen dari Pemerintah Korea Selatan dan 20 persen dari Pemerintah Indonesia.

Direncanakan, proyek pengembangan tersebut berjalan hingga 2026 mendatang. Anggaran yang dikeluarkan Indonesia sampai 2016 lalu untuk proyek tersebut menelan Rp21,6 triliun.