02 September 2015

French Defense Chief Attempts to Sell at Least One Mistral to Malaysia

02 September 2015

Mistral class LHD (photo : wiki)

During his visit to Malaysia, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian dicussed Kuala Lumpur’s interest to buy one of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers initially ordered by Russia, Bernama reported citing a representative of the French delegation.

On Tuesday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak held a meeting with Le Drian and French defense industry officials.

According to Bernama, Le Drian and his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein will head a Franco-Malaysian defense committee.

However, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has denied he had discussed the possibility of Mistral-class helicopter carriers purchase with his French counterpart.

Earlier, the French newspaper Tribune reported that Malaysia had expressed interest for the purchase of a Mistral-class helicopter-carrier within 10 years. Among other contenders is India which Le Drian to visit at the end of his Asian journey.

In early-August, Moscow and Paris agreed on the cancellation of a €1.2 billion contract on the delivery of two Mistral-class ships. After the Russian equipment is dismantled from the carriers France will be able to take charge of the ships.

On August 26, the administration of French President Francois Hollande announced that France paid off compensation to Russia. The sum of the compensation will be made public after a bill on the issue is submitted to the French parliament.


Denmark Tawarkan Kerjasama Transfer Teknologi dan Produksi Bersama Pembuatan Radar

02 September 2015

Weibel radar Doppler buatan Denmark (photo : Denel)

Jakarta, DMC – Pemerintah Denmark melalui Duta Besar Denmark untuk Indonesia  menyampaikan tawaran dan keinginan Dermark untuk menjalin kerjasama di bidang industri pertahanan dengan Indonesia. Denmark menyatakan siap untuk melakukan kerjasama khususnya kerjasama dalam transfer teknologi  dan produksi bersama  pembuatan radar.

Tawaran tersebut disampaikan Duta Besar Denmark untuk Indonesia, H. E. Casper Clynge, saat melakukan kunjungan kehormatan kepada Menteri Pertahanan Republik Indonesia Ryamizard Ryacudu, Selasa (1/9) di kantor Kementerian Pertahanan, Jakarta.
“Kami sampaikan bahwa komitmen Pemerintah Denmark untuk dapat berinvestasi di Indonesia. Jadi nanti pembelian radar ini tidak hanya semata-mata menjual radar saja, tetapi juga ingin memberikan transfer teknologi, penyediaan lapangan kerja dan juga akan ada produksi bersama”, jelas Dubes Denmark untuk Indonesia.

Lebih lanjut Dubes Dermark menjelaskan, perusahaan pembuat radar di Dermark merupakan salah satu perusahaan terbaik dan memiliki banyak pengalaman serta sudah cukup dikenal di Eropa.

Denmark juga menjamin bahwa penjualan radar kepada Indonesia tidak semata-mata hanya mempertimbangkan kualitas dan harga, tetapi juga tidak ada batasan untuk Indonesia. Penjualan juga tidak ada batasan dari Uni Eropa dan merupakan murni dari otoritas Pemerintah Dermark.

Diungkapkannya,  perusahaan pembuat radar di Denmark siap berkerjasama dengan perusahaan di Indonesia baik dari BUMN maupun perusahaan swasta. Dengan demikian, diharapkan kedepan Indonesia mampu membuat radar secara mandiri untuk pemenuhan kebutuhan dalam negeri, bahkan di export untuk kebutuhan di kawasan.  

(DMC Kemhan)

01 September 2015

Australia Prepares Landing Craft for Delivery to Tonga

01 September 2015

The Forgacs-built landing craft being donated by the Australian government to Tonga. (photo :  Commonwealth of Australia)

A new Australian-built landing craft to be donated to the Kingdom of Tonga is currently undertaking final sea trials and will be delivered to the archipelagic country in early September 2015, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 31 August.

The donation, first revealed in May 2014 and worth approximately AUD5 million (USD3.58 million), is being made as part of a defence co-operation programme established between the two countries. The DoD said in a statement that the donation "will enhance the Tongan military's capacity to reach remote communities for nation building construction activities, as well as responding to domestic humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, such as cyclones."

The vessel has been manufactured by Newcastle-based shipbuilder Forgacs Engineering. According to specifications provided by the company, the craft has a length of 30.4 m and a beam of 8 m. It can accommodate six crew, and has a top speed of 10 kt. Besides transporting personnel and equipment, the vessel can also be used for emergency towing.

"This project complements Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Program and follow-on Pacific Maritime Security Program, as a practical demonstration of Australia's enduring commitment to security, stability, and development in the South Pacific" said the DoD.


Malaysia Says Reviewing French Proposal for Rafale Fighter Jets

01 Agustus 2015

Rafale jet fighter (photo : Alan Cordina)

Malaysia is reviewing a proposal from France to buy Rafale fighter jets but any decision would depend on how affordable the aircraft are, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Tuesday.

Malaysia, which wants to replace its fleet of Russian MiG-29 fighters, is said to be looking at the Rafale, Boeing's F/A-18, Swedish firm Saab's Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

French manufacturer Dassault Aviation, which builds the Rafale, is said to be in talks with Malaysia to supply 16 of the multi-role combat jets.

"It's too soon to announce anything about it," Hishammuddin told a joint news conference with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the Malaysian capital.

"It's part and parcel of the industry and it's a proposal we look at and I have been very transparent with the Malaysian public that it's a question of affordability," he added, when asked about Malaysia's interest in the fighter jet.

A Malaysian decision had been expected this year, but aviation industry executives have warned that fiscal troubles stemming from lower prices for oil and commodities could lead to delays in placing the order.

Hishammuddin also said he had no discussions on Tuesday with his French counterpart on the procurement of Mistral helicopter carriers, which the French are trying to sell.

France last year suspended the sale of two Mistral warships to Russia, after coming under pressure from its Western allies over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.

President Francois Hollande has said there were a number of potential buyers for the carriers. Countries said to be interested in the helicopter carrier included Malaysia, Brazil, Singapore, Canada and Egypt.


Thai Navy Acquires Four More M21-class Patrol Boats

01 September 2015

An M21-class patrol boat currently in service with the RTN. The country ordered four more of the vessels in July 2015.Its navy now operates seven of the vessels  (photo : Marsun)

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has procured four new M21-class patrol boats from local shipyard Marsun Company Limited, a company official confirmed on 1 September.

A contract for the vessels was signed on 14 July 2015 at the RTN head office in Bangkok, Marsun's head of marketing, Theerabhat Sroisena, said in response to queries from IHS Jane's . The RTN currently operates three M21-class patrol boats, which were delivered by Marsun in May 2013.

According to specifications provided by the shipyard, the M21 patrol boat is 21.4 m long, has a beam of 5.56 m, and a draught of 1.05 m. Powered by two MAN diesel engines driving two fixed pitch propellers, the vessel has top speeds in excess of 30 kt, a range of 350 n miles, and an endurance of 24 hours. It can accommodate nine crew and can carry 4,000 litres of fuel and 1,200 litres of water.

The aluminium-hulled platform is equipped with X-band radar, and has one bow-mounted Denel GI-2 20 mm gun as its main weapon. The vessel also carries a stern-facing 12.7 mm machine gun with a co-axial 81 mm grenade launcher. It also can embark one rigid hull inflatable boat.

Like the previous three vessels, the boats are likely to be deployed primarily for exclusive economic zone (EEZ) patrolling and other constabulary and protection duties with the RTN's Coast Guard Squadron.


31 Agustus 2015

Tiga Jenis Jet Tempur Lanud Iswahjudi Laksanakan Strafing di Pulung Ponorogo

31 Agustus 2015

Ground Crew Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi, memasang bom jenis BL-25 Practise di pesawat F-16, sebelum pelaksanaan pengeboman di AWR Pulung Ponorogo. Senin, (photo : TNI AU)

Tiga jenis jet tempur yang berada di Skadron Udara 3, Skadron Udara 14 dan Skadron Udara 15, selama empat hari melaksanakan strafing, di AWR Pulung Ponorogo, ajang tersebut untuk meningkatkan profesionalisme sekaligus mengasah naluri tempur dan penghancur bagi fighter-fighter Lanud Iswahjudi. Senin, (31/8).

Secara bergantian tiga jenis jet tempur F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-5 Tiger dan T-50i Golden Eagle melaksanakan latihan penembakan dan pengeboman air to ground, menggunakan bom BL-25 practise, dan bom MK-82. Khusus bom MK-82 sasaran pengeboman di Air Weapon Range (AWR) Pandan Wangi Lumajang.

Terkait dengan dilaksanakannya latihan pengeboman di AWR Pulung Ponorogo dan AWR Pandang Wangi Lumajang, Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Marsekal Pertama TNI Fachri Adamy, menekankan kepada pendukung dan para penerbang untuk lebih mengutamakan safety dalam melaksanakan penembakan dan pengeboman.

Dengan latihan tersebut, Marsma TNI Fachri Adamy berharap para penerbang tempur Lanud Iswahjudi akan semakin profesional dalam menembak dari udara ke darat, yakni mampu menembak dan mengebom sasaran dengan tepat, karena ketepatan menembak dan menghancurkan sasaran merupakan syarat mutlak yang harus dimiliki oleh seorang fighter.


Northrop Grumman Australia Partners with ViaSat and Optus to Deliver Next-Generation Satellite Communications for the ADF

31 Agustus 2015

Optus D3 series satcom (photo : Optus)

CANBERRA, Australia  – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system.

Under the team's response to the ADF's tender request, Australia has the opportunity to gain access to Northrop Grumman's Satellite Communications Operations and Planning Element (SCOPE) network management system, which is the only managing, operating and monitoring system that has already been successfully integrated with the WGS. Northrop Grumman's network management system has been employed by U.S. Army Strategy Command for more than 15 years, and is critical to the successful operation of all six WGS satellites currently in orbit.

"Australia has invested approximately AU$1billion in WGS communications capabilities. Northrop Grumman's offering will give Australia the ability to fully utilise this capability at the same standard as the U.S. military," said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. "This program will form the core of the ADF's sovereign capability in network management. We have developed unrivaled capabilities over 15 years of working closely with the WGS program in the United States and look forward to working with the ADF to support and further develop this technology in Australia."

The team would also offer the proven performance of the ViaSat dual-band satellite terminals. ViaSat brings a long and successful history of delivering satellite communications terminals to customers in the United States and Canada, and most recently delivered 10 complete ground stations for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) program.

"Since 2012 ViaSat has been working with NBN Co. as the prime contractor for the NBN Long Term Satellite Service ground system, which is a very similar system to that required by the ADF" said Colin Cooper, General Manager, Government and Defence, ViaSat Australia. "No other company has our level of experience in delivering large satellite ground stations in remote regions of Australia."

The team would also offer the unrivaled Australian satellite operating experience of Optus. "We are pleased to be part of the Northrop Grumman team's bid to deliver this important capability to the Australian Defence Force," said Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite. "Optus has been successfully operating Australian satellites for over three decades. Optus' long term relationship with the ADF through our C1 satellite positions us well to complement the team's impressive capabilities moving forward."

The Northrop Grumman-led team offers the ADF a comprehensive, mature and proven solution which will allow Australia to take full advantage of its investment in the world-leading WGS network.

About ViaSat

ViaSat is a global provider of satellite broadband and wireless services, infrastructure, and technology. For more information, please visit ViaSat at www.viasat.com

About Optus

Optus is Australia's leading commercial satellite provider, with the largest fleet of satellites in Australia and New Zealand. For more information please visit http://www.optus.com.au/business/satellite.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com/Australia for more information.

(Northrop Grumman)