22 Mei 2015

President Tony Tan Keng Yam Visits the RSAF's 150 Squadron in France

22 Mei 2015


RSAF's 150 Squadron at Cazaux Air Base approximately 56 km southwest of Bordeaux., France (photo : RSAF)

As part of his State Visit to France, President Tony Tan Keng Yam visited the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) 150 Squadron at Cazaux Air Base today. Hosted by the Chief of Air Force, Major-General Hoo Cher Mou, President Tan officiated at the opening of the Ground Training Centre, toured the detachment's facilities and interacted with RSAF personnel. He also met the families of the RSAF staff based in Cazaux Air Base and thanked them for their support.

President Tan was accompanied by Mrs Mary Tan, Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Second Minister for Defence Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Members of Parliament Mr Baey Yam Keng and Ms Ellen Lee, and other senior RSAF officers.


President Tony Tan Keng Yam (in suit), accompanied by Mrs Mary Tan (on his left) and Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou (on his right), viewing the M-346 Full Mission Simulator. (photo : Sing Mindef)

Sharing his thoughts on the visit, President Tan said, "I last visited Cazaux Air Base in 1998. I was impressed to learn about the new state-of-the-art training facilities and systems that have been developed to train our RSAF aircrew. Such continuous development will better enable our aircrew to be equipped with the skills needed to defend our country. We are also appreciative of France's support towards RSAF's training."

150 Squadron operates the M-346 Advanced Jet Trainer which was inaugurated by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen in September 2014. The M-346 replaces the A-4SU Super Skyhawk, and enhances fighter aircrew training with its sophisticated simulations, aerodynamic performance, and modern avionics systems.

Cazaux Air Base is home to 150 Squadron and its personnel, including Pilots, Air Force Engineers, trainees and support staff. The RSAF has conducted flying training in France since 1998, and both Air Forces also interact regularly through various professional exchanges and courses. These interactions are testament to the excellent and long-standing defence relations between the two countries.

(Sing Mindef)

Empat Pesawat F-16 C/D Tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi

22 Mei 2015

Sudah 9 pesawat F-16C/D dari total 24 pesawat diterima TNI AU (photo : Lanud Iswahjudi)

Penlanud Iwj, Magetan - Setelah tertunda beberapa saat empat pesawat tempur F-16 C/D Blok 52ID TNI AU, tepat pukul 12.12 WIB mendarat di Lanud Iswahjudi, kedatangannya disambut Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Marsekal Pertama TNI Donny Ermawan T, M.D.S, dan Komandan Wing 3 Kolonel PNB Irwan Pramuda bersama pejabat lanud Iswahjudi, Jumat (22/5/15).

Empat pesawat tersebut diterbangkan langsung dari Amerika menuju Indonesia masing-masing TS 1631 diterbangkan oleh Mayor Thomas Arthur Juntunen, TS 1633 Mayor Brian Dauglas Perkins, TS 1636 Mayor Cabell David Francis, dan TS 1642 Letkol Chad William Jennings, dengan route penerbangan dari Hill AFB Eilsen Alaska Guam lanjut ke Lanud Iswahjudi dan parkir di Shelter Skadron Udara 3. 

Tibanya ke-empat pesawat tempur F-16 C/D Blok 52ID TNI AU tersebut, merupakan program pengadaan dari 24 pesawat dalam proyek "Peace Bima Sena II" kerjasama antara Pemerintah AS dan Indonesia, sehingga sudah 9 pesawat dengan tipe yang sama sudah berada di Indonesia.

Seluruh pesawat F-16 C/D Blok 52ID TNI AU dengan mesin pesawat tipe F100-PW-220/E menjalani upgrade sehingga menjadi baru kembali, selain itu refurbished rangka airframe serta sistem avionic dan persenjataan di Ogden Air Logistics Center Hill AFB, Utah, rangka pesawat diperbarui, jaringan kabel dan elektronic baru dipasang semua sistem lama diperbarui sehingga kemampuannya jauh lebih hebat. 

Dalam proyek "Peace Bima Sena II" selain pengadaan 24 pesawat F-16, kontrak kerja sama juga meliputi pengadaan spare parts, ground support equoment, training, JMPS (Joint Mission Planning System), RIAIS (Rackmount Improve vionic Intermediate System), AME (Alternate Mission Equipment) dan PMEL (Precesion Measurement Equipment Laboratory). 

Selanjutnya pesawat F-16 C/D Blok 52ID TNI AU nantinya akan memperkuat Skadron Udara 3 Lanud Iswahjudi di Madiun dan Skadron Udara 16 Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin di Pekanbaru dan pesawat-pesawat canggih ini akan menambah kekuatan tempur TNI Angkatan Udara sebagai tulang punggung Air Power (kekuatan dirgantara) negara kita demi menjaga keamanan nasional Indonesia.

(TNI AU).

KRI Kupang Akan Jadi Sasaran Penembakan Rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II dari KRI Bung Tomo 357

22 Mei 2015

Simulasi penembakan rudal dilakukan di Pusat Latihan Elektronika dan Pengendalian Senjata Surabaya (photo : TNI AL

Danguspurlatim Pimpin Simulasi Penembakan Rudal Exocet MM-40

Komandan Gugus Tempur Laut Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur (Danguspurlatim) Laksamana Pertama TNI ING. Ariawan, S.E memimpin Latihan Pos dan Komando (Latposko) simulasi  penembakan senjata strategis TNI AL Rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II di Tactical Team Trainer Pusat Latihan Elektronika dan Pengendalian Senjata (Puslatlekdalsen) Kobangdikal Bumimoro, Surabaya, Kamis (21/5).

Latihan simulasi ini melibatkan seluruh pelaku yang terlibat, baik prajuirt yang bertugas di kapal maupun staf pendukung lainnya. Latihan uji coba penembakan senjata strategis TNI AL ini, akan melibatkan 10 kapal perang jajaran Koarmatim. Sedangkan yang menembakkan rudal tersebut adalah KRI Bung Tomo-357, yaitu kapal perang terbaru yang dimiliki TNI AL yang saat ini masuk jajaran Satuan Kapal Eskorta Koarmatim, dengan Komandan Kapal Kolonel Laut (P) Yayan Sofian, ST

KRI Bung Tomo 357 fregat ringan TNI AL (photo : Express)

Penembakan Rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II tersebut, akan dilakukan disekitar laut jawa dalam waktu dekat ini dengan sasaran eks KRI Kupang. Penembakan senjata stragis tersebut, akan disaksikan langsung oleh pejabat TNI diatas KRI Surabaya-591, yang dalam latihan ini sebagai kapal markas.

Dilaksanakannya  penembakan senjata strategis Rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II ini, yaitu untuk mewujudkan hasil pembinaan serta meningkatkan kesiapan dan kesiapsiagaan operasional serta mengukur kemampuan  Sistem Senjata Armada Terpadu (SSAT) TNI AL terbaru yang dimiliki TNI AL, yaitu Kapal Multi Role Light Frigate (MRLF) KRI Bung Tomo-357.

Penembakan senjata tersebut juga dalam rangka penyiapan KRI Bung Tomo-357 yang akan tergabung pada Satgas MTF XXVIII-H UNIFIL di Lebanon dalam waktu dekat ini. Penembakan Rudal Exocet MM-40 Blok II, selain untuk meningkatkan kemampuan tempur unsur-unsur TNI AL juga diharapkan mampu menimbulkan dampak penangkalan (Deterrence Effect) baik bagi Negara maupun non negara (State Actor and Non State Actor) yang akan mengganggu kedaulatan Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI).

(TNI AL)

P1.2-B Helicopter Bidding Aboveboard – DND

22 Mei 2015


PAF Huey helicopter (photo : Manila Times)

MANILA, Philippines - The bidding for the acquisition of 21 refurbished combat helicopters worth P1.2 billion was aboveboard, according to officials of the Department of National Defense (DND).

The DND accepted only seven helicopters after Secretary Voltaire Gazmin terminated the contract and blacklisted the supplier, Defense Undersecretaries Pio Lorenzo Batino and Fernando Manalo, Assistant Secretary Patrick Velez told the Senate Blue Ribbon committee yesterday.

Manalo, undersecretary for finance, munitions, installations and materials, said he has documents to prove that Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) employee Rhodora Alvarez had a personal motive in her “exposé” against DND officials.

“I was never an agent of Mr. Rice,” he said, referring to Robert Rice Jr., Rice Aircraft Services Inc. (RASI) president.

“In the statement of Rice, Ms. Rhodora is trying to extort money from Rice Aircraft. When Rice discovered the huge sum spent that she could not explain, suddenly she demanded 15 percent, otherwise she would have the contract canceled.” 

Alvarez had testified at the Senate that she was privy to the deal between Air Force officials and RASI and its local counterpart, Eagle Copters Inc.

She had met Tak Nguyen, a former representative for Rice Aircraft, which the supplier had denounced for misrepresenting himself as a representative of the US State Department and faking documents related to the procurement, she added.

Denying the allegations of Alvarez, Brig. Gen. Conrado Parra Jr., DND Technical Working Group chairman, said he had talked with Tak Nguyen and Alvarez mainly because he headed the DND-TWG.

“That’s the official meeting that we had,” he said.         

“With regard to the allegations that my brother was sent to the States to work for Rice is not true. My brother has been in the States for 13 years and his work is not with Rice, I want to say that on record regarding that malicious allegation.”

(PhilStar)

Japan Security Council Approves Bid to Build Australian Submarines

22 Mei 2015


The Japanese proposal for the 4200-tonne Soryu would involve using contractors Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with the bid competing against TKMS’s 4000-tonne Type 216 and a conventional version of DCNS’s 5000-tonne nuclear-powered Barracuda. (photo : Nosint)

Japan is to exploit the easing of its postwar ban on arms exports by entering the race to jointly develop and build a new generation of submarines for the Australian navy.

Members of Japan’s security council this week approved the country’s participation in the bidding process, months after the Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, abandoned plans to buy Soryu-class submarines from Japan under pressure from ruling party and opposition politicians.

Instead, Japan will join non-nuclear submarine developers from Germany and France in Canberra’s “competitive evaluation process” to decide who builds the Australian navy’s next fleet of submarines.

South Australian government and defence industry representatives have gone to Europe to convince companies bidding to build Australia’s next fleet of submarines to do the work in Adelaide.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, confirmed that the security council had decided Japanese firms should join the process “in light of the importance of defence cooperation between Japan and Australia”.

Suga told reporters that the decision was in line with Japan’s revised rules on the transfer of arms and defence technology.

In April, Japan’s conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, eased the country’s self-imposed ban on arms exports as part of wider plans to increase its defence capabilities and give domestic contractors a share of the potentially lucrative overseas market.

Last week, Japan hosted its first international arms fair, showcasing hardware that included Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Soryu submarine technology.

The diesel-electric submarine is still the most likely candidate Japan will put forward for the Australian contract, Kyodo news quoted a senior defence ministry official in Tokyo as saying.

The Soryu, regarded as one of the most advanced non-nuclear class submarines, meets Australian requirements for its stealth abilities, and there are plans to extend its range.

Australian officials estimate developing up to 12 submarines to replace ageing Collins-class submarines will cost at least $50bn (US$40bn).

Abbott is believed to still favour the Japanese option; earlier this month his defence minister, Kevin Andrews, called his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani to urge Japan to take part in the evaluation process.

“We have given consideration to defence cooperation between Japan and Australia,” Nakatani told reporters this week. “Australia is a strategic partner that shares common values and security interests [with Japan].”

Reuters quoted Japanese defence officials as saying Tokyo would release classified technical data to enable Canberra to better evaluate Japan’s bid.

It would be the first time Japan has shared such sensitive information with any country other than the US.

Abbott, who has described Japan as Australia’s “closest friend in Asia” is expected to discuss closer defence cooperation with Abe during a visit to Tokyo in July.

South Australia’s defence industries minister, Martin Hamilton-Smith, is visiting bidders in France and Germany this week to outline South Australia’s naval shipbuilding capabilities.

“We have huge credentials as a centre for excellence in naval shipbuilding, underpinned by our highly skilled workers,” Hamilton-Smith said.

Hamilton-Smith said it was important the bidders understood South Australia’s capacity and commitment to deliver submarines.

“The South Australian government has created a world-class facility at Techport Australia and we are determined to see Australia’s future submarines built here,” he said. “About 120,000 man-years of jobs depend on the future submarine program alone.”

(The Guardian)

Hawk 100/200 Skadron Udara 12 Latihan Terbang Malam

22 Mei 2015

Hawk 100/200 di Skadron Udara 12 Roesmin Nurjadin Pekanbaru, Riau (all photos : Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin)

Penerbang Skadron Udara 12 Latihan Terbang Malam

Ada yang terasa berbeda di langit Pekanbaru dari hari-hari sebelumnya, ini karena terdengar suara mesin jet yang menderu memecah kesunyian malam saat para penerbang dari pesawat tempur Hawk 100/200 Skadron Udara 12 Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin melaksanakan latihan terbang malam, Senin (18/5).



“Keahlian (skill) dan kemampuan terbang (profisiensi) dari para penerbang harus terus diasah dan ditingkatkan melalui berbagai latihan agar dapat mengatasi berbagai tantangan tugas yang mungkin dihadapi ke depannya, untuk itulah latihan ini dilaksanakan”, ujar Danskadron Udara 12 Lanud Rsn Letkol Pnb Jajang Setiawan.



Ditambahkan oleh Danskadron 12 bahwa tak hanya keahlian dan kemampuan para penerbang saja yang ditingkatkan, namun dengan latihan ini kesiapan seluruh alutsista serta ground crew pesawat pun akan dapat ditingkatkan, hal ini guna mengantisipasi kemungkinan akan terjadinya ancaman, gangguan serta pelanggaran wilayah udara Indonesia oleh pihak lain yang mungkin saja terjadi pada waktu siang maupun malam hari. 

Sementara itu Danlanud Roesmin Nurjadin Kolonel Pnb M. Khairil Lubis yang turut mengawasi latihan ini menyampaikan bahwa Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin sebagai pangkalan operasi harus selalu siap untuk melakukan misi yang diberikan kepadanya, dan itu melakukan operasi udara yang dapat terjadi kapan saja.



“Saya tekankan kepada seluruh personel untuk selalu mengedepankan faktor keamanan serta keselamatan terbang, agar latihan ini dapat terlaksana dengan aman, lancar dan tak kurang suatu apapun hingga usainya latihan nanti”, lanjut Danlanud.

Latihan terbang malam yang dilaksanakan secara periodik ini rencananya akan berlangsung hingga Kamis (21/5) dengan area latihan di sekitar wilayah Lanud Roesmin Nurjadin.

(TNI AU)

AgustaWestland in Talks with Vietnam over Naval Helicopter Needs

22 Mei 2015


AW-159 ASW helo (photo :Trevor Thornton)

AgustaWestland's Asia-Pacific head has revealed that the company is in preliminary discussions with the Vietnamese Navy over its helicopter requirements.

Andrew Symonds, vice-president of Asia Pacific at AgustaWestland, told reporters at IMDEX 2015 that the company was in talks with Vietnam over which helicopters would best meet the Vietnamese Navy's needs.

"We're offering them a variety of aircraft to see which platforms meet their requirements, so we talking to them about the AW109, AW139, and we're talking to them about the AW159 for anti-submarine warfare requirements," he said.

He added that a Vietnamese naval delegation is expected to visit the United Kingdom later this year to continue the dialogue on its requirements.

(Jane's)