21 Agustus 2014

Supacat Wins Australian Special Forces Vehicle Contract

21 Agustus 2014

The new vehicles to enter Australian service are based on the same Extenda platform that has been in service with the country since 2009. (photo : Supacat)

Australia has awarded UK-based Supacat Group an AUD105 million (USD98 million) contract for 89 special operations vehicles based on the latest version of the Extenda high-mobility transport (HMT), the company said on 19 August.

The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) awarded the contract for what it calls the Special Operations Vehicles - Commando (SOV-Cdo) after the April 2012 selection of Supacat as preferred bidder for its Joint Project 2097 Phase 1B (REDFIN) programme.

Since then Supacat successfully completed the programme's prototype development and evaluation phase, the DMO said.

The Extenda HMT is similar to 31 HMT Special Operations Vehicles delivered to Australia in 2009 for use by its special forces. Joint Project 2097 Phase 1B (REDFIN) seeks to replace ageing modified Land Rovers with the SOVs-Cdo.

Supacat Extenda HMT protection (image : Defense Update)

The vehicles include crew ballistic and mine-blast protection along with an integrated logistic support package that covers operating, engineering, maintenance, supply, and training support. Elbit Systems of Australia is providing the vehicle's command-and-control systems.

The Supacat statement described the HMT Extenda as being "unique in being convertible to either a 4x4 or 6x6 configuration to meet different operational requirements … The SOV-Cdo will be delivered in four reconfigurable roles, emphasising the flexibility of the HMT platform".

The Extenda HMT will be built in Australia through Supacat Team Australia, which opened in Melbourne in January 2012. "It is the launch pad for Supacat Pty in the Australian defence market," said Mick Halloran, managing director of Supacat Pty Ltd.


20 Agustus 2014

Joint Venture Wins Bidding for Supply of AFP Protection Gear

20 Agustus 2014

Achidatex Nazareth Elite and Colorado Shipyard Corp. to supply 44,080 sets of force protection equipment for soldiers (photo : Achidatex)

MANILA, Philippines - A joint venture between Israeli firm Achidatex Nazareth Elite and local company Colorado Shipyard Corp. has won the bidding to supply 44,080 sets of force protection equipment for soldiers.

The STAR learned over the weekend that the Department of National Defense (DND) issued the notice of award to the joint venture last July 28.

The project involves the acquisition of 44,080 sets of force protection equipment for Army and Marine troops. The equipment will protect soldiers who are serving on the frontlines of security operations.

The government has allotted P1.763 billion for the project.

Sources said the DND will save around P300,000 if the deal with Achidatex and Colorado pushes through.

The joint venture, however, was not the lowest bidder for the project.

During the opening of bids held last year, South Korean firm Kolon Global Corp. submitted the lowest bid, offering to supply the equipment for P894 million. The bid price would have allowed the government to save P870,000.

The bids and awards committee, however, disqualified Kolon after the company failed to meet some requirements during the post-qualification phase.

A defense department post-qualification team said Kolon’s goods did not meet certain standards aimed at ensuring the protection of soldiers in the field. The team said all ballistic inserts of samples submitted by Kolon did not conform to dimensional requirements since they have shorter measurements.


Nuship Canberra Embarks on Final Sea Trials

20 Agustus 2014

RAN LHD Canberra (all photos : RAN)

Nuship Canberra, the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Australian Defense Force, has sailed on her final contractor sea trials before delivery to the Australian Government.

The ship departed Williamstown shipyard on August 12 as planned with the trials taking place in both Port Phillip Bay and off the southern coast of New South Wales before returning to Williamstown around the end of August. Final contractor trials involve testing of the combat and communication systems along with some platform systems trials.

“This is the last major element of a very complex and comprehensive test program to prove the capabilities of the ship and its systems prior to delivery to our customer,” said Director of BAE Systems Maritime Bill Saltzer. “Getting this ship to this stage has been a collaborative effort between BAE Systems and the Defense Materiel Organization (DMO). Our two project teams have worked closely throughout the project and now we are in the home stretch for the Canberra.”

Aboard Nuship Canberra for the final contractor trials are BAE Systems and DMO project personnel along with a number of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) officers and sailors who will crew the ship once delivered, as well as BAE Systems subcontractors Navantia, Saab, L3 and Teekay.

The final trials also provide an ideal opportunity for a number of the crew to familiarize themselves with the ship following their training at the BAE Systems facility at Mascot, NSW, in which state-of-the-art simulation technology was developed and utilized to achieve technical competence in a cost-effective environment.

As well as demonstrating the ship’s capabilities, the trials will provide the team with valuable feedback regarding the effectiveness of the training program. The utilization and extent of virtual training within LHD has been a new approach for the RAN and the feedback received from the crew so far has been very positive.

Saltzer said work was also progressing well on Nuship Canberra’s sister ship, Nuship Adelaide: “In shipbuilding, there are always lessons learned on the first ship of a new class that can be implemented to achieve higher levels of productivity on the following ship or ships and this is certainly the case with Nuship Adelaide. The second LHD is coming together rapidly and is on track to be ready to start sea trials in the second quarter of next year.”

The 27,000-metric-ton LHDs are the largest ships ever built for the ADF and will be operated by the RAN. BAE Systems is the Prime Contractor for the project. The main subcontractors are Navantia for the platform design and hull construction in Spain, SAAB as the combat system integrator and L3 for the internal and external communications systems.

(BAE Systems/MarineLink)

Indonesia Bolsters Western Fleet with Four KCR-40 Missile Boats

20 Agustus 2014

TNI AL KCR-40 FAC-M (photo : Kaskus Militer)

The Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL's) Western Fleet Command (Komando Armada RI Kawasan Barat - KOARMABAR) will receive an additional four KCR-40 missile attack craft by the end of 2014 to strengthen its regional maritime interdiction capabilities.

Speaking to IHS Jane's on 14 August in Jakarta, KOARMABAR chief of staff Commodore Amarulla Octavian described the additional vessels, which have a top speed of 30 kt, as instrumental in strengthening the command's surveillance, patrol, and interception capabilities in its area of operations. This area includes the piracy-prone Strait of Malacca, as well as the disputed maritime regions of Tanjung Datu and the Natuna Islands.

Overall, the TNI-AL currently operates a class of four KCR-40 vessels out of an expected class of up to 24. Two boats, KRI Clurit and KRI Kujang , are assigned to KOARMABAR and completed sea acceptance trials for the C-705 surface-to-surface missile fire-control system in July.

"The additional vessels would give us a total class size of six boats for the command by the end of 2014", said Cdre Octavian, who also confirmed that KOARMABAR intends to employ the 44 m vessels to assist with tackling maritime piracy in the Strait of Malacca, as well as securing Indonesia's maritime borders and wider interests at sea.

Recent figures published by the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) suggest a deterioration in the Southeast Asian maritime security situation. In its first quarter report for 2014, the counter-piracy body recorded eight incidents in the Malacca and Singapore straits, compared with a total of five incidents for the whole of 2012 and 2013.

Recent high-profile incidents include the attacks on the cargo ship Naniwa Maru No. 1 in April 2014 near Port Klang, Malaysia, which resulted in 2,500 tonnes of Marine Diesel Oil being siphoned, and on the tanker GPT 21 in November 2013, with 10 armed pirates boarding the vessel off Pulau Kukup in the Strait of Malacca.

Yet despite the debate about whether littoral states should increase patrols in affected areas, Cdre Octavian argued that regional maritime piracy cannot be solved with increased vessel numbers alone. "To tackle the problem, we have to start looking on land rather than at sea", he said.

"There needs to be greater co-ordination between the anti-piracy bodies and navies when it comes to investigation efforts and information sharing. Currently what we have are reports and incident alerts. What we need are follow-up actions such as joint investigative efforts between navies in the region and the anti-piracy bodies", said the commodore, adding that Indonesia stands ready to provide information on piracy investigations it has conducted should other parties request it.

In terms of whether Indonesia might participate in ReCAAP activities, Cdre Octavian replied that the TNI-AL respects ReCAAP's work and would co-operate fully with the organisation with regards to information sharing. He stopped short, however, of commenting on whether Indonesia might join the multinational body in the future.


Airbus D&S to Supply MSSR 2000 I Radar to Indonesia

20 Agustus 2014

Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radars (MSSR) 2000 I radar (photo : Airbus DS)

Airbus Defence and Space (D&S) will supply two Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radars (MSSR) 2000 I as part of a programme to improve the Indonesian Air Force’s aircraft identification and air surveillance capabilities. The company was awarded a contract for the radars by SBL Star Technology, announced on 18 August.

The radars will equip mobile air surveillance and tracking systems to be operated by the Indonesian Air Force, helping to improve air traffic control and air defence capabilities over the country’s more than 15,000 islands.

Secondary radars such as MSSR 2000 I complement primary radars in identifying individual aircraft and establishing a comprehensive recognised air picture. Typically, primary radar is able to measure the position of an aircraft at a point of time from reflections of the radar beam without giving a clear identification of the aircraft. 

The secondary radar exchanges messages with all the aircraft in its area collecting detailed information such as flight number and destination. MSSR 2000 I sends out interrogation signals according to the latest Mode S standard and collects the responses. In this way, the secondary radar in close cooperation with the primary radar provides a real-time overview of aircraft positions and additional aircraft data which results in a significant improvement in air surveillance and air traffic control. 

In the military field, MSSR 2000 I is also used for automatic friend-or-foe identification (IFF) to avoid the engagement of friendly forces. 

Thomas Müller, head of electronics business, Airbus D&S, said: ‘Air traffic control authorities all over the world are facing continually increasing air traffic density. Together with military air traffic, this situation requires a high-performance guidance system ensuring safety, comprehensive data exchange and efficient allocation of airspace. With our system in operation in around 30 countries we have proven our capability to provide a reliable solution.’

The system is scheduled for delivery before the beginning of 2015.


Defence Minister Flags Additional KC-30s and C-17s

20 Agustus 2014

Four F/A-18A Hornets perform a mock air to air refuelling pass with a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft. (photo : RAAF)

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston has flagged the acquisition of further Airbus KC-30 tanker-transports and Boeing C-17 airlifters for the RAAF.

Speaking to News Limited’s Ian McPhederan last week, Minister Johnston suggested the next Defence White Paper, due for release next year, will propose the acquisition of two extra KC-30As and one or two additional C-17s. One of the KC-30s would also feature a VIP interior for international travel by the prime minister.

“When you get good service from a platform it prompts you to say, ‘why don’t you get some more?’ ” the Minister was reported as saying during an interview aboard a KC-30 bound for Darwin.

“It [the KC-30] allows us to go anywhere in our region and far and away beyond that.”

The report also quotes the Minister as saying acquiring addional C-17s is a “no-brainer”.

The RAAF currently operates five KC-30A tanker-transports with 33SQN and six C-17s with 36SQN, with both units based at Amberley.

Acquiring additional KC-30As “makes sense”, Australian Aviation contributor Andrew McLaughlin writes in the September issue of the magazine, out late next week. “The KC-30 program is coming good, the boom and pod hardware and software remediation development is wrapping up, a new software load is expected to fix many of the minor idiosyncrasies and work-arounds of the original design, and the aircraft has proved its strategic reach in recent ALS (air logistics support) taskings to the US and Europe, and on long-endurance tanking missions in Australia,” he writes.

Separately, Minister Johnston remarked in Darwin last week that “I am optimistic this aircraft will soon be removed from the Projects of Concern”. (The KC-30 acquisition is being managed under the Defence Material Organisation’s ‘Projects of Concern’ process due to issues with the aircraft’s refuelling boom system, which are close to being rectified.)

As well as Australia, the KC-30 (known outside Australia as the A330 MRTT) has been ordered by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Australia has a unique, but limited, opportunity to secure additional C-17s, meanwhile. Boeing has commenced assembly of its 269th and last C-17 at its Long Beach, California plant, with production due to wind up next year. However, the company is building 15 “white tail” aircraft without a customer to date. India (which already has 10 on order) is reportedly interested in six of these, and Boeing remains in ongoing discussions with existing C-17 operators and potential new customers regarding the remaining aircraft.

(Australian Aviation)

Pindad Sodorkan Sistem Turret dan Mesin untuk Tank Medium

20 Agustus 2014

OTO Melara itfact 105 mm turret (photo : Oto Melara)

Seperti Apa Wujud Tank 'Misterius' Buatan Pindad?

Liputan6.com, Bandung - Pemerintah menyiapkan 7 program kemandirian industri pertahanan (inhan) yakni Pengembangan Pesawat tempur (KFX/IFX), Roket dan Rudal Nasional, Kapal Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR), Kapal Selam, Pembangunan Industri Propelan, Radar Nasional dan Tank Nasional.

Sesuai Undang-Undang Nomor 16 Tahun 2012 tentang Inhan, untuk Lead Integrator dipercayakan kepada perusahaan pelat merah yang tergabung dalam Badan Usaha Milik Negara (BUMN) Industri Strategis. Salah perusahaan tersebut adalah PT Pindad, yang dipercayakan menangani program Tank Nasional.

Direktur Operasi Produk Hankam PT Pindad, Tri Hardjono mengatakan, pihaknya telah menyiapkan konsep pembuatan kendaraan tempur lapis baja menggunakan roda rantai ini.

Konsep awal akan dilakukan untuk membangun tank ukuran sedang bersama sejumlah mitra luar negeri, salah satunya Perusahaan Kontraktor Militer FNSS asal Turki. Sesuai dengan kondisi geografis, bobot tank dipilih tidak boleh lebih dari 30 ton.

"Tank medium itu kita diminta untuk mengkoordinir seluruh aktivitas, desain engineering maupun hungan sourching itu yang kita lakukan dengan FNSS. Rencananya itu adalah penelitian bersama dan produk sharing bersama. Harapannya Pindad punya pakar, baik di dalam negeri maupun kawasan sekitar," ucap Tri kepada Liputan6.com di kantornya, Bandung, Jawa Barat.

Sistem Turret

Untuk Turret system, PT Pindad sudah menyiapkan 3 pilihan yaitu Cockerill Maintenance & Ingenierie (CMI) Belgia, Oto Melara asal Italia dan Denel Land System asal Afrika Selatan. Sedangkan untuk mesin pemilihan dari Negara di Eropa salah satunya dari industry pertahanan Perancis.

"Ini juga ada beberapa alternatif, karena kita sudah putuskan medium tank ini menggunakan 105mm, kita punya tiga alternatif yang bisa menyuplai 105 mm. Ada CMI, Oto Melara, Ada Denel. Itu juga kita ajukan kepada pihak kementerian kepada KKIP, kepada user, terkait kelebihan dan kekurangan dari masing-masing kanon turret ini," papar Tri.

Rancangan tank medium buatan Pindad (image : Istimewa)


"Teman-teman sudah memiliki beberapa alternatif. Itu ada 3 pilihan untuk engine. Sesuai dengan pengalaman, kita lebih mudah menggunakan produk Eropa. Di sana mereka telah memiliki berbagai varian, di mana engine itu juga digunakan untuk komersil," imbuh dia.

Selain bobot yang menjadi syarat utama, sejumlah pra-syarat juga harus dipenuhi desainer PT Pindad dan FNSS seperti Silhouette (bayangan). Hal ini dilakukan agar tank mudah bersembunyi saat berada di medan perang.

"Konsep produknya dari Pindad, kita sudah memberikan desain-desain bahwa tinggi tidak boleh lebih dari 2,5 meter di atas kanon kayak gitu-gitu dari Pindad. Kemudian, performance seperti apa itu juga dari Indonesia. Itu yang kita mengembangkan kerjasama dengan mereka, bahwasanya penentuan sumber sourching contohnya Power Pack, Engine. Itukan sangat menentukan pada saat nanti kemudian maintenance dan sebagainya. Itu juga kita memberikan masukan," terangnya.

Tank medium buatan Pindad ini akan selesai pada Tahun 2016. Pindad berharap tank medium dapat membantu kebutuhan alat utama sistem alat utama sistem senjata (alutsista) TNI yang telah berumur uzur.

"Bapak KSAD juga sudah mengharapkan Pindad segera mengeluarkan roda rantai, karena penggunaan dan kebutuhan berbeda. Medium tank, karena ini pendanaan dari Negara ya dari Kementrian harapannya dalam 3 tahun APBN itu bisa diselesaikan," tandas Tri.