18 Desember 2014

Missile-Armed MPACs in the Pipeline for the PN

18 Desember 2014

Combat boat with missile (image : Militaryphotos)

MANILA (PNA) -- In a bid to improve its territorial sea interdiction capabilities, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced that it will be acquiring missile-armed MPACs (multi-purpose assault craft) to beef up its patrol force.

This was announced by PN vice commander Rear Admiral Caesar C. Taccad during Tuesday's briefing on modernization.

"It will be armed with stabilized weapon system with fire control complemented with a short to medium range missile system," he added.

The MPACs will be designed for territorial sea interdiction operations with maritime situational awareness and limited credible deterrence in the protection of the country's interest at the West Philippine Sea, Taccad stated

"And it may also be used for internal security operations and humanitarian assistance disaster response operations," he stressed.

The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier announced that it is allocating Php270 million to acquire three missile-armed MPACs.

The money will be sourced from the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund of 2000.

The contract includes mission essential equipment.

Mission essential equipment includes day/night electronic navigation systems, communication suites, safety-of-life-at-sea, propulsion system and seamanship and ship-handling gears.

The PN currently operates a force of six MPACs.

Three of the PN's MPACs are sourced from Taiwan while the remaining three were ordered from Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation, which is based in Subic Bay, Zambales.

These ships are 16.5 meters long, 4.76 meters wide and has a draft of one meter and a top speed of 45 knots.

Each one costs around Php90 million. It has a range 300 nautical miles. The hull is made of high-quality aluminum and is crewed by one officer and four enlisted personnel. It is capable of carrying 16 fully-equipped troopers or two tons of cargo.

The MPAC is capable of operating in territorial waters up to "Sea State 3" (slight waves) without any system degradation. It is armed with one .50 caliber and two 7.62mm machine guns. 


Yonif 516/ Carakha Yudha Surabaya akan Menjadi Yon Mekanis

18 Desember 2014

Panser Anoa buatan PT Pindad (photo : Pindad)

Upacara Alih Kodal Yonif 511/DY Dan Yonif 516/CY

Surabayanews.co.id - Dalam pelaksanaan upacara bendera 17-an dan upacara hari jadi ke-66 Kodam V/Brawijaya juga dilaksanakan upacara alih Komando Pengendalian (kodal) Yonif 511/Dibyantara Yudha dan Yonif 516/Carakha Yudha, dipimpin Pangdam V/Brawijaya Mayjen TNI Eko Wiratmoko, S.Sos pada (17/12) di Lapangan Kodam V/Brawijaya. 

Yonif 511/DY yang semula berada dalam kendali Brigif 16/Wira Yudha akan beralih kodal dibawah Korem 081/Dhirot Saha Jaya. Selanjutnya untuk Yonif 516/CY yang semula di bawah Korem 084/Bhaskara Jaya akan beralih kodal di bawah Brigif 16/Wira Yudha.

Dalam amanatnya Pangdam menyampaikan bahwa alih kodal ini pada hakekatnya merupakan salah satu upaya untuk menjaga keseimbangan dan kesiapan operasional serta pembinaan satuan. Dengan adanya alih kodal ini diharapkan akan lebih memudahkan pengendalian, pengawasan dan koordinasi dalam pelaksanaan tugas-tugasnya di lapangan.

Sejalan dengan hal itu, Kasad Jenderal TNI Gatot Nurmantyo telah membuat kebijakan bahwa pada Tahun 2015, Yonif 516/ Carakha Yudha akan menjadi Yon Mekanis, dengan dilengkapi sejumlah ranpur seperti ranpur Anoa, segera laksanakan perencanaan dan persiapan untuk perubahan menjadi Yon mekanis ini, utamanya dari aspek personil dan peralatan, sehingga pada saatnya dapat melaksanakan salah satu tugas dari Yon Mekanis yaitu untuk mendukung pertempuran yang membutuhkan kecepatan, presisi, dan manuver personil. 


New Training Helicopters for RMAF

18 Desember 2014

Aribus Helicopters EC120 (photo : Airbus Helicopters)

SHAH ALAM: A decision will made soon on the company to provide the training helicopters for the Royal Malaysian Air Force under a Private Financing Initiative.

Under the programme, RMAF will receive a number of helicopters for basic and advanced rotary training to replace the Allouette III currently still in service at its training centre (Pulatibang 1) at the Kepala Batas, Alor Setar Kedah.

RMAF chief Jen Datuk Seri Roslan Saad said the decision was expected within the next “one month or so” for the programme. He declined to comment further. Roslan was speaking to the media after RMAF Excellence Service Awards today.

The helicopters under consideration are from the Airbus Helicopters stable namely the latest variants, of the EC120 and the EC135.

Malaysian Defence was informed that several companies had submitted the proposal under the PFI programme, apart from Aerotree Defence and Services Sdn Bhd, which currently leased two Super King Airs, to the RMAF for its multi-engine aircraft conversion training.

Industry sources told Malaysian Defence that the contract for the PFI may be signed at Lima 2015 in March.

Back in 2011, Aerotree signed a letter of intent with Airbus Helicopters to purchase three EC135 helicopters in a training and light utility role, along with options to buy more of these helicopters in the future.

Apart from RMAF future helo pilots, trainees from other services from the Army and Navy also undertake their basic rotary flying at Pulatibang 2.

(Malaysian Defence)

German Firm Says It Can Build Subs in SA

18 Desember 2014

A German submarine builder says it can build 12 Type 216 subs in Australia on time and for $20bn or less. (image : HDW)

GERMAN submarine builder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems says it can build 12 subs in Australia on time and for $20 billion or less.

THE company insists its long experience as a designer and commercial submarine builder, with 161 boats constructed for 22 countries since 1960, make it a low risk for Australia - far lower than Japan whose Soryu-class submarines have never been exported.

"It is our core business to sell a submarine which our customer wants, build it in their country and transfer technology and know-how," a source close to the TKMS bid said on Wednesday.

The government is considering what submarine will replace the navy's six Collins boats that reach retirement age from 2026.

Labor's 2009 and 2013 Defence white papers propose 12 advanced new subs assembled in South Australia where the Collins boats were built.

The coalition has hedged on committing to an Australian build with a final decision tipped for the new Defence White Paper next year.

Two years ago, there were no foreign contenders able to meet Australia's requirements.

But now there are several, from France, Germany, Sweden and Japan, whose Soryu-class boats are regarded as closest to Australia's specifications.

Some media reports suggest Soryu is a done deal, although it would still require substantial modification.

TKMS is proposing its Type-216, a 4000-tonne scaled up version of its widely used 1860-tonne Type-214. That gives it a range of 13,000 nautical miles and endurance of 80 days.

The Type-216 doesn't actually exist yet, although it's 80 per cent in the water. The company says it could produce the first boat in time for decommissioning of HMAS Farncomb in 12 years.

"That means getting a contract in the next year or two, in 2016 or thereabouts, but we can meet that schedule," the source said.

The $20 billion price tag is regarded as the ceiling and final costs could be less.

TKMS could build in either Germany or Australia. The company, which briefly owned Collins parent Kockums, is familiar with Australian facilities and shipbuilder ASC.

"Our position is simply we can build in Australia because we have a proven track record in places such as Greece and Turkey and Korea," the source said.

(The Australian)

PN Needs Diesel Electric Submarines for Maritime Deterrence

18 Desember 2014

Philippines needs between three to six diesel electric submarine (photo : HDW)

MANILA (PNA) -- The country needs modern and up-to-date diesel electric submarines for maritime deterrence.

"We need submarines for deterrence," Rear Admiral Caesar C. Taccad, Navy vice commander, said Wednesday at the Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization briefing.

However, Taccad clarified that developing a submarine capability requires a long gestation period in order to develop support facilities and the people and technology of operating such a force.

"A rule of thumb is that 10 years is needed to develop such a force," Taccad stressed.

He added that the PN has already started its submarine development studies some three or two years ago.

"Actually, we forced a submarine office in the Philippine Fleet," the PN vice commander said.

Taccad also said that the PN can afford to acquire and operate its own diesel electric submarines.

"If we can afford two frigates that is worth around Php18 billion, we can procure a submarine," he disclosed.

Military studies revealed that the Philippines needs between three to six diesel electric submarines to fully secure its maritime domain. 


17 Desember 2014

RAN Prepares for March 2015 Flight Trials on First-of-Class LHD

17 Desember 2014

A crew member on board the RAN's LHD Canberra marshalling an MRH-90 helicopter onto the vessel's flight deck. (Aus DoD)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will commence first-of-class flight trials on board its newly-commissioned landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessel HMAS Canberra in March 2015, the service told IHS Jane's on 16 December.

The 27,800-tonne amphibious ship was commissioned on 28 November and is expected to significantly improve the RAN's sealift and amphibious capability once it is cleared to operate aircraft such as the MRH-90 multirole helicopter, the S-70B-2 Seahawk, and the CH-47F Chinook.

Commander Michael Waddell, Officer in Charge of the RAN's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), told IHS Jane's that Canberra first embarked an MRH-90 and an S-70B-2 on 26 November while the ship was alongside at the RAN's Fleet Base East in Sydney. However, the purpose of this first embarkation was to conduct deck-handling trials including parking and lashing procedures, and did not involve flight operations.

"The actual flight trials while the ship is at sea will be conducted for about eight weeks from early March 2015," said Cdr Waddell. He added that the trials are designed to define the ship/helicopter operating limits (SHOLs) within which the different helicopter types can be employed from the LHD.

"These trials involve measuring the directions in which the winds come from, determining at which speeds we can operate for both vessel and aircraft, and identifying any other potentially difficult issues for each of the landing spots on the ship," said Cdr Waddell. Canberra has six helicopter landing spots on its flight deck.

Based on data collected from these trials, the AMAFTU will define a set of SHOLs that will specify parameters for the safe operation of aircraft on board. "These include parameters such as the aircraft's maximum weight, the maximum wind strength, and the amount of fuel in the aircraft while operating," said Cdr Waddell.

Although the trials in March 2015 will only involve the MRH-90 and the S-70B-2, Cdr Waddell said that data collected can also be used to come up with operating recommendations for other aircraft such as the MH-60R, although in the case of the MH-60R the service has made no plans to embark such aircraft on Canberra as yet.

"We can also use the information collected to provide limited clearances for other aircraft types from other nations, such as the S-61 Sea King and AS332 Super Puma, if they want to visit," he added.

"Our preference would be to be able to operate any helicopter in the Australian Defence Force on the ship if possible," said Cdr Waddell, although he added that there are no plans currently to embark any other aircraft on the LHDs besides the MRH-90, the S-70B-2, the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, and the CH-47F. The Tiger and the CH-47F will undergo sea trials on board Canberra in 2016.

Cdr Waddell also told IHS Jane's that the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on board Canberra is "something that is being discussed", although there are currently no concrete plans to do so as the RAN has yet to make a decision on the acquisition of UAVs.

"When we do start making more use of UAVs, and I think that's probably something that will occur, then Canberra will be a great platform to operate from and we would get involved in clearing that," said Cdr Waddell.


KrAZ to Supply its Trucks to Laos

17 Desember 2014

KrAZ-6322 6x6 truck (photo : KrAZ)

AutoKrAZ” has entered into contract for delivery of a large batch of AWD trucks to Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

The 6x6 KrAZ-6322 trucks will be built in basic configuration and provided with engine meeting Euro 0 emissions standard.  This model has been chosen by customer for a reason, as long as for operation in tough environmental conditions he needed a vehicle that performs as the KrAZ-6322 truck and features excellent cross-country ability, easy operation, maintenance and repair, reliability and ruggedness.

According to contract terms, the trucks will be delivered throughout 2015. The first batch is scheduled to be shipped in the first quarter of 2015. 

To reduce cost of transportation KrAZ trucks will be delivered in sea containers as semi-knocked down kits. To provide assembly services KrAZ will send a team of technicians to Laos.

It should be mentioned that KrAZ trucks have not been delivered into this country since 1989. Within 11 years from 1978 to 1989, KrAZ shipped 380 units to Laos. These were mostly various AWD versions of the KrAZ-255Б truck. 

Long life of KrAZ trucks is not only a pride of the company but also one of its problems. Vehicle service life often exceeds 25-30 years, and a customer who bough a batch of trucks has not contacted for some decades. That’s the way it was, the customer only bought spare parts for repair and maintenance. 

However, time has come to renovate the fleet and talks ended with contract.