24 Agustus 2017

Cobham Wins KF-X Weapons Carriage & Release Award from KAI

24 Agustus 2017


Cobham Missile Eject Launcher (photo : Cobham)

Cobham has been awarded a contract in excess of £7M from Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) to provide weapons carriage and release equipment for the future KF-X next-generation indigenous multi-role fighter aircraft.

Cobham Mission Systems will deliver by the year 2020 an undisclosed number of Missile Eject Launcher (MEL) units to KAI for KF-X, which is targeted for entry into service by 2025 to replace the Republic of Korea Air Force’s current F-4 and F-5 fleet.

“Cobham’s MEL is an established market leader and continues to deliver consistently high performance and reliable service,” Ken Kota, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Cobham Mission Systems Wimborne said. “It is a highly robust, long stroke ejection system that allows the interchangeable carriage and release of either Meteor or AMRAAM air-to-air missiles without role change.”

(Cobham)

NORINCO Parades First VT4 Tanks for Thailand

24 Agustus 2017


NORINCO has recently paraded the VT4 MBTs it is producing for Thailand. Thailand is the first known export customer for the VT4. The Thai order, placed in 2016, is for 28 tanks (photo : Norinco)

NORINCO has paraded the first batch of VT4 main battle tanks (MBTs) that have been produced for Thailand at its Armour and Anti-armour Day demonstration for potential export customers.

The demonstration took place in the Inner Mongolia Region on 16 August and demonstrated the capabilities of the VT2B and VT4 MBTs and VT5 light MBT in cross-country manoeuvres and firing drills. The demonstration began with a parade of AFVs that included six vehicles recently built for Thailand and painted in a disruptive pattern camouflage. The display followed an earlier video released by China Central Television that provided an insight into the production line of the VT4s.

Thailand placed the VT4 order with NORINCO in 2016 following a delayed and disrupted contract with Ukraine for the Oplot MBT. The Royal Thai Army (RTA) subsequently selected the VT4 following a competition with the Russian T-90 and South Korean K1A1 MBTs, the deal reflecting closer strategic ties between Thailand and China. The VT4s will form part of the MBT fleet that will replace the ageing US-built tanks that remain in service with the RTA as well as increasing the size and capabilities of the force.

(Jane's)

23 Agustus 2017

Uji Terbang Kedua N219 Sukses

24 Agustus 2017

Uji terbang kedua pesawat N-219 (all photos : Detik)

Bandung - Pesawat N219 buatan PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) dan Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (LAPAN) kembali sukses menjalani flight tes (uji terbang) untuk kedua kalinya. Uji terbang kedua ini sebagai rangkaian untuk memenuhi waktu 300 jam yang harus dipenuhi agar mendapat Type Certificate. 

Uji terbang Pesawat N219 kali ini sejatinya disaksikan oleh sejumlah menteri yaitu Menteri Perhubungan, Budi Karya Sumadi, Menteri Ristek dan Dikti, Mohamad Nasir, Menteri Pertahanan, Ryamizard Ryacudu, dan Menteri BUMN Rini Soemarno.


Namun para menteri tersebut tidak jadi hadir lantaran harus melaksanakan rapat bersama Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) di Jakarta. Meski begitu, uji terbang kedua Pesawat N219 tetap berlangsung dan berjalan sesuai rencana. 

Peswat karya anak bangsa ini lepas landas sekitat pukul 09.15 WIB di landasan pacu Bandara Husein Sastranegara, Jalan Pajajaran, Kota Bandung, Rabu (23/8/2017). Selama kurang lebih 30 puluh menit Pesawat N219 terbang berputar-putar di langit Kota Bandung.


Kapten penerbang Esther Gayatri Saleh yang kembali dipercaya untuk menjadi pilot dalam pengujian kedua ini menyatakan semua berjalan dengan baik. Tidak ada satu kendala apapun dari pesawat sehingg dari mulai take off sampai landing tidak ada masalah dan berjalan mulus. 

"Tadi ketinggian pesawat sampai 8.000 meter. Ini ketinggiannya sama seperti waktu tes sebelumnya," kata Esther usai melakukan uji terbang.


Dia menuturkan dari dua kali uji terban yang telah dilakukan pihaknya mengaku telah mendapat sejumlah data untuk mengetahui sejauh mana progres dari Pesawat N219. Tapi dia optimistis tahun depan N219 akan bisa mendapat Type Certificate sesuai dengan yang ditargetkan. 

"Dua flight ini kita nanti dapat data, nanti kita analisa lagi. Seberapa cepat kita akan (lakukan). Tentu ada catatan-catatan (data teknis) yang perlu kita analisa. Kita akan terus collect data. Ada beberapa tes lagi, lalu kita tentukan waktu untuk tes selanjutnya," kata dia.

(Detik)

Australian Navy Picks Thales for Deployable Mine Countermeasures

23 Agustus 2017


Autonomous and remote controlled mine countermeasures (image : Thales)

Deployable Mine Countermeasure Capabilities For Navy

The Royal Australian Navy is forging ahead with new technologies to counter the threat of sea mines to military and commercial vessels.

The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said the prevalence and increasing sophistication of sea mines means the Royal Australian Navy must continue to improve the way it finds and disposes of these mines.

“New autonomous and remote-controlled technologies deployed from within the maritime task force provides the opportunity to find and dispose of sea mines more safely and efficiently,” Rear Admiral Mead said.

“In the 2030s, Defence will seek to replace its specialised mine hunting and environmental survey vessels with a single fleet of multi-role vessels embarking advanced autonomous and uninhabited systems.”

Rear Admiral Mead said these newly introduced systems are the first step in realising a future capability which would allow the Royal Australian Navy to clear sea mines with minimal risk to its people and assets.

“Thales Australia Ltd will deliver and support the new equipment over the next 15 years,” Rear Admiral Mead said.

The new capability will primarily be based and sustained at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney, New South Wales.

(Aus DoD)

Singapore Acquires AN/TPQ-53 Counter-Fire Target Acquisition Radars

23 Agustus 2017


Singapore has acquired six Lockheed Martin AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire radar systems. Work on the systems is expected to be completed by March 2019 (photo : Lockheed Martin)

The US government has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD63-million firm, fixed-price contract in support of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement effort of six AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radars destined for Singapore, according to federal contracting documents reviewed by Jane's on 21 August.

The contract – which was signed on 13 April 2017 – includes options that would bring the cumulative value of the order to USD81 million if exercised by the Singapore government. Work on the radar systems is expected to be completed by 13 March 2019, with the US Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) in Maryland functioning as the contracting activity.

The AN/TPQ-53 is a solid-state, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system that operates in the S-band (2 GHz to 4 GHz) frequency range. The radar is designed to detect, classify, track, and determine the launch points of incoming artillery shells, mortar bombs, and rockets over a 90° sector or the full 360° azimuthal arc.

According to Jane's C4ISR & Mission Systems: Land , the AN/TPQ-53 is capable of detecting artillery shells at a maximum range of 34 km, mortar bombs up to 20 km, and rockets at up to 60 km when operating in the persistent surveillance sector scan mode – although the system can be switched almost instantaneously, with minimal degradation in tracking performance, to rotating mode for detecting all three types of incoming munitions at distances of up to 20 km.

The radar unit itself is 6.93 m long, 2.84 m wide,2.84 m tall, and weighs 8,889 kg. Operated by a four-person crew, it can be deployed within five minutes and taken down within two minutes.

(Jane's)

Helikopter Mi-26T2 Segera Perkuat Jajaran Alutsista TNI AD

23 Agustus 2017


Mi-26T2 Halo (photo : Egor Naumenko)

Kebutuhan helikopter angkut berat tentu tak bisa ditawar untuk menunjang operasional TNI. Setelah sebelumnya menggunakan Mil Mi-17 V5, Puspenerbad TNI AD sebagai elemen kavaleri udara nasional dikabarkan t engah dalam proses menerima helikopter angkut raksasa Mil Mi-26T2 dari Rusia pada tahun 2018 - 2019.


Helikopter angkut berat Mi-26T2 (photo : Kirik)

Dari sejarahnya, Mil Mi-26 mulai dirancang pada awal 1970 oleh biro desain Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant . Dari bobotnya yang ekstra besar dan punya kemampuan mengangkut kargo lewat sling seberat 12 t on, Mi-26T2 awalnya diperuntukkan untuk mendukung pekerjaan konstruksi berat, pembangunan jembatan, dan pemasangan transmisi listrik. Saat memasuki tahap pembuatan, Mi-26T2 diproduksi oleh Rostvertol, yakni dengan terbang perdana pada 14 Desember 1977.



Mil Mi-26T2 juga dikenal sebagai helikopter pertama di dunia yang menggunakan rotor utama dengan delapan bilah baling-baling. Sumber tenaganya dipasok dari dua mesin turboshaft Lotarev D-136 yang masing-masing mesin mampu menghasilkan tenaga 8.500 kW (11.399 shp). Dalam spesifikasinya, helikopter ini tidak dilengkapi dengan persenjataan, dan sudah lumrah bila Mi-26 dalam operasinya mendapat kawalan dari helikopter gunship.

(Majalah Palagan Maret 2017)

TNI AL Bangun Dermaga di Sangihe

23 Agustus 2017


Pulau Sangihe, Sulawesi Utara (image : Google Maps)

Sangihe, Sulawesi Utara (ANTARA News) - Komandan Pangkalan TNI AL Tahuna, Kolonel Pelaut Setyo Widodo, menyatakan, mereka akan segera membangun dermaga di Kabupaten Kepulauan Sangihe.

Menurut dia, di Tahuna, Selasa, pembangunan dermaga TNI AL di sana menjadi kebutuhan untuk kabupaten Sangihe sebab selama ini kapal-kapal perang TNI AL  memakai dermaga pelabuhan sipil jika merapat di sana.

"Sebagai daerah perbatasan Kabupaten Sangihe akan dibangun dermaga khusus untuk armada TNI AL," kata dia.

Rencana pembangunan dermaga kata dia sudah mendapat dukungan dari pemerintah Kabupaten Sangihe yang menyiapkan lahan.

Lahan yang disiapkan pemerintah kabupaten berada di wilayah selatan kepulauan Sangihe. "Kami bersama Bupati Tahuna, Pak Jabes Gaghana, sudah meninjau lokasi yang akan digunakan untuk TNI AL," kata dia.

(Antara)