19 Mei 2018

Launch of Third Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney

19 Mei 2018

HMAS Sydney 42, third Air Warfare Destroyer (all photos : Aus AWD)

Today’s launch and formal naming of the third and final Air Warfare Destroyer, Sydney, showcases the success of the AWD Program.

The milestone marks a 60 per cent productivity improvement from the first ship to the third ship since the implementation of the Government-led reform initiative.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said today’s achievement shows the strength of the shipbuilding and systems integration skills which have been developed by the AWD Program.

“Today we celebrate the highly skilled workers from ASC, Raytheon Australia, Navantia Australia and Defence,” Minister Pyne said.

“It’s difficult to imagine just ten years ago, this shipyard at Osborne was a brownfield site with no infrastructure.”


“Since then more than 5,000 people have worked directly on the AWD Program to build and integrate three of the most capable and potent warships the Navy has ever possessed.”

“This is underpinned by the 1,500 suppliers who have supported the AWD Alliance in its efforts to exceed Australian Industry Capability targets for the overall Program.”

The lessons, skills and experience developed throughout the AWD Program will deliver low risk solutions and real cost savings for Australia’s future complex naval programs.

“The AWD Alliance is on track to deliver the second ship Brisbane to the Commonwealth in coming months, followed by the delivery of Sydney next year.”

(Aus DoD)

Indonesia Terus Negosiasikan Program Pesawat Tempur KF-X/IF-X

19 Mei 2018


Pesawat tempur IF-X (photo : Defense Studies)

Menteri Pertahanan Ryamizard Ryacudu mengungkapkan kelanjutan program pembuatan pesawat tempur Korean Fighter Xperiment/Indonesia Fighter Xperiment (KF-X/IF-X) yang merupakan kerja sama Indonesia- Korea Selatan terus dinegosiasikan.

“Kami negosiasikan terus,” kata dia dalam perbincangan dengan Antara di Kementerian Pertahanan RI, Jakarta, Jumat.

Beberapa waktu lalu proyek bertotal investasi 8 miliar dollar AS itu diklaim sudah masuk tahap engineering manufactur development (EMD). Namun, kelanjutan program yang dibiayai Korea Selatan 80 persen dan Indonesia 20 persen itu masih dinegosiasikan.

Penelusuran Antara, pengembangan pesawat menghadapi kendala pengadaan beberapa komponen yang lisensinya dimiliki Amerika Serikat.

Korea Selatan dan Indonesia sejatinya mencoba menyiasati kendala itu dengan berkolaborasi dengan negara-negara di Eropa untuk pengadaan komponen itu.

Kerja sama pengembangan jet tempur generasi 4,5 ini telah dimulai sejak 2016.

Ditargetkan pada 2019 prototipe pesawat tempur ini sudah diproduksi. Kemudian, pesawat dapat diluncurkan dan bisa terbang pada 2021. Pada 2026, diharapkan pesawat tempur KFX/IFX bisa mendapatkan sertifikat.

“Kita sedang negosiasikan terus, agar dapat segera diputuskan,” kata Ryamizard.

Ryamizard mengatakan kekuatan militer yang memadai harus dimiliki Indonesia untuk memperkuat posisi tawar Indonesia di tingkat regional dan global.

DoD Plam to Upgrades its Explosive Ordnance Facility

19 Mei 2018


Ammunition, propellants, explosives and related services for ADF is suppplied by local companies, which the largest supplier is Australian Munitions a business of Thales Australia Limited (photo : Australian Munitions)

Local industry to benefit from Explosive Ordnance facility upgrades

The Turnbull Liberal Government’s investment in the Fort Direction Explosive Ordnance facility south of Hobart is set to provide a welcome boost to local firms.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, today announced that Hansen Yuncken, based in Hobart, has been appointed as the Medium Works Contractor for the construction of the new facilities at Fort Direction.

The $2.8 million project to build a new administration building at the Fort Direction Depot is part of the Turnbull Liberal Government’s new Local Industry Capability Plan initiative, which is ensuring that local businesses and trades have the best opportunity possible to secure work on Defence infrastructure projects.

“As part of the Local Industry Capability Plan, Hansen Yuncken, has committed to sourcing 95 per cent of its contractors from the local area. This is will ensure that the majority of the $2.8 million invested in Fort Direction stays in the Tasmanian economy, creating jobs and supporting local industry,” Minister Payne said.

“This project is the first of the Local Industry Capability Plan pilots to be implemented and it is pleasing to see that such a high percentage of works will be sourced from local Tasmanian businesses and suppliers.”

“This project will help the ADF to implement the capability plans set out in the Turnbull Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper as part of our $200 billion investment in Defence capability.”

Senator Abetz said that Tasmanian small and medium sized businesses have the capability to undertake the work at Fort Direction necessary to support Defence requirements.

“Tasmanian businesses are some of the best in Australia and I have no doubt that the managing contractor will be able to achieve the 95 per cent target of local businesses and trades on this important project,” Senator Abetz said.

“The Federal Liberal Government’s commitment to backing local Tasmanian workers will help to add to Tasmania’s economic recovery which has seen more than 13,000 Tasmanians find work since 2013 while delivering Defence capability for our nation.”

“The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, along with Braddon Liberal candidate Brett Whiteley, will continue to work hard for all Tasmanians to ensure they can secure work as the Federal and State Liberal Governments work in partnership to invest and grow our state.”

The 2018-19 Budget confirms that the Turnbull Liberal Government is committed to keeping our nation safe and secure and will grow Defence spending to two per cent of GDP by 2020-21.

2018, PT Dirgantara Indonesia Bidik Pertumbuhan Laba Dua Kali Lipat

19 Mei 2018

Pesawat NC-212 pesanan Angkatan Udara Vietnam (photo : Fahmun)

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) memproyeksi pertumbuhan laba konsolidasi akan melonjak dua kali lipat atau menjadi US$12 juta pada 2018, dari sebelumnya US$5,4 juta pada 2017.

Presiden Direktur PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) Elfien Goentoro optimistis target tersebut dapat diraih karena perseroan mendapatkan kontrak pemesanan dari beberapa lembaga di Tanah Air pada tahun lalu.

“Ada hasil yang cukup signifikan yang kami peroleh pada November dan Desember 2017, antara lain pemesanan 9 pesawat jenis NC-212 dari Angkatan Udara,” ujarnya di Jakarta, Senin (29/1/2018).

Peningkatan target laba juga tidak lepas dari kontribusi dua anak perusahaan asal Bandung tersebut yang diprediksi ikut menyokong pundi-pundi perseroan, yaitu PT Nusantara Turbin dan Propulsi (NTP) dan IPTN North America Inc.

Pada 2018, NTP diyakini mampu meraih laba sebesar US$2,8 juta, dengan kontrak senilai US$34,9 juta dan penjualan sebesar US$32,7 juta. Sementara itu, anak usaha IPTN North America Inc. ditargetkan bisa meraih cuan US$1 juta dengan penjualan US$15 juta dan kontrak US$16 juta.

Adapun laba bersih PT DI sendiri diharapkan dapat menembus US$7,9 juta dari kontrak senilai US$592,4 juta dan penjualan US$455,4 juta. Perusahaan dirgantara nasional ini juga disebut membukukan investasi sebesar US$33,9 juta, serta dipatok target efisiensi material sebesar 5%.

“Ini artinya kami melakukan inovasi dan peningkatan penggunaan dalam produksi karena 70% dari biaya kami ada di material,” ungkap Elfien.

(Bisnis)

18 Mei 2018

The First Prototype of the French Armored Vehicle EBRC Jaguar

18 Mei 2018


The first prototype of the Jaguar EBRC 6x6 armored vehicle (all photos : Tom Antonov, Thales)

On May 16, 2018, the French company Nexter Systems officially unveiled the first prototype of the EBRC Jaguar armored vehicle with a 6x6 wheel arrangement, created as the "flagship" model of the French Army's perspective wheeled armored vehicle within the SCORPION program. This prototype EBRC Jaguar will be publicly demonstrated in June at the Eurosatory 2018 in Paris.



The Jaguar is intended to replace the French Army's AMX-10RC and ERC-90S cannon armament combat vehicles, as well as the VCAC Mehhisto self-propelled ATGMs (on the VAB armored vehicle chassis) ). The development of Jaguar, as well as the other main machine of the program SCORPION (Synergie du contact renforcée par la polyvalence et l'infovalorisation), an armored personnel carrier VBMR Griffon with the wheel formula 6x6), designed to replace the VAB VAB) - is carried out by the consortium of Nexter, Thales and Renault Trucks Defense (RTD). Deliveries of EBRC Jaguar and VBMR Griffon cars are scheduled to start in 2020, although it is unclear whether this period will be sustained.



Earlier, the French army planned to purchase 248 EBRC Jaguar cars and 1668 VBMR Griffon vehicles, but in the recently approved arms program for 2019-2025 it was approved an increase in the procurement plan for up to 300 EBRC Jaguar cars and 1,892 VBMR Griffon cars by 2030. Including 110 cars EBRC Jaguar is supposed to be delivered in 2025. In April 2017, a consortium led by Nexter was awarded a contract for the delivery of the first 20 EBRC Jaguar cars and 319 VBMR Griffon vehicles.



In June 2017, the Belgian government also decided to purchase for the Belgian Army 67 cars EBRC Jaguar and 417 cars VBMR Griffon in the period 2025-2030.



The EBRC Jaguar with a 6x6 wheel configuration will have a full combat mass of up to 25 tons and is equipped with a twin tower T40 with a 40mm CTAS CT40 automatic cannon firing telescopic ammunition. Also on the tower there are two double-charging launchers for the new MBDA MMP. The crew is three people. The ballistic protection of the machine is declared on the level of STANAG 4569 Level 4 and reinforced anti-mine protection.

(BMPD)

Four Bushmaster 4x4 PMV Arrive in Japan

18 Mei 2018


Bushmaster 4x4 Protected Mobility Vehicle (photo : DefenceConnect)

Bendigo-Built Army Vehicles Arrive in Japan

The latest tranche of Australian-built Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles has arrived in Japan this week.

The four vehicles delivered this week take the total of exported Bushmaster vehicles to Japan to eight.

Thales Australia said the delivery of the vehicles is a milestone for defence exports in Australia.

"Over the past 10 years, Thales Australia has generated more than $1.6 billion worth of exports. Delivering economic benefits not only for Thales, but along our supply chain," a spokesperson for Thales Australia told Defence Connect.

"The Bushmaster is operated by eight defence forces across the world, including Australia, the Netherlands, UK, Japan, Jamaica, Indonesia, Fiji and New Zealand."

The second shipment of vehicles to Japan comes after Prime Minister Turnbull showcased Australian-made Bushmasters to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January.

Thales Australia built and supplied four Bushmaster vehicles to Japan in 2014 at a cost of around $3.6 million. The combination of the eight vehicles represents Australia's biggest defence export deal to Japan. Over 1,100 Bushmasters have been manufactured to date in Bendigo.

The Bushmaster vehicles have been in operation since 1997 for the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Army, British Army and the Jamaica Defence Force.

The vehicles are lightly armoured and provide protected mobility transport for infantry dismounting from the vehicle before going into action.

(Defence Connect)

DPR Dukung Pelibatan Pasukan 'Super Elite' TNI Berantas Terorisme

18 Mei 2018


pasukan khusus TNI (photo : Detik)

Jakarta - TNI tengah menyiapkan Komando Operasi Khusus Gabungan (Koopssusgab) untuk menanggulangi terorisme. DPR mendukung pelibatan TNI tersebut.

Wakil Ketua DPR Agus Hermanto menyebut pelibatan TNI dalam penanggulangan aksi teror tak bertentangan dengan undang-undang. 

"Tentunya nggak ada (bertentangan dengan undang-undang)," kata Agus di kompleks parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta, Kamis (17/5/2018).

Alasannya, meski soal pelibatan TNI itu belum diatur dalam UU No 15/2003 tentang Pemberantasan Tindak Pidana Terorisme, hal itu telah dibahas dalam RUU Terorisme. Menurut Agus, kerja sama antara TNI dan Polri dibutuhkan dalam penanggulangan aksi teror.

"Karena walaupun dalam UU Terorisme yang sekarang ini belum, tentunya yang sekarang kita bicarakan sudah ada di situ. Namun kan ada UU TNI dan Polri yang di situ juga dimungkinkan dan diharapkan bahwa kerja sama antara TNI dan Polri dalam menghadapi segala sesuatu yang tentunya sangat diperlukan bangsa dan negara," ujarnya.

"Karena memang TNI dan Polri sendiri banyak mempunyai keahlian-keahlian di bidang (kontra) terorisme, di bidang intelijen yang apabila kemampuan ini digabung tentunya akan menjadi manfaat yang tertinggi bagi nusa, bangsa, dan negara," jelas Agus.

Kepala Staf Kepresidenan Moeldoko sebelumnya menerangkan Presiden Joko Widodo merestui pembentukan Koopssusgab TNI untuk menanggulangi terorisme. Koopssusgab akan berada di bawah komando Panglima TNI.

"Untuk komando operasi khusus gabungan TNI, sudah direstui oleh presiden dan diresmikan kembali oleh Panglima TNI," ujar Moeldoko di kompleks Istana Kepresidenan, Jakarta Pusat, Rabu (16/5).

Selain itu, saat ini Polri telah menggandeng pasukan elite TNI Angkatan Darat, Kopassus, dalam operasi penangkapan teroris.