21 Oktober 2016

TNI AD Rencana Tambah 2 LCU Pengangkut Leopard

21 Oktober 2016

Landing Craft Ulility (LCU) 1200 DWT ADRI-L pengangkut tank Leopard (photos : Kompas, Detik)

Perkenalkan Kapal ADRI-L Milik TNI AD, Spesialis Pengangkut Tank Leopard

Jakarta - Batalyon Perbekalan Angkutan-4/Air TNI AD memperkenalkan Kapal ADRI-L sebagai salah satu Alat Utama Sistem Pertahanan (Alutsista) air milik TNI AD. Kapal tersebut akan digunakan untuk memberangkatkan Tank Leopard dalam rangka latihan antar kecabangan (Latancab) 2016 di Kepulauan Natuna.

"Kapal ini diterima Kasad dari rekanan pada 28 Juli 2016 dan langsung diserahkan kepada kami untuk pengoperasian. Sebelumnya kami sudah melepas 16 Tank Leopard ke Natuna dengan 4 Kapal ADRI lainnya, hari ini secara simbolis melepas 3 tank Leopard, dan rencana berangkat pada hari Minggu besok menggunakan kapal ADRI-L," kata Danyon Bekang-4/Air, Letkol Cba Atjep Mihardja Soma di Markas Yonbekang-4/Air, Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok, Jakarta Utara, Jumat, (21/10/2016).

Nama ADRI sendiri merupakan singkatan dari Angkatan Darat Republik Indonesia, sementara 'L' adalah lambang angka 50 dalam Romawi. Sehingga kapal tersebut dibaca ADRI-Limapuluh. Kapal ini memiliki besar 1200 DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage) atau jumlah bobot yang dapat ditampung oleh kapal untuk membuat kapal terbenam sampai batas yang diizinkan. Kapal ADRI-L dapat menampung hingga 6 unit tank Leopard dan 1 unit transporter dalam satu kali pelayaran.

"Seperti Kapal ADRI lainnya, nantinya kapal ini lebih dominan digunakan untuk menggeser bekal materil yang dimiliki AD dari Mabesad ke daerah yang secara rutin setiap triwulan dalam rangka pembinaan satuan di jajaran TNI AD," lanjut Atjep.

Atjep berharap dengan adanya Alutsista air dapat mengoptimalkan tercapainya tugas dan fungsi angkutan air. Hal itu guna memenuhi lima aspek penyelenggaraan angkutan AD.

"Lima aspek itu adalah tepat waktu, tepat jumlah, tepat mutu, tepat tempat, dan tepat sasaran," kata dia.

Armada Kapal ADRI yang dimiliki oleh Satuan Yonbekang-4/Air berjumlah 12 unit. Yakni 1 unit Kapal ADRI 1200 DWT, 3 unit Kapal ADRI 1000 DWT, 2 unit Kapal ADRI 500 DWT, 3 unit Kapal ADRI 300 DWT, dan 3 unit Kapal ADRI 150 DWT.

"Rencana tahun ini akan dibuat lagi 2 unit Kapal ADRI 1500 DWT yang memiliki kemampuan mengangkut 8 Tank Leopard dan 1 helikopter. Diharapkan sudah dapat beroperasi pada tahun 2018," tutup Atjep. 


SAAB : Our Gripen Proposal is Comprehensive Flexible

21 Okober 2016

Gripen C and Meteor missile (image : Saab) 

Dan Enstedt, President and CEO, Saab Asia Pacific, talks about Saab’s activities in Indonesia, the Gripen proposal and how it can be a partner in meeting Indonesia’s defence needs.

Can you brief us on Saab’s activities in Indonesia?

We have always had a strong product presence across the region stretching from Korea to India. Our products have found favour with most countries in South East Asia and have stood the test of time. The Indonesian armed forces have been customers for RBS 70 and Giraffe radars for many years, for example, and we see a lot of potential here across several areas in the future.

Indonesia faces fairly unique challenges ranging from the task of securing such a huge island nation to being the guardian of some of the world’s most sensitive sea routes. There are threats from pirates, illegal fishing, logging and other illicit traffic. All require affordable, high quality surveillance systems that deliver results. For Indonesia, it is not merely a question of adding up the numbers required to police such a vast and complex land and ocean terrain. It is a question of how assets multiply capability through technology.

For example, datalinking between land, air and sea synchronises information quickly and allows you to deploy the best and fastest solution. Saab excels in such solutions which is one reason why the Indonesia defence forces take so much interest in our products.

Something else that is relevant to Indonesia is how Saab and Sweden created technology that was independent of the large powers, due to our unique political stance during the Cold War. Today, we see many parallels with Indonesia which straddles an area that is of interest to virtually all the super powers – all of whom are strongly present in the immediate vicinity. With Indonesia committed to creating a strong, independent domestic defence industry, Saab sees itself a perfect partner that can enable creation of a domestic defence industry due to our philosophy of industrial cooperation.

Gripen E could carry precision-guided glide bomb (photo : Saab)

How does the Gripen meet the future requirements of Indonesian Air Force?

The Indonesian Air Force polices a very large area that includes more than 17,000 islands stretching over nearly 2 million square kilometres. The vast archipelago requires air power that has high operational availability, short time on the ground and the ability to perform multiple roles as situations can morph into threats and require intervention in a very short span of time. Most importantly, the country needs enough aircraft to guard borders that are, in a sense, open from all directions.

Gripen is the first of the new generation, multi-role fighter aircraft to enter operational service. Using the latest technology, Gripen is capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions employing the latest weapons. Gripen is an extremely capable fighter aircraft with true multi-role capability and is cost effective to operate over the long run, as opposed to the big, heavy twin-engined competitors.

What are the key features of Saab’s Gripen proposal for Indonesia?

We have offered Gripen C fighter aircraft fitted with the latest MS20 capability upgrade which include the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and the Boeing GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb. The Gripen E option is also open depending on what capability Indonesia requires.

Our proposal is quite comprehensive, flexible and directed at contributing to the development of the country’s defence aerospace capabilities. Gripen can meet every operational requirement that Indonesia faces and it is the most combat effective solution for Indonesia.

In addition, we are offering a complete air defence system that includes airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) for maritime surveillance and control, tactical datalinks for sharing data across platforms and ground based command and control.

We are also committed to working with the local industry to support the end user. We believe that a lot of jobs can be created through strong industrial cooperation that includes transfer of technology and local production. For us, it is important to build competence with the local people in the country. We are creating a lot of jobs with our concept, and this is something our competitor does not do. Those are a few things that make our proposal unique.

Globaleye AEW&C (image : Saab)

Will Saab be investing in the civil sector as well?

Yes, Saab sees a very large role in the civil sector.

The big challenge for Indonesia is to build capacity in critical infrastructure: air traffic management, shipping traffic and port management, road and rail transportation. Together, Sweden and Indonesia can increase capacity in all of these sectors with new technology as the key enabler. However, it is not simply a question of buying technology. The critical aspect is to build a domestic capacity that can absorb and master technology, as well as creating capability to manage and operate these systems with the ability to create future platforms.

The key to all this can be found in our ‘triple helix’ approach where companies, government and academic institutions work together. Sweden and Indonesia can work together in a triple helix context to build new capabilities and share innovations that will be the basis for the next generation of green and efficient airports, ports, rail and road transportations while creating efficient infrastructure.

There are other clear areas where Saab’s technology and solutions can make a big difference.

Take the maritime sector. As ships become bigger and bigger, port infrastructure and approaches have to be monitored continuously. While in the past, ships updated their charts based on the latest notices to mariners, ECDIS users can update their charts as often as information becomes available. These services will enable the larger ships to come in under conditions of haze, fog and reduced visibility because of rain. Using these modern technologies, Tanjung Priok and other Indonesian ports can compete more successfully with other ports in the South East Asian region.

Second, take a look at the requirements for airport infrastructure. Indonesia currently has 57 airlines serving 400 domestic and international routes. Many of these airlines are growing at rapid rates. Lion Air has signed contracts over the last three years for over 500 new aircraft. Demand however is outstripping the available aviation capacity. Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta is currently serving 1,100 aircraft movements per day with over 60 million passengers per annum. Its capacity is only 22 million passengers. Saab offers a wide range of solutions designed to support the aviation industry in optimizing the different sectors of air transportation covering air traffic control, airline and airport operations management, and data integration and distribution.

Giraffe 1X radar (photo : Saab)

What is the status of the GBAD programme?

We have a teaming agreement with PT Pindad to market ground based air defence (GBAD) systems and to extend the operational life of the Indonesian Armed Forces’ existing RBS 70 air defence missile system.

Indonesia has been an RBS 70 operator since the 1980s and there is a need to extend the operational like of the missiles that are already in service here. We are working with PT Pindad to achieve that, and this will lay a good foundation for future cooperation. Together, we will work to win the next major GBAD procurement here which we hope will be a success for our advanced RBS 70 NG and radar systems.

PT Pindad is a perfect partner for Saab. We jointly held a workshop at PT Pindad's facilities in Bandung recently to outline our proposal to the MoD and the Indonesian National Armed Forces. At Indo Defence you will be able to come and see the full suite of what we have on offer to Indonesia; the RBS 70 NG with a simulator, the BOLIDE missile and the Giraffe 1X radar – all displayed on PT Pindad’s indoor and outdoor exhibition areas.


Race Between Rafale and Typhoon for RMAF Fighter

21 Oktober 2016

Rafale fighter (photo : Aviation International News)

Hishammuddin: RMAF’s aircraft order will have to depend on state of country’s economy

KUALA LUMPUR : Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein reiterated that Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF)’s order for new multi role combat aircrafts (MRCAs) will have to depend on the state of the country’s economy.

In a press conference at the Parliament lobby today, Hishammuddin explained that the choice of vendor for this procurement will depend on the affordability of the package offered, and the technical suitability. This purchase is widely seen as a move to replace RMAF's Russian Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters, which have been in service since the 1990s.

“By the year 2020 we have to make a decision on the [purchase of the] MRCAs. It's an open secret that we are looking at either the [Dassault] Rafale, or the [BAE Systems'] Typhoon from the UK, but we don't have to make the decision now. What we need to do is look at the affordability, and that depends on [the state of] our economy,” he said

Therefore, at the moment, there is no particular budget allocated for the new aircraft, he added.

Hishammuddin also said the RMAF itself will also make a decision as to which new aircraft it wants.

Eurofighter Typhoon (photo : Aviationist)

“The technical side of it...the compatibility of the Rafale or the Typhoon...let the end-users decide. Let the air force decide which model they want. The affordability issue is for the MoF (Ministry of Finance) to decide, and then [there is the issue of] the offset agreement [by the vendor]. What does the industry get from such a major contract?” he said.

Hishammuddin said that while the MiG-29s are ageing, it is important for RMAF to upgrade and maintain its current fleet in order to remain operational until 2020.

“The MiG-29 is already very old, but that is not my concern right now. The maintenance and repairs of our Sukhoi [Su-30s] are important.

“We can still deal with the Sukhois, and we are upgrading our [BAE Systems] Hawks...that would take us through 2020, because even if we make the decision now, we won't get the Typhoon or the Rafale immediately, it takes years before they come into operation,” he explained.

Aviation International News, an online portal that tracks industry moves, had in 2014 reported that the RMAF MiG-29 fleet was scheduled for retirement by 2015, and in view of the slower economy, contenders for the new MRCA contract had proposed long-term repayments and lease options to Malaysia.

“There are other reasons why we did not look at the [latest] Sukhois, [Boeing F/A-18] Hornets and the Gripen, which is a Swedish plane, but the most important [factor] is that whatever we do, we must be able to explain to the public,” Hishammuddin said.

(The Edge)

Third C-27J Spartan Arrives in Australia

21 Oktober 2016

A34-003 touches down at Richmond on its delivery flight. (photo : Aus DoD)

The third C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has arrived at RAAF Base Richmond northwest of Sydney.

A34-003 touched down on October 18 following a two-week delivery flight journey from Waco, Texas, that involved stops in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

35 Squadron is conducting operational test and evaluation of the C-27J, along with routine training, ahead of the type’s initial operational capability. Another aircraft is expected to arrive in Australia by the end of this year, with 10 being acquired in total.


DPR Sepakati Anggaran Kemenhan 2017 Rp108 triliun

21 Oktober 2016

Korvet dan fregat Sigma (image : MConrads)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - DPR dan Pemerintah telah menyepakati anggaran Kementerian Pertahanan/TNI tahun 2017 senilai Rp108 triliun, dengan pertimbangan anggaran bagi pertahanan dan kedaulatan Indonesia tidak dapat dikompromikan.

"Anggaran Kementerian Pertahanan/TNI tahun 2017 sudah disepakati di Badan Anggaran dan di Komisi I DPR sudah disetujui yaitu Rp108 triliun. Jumlah itu tertinggi selama 12 tahun terakhir," kata Wakil Ketua Komisi I DPR Hanafi Rais di Gedung Nusantara II, Jakarta, Kamis.

Dia mengatakan porsi anggaran senilai Rp108 triliun itu dibagi secara proporsional untuk anggaran belanja rutin dan belanja barang. Namun Hanafi enggan merinci jumlah masing-masing porsi anggaran tersebut.

"Porsinya proporsional antara belanja rutin dan belanja barang," ujarnya.

Dia mengakui pada awal pengajuan anggaran Kemhan/TNI senilai Rp104 triliun sempat ditolak Komisi I DPR karena tidak sesuai dengan komitmen pemerintah untuk menganggarkan anggaran sebesar 1,5 persen dari PDB.

Menurut dia pada saat itu Komisi I DPR meminta pemerintah berpikir ulang karena "jomplang" dengan komitmen pemerintah.

"Lalu diajukan lagi dalam rapat khusus antara Panglima TNI, Menteri Pertahanan dan Menteri Keuangan. Menkeu bagus karena punya niat dan itikad bagus untuk mengusahakan itu (1,5 persen dari PDB) dan sekarang sudah disepakati," katanya.

Politikus PAN itu mengatakan, Komisi I DPR menilai bahwa kedaulatan dan pertahanan negara merupakan hal yang tidak bisa dikompromikan. 

Karena itu menurut dia, sangat disayangkan kalau anggaran Kemhan/TNI dikurangi dengan alasan teknis ekonomi.

"Kita diamati negara tetangga, di tengah kelesuan ekonomi kita harus tetap menjaga kedaulatan dan pertahanan negara," katanya.


20 Oktober 2016

Malaysian Scorpene Submarines Undergo Medium Overhaul

20 Oktober 2016

Malaysian Scorpene submarine (all photos : DCNS)

As the portal «Mer et Marine» in the material «DCNS sur le pont pour la première IPER des Scorpene malaisiens» first obtained Malaysia diesel submarines of the French construction type Scorpene Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Razak (commissioned in 2009 and 2010 respectively), average repair will take place. Overhaul period of boats of this type is six years. Repairs will be carried out in Malaysia by Boustead DCNS Naval Corporation (BDNC), which is a joint venture between the Malaysian group Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (60%) and French shipbuilding concern DCNS (40%)

Repairing subs Tunku Abdul Rahman began in January 2016 at the Malaysian naval base in Kota Kinabalu, located on Borneo. Repairs will last a year, it will be held in a special hangar forces 200 people, including 60 foreigners and 20 DCNS employees, mainly from Brest and Toulon, who have special skills. 

In the course of the medium overhaul the main part of the boat equipment will be unloaded and then renovated in the workshops database Kota Kinabalu, where DCNS has built new repair facilities. Some of the equipment will be sent to France for the enterprise group in Brest, Toulon and Ruehl, or to their producers. 

At the same time DCNS will act as a repair of the main artist, in his studio much of the work will be carried out. BDNC responsible for the mechanical work at the shipyard, BHIC responsible for dismantling and delivery of materials to the shipyard.

DCNS is present in Malaysia since the late 2000s with the aim of providing services to the Navy of the country to maintain its first submarines. For the group, these works are important, because for the first time DCNS conducting repair this level abroad on submarine Scorpene type boats. Although in the Tunku Abdul Rahman followed by a second boat Tun Razak, this program serves to illustrate the long-term penetration of the French manufacturer for the local market. For the first time outside of France established a new organization of work, which is responsible for the service division of DCNS. 

This program is the successor of the special shipyards established in Toulon within maintenance frigates type the La Fayette is , and "forward bases" like Kota Kinabulu have their own resources and staff. But at the same time the head office is located in France. This "rear base" performs administrative functions, it gathers all the key professions, as well as being a global resource management, and capacity utilization, as well as decisions regarding the entry into new markets. There also is used to manage the combat system, supply chain management and repair, in excess of the possibility of "forward bases", if necessary, forming a special team to complement local talent. 

As part of this policy, DCNS has made a major policy training and technology transfer. To repair the Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Razak in 2015 more than 80 Malaysians have been trained, and now they can develop competencies in place and increase the capacity of its local partners, who are also "certified."


TNI AU Mulai Lakukan Pendidikan Teknisi Helikopter EC-725

20 Oktober 2016

Helikopter EC-725 Cougar TNI AU (photo : JPNN)

Kadispers Lanud Ats Buka Dikkualsus EC-725

Komandan Pangkalan TNI Angkatan Udara Atang Sendjaja (Danlanud Ats) Marsma TNI Hari Budianto, diwakili oleh Kadispers Lanud Atang Sendjaja Kolonel Pnb Esron Sinaga,S.Sos membuka Pendidikan Kualifikasi Khusus (Dikkualsus) Tehnisi Pemeliharaan EC-725 Tahun anggaran 2016 yang diikuti 11 prajurit Lanud Ats, Pembukaan dilaksanakan di Skadron Tekhnik 024 (Skatek 024) yang dihadiri antara lain, Para Kadis,Komandan Satuan dan Para Intruktur serta undangan lainnya, Rabu (19/10)

Dalam sambutan tertulisnya, Danlanud Ats mengatakan antara lain bahwa, Dikkualsus Teknisi Pemeliharaan EC-725 ini merupakan salah satu upaya TNI AU, khususnya Lanud Ats untuk meningkatkan kemampuan dan kualifikasi personel, sehingga mempunyai bobot nilai tinggi dalam rangka tercipta profesionalitas prajurit. Profesionalitas, tambahnya, akan mudah terwujud dalam jati diri setiap insan dirgantara mampu menghayati, sekaligus mengembangkan kemampuan dasar, serta menjadikan sebagai modal dasar pelaksanaan tugas dibidangnya.

Lebih lanjut Danlanud Ats menekankan bahwa satu tujuan dilaksanakan kegiatan Dikkualsus Teknisi Pemeliharaan EC-725 di Skadron Teknik 024 ini adalah untuk membekali para peserta latihan dengan ilmu pengetahuan yang mumpuni tentang pelaksanan pekerjaan yang berkaitan dengan pesawat Helikopter EC-725 sebagai upaya peningkatan keselamatan terbang, maupun keselamatan kerja yang memang menjadi bagian penting dalam pelaksanaan aktivitas kita sehari-hari sebagai insan Angkatan Udara.

Semoga semua peserta nantinya dapat berhasil lulus dengan baik, sehingga semakin bertambah personil profesional yang sangat dibutuhkan untuk merawat dan memelihara pesawat Helikopter TNI AU,” Tegas Dan Lanud Ats.