Friday, January 20, 2017

Coast Guard Wants to Acquire Defender-class Boats

Coast Guard Wants to Acquire Defender-class Boats


20 Januari 2017


Defender-class patrol boats (photo : US Navy)

The Philippine Coast Guard is looking to acquire Defender-class boats in its bid to strengthen its Maritime Law Enforcement capabilities. This was revealed by Philippine Coast Guard officer-in-charge Commodore Joel S. Garcia during a briefing with United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim who visited PCG Headquarters today.

Defender-class boat, also known as Response Boat–Small (RB-S), is a 25-feet boat introduced by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in 2002. Defender-class boats serve the USCG, US Border Patrol, US Navy, and several other navies including Israel.

According to US Coast Guard, the RB-S became the platform to increase the long term homeland security capability at shore stations in the wake of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Commodore Garcia also suggested for further training and mentoring from the US Coast Guard as well as to increase the number of PCG Cadets to study at US Coast Guard Academy, the coast guard said.

For his part, Ambassador Sung Kim said that the US government will attend to the concerns and request of PCG. He also expressed appreciation for PCG’s effort in combating terrorism and in enhancing its capabilities as a law enforcer.

(Update)


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Thais Train on Submarine Simulator

Thais Train on Submarine Simulator


20 Januari 2017


Submarine Command Team Trainer from Rheinmetall (photo : Shephard, Thai Military)

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is preparing for the arrival of its first S26T submarine from China through the use of a Submarine Command Team Trainer (SCTT) simulator, which replicates a combat information centre (CIC) and submarine environment.

In 2012 the RTN bought the SCTT simulator from Rheinmetall. Delivered in 2014 and now operating at Sattahip Naval Base, it simulates generic systems and capabilities of diesel-electric submarines, rather than a specific individual class.

The SCTT is flexible; it is scalable from operator training in individual sensors and systems to command team training for operational units. Thailand’s system replicates every important component of a submarine’s CIC, including combat management systems, heavy torpedoes, missiles, sonar systems and non-acoustic sensors (e.g. radar, data links, electronic support measures and periscope).

Thailand will receive three S26T submarines from China, the RTN’s first since four 470t Mitsubishi submarines were bought from Japan in 1938. Last year, the RTN selected the S26T ahead of offers from Germany, South Korea and Sweden.



The RTN is now in the process of buying one submarine with a budget of $385 million as it creates a three-dimensional navy to more effectively maintain maritime security.

The Royal Thai Submarine Squadron was re-established in 2011 amidst plans to acquire new submarines. Thailand was responding to other southeast Asian nations such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam that were all acquiring submarines.

The SCTT simulator can integrate with an anti-submarine simulator also in service with the RTN.

The navy sent submarine personnel to learn from relevant technologies in Germany, in addition sailors completed the International Diesel Submarine course in South Korea to learn the capabilities and tactics of modern diesel-electric submarines.

(Shephard)


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RSAF Sharpens its Air Defence Capabilities at Flaming Arrow Challenge 2017

RSAF Sharpens its Air Defence Capabilities at Flaming Arrow Challenge 2017


20 Januari 2017


The RSAF Surface-to-Air Python-5 and DERby (SPYDER) deployed during the Flaming Arrow Challenge 2017. (photo : Sing Mindef)

Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman visited the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)"s Flaming Arrow Challenge 2017 (FAC17) at the SAFTI Live Firing Area this morning. During his visit, Dr Maliki was briefed on how the RSAF conducts its air defence operations to keep Singapore"s skies safe, gained first-hand experience operating a Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD) system, and interacted with Operationally-Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) who participated in FAC17.


RBS-70 missile system (photo : RSAF)

He also experienced, from an RSAF Super Puma helicopter, how helicopters execute flight manoeuvres to evade GBAD missiles, simulated in the aircraft engagement event of the challenge.


Giraffe Agile Multiple Beam radar (photo : Alert5)

FAC17, held from 9 to 20 January 2017, allows the RSAF to sharpen its air defence capabilities and hones the competency of the GBAD units in air defence operations. This year"s challenge involves 132 personnel from eight RSAF units. The GBAD systems deployed during this challenge are the Agile Multiple Beam (AMB) Radar, Improved Homing All the Way Killer (I-HAWK), Surface-to-Air Python-5 and DERby (SPYDER) and RBS-70.


I-Hawk missile sytem (photo : Sing Mindef)

FAC17 is one of seven RSAF Command Challenges organised annually by the RSAF"s Operational Commands that stretch and test the capabilities and proficiencies of our servicemen and women locally. The other six Command Challenges are the Air Warrior Challenge, Bigshot Challenge, Eagle Challenge, Top Ace Challenge, Top Guardian Challenge and Top Notch Challenge. These challenges aim to create a competitive environment for the RSAF"s servicemen and women to pit their skills against each other while strengthening their operational standards, and also forge stronger camaraderie within the RSAF.

(Sing Mindef)


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Marinir TNI AL Uji Coba Ranpur Amfibi BTR-4M di Laut

Marinir TNI AL Uji Coba Ranpur Amfibi BTR-4M di Laut


20 Januari 2017


BTR-4M Marinir TNI AL (photo : Angkasa) 

Eksklusif, Marinir TNI AL Uji Coba Ranpur Amfibi BTR-4M!

Setelah cukup lama menghuni Bumi Marinir Cilandak dan bahkan menjalani penugasan operasional perdananya pada saat penebalan pengamanan Kediaman Wakil Presiden RI pada saat terjadinya aksi unjuk rasa 212, baru kali inilah kendaraan tempur amfibi BTR-4M menjalani uji kemampuan arung lautnya. Pengujian dilakukan untuk mengetahui sejauh mana BTR-4M dapat memenuhi tuntutan kemampuan asasinya membelah permukaan air dan tentunya mendaratkan pasukan.

Perjalanan dimulai pada Rabu malam, 18 Januari 2017 selepas penduduk Jakarta kembali ke rumahnya masing-masing. Diselingi sisa-sisa macet rush hour, iring-iringan dua ranpur BTR-4M keluar dari Bumi Marinir Cilandak dan membelah jalanan Jakarta. Perjalanan yang terasa istimewa karena ranpur dipacu di jalan raya, tidak digendong oleh truk transporter Tatra. Sekaligus menguji kemampuan lintas jalan rayanya tentu saja.


BTR-4M Marinir TNI AL (photo : Angkasa)

Rute perjalanan melalui tol JORR dengan rute masuk dari tol TB Simatupang, kemudian bablas ke Meruya, Kamal, dan akhirnya menuju pantai Tanjung Burung Tangerang. Kalau tidak melihat sekeliling yang berupa dinding baja yang dipenuhi peralatan, rasanya seperti naik SUV mahal yang nyaman saja saat BTR-4M dipacu kencang.

Setiba di pantai, kedua BTR-4M dipersiapkan untuk uji arung di pagi hari tanggal 19 Januari. Ketika fajar pagi menyingsing, tim dari Korps Marinir dan perwakilan perusahaan KMDB disambut oleh mentari pagi yang cerah, langit yang biru, dan laut yang tenang. Sempurna! Kalau bukan karena kerja, ingin rasanya meloncat ke dalam air dan berenang-renang ria. BTR-4M yang berwarna hijau lumut pun kontras dengan birunya langit yang hanya dihiasi sedikit awan.


BTR-4M Marinir TNI AL (photo : Angkasa)

Setelah final check, dua BTR-4M dengan propeller yang berputar dan trim vane yang sudah mengembang pun masuk ke dalam air laut perlahan, dan kemudian melaju membelah ombak. Kendaraan sangat stabil dan tenang, tidak berbeda kondisinya ketika dibandingkan dengan pengujian di sungai di Ukraina.


BTR-4M Marinir TNI AL (photo : ARC)

Seperti pembaca lihat di foto, jarak antara atap kendaraan dan permukaan laut juga masih berselisih tinggi, berkat penambahan buoyancy kit pada BTR-4M. Tidak ada keraguan sama sekali bahwa ranpur tangguh asal Ukraina ini akan sanggup mengemban tugas untuk melancarkan operasi amfibi yang membutuhkan kendaraan dengan spek khusus.

(Angkasa)


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Indonesia Approves Acquisition of Five Airbus A400Ms for USD2 Billion

Indonesia Approves Acquisition of Five Airbus A400Ms for USD2 Billion


19 Januari 2017

Indonesia has approved the acquisition of five A400M aircraft for the country"s air force. (photo : Airbus)

The Indonesian government has approved the acquisition of five new Airbus A400M multirole aircraft. The acquisition is a significant step in the Indonesian Air Force"s modernisation efforts

Indonesia has approved a sum of USD2 billion for the acquisition of five Airbus A400M Atlas multirole aircraft to boost the country"s military airlift capabilities, multiple sources from within Indonesia"s government and defence industry confirmed to IHS Jane"s on 18 January.

The airframes will be acquired in the transport and utility configuration, and will be operated across the Indonesian Air Force"s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU"s) Aviation Squadrons 31 and 32.

(Jane;s)


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Malaysia Bolsters Submarine Rescue Capabilities with USN Certification

Malaysia Bolsters Submarine Rescue Capabilities with USN Certification


19 Januari 2017


MV Mega Bakti submarine rescue ship (photo : RMN)

The privately owned Malaysian submarine rescue ship, MV Mega Bakti, has received certification from the US Navy (USN) as an approved commercial vessel of opportunity (VOO), and can now be deployed to rescue distressed submariners, a senior Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) confirmed on 17 January.

The certification, which was received in mid-2016 following a number of pre-screening processes by the USN, will further boost the submarine rescue capabilities in the region, said Rear Admiral Abdul Rahman Ayub, Submarine Force Commander of the RMN, on 17 January. He was speaking at the UDT Asia 2017 conference in Singapore.

Mega Bakti, which is owned by Malaysian company Target Resources, is currently contracted to provide submarine rescue services for the RMN.

(Jane"s)


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Thai Navy to Retire Ratcharit-, Prabparapak-Class Missile Boats Over Next 10 Years

Thai Navy to Retire Ratcharit-, Prabparapak-Class Missile Boats Over Next 10 Years


19 Januari 2017


BMB-230 Class consists of HTMS Ratcharit (FAC 321), HTMS Vitiyakom (FAC 322), HTMS U-domdej (FAC 323) (photo : baloogancampaign)

The Royal Thai Navy will retire its entire fleet of missile-capable patrol boats by 2026. Service is eyeing larger platforms such as LPDs and frigates in the coming years.

As part of its efforts to prepare the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for future maritime security challenges, the service will progressively decommission its Ratcharit and Prabparapak classes of missile-armed patrol boats by 2026.


FPB-45 class consists of HTMS Prabbrorapak (FAC 311), HTMS Hanhak Sudtru (FAC 312), HTMS Soo Pirin (FAC 313) (photo : vichayasan1812)

The vessels, which have been in service since the 1970s, are now less relevant given the rise of asymmetric security challenges, such as maritime terrorism and piracy, said Captain Prawoot Rodmanee, chief of the RTN"s submarine squadron, during his presentation at UDT Asia 2017 in Singapore on 17 January.

(Jane"s)


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