25 April 2017

"Tecmash" Plans to Open Production of Ammunitions in Indonesia

25 April 2017

Korps Marinir's BMP3F with 100mm canon (photo : zro)

MOSCOW - RIA Novosti. Group "Tecmash" (a subsidiary of "Rostec") is considering the possibility of opening in Indonesia licensed production of ammunitions of caliber 30 and 100 millimeters for the previously supplied Russian armored vehicles, he said in an interview with RIA Novosti director of the industrial cluster "Armament" state corporations "Rostec" Sergei Abramov.

Earlier it was reported that in December 2016 "Tecmash" management held talks with representatives of the armed forces and defense companies in Indonesia, during which the parties discussed the prospects of creating joint armaments.

"Tecmash" is actively expanding military-technical cooperation. Currently "Tecmash" considering the establishment of licensed production in Indonesia. We are talking about the production of ammunition for armored vehicles, purchased in the Russian Federation, in particular, the ammunitions caliber 30 millimeters and 100 millimeters, "- said Abramov.

Korps Marinir's BTR-80A with 30mm canon (photo : Kaskus Militer)

He recalled that "Tecmash" has successful experience in organizing licensed production of its weapons abroad. In particular, in 2014 the concern, together with "Rosoboronexport" was signed on the transfer of India license contract for the production of armor-piercing projectiles "Mango".

Scientific-Production Concern "Tecmash" - a holding company in the field of industry of munitions and special chemicals. Concern produces high-precision artillery and tank ammunition, artillery rounds for different purposes, multiple rocket launchers, unguided missiles, small-caliber ammunition, aircraft and bomb ordnance.

(RIA Novosti)

Thailand's Cabinet Approves US$393m Purchase of Chinese Submarines

25 April 2017

Royal Thai Navy aims to equip the naval fleet with three subs in 11 years, with the total price of 36 billion baht. (image : TAF)

[BANGKOK] Thailand's Cabinet has approved the first of three planned submarine purchases from China worth US$393 million, a government spokesman said on Monday.

The plan to buy the three Chinese-built submarines worth 36 billion baht (S$1.46 billion) was confirmed in July, signalling warming ties with the regional superpower since relations with the United States cooled after a May 2014 military coup.

The first submarine purchase was approved last week. "The Cabinet approved one submarine purchase on April 18,"spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd told Reuters, adding that a budget of 13.5 billion baht has been earmarked for the Yuan Class S26T submarine over a six-year period.

The media were not told about the purchase following a Cabinet meeting last week because it was a matter of national security, he added.

Public criticism and questions have arisen as to whether Thailand really needs new submarines. "In the current situation, where the government cannot successfully solve economic problems, buying expensive submarines is completely unnecessary," Watchara Petchthong, a politician with the Democrat Party, told Reuters.

Navy spokesman Admiral Jumpol Loompikanon said the Thai navy owned four Japanese submarines nearly 60 years ago, so new submarines were necessary to protect the country's maritime interests. "Thai people can rest assured that the navy's submarine spending will be worth it and beneficial to Thailand," Admiral Jumpol told Reuters.

Thailand's navy chief, Admiral Na Arreenich, will visit China soon to finalize the government-to-government purchase, a source at the defence ministry, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, told Reuters.

Maritime security is a hot issue in Southeast Asia, given competing claims over the South China Sea, but Thailand is not a claimant in that dispute.

Thailand's defence budget this year is more than 210 billion baht, about 9 per cent more than the year the military took power.


Rostec: Fundamental Solutions for the Sale of Su-35 Indonesia Accepted

25 April 2017

Su-35 fighter (photo : ruwings)

Director of International Cooperation and Regional Policy of the state corporation "Rostec" Victor Kladov said in an interview with RIA Novosti on the interim results of the exhibition DSA-2016 and the prospects for Russian arms market of the Asia-Pacific region. -

In the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur from 18 to 21 April held 15th International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment DSA-2016, which presents more than 300 products of the Russian defense industry. On intermediate results of the exhibition and the prospects for Russian arms market of the Asia-Pacific region, told RIA Novosti Andrey Chaplygin said director of international cooperation and regional policy of the state corporation "Rostec" Victor Kladov.

Viktor, whether the Ministry of Defense of Malaysia retained interest to anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes "Pantsir-S1", to which it drew attention to the previous exhibition DSA-2014?

Put it this way, the interest of Malaysians transformed into a strong interest. The procurement process is rather complicated, Malaysians are looking for more than ten years to a variety of air defense systems, among a number of French, British, American and Chinese air-defense systems, they emit Russian equipment. Russian air defense elements are already in service with the Malaysian Armed Forces, it means close combat MANPADS "Igla", for their supply contract was signed in 2001, as well as short-range air defense aircraft MiG-29 - a squadron of 16 aircraft based in Kuantan. As the average radius VOP means considered here Russian SAM "Buk-M2" as well as the low, approaching to the middle - ZRPK "Pantsir-S". This complex is particularly interesting, given that it is on wheels, as well as all the equipment Malaysian Armed Forces in this country is quite well developed road system. As for interest, there is no way - came, saw and bought, is a very complex, multi-step process, it is very susceptible to the impact of budgetary and electoral constraints. There are election cycles, each time changing the priorities of the government. Naturally, the military wants, but the government can identify other priorities. Just today we came to the commander in chief of the armed forces, and he half-jokingly said: "Our Prime Minister will be in Sochi on May 20 at the Russia-ASEAN forum, please be reminded that we need this." Therefore, we can say that the Malaysian military there is a serious and substantive interest in our technology. We are ready to start negotiations as soon as will be ready Nashchi partners.

Su-34 bomber (thechive)

Given the fact that MANPADS "Igla" were delivered in 2002, whether Malaysia has no plans to purchase additional shots to them or purchase a new generation of systems "Verba"?

Why not? Yet to us with such a request not addressed, but if there is interest, we are ready to consider it.

Minister of Defense of Malaysia said that Russia and Malaysia have to look forward to a new era of military-technical cooperation. Is it possible to interpret the words of the Minister as an intention to buy Russian fighter jets of the new generation, or upgrade previously purchased the MiG-29 and Su-30?

Traditionally, Malaysians are guided by the highest standards in aviation. At one time, when the current Prime Minister Najib was defense minister and we discussed the supply of Su-30MKM aircraft to Malaysia, he expounded his concept. It lies in the fact that Malaysia can not afford to have hundreds of aircraft and meet the challenges of the number. In Malaysia, only two dozen pilots, so each man and each machine is priceless, they prefer to have a bit of aircraft equipped with the latest technology, increases its vitality. That is why the Malaysian version of the Su-30MKM get the most advanced and heaped up with the latest control systems, avionics and electronics. Stating that we must look forward, Malaysian partners have hinted that they would like once again to get the most modern machine, but an international tender for the purchase of multipurpose aircraft already postponed several times - the current economic problems have affected and Malaysia as oil-producing countries. In addition, the question of what this will be a Russian aircraft, has not been resolved, Malaysians are also considering the American Superhornet, Eurofighter, Swedish Grippen and a number of other aircraft. We believe that the Russian aircraft has a great chance both technically and in terms of aviation culture - after all Malaysian Air Force pilots overflew our Su-30, and are used to them, they would be easier to move on to the next generation of Russian.

Su-30MKM (photo : Jens Hameister)

That is the Su-35?

Let's wait, this may be the Su-35, may be Su-30MKM production Irkutsk aircraft factory. It needs a conceptual approach, everything will depend on the request, which we have received. The fact that the Russian Su-35 is a single-seater, and the concept of the Royal Malaysian Air Force is that the aircrfat must always be two people. They believe that the pilot must concentrate on flying the aircraft and flight engineer - in managing weapons systems. We note that the automation and computerization of the board enables the pilot, without detracting from the piloting of launching weapons, but Malaysians while this approach does not accept.

Maybe then they will approach the Su-34, because it is multi-purpose aircraft?

Su-34 - is a different story, it is primarily a heavy bomber. Yes, it is multi-functional, but it's a plane with a large bomb load, he has other tasks that do not face the Royal Malaysian Air Force. I do not think that they would consider such options, and we offer them.

Returning to the Su-35, a large interest in the fighter to have Indonesia. Were you able to reach an agreement on the supply?

Fundamental decisions are made, we are waiting for the start of negotiations. Defense Minister is expected to visit Indonesia in Moscow for a conference on security. On the sidelines of the conference will be a meeting of the military-technical issues, we are moving in this direction.

Based on the needs and financial capabilities of Indonesia, on what party is all about?

I think we can talk about 12-18 aircrafts. By the way, Indonesia is widely represented in the DSA-2016, and a large delegation headed by the commander in chief of the Indonesian Air Force, visited our stand. For an hour there were active negotiations, including on the subject.

Verba manpads system (photo : KBM)

Indonesia, is known to be interested in the Russian naval engineering, in particular in submarines of Project 636 "Varshavyanka". Are there any talks with the Indonesian side?

Preliminary consultations are in progress. Indonesia has a strong interest in the development of military-technical cooperation with Russia, and we are already working in all three components - the Army, Air Force and Navy. We conduct a number of consultations, including on the subject.

Whether Russia will continue a naval theme, is planning to participate in the project of the new Indian aircraft carrier?

Of course. In India, currently under construction is the second aircraft carrier, the first, as you know, was built in Russia - it is converted and thorough modernized. "Admiral Gorshkov" second aircraft carrier "Vikrant" Indians build their own, but, of course, they need technological assistance - this technology construction of aircraft carriers and a multitude of on-board equipment. In this part, we are ready to develop partnership with India. On board the aircraft carrier can be supplied guidance systems, air defense systems, as well as the various systems used the unit vectors of weapons, including anti-ship aircraft carrier -. it is a great platform, and we have something to offer to our partners.

What kind of projects are planned with India in the field of helicopter?

A very interesting project - a joint production of multi-Ka-226 helicopters. It multimodularity helicopter, it set the frame on which are mounted various units - medical and surgical, search and rescue and others. Ka-226 can also act as a helicopter reconnaissance and target designation. Now the negotiations are carried out in detail, the relevant agreement was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Modi in the Kremlin on December 24 last year. So far there is only an intergovernmental agreement, but before the end of the year we hope to generate and sign a contract with the Indian side. Accordingly, the field work starts from the beginning of 2017. Now we are discussing the issue of separation of work, we are ready to all that India is capable of producing at home, to convey to the Indian side. The first batch of helicopters will be produced in Russia, and the next will be assembled in India with a deep degree of localization. The program is designed for at least 200 cars.

Pantsir S-1 (photo : Vitaly V. Kuzmin)

Do with India similar developments on attack helicopters?

With regard to the attack helicopters from the Indian side had the intention to purchase around 50 Mi-17 helicopters, we are waiting. It was relevant plans, but they have been postponed, and we hope that this application we will eventually be received and subsequently implemented. The prospects for such an agreement is.

At the stand of "Rosoboronexport" is represented by a frigate "Gepard 3.9", these ships are currently being built for the Navy in Vietnam, but interest in them is, and Bangladesh. Is Russia ready to meet this request?

Ready, and serious interest is evident not only Bangladesh but also Sri Lanka. Our booth at the DSA-2016, a delegation of the Ministry of Defense in this country, they have shown their interest. This is a very modern ship of its class it is equipped with powerful weapons.

What are the prospects for combat training aircraft Yak-130 in the Asia-Pacific region?

Yak-130 is probably the most powerful, most armed in the world of training and combat aircraft, which according to its flight characteristics can simulate combat aircraft of any country and any class. Depending on the algorithm, which is incorporated in the onboard computer, he can fly the American F-18 as the Russian Su-30 and MiG-29, can mimic or Eurofighter Typhoon. This is a plane in which the pilots can prepare for the transition, not only on the Russian war machine, but also aircraft of other states. We offer a wide international markets, the Yak-130, and it enjoys great interest and attention, but not all can afford, as this combat trainer aircraft, with an emphasis not on the word "training", and the word "fighting". He is able to carry a real missile and bomb weapons, and in some countries it is used as a fighting machine. In particular, in African countries, where the need to have a large fleet of aircraft, it can play the role of a full-fledged combat aircraft. The Yak-130 is seen in the different markets, to him eyeing a number of Latin American countries, it has already raised in Bangladesh, a great interest in him experiencing Myanmar and several countries in North Africa.

(RIA Novosti)

Components Selection Ramps up in Massive French-Australian Submarine Deal

25 April 2017

Barracuda diesel submarine (image : DCNS)

PARIS — Lockheed Martin will report this summer results of studies for potential suppliers of sonar and other critical systems for Australia’s planned fleet of 12 new attack submarines, said Mike Oliver, program director for the future submarine combat system. 

“Lockheed Martin has been conducting trade studies in a number of key areas of the submarine’s design,” he told Defense News. “We are examining all options and will deliver the results of those trade studies in June to the customer.”

Sonar is among the key systems, the company’s program team said. 

Australia this time last year picked DCNS to build the future submarine after a tender which pitted the French company against Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, backed by Tokyo. 

“The choice of sonar systems and arrays is in the hands of Lockheed Martin,” Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt, general manager at DCNS, told Defense News. 

Canberra in September selected Lockheed as combat system integrator, partnering with DCNS, which will design, build and service a fleet of 12 ocean-going diesel-electric boats. The program is worth AUS$50 billion ($38.1 billion) over some 35 years. 

A survey of sonar and other systems marks a first step in a selection process that Thales hopes to win through its Australian subsidiary. 

The French electronics company expects to secure more than €1 billion of deals, with €100 million per boat based on sonar systems, electronic warfare and periscopes. A towed sonar array is part of the kit. 

A Thales spokesperson declined comment. 

Thales in November won a design and pre-production contract to modernize Australia’s six-strong fleet of Collins subs, with upgrades on cylindrical and flank arrays, and onboard processing. Winning that deal was seen as highly promising for work on the future boats.

See full article DefenseNews

24 April 2017

Sniper Targeting Pod akan Melengkapi Pesawat F-16A/B

24 April 2017

Sniper targeting pod (photo : Daniel Barackx)

Ini Daftar Kerja Sama Indonesia-AS di Bidang Energi dan Teknologi

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID,JAKARTA -- Indonesia dan Amerika Serikat (AS) berkomitmen untuk meningkatkan kerja sama di bidang energi dan teknologi. Hal ini ditandai dengan adanya penandatanganan Nota Kesepahaman (MoU) yang bersifat business to business. Tercatat ada 11 MoU dengan nilai mencapai 10 miliar dolar AS. 

Dari jumlah tersebut, dua penandatanganan MoU disaksikan oleh Wakil Presiden Republik Indonesia Jusuf Kalla dan Wakil Presiden Amerika Serikat (AS) Mike Pence. Sementara penandatanganan MoU lainnya disaksikan oleh Menteri Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral (ESDM) Republik Indonesia Ignasius Jonan dan Wakil Duta Besar AS untuk Indonesia Brian McFeeters.

F-16 serie A/B yang akan dipasangi Sniper targeting pod (photo : TNI AU)

Perjanjian kerja sama tersebut antara lain:

Honeywell telah dipilih oleh PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) untuk menyediakan 34 mesin turboprop TPE331 untuk NC212i selama empat tahun ke depan, yang akan meningkatkan kemampuan pesawat tersebut. Selain itu, Honeywell akan memberikan pelatihan TPE331 kepada para pakar mesin PTDI untuk meningkatkan keterampilan pemeliharan lini dan mentransfer pengetahuan teknis ke perusahaan berbasis lokal. Kesepakatan ini akan meningkatkan kinerja PTDI sebagai produsen pesawat, sekaligus membuka lapangan pekerjaan di AS.

RTAF telah lebih dulu mengupgrade kemampuan F-16A/B dengan Sniper targeting pod melalui program MLU (photo : thaidefensenews)

Lockheed Martin. Dalam kesepakatan ini, Angkatan Udara Indonesia akan membeli sniper advanced targeting pods produksi Lockheed Martin. Teknologi canggih, yang akan melengkapi pesawat F-16A/B yang ditempatkan di Pangkalan Udara Iswahyudi ini, akan meningkatkan ketahanan maritim dan wilayah Indonesia dalam menjalankan operasi bersama Amerika Serikat dan mitra-mitra regional lainnya. Lockheed Martin akan memproduksi sniper ATP di Orlando, Florida dan bekerja sama dengan AU untuk melatih para pilot beserta personil pemeliharaan.

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China May Build Six Carriers and Ten Overseas Bases

24 April 2017

Liaoning carrier battle group (photo : sinodefence)

In an editorial published Friday to mark the anniversary of China's navy, the official military outlet PLA Daily suggested that the nation needs six aircraft carriers, an enlarged marine corps and ten naval bases in friendly foreign nations. 

"In the long run, China needs to develop its own aircraft carrier battle teams, with at least six aircraft carriers, maritime forces led by guided missile destroyers, as well as attack submarines," said Xu Guangyu, a senior advisor to the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association. "China will build about ten more bases for the [carriers] . . . Hopefully, China could have bases in every continent, but that depends on countries which would like to cooperate with China."

The PLA Daily said that the purpose of the enlarged carrier fleet would be to enable the PLA(N) to "break through" the first island chain (Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines) to exert its power in the Western Pacific. 

The PLA(N) now has about a dozen fighter pilots trained to operate from the deck of its sole flat-top, the Soviet-built ski jump carrier Liaoning. It will soon take delivery of a second, similar carrier built by CSIC. A newer design for future hulls, the Type 002, is reportedly patterned on American carrier layouts. 

China is already building its first-ever overseas military base, a "support facility" in Djibouti, and it is also funding the construction of new seaports at Gwadar, Pakistan and Hambantota, Sri Lanka. While Hambantota is a commercial venture, Pakistani officials originally proposed the port at Gwadar as a naval base, and China is providing military assistance to guard it from a local insurgency. 

The three facilities are at the core of Chinese President Xi Jinping's 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, the seagoing component of his government's multi-billion-dollar "Belt and Road" project to connect China with markets to the west. In comments Thursday, Xi promised to "promote China's great opening up and development under the 'Belt and Road' framework."


Dua Pesawat Su-27 TNI AU Akan Dilengkapi Jammer Pod

24 April 2017

Sorbtsiya active jamming ECM pod (photo : digitalcombatsimulator)

Dalam wawancara khusus dengan majalah Angkasa versi cetak April 2017 Kepala Staf Angkatan Udara (KSAU) Marsekal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto mengatakan :
"TNI AU juga sedang menyiapkan skadron khusus untuk perang elektonik, electronic warfare. Su-27 yang 01 dan 02 nanti akan datang dengan dilengkapi jammer pod.  Ke depannya kita pikirkan skadron khusus, terpisah untuk perang elektronik".

Kutipan wawancara dengan KSAU dari majalah Angkasa (photo : defence.pk)

Sebagaimana diberitakan sebelumnya empat pesawat Sukhoi dari batch pertama sedang melaksanakan upgrade di Belarusia, pesawat ini adalah 2 Su-27 dengan nomor bodi TS-2701 dan TS-2702 dan 2 Su-30 dengan nomor bodi TS-3001 dan TS-3002. Dengan demikian paket upgrade pesawat ini termasuk didalamnya pemasangan jammer pod pada dua pesawat Su-27.

Belum ada informasi mengenai jenis jammer pod yang dipilih untuk pesawat Su-27 TNI AU, namun pemasangan jammer pod ini akan secara signifikan menaikkan kemampuan serang elektronik TNI AU sebagaimana yang telah dimiliki Angkatan Udara tetangga yaitu Australia, Singapore dan Malaysia. 

(Defense Studies)