PT PAL Lakukan Keel Laying Modul ke-2 Kapal PKR-105

16 April 2014

Kapal PKR-105 adalah kapal perang berteknologi modular, kapal dibagi kedalam 6 modul yang dapat dikerjakan secara terpisah kemudian dirangkai menjadi satu (image : ARC)

Belanda Bantu PT PAL Produksi Kapal Perusak Rudal 

TEMPO.CO, Surabaya – PT PAL akan membuat beberapa modul kapal perusak kawal rudal 105 (PKR-105)/Frigate nomor 1. Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Laut Laksamana Marsetio mengatakan proyek ini menggandeng Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS), Belanda. “Kami produksi bersama DSNS, Belanda, dalam kerangka transfer of techonolgy,” kata Marsetio di sela-sela Keel Laying modul 2 seksi 231 PKR-105 di PT PAL (Persero), Rabu, 16 April 2014.

Peletakan lunas modul 2 seksi 231 merupakan tindak lanjut first steel cutting pada 15 Januari 2014. Kapal PKR-105 direncanakan memiliki panjang 105 meter dengan dilengkapi peluncur rudal antikapal permukaan, anti-serangan udara, torpedo, dan perangkat perang elektronik. Kapal ini akan dilengkapi helikopter yang membawa torpedo. Satu unit kapal PKR-105/Frigate ditaksir US$ 220 juta.

Menurut Marsetio, satu unit kapal PKR-105 memiliki enam modul. Empat modul dibuat di Surabaya dan dua modul dirakit di Vlisingen, Belanda. Pada Maret 2015, Marsetio berharap semua modul segera dirangkai menjadi unit kapal PKR-105 di galangan PT PAL. “Kapal ini digunakan menjaga keutuhan wilayah laut NKRI. Sangat cocok dengan perairan Indonesia,” ujarnya.

Duta Besar Belanda untuk Indonesia, Tjeerd F. de Zwaan, mengatakan pemerintah Belanda mendukung penuh kerja sama alih teknologi dengan PT PAL (Persero). Menurut dia, Indonesia perlu melakukan revitalisasi industri strategis, salah satunya industri kapal perang.

Sebab, wilayah Indonesia dikenal sebagai negara kepulauan dengan garis pantai terpanjang kedua setelah Kanada. “Saya pikir, PT PAL butuh melakukan revitalisasi industri kunci,” katanya.

Direktur Utama PT PAL Firmansyah Arifin menuturkan perseroan sudah mengirim 75 teknisi ke Belanda mengikuti program ToT. Langkah ini juga untuk memperkuat PT PAL yang ditunjuk sebagai lead integrator matra laut. “Bersama DSNS, kami siap menyelesaikan pembangunan kapal PKR-105/Frigate nomor 1 buatan Indonesia,” kata Firmasyah.

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DARPA Awards Contract to Develop Stealthy Military Motorcycle for Special Forces

By on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Logos Technologies has received a small business innovation research (SBIR) grant from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to develop a military-use hybrid-electric motorcycle with near-silent capability. When fully matured, the technology will allow small, distributed military teams to move long distances quickly and stealthily across harsh enemy terrain.

Developed in partnership with San Francisco-based all-electric motorcycle producer BRD, the platform will combine Logos Technologies’ quieted, multifuel hybrid-electric power system with a cutting-edge, off-road electric motorcycle platform developed by BRD. This initiative will be the first time that a two-wheel-drive, multifuel hybrid capability has been integrated into a full-size off-road motorcycle.

“Quieted, all-wheel-drive capability at extended range in a lightweight, rugged, single-track vehicle could support the successful operations of U.S. expeditionary and special forces in extreme terrain conditions and contested environments,” said Wade Pulliam, manager of advanced concepts at Logos Technologies. “With a growing need to operate small units far from logistical support, the military may increasingly rely on adaptable, efficient technologies like this hybrid-electric motorcycle.”

Beyond the efficiency and mobility improvements the design aims to bring, the hybrid-electric approach also allows for extended periods of near-silent, electric-only-propulsion as well as the generation of supplemental electric power for use by personnel in the field.

“Our advanced yet affordable offering will provide operators the near-silent capability and ease of operation, of an all-electric vehicle along with the adaptable power generation and extended range of a multifuel internal combustion engine,” continues Pulliam. “By utilizing our team’s experience developing similar hybrid-powered projects and first-in-class electric motorcycles, the Logos Technologies-BRD partnership seeks to deliver a highly capable low-risk and proven product.”

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China’s Xi Calls for Joining Space and Air Roles

During an inspection visit to the People’s Liberation Army air force headquarters in Beijing on Monday, Xi, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, said the air force plays a decisive role in national security as well as military strategy, and he requested it to have balanced strength in defensive and offensive operations, PLA Daily reported on its website.

He talked with commanders and officers on the PLA air force’s development and preparations for military operations, saying they must focus on training that boosts combat capability.

The air force must make sure it can “swiftly and effectively” deal with possible emergencies, Xi said. He also asked it to optimize its structure and allocate more resources in a “new-type combat force”.

Xi was shown a drill in handling air contingencies and praised the involved units for their “high vigilance, rapid response, outstanding skills and performance”, the report said.

Wang Ya’nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine in Beijing, said Xi’s call for integrated air and space capability is to answer the need of the times.

“The United States has paid considerable attention and resources to the integration of capabilities in both air and space, and other powers have also moved progressively toward space militarization,” he said. “Though China has stated that it sticks to the peaceful use of space, we must make sure that we have the ability to cope with others’ operations in space.”

The US air force declared in 2000 that air and space form a single “seamless operational medium” for the exercise of military power, and it would refocus its training and operating concepts to reflect that view.

The idea of combining air and space capability is not new to the Chinese air force as a host of experts have underscored the importance of space.

Senior Colonel Wu Guohui, an associate professor at the PLA National Defense University, told People’s Daily in an earlier report that the PLA air force had unfolded a series of research projects aimed at keeping pace with the latest space technologies.

He said space-based information can reshape air combat and space vehicles would be the key to forming an air-and-space weaponry system.

The construction of a modern air-defense and anti-missile apparatus could be achieved through the integration of air and space capabilities, according to Wu.

Dong Wenxian, a retired researcher with the PLA air force headquarters, was quoted by PLA Daily as saying that NATO countries had actively adopted various space platforms to support reconnaissance, early warning, communication and positioning in every conflict since the first Gulf War, which indicates such platforms play a vital role in modern warfare.

He said China began to realize the significance of integrated air and space capability in the early 1990s and has begun offering courses on this issue in air force academies.

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Russian Air Force to Receive 16 New MiG Fighters

By on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a $470 million contract with the MiG corporation for the delivery of 16 advanced MiG-29 SMT fighters, the ministry said Tuesday.

The company had earlier confirmed the deal in an interview with RIA Novosti, but did not specify its value.

“The value of the contract, including the ground support and test equipment, is more than 17 billion rubles. The contract is a strategic measure for maintaining the combat readiness of the lightweight fighter fleet,” the Defense Ministry said in the statement.

As of last year, the Russian Air Force had 28 of the fighters, a single-seat upgraded version of the MiG-29 SM fighter capable of using smart air-to-surface weapons.

The MiG-29 SMT, developed in the first half of the 2000s, features add-on fuselage fuel tanks for extended range, special radar-absorbing paint, and can be outfitted with supersonic and anti-ship missiles. The plane can perform ‘blind’ bombing runs at night, as well as reconnaissance missions.

The Defense Ministry also plans to sign a contract for the delivery of 4++ generation MiG-35S fighters after 2016, with about 100 to be built in the near future, a spokesman for the ministry told reporters Tuesday.

The move will help optimize the ratio of light and heavy fighters in the Russian Air Force, the ministry said.

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Russia Tests-Fires Yars Ballistic Missile

By on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces test-fired on Monday an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from a launch site in northwest Russia, the Defense Ministry said.

According to a ministry’s spokesman, Col. Igor Yegorov, the launch was carried out at 10.40 a.m. Moscow time (06:40 GMT) from a mobile launcher at the Plesetsk space center.

The test was successful as the simulated warhead hit a designated target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, Yegorov said.

The fifth-generation RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-29) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile that was first tested in 2007.

The RS-24 ICBM can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads designed to evade missile defense systems to a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles).

The Defense Ministry previously said the Topol-M and RS-24 ballistic missiles would be the mainstays of the ground-based component of Russia’s nuclear triad and would account for no less than 80 percent of the SMF’s arsenal by 2016.

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Malaysia Potentially Interested In Russian Air Defense Systems

By on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Malaysia is likely highly interested in acquiring Russia’s latest air defense missile systems, building on existing bilateral military-technical cooperation, Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Monday.

“Experts at Rosoboronexport expect an increased interest on the Malaysian side in the medium-range surface-to-air missile system Buk-M2E and the short-to-medium-range ground-based air defense system Pantsir-C1, the Kornet-E/EM and Metis-M1 anti-tank missile systems, and Mirazh, Sobol and Mangust class patrol boats,” the company said in a statement ahead of the DSA-2014 Asian International arms expo.

Rosoboronexport will discuss current and future projects with its Malaysian partners during the exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, which runs from Monday to Thursday.

“Mutually beneficial military-technical cooperation with Malaysia is developing quite dynamically. Russia has good prospects in aviation, primarily for multi-purpose fighter jets and military cargo helicopters, air defense systems, assault weapons and patrol boats,” said Nikolai Dimidyuk, the company’s Director for Special Projects, who is heading the Russian delegation at the exhibition.

In addition, the expo will host a presentation of the Mi-171Sh combat transport helicopter for Malaysian officials, in addition to talks on the operations of a service and repair center for Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighters.

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Russian Aircraft Flies Near US Navy Ship in Black Sea

Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

The USS Cook was patrolling in the western Black Sea when an unarmed Russian Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the Navy ship, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

“The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries and warnings from Donald Cook, and the event ended without incident after approximately 90 minutes,” Warren said. “This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries.”

Two Russian aircraft were present, but only one took part in the provocative actions, Warren said. The aircraft flew from near sea level to a couple of thousand feet, he added, but never overflew the U.S. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

“The Russian plane made a total of 12 passes,” he said. The wingman stayed at a considerably higher altitude, Warren said.

Officials later said the aircraft approached within about 1,000 yards of the ship. The USS Cook was never in danger, Warren said.

“The Donald Cook is more than capable of defending itself against two Su-24s,” the colonel said.

Warren said he does not think this is an example of a young pilot joyriding. “I would have difficulty believing that two Russian pilots, on their own, would chose to take such an action,” he said. “We’ve seen the Russians conduct themselves unprofessionally and in violation of international norms in Ukraine for several months, and these continued acts of provocation and unprofessionalism do nothing to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, which we called on the Russians to do.”

The Cook arrived in the Black Sea on April 10. The ship is now making a port call in Constanta, Romania.

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