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TNI AL Memulai Pembangunan Kapal Patroli Tipe FPB-43

30 Desember 2013

Kapal patroli cepat tipe FPB-43 (all photos : Defense Studies)

WaAslog KASAL Pimpin Acara Peletakan Lunas Kapal Patroli Cepat 43 M

Jakarta — Wakil Asisten Logistik (Waaslog) Kasal, Laksma TNI Dariyanto, SE yang didampingi Kadisadal Laksma TNI Agus Setiaji, Sekdismatal memimpin acara peletakan lunas Kapal Patroli Cepat 43 M (KPC-43) TNI Angkatan Laut di galangan kapal Jalan Raya Salira Kabupaten Serang Propinsi Banten, Selasa,( 24/12).

Kedatangan Waaslog Kasal di sambut oleh Danlanal Banten Kolonel Laut (P) Eko Yuri Andriantoro, Dirut PT. Caputra Bapak Kris Pramono, Perwakilan PT. Rizki Abadi Bapak Joko Subroto, serta Dan Satgas Yekda DN KPC 43 M.



Dalam sambutannya Waaslog Kasal menyampaikan bahwa Pembangunan Kapal Perang TNI Angkatan Laut jenis KPC-43 akan lebih memudahkan bagi TNI Angkatan Laut dalam proses pengadaan dan pemeliharaan Kapal TNI Angkatan Laut serta dapat memberikan alternatif solusi ketergantungan TNI Angkatan Laut kepada negara lain dalam proyek pengadaan alutsista pada masa mendatang.


Lebih lanjut Waaslog Kasal mengharapkan  kepada PT. Rizki Abadi (PT. Caputra) yang merupakan salah satu galangan kapal nasional yang memproduksi alat pertahanan dapat memainkan peranannya yang sangat penting terhadap penyiapan alutsista TNI Angkatan Laut serta dapat mempertahankan dan meningkatkan kualitas kemapuan dalam memproduksi kapal perang yang berteknologi tinggi.



Sementara itu, Dirut PT. Caputra menyampaikan bahwa pembuatan kapal perang TNI Angkatan Laut jenis KPC-43 sebagai salah satu bukti untuk memaknai nasionalisme dengan penggunaan tenaga-tenaga anak bangsa yang mampu memberikan yang terbaik untuk pembangunan kapal perang 

Acara peletakan Lunas Kapal Patroli Cepat 43 M, diawali dengan penyerahan santunan kepada anak yatim dan ditandai dengan pemotongan tumpeng dan penekanan tombol sirine oleh Waaslog Kasal dan dilanjutkan dengan pengelasan lunas kapal secara simbolis oleh Kadisadal, Sekdismatal, Danlanal Banten dan Dirut PT. Caputra serta perwakilan dari PT. Rizki Abadi dan dilanjutkan dengan penandatanganan MoU pembangunan kapal.

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Sukses Menjual 2 Pesawat NC-212i, PT DI Ajukan CN-235 MPA Ke Filipina

30 Desember 2013

Pesawat CN-235 MPA ASW (photo : Defense Studies)

Pesawat NC-212i

Jakarta -Badan Usaha Milik Negara (BUMN) produsen pesawat, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), berhasil memenangkan tender pengadaan pesawat untuk militer Filipina. 

Perusahaan pelat merah yang bermarkas di Bandung, Jawa Barat, ini siap menjual 2 unit pesawat tipe NC212i dengan nilai US$ 18 juta atau setara 820 juta peso.

“Kita menang 2 unit NC212i di proyek Light Lift Aircraft nilai budget US$ 18 juta,” kata Direktur Niaga dan Restrukturisasi PTDI Budiman Saleh dalam keterangan tertulisnya kepada, Senin (30/12/2013).

Tender pengadaan pesawat ini diadakan oleh Kementerian PertahananFiliphina untuk keperluan Angkatan Udara.

“Departemen of National Defense untuk keperluan Philippines Air Force,” jelasnya.

Masa proses pengerjaan untuk 2 unit diproyeksi menelan waktu 18-20 bulan. NC212i sendiri merupakan pesawat generasi terbaru dari pesawat tipe NC212-200 atau NC212-400. Pesawat ini merupakan pesawat berukuran kecil. 

Pesawat ini, bisa digunakan untuk keperluan komersial, angkut personil militer, kargo, misi khusus hingga transpotasi VIP. Untuk versi sipil penerbangan sipil, pesawat ini bisa dipasang 24 kursi penumpang.

Pesawat CN-235 MPA

Budiman menjelaskan, PTDI juga berencana mengikuti tender pesawat tipe medium di Kementerian Pertahanan Filiphina. PTDI siap menawarkan pesawat tipe CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft asli karya putra bangsa.

“Januari 2014 kita akan ikut tender berikutnya untuk 3-4 maritime patrol/military transport CN235,” sebutnya.

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South Korea to Order Three Aegis Ships By the Mid-2020s

By on Monday, December 30th, 2013

On December 10, the Joint Chiefs of Staff held a council, conducted by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Choi Yun-hee, and decided to secure three additional new Aegis destroyers by the mid-2020s.

Our Navy has strengthened its military strength with three Aegis ships – Sejongdaewang Ham in 2008, Yulgok Yi Yi Ham in 2010 and Seoae Ryu Seong Ryong Ham in 2012. If the Joint Chiefs of Staff secures the budget and uses it to strengthen military strength according to deliberation and decision on the Aegis, our navy will possess six Aegis ships in total.

“We’ll expand our ballistic missile detection and tracking, and anti-submarine capability to prepare for asymmetric threats from North Korea, such as nuclear weapons, missiles and submarines, and their local provocation. In real wartime, we will significantly improve our area anti-aircraft defense and striking power against surface ships and ground high-payoff targets. Moreover, for the potential threat around the Korean Peninsula, we will improve our reaction capability on the ocean sovereignty defense,” it was stated in a briefing on the results of the joint chiefs of staff’s council on the same day.

Compared to the existing Aegis destroyer (KDX-III), the new ones that will be additionally secured are loaded combat systems used for ballistic missile detection and tracking, and configured with the required operational capability to offer improved detection capability of submarines and submergence vehicles with the integrated sonar system.

“Our Navy has three Aegis ships in total, and we’re on a very tight schedule to operate them as one for operating, another for standby and the other for maintenance. As we’re seeking for further military strength such as a task fleet, additional Aegis ships are essential for more effective operation,” an MND official explained regarding the background of the additional securement of Aegis.

A military official also explained the meaning of the additional securement, saying we could perform our mission more smoothly against asymmetric threats from North Korea’s missiles and enable the Navy to gather speed to secure the task fleet.

Another military official said that it was early to tell the specific building costs, but he added it would cost around 4 trillion won more than the costs for securement of the existing Aegis (about 3 trillion won).

Prior to this, the National Assembly Defense Committee had already reflected the required budget for Aegis’ detailed design research on the 2013 national defense budget last December, emphasizing the necessity of the additional securement of Aegis ships; moreover, they brought up the issue at the regular session of the National Assembly last October.

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Ground Fire Injures 4 US Troops in South Sudan

WASHINGTON: Four U.S. service members were injured today when their aircraft came under ground fire in South Sudan during a mission to evacuate American citizens in Bor, according to a statement issued by U.S. Africa Command.

The updated Africom statement reads as follows:

“At the request of the Department of State, the United States Africa Command, utilizing forces from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), attempted to evacuate U.S. citizens from the town of Bor, South Sudan, today.

“As the aircraft, three CV-22 Ospreys, were approaching the town they were fired on by small-arms fire by unknown forces. All three aircraft sustained damage during the engagement. Four service members onboard the aircraft were wounded during the engagement.

“The damaged aircraft diverted to Entebbe, Uganda, where the wounded were transferred onboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 and flown to Nairobi, Kenya, for medical treatment.

“All four service members were treated and are in stable condition.”

In Hawaii, President Barack Obama was updated on the status of the injured U.S. service members, according to a White House news release issued today. Obama directed his national security team to ensure the safety of U.S. military personnel in the region and to continue to work with the United Nations to evacuate American citizens from Bor.

This morning, following a meeting of his national security principals that was led by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Obama participated in a secure call with Rice, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, and Senior Director for African Affairs Grant Harris to update him on the situation in South Sudan, according to the White House release. The president, the release said, was briefed on the status of U.S. military personnel and the safety of U.S. citizens in Bor and U.S. personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan.

The president was pleased that the injured U.S. service members are in stable condition and he reaffirmed the importance of continuing to work with the United Nations to secure U.S. citizens in Bor, according to the White House release.

Obama underscored that South Sudan’s leaders have a responsibility to support U.S. efforts to secure its personnel and citizens in Juba and Bor, the release said.

More broadly, Obama underscored the urgency of helping to support efforts to resolve the differences within South Sudan through dialogue, according to the White House release. South Sudan’s leaders, the president said in the release, must know that continued violence will endanger the people of South Sudan and the hard-earned progress of independence. This conflict can only be resolved peacefully through negotiations. Any effort to seize power through the use of military force, the release said, will result in the end of longstanding support from the United States and the international community.

Obama expressed his deep appreciation for the work of U.S. military members and civilians who are operating in difficult circumstances in South Sudan and directed his team to continue to update him going forward, the White House release said.

South Sudan is currently experiencing turmoil that’s pitting the government against armed rebel groups. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said in a statement issued yesterday that it’s time “for South Sudan’s leaders to rein-in armed groups under their control, immediately cease attacks on civilians, and end the chain of retributive violence between different ethnic and political groups. The violence must stop, the dialogue must intensify.”

To help facilitate that effort, Kerry added, U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Donald E. Booth, has been dispatched to the region.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is keeping a close watch on the situation in South Sudan and is reviewing options, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said. Whatever action the Pentagon takes, it will be conducted in coordination with the State Department, Kirby added.

The United States recognized South Sudan as a sovereign, independent state on July 9, 2011 following its secession from Sudan, according to the U.S. State Department’s website. The United States played a key role in helping create the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that laid the groundwork for the 2011 independence referendum and secession.

Several disputes between Sudan and South Sudan remain unresolved post-independence, including the management of oil resources and the status of the Abyei region, according to the State Department website. The United States supports the efforts of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel to help the parties work through these issues.

On Dec. 18, about 45 U.S. service members deployed to South Sudan to support the security of U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy, according to a Dec. 19 letter President Obama wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

The text of the president’s letter reads as follows:

“On December 18, 2013, approximately 45 U.S. Armed Forces personnel deployed to South Sudan to support the security of U.S. personnel and our Embassy. Although equipped for combat, this force was deployed for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property. This force will remain in South Sudan until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.

“This action has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

“I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in these actions.”

In recent years, South Sudan “has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history,” Obama said in a separate statement issued Dec. 19.

Today, however, South Sudan’s “future is at risk,” Obama added. South Sudan, he said, now “stands at the precipice,” with recent fighting there threatening to plunge the country “back into the dark days of its past.”

Obama continued: “But it doesn’t have to be that way. South Sudan has a choice. Its leaders can end the violence and work to resolve tensions peacefully and democratically. Fighting to settle political scores or to destabilize the government must stop immediately. Inflammatory rhetoric and targeted violence must cease. All sides must listen to the wise counsel of their neighbors, commit to dialogue and take immediate steps to urge calm and support reconciliation.”

South Sudan’s leaders must “recognize that compromise with one’s political enemy is difficult, but recovering from unchecked violence and unleashed hatred will prove much harder,” the president said.

“Too much blood has been spilled and too many lives have been lost to allow South Sudan’s moment of hope and opportunity to slip from its grasp,” Obama said. “Now is the time for South Sudan’s leaders to show courage and leadership, to reaffirm their commitment to peace, to unity, and to a better future for their people. The United States will remain a steady partner of the South Sudanese people as they seek the security and prosperity they deserve.”

South Sudan is located on the eastern border of the Central African Republic. The United States established diplomatic relations with the Central African Republic in 1960, following its independence from France, according to Africom’s website. The C.A.R. is one of the world’s least developed nations, and has experienced several periods of political instability since independence.

The United States is deeply concerned about “the shocking and horrific atrocities that have been committed by government-affiliated armed groups and independent militias against innocent civilians in the Central African Republic” in recent weeks, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters Dec. 11.

In an audio message released Dec. 9, Obama called on the transitional C.A.R. government to arrest those who are committing crimes.

“Individuals who are engaging in violence must be held accountable — in accordance with the law. Meanwhile, as forces from other African countries and France work to restore security, the United States will support their efforts to protect civilians,” Obama said.

On Dec. 10, the president authorized the State Department to use up to $60 million in defense services and articles for countries that contribute forces to the African Union-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic. The assistance could include logistical support — including strategic airlift and aerial refueling — and training for French and African forces deploying to the Central African Republic.

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East Africa Response force deploys for 1st time

Four days after their official transfer of authority ceremony, U.S. Army Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s East Africa Response Force deployed for the first time since being established earlier this year.

The Soldiers loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules Dec. 14, and deployed to South Sudan, supporting the U.S. Embassy’s ordered departure.

“When the 1/18th arrived in Djibouti, we stressed that they needed to be ready to hit the ground running,” said Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, commanding general. “And, they’ve proven they were. This is why we’re here, and all of the joint CJTF-HOA team is coming together to support them. I’m proud of the work they are doing.”

The Soldiers hail from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kan., known as the “Vanguard Nation.”

They are the second unit assigned to the East Africa Response Force, or EARF, part of a new initiative of regionally aligned forces, which provides the commander of U.S. Africa Command an additional capability to respond to crises and contingencies within East Africa.

“I am extremely proud of the professionalism and selfless service of the ‘Vanguard Nation’ as we protect facilities throughout the Horn of Africa. We are on point for the Nation, and responsible for protecting the U.S. Embassy in Juba this holiday season,” said Lt. Col. Robert Magee, commander of the 1/18th CAB, who is deployed with the response force. “By doing so, we’re supporting the ambassador’s diplomatic mission to resolve conflict here in South Sudan.”

Magee said embassy security personnel noted that the EARF’s arrival seemed to help calm the entire city.

“Prior to our landing, widespread small arms fire occurred throughout the city for three days running,” said Magee, but he added that the South Sudan army and their national police “deserve the credit for restoring security in Juba.”

The U.S. Army developed the regionally aligned forces initiative to provide combatant commanders with rapidly deployable forces, which can relocate anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. The 1/18th CAB is regionally aligned with Africa, specifically the Horn of Africa region, key to the CJTF-HOA mission to strengthen East African partner nation militaries by conducting crisis response and personnel recovery supporting U.S. military, diplomatic and civilian personnel throughout East Africa.

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5-7 Air Defense Artillery Soldiers assume responsibilities in Turkey

After months of hard training and expectation, the rubber finally hit the road in Turkey for the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

With a formal transfer of authority in the southeastern Turkey city of Gaziantep, Dec. 13, the formidable responsibilities of safeguarding civilians from airborne threats now becomes the daily mission for nearly 300 air defense Soldiers out of Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Germany.

“At the end of the day, never forget that there are more than a million people in the city of Gaziantep depending on you for protection from ballistic missiles across the border,” said Col. Greg Brady, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command commander, who had traveled with numerous United States Army Europe representatives, including Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, the U.S. Army Europe commander, to attend the event.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Lisa Bartel, 5-7 ADA commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Burnley, the senior enlisted adviser for 5-7 ADA, uncased their unit colors, signaling the official changing of the guard. The ballistic missile defense responsibilities in southeastern Turkey now assumed by 5-7 ADA had previously been held by the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, from Fort Sill, Okla.

The NATO-sanctioned mission in Turkey, expected to last up to one year for the 5-7 ADA contingent, includes air defense forces from The Netherlands and Germany. The NATO countries have been assisting the Turkish government in protecting civilians from foreign missile threats. Such collaboration is neither new or unwelcome, said Bartel.

“We are here for a tactical ballistic missile defense, and we look forward to working with all our partners,” she said.

That theme of teamwork and camaraderie across not just different U.S. Army units, but international partners was readily acknowledged by Brady.

“Our continued commitment to this NATO mission is stronger than ever,” said Brady, adding that Turkish assistance on deployment matters had been invaluable and much appreciated.

Multiple Turkish news outlets were present to cover the event, highlighting further the importance of the air defense mission. For many of the 5-7 ADA Soldiers, establishing a daily routine in the middle of the holiday season away from their families may take some getting used to. As difficult as that may be, however, it won’t prevent them from taking care of the most important piece of business, according to one leading authority.

“Protecting Gaziantep is our mission,” said Burnley.

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Lebanon in $3 billion Saudi military aid pledge

Lebanon announced a Saudi pledge of $3 billion on Sunday to buy military equipment from France, as it buried leading Sunni politician Mohammad Chatah, killed in a Beirut car bombing.

Friday’s killing of Chatah, a prominent critic of the Syrian regime, revived painful memories of political assassinations and came as the conflict in Lebanon’s larger neighbour stoked sectarian tensions.

Saudi Arabia is a leading backer of the rebels battling to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who enjoy widespread sympathy among Lebanese Sunnis.

Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement and its backer Iran are Assad’s main regional allies.

Saudi Arabia “decided to provide generous assistance to Lebanon in the form of $3 billion for the Lebanese army to strengthen its capabilities,” President Michel Sleiman announced, adding that it was the largest assistance provided in Lebanon’s history.

French President Francois Hollande, on a visit to Saudi Arabia, said his country would “meet” any requests from Lebanon.

“I am in touch with President Sleiman… If requests are addressed to us, we will meet them,” Hollande told reporters.

Sleiman, who visited Saudi Arabia last month, said the money would be used to buy weapons from France, pointing to the “depth of the military cooperation” between Lebanon and its former colonial ruler.

Lebanon’s armed forces are woefully under-equipped and face multiplying security challenges, underlined by the blast that killed Chatah, although officials played down any link with the Saudi aid pledge.

Chatah, 62, a former finance minister and close aide to ex-premier Saad Hariri, a key Saudi ally, was killed along with seven other people in Friday’s explosion in the heart of Beirut.

He was buried at the mausoleum of Hariri’s father Rafiq, who was killed in a huge suicide bombing on the Beirut seafront in 2005 that supporters also blame on Hezbollah and its allies.

Hundreds of angry mourners chanted anti-Hezbollah slogans, as his coffin was brought into the mosque, draped in a green and cream-striped shroud inscribed with religious verses, alongside that of his bodyguard Tarek Badr.

Inside the mosque, the coffins were laid side by side, and one of Chatah’s sons gripped a relative of Badr’s, embracing him as they both wept.

‘Martyr for moderation’

Outside, mourners in black watched the proceedings on a large screen, one waving a Lebanese flag.

Behind them stood a lit Christmas tree and a newly erected billboard declaring Chatah a “martyr for moderation”.

Chatah was seen as an influential figure in the opposition March 14 coalition, which is opposed to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah, and many of its supporters said there was no doubt who had killed him.

Even though the multi-confessional army has legal responsibility for both domestic security and national defence, Hezbollah remains Lebanon’s best-trained and equipped military force.

Hezbollah’s huge arsenal has drawn persistent criticism from the March 14 opposition and its leader Saad Hariri, who accuse the militant group of abusing it to exert undue political influence.

Welcoming the Saudi aid pledge on Sunday, the opposition leader said it would help enable the Lebanon to exercise full state control.

The aid pledge marked an “exceptional step in the transition to a real state whose authority prevails over any other authority and whose army is not exceeded by any other army,” Hariri said.

No one has claimed responsibility for killing Chatah, although the opposition has implied Damascus and Hezbollah were behind it.

“The criminal is the same, he who is thirsty for the blood of Syrians… he and his Lebanese allies,” March 14 said.

Syria denied the “wrong and arbitrary accusations”, while Hezbollah said the bombing was aimed at destroying “national unity”.

Chatah is the ninth high-profile Syrian regime critic killed in Lebanon since Hariri’s assassination, and his death comes as the war in Syria exacerbates tensions in ever-fragile Lebanon.

Hezbollah has dispatched fighters to help the Syrian regime battle rebel forces, while many Lebanese Sunnis support the Sunni-dominated Syrian uprising.

In recent months, bomb attacks have targeted Hezbollah’s stronghold in south Beirut, as well as the mainly Sunni northern city of Tripoli, killing dozens of people.

On November 19, a twin suicide attack on the south Beirut embassy of Iran, which was claimed by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, killed 25 people.

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