Friday, February 24, 2017

General Atomics to Launch ‘Team Reaper Australia’ at Avalon

General Atomics to Launch ‘Team Reaper Australia’ at Avalon

24 Februari 2017

The Predator B envisaged in Royal Australian Air Force markings. (photo : General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is set to officially launch an industry team for the AIR 7003 Phase 1 Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial System project at the Australian International Airshow.

Representatives of Cobham, CAE Australia, Raytheon Australia and Flight Data Systems are scheduled to attend the event on February 28.

General Atomics will be displaying an MQ-9 Reaper turboprop-powered remotely piloted aircraft, otherwise known as the Predator B, and its Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station at the Avalon Airshow.

The Integrated Investment Program that was published with the 2016 Defence White Paper outlines a plan to acquire an armed unmanned aircraft to provide an integrated and persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and attack capability to support the Australian Defence Force and coalition forces. The AIR 7003 project reached ‘gate zero’ in early November.


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Hanwha Targets Indonesia as Potential Customer for K21-105

Hanwha Targets Indonesia as Potential Customer for K21-105

24 Februari 2017

Hanwha K-21 amphibious IFV (photo : Jane"s)

Seeking export success

Hanwha Defense Systems (Stand 12-C35) of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has brought its latest production K21 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to IDEX in an effort to win a first export contract for it. It has been developed to meet the requirements of the ROK Army and has also been referred to as the Next Infantry Fighting Vehicle (NIFV), with an estimated 500 units under contract or delivered.

When compared with other IFVs, the K21 is well armed with a two-person turret armed with a 40mm cannon and a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun (MG), with some models having a twin anti-tank launcher mounted on one side of the turret.

The K21 IFV has a combat weight of 25 tonnes and unlike most other tracked IFVs is fully amphibious with additional buoyancy aids and is then propelled in the water by its tracks at a maximum speed of 6km/h. It is fitted with an in-arm hydropneumatic suspension system, which not only provides a good ride for the crew consisting of commander, gunner and driver, and nine dismounts, but is also a more stable firing platform.

K21-105 Medium Tank

To meet potential export customer requirements, Hanwha has developed the K21-105 medium tank. This consists of a K21 IFV hull modified to take the Belgian CMI Defence two-person turret armed with a 105mm rifled gun and a 7.62mm co-axial MG. This combination has already completed its mobility and firing trials in South Korea, as well as in an undisclosed Asian country in Asia, believed to be Indonesia.

In addition to firing conventional natures of 105mm ammunition, the system can fire a laser-guided projectile fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to neutralise targets fitted with explosive reactive armour, out to a maximum range of 5,000m.

The company has also developed an armoured recovery vehicle, a command post and a driver training vehicle based on the K21 IFV platform, which are in service with the ROK Army.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Japan and Thailand Edge Towards Defence Trade Agreement

Japan and Thailand Edge Towards Defence Trade Agreement

23 Februari 2017

Kawasaki C2 airlifter, max payload 35 ton (photo : Katsonori Kimura)

Thailand and Japan are edging closer to finalising a defence trade and technology agreement that could facilitate Japanese defence exports to the Southeast Asian country.

Jane"s understands that talks about bilateral defence industrial co-operation are continuing to support potential Japanese sales of equipment including air defence radars and communications systems, as well as major platforms such as the Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft and C-2 transport aircraft.

Japan is also understood to be drafting the required legal framework through which Tokyo will allow defence sales. This framework complies with Japan"s Three Principles on the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology, which replaced the country"s military export ban in 2014.


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SAIC Unveils First Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to U.S. Marine Corps

SAIC Unveils First Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to U.S. Marine Corps

23 Februari 2017

SAIC has rolled out the first of 16 Amphibious Combat Vehicles that the US Marine Corps will use for testing. It is an enhanced, customized variant of the ST Kinetics TERREX 8x8 combat vehicle fielded by the Singapore Army. (photo : SAIC)

CHARLESTON, S.C.--Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) today unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototype to the U.S. Marine Corps during a ceremony held at the company’s integration facility in Charleston, South Carolina. This vehicle is the first of 16 to be delivered for testing by the Marine Corps, which is scheduled to begin next month.

“SAIC is incredibly proud to deliver this modern, high-tech, highly-capable solution to the Marine Corps. Our employees and team members worked tirelessly to successfully deliver this solution to the Marine Corps on time despite delays due to an initial contract award protest,” said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group. “We are confident that this vehicle is equipped with the latest technology which will strengthen the amphibious capabilities of the USMC today and into the future.”

SAIC’s ACV 1.1 solution is an enhanced, customized variant of ST Kinetics’ TERREX vehicle fielded by the Singapore Armed Forces. Tailored to meet Marine Corps requirements, SAIC’s ACV is an 8x8 wheeled, armored amphibious vehicle with improved survivability, mobility, lethality, and C4ISR capability tailored to transport Marine Corps fighting units from ship to shore. SAIC’s ACV engine and transmission offers 600 horsepower for outstanding mobility while still exceeding fuel economy targets.

On land, the ACV 1.1’s independent suspension system improves ground mobility and ride quality for Marines. In water, its hydraulically driven propulsion systems with full independent thrust control authority and innovative water mode cooling solution supports safe operation at Sea-State 3 for ship-to-shore operational employment and through six-foot plunging surf.

Within the vehicle, state-of-the-art technologies include 360-degree situational awareness, force protection through leading blast protection seats, and a V-Over-VTM hull design to keep Marines alive in combat. All Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) vehicle hulls are manufactured and integrated in the United States.

“Our vehicle was designed with future Marines in mind. We are equipping a new generation of Marines with the latest technology that they have grown accustomed to and using it as a way that will improve warfighting capability and could potentially save their lives,” said Bernie Ellis, SAIC ACV 1.1 program manager.

SAIC has a proven track record – more than 10 years – of modifying and upgrading armored vehicles for the Department of Defense ensuring warfighters are protected during combat, while securing command and control and repair capabilities. ST Kinetics is one of Asia"s leading land systems and specialty vehicles companies having delivered hundreds of TERREX vehicles to the Singapore Armed Forces as well as the Warthog, a twin chassis, multi-purpose articulated tracked carrier, to the British Armed Forces.

Last February, the Marine Corps awarded SAIC a $121.5 million contract for the EMD phase of the ACV 1.1 program. Additionally, SAIC is currently the prime contractor providing the Marine Corps with initial survivability upgrades to 10 Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) prototypes.


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Pembangunan KRI Bima Suci Masuki Tahap Pemasangan Tiang Layar

Pembangunan KRI Bima Suci Masuki Tahap Pemasangan Tiang Layar

23 Februari 2017

Kapal layar latih KRI Bima Suci (all photos : TNI AL)

Pembangunan Kapal Layar Latih NB705 (KLL Bima Suci) di Vigo Masuki Tahap Pemasangan Tiang Layar

Setelah diluncurkan pada tanggal 17 Oktober 2016 lalu, pembangunan kapal layar latih NB705 kini memasuki tahap Pemasangan Tiang dan peralatan layar lainnya. Dansatgas Yekda Kapal Layar Latih Laksma TNI Sutarmono, M.Si Han., memimpin langsung kegiatan pergeseran posisi kapal pada hari Sabtu (17/2) pagi.

Meskipun diguyur hujan dan dilaksanakan pada hari libur, personel staf Satgas dan para calon awak kapal tetap bersemangat hadir. Posisi sandar kapal dipindahkan dari dermaga Coia milik Galangan Freire ke dermaga umum Bouzas yang lebih luas serta peralatan yang lebih lengkap untuk memasang tiang-tiang kapal.

KLL Bima Suci memiliki 3 (tiga) tiang layar dengan tinggi rata-rata 49,5 meter, dan peralatan layar lainnya dibuat di Hamburg, Jerman serta layar-layar buatan Gdansk Polandia telah tiba di pelabuhan Bouzas, Vigo Spanyol, sejak pertengahan Januari 2017. Sebagaimana diketahui, Hamburg adalah kota kelahiran KRI Dewaruci yang legendaris 64 tahun silam.

Pemasangan tiang dan peralatan layar akan berlangsung selama 45 hari atau hingga awal April 2017, dikerjakan oleh teknisi Detlev Loell, perusahaan Jerman yang bergerak pada bidang desainer, teknisi, survei, dan supervisi pembangunan kapal layar besar, baik kapal layar latih maupun kapal layar penumpang dan super yacht. Detlev Loell memiliki pengalaman internasional lebih dari 30 tahun membangun kapal layar untuk beberapa negara, seperti Brasil, Spanyol, Inggris, Irlandia, Costarica, Oman, Denmark, Polandia, Rusia, Belanda, Italia, Turki, dan Indonesia.

Berbeda dengan KRI Dewaruci yang berjenis Barquentine 3 tiang dan memiliki 16 buah layar, kapal layar latih NB705 adalah kapal layar jenis Barque 3 tiang dan memiliki 26 layar, yang terdiri dari 5 layar jib, 3 layar dastur, 6 layar persegi di tiang haluan, 6 layar persegi di tiang utama atau tiang tengah, 3 layar besar, dan 3 layar gaffel (mizzen) di tiang buritan.

Dengan 3 tiang dan total luas layar 3552 m2 yang dimilikinya, kapal layar latih penerus KRI Dewaruci tersebut diharapkan mampu mencapai kecepatan 15 knot dengan menggunakan layar tanpa mesin pada kondisi cuaca 5 Beaufort dan mampu berlayar selama 30 hari.


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Hawkei Combat Vehicles Confirmed for Delivery

Hawkei Combat Vehicles Confirmed for Delivery

23 Februari 2017

LAND 121 Hawkei 4x4 vehicle (photo : Sidney Morning Herald)

Minister for Defence Marise Payne has confirmed that the final 22 Thales Australia Hawkei’s for testing will be delivered on time.

At a conference in Canberra, Minister Payne confirmed that the next generation protected vehicles will be delivered as per the schedule.

Thales Australia is delivering the "new generation of protected vehicles", which have been designed to be able to operate in an environment under threat from Improvised Explosive Devices, mines and ambushes.

Hawkei is a 7-tonne, 4x4 vehicle with a 3-tonne payload designed to meet the demanding requirements of land forces world-wide.

Hawkei is also highly effective across a diverse range of mission profiles including troop movement, command and control, electronic warfare, liaison, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The acquirement of the Hawkei vehicles is part of Phase 4 of a multi-phased project known as LAND 121.

LAND 121 aims to provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with current-generation, high-capability field vehicles, modules and trailers.

In October 2015, the Australian government entered into contract with Thales Australia for the acquisition and support of 1,100 Hawkei PMV-Ls and 1,058 companion trailers.

Comparison of Thales Bushmaster and Thales Hawkei (photo : Bendigo Advertiser)

The contract is worth $1.3 billion and will see more than 1,100 blast-proof armoured vehicles built in Bendigo.

Thales Australia beat out various companies, including US defence giant General Dynamics Corp.

The Thales Hawkei vehicles provide a high level of protection for soldiers against blast and ballistic threats with significantly improved mobility that will enable them to operate in high-risk areas.

The Hawkei is the only protected mobility vehicle capable of being transported by ADF helicopters.

Hawkei will also pioneer a next-generation communications management system, the Integral Computing System, which will unify the vehicle"s panoply of communications systems through a common interface.

The Hawkei acquisition contract has provided for a phased approach as development continues in the lead-up to the start of full rate production in 2018.

The stages of production are as follows:

Stage 1 – Engineering and Manufacturing Development (2015 – 2017): A small run of vehicles to support testing and further development.

Stage 2 – Low-Rate Initial Production (2017 – 2018): Around 100 vehicles for final testing and initial deliveries.

Stage 3 – Full-Rate Production (2018 – 2022): Production of the remaining 1,000 vehicles and 1,058 trailers.

(Defence Connect)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

PT Pindad and Timoney Sign Contract At IDEX for Badak 6x6 Mobility System Upgrade

PT Pindad and Timoney Sign Contract At IDEX for Badak 6x6 Mobility System Upgrade

22 Februari 2017

The Pindad Badak 6x6 is to be updated with a customised Timoney modular driveline, transfer case and steering system. (photo :

NAVAN, Ireland --- At IDEX today, PT Pindad and Timoney announced that they have signed a contract to upgrade the Badak 6x6 with a customised Timoney modular driveline, transfer case and steering system. 

The Badak is a 6x6 vehicle fitted with a CMI Defence two-man turret to provide direct fire support for deployed troops. It has a monocoque hull and is fitted with an independent suspension system. 

The vehicle has a novel powerpack packaging solution that enables internal space to be maximised and has a special front mounted transfer box inputted to the first axle. This provides the vehicle with greater space to house the turret system. Timoney has designed a bespoke driveline packaging solution to meet this requirement. 

"The engineering requirements of the PT Pindad Badak has capitalised on our 50 years" experience of developing mobility solutions," said Shane O"Neill, Chief Executive of Timoney. 

"The design brings together our modular approach to meeting customer requirements together with our driveline expertise and we have also designed a new steering system and transfer box to provide PT Pindad with the ultimate solution to meet their mobility requirements," added O"Neill. 

Timoney driveline solutions are based on modular designs which can be customised to suit individual vehicle needs. They can be matched with Timoney"s transfer cases and steering systems or be part of a complete under the hull mobility solution. 

Timoney Technology is a global leader in the fields of vehicle driveline technology and are specialists in the area of independent suspensions; steering systems; specialist drive solutions; transfer cases; vehicle systems engineering; vehicle dynamics, whole body vibration analysis, complete vehicle design and turnkey solutions. Based in Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland and celebrating 50 years in business, the company has exported solutions to over 40 countries either directly or through its partners. 

(Timoney Technology)

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