Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PT DI Siapkan Tiga CN235 untuk AL dan AU

TNI AU berencana memiliki 3 pesawat CN-235MPA untuk dapat membentuk 1 skadron pesawat  intai baru (photo : Peter Ho) | PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI)tahun ini kembali mendapatkan tiga proyek pesawat CN235 untuk TNI Angkatan Laut (AL) dan Angkatan Udara.Ketiga pesawat itu ditargetkan bisa rampung dan dikirimkan pada tahun 2015 atau 2016.

“Satu pesawat untuk Angkatan Udara dan dua untuk Angkatan Laut untuk patroli maritim,”ujar Direktur Pengembangan Teknologi Engineering PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) Andi Alisjahbana di Jakarta, Minggu (19/5).

Nilai kontrak ketiga pesawat disebutkan tidak sampai Rp 1 triliun. Pada tahun ini PT DI juga akan mengirimkan dua atau tiga pesawat jenis yang sama juga untuk TNI Angkatan Laut yang merupakan kontrak multi years pada tahun 2011. 

Target perusahaan kata dia setidaknya melakukan penjualan atau kontrak senilai Rp 3 triliun setiap tahunnya. Pada tahun 2012, perusahaan mendapatkan keuntungan sedikit lebih besar bila dibandingkan pada tahun sebelumnya. Diharapkan tahun ini perusahaan tersebut juga mengalami peningkatan pendapatan. 

Dia menambahkan bahwa PT DI juga berfokus untuk menyelesaikan proyek pesanan pembuatan pesawat yang masih backlog sekitar Rp 8 triliun sampai 2015 mendatang.Proyek tersebut tidak hanya dari konsumen dalam negeri tetapi juga dari luar negeri.

Selain berfokus untuk memproduksi pesawat dan helicopter, PT DI juga mengembangkan perawatan pesawat atau Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) melalui Divisi Aircraft Services (ACS). ACS ditargetkan tidak hanya mampu memberikan MRO pesawat buatan PT DI tetapi juga produksi perusahaan lain. Pasar MRO Indonesia saat ini dikatakan sangat besar dan berpotensi untuk terus berkembang seiring dengan pertambahan jumlah pesawat.Namun, sayang lebih banyak maskapai yang memilih ke luar negeri untuk melakukan MRO.

“Airlines Rp 8 sampai 9 triliun tiap tahun. Dari jumlah itu diambil oleh dalam negeri yaitu GMF AeroAsia dan kami ada Rp 3 triliun.Jadi kita mesti berusaha menangkap pasar itu. Hanya kendalanya investasi, penambahan kemampuan karena mesti menguasai teknologi,”paparnya.

Belum semua aspek dalam MRO bisa dikuasai oleh pihaknya kata Andi.Misalnya landing gear yang harus dikirim ke luar negeri. “Kita lagi belajar mendapatkan kualifikasi.Kalau belum mendapatkan kualifikasi, training ya belum bisa,”imbuhnya.


Navy Needs B13bn for New Frigate

DSME DW3000H frigates (photo : Navy Recognition)

The Royal Thai Navy will ask the cabinet to approve a budget of 13 billion baht for a new frigate to be built by a South Korean shipyard.

Navy chief Adm Surasak Rounroengrom said the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters is scrutinising the budget proposal and later will forward it to the Ministry of Defence. Once approved, it will be submitted to the cabinet for consideration, he said. 

A navy source said the navy had set up several sub-committees to coordinate with the Korea-based shipbuilding and offshore contractor. 

A navy selection committee last month chose Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to build the new frigate, a navy source said.

The company was one of two South Korean firms in the final round of bidding, organised by the navy panel.

Three other three foreign firms were eliminated in the previous rounds - from Spain, Italy and China.

The source said the high-capability frigate to be built by Daewoo would be based on the company’s type DX II frigate, which has a displacement of 5,000 tonnes, with modifications to meet the Thai navy’s special requirements.

The new navy ship will have a displacement of between 3,000 and 4,000 tonnes.   

Navy chief of staff Chakchai Phucharoenyot, who chaired the selection committee, earlier told the media the navy also asked the company to install a Combat Management System (CMS) which can be allied to the systems already installed in the frigates HTMS Naresuan and HTMS Taksin.

The new frigate, which would be the first South Korean-built naval vessel in the Thai fleet, is expected to be ready for commissioning in two years, Adm Chakchai said.

(Bangkok Post)

Lockheed Martin Ready to Commit to Help KFX Project

Lockheed Martin offering a robust technology transfer program for Korea’s KF-X (image : daum)

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is seen as one of strongest candidates to win the FX (Fighter Experimental) III project thanks to its stealth function. However, some critics are expressing concerns about the foreign military sales (FMS) program.

They say that should the U.S. aerospace and defense giant win the 8.3-trillion-won ($7.5 billion) bid, Korea will not be able to take advantage of the most-expensive procurement deal in history.

That’s because unlike direct commercial sales (DCS), the government-to-government FMS in which Washington would broker a contract between Seoul and Lockheed Martin is likely to restrict the U.S. company from transferring technology, which Korea plans to use in the project aimed at replacing its aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

However, Randy Howard, Lockheed Martin’s director of the Korea F-35 campaign, says Lockheed Martin is open to technology transfer and willing to make strong and solid commitments to help Korea with the project on the back of its track record.

“Lockheed is offering a robust industrial participation, offset, and technology transfer program. The offer includes the opportunity for the Korean industry to participate as a best value global supplier in the F-35 program, manufacturing the center wing and horizontal and vertical tails of the plane,” the American told The Korea Times.

“We’re also offering a robust technology transfer program for Korea’s KF-X indigenous fighter program. This offer includes a large contingent of Lockheed Martin engineers to assist in the design and development of the aircraft as well as an extensive amount of technical data drawn from the company’s existing fighter aircraft programs.”

He cited the T-50 as the firm’s proven track record of delivering on its offset commitments, saying the training jet, manufactured by the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), is the product of a program that delivered technology transfer and an industrial partnership as part of the F-16 Korea Fighter Program (KFP).

Currently, along with the F-35, Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle (SE) and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company’s (EADS) Eurofighter Typhoon are competing to win the FX contract that will purchase a high-end fleet of 60 combat aircrafts and start deploying them from 2016. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to come up with a winner by the end of June.

There is negative public sentiment about the F-35 due to the FMS, under which details of the plane’s sale must meet U.S. government regulations.

However, Howard said there is no difference between the FSM and DCS, given the export of the technology process is the same for both.

“It is the same offices, same people, same restrictions, same enablement, and the fact that it is FMS has no additional bearing on potential export or non-export of the technology to Korea. For both FMS and DCS, they both have to go to the same State Department and the same offices have to approve the transfer,” he said.

In addition, he stressed that Lockheed Martin has been very successful in getting approval and working with the U.S. government under the FMS program.

“It’s important to have a contractor who knows how to sit down and work with the U.S. government to describe the programs and get the approvals for the export of technology,” he said.

“Lockheed Martin has done this better all around the world. We set licensed co-production of F-16s here in Korea. We worked with the Japanese industry for the production of their aircraft, the F-2. We have licensed co-production for F-16s in Turkey. So all around the world we have successfully established indigenous production programs based on the F-16 and other products.”

Along with technology transfer, the cost of the high-end fleet of fighter jets is expected to play a key role.

But the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the U.S. Congress in March of a potential FMS of 60 F-35 conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $10.8 billion, which is way beyond DAPA’s expectations.

Howard is confident that the final cost of an F-35 program for Korea will go down, calling it a “cost ceiling.”

“The production cost of the F-35 has been reduced by 50 percent from the first year of production to the fifth year of production,” he said.

“We are in final negotiations with the U.S. government on the sixth and seventh production lots and further cost reductions will be realized. The final cost of an F-35 program will be based upon discussions that occur between the Korean and U.S. governments.”

Among the three candidates, the F-35 is the only fifth-generation multirole fighter and the director said it provides a quantum lead in capability over all fourth-generation ones.

“2G phones are functional. You can do two things ― make phone calls and get email. But it does not have any apps. It’s limited in how it functions in today’s world and for the future. It’s at the end of its production life. That is a very similar analogy to a fourth-generation airplane. It’s at the end of its production and has limited functionality, and its future is not very bright,” he said.

“And yet, smartphones change how you live your life. You can do so many more things with a smartphone: You can put new software on it because there are applications out there which you can plug and play very easily. Smartphones are multitasking and this is what the F-35 does. It multitasks.

“If I came to you and said I want you to buy 60 2G phones, and I will give you all the software that goes with it. Would this be a good deal for you? The real point I’m making is that, Korea already has the vast majority of the software, capabilities, and technology to build fourth-generation aircraft.”

Australia Renews Interest in MQ-4C Triton UAS

Two MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Air System vehicles at Northrop Grumman's facility in Palmdale, Calif., in April 2013 (photo : Chad Slattery)

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The Australian Ministers for Defence and Defence Materiel announced May 15 that the government of Australia will enter into a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) planning case with the U.S. Navy for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

The FMS planning case will help Australian defense officials assess the applicability of Triton’s capabilities to their high-altitude, long-endurance UAS for maritime patrol and other surveillance requirements.

According to a press release issued by Australia's Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Dr. Mike Kelly on May 15, "The goal is to provide long-range, long-endurance maritime surveillance and response and an effective anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capability."

Australia's interest in the U.S. Navy’s persistent maritime surveillance unmanned systems development dates back to 2007 when it participated in the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAS pre-system development and demonstration under a cooperative partner project agreement.

"Our team is eager to partner with Australia on this FMS planning case involving the MQ-4C Triton UAS," said Capt. Jim Hoke, the Navy's Persistent Maritime (PMA-262) UAS program office here. "The development of a system based on the Triton UAS would significantly improve Australian and US capabilities in the region, enhancing our joint ability to respond to regional challenges, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief."

As an adjunct to the manned P-8A, the U.S. Navy's Triton will be able to cover more than 2.7 million square miles in a single mission. Its capability to perform persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with a range of 2,000 nautical miles will allow P-8A, P-3C and EP-3E aircraft to focus on their core missions, adding to the capability of the Navy's Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force.

Australia is a cooperative partner with the U.S. Navy in the development and production of the P-8A.


TNI AU Kunjungi Perbaikan C-130H di Australia

Dari empat C-130H untuk Indonesia pesawat pertama akan diserahkan akhir Juli 2013 dan pesawat terakhir akan diserahkan sebelum Oktober 2014. (photo : Ikahan)

Kunjungan Resmi Dankoharmatau untuk Mengamati Perkembangan Perbaikan C130H

AUSTRALIA – Selama periode 8 hingga 10 Mei 2013, Marsda TNI Sumarno selaku Komandan Pemeliharaan dan Materil Angkatan Udara (Dankoharmatau) melakukan kunjungan kerja ke Markas Angkatan Udara Australia di Richmond dan Markas Angkatan Udara Australia di Williamtown, New South Wales, Australia. Kunjungan tersebut dilakukan sebagai bagian dari pengembangan hubungan antar TNI-AU dan Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) di bidang pemeliharaan dan keselamatan penerbangan.

Pada tanggal 8 Mei 2013, Marsda TNI Sumarno bertemu dengan staf teknik dan logistik yang telah mendukung program C130H untuk RAAF. Tujuan dari kunjungan ini adalah untuk memberikan paparan kepada Dankoharmatau tentang sistem pendukung untuk empat pesawat C130H yang akan dipindahkan dari pihak Australia ke pihak Indonesia. Paparan tersebut juga termasuk memberikan informasi tentang pelaksanaan perbaikan yang dilakukan pada pesawat sebelum diserahkan kepada Indonesia.

Setibanya di RAAFRichmond, Marsda TNI Sumarno disambut oleh Commander Air Lift Group, Marsma Gary Martin. Selama pertemuan mereka, Marsma Martin memberikan paparan singkat kepada Marsda TNI Sumarno tentang sejarah armada C130H dalam melaksanakan tugasnya untuk Australia dan berbicara secara mendalam tentang peran penting pesawat tersebut selama bermain dalam operasi di seluruh dunia dan juga dalam hubungan bilateral antara Australia dan Indonesia.

Marsda TNI Sumarno melakukan tur ke hangar di mana armada C130H sedang dalam proses diperbaharui oleh Qantas Defence Services (QDS) sebelum dialihkan kepada pihak TNI-AU. Beliau ditunjukkan pesawat pertama yang telah dipersiapkan untuk Indonesia yang telah diberikan tanda Angkatan Udara Republi kIndonesia.

Beliau terkesan dengan kondisi pesawat tersebut dan pesawat lainnya yang akan diperbaiki oleh QDS pada masa depan. Diharapkan bahwa pesawat pertama dapat siap dikirim ke Indonesia pada akhir Juli 2013 dan pesawat terakhir akan diserahkan sebelum Oktober 2014. Marsda TNI Sumarno mengatakan bahwa ia sangat tertarik untuk lebih mengembangkan dan memperkuat hubungan antara Koharmatau, Angkatan Udara Australia dan QDS untuk menjamin pengiriman semua empat pesawat akan siap sesuai dengan jadwal yang telah ditentukan dan telah sesuai dengan praktek terbaik dunia untuk kelayakan udara dan keselamatan penerbangan.

Pada 09-10 Mei, Dankoharmatau melakukan kunjungan lebih lanjut di RAAF Richmond dan RAAF Williamtown untuk mengamati proyek perbaikan hangar di sejumlah markas yang dapat digunakan sebagai contoh untuk proses perbaikan hangar yang sedang dilakukan di Lanud Husein Sastranegara, Bandung, yang di sponsori oleh Australia-Indonesia aviation safety joint working group. Kunjungan tersebut dilakukan pada sejumlah hangar pemeliharaan untuk pesawat C130, F/A-18 dan Hawk 100 termasuk fasilitas untuk mengecat pesawat.

Beliau juga turut mengunjungi fasilitas pemeliharaan pesawat Hawk 100 untuk membahas masalah kelayakan udara serta pekerjaan terpenting dalam pencegahan korosi pada pesawat.

Sebagai hasil dari kunjungan ini, Marsda TNI Sumarno menunjukkan keinginannya untuk Koharmatau menjadi lebih erat terlibat pada proses serah-terima C130H dariAustralia untuk Indonesia dan pada bidang aviation safety joint working group.



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