Airbus Helicopters Delivers first Three AS565 MBe Panther to Indonesia

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JAKARTA, – Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia, ahead of contract schedule, at a ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, in the presence of representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence and the Indonesian Navy.

This follows the contract signature in late 2014 with PT Dirgantara Indonesia for 11 AS565 MBe helicopters. The delivery of the remaining helicopters will run through to 2018.

“We are excited to witness the handover of the first three AS565 MBe helicopters to our partner today”, said Janick Blanc, Head of the Panther programme at Airbus Helicopters. “The AS565 MBe has been developed using state-of-the-art processes and this enhanced variant of the Panther will benefit from an increased maximum take-off weight at 4,500kg. This will provide increased mission capabilities, specifically for the anti-submarine warfare missions these rotorcraft are expected to perform”, he added.

Under the agreement, Airbus Helicopters will supply the AS565 MBe helicopters to its Indonesia industrial partner PT Dirgantara Indonesia, who will reassemble and outfit these rotorcraft in-country, acting as the design authority. This will notably cover the installation of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite which includes a dipping sonar and torpedo launch systems, allowing the Indonesian Navy to carry out its most demanding missions.

This Indonesian MBe Panther programme is the latest of a long-standing relationship between Airbus Helicopters and PT Dirgantara Indonesia, who celebrated their 40 years of strategic partnership earlier this month. The two companies have delivered more than 190 helicopters together, through joint programmes over the last four decades.

“We have been working with Airbus Helicopters on numerous projects for many years by now, and this milestone today further illustrates the commitment both companies have towards this programme”, said Budi Santoso, CEO and President of PT Dirgantara Indonesia. “We look forward to receiving these green helicopters in Bandung, as we ready to start the installation of the mission equipment, and the subsequent qualification and certification of our future anti-submarine warfare helicopters”, he added.
Recognised as one of the world’s most capable light/medium anti-submarine warfare platforms, the AS565 MBe is equipped with two Safran Arriel 2N engines, which enhance the helicopter’s performance in high and hot conditions, while enabling it to achieve a top speed of 165 kt and a range of 780 kilometres. It also boasts a new main gearbox, the latest-generation tail rotor and a 4-axis autopilot that reduces crew workload and makes the most demanding missions easier to perform.

First three of 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Deliveries to run through to 2018. AS565 MBe will bring increased mission capabilities, specifically for anti-submarine warfare missions.

Airbus Helicopters Delivers Six Final EC135 T2+ for Australian Military Training Program

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CANBERRA, -- Donauwörth, Germany - Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last six of the EC135 T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), completing on-time deliveries of the full fleet of 15 helicopters.

Under the JP9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training program for Navy and Army aircrew will utilise 15 EC135 T2+ helicopters, along with flight simulators and a new flight-deck equipped sea-going training vessel. Boeing Defence Australia is the prime contractor for the new training system, partnered by Thales Australia who supplies the flight simulators and synthetic training devices.

A member of the H135 family of light twin-engine helicopters, the EC135 T2+ is an ideal training platform, and initial flying activities have commenced at their new home in Nowra, Australia.

“Airbus Helicopters is proud to know that Boeing has accepted now all 15 of their new EC135T2+, on time and on budget, for their world leading helicopter aircrew training system for the ADF”, said Peter Harris, Head of Governmental Sales for Australia – Pacific. “Following contract signature in November of 2014, and in the space of only two years, we have trained the initial cadre of Boeing and Commonwealth aircrew and technicians and all 15 aircraft have now been accepted”.

Boeing’s HATS Director Terry Nichols said that the Boeing team is very happy with the performance thus far of the EC135 and commended Airbus Helicopters for their on-time delivery.

“Boeing Defence Australia chose the EC135 as our preferred helicopter solution for HATS; it's a proven and reliable platform. We have been delighted with the cooperation from Airbus Helicopters to deliver these platforms that will form an important part of a world class training system.”

The EC135 T2+ is a consummate military training helicopter, offering a glass cockpit with high visibility, a multi-axis auto-pilot, the performance and safety of a twin-engine helicopter replacing current single types, plus other advanced technologies to help instructors perform training missions safely and provide the ADF with the flexibility to undertake additional missions. The H135 family is part of successful training systems in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Japan, and has recently been selected in the United Kingdom.

Airbus Helicopters has delivered around 1,200 H135s to customers around the globe who have logged a total of more than four million flight hours. The H135 is the unbeaten market leader in light, twin-engine, multi-purpose helicopters. Traditional missions for this class of helicopters include military training but also emergency medical services, law enforcement, VIP and business passenger transport, and maintenance of industrial wind parks.

The Australian Defence Force HATS EC135T2+ training helicopters.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade South Korea's F-16 fighters

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SEOUL, -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD1.2 billion contract to upgrade the Republic of Korea Air Force's (RoKAF's) fleet of KF-16 combat aircraft, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 21 November.

The contract, which was awarded on 18 November, will be performed at the company's Fort Worth production facility in Texas, and will be complete by 15 November 2025.

The RoKAF maintains a fleet of 170 KF-16C/D Block 50/52 fighters, which were received in 1986. In 2012 the South Korean government awarded BAE Systems a USD1.2 billion contract to upgrade 134 KF-16s with the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR), Raytheon's AN/ALR-69A electronic warfare (EW) suite, a Link 16 datalink, a helmet-mounted sight, a 'glass' cockpit, and an enhanced weapons package. The first two aircraft due to be upgraded had arrived at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in mid-May 2014. These were intended to serve as prototypes and test aircraft, with the remainder to be modernised in Korea using kits supplied by BAE Systems.

However, this contract was cancelled by the South Korean government in November 2014 after it said that costs had increased by about USD730 million. In December 2015, South Korea instead selected Lockheed Martin to carry out the work on its KF-16 upgrade programme. While this latest contract announcement does not disclose aircraft numbers or the specific nature of the work to be done, it will likely follow the same path as the previous award in terms of both numbers and scope. At least one aspect that will likely change will be the active electronically scanned array radar, which will now probably be provided by Lockheed Martin's long-standing F-16 partner Northrop Grumman rather than by Raytheon.

The Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 Fighting Falcon crew chiefs from the 123rd Maintenance Flight, 20th Fighter Wing, Seosan Air Base, approach a KF-16 as it arrives from Seosan Air Base to Kunsan Air Base.

Cambodia boosts 2017 defence budget

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PHNOM PENH, -- Cambodia has allocated USD455 million for the country's 2017 defence budget, the government in Phnom Penh has announced.

The expenditure represents a 19% increase over the 2016 defence budget of USD383 million.

According to government statements covered by national media, the 2017 defence budget accounts for around 9% of the total government expenditure in the year.

Hun Manet, the eldest son of prime minister Hun Sen, who is also a lieutenant general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), told the Phnom Penh Post that a large part of the 2017 defence budget will go towards a pay rise for military personnel.

The Royal Cambodian Air Force Harbin Z-9 Medium Utility Helicopters at Phnom Penh International Airport.

IMI Systems successfully demonstrates its innovative artillery systems to Philippines senior defense officials

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MANILA, -- IMI Systems (formerly Israel Military Industries) last week demonstrated a full spectrum of its advanced solutions for the next generation of artillery systems to a gathering of senior officials from the Philippines and other 16 countries including a number of NATO members.

The presentation showcased live firing of the Accular, a high precision guided rocket for ranges of up to 40 km, the highly accurate 155 mm shell developed by IMI Systems in cooperation with BAE Systems Rokar, and an activation of EXTRA missile 120kg warhead. The EXTRA missile is designed to attack qualitative targets from 30 km up to a range of 150 km.

In addition, IMI Systems presented advanced artillery radars manufactured by Elta, a UAV from Elbit, and a regional meteorology system made by the Mer Group.

The event, which took place at an undisclosed IDF firing range located in southern Israel, was hosted by IMI Systems' newly appointed Chairman, Mr. Yitzhak Aharonovitch, and CEO, Mr. Avi Felder.

“The success of this demonstration further enhances IMI Systems' already established position as a world leading systems house for unique artillery systems,” said Mr. Aharonovitch.

The Philippine military officials present during the said demonstration were National Defense Undersecretary for Finance and Material Raymund Elefante, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Ricardo Visaya, Army commanding general Lieutenant General Eduardo Año, Philippine Marine Corps commandant Major General Andre M. Costales Jr., Navy vice commander Rear Admiral Rafael G. Mariano, and other officials from the Army and Navy.

The IMI Lynx mobile launching system.

The IAI-Elta ELM-2084 Multi-Mission Radar.

Swedish defense and security firm opens shop in the Philippines, envoy says

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MANILA, -- Swedish defense company Saab Group has opened an office in Manila to start offering air traffic control, maritime traffic management, and surveillance systems to the Filipino market, Swedish Ambassador-designate Harald Fries said on Friday.

“Swedish company, Saab, multinational Swedish defense and civilian security company has opened up a representative office here in Manila, just the other day, last Wednesday, and they are looking into business partnerships here,” Fries said at a press briefing in Malacañang.

Saab's opening coincided with the reopening of the Swedish Embassy in Manila, which was closed down in 2008 following the global financial recession.

“I mean, you have a huge archipelago so for safety. And I think it could be of interest to look into such modern advanced systems,” Fries said.

Fries said the Swedish government was not engaged in marketing defense products.

“What could happen is if a company would like to sell defense material to the Philippines, then the Swedish government would have to look into this and give some sort of approval," Fries said.
"There’s a Swedish government agency who gives approval for the Swedish sides to such deals,” he added.

Saab’s products also include military aircraft and missiles.

The Swedish Air Force Saab JAS 39 Gripen single-engine multirole fighter aircraft.

Royal Thai Navy Held a Ceremony to Take Delivery of 5 New Helicopter into the Naval Aviation

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BANGKOK, -- On November 10, 2016 at 13:20 am, Air Naval Commander, presided over the ceremony of five new air transport helicopter (transport helicopter model EC645 T2) active in Navy Helicopter Squadron.

The Navy signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters Ltd of France to supply 5 EC645 T2 helicopters for use in air transport missions and naval support ship operations, including search and rescue of victims at sea and on land. A device for moving patients and victims in the sea as well as moving patients from the ship to land.

The EC645 T2 helicopter is features two 1788-horsepower engine with a width of 7.86 meters, in length 13.63 meters, high, 3.1 meters, empty weight 2.385 kg maximum payload of 3,700 kg, a top speed of 150 knots (270 km/hour), maximum altitude of 20,000 feet, max range 648 km. The helicopter installed with 7.62mm machine gun, helicopters can carry up to eight people.

The helicopter model EC645 T2 represents a light helicopter which has been upgraded in transmission (gear) and the rotor, tail-coated (fenestron) to increase the safety of landing and in flight and reduce noise and vibration. For the cockpit all in digital formats, Night Vision Goggle compatible with camera systems can operate at night, with computer-controlled positioning systems - a target with a laser pointer. display and infrared - electrolyte optics, and notification system for pilots it can operate in sea.

The five all weather helicopters are service in 202 Squadron Royal Flying Squadron, 2nd Division of Naval Aviation Fleet.

The Royal Thai Navy Airbus EC645T2 medium-sized Multi-mission Helicopter Helicopters.

Indonesia Interested in Ukrainian Radar Systems, Air-to-Air Missiles and Antonov Aircraft

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JAKARTA, -- In the framework of international exhibition Indo Defence-2016 – held in Indonesian capital city Jakarta – the talks between UKROBORONPROM leadership and representatives of the Armed Forces of Indonesia were held.

During the meeting, Assistant Commander-in-Chief Bonar Hutagaol and Deputy Commander of the Air Force of Indonesia showed strong interest in new radar systems, manufactured by UOP enterprises-participants. Air-to -air missiles, produced by JSHC “Artem,” and military transport aircraft of “Antonov” production were also discussed among other UOP products during the talks.

At Indo Defence-2016 expo the State Concern represented 37 exhibits from 16 UOP enterprisers-participants. In addition to new partners search, UOP aims for active dialogue with representatives of other countries, experience and technology exchange, import substitution program speed up.

Indo Defence-2016 covers a whole range of armament and military equipment used by the Army, Air and Navy of Southeast Asia. The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia and is recognized in the industry as a place for presentations, training, communication and business, where there are more than 20,000 professional visitors and more than 670 companies from 49 countries, demonstrating the latest military equipment and systems.

During military exercises “Rubizh-2016” radio-technical battalion of the radio-technical troops successfully tested 3-D surveillance radar “Pelican”. Specialists of UOP SE “Scientific and Production Complex Iskra” were engaged in development and production of the new military equipment.

The Antonov An-70 medium-range transport aircraft. An-70 aircraft is able to carry a payload of 47 tonnes, while its competitors from the West A-400M can carry a payload of 37 tons.

ST Marine lays keel for Singapore's fifth Littoral Mission Vessel

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SINGAPORE, -- Shipbuilder ST Marine has laid down the fifth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

The 1,250-tonne platform, which will be the future RSS Indomitable , was laid down on 11 November at the shipyard's facilities in Jurong.

Indomitable is part of a contract for eight LMVs acquired by the Singapore government to replace the RSN's 11 Fearless-class patrol boats, a number of which have been in service for more than 20 years.

First-of-class Independence was launched in July 2015, while third-of-class Unity was launched in October 2016. The fourth vessel, Justice , is currently under construction at ST Marine's facilities in Benoi, having been laid down in May 2016.

The third Littoral Mission Vessel on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy, Unity, at its launch ceremony in October 2016.

New Batch of Ukrainian Oplot-T Main Battle Tanks Delivered to Thailand

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BANGKOK, -- A new batch of Ukrainian-made Oplot-M the main battle tanks has been delivered to Thailand. According to local media, the five new Oplot-M the main battle tanks has arrived in Thailand in accordance with the contract signed with the Ukrainian side.

The batch of Oplots, the which are produced by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, arrived on board cargo ship. Royal Thai Army has received a total of 20 Oplot-T play battle tanks.

The RTA ordered 49 Oplots in 2011 for USD240 million, Although the production of the Thai tanks has been subject to serious delays due to conflict in Ukraine in 2014 and 2015.

The Oplot-T or BM Oplot is an upgraded version of the T-84 Oplot MBT. The Oplot is armed with a KBA-3 125mm smoothbore gun, a KT-7.62 (PKT) coaxial machine gun and a KT-12.7 anti-aircraft machine gun.

The main gun is fed by a loading system equipped with conveyor, automatic loader and control system.

The ammunition includes high explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG), armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot (APFSDS), high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) and gun mount (GM) rounds.

The Royal Thai Army Oplot-M Main Battle Tank.

Indonesia to Purchase Three More Submarines

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JAKARTA, -- After ordering three submarines from South Korea, Indonesia plans to buy three more as part of the country’s minimum essential force (MEF) program.

The Committee for Defense Industry Policy (KKIP) said Indonesia had yet to decide the producer of the submarines.

“The first, second and third submarines were developed in South Korea,” KKIP corporation and marketing department head Rear Adm (ret) Yussuf Sollichien told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Thursday.

He said Indonesia had yet to decide whether it would purchase the three submarines from South Korea.

Indonesia has ordered three types of 209/1400 Chang Bogo- Class diesel attack submarines from Korean defense company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine engineering (DSME).

The Navy currently operates two German-made submarines, the KRI Cakra (401) and KRI Nenggala (402), which were built in the 1980s. The submarines are due to be decommissioned in 2020.

Besides three new submarines, Indonesia also plans to purchase guided missile frigates and fast missile boats.

“Indonesia doesn’t want to downgrade the operational and technical requirements, so we will buy from foreign countries. However, we need the transfer of technology [TOT] as that is mandated by the law,” Yussuf said.

The Republic of Indonesian Navy Nagapasa (KRI-403) Type 209 Improved Chang Bogo-class diesel-electric attack submarine.

Myanmar Confirms the Purchase of FC-1 Aircraft

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NAYPYIDAW, -- On 1 November in the afternoon, journalists from Chinese media met the path of military officers of the Burmese air , they confirmed "with certainty" the purchase of aircraft Sino-hunting pakistanaais FC-1 .

As for the quantity covered by this acquisition, Burmese officers refused to answer. But according to an Israeli source dating from January this year , an order for 16 aircraft was placed with a price of 35 million US dollar.

In terms of combat aircraft, the Burmese army has air today than fifty old Chinese fighter J-7M and thirty MiG-29 , and an airplane twenty attack Air-Sol Q-5 .

Their pilots also train with Chinese jet training Nanghang K-8 . The arrival of FC-1 Chinese design should facilitate the handling by the drivers who have already used to fly on devices manufactured in China.

When asked about their opinions on two other planes of Chinese J-10 and J-20 fighter, Burmese officers indicate that the "love", but the country does not need this kind of aircraft.

During the visit, these same officers of the Burmese Air Force have expressed strong interest in a mini-seater jet monitoring, the "Aerial Survey Star", Chinese electronics group ECCC. They also confirmed their intention to buy this model.

This small plane, transformed from the Austrian light aircraft Diamond DA42 MPP , is equipped with high resolution cameras and LIDAR developed by the ECCC, it can quickly generate an accurate map in 3D (3D-DTM and DSM-3D ) scanned regions.

The China Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group / Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Modified FC-1 Xiaolong (Export Version: JF-17 Thunder) Multi-role combat aircraft completes test flight.