Jakarta, Kompas - Three Russian-made Sukhoi planes are planned to come 5
September 2010. The third plane was completing a seven similar aircraft
has owned the Indonesian National Army Air Force.

"Three Sukhoi will come this September. Already have a team
pick up over there, "said Army Chief of Staff Air Force (Air Force Chief) Marshal
Imam Sufaat, Tuesday (31 / 8). Two aircraft will come on Sept. 5 and
one aircraft will come on Sept. 15. These new planes
plan will be performing at the TNI anniversary date of October 5.

"So, we already have 10 Sukhoi and plans to add six more.
The President had already approved, "said Imam. Owned Sukhoi aircraft
Indonesia first came in 2004. Currently aircraft
incorporated in the 11th Squadron based at Hasanuddin Air Field,
Makassar. Three Sukhoi who come will be accompanied by Antonov planes.

Priest admits, three planes were not equipped with weaponry.
According to him, purchase the package with the purchase of different aircraft
weaponry. "But we will definitely armed," he said.

Currently the Air Force R & D has managed to make bombs to arm
Sukhoi. In addition, it also has made rocket. However, for completeness
missiles can not be made. During this missile manufacture
aka seekers hindered technological mastery tracker. According to Imam,
with sophisticated technology capable Sukhoi shoot outside
range of visual and radar lock-on, the bullet that could accommodate
that technology can not be made by Indonesia.

Sukhoi related to communication systems, the Imam said, three planes
the future has been adjusted to the prevailing system
TNI AU. Several years ago, the difference in this communication system could
technical problems.

Currently two Air Force pilots were sent to study in Russia for
Sukhoi introduction. Some Russian technicians will come to Indonesia
to assist the Air Force. (EDN)

US and China increase their defence cooperation with Indonesia

DENPASAR, Indonesia -- In the tussle for influence in Southeast Asia, the United States and China have long been competing for Indonesia's affections. The strategically positioned, resource-rich archipelago is a prized partner in an era of fuel shortages and the global war on terror. But Washington and Beijing have lately expanded their courtship of Jakarta from the traditional areas of trade agreements, foreign direct investment, market access and technical assistance, to increasingly include offers of military hardware and military cooperation.

This three-way dance began in 2005, when China and Indonesia announced their "Strategic Partnership." At the same time, the U.S. partly normalized military-to-military ties with Indonesia after an embargo imposed in the 1990s due to the human rights abuses in East Timor by the Indonesian military (TNI).

Beijing took an early lead in this race for influence. The Indonesia-China Strategic Partnership marked a breakthrough in the relationship between the two giant neighbors and sent alarm bells ringing in Washington. The agreement sought to expand the political, cultural and military-security aspects of the bilateral relationship. In terms of the latter, in particular, it committed the two countries to developing each other's defense industries, establishing a defense consultation mechanism, and increasing cooperation between their law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the fight against transnational security threats.

In July 2005, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited Beijing and signed a memorandum of understanding on defense technology cooperation for the development of short- and medium-range missiles. Jakarta also placed a $11 million order for YJ-82/C-802 anti-ship missiles.

In 2006, Indonesia-China Defense Security Consultation talks were inaugurated, causing significant concern in Washington. The warming ties between Jakarta and Beijing led to two Chinese warships visiting Indonesia in March 2007, the first such visit in more than 12 years.

A draft agreement on defense cooperation was then signed in the second Defense Security Consultation Talks a month later, covering defense technology cooperation, exchange of military students and the possibility of further arms sales to Indonesia.

In January 2008, the two countries further agreed to cooperate in the joint production of military transport vehicles and aircraft, to be developed by the two countries' state-owned defense industries. The same year, China's NORINCO and Indonesia's Pindad signed a deal to jointly develop rocket launchers and accompanying ammunition. An agreement was also reached on setting up a TNI-PLA cooperation committee, with a view to arranging joint military and training exercises.

China's charm offensive, however, has led to little tangible results, as the Jamestown Foundation's China Brief argued last year. For all the talks, no contractual production agreements have been signed thus far. Sino-Indonesian military exchanges have also been limited, and no more large orders of Chinese-manufactured military hardware have been placed by Jakarta.

One potential explanation for the slowdown is the United States' renewed efforts to restore relations with Indonesia. Though the groundwork had been laid in previous years, the speed with which the U.S. moved to regain the upper hand in the contest for Jakarta's sympathies over the last 12 months has been quite remarkable.

In March 2010, a U.S. Air Force technical team carried out critical in-country safety and maintenance reviews of the Indonesian air force's of U.S.-built aircraft. This was followed by the signing in early June of a wide-ranging agreement -- the Framework Arrangement on Cooperative Activities in the Field of Defense -- intended to integrate existing defense collaboration between the two countries, according to a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia.

The same month, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron R. Hume inaugurated a $56 million program to fund production of coastal and shipboard radar systems at the Batam Regional Maritime Command Center. The systems included 16 coastal radars, 11 shipboard radars, one set of headquarters equipment and two regional command centers, according to information on the official Web site of the U.S. embassy.

In July, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta told Jane's that it was processing a range of Indonesian requests for services and equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense. It also indicated that Washington intended to position itself as a key military supplier to Indonesia.

Just what that meant became clearer when Indonesia Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro expressed Jakarta's intention to buy U.S.-built F-16 and C-130H Hercules aircraft during a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in Jakarta on July 22. The purchase would be funded by the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program, a U.S. grant provided to foreign governments to fund the purchase of U.S.-made weapons, services and training.

After the lifting of the U.S. military embargo, Indonesia received nearly $1 million in FMF funds in 2006. That has climbed to $20 million this year.

While in Jakarta, Gates also announced that Washington had lifted its ban on cooperation with Kopassus, the TNI's controversial special forces. The restriction had been the last remaining embargo on bilateral military-to-military ties.

But Washington's reversal of fortune does not mean that Beijing is accepting defeat. China has designated 2010, "The Year of China-Indonesia Friendship," to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. High-ranking Chinese officials have already traveled to Jakarta this year to propose, among other things, the establishment of a joint council to facilitate increased levels of joint military production. Beijing has also offered additional C-802 anti-ship missiles as well as a range of naval vessels.

While Jakarta is considering its options, there are rumors that Yudhoyono may ask for an increase in Indonesia's FMF allocation when U.S. President Barack Obama visits Indonesia later this year. Against such a backdrop, Obama -- who spent part of his childhood in Indonesia -- will find it difficult to refuse.

Fabio Scarpello is the Southeast Asia correspondent for the Italian news agency Adnkronos International. He is based in Denpasar, Indonesia.

Indonesia will realize their submarine procurrement

After several delays, finally going to Indonesia soonrealize the procurement of new submarines. Issues purchase submarines actually has emerged around the year 2005 when President Megawati,where at this time the submarine will be bought is from kilo class. But along with the development and conduct ToT for submarine procurement, in addition kilo class choices also appear purchase discourse of class submarines U-214. Only from the military tends to vote kilo class or armur class because the capability of these class to conduct attacks projection ashore.

Qiam 1: Latest Iran missile launched

In recent days Iran will conduct launching test for their most sofisticasted missile, Qiam 1
Baku – APA. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says the military has successfully test fired a new surface-to-surface missile, APA reports quoting “The Voice of America”.

Iran’s Press TV quotes Vahidi as saying the Qiam-1 missile has what he called a "smart navigation system" that decreases the chances of it being intercepted. He also said the missile can hit targets with high precision.

Vahidi commented during Friday prayers in Tehran. He did not say where the test was carried out or reveal the missile’s precise range.

Local TV reports showed a missile lifting into the air from what appeared to be a desert location.

Word of the test came a day before Iran was expected to launch its Bushehr nuclear power plant, using fuel delivered by Russia.

Thailand defence budget on under fire

The military budget nevertheless managed to sail through its second reading in the lower house last night following a long, intense debate over transparency in the procurement of weapons, armoured vehicles and airships.

The Puea Thai Party failed in its attempt to seek a 10% to 30% cut in the 170 billion baht defence budget, which accounts for 8% of total spending in the 2011 fiscal year.

A majority of MPs, 242, approved the budget last night.

"I'm sure we have sufficient weapons and armoured vehicles compared to our neighbours," said Puea Thai MP Plengmanee Rengsomboon.

There is no need for the country to possess such a large amount of weapons because anybilateral conflict could be mediated by international organisations like the United Nations, Ms Plengmanee said.

"Some of this money is part of our borrowings so why don't we use it for something necessary like improving people's quality of life?"

Ms Plengmanee questioned the planned purchase of six Gripen fighter aircraft to add to the six already ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force. That should be enough for now, she said.

Corruption scandals in military procurement schemes showed this was not the time for the army to be getting more money, MPs said.

The Royal Thai Army would be given 20 billion baht over the next three years to buy 1,500 machine guns, 60 armoured vehicles, two planes, 11 helicopters and three large trucks.

Puea Thai MP for Bangkok Anudit Nakornthap said several weapon purchase projects had been tainted by corruption.

Grp Cpt Anudit cited the army's purchase of an airship costing 300 million baht to improve security in the lower South. The craft is troubled by apparent construction flaws and delays in delivery.

The army's 4 billion baht procurement of 96 armoured personal carriers from Ukraine had also caused problems. The APCs have still not been delivered even though the agreement was signed in July 2008.

Puea Thai MP for Khon Kaen Preechaphol Pongpanich said the defence budget exceeded that of other ministries that worked to help improve the quality of people's lives.

Lt Preechaphol, who was a minority voice on the house budget bill scrutiny committee, said he felt there were irregularities in the military budget.

The military asked for 10 million baht to renovate 10 houses inside the 11th Infantry Battalion in Bang Khen where the government based its operation against the anti-government red shirts.

He accused Democrat MP Suwaroj Palang, also a member of the scrutiny committee, of joining influential figures in the army to push for the money.

Mr Suwaroj denied the allegation. "No one can order me about," he said.

Army commander Anupong Paojinda Thursday defended the spending, saying it was in line with the armed forces development plan.

Gen Anupong said the purchases did not come out of thin air. The procurements were studied and regarded as necessary for military development.

"We have a plan for this. We have researched what our troops need," he said.

"I don't just wake up, head to a market and look around for what to buy."

Thailand's defence spending should be about 2% of gross domestic product, he said. The 170 billion baht accounts for 1.4% to 1.5 %.


Indonesia launching their first missile patrol boat (PKR)

August 17, 2010, Jakarta - Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro me
launching the construction of warships combat type missile Destroyer Watchtower (PKR)
which is a combat warship tpertama and the largest to be made
in Indonesia, Monday (16 / 8) at the Defense Ministry offices in Jakarta.
Making PKR warships will be done by PT. PAL as
domestic defense industry cooperation with other countries, as
winner of the tender.
PKR is Launching a war ship building with the theme "Child Dedication
Nation To Bumi Persada Indonesia "is, marked by the opening
Mock Up symbolically sheath combat warships PKR by the Minister of Defence.
Attending the ceremony were the Commander of TNI Djoko Santoso, TNI Laksama Kasal
Agus Suhartono, Lieutenant General Sjafri Sjamsoeddin deputy defense minister, secretary general Kemhan
TNI Mardya Haryyanto Eris, S. IP, M.A. and Managing Director of PT. PAL Harsusanto and
some officials in the ranks Kemhan, TNI and Mabesal.
In addition, officials also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Industry,
Ministry of Research and Technology, Ministry of Enterprise, Bappenas and the House Commission I members
RI as well as representatives from Damen in Indonesia.
Defence in his speech said, after a journey that
long enough, eventually launching Kemhan able to ship building
PKR war which is the largest combat warships and the first
will be built in Indonesia, namely PT. PAL.
According to Minister of Defense, launched the construction of warships is extremely PKR
important, considering this is one of the priorities in line with
development in the government of Indonesia to the second Cabinet of building
defense industry in the city. The significance of the construction industry
is the best defense in the country and as far as possible in order
Military defense equipment be built in the country.
"Launching this PKR warship construction becomes very moment
important, because after the Indonesian monetary crisis in
1998, then we try to rebuild the defense industry
in the country, "added Minister of Defence.
Defense says, the construction of warships would be the point of this PKR
initial rise of the domestic defense industry, particularly ship industry
war, and further expected to continue to build ships
This kind of next to Indonesia in the future will have
a strong navy.
Defense further explained, in addition used for the task - the task
fighters, warships PKR is also required to provide a deterrent
effect or effects of fear against anyone who would try to interfere with
Homeland sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Minister of Defense added that warships of this PKR can also be used in peace
keeping mission or peacekeeping missions. In a peace mission,
Indonesia has not only sent troops from the Army, but has also
sending naval warships in a mission in Lebanon.
At that time, with a Sigma Class was quite successful and is recognized by
NATO warships the Navy that meets the standards of ship - ship
NATO war. With the presence of PKR warships, according to Defense
Indonesia is expected to be placed on more class
high and honorable in the world in the International arena.
In addition, with the construction of warships that will be created PKR PT. PAL,
also proves that the government in this regard and Armed Kemhan
committed in realizing the welfare pro-defense policy.
Through the development of CRF in PT.PAL warship, the defense industry
and other domestic support will grow that will ultimately
encourage the growth of national economy through employment.
Defense says, although in the first PKR warship construction
There are still some deficiencies that must be continually enhanced, but this
This represents a major step of the journey for the defense industry
domestically. "While elsewhere the construction of warships PKR
This is already done, but this proves that some time
Indonesia will be able to perform and maintain a strong and deep-sea
Homeland sovereignty and territorial integrity, "added Minister of Defence.
Ending his speech, Defense Minister expressed his pride and gratitude
to all parties, both the Armed Forces Commander, Kasal and a team led by
Kemhan secretary general who had worked hard for many - years in
preparing and realizing the construction of warships PKR. Coincide
Independence anniversary to the 65th, this is a form of sacrifice
of the children of the nation in the defense sector, all levels of Kemhan and TNI.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Army Eris Kemhan Mardya Haryyanto, S. IP, MA time
read the narrative construction of warships PKR says, in
realize the noble ideals and a dedication to the nation of Indonesia,
Kemhan with all stake holders are determined to realize the construction of ships
war fighter type PKR is the largest to be built in industry
domestic defense. It is also as an appreciation of the industry
defense in order to meet the needs Alutsista contribute.
Kemhan Secretary-General further explained that the design of this ship has PKR
consider the fulfillment of operational requirements including
development of the strategic environment, military and construction concepts tridimensional
Alutsista independence programs through transfer of Knolage (Tok) and
Transfer of Technology (TOT).
Meanwhile in a predetermined design criteria include
able to be operated until the outer limit of the exclusive economic zone,
have the fire power and is able to generate reliable penangkalan impact,
have the latest technology and integrated Senkomlek and can diup-
grade in accordance with technological developments and able to perform the task -
SAR duties.
Kemhan secretary general added that the target is expected to be achieved
PT. PAL as a strategic industry self-defense may be able to
designing and producing ships of PKR, frigate and ships on the water
Kemhan secretary general said the construction of this ship is devoted PKR
children of the nation to Bumi Persada Indonesia in welcoming Birthdays
Years to 65 Years Independence in 2010 that are expected to increase
bargaining power and competitiveness of the Indonesian nation.
PKR warship building process
PKR warship development was preceded by a submission of one
fruit types of PKR by a warship to the Navy and subsequently Kemhan
processed through the existing mechanisms in procurement Alutsista TNI.
Making these warships carried out by PT. PAL as an industry
defense in the country who will cooperate with other countries, as
the winning bidder as part of technology transfer. Based on
PT calculations. PAL is based in Surabaya for shipbuilding
PKR is the first war that takes about four years.
Previously Kemhan has also established the Dutch state of three countries
Other European proposals to co-workers, namely the Netherlands, Italy
and Russia. In the assessment of warship construction program PKR
conditions, the Kemhan and the Navy have been require to winners
tender, in terms of development of the first warships carried PKR
fully in PT. PAL by maximizing local content (the portion PT.PAL). Right
design patents from PKR warships armed with various
missile types into common property Kemhan and winner of the tender.
In addition, Kemhan and PT. PAL has the right to sell the same boat
ASEAN countries and Asia, and if the winner of the tender vessel builder
PKR war to sell the same boat, PT. PAL has the right to download the supply
engine room and accommodation section section in the framework of 'co-
production '.
Some other things that support the war shipbuilding program PKR
, ie type PKR warship warship built at the division,
where management & project organization including engineering,
procurement, construction and finance are managed separately from
PT.PAL corporate events.
PKR warship building process was also based on the existence of a
full commitment from management, employees of PT. PAL and its stake
holder. Besides, it needs also an investment commitment
clear from the partners to increase capacity and production facilities
battleship division.
A special selection of every human resources as executors
terlibatpun in warship building project is also PKR
must match the required competence.
Specifications warships PKR
PKR types of warships that will be created in Indonesia by PT. PAL
designed can be used in several missions such operations
electronic warfare, anti-air warfare, anti-ship warfare
submarines, surface warfare and anti-ship gunfire support ship. In
Moreover PKR warship is equipped with a SAM missile, SSM
and anti-submarine missiles.
Specifications of PKR warships, among others have long
Overall ± 105 meters, width of ± 14 meters, a depth of ± 8.8 meters,
speed (max / cruiser / econ) ± kn 30/18/14 with engine power
main ± 4 x 9240 hp.
The ships are equipped with radar equipment to detect
submarines and aircraft, including armament equipment
76 caliber cannon up to 100 mm and caliber 20 to 30 mm, launcher
to-air missile and torpedo weapons and other support equipment.
This ship is also equipped with a helipad facility in the ship deck.

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Yono (Ghadir class Submarine):IIran welcomes four new subs

TEHRAN, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's top defense officials attended a ceremony welcoming four new submarines fitted out with state of the art technology, officials said.

Iranian state media outlets reported Sunday the locally made Ghadir submarines have the ability to fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously, and are fitted with the latest sonar technology. The submarines are able to operate in the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf, the reports said.

Fars and IRNA state news agencies said Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi and Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of Iran's Navy, attended the ceremony along with senior military officials.

The reports said the submarines are an integral part of Iran's goal to become self-sufficient by manufacturing and producing its own fighter jets, armored vehicles and radar evading missiles as well as other superior weapons, for its air, naval and ground forces.


Indonesia increase their navy punch capability

Surabaya, Tempo News

PT PAL Indonesia, which have integrated combat system installation contract
including pairs of sophisticated missiles, has been completed on 32 of KRI
contract until the end of this year as many as 56 KRI of various types.

KSAL Admiral Agus Suhartono joint Managing Director of PT PAL Adiek Yulianto
submit it on the way home from Ambon to
Surabaya Wednesday, August 4, 2010, after attending the 2010 Sail Banda.

According KRI KSAL of 32 missiles already installed is six KRI
Ahmad Yani types of Class frigate and 14 of the type of corvette KRI Parchim
Class is installed the latest missile from Russia that is Yakhont. Yakhont missile
capable of firing up to a distance of 300 km and has been tested as much as 2
times in the Java Sea last June. For each type of frigate
KRI installed eight units mounted missile corvettes, while four types of units for
each KRI.

While KRI of this type of fast patrol has completed the installation of
C802 missile made in China to 12 from target 30 KRI KRI Quick Ship
Missiles. Each KRI installed two C802 units. C802 missiles capable of taking
range up to 120 km and has been tested in joint exercises
Armed Forces in 2008.

Indonesia is preparing for the addition of 100 ships made fast missile
domestic (PT PAL and Fasharkan TNI AL), the purchase of six corvettes sigma
Netherlands, making eight national corvette by PA PAL, and the purchase of two vessels
Kilo submarine from Russia.

Currently the Navy has a fleet strength of two fighter with a defense equipment
consists of 167 KRI, 325 cal, 2 submarine and two Marine Division. Year
2013 direnccanakan one another will be established so that the fighter fleet of the Navy
has three fighter fleet with the power of the KRI 274, 630 cal, 12 Submarine
and the 3rd Marine Division. This is in accordance with current military strategic planning.