Indonesian Aerospace Company (PT Dirgantara Indonesia), July 2009

July 11, 2009

Source: antara, wikipedia, antara, airforce-technology.com, etc.

A Brief Introduction of PT Dirgantara Indonesia

Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) (Indonesian: PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (DI)) is an Indonesian aerospace company in Asia with core competence in aircraft design, development and manufacturing of civilian and military regional commuter aircraft. The company was formerly known as Industri Pesawat Terbang Nusantara (IPTN) or Industri Pesawat Terbang Nurtanio (IPTN).

Established in 1976 as a state owned company, it has developed its capability as aircraft manufacturer and diversified its product not only in the field of aircraft but also other area such as Telecommunication, Automotive, Maritime, Information Technology, Oil & Gas, Control & Automation, Military, Simulation Technology, Industrial Turbine, and Engineering Services.

DI until now has produced aircraft such as CN-235-220 as many as 250 units, NC 212-200 102 units, Super Puma helicopter NAS 332 19 units, NBELL 412 helicopter 31 units and NBO 105 helicopter as many as 122 units.

Meanwhile, current activities are manufacturing one CN-235 MPA for South Korea (delivery in 2010), one NC 212-400 EADS-CASA licensed that ordered by PT Airfast (2010), one N19 prototype that designed by DI (2013) and one amphibious aircraft under Donier Seawings’s license (2013).

Product

1. Fixed wing aircraft
Some Fixed-wing aircraft Aircraft made by IAe:
* CN-235 Civil, Military, and Maritime Version (Joint Development with CASA).
* NC 212, a licensed production of CASA C.212 Aviocar aircraft.
* N 250 A prototype commercial turboprop aircraft, discontinued due to Asian financial crisis, the first prototype flew 55 minutes on August 10, 1995.
* N 2130 Planned commercial jet aircraft, discontinued due to Asian financial crisis before making prototype.

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2. Rotary wing aircraft
Some Helicopter Aircraft made by IAe:
* NAS 330J, a licensed production of Aérospatiale Puma helicopter.
* NAS 332, a licensed production of Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter.
* NBell 412,a licensed production of Bell 412 helicopter.
* NBO 105,a licensed production of Bölkow BO 105 helicopter.

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3. Aircraft component
Some subcontracts had been received by IAe:
* Component of Airbus A330.
* Component of Airbus A340.
* Wing Component of Airbus A380.
* Component of Boeing 737.
* Component of Boeing 757.
* Component of Boeing 767.
* Component of F-16 Fighting Falcon.
* Component of Fokker F100.

4. Armaments
* FFAR 2.75 inch rocket under Belgium’s license.
* SUT-Torpedo, under Germany’s license.
* NDL-40 Ground-to-Ground Rocket Multi Launcher.

CN-235

The CASA/IPTN CN-235 is a medium-range twin-turbo-prop aircraft developed jointly between CASA in Spain and IPTN in Indonesia (now PT Dirgantara Indonesia) as a regional airliner and military transport. Amongst its military roles are maritime patrol, surveillance and troop transport. The largest user is Turkey which has a total of 61 aircraft (with most production were done in their home company). The project was a joint venture between CASA and Indonesian manufacturer IPTN, which formed Airtech company to manage the program. Responsibility for design and production was shared at 50% between the two companies. The partnership applied only to the Series 10 and Series 100/110, with later versions being developed independently.

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Design began in January 1980 with first flight on 11 November 1983. Spanish and Indonesian certification was on 20 June 1986; the first flight of the production aircraft was on 19 August 1986 and FAA type approval was granted on 3 December 1986. The aircraft entered service on 1 March 1988. Over 230 of all versions of CN-235 are in service and have accumulated more than 500,000 flight hours. It is the best aircraft in the world in its class.

One of the variant of CN-235 is for maritime surveillance purposes. The CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft has been developed in two versions with different avionics systems: the CN-235MP Persuader developed in Spain by CASA EADS and the CN-235MPA developed in Indonesia by DI. The maritime patrol variant is in service with: Spain, Ireland and Turkey (manufactured by EADS CASA) and Indonesia, Brunei and UAE (manufactured by DI).

The aircraft has design of conventional semi-monocoque design and mainly aluminum alloy construction. Composite materials, Kevlar and glass fiber have been used extensively in the construction of the wing and tail leading and trailing edges, engine nacelles and the nose radome.

The two manufacturers, CASA EADS in Spain and DI in Indonesia, supply the aircraft with different mission systems. The Spanish developed CN-235 MP Persuader is fitted with the Northrop Grumman APS-504 (V) 5 radar. The Indonesian developed CN-235 MPA is equipped with the Seaspray 4000 from BAE Systems, the AN/APS-134 from Raytheon or the Ocean Master 100 from Thales.

Joint Development on Jet Fighter Production with South Korea

Through Indonesian Defense Office, Ambassador of Republic of South Korea to Republic of Indonesia incorporating with last visit of South Korea President to Indonesia on March 6, 2009 ago, stated again that as growing tight relationship between both countries, Korea invites Indonesia for co-production of jet fighter that started with determining the road map of this cooperation. For this offer, Defense Office of Indonesia must first coordinate with Bapennas (National Planning Body), Finance Ministry, Defense Office and Indonesian Armed Forces Headquarter Office for that plan. Current information up to now, the joint study has come to stage of visibility study in July 2009. After that, there will be design phase for 3 years and followed with development phase for 7 years. “If smooth, in 2020 the co-production between both countries can create 5 prototypes”, said Defense Minister of Indonesia during a meeting with South Korean Ambassador on July 9, 2009.

CN-235 Anti Submarine Version

PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) will develop CN-235 for Anti-Submarine version as the newest version form that turboprop aircraft.

“The technology and expertise have been possessed by DI. We have long experience to assemble and modify that type of aircraft”, said Aircraft Integration Director of DI, Budi Wuraskito in Bandung, Saturday, July 11, 2009. Particularly for antisubmarine version modification plan, so far around 40 staffs of DI involved in manufacturing and modification anti submarine aircraft in Turkey. This type of aircraft is equipped with armament like missile to destroy submarine ship.

“They came back from Turkey four months ago to finish anti submarine aircraft making, so the technology has been acquired”, said Budi.

Some countries has expressed their interest and want to buy CN-235 anti submarine version, one of them is Malaysia that expressed by Malaysian Defense office during their Defense Minister visit to Indonesia two weeks ago. Malaysia now has 8 units of CN-235 with two of them are VIP carriers and the remaining are military transporter. Malaysia has interest to buy more other 6 (six) CN-235 with anti submarine capability which equipped with torpedo. And with US$ 45 M/unit, the commercial deal should be realized since the technology is not a problem for DI. Malaysia is one of several countries that operating CN-235 from Indonesia besides South Korea, UAE, and any other countries.

Surface and Underwater Target (SUT) Torpedo

The SUT (Surface and Underwater Target) torpedo is the latest and most versatile member of the Seal, Seeschlange and SST 4 family of torpedoes of Germany product. It is a dual-purpose wire-guided torpedo for engaging both surface and submarine targets. The SUT can be launched from submarines and surface vessels, from fixed locations or mobile shore stations. Its electrical propulsion permits variable speed in accordance with tactical requirements, silent running and wakelessness. The wire guidance gives immunity to interference with a two-way datalink between vessel and torpedo. The acoustic homing head has long acquisition ranges and a wide search sector for active and passive operation. After termination of guidance wire, SUT continues operation as a highly intelligent homing torpedo, with internal guidance programs for target search, target loss and so on. The large payload with combined fuse systems ensures the optimum effect of explosive power. The SUT operates at great depths as well as in very shallow waters. Consort operation permits exploitation of the full over-the-horizon range of the SUT. The body is made of plastic or aluminum. SUT at present exists in three different versions with slight differences in the internal guidance programs and the extent of data transferred via the guidance wire. The latest version is SUT Mod 2 with its special feature of additional data from the homing head being signaled back to the vessel including an “Audio Channel”.

Specification: 6,150 mm long (6,620 mm with guidance wire casket), diameter: 533 mm, weight: 1,420 kg (without casket), warhead: 260 kg, speed: selectable, max 35 knots, range: 28 km at 23 knots or 12 km at 35 knots, fuse: magnetic proximity and impact.

In service and in production for several navies (NATO – Greece; South America – Chile, Colombia, Ecuador; Asia – India, Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan). In the early 1980s Indonesia signed a contract for indigenous manufacture of the SUT within a long-term program that still running.

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20% Increase for Indonesian Defense Budget in 2010

July 11, 2009

Source: Kompas, antara

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that government will increase defense budget 20% more than 2009 budget for 2010 fiscal year. This statement was released by president at delivery ceremony of 40 Pindad pansers in Bandung from PT Pindad to TN-AD, Friday, July 10, 2009.

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“Started in 2010, our defense budget will increase significantly by adding Rp 7 T (US$ 700 M) from Rp 33.6 T (US$ 3.4 B) in 2009 to be Rp 40.6 T (US$ 4.1 B) for 2010,” said President.

He added,” Budget increase in 2010 will be a beginning of further defense budget increase year by year so that we close enough to minimum essential force that requires Rp 100-120 T (US$ 10-12 B), inline with Indonesian’s economy growth and wealth”.

President said that Indonesian government can not provide defense budget sufficiently in several years ago until this year because government still prioritizing on people/public prosperity. An increase in defense budget significantly must be benefited effectively, still pay attention to the priority, employ proper audit and prioritize the user’s need.

President said,” Defense is an expensive sector, so Indonesian armed forces must have strategic plan, blue print and clear road map every 5-year so that TNI posture can increase much better than now. Every country must have mismatch between the strategic objectives with defense capabilities and on other hand is available budget. That’s why we must talk a priority plan then”. A plan must be supported is using Indonesian indigenous product for main armament and only import it if there is no the required product inside the country. It has been done like 6 x 6 pansers that made by Pindad that supposed to save money Rp 1.5 T (US$ 150 M) compared if TNI buys pansers from VAB with relatively having same quality but with only half price of it.


2nd Delivery of Pindad Panser, July 2009

July 11, 2009

Source: kaskus.us, alutsista.blogspot.com, Pikiran Rakyat, wikipedia.org, antara.

After some cancellations, finally President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) witnessed and inaugurated 40 Pindad panser delivery ceremony in Bandung, on Friday, July 10, 2009. At this time, Pindad over handed Anoa pansers to TNI-AD through Defense Office. This was a second delivery from Pindad after 20 pansers at first delivery and will be followed more 40 pansers until the end of this year as informed by Pindad CEO, Adik Alvianto.

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Manufacturing 6 x 6 Anoa Panser by Pindad for total 154 units is a realization Rp 1.26 T (US$ 120M) contract between Pindad and Defense Ministry. This contract scheduled will be targeted to be finished its delivery in 2010, with 100 units in 2009 and remaining 54 units will be delivered in 2010 that consists of 50 regular 6 x 6 Anoa pansers and 4 units with 4 x 4 configuration for recon unit. The specs of these pansers are use Renault engine, 6 m long x 2.5 m wide x 2.5-2.9 high, 11 – 14 tonnes weight, monocoque armored w/ STANAG 4569 level 3, 12.7 machine gun and 40 mm automatic grenade launcher as main armament, power 320 HP and speed 90 km/h, electronic component such as radio and anti jamming. Mostly, all components have been produced by local factories, such as steel by cooperation with Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and PT Krakatau Steel (KS), electronics parts from PT LEN and now researching with Texmaco (Indonesian local private machine & truck manufacturer) for gearbox and engines for future plan.

At this time, former 4-star general, SBY took a ride on 6 x 6 Pindad panser for 1 km pass from CN-235 hangar to Management Center Building of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI). This delivery ceremony was held in DI instead of in Pindad’s yard was because there was no sufficient plenty room in Pindad to deal with 40 pansers line up during ceremony.

This indigenous project by Pindad is an evidence that Indonesian industries have reached the advanced industry standard, especially for military specification. Hopefully, for next development, Pindad and with other Indonesian counterparts and most importantly with government’s support (budget availability related) can create other creative products such as canon multi-wheeled vehicle, armored tracked vehicle and amphibious carrier with high worldwide standard as national pride and independence in Indonesian main armament system.


One Step to LAPAN Satellite Launch Vehicle Realization

July 7, 2009

Source: Kompas Newspaper

RX-420 rocket with diameter 420 mm and length 6.2 m was the biggest rocket that successfully launched into space by Indonesian LAPAN in last 10 years.  With weight 300 kgs, RX-420 flew until 101 kms ground to ground with vertical height 53 kms and speed up to 4.4 machs. This successful launch is a key step to satellite launch vehicle (SLV) that scheduled by LAPAN to be launched in 2014. In that configuration, RX-420 rocket is the main component of LAPAN SLV.

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To transport a satellite in orbital position with height 300 kms, the SLV is designed to be consisted of four-stage propulsion, started with RX-420 (3 units) in the bottommost position as booster, two RX-420 rockets in the second stage and third stage and RX-320 rocket as the latest stage at the top position. This design has length 9,496 mm with total weight is 3.8 tons. One RX-420 rocket weighs around 2 tons with cruise distance 120 kms. With the current SLV configuration, the vertical launch distance may reach 300 kms. This SLV will carry 50 kgs load until the orbital position at height 250 kms. Horizontal speed of the rocket is planned to be around 7-8 kms/sec.

Evaluating the last week launching experiment of RX-420 rocket, LAPAN’s chairman Adi Sadewo Salatun said that LAPAN still requires an improvement or correction particularly at fin, nozzle and propellant components. “The homework has to be finished is to enhance octane value or impulse specific (Isp) from 230 to 300,” he said. For that objective, LAPAN will select finer grain size of ammonium perchlorate (AP) as rocket solid fuel. Currently besides using AP, LAPAN uses aluminum, HTPB (Hidroxy Terminated Polybutadiene) and TDI (Toluena Diisocyanate). As comparison, Chinese uses 9 (nine) combination of material for their SLV solid fuel.

An increased thrust power of the rocket by means of improving Isp can be provided by combining the solid fuel ingredients from four to seven types of material (a combination of solid ingredients, oxidators and additives). For propellant requirement, the factory of AP will increase its production from 2 tons/year to be 10 tons/year.

A correction also will be performed at the nozzle part as ports or conduit of gas exhaust. According to Head of RX-420 Engineering, Lilis Maryani, the nozzles component of that rocket will be reduced its weight about 40% less. Presently, its weight is 90 kgs with graphite block material.

A ratio between structure and propellant weight now is still 50:50. It will be modified to more ideal ratio by reducing the structure weight 200 kgs  less to boost additional rocket speed 3 kms/sec for higher/longer cruise distance. Presently, manufacturing of nozzles were done by milling technique. “To reduce the weight as an improvement, nozzles will be made by casting method through cooperation with state owned steel manufacturer, Krakatau Steel (KS),” Adi added. Cast nozzles will be made from steel and aluminum alloy. Future static test will be performed in December 2009 and next rocket launch test is scheduled in 2010, that is two-stage RX-420 rocket for motor test. The distance (ground to ground) is expected increases from 100 kms to 150 kms. Referring to that configuration, Head of SLV Engineering, Rika Andiarti, said that next year LAPAN will start developing inter-rocket separation system and nozzles at height 20 kms atmosphere condition while second stage motor is ignited.

Adi said,” Another issue is cracked rocket fins problem from the latest experiment due to major influence of localized aerodynamics heating in velocity 4.4 machs or 1.2 kms/sec”. Lilis added,” It will be corrected by adding heat insulator”.

Four-stage configuration of RX-420 and RX-320 which is adopted so far by LAPAN for their SLV still has a disadvantages especially on strap on booster rockets. “If this configuration is not working, we will choose an alternative configuration of combined RX-520 and RX-420 to reduce the structure weight and to increase the rocket speed”, said Adi.

For the rocket payload, Head of LAPAN Payload Engineering, Herma Yudhi Irwanto, said that for future experiment LAPAN will develop vibration dampener for rocket payload, including satellite. In this issue, satellite test engine has been built using LAPAN A1 and A2 satellite technology. The latest info gathered from LAPAN, they will make mobile vehicle as launching truck for other location alternatives, instead of current Pameungpek location, such as in Ujung Kulon-West Java Province and Southern Beach of Bengkulu Province (Sumatera Island). For this year, LAPAN gets additional budget from Rp 30B (US$ 3M) to Rp 50B (US$ 5M) for RX-420 development and RX-520 research.


Indonesian Rocket Institute Successfully Launched RX-420 Rocket This Morning into Space (July 02, 2009)

July 2, 2009

Indonesian home grown RX-420 rocket launching test has been done successfully into space by LAPAN or Lembaga Antariksa dan Penerbangan Nasional (English: National Institute of Aeronautics and Space)  in Southern Region of Garut Regency, West Java Province (toward Indian Ocean)  this morning, July 02, 2009. This experiment not only for scientific purposes but also for military purpose. Future mission, Defense Ministry will exploit this test result to be local guided missile for missile defense system as an alternative ground defense force. In this occasion, there were three launching rockets, one RX-420 released by Dr. Adi Sadewo (LAPAN’s chairman) and two RX-100 by BPPT (Badan Pusat Pengembangan Teknologi) – Center For Research and Development’s chairman and the last by a representative official of PT Dirgantara Indonesia DI-Indonessian Aerospace Company) under tight security control.

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Indonesian Defense Minister, Juwono Sudarsono said that Defense Office is still calculating the cost comparison between guided missile development cost and main armament supplying cost, such as air fighter and combat ship.

Previously, Science and Technology Minister, Kusmayanto Kadiman said that this morning test launched the biggest rocket so far by Indonesian and used the greatest amount of propellant (solid) fuel. He added, cruise distance of RX-420 rocket may reach up to 100 kilometers and its speed was 4 times of sound speed (mach) so this experiment also to test the rocket to move from subsonic to supersonic speed with temperature may up to 1,200 deg C. Most of material were originated from Indonesia, including the solid fuel. This also to avoid the protest and embargo from any other countries.

LAPAN’s spokesperson, Elly Kuntjahyowati said that this test is a part of LAPAN’s ambition to launch their micro satellite in 2014 with Indonesian local SLV. RX-420 as booster rocket and combined with RX-320 are designed to have cruise range about 3,600 kms.

RX-420 rocket fabrication took three months only (with only US$ 30,000 cost), with specification as follows: 420 mm diameter, 1,000 kgs launching load, 6,200 mm long, fuel solid, 13 secs combustion time, 205 secs departure time, 4,5 mach maximum speed, 101 kms predicted cruise distance range, 53 kms predicted vertical distance and with load: diagnostic tool, GPS, altimeter, gyro, 3-axis accelerometer, processor and battery. Meanwhile for RX-100 specs as follows: 110 mm diameter, 30 kgs launching load, 1900 mm long, fuel solid, 2,5 secs combustion time, 70 secs cruise time, 1,7 mach maximum speed, 11 kms predicted cruise distance range, 7 kms predicted vertical distance and with load: diagnostic tool, GPS, altimeter, gyro, 3-axis accelerometer, processor and battery.

Video that covered the launching period by national local TV

From the video seen that the first rocket launch (RX-420) at the end of its travel path was twisted from its straight trajectory. It was suspected due to its loosen/cracked fin while traveling in supersonic velocity. However, from this experiment, LAPAN’s objective was achieved to know the rocket condition and performance within the first 10 secs (golden data). Considering this was also the first trial for bigger rocket diameter launch and new play in supersonic condition (stress and temperature related that resulted from more than 4 machs speed) for LAPAN, the experiment result was considered successful.

Note: That’s why the experiment must be performed to compare with the theory and simulation. Other countries that developing long range ballistic missile have done the experiments many times with much larger budget.

For next development, LAPAN with Pindad are going to develop explosive payload for missile development and LAPAN with PT LEN (Lembaga Elektronika Nasional, National Electronics Institute, a strategic state owned company for electronics products) for guided sensor system development. If succeeded, those rocket to be guided missile may reach Singapore from Batam or similar range along the Indonesian border.

This launching news has attracted some foreign news agencies in their website, such as The Straits Times Singapore, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Chinese People’s Daily Online, nasdaq.com, AFP and so on.

Note: Citing from digitaljournal.com, nations in Asia are currently in the middle of a regional space race: the Indians are getting ready to build their own crew capsule for putting astronauts in space, China has sent a space probe to the moon, Japan has also done it, and later this year China is going to have their first space walk from their own space craft. So there is a lot of activity going on and it’s all to do with national prestige, and technology and economic development.

Source: lapan.go.id, nasional.vivanews.com, tempointeraktif.com, youtube, digitaljournal.com


Indonesian Troops Contribution to Peacekeeping Mission under UNIFIL-UN in Lebanon

July 2, 2009

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, was created by the Unites Nations, with the adoption of Security Council Resolution 425 on March 19, 1978m to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security, and help the Government of Lebanon restore its effective authority in the area. The first UNIFIL troops were deployed in the area on March 23, 1978.

After 2006 war between Israeli and Lebanese, UNIFIL is currently deployed in Southern Lebanon (south of the Litani River) and primarily along the United Nations-drawn Blue Line, which is the border between Israel and Lebanon. This is the most high risk region in current UNIFIL Peacekeeping mission whereby the Indonesian Contingent located and ordered.

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2009 UNIFIL deployment map

The force’s activities have centered around monitoring military activity between Hezbollah and the Israeli Defense Forces with the aim of reducing tensions and allaying tension along the border. UNIFIL has also played an important role in clearing landmines, assisting displaced persons and providing humanitarian assistance to civilians in the underdeveloped region of Southern Lebanon.

As of April 30, 2008, UNIFIL employs 12,341 military personnel, supported by some 307 international civilian and 606 local civilian staff and it is headed by Italian Force Commander Major-General Claudio Graziano.

Indonesian contingent has received 12 VAB (Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé) on February 17 2007, as the part of the second wave of shipment from the agreement between the French and Indonesian governments. Amongst the equipments sent with the second wave of VABs are 10 tool boxes (pioneering equipment), 10 armored vehicle radio communications unit, HMG (Heavy Machine Gun) shooter shield, and 40 water jerrycans.

Total Indonesian troops is 850 men in mechanized infantry battalion, 75 men in military police unit, 200 men in force protection company, 11 men UNIFIL staff, 111 men aboard KRI Diponegoro (Sigma class corvette).

Below are the activities performed by Indonesian Contingent:

1. Kopassus’s 48th anniversary by Force Headquarters Support Unit (FHQSU) Task Force – TNI Garuda XXVI-A Unifil contingent, Friday (4/17/2009) in Sudirman Camp Naqoura-Lebanon.

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2. United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil)’s 31st anniversary, 3/21/2009, ceremony commandant was Maj. Budhi Arifa Chaniago (alumnus of Indonesian Air Force Academy-TNI AU, class 1994). This ceremony was led by Maj. Gen. Claudio Graziano.

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3. Naqoura (7/5) – During his visit, Under UN Sec. Gen. for Peacekeeping Mission – Mr. Alain Le Roy with Force Commander UNIFIL – Maj. Gen. Claudio Graziano inaugurated the utility of UNIFIL HQ New Extension Camp on Wednesday, May 6, 2009. UNIFIL HQ New Extension Camp is a extension from UNIFIL HQ Camp that includes Sudirman Camp as Force Headquaters Support Unit (FHQSU) base of Indonesian Garuda XXVI-A contingent, Movement Control (Movcon) with 10 helipads, and other facilities that still on construction. Indonesia Force Protection Company (Indo FC Coy) is responsible for security UNIFIL HQ New Extension Camp with 150 personnel and led by Lieu. Col. Mar. Imam Sopingi (Indonesia Navy Academy, class 1988), consisted of 1 commando team, 4 escort teams and 1 headquarter team. Indo FC Coy’s job is to guard Gaz Station Gate as the only gate into UNIFIL HQ New Extension Camp, conduct security patrol using armored vehicle (Panser VAB Renault), walking patrol outside and inside UNIFIL HQ New Extension Camp, guard 7 (seven) spots of Observation Post (OP), conduct Stand By Force, Crowd and Riot Control (CRC) and Quick Reaction Team (QRT).  All tasks are coordinated by Indonesian Force Protection Centre (FPC) that also supervise Italian FP Coy.

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4. (June 20, 2009). Indonesian contingent XXIII-C/UNIFIL has received a brevet from Spanish contingent as an honor for their cooperative and good work that result in safe, condusive environment and zero accident rate during Brig. Gen Asarta Cuevas’s command. Those brevets pinned by Lieu. Col. Raden Haryono to his personnel after he directly got it from Brig. Gen. Cuevas previously.

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5. Indonesian Armed Forces Contingent representatives for Unifil in Lebanon joined the shooting competition among the Unifil contingents that organized by Indian Contingent in East Sector shooting range. (June 25-26, 2009). This competition followed by 19 teams from 12 countries, i.e. South Korea, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Spain, Italy, Poland, France, El Savador, China, Ghana and Nepal, that consisted of two categories: assault rifle and pistol.

Result
A. Riffle

1st Rokbatt Team (South Korea) with score 210 from total 300.
2nd Indonesian FHQSU Team (Force Head Quarter Support Unit /Konga XXVI-A) with score 209 from total 300.
3rd Indonesian SEMPU team (Sector East Military Police Unit / Konga XXV-A) with score 204 from total 300.

2nd Copl. Tasimin from Indonesian Indobatt (Konga XXIII-C) from SEMPU Team got the best shoter with score 114 of total 150 from three positions, 100 meters with 30 bullets.

B. Pistol
1st Indonesian Indobatt Team (Konga XXIII-C) with score 278.
2nd Rokbatt Team (South Korea) with score 268.
3rd Indbatt Team (India) with score 256 from total 300.

Private M. Eka Adhi Sumanegara from Indobatt got best shooter with score 142 of total 150, from 15 m distance with 5 bullets and 25 m distance with 10 bullets in standing position.

From recapitulation of riffle and pistol scores, Rokbatt Team (South Korea) got the best overall with score 478 followed by Indobatt Team (Indonesia) with score 463 and Indo FHQSU (Indonesia) got the third place with score 460 from total 600.

In trophy and medal presentation ceremony in India Contingent’s base (Indbatt UN POSN 4-2), Unifil East Sector Commander, Brig. Gen. Prieto Martinez from Spain said that a shooting/marksmanship competency is the basic skill required by all armed forces personnel, one shot one army. He also congratulated for all the winner teams and all participating contingents so the competition could be done well in high sportive environment, even the Spanish Team had not achieved to be the best team and only got 7th place at that time.

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5. Indonesian troops patrol with armored vehicles

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Source: wikipedia.org, pralangga.org, militaryphotos.net



LAPAN is Planning to Launch RX-420 Rocket on July 02, 2009

June 11, 2009

LAPAN is planning to launch rocket RX-420 for the first time on July 02, 2009. RX-420 is the milestone of the next Indonesian indigenous satellite orbital launching vehicle program.

That  special news was released by Research and Technology Minister Kusmayanto Kadiman, in Jakarta, Thursday, June 11, 2009. Minister in meeting session with Commission VII of Indonesian Parliament said that RX-420 launching with 100 kms distance will be conducted by LAPAN because they had already successfully launched experimental rocket RX-320 in 2008. He added that RX-420 basically has more power than RX-320 and may be boosted up to 190 kms if the rocket structure weight is lighter.

“Its cruise range equivalent to distance between Jakarta to Bandar Lampung”, said Kadiman. The rocket launching plan will be extended in the same year (2010) by launching combined RX-420-420 and in 2011 for combined RX-420-420 – 320 and SOB 420.

In 2014, all experimental rocket launchings should be finished and the rockets must be ready to carry nano satellite with height about 300 kms and speed 7.8 kms/sec. “If we make it happens, it will be monumental achievement as a very special gift from LAPAN to the country”, said Kadiman again.

Meanwhile, LAPAN Chairman, Adi Sadewo, also informed that LAPAN previously has done trial on two-stage rocket launching RX-150-120 supported by TNI-AD (Indonesian Army) and PT Pindad. Rocket with cruise distance 24 kms has successfully been launched from moving vehicle (Pindad Panser) on March 31, 2009 –> VERY GOOD NEWS!!!

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LAPAN also has performed rocket launching trial of RX-D230 (RX-122) with cruise distance 14 kms that can be released from tube launcher on May 05, 2009. That rocket has main function to know the field condition prior to deploying marine soldier to the beach.

Another report gathered today, LAPAN also working with several institutions for flash arrester rocket project to protect important facility and working for artificial rain maker rocket project.

Taken from Kompas, Thursday, June 11, 2009 , kaskus