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Motorcycle rider get kicked by Presidential security force (Paspampres) when they tried to penetrate a road that at that time being closed, near Presidential Palace.

 

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KFX/IFX program update

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Wiih.. 😲😲 Sang KFX sudah berdikari nih...!
Definitely need to stay in this project!
 

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Wiih.. 😲😲 Sang KFX sudah berdikari nih...!
Definitely need to stay in this project!
Alhamdulillah the program progress is quite good. Just look 3 prototypes are being manufactured. Sadly Indonesian engineers cannot participate at this manufacturing stage since they havent come back to South Korea since their departure in March 2020. Although for this stage we should send production engineers (part manufacturer/assembling/integration), not designers anymore.

 
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Jokowi is invited to attend the KFX/IFX roll out ceremony in April inshaAllah according to KAI official. On the other hand, Parliament Chairman and Commission 1 Chairman are also invited according to Korea ambassador.

 

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Indonesian and China warship in North Natuna Sea

Its Indonesian, Chinese, and Japanese warships in North Natuna Sea to be exact... although on different days... encounter on Chinese destroyer on 15 Feb, encounter with Japanese destroyer on 17 feb..
 

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Our neighbor has woken up


04 March 2021

Malaysia prepares new defence industry policy

by Jon Grevatt

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Malaysia’s Deftech has produced the AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle in collaboration with Turkey’s FNSS. The government has indicated that it wants to expand such projects, with the aim to support local capability development. (FNSS)


Malaysia is preparing to launch a national defence industry policy to boost efforts towards self-reliance, the country’s defence minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has stated.

The new ‘National Defence and Security Industry Policy’ is currently being drawn up, he said, to position Malaysia as producer of military platforms, with the aim to reduce reliance on imports and spur the national economy.

However, the minister indicated that the plan is reliant on partnerships with foreign industry, who would be expected to transfer technologies and knowhow.

Ismail said that the new policy would look to support developments similar to those achieved by India and Indonesia, which have both advanced domestic industrial capability by leveraging partnerships with international defence firms.

He added, “We have been co-operating with some countries and now the phase of technology transfer is in progress. When this is completed, we will be able to produce our own military assets.”

The minister was referencing Malaysian military production projects such as the programme to build the AV8 Gempita 8×8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) for the Malaysian Army through a partnership between DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (Deftech) and Turkish company FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, a joint venture between Nurol Holding of Turkey and British group BAE Systems.

The requirement for a new national defence industry policy was outlined in Malaysia’s Defence White Paper, which was published in December 2019.

The White Paper said the industry policy should be focused on human capital development, technology development, industrial development, self-reliance, and global market penetration.

 

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[In-depth analysis] "Sufficient development of KF-X even without joint development in Indonesia" The source of Korea's confidence
http://m.newspim.com/news/view/20210305000018
Article Registration: 2021-03-04 06:00
The government "KF-X will come out next month...it is no problem even if the joint development fails"
"We will proceed with the KF-X project according to the procedure"

[Seoul = Newspim] Reporter Soo-young Ha = The Korean fighter (KF-X) 1 prototype, the result of the development of Korea's own fighter jets and replacement of old fighter jets, will be released next month. The long-awaited business that has been lingering for 20 years is seeing the light.

However, as it is known that Indonesia, the country of joint development of KF-X, has not paid its share of 64.4 billion won, some are concerned about whether the KF-X project will be able to end successfully. In response, the Korean government is expressing confidence, saying, "Even if the joint development is broken, there is little impact on the business."

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The final assembly site of the KF-X prototype 1, which was released to the media on February 24th. [Photo = Defense Acquisition Program Administration, provided by the National Defense Daily]
◆ Indonesia, unpaid contributions since January 2019... Out of the total KRW 1.73 trillion, only KRW 2272 billion paid
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The KFX project, also referred to as the Boramae Project, is the Air Force's 4.5th generation medium-class fighter development project, which has been pursuing approximately 8,830 billion won since 2015 to secure Korea's own fighter development capability and replace old fighter jets. It is known that about 120 units will be mass-produced, but it is reported that a total of 18 trillion won will be invested in the mass production cost.

Of these, about 8 trillion won in development costs are shared by the Korean government, the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), and Indonesia. Indonesia is supposed to share about 1.73 trillion won, which is 20% of the total development cost, but only 2272 billion won has been paid so far.
Indonesia has not paid ante since January 2019. Until last year, the reason was known to be'economic difficulties' or'Corona 19'.

However, from the end of last year to the beginning of this year, there are local reports that Indonesia has announced plans to purchase US F-15EX and French Rafale fighters, raising concerns over whether Indonesia is trying to step out of the KF-X business. .

In response, the government dismissed some opinions, saying, "We are in the process of negotiating with Indonesia." A government official said, "KF-X is in the production stage, so it takes time to energize it."
The government said, "Even if it is not joint development with Indonesia, there is no difficulty in promoting the project."

According to media reports and government sources, Gwang-seon Chung, head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration's KF-X project, held a press release event for KF-X prototype 1 held at the KAI factory in Sacheon, Gyeongsangnam-do on February 24. "We are negotiating in a way that is beneficial to the company."

"If the joint development with Indonesia is broken, there is a story that the KF-X project will not go to the end, but it is not at all," he said.

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Korean next-generation fighter KF-X [Photo=Korean Aerospace Industry]

◆ Korea → Indonesia production of prototypes is only very small... "Even if the joint development fails, there is no effect on the production of prototypes."

There are two sources of confidence. One is that it has entered the stage of completion of development, such as the imminent release of prototypes, and the other is that the number of prototypes that Korea makes in Indonesia through joint development is very small.

Within the government, it is said that there will be a story saying, "As soon as a prototype is released (just because the Indonesian joint development will fail), there will be no big problems."

In addition, Indonesia produces about 40 KF-X through joint development, of which Korea is known to produce only a small amount. Since most of them are produced by Indonesia after receiving technology transfer from Korea, the worst-case scenario of co-development with Indonesia will have little effect on the target production volume.

A government official said, "If Indonesia is out of business, there is a constant talk about whether the production cost per aircraft will increase, but even so, it does not affect the unit price."
Some raise the question,'What will happen to Indonesia's already paid 227.2 billion won if the joint development fails?'

It can be said that if you think positively, you will not get out of the joint development because you have already paid money, but if you think negatively, you can see that you will try to get the money you have already paid to get out of the joint development.

Regarding this, the KF-X project team of the Bangsaeng Agency explained, "According to the cost sharing agreement between the two countries, if the Indonesian side fails to fulfill its payment obligation twice in a row, the amount already paid by the Indonesian side is not refundable." In other words, even if Indonesia now leaves its foot in joint development, Korea has no obligation in principle to return 2272 billion won already paid.

However, he added, "In this case, it is stated that it is stated to be resolved through all forms of effective dialogue between the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and the Indonesian Ministry of Defense."
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[Seongnam = Newspim] Reporter Changbin Yoon = The Air Force's next fighter (KFX) mock-up is being showcased at the'Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Industry Exhibition 2019 (Seoul ADEX 2019)' held at Seoul Airport in Seongnam, Gyeonggi on the morning of October 14, 2019. . 2019.10.14 pangbin@newspim.com

◆ Government "It's still best to develop jointly with Indonesia"… The reason is'national interest'
The Korean government is confident about the possibility of the collapse of joint development with Indonesia and the delay or collapse of the KF-X project. It is the best direction to finish," he said, and he is in a position to continue with the negotiations.

KF-X project manager Jung Kwang-sun emphasized at the KF-X press release event last week that "the two countries are doing their best to discuss profits."

The reason is national interest. First of all, Indonesia is Korea's largest arms exporter. According to the Swedish think tank Stockholm Institute for International Peace (SIPRI), Indonesia purchased 17% of the weapons exported by South Korea from 2014 to 2018.

Therefore, Indonesia has purchased a number of weapons in addition to KF-X, and it is a country with a strategic relationship that is expected to continue.

In addition, it is much more profitable to have a joint development country than to not have a joint development country for the future development of overseas markets for KF-X.

One government source pointed out that "if no one has been jointly involved, it may be bad when you later try to export KF-X overseas."

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I hope the renegotiation can be completed and Indonesia is still inside the program. Jokowi needs to communicate with Indonesian KFX/IFX team to understand the matter better, not just relying on opinion suggested by people around him.

It is a serious project that not only can possibly propel Indonesian Aerospace into the next level, but also good for our nation branding that later can influence positively our geopolitics, diplomacy, and our high tech products and modern service branding in domestic and international market. Continue with this project is better than hosting Olympic Games.

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First prototype of KF-X fighter jet to be unveiled next month

Posted on : Mar.3,2021 16:50 KST Modified on : Mar.3,2021 16:50 KST

ROK Air Force to acquire 120 aircraft once fighter development is complete

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The first prototype of the KF-X South Korean fighter jet at the Korea Aerospace Industries facility in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, is pictured on Feb. 24. (provided by the Kookbang Ilbo)

On the afternoon of Feb. 24, technicians at the fixed-wing aircraft development hanger of Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) were busy working on the prototype of the KF-X South Korean fighter jet, which is scheduled to be launched in April. Located in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, the hanger is a sprawling building that covers more than three football fields, with an area of 21,600 square meters (5.3 acres).

The prototype’s fuselage bristles with devices, parts, and cables, presenting a formidable image of a fighter aircraft. Six or seven people stood underneath the fuselage with a small cart, focused on an explanation that involved a lot of hand gestures.

“Now that we’ve completed the engine installation test, we’re removing the engine to paint the fuselage. Once painting wraps up next week, the fuselage will take on a dark gray hue,” a KAI staffer said. The engine is being removed to prevent contamination while the plane is being painted and will be reinstalled afterward, the staffer explained.

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and KAI plan to put on quite a show for the launch of the KF-X prototype in April. A “media day” event was held on Feb. 24 for the domestic press, in which officials presented the results of the development project to date.

The KF-X project began in 2015, when the South Korean government earmarked 8.8 trillion won (US$7.12 billion) to develop a jet fighter that could be the future workhorse of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force, replacing the aging F-4 and F-5 fighters. KAI is leading this international joint R&D project and contributing 20% of the cost, with the South Korean government paying 60% of the cost and the Indonesian government paying the remaining 20%.

The launch of the prototype represents the first tangible results of a promise made about 20 years before. During a commissioning ceremony for graduates of the Korea Air Force Academy in March 2001, former president Kim Dae-jung announced that South Korea would develop a top-of-the-line fighter. Actual confirmation of the long-term need for a new aircraft came 18 years ago, in a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in November 2002.

Jung Gwang-seon, head of DAPA’s KF-X project team, described the significance of the prototype launch as follows. “This will be a monumental event when Korea’s first fighter is unveiled. From the perspective of the developers, this is a crucial time when a fighter that had only existed in plans becomes a reality and we move into the phase of testing the performance of our research.”





The first prototype of the KF-X South Korean fighter jet at the Korea Aerospace Industries facility in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, is pictured on Feb. 24. (provided by the Kookbang Ilbo)


The KF-X is larger than the F-16 but smaller than the F-15, measuring 11.2 meters (36 feet) across and 16.9 meters (55 feet) long. It’s equipped with the latest sensors, including AESA radar (standing for active electronically scanned array), infrared search and track (IRST) equipment, and an electro-optical targeting pod (EO TGP). That gives it the ability to “see first and shoot first,” a requirement on the modern battlefield.


The fighter has 10 weapon stations, with three on each wing and four under the fuselage. The stations can hold a range of cutting-edge weapons, including air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface missiles, weighing up to 7.7 tons. The plane is also equipped with a 20mm Vulcan cannon.

While not exactly a stealth fighter, the KF-X does have a basic stealth profile. That leaves open the option of evolving the design into a fifth-generation fighter through the application of full-fledged stealth technology.

“Becoming a stealth fighter is about more than the shape; we’d also have to develop more technology including radar-absorbing paints and internal weapon bays. In the future, we’ll look into the option of continuing to develop and apply related technology from a long-term perspective,” a KAI staffer said.

Once fighter development is complete, 120 aircraft will be supplied to the ROK Air Force. In exchange for its financial contribution, Indonesia will receive one prototype and technological data, which it will use to build 48 aircraft in local facilities. But Indonesia hasn’t kept up with its financial payments, prompting concerns that the KF-X project may be in trouble.

DAPA reported to the National Assembly’s National Defense Committee last month that of the 831.6 billion won (US$753.1 million) that Indonesia was supposed to pay through February, it had only paid 227.2 billion won (US$205.7 million), leaving 604.4 billion won (US$547.3 million) unpaid. Indonesia had agreed to pay its total contribution of 1.76 trillion won (US$1.57 billion), representing 20% of the project cost, in several stages.

In a statement addressing the controversy, DAPA said that “the Indonesians have expressed their commitment to continued participation in the KF-X development program” and that “the two countries have been seeking a mutually beneficial arrangement through several rounds of working-level negotiations.”

“Indonesia appears to be having a hard time keeping up with its payment plan because of the coronavirus and its economic recession. While the goal of our deliberations is to move forward together if at all possible, the project would certainly not be halted even if Indonesia were to withdraw,” said Jung Gwang-seon, head of the DAPA project team, on Monday.


By Park Byong-su, senior staff writer



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Defense BUMN Holding Will Create Independence for Alutsista (Defense equipment)

This BUMN holding will be called DEFEND ID and PT LEN will be appointed as the leader​

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The government revealed that the formation of the Defense BUMN holding would create independence for the main weaponry system (alutsista). Deputy Minister of Defense Muhammad Herindra said the government needed to be firm in the vision and mission of the defense industry to face contemporary challenges.

The government, he said, had prepared a legal umbrella as a basis for the development of the defense industry to achieve independence. In addition, the Ministry of Defense, Bappenas and the Ministry of Finance have increased the defense equipment budget through domestic and foreign loan financing schemes. "With the hope that the transformation of spending to investment will be achieved more quickly," said Herindra while chairing a working meeting attended by five defense industries on Friday.

The plan to form a defense industry BUMN holding has been in progress since 2020. There are five state-owned companies that will be merged, namely PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT Len Industri, PT Pindad, PT PAL and PT Dahana. This BUMN holding will be called DEFEND ID and PT LEN will be appointed as the leader.

The Grand Design of the formation of this BUMN Holding is to enter the top 50 of the world Defense Industry. The working meeting discussed the Defense Industry BUMN master plan, the roadmap for establishing a holding, and the operating model after the holding was formed.

 

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