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INDONESIA LOOKS TO REPLACE F-5E FIGHTERS
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Source: US Marine Corps


Source: US Marine Corps


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JAKARTA - Indonesia is moving ahead with plans to replace its fleet of F-5E/F Tiger II fighter aircraft. Air Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, the new Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff, plans to prioritize transparency when purchasing weapons and military equipment to ensure their safe operation.

Options for replacing the Tiger II include: Saab's JAS39 Gripen; Sukhoi's Su-35; Lockheed Martin's F-16 Block 60 Viper; and the Eurofighter GnmH Typhoon.

Source:  Netral News
Associated URL: http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/currentnews/read/446/new.air.force.chief.of.st
Source Date: January 19, 2017
Posted: 01/20/2017

 
 
ISRO SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTS HIGH ALTITUDE FLIGHT ACCEPTANCE TEST OF CE20 ENGINE
Friday, January 20, 2017
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A GSLV blasting off in September 2016

Source: ISRO


A GSLV blasting off in September 2016

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BANGALORE - The first CE20 flight engine acceptance test was successfully conducted for a duration of 25 seconds in high altitude simulation test facility during December 2016. The CE20 is a cryogenic engine that will power the C25 upper stage on the GSLV MKIII.

This engine was conceived, configured, designed, fabricated and developed by Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC). LPSC is the center for design, development and realization of liquid propulsion stages for ISRO's Launch Vehicles. Development of fluid control valves, transducers, propellant management devices for vacuum conditions and other key components of liquid propulsion systems are also under the purview of LPSC.

To test the Engine at flight identical conditions, High Altitude Test (HAT) facility was established at IPRC, Mahendragiri. This facility allows testing of the CE20 engine at its full area ratio in vacuum condition which otherwise would experience flow separation at sea level ambient pressures.

The successful engine testing in the high altitude conditions was preceded by multiple tests on two engines with sea level nozzle divergent (area ratio 10). The development test conducted on these engines provided confidence in their design. The design of the flight nozzle was also validated in the medium duration High Altitude Test program.

The Engine High Altitude Test Program contained a series of high altitude tests (5 hot tests with a cumulative duration of 41.20 sec) to demonstrate the vacuum ignition, validate the nozzle performance, propellant flow build up characteristics, chill down performance and to demonstrate the ignition margins. All the test objectives were successfully achieved in this test program. The testing of engine in HAT facility has also helped in finalizing the engine start and shut down sequence for flight. Summing up, the test program has imparted good confidence on the performance and functioning of CE20 Engine in GSLV MKIII (LVM3)-D1 mission.

The realization of flight stage for the GSLV MKIII (LVM3)-D1 mission is in progress and the first mission is expected by early 2017.

The primary problem facing the GSLV until recently was the lack of a viable domestically-built cryogenic upper stage (CUS). Following a series of failures, India successfully launched a GSLV with an indigenously developed cryogenic upper stage (CUS) in January 2014. However, India has now successfully built multiple cryogenic upper stages. ISRO continues to improve the technology, with the CE20 representing an evolutionary upgrade over previous versions.

Source:  ISRO
Associated URL: http://isro.gov.in/high-altitude-flight-acceptance-test-of-ce20-engine-conducted
Source Date: January 20, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/20/2017

 
 
INDONESIA GREEN-LIGHTS A400M PROCUREMENT
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Source: Airbus Defence and Space


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SINGAPORE - The Indonesian government has signed off on a proposed acquisition of new-build Airbus A400M military transport aircraft. The scope of the procurement involves five A400Ms delivered in the transport and utility roles, costing around $2 billion. The Indonesian National Defense-Air Force (TNI-AU) will operate these planes within its Aviation Squadrons 31 and 32.

The TNI-AU is undergoing a gradual modernization in its airlift capabilities. With an inventory consisting largely of aging Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft, Airtech CN-235s, and IPTN NC-212 Aviocars the service took a major step forward in February 2012 when it ordered nine new-build Airbus C-295 transporters. The A400Ms would provide another modern platform to supplement these C-295s.

Under the acquisition provision given a stamp of approval by the Indonesian House of Representatives' commission on defense, intelligence and foreign affairs, any deal with Airbus for the A400Ms will be made on condition that local assembly of the final three airframes is undertaken by state-owned PT Dirgantara. In addition, Indonesia will request Airbus to allow its engineers to study and observe the assembly of major aircraft components - including wings and fuselage shells - as it rolls out the first two airframes at the plant in Seville, Spain.

Also of note regarding TNI-AU fixed-wing airlift modernization is that the service also holds an option for seven more C-295s. If the option is acted upon, all seven would be license-produced in Indonesia by PT Dirgantara.

Source:  IHS Janes
Associated URL: http://www.janes.com/article/67064/indonesia-approves-acquisition-of-five-airbus
Source Date: January 19, 2017
Posted: 01/19/2017

 

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