Singapore Air Force personnel loading a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition on an F-15SG during exercise Combat Hammer. This was the first time that a JDAM was launched by a Singaporean F-15SG. (USAF photo)
428th Fighter Squadron Participates In Combat Hammer
MOUNTAIN HOME AFB, Idaho — The Republic of Singapore Air Force participated in Combat Hammer last week at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Combat Hammer is an exercise that evaluates weapons systems in their entirety— from the loading to the delivery of the munitions.
“Exercise Combat Hammer provides the aircrew the opportunity to conduct component level proficiency training in a realistic operational scenario,” said RSAF Lt. Koh Ryun Kiat, 428th Fighter Squadron pilot. “The vast air space, technical expertise and analytical data acquired throughout this exercise allows the RSAF to hone its skills and evaluate advanced weapons systems.”
Preparation for the week-long exercise required the entire RSAF unit stationed here to come together.
“There are a lot of people involved in Combat Hammer,” said RSAF Capt. Chia Chi Yu, 428th FS weapons instructor. “From my maintenance crew prepping the bombs and loading them onto the jet, all the way to the pilot and the weapons system operators taking the weapons down to the range to actually deploy them.”
Participating in the exercise was a feat in its own, but the real significance lies in what the RSAF was able to do while using Hill’s range complexes.
“The highlight for this competition is our GBU 31, a 2,000-pound class [joint direct attack munition],” Chia said. “This is the first time we are deploying this munition in the RSAF with the F-15SG.” The GBU 31 is used for precision targeting on fixed objects, ranging from stationary vehicles to large building complexes.
“We are able to test our aircraft capability on employing the GBU 31 and it will help us to evaluate our weapons systems and also enhance our operational capability,” said RSAF ME2-1 Teoh Teck Lee, 428th FS crewchief. “It will help us to evaluate our loading processes and we are able to best match ourselves with one of the world’s best Air Forces.”
Combat Hammer gave the RSAF an opportunity to test the mettle of its airmen and achieve the goal of success and ranking itself among the elite.
“Participating in this large scale exercise will allow the squadron to build confidence in this air-to-ground weapons employment, hone its operational competencies and sharpen the edge of the sword,” Koh said.
Implementing the new weapons system during Combat Hammer last week only scratched the surface of RSAF’s many partnerships which enhance the inter-operability between the two air forces.
“Having the opportunity to attend Combat Hammer and perform in such an environment just highlights the partnership between the USAF and RSAF,” said Lt. Col. Donald Sandberg, 428th Fighter Squadron commander. “When you take the lethality, competence and discipline for both air forces, and pair those together – it really shows that when the two air forces work together the partnership is unstoppable.”
MILES, The newest tactical training system which can make real battle field applied by real time AAR(after action review), realistic training simulation and three dimensional monitoring using by Laser and IT technology (image : UTECH)
Korea’s MILES training system has been selected the Indonesian special forces, in the system’s first international export contract, the Korean Ministry of National Defence announced on the 11 May.
The system, manufactured by UTECH, is being supplied to Indonesia under a $5 million contract, with delivery to complete by November 2017.
The MILES system provides training for small units in various scenarios. It uses laser optic technology and the Internet of Things – an environment that shares information of things around us through wired and wireless network connections.
The system includes a smart watch function, with can monitor the trainee’s bio information and the status of the training for safety purposes. The system can also reduce dual lasers into a single laser diode, making it possible to train for next-generation launcher technology.
CEO of UTECH Hwang In-hyup, said: ‘This export is significant in that it’s the first overseas expansion of the MILES training system developed with our own domestic technology. Through continuous technical development and investment, we will develop the best equipment, make a contribution to the development of a scientific training system and play a part in leading exports of the defence industry.’
The Eastern Fleet Command headquarters will receive two Kedah Class ships and four Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) by next year to strengthen the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) operation at sea.
Eastern Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Datuk Syed Zahiruddin Putra Syed Osman said the additional assets in East Malaysia were in line with the 15th RMN Transformation Plan.
“The new assets will be placed in one location to make it easier for operation and maintenance.
“This strategy is also to enhance security and cooperation with other agencies in water patrol operations,” he said in a press conference at the monthly gathering at the Sepanggar Naval base here yesterday.Zahiruddin said the Eastern Fleet Command currently had four Kedah Class ships and the additional two Kedah Class ships were expected by early next year.
The four Littoral Mission Ships (LMS), which were signed with China, said Zahiruddin, would also be placed in the Eastern Fleet Command.
“I was told that LMS will take two and a half years to complete and upon completion, the first ship will be brought here immediately,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zahiruddin said the focus of the Eastern Fleet Command was to strengthen working relationship and cooperation with other maritime agencies such as the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the Marine Operation Force (MOF), the Fishery Department and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESScom).
He added that a new navy base would be set up in Bintulu, Sarawak and named as Navy Regional Four, completing the Eastern Fleet Command in East Malaysia.
During IDEF 2017, the international defense exhibition held in Istanbul, Turkish company STM signed a LOI (letter of intent) with German Shipbuilding group ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).
Talking to Navy Recognition, an STM representative explained that the LOI calls for cooperation between the two companies on a potential contract to built three submarines for the Indonesia Navy (TNI AL). The first submarine would be built in Turkey and two more in Indonesia.
The design being offered is based on the future Turkish-configuration Type 214 diesel-electric submarine (SSK) currently being built by Gölcük Naval Shipyard in Kocaeli for the Turkish Navy (six Type 214TN submarines have been ordered).
As part of the agreement, STM would act as prime contractor if Indonesia was to select the Type 214 design. Other companies such as DSME from South Korea and DCNS from France are also proposing their design to Indonesia.