Combat systems installation completed on Indonesian frigate

first_img March 18, 2020, by Damen: Combat systems installation, trials completed on Indonesia’s 2nd SIGMA frigate Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Damen: Combat systems installation, trials completed on Indonesia’s 2nd SIGMA frigate navaltoday View post tag: Damen View post tag: Indonesian Navy Damen Shipyards Group and its partner PT PAL recently completed installation and testing of combat systems to the second of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided missile frigates, the KRI Gusti Ngurah Rai (332).The PKR frigates are constructed via a modular process operating simultaneously at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands and the PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia.This method enables Damen to fullfil its commitment to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to deliver a knowledge and transfer of technology (ToT) programme.A significant part of this transfer programme is the installation of combat systems along with provision of training to the crew in their usage and maintenance.“From the outset of this project DSNS and our partner Thales Netherlands have been fully committed to the development of the Indonesian defence industry and its supporting sectors. This commitment is demonstrated with a series of ToT and local content programmes starting in 2013 when project execution commenced,” Hein van Ameijden, managing director of DSNS, commented.The combat systems installed and tested include the following:• VL MICA for defence from airborne threats;• Exocet for defence from offensive targets at greater distance;• Torpedo system for protection against submarine threat;• 35mm rapid-fire cannon to respond to threats from both air and sea;• Electronic detection system to divert enemy attacks with electromagnetic redirection;• Modification of the computer operated operational system in order to operate the above.The final phase prior to handover was successfully completed on February 21 with sea-going trials – the sea acceptance test (SAT). The purpose of this was to demonstrate that installations throughout the entire chain of weapons systems meet desired efficiency and accuracy.“All our prior efforts paid off. Already at the start of the tests it was clear that installation had been carried out with great precision during construction and that preparatory alignment activities and agreements had been carefully followed.”“The second PKR vessel achieved similar results to the first one. This demonstrates that the complete concept implemented in the SIGMA PKR Class can be considered reliable and robust,” Van Ameijden concluded.The 105-metre, 2,365 tonne PKR frigates are designed to undertake a range of missions in and beyond Indonesian waters. Their primary mission is anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. However, they are also equipped for maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian support tasks.Related:Indonesian Navy commissions second SIGMA frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah RaiIndonesian Navy receives first SIGMA 10514 guided missile frigatelast_img read more

Shifting the blame

first_imgMICHAEL MASONE, Esq., former Board Member on FinancePATRICK O’DONNELL, former Board Member on FinanceWILLIAM LAWSON, former Board President To the Editor:Recently the paper published a letter from Joseph Broderick, President BBOED, under the caption, “Setting the record straight.” The truth is the letter is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to shift the blame to the former board for the shortcomings of the elected board. The facts are as follows:The prior board set aside monies during the negotiation of the teachers’ contract, which was settled in September of 2014 and ended June 31, 2015. The contract was settled and there was enough money to pay everyone retroactively and through June of 2015. All the vendors and employees got paid.The prior board increased the tax levy for the 2015-2016 budget to pay for the new contract and projected increases in expenditures. We were accurate in our estimates as the State auditors found a surplus for the 2015-2016 fiscal year of over $2 million.What led to the reporting of a shortfall by the internal audit was a failure by the board to understand that the budget is a management tool to guide it. It is a living breathing document which needs to be monitored and adjusted during the year. The failure to make the requisite reconciliation transfers to balance the budgeted expenditures with the actual expenditures at the end of the fiscal year in June 2016 caused a bookkeeping shortfall. Monies that were actually spent were not accounted for as they were still available in various accounts to balance the books. The internal auditors were only reporting what they found. The accounts appeared to be overspent because the board made no adjustments to the encumbered accounts to cover the actual expenditures.There was no overspending of $18 Million by the appointed board. No checks bounced, all the employees were paid. All the budgets were reviewed and audited by the County and the State.The elected Board failed to increase the tax levy for the 2016-2017 budget enough in the spring of 2016 to properly fund the expected expenditures and potential new contract requirements.The panicked austerity measures which were taken by the Board were self inflicted since there was no deficit as indicated by the auditors. The elected board had no idea how much money it would take to run the district. The problem was that the board created a budget for 2016-2017 that it could not and did not want to pay for. Had the board increased the tax levy in its 2016-2017 budget by 5.86 percent, as recommended by central office, to match the expected expenditures, the layoffs would not have been necessary except to pay for the two year contract negotiated by the elected board. The proof is that you ultimately increased the tax levy in your 2017-2018 budget by 5.62 percent on top of the increase of 2.86 percent in your 2016-2017 budget. The elected board spent money to settle a two year contract with money it didn’t have in its budget and it covered with the layoffs.Looking for someone to blame is always counterproductive. The reserves, which were carefully built up over the years, have been depleted. We can only hope that the last increase in the tax levy will be enough to carry us into the future. I remain hopeful that you will be able to explain to 1,000 or so employees why they will not be able to get a raise because 100 or so teachers will be getting $4,500,000 over a three year period. Do the math, it is later than you think.last_img read more

IBP-Capiz condemns ‘ambush’ on lawyer

first_img“My death threat ining si Dordas kag nanotice niya nga may nagasunod sa ilafrom Dao on their way to Panitan town while traversing Barangay Timpas road. Paglupok naka gwa siya sa salakyan kag nakabalos palupok using his service pistol,” Mahometano said.       ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The Integrated Bar of thePhilippines (IBP) in this province condemned the attempt on the life of itsmember Atty. Cris Heredia, 49, and her daughter.         Heredia was on board a white Toyota Fortunerdriven by her daughter when they were “ambushed” in Barangay Malapad Cogon inSigma, Capiz around 11:30 a.m. on Monday. “We see the incident as a threat to the legalprofession,” Bartolome added. Dordas, a government employee, was slightlyhit on the neck. Initial investigation of the Sigma policestation showed assailants targeted Heredia’s client Jimmy Dordas as based onthe trajectory of bullets that riddled the lawyer’s car. Police investigators claimed the incident wasmore likely a “shooting incident” and not ambush.     The IBP-Capiz said the attempt on their lives“is another detestable act which has no place in a democratic society which theIBP abhors.”         Several empty shells of a .9mm-caliber firearmwere recovered from the crime scene and a makeshift silencer found few metersaway.      Heredia and Dordas were ambushed few minutesafter attending a court hearing in Dao town on a land dispute case.        “Pagkabatonnaton sang balita sa natabo kay Atty. Cris Heredia, nagtuga ini sang kakugmang sa aton,” IBP-Capizpresident Atty. Remia Bartolome told PanayNews. “The legal profession calls upon its membersto continue to be vigilant and to pray for the safety of all its members,” itadded.         Police said Heredia and her daughter, whorecently passed the medical board examination, were unharmed./PN “We alsocall upon the authorities to investigate the incident as this is not just anattack to a lawyer but an attack to the right to life of each and everyindividual,” it said.   “Sa amonnga pag imbistigar sa paglantaw namon based on the volume of fire nagwa nga si Jimmy Dordas ang target kay sa likod siya naga pungko,” Sigma chief Captain ChristianMahometano said.    last_img read more

Tottenham defender Federico Fazio returns to Sevilla on loan

first_img Press Association The central defender, who has three caps for Argentina, joined Spurs in 2014 but has struggled to establish himself at White Hart Lane. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been manager Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred pairing this season, backed up by Kevin Wimmer. And the club announced on their website: “Federico Fazio has joined Spanish side Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season. “The defender returns to the team he joined us from in the summer of 2014 having made 32 appearances in our colours to date.” Another player leaving Spurs is Serbia Under-21 midfielder Milos Veljkovic, who has joined Werder Bremen on a permanent deal. Veljkovic has signed a contract until 2019 and Werder chief executive Thomas Eichin told his club’s website: “We have been monitoring Milos for a long time now. This transfer is an investment in the future.” center_img Tottenham’s Federico Fazio has rejoined his former club Sevilla on loan, the Premier League club have confirmed.last_img read more