Dari milis boss-nya Rizal Ahmad.
Sengketa bersenjata di jaman moderen ini memang mahal sekali.
Australia dulu punya 2 kapal induk, tapi ke dua2nya sudah lama
Australia juga punya pesawat tempur supersonik F111 yang sudah tua dan
banyak bermasalah dan seharusnya sudah dipensiunkan (AS yang membuat
F111 bahkan sudah lama mempensiunkan pesawat yang ikut dalam perang
Vietnam, dan sering jatuh sendiri karena fatigue di bagian swing wing,
dan bukan ditembak musuh). Australia akan mempensiunkan F111 th 2010.
Pesawat pengintai Orion juga akan dipensiunkan. Sebagai penggantinya
Australia akan membeli UCAV Global Hawk, yang mungkin dilengkapi
dengan persenjataan dan punya kemampuan tempur, bukan sekedar
mengintai atau me-mata2i saja.
Untuk seluruh keperluan militernya dalam kurun waktu 10 tahun ke depan
menurut berita Australia akan membelanjakan sekitar Aust $ 50milyar!!!
Tetapi ini tidak ada apa2nya dibanding AS yang untuk kurun waktu yang
sama akan membelanjakan lebih dari US $ 1 triliun!
Perang di masa depan akan dilakukan oleh robot2, baik dalam bentuk
truk atau tank tanpa awak, pesawat tanpa awak, juga helikopter tanpa
awak etc etc.
Bidang ilmu Artificial Intelligence rasa2nya bakal dapat dana
penelitian yang besar untuk merancang otak buatan yang canggih.
AS saat ini sedang sibuk mengganti paradigma perang mereka, dan alat2
perang mereka dikenal sebagai FCS atau Future Combat System.
Kalau ingin tahu lebih banyak silahkan berselancar ke alamat yang
diberikan setelah berita tentang Global Hawk di bawah ini.
The Australian 4 February 2004
$1bn spend on robot patrol aircraft
By Max Blenkin
THE Federal Government would spend up to $1 billion on advanced robot
aircraft which can patrol the skies around Australia, Defence Minister
Robert Hill said today.
Launching the latest version of the Defence Capability Plan (DCP) in
Sydney, Senator Hill said Australia needed to invest significantly in
new defence technologies and not to do so put personnel at risk.
He said the Australian Defence Force (ADF) envisaged acquiring a
squadron of the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles
The vehicles could do maritime patrols, land surveillance,
intelligence gathering and even help civil authorities with tasks such
as bushfire detection and response.
Under the plan, Australia will spend $750 million to $1 billion – a
potential six-fold increase on the $150 million budgeted under the
former capability plan in 2001.
"The success of aircraft such as Global Hawk in operations over both
Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the huge capacity boost these
assets can bring," Senator Hill said.
"The Global Hawk provides the air force and battle space commanders
with near real-time, high resolution intelligence, surveillance and
"This capability will be a quantum leap forward for the ADF and the
first phase is listed for decision in the next financial year."
Demonstrating its capabilities in 2001, a Global Hawk flew non-stop
from California to Australia, a record for a pilotless aircraft.
Global Hawk is much bigger than other UAVs already in ADF service. Its
35m wingspan makes it bigger than a Boeing 737 and it it can fly for
38 hours and cover 14,000 km.
Senator Hill said the latest version of Global Hawk was even better,
with a greater fuel capacity and and improved satellite control and
The government revealed the key elements of the DCP in November,
including plans for new tanks and landing ships and for the RAAF's
ageing F-111 strike bombers to be retired around 2010.
It is also envisaged that the RAAF will eventually retire its AP-3C
Orion maritime patrol aircraft with the job to be shared between a
smaller number of new manned aircraft and Global Hawk.
Senator Hill said the DCP outlined 64 defence equipment projects in
116 phases currently valued at $50 billion over the next decade.
He said it represented the culmination of a review done over the last
year which took into account the changing strategic situation and
demands on the ADF.
"When we send our forces on often dangerous operations Australians
have the right to expect that they are properly equipped and
prepared – with the right capabilities to get the job done safely. We
owe our troops nothing less," he said.
"The new capability plan does not represent a radical departure from
past planning. However, the new plan does recognise that we face new
$50bn defence plan outlined
February 04, 2004
AUSTRALIA today outlined its $50 billion defence shopping list for the
next 10 years, but is yet to make a financial commitment to the
controversial missile defence shield being developed by the US.
Defence Minister Robert Hill today launched the latest version of the
Defence Capability Plan (DCP) in Sydney, which outlines equipment
acquisition and capability development programs from 2004-2014.
Senator Hill said the DCP did not specify any military or financial
commitment to the missile defence shield, known as Son of Star Wars,
but the government remained committed to the program.
He said Australian and US officials are currently negotiating a
memorandum of understanding for Australian involvement in the defence
"In terms of the concept, we're as committed as ever and we hope to
have our memorandum completed in the next few months and that will
identify the specific projects that we'll be working on," Senator Hill
told reporters. He said the acquisition of Air Warfare Destroyers, as
outlined in the DCP, would contribute to missile defence.
"If you look at the Air Warfare Destroyers that we are purchasing,
they will have the capacity to contribute to missile defence in the
future," Senator Hill told reporters.
"They are all about missile defence, but if you want to take into
(account) long range ballistic missile defence, they would have the
capacity to be relatively easily upgraded for that role."
Senator Hill said Australia's regional neighbours recognised the
benefit the Son of Star Wars program would bring to the region.
"I was pleased with the response we've received from our near
neighbours who actually appreciate what value a defence against
ballistic missiles can add to the security of the region."
Australia to buy robot aircraft in 38 billion dollar defence upgrade
SYDNEY: Australia is to spend up to one billion dollars (760 million
US) on robot surveillance aircraft as part of a 10-year military
upgrade to meet the threat of global terrorism and its responsibility
to allies, particularly the United States.
The government has made a six-fold increase in funding for a squadron
of Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which
would patrol Australia's borders, territorial waters and could be used
"The success of the aircraft such as Global Hawk in operations over
both Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the huge capacity boost
these assets can bring," Defence Minister Robert Hill said in
unveiling the government's 50 billion dollar Defence Capability Plan
for the next 10 years.
"The Global Hawk provides the air force and battlespace commanders
with near real-time, high resolution intelligence, surveillance and
Hill said the defence plan, the culmination of a 12-month review of
the army, navy and airforce, would also see ageing tanks, frigates and
fighters replaced by state-of-the-art hardware.
He said an unprecedented level of recent deployments by Australian
forces, including participation in the "coalition of the willing" in
Iraq, demonstrated that Australian forces were not equipped to face
"These include the threat of terrorism, concerns associated with the
proliferation of weapons on mass destruction and the risk of failed
states within our region," Hill said.
"The global situation has also brought our responsibilities, as an
alliance partner of the United States, into sharper focus."
Australia was one of the staunchest allies of the US in its war
against Iraq, sending more than 2,000 troops and personnel to the
Australian military chief Major General Peter Cosgrove welcomed the
government's decision to commit more funds to bring Australia's forces
up to world standards.
He said the level of technology such as that used in the Global Hawk
was being added to the military of other countries and Australia
should not risk being left behind.
"Fifty billion dollars is the price we must pay to modernise against
an uncertain future," Cosgrove told reporters.
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