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Surprises in Indonesian defense procurement seem like a constant feature now.After initial clearance from the United States State Department to buy an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, news broke that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto intended to buy jet fighters from Austria.Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported on Sunday that Prabowo had sent a letter to his Austrian counterpart Klaudia Tanner offering to buy the country’s 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters. The letter was dated July 10 and arrived at the Austrian Defense Ministry late last week, Die Presse reported.The Austrian Defense Ministry, however, declined to comment on the offer, the newspaper said.“As I was always impressed by European technologies and know-how, I would kindly ask your support for the following proposal, which hopefully leads to a mutual benefit for our two countries,” Prabowo said in a letter circulated among various media WhatsApp groups on Monday morning.There has been no official confirmation from the Defense Ministry on the authenticity of the letter, though it is consistent with Die Presse’s report. Prabowo was referring to information he received from someone named WD Grosse that Austria had acquired 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters in 2002.“To achieve my target of modernizing the Indonesian Air Force, I would, therefore, like to propose to enter into official deliberation with you, your Excellency, on purchasing all 15 Eurofighter Typhoons from Austria for the Air Force of the Republic of Indonesia,” Prabowo said.Prabowo said he was fully aware of the sensitivity of Typhoons in Austria, which has been in a legal fight with European defense and aerospace giant Airbus over alleged overpricing.Austria bought the 15 Typhoons in 2002 in a contract worth €2 billion (US$2.28 billion) and has filed a lawsuit to recoup €1.1 billion against Airbus.Airbus is leading the Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH consortium in manufacturing Typhoons in cooperation with other European defense firms, British BAE System and Italian Leonardo.The consortium has four assembly lines in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom as the four original users of Typhoon.Die Presse, however, said that selling Typhoons to Indonesia would be complicated, as it needed approval from the four countries.However, as the consortium did come to Indonesia for a roadshow in April 2015 offering the Typhoon, observers say it may not be that difficult to secure that approval.During the roadshow, in which the consortium brought a full-scale replica to state-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia’s plant in Bandung, West Java, the consortium offered to move an assembly line from Spain to Bandung should Indonesia decide to procure the Typhoons.Austria’s Typhoons are from Tranche 1, a marker for basic operational capabilities, which focuses more on air-defense missions, while the consortium has offered upgrades to Tranches 2 and 3, which greatly improves the fighters’ ground attack capabilities.Earlier this year, news broke that Indonesia would buy Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft from France following Prabowo’s visit to the country in January.French newspaper La Tribune reported that Indonesia was interested in procuring 48 Rafale jet fighters, in addition to two Scorpene submarines and two Gowind corvettes.Both the Typhoon and Dassault Rafale (which translates to “gust of wind”) actually began as projects among the aforementioned European countries to build a common jet fighter in the late 1970s, before France decided to develop one on its own in 1985 due to differences in technical requirements — including whether a jet fighter should be carrier-capable.Currently, there are three major Rafale versions. The French Air Force uses the single-seater Rafale C and double-seater Rafale B, and the French Navy uses the Rafale M, which is carrier-capable.Meanwhile, Indonesia has yet to move forward with its $1.1 billion contract to buy 11 Su-35 Flanker-E “Super Flankers” from Russia due to financial complications and the possibility of facing sanctions from the United States through the latter’s Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).Although President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed Prabowo to put a lid on all foreign procurement, local defense companies do not have the capabilities to produce a jet fighter just yet.Indonesia is currently working to make its own jet fighters by securing a 20 percent share in South Korean’s KF-X program, which Indonesia joined in 2010.Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) is working with PT DI to design and manufacture the jet fighter, in which Indonesia is projected to buy 48 aircraft while South Korea is slated to buy 120.The KF-X jet fighter will have its first roll out in 2021 and the first flight is scheduled in 2022, The Korea Herald reported on July 8.The Herald reported that there will be six prototypes and one will be delivered to Indonesia.“The first batch of mass-produced KF-X aircraft is expected between 2026 and 2028. They will be equipped with limited air-to-ground weapons in addition to air-to-air weapons,” the Korean newspaper reported.Topics :
Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Electrical Apprenticeship Corporation’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), which is working to fill the steadily growing need for electricians in construction. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“This administration has been steadfast in its commitment to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce. Programs like the one the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee has presented, are just as committed,” said Governor Wolf. “Their responsiveness to the growing demand for skilled workers is what will help push PA forward and continue to boost our economy.”The grant will award $297,810 to assist the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in producing skilled electricians for current and upcoming construction projects. These projects include but are not limited to work on the Shell “Cracker Plant” in Beaver, PA; several UPMC Specialty Hospital sites; and new AHS hospital off-site facilities.With the new funding, the JATC will be able to increase enrollment to 135 first year apprentices for the 2019-2020 school year, giving them the opportunity to address Southwestern PA’s growing demand for commercial construction personnel, and providing more aspiring electricians with adequate training for life-long careers. On average, yearly first year apprenticeship enrollment ranges from 80-100 new students.The JATC provides state of the art electrical training to ensure its apprentices are fully prepared for a career as electricians. Apprentices in the program attend electrical training school over a five-year period, while taking academic courses at Community College of Allegheny County in Math, English and Physics among other subjects. After successfully completing the five-year program, an apprentice will have earned an associate degree along with a Journeyman/Wireman ticket. They’ll also receive on-the-job training with area manufactures like Alcoa, US Steel, Clarion Boards, Domtar, Wabtec, T.P Panel, Crown Castle and Range Resources.Classes are limited to 15 students per class, allowing for direct student contact, individual instruction (when necessary) and increased student interaction. The JATC covers all costs for apprentices including training school tuition, college courses, laptops, textbooks, and software.“The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Electrical Apprenticeship Corporation’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to Governor Tom Wolf for awarding our apprenticeship program a grant that will help us to continue to train skilled electricians for the Pennsylvania workforce,” said Paul Reinert, training director for the JATC. “As the director of training, I have worked hard to ensure that our program provides each apprentice with the knowledge and skills to become an asset to the electrical industry. Through this grant we will be able to continue providing materials and training on not only the basics of electrical work, but also new and ever-changing technologies.”Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. September 24, 2019 Wolf Administration Backs Apprenticeship Program for Electricians SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Versailles, In. — A Sunman man has been sentenced to 50 years after admitting to having sex with his girlfriend’s seven-year-old daughter at the home they shared between 2013 and 2015. The judge in the case suspended seven years of the sentence handed down to James Mills, 31.Prior to the sentencing hearing Mills pled guilty to child molesting, a class A felony.During the sentencing hearing deputy prosecutor Shane Tucker asserted Mills had an extensive criminal history, number of times the abuse occurred and the impact on the victim warranted a maximum sentence.The Indiana State Police assisted with the investigation.