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In early October, Varna-based MTG-Dolphin Shipyard laid the keel of a 40 t. bollard-pull Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugboat.

This is the second vessel of a series of four multi-purpose tugboats, capable of ship handling and coastal towing, which MTG Dolphin has been building for Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar), a Bulgarian shipowner with more than 30 bulk carriers.

The first vessel of the series, named Alcor, was delivered to Navibulgar in June of this year.

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VMZ Sopot Will Produce UAVs Based on Israeli Technology

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Drone produced by Aeronautics Group, Israel | Photo credit: Aeronautics Group

SOPOT, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – VMZ Sopot and Israel’s Aeronautics Group begin their cooperation and technology transfer after their officially signed contract for the production of unmanned aerial vehicles, known as “drones”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

It is expected this agreement to be a real opportunity for the Bulgarian company to start the developing and producing its own brand drones, their service and maintenance, the official statement of VMZ Sopot says. The contract was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of VMZ Sopot Mr. Atanas Bogdanov and the Director of Marketing and Business Development of the Israeli company Mr. Adi Cohen during a trilateral meeting with the Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov.

VMZ Sopot Will Produce UAVs Based on Israeli Technology

Signing a contract between VMZ Sopot and Aeronautics Group | Photo credit: VMZ Sopot

The solutions offered by the Israel-based Aeronautics Group, in the field of unmanned vehicles, are aimed at defence, homeland security and civilian UAVs. In regard to defence, the Aeronautics Group’s drones have been developed in the field of surveillance and security, counter-terrorism, tactical UAVs, counter- artillery UAVs, drones for ground forces support and drones equipped with high-tech ISR units.

Read more: Radar Orders at $3.5 Million Received by RADA

The Aeronautics Group is a successfully-developing Israeli company, and last year it has even become public by issuing its IPO on global stock markets. NATO, as an institution, is part of the Aeronautics Group’s client portfolio which in its structure includes dozens of state and private institutions all over the world.

Bulgarianmilitary.com recalls that the development of the military-industrial complex in Bulgaria has been experiencing its Renaissance period for the last 29 years, with the export of Bulgarian arms and ammunition, in 2017, has increased by 20% compared to the previous 2016 and it amounts to nearly EUR 1,2 billion, which is the highest value in the new history of Bulgaria.

Read more: In 2017 Bulgaria Exported 20% More Arms and Munitions

According to Adi Cohen, Bulgaria is a new opportunity for the Israeli company and he believes it will become an important hub for products for air aviation. On the other hand, Atanas Bogdanov acknowledges this future cooperation as a chance for VMZ Sopot to develop in the field of new high-tech fields.

Bulgarianmilitart.com reminds that in Bulgaria another private company working in the area of military technology has already successfully developed and realized its own anti-drone system. Optix Anti-Drone is a system that operates in the range of 500 – 5000m. and can detect the location of UAVs as well as of their remote control. This is done on the basis of the real-time frequency spectrum monitoring and direction finding system. We remind you that Optix is part of Safeshore system, a drone detection system and it is funded under the Horizon 2020 program by the EU, with European universities and companies participating in this consortium besides Optix.

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The participation of Optix has provoked interest at Indo Defence – Indonesia

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Optix stand on Indo Defence 2018 - Indonesia | Photo credit: Optix

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – For the third consecutive time OPTIX participated in the biggest exhibition in South-eastern Asia – Indоdefence, which was held from the 7th till the 10th of November in Jakarta, Indonesia, learned bugarianmilitary.com

The forum gathered more than 800 companies from 55 countries.

The Bulgarian company provoked the interest of the end users and the partners with its latest developments in the field of thermal imaging devices for police and military units – the sniper clip on ZIR 100 and the binocular BidentifieR 100. A variety of options for cooperation and deliveries was discussed with the representatives of the different parts of the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia and specifically with the Chief of procurement.

Read more: Nieuwpoort Hosted a Demonstration of SafeShore Developed in Partnership with OPTIX, Bulgaria

Z-IR 100 Clip-On Thermal Device can be used as a hand-held or weapon-mounted system for observation, target detection or passive target acquisition during day and night in variety of environment conditions, including fog, rain, snow, smoke, total darkness. Z-IR 100 is an outstanding thermal imager with a great number of functions and perfect optical performance.

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OPTIX ZiR-100 – Thermal Imaging Attachment | Photo credit: Optix

Read more: OPTIX Became the Main Sponsor of the Newest Cabinet at the Bulgarian Defence Institute

BidentifieR is single channel uncooled thermal imaging binocular designed especially for military and law enforcement personnel, for prolonged observation and reconnaissance. BidentifieR allows target detection and recognition in completely passive mode on short and mid-range distances.

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OPTIX BidentifieR – Uncooled Thermal Imaging Binocular | Phote credit: Optix

Read more: Optix Has Sold Part of Its Assets to American Optics

About Optix JSCo:
Established in 1998 as a 100% private company OPTIX specializes in the design and manufacturing of optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic assemblies and devices for military and law enforcement applications. Competently applying the modern technologies, OPTIX Co executes the entire production cycle – from design and implementation of prototypes to serial production of components, assemblies and devices.

The production meets all the requirements of European and world standards – DIN, MIL, ISO, BS. The contemporary design, ergonomics and high technical characteristics of the products are comparable to the best world samples and excite a well-founded interest of the leading companies in the optical, medical and defense industries.

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Quality Bulgarian Optics at the International Exhibition Indo Defence in Indonesia

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Photo credit: Boyan Garchev

JAKARTA, Indonesia, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – In the period from 07-11 November, for another year, the international military Indo Defence 2018 Expo & Forum is held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Approximately 850 international companies in the area of military-defence production and security participate in the current exhibition, among which is the Bulgarian optical manufacturer, Opticoelectron Group JSCo, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

This year, Opticoelectron Group JSCo displays at the exhibition its product ranges in the field of day and night artillery optics, which are the main focus of the company.

At the exhibition, interest provokes the LARTOS high-tech optical coordinate system for identification targets and objects, which also has a secondary function – precisely defining the distance to the target with respect to the LARTOS itself.

“What is interesting about Lartos is its non-volatile database of coordinates of objectives and objects, which means that if the system power is turned off, the system keeps this database so it can’t be lost.” – commented the company’s Business Development Director, Eng. Boyan Garchev. “But besides the artillery optical systems, at Indo Defence we also offer our latest developments in the field of security and safety of large border furrows and oil fields. These are our stationary, semi-stationary and mobile systems for surveillance and observation, under the Muson brand, which is produced and sold by us,” adds Eng. Garchev.

Read more: Opticoelectron produced the new Muson 17

We recall that this year Opticoelectron managed successfully to develop, produce and sell this type of surveillance systems, with the Bulgarian state becoming a customer in the field of stationary and semi-stationary systems and in the area of the mobile systems – Sweden. BulgarianMilitary.com has learned that at the moment there is a request for the purchase of Opticoelectron’s mobile systems made by an Australian company.

At Indo Defence, the Bulgarian company also exhibits and two of its most popular products in recent years – the short wave infrared series lenses SWIRECON and the world’s smallest night vision goggles Nirecon, weighing only 300gr.

Read more: Big Interest in the SWIR Technology of Opticoelectron at the AUSA Exposition

“The year is almost over and we have two more international exhibitions until its end. The planning for 2019 has begun and over the next 12 months we will continue to invest in our production so that to remain competitive in the international markets and preserve the high quality of the optical production,” concludes Eng. Garchev.

About Opticoelectron Group JSC
Opticoelectron Group JSCo. is situated in Panagyurishte, Bulgaria. The company specializes in design, development, engineering and trade of optical, optomechanical, optoelectronic, laser and thermal vision devices and systems for defense and security. Their products are divided into the following categories: optical sights for artillery and grenade launchers; observer posts, day sights, collimators and laser target designators; night vision, thermal, SWIR; surveillance and armored vehicles.

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Bulgarian military ships highly evaluated by international experts in Paris

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Mr. Svetlin Stoyanov - CEO of MTG Dolphin on Euronaval exhibition, Paris 2018 | Photo credit: Dimitar Stavrev

PARIS, France (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Two Bulgarian military patrol ships attracted the attention of the experts during the largest exhibition of naval equipment and technologies Euronaval 2018, which is taking place in Paris. They are designed by the shipyard MTG – Dolphin, which is the only Bulgarian representative among the 400 companies, participating in the exhibition.

The company, based in Varna, presented a 150-tonne ship for offshore protection (LPV-35) and a 550-tonne patrol vessel for protection of the exclusive economic zone (OPV-60). Both designs were highly evaluated by the international experts and high-level representatives of countries from three continents showed interest in them.

Bulgarian military ships highly evaluated by international experts in Paris

150-tonne ship for offshore protection – LPV-35 | Photo credit: Dimitar Stavrev

Read more: A Class of Patrol Vessels Presented for the First Time by a Bulgarian Shipyard

“We’d like to partner with countries that have to cope simultaneously with the increasing complexity of the maritime environment and limited budgets,” explained Svetlin Stoyanov, Executive Director of MTG – Dolphin. “Our designs are based on the modular design principle so that adaptation to all specific customer requirements to be possible,” he added.

The first of the new designs of MTG – Dolphin, the OPV-60, comes in two versions. In its lighter-armaments modification, the vessel is capable of performing tasks related to border control, patrol and escort, control of the refugee flows, search and rescue, protection of sea lines of communication and fishery control. On its deck, the OPV-60 carries a drone and a lighter helicopter, intended for providing the crew with information about the operational situation, as well as two boats of RHIB type.

The second modification of the 550-tonne ship is a solidly armed fast guided missile boat. For performing its combat missions, the vessel has four counter-ship missiles and one air defence complex. The artillery armaments of both versions include 40mm and 20mm weapons, as well as two machine gun installations.

Bulgarian military ships highly evaluated by international experts in Paris

550-tonne patrol vessel for protection of the exclusive economic zone – OPV-60 | Photo credit: Dimitar Stavrev

The armament of the smaller LPV-35 is lighter. The ship is equipped with a 20mm weapon and two machine gun installations. However, it is completely capable of fulfilling tasks related to offshore protection, search and rescue, control of refugee flows. Deck drone and one boat assist the crew with the implementation of its missions.

The OPV-60 and LPV-35 designs have already had their Bulgarian premiere at the defence exhibition HEMUS 2018 in Plovdiv in May this year and were highly evaluated by the expert community in Bulgaria.

Read more: MTG Dolphin withdrew their offer for building of two patrol boats

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In addition to the two smaller ships, in Paris, MTG – Dolphin also demonstrated the updated design of its K-90 corvette, which features improved digital warfare capabilities.

With the two new designs the portfolio of military products of MTG – Dolphin already includes ships in the range from 150 to 1700 tonnes, including the 35-metre LPV-35, 60-metre OPV-60 and 90-metre K-90 corvette. However, the company does not think of stopping here. “On the grounds of our proven capabilities we are working on a design for a 40-metre multifunctional ship, capable of maintaining speed of over 32 knots and solving a broad range of tasks,” unveiled Svetlin Stoyanov.

About MTG – Dolphin
MTG – Dolphin is a Bulgarian shipyard with proven experience in design and manufacturing of specialized ships of high degree of integration, including combat and patrol vessels.

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