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Congress Will Invests Millions in Cyber-harden Missile Defense Systems Budget

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WASHINGTON, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 7 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: Defense News

According to the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act conference report, released on July 23, House and Senate of the U.S. have legitimated $51 million investment in to cyber-harden missile defense systems. Furthermore, it is expected appropriators also to fund additionally about $100 million in the defense spending bill, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The strategy to be disarmed adversary systems by using jamming and electronic attack, already has an important part in war gaming against possible enemies in future. At times, the usage of cyber and electronic attack is considered as the first line of offense to take down enemy air defense systems and thus to be injected friendly forces into denied area.

When that is a part of the strategy to penetrate in and take down enemy systems, it already is and will be a part of the adversaries’ strategies, as well.

The possession of such capability will provide better protection against evolving cyberattacks, as well as adversaries’ attempts to take down systems through jamming and other electronic warfare capabilities. Both the U.S. military and its allies rely on the missile defense systems regionally as well as to defend the native land.

Read more: New First Response Cyber Center was Announced by Homeland Security

According to the spending bills for fiscal 2019 of House and Senate, legislators in charge of the purse strings want to spend for cyber-hardening missile defense systems twice as much as the NDAA would legalize.

Initially House intended to fund roughly $100 million to cyber-harden missile defense systems, but the final version that the NDAA came out of conference committee cut House plans to provide $45 million to address cyberthreats to the ballistic missile defense terminal defense segment of the BMD framework and only authorizes about half of the House spending bill. But the Senate funding is essentially identical with this of the House, so it is possible the funding to pass conference committee and come out in the final bill.

To “advance the [Missile Defense Agency’s] compliance with the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Discipline Implementation Plan to protect MDA systems in highly-contested cybersecurity threat environments”, the committee is adding $100 million in funding that involves $40 million to increase cybersecurity for ballistic missile-enabling programs and $16.2 for a cyber assessment of those programs. This is stated in the Senate appropriations bill report.

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Appropriators intend to ensure $10 million in addition for cybersecurity efforts for the ballistic missile defense system’s midcourse defense segment, likewise FY19 NDAA funding bill because it is important part in the defense from possible attacks from North Korea and Iran.

Another $5 million is provided to support the sensors of cyber-harden missile defense system while $10 million will be used for cybersecurity measures within the brains of the entire ballistic missile defense system — the BMD’s Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications system.

The cybersecurity efforts related to the testing of BMD will be fund by $20 million and it is expected $5 million to be invested in cyber-hardening BMD targets.

Another $10 million will be provided by appropriators, that will be separated in providing cybersecurity elements into ongoing BMD technology initiatives ($5 million) and the other $5 million – in security of the BMD elements in space from cyberattack.

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The $60 Million Facility Proposal of NIOA and Rheinmetall Waiting for Final Approval

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Photo credit: NIOA/Representatives from the Federal government, NIOA and Rheinmetall AG at the announcement today. From left to right: Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack; Llew O’Brien, Member for Wide Bay; Robert Nioa, Managing Director NIOA; Rod West, Rheinmetall AG

BRISBANE, Australia (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The largest Australian privately-owned company supplying weapons, ammunition and technical support to commercial, military and law enforcement markets NIOA announced on 19th October 2018 today that the Federal Government would support a proposal for the establishment of an advanced $60 Million forging and manufacturing facility in regional Queensland (in the regional city of Maryborough), learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The proposal comes from NIOA and Dusseldorf-based Rheinmetall AG and it will be manufactured artillery shells and other munitions products for the Australian Defence Force and export to selected defence forces overseas at the facility. For that purpose the companies have established a joint venture and applied to the Commonwealth for funding support.

The application for funding of $28.5 million was approved under the Federal Government’s “Regional Growth Fund”, the goal of which is to support investment projects exceeding $20 million and which are considered to be important for the development of the economy of the region. However, the project remains subject to final approval and meanwhile NIOA and Rheinmetall are also seeking additional support from the Queensland Government.

NIOA Managing Director Robert Nioa commented, “NIOA is proud to partner with Rheinmetall to establish an important project that will create a sovereign military capability in Australia and hundreds of jobs in regional Queensland.”

The new facility would replace munitions imported into Australia and in that connection the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia Gary Stewart for his part shared, “The artillery manufactured at the new facility will be delivered to the Australian Army and for export to selected defence forces globally through Rheinmetall’s Global Supply Chain program. This will not only ensure supply to Australian soldiers but also elevate Australia’s profile globally as an exporter of high quality munitions.”

Recently Rheinmetall was selected as the supplier of the Australian Army’s new fleet of Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles under the $5.2 billion Land 400 Phase 2 program.

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Read more: Rheinmetall‘s Advanced Air Defence Technology Goes to an Asian Customer

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Finland Will Enhance Its Naval Power in the Baltic Sea

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Photo credit: Jussi Nukari/AFP via Getty Images/Boats of the Finnish Border Guard patrol in the waters off the coast near Helsinki on 28th April 2015.

HELSINKI, Finland (BulgarianMilitary.com) — Finland will enhance its naval power in the Baltic Sea due to the increasing importance of the region from military point of view and as a potential area of conflict between Russia and NATO, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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Two of the major points of the national defence strategy of Finland remain the strengthening of the presence of the country in the Baltic Sea and protection of its border with Russia.

Therefore, the latest goal of Finland in relation to its naval power is to enhance its open sea surface warfare and anti-submarine capability within its primary territorial Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia areas.

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The Defence Minister of Finland Jussi Niinistö said, “It’s critical that Finland has a modern navy that is fit for purpose. The Baltic Sea has become a possible focal point for tension between East and West. We are dealing with a more unpredictable Russia. Increased military cooperation with partners will also see the Navy more engaged in joint international exercises in the region, especially with our Nordic neighbors and NATO forces.”

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The enhancement of the naval power of Finland in the Baltic Sea is happening after under the Squadron 2020 Program at the amount of $1.5 billion. Central to the project is the acquisition of four multirole, ice-breaking submarine-hunter corvettes with requisite weapons and control systems.

The Finnish Defence Forces have been allowed by the Ministry of Defence to request final tenders for the ship and combat system under the Squadron 2020.

Atlas Electronik, Lockheed Martin Canada, and Saab are the three companies that have been short-listed for supplying onboard weapons systems if selected.

Read more: Patria signs contract for mid-life upgrade of Hamina Class fast attack craft 

The complete results from the Squadron 2020 Program will be seen after 2025. It is planned the new fleet to involve the new multirole corvettes, which are the most suitable surface combatants for Finland
capable of carrying out effectively at sea the many tasks of the Navy around the year, as well as upgraded Hamina-class missile boats, Katanpää-class mine countermeasure vessels and Pansio-class mine-layers.

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The Vigilant Ace 2018 Military Exercise Cancelled

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Photo credit: Getty/A U.S. B-1B bomber flies with fighter jets from South Korea and the United States fighter over the Korean Peninsula during Vigilant Ace 2017.

WASHINGTON, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The upcoming scheduled Vigilant Ace 2018 allied joint military exercise has been cancelled and that decision was jointly approved by the U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo. That was announced by the United States Department of Defense on Friday, 19th October 2018, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

Vigilant Ace 2018 military exercise was scheduled, as usual, for December, however the event, which involves U.S. aerial assets based in South Korea and Japan as well as the Republic of Korea Air Force, was cancelled in order to “to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue,” according to a statement released by Pentagon spokesperson Dana White.

The statement also read that “both ministers are committed to modifying training exercises to ensure the readiness of our forces,” and that the Minister of Defence of Japan Takeshi Iwaya was consulted on the matter accordingly.

The U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had said in August that the Pentagon would “see how the negotiations go, and then we will calculate the future, how we go forward.”

Vigilant Ace is an air exercise that takes place every year in early December in South Korea. Its goal is improving of the coordination between the armies of the USA and South Korea. More than 230 military aircraft and 12,000 US and South Korean personnel participated in Vigilant Ace 2017.

US and South Korean forces have been training together for many years. During these types of events they routinely pass through all types of military exercises – from beach landings to an invasion from the North.

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The latest cancellation at the same time with a change of command at Unites States Forces Korea, with General Vincent K. Brooks’ upcoming departure. Brooks will be replaced by General Robert B. Abrams.

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The H135 Will Be Showcased by Airbus Helicopters as the Future Navy Helicopter Trainer

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The H135 Will Be Showcased by Airbus Helicopters as the Future Navy Helicopter Trainer
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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Last week on Friday, 19th October 2018, Airbus Helicopters announced that the company will showcase its H135 as the future helicopter trainer for the U.S. Navy during the Naval Helicopter Association’s Fleet Fly-in at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola (Florida) from 22 to 26 Oct. 2018, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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Chris Emerson, President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of the North America region, shared, “Airbus Helicopters is convinced the H135 is the best solution to prepare the next generation of U.S. Navy pilots for decades to come, both technically and economically. We look forward to demonstrating why this aircraft is the best solution for the Navy’s helicopter training needs.”

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During the October fleet fly-in pilots of Airbus will perform orientation flights with U.S. Navy pilots, as well as with other stakeholders as demonstration of the capabilities of the H135 helicopter.

The H135 training helicopters for the U.S. Navy will be manufactured at the facility of Airbus in Columbus, Mississippi. An interesting fact is that more than 40 percent of the Columbus employees are U.S. military veterans.

The proven twin-engine military trainer H135, operated in more than 60 countries, features the most advanced technologies available like One Engine Inoperable (OEI) training mode and 4-axis autopilot. The H135 is known for its endurance, compact build, low sound levels, reliability, versatility and competitive cost. It is FAA Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Certified providing future pilots with an ideal aircraft for training missions, which is of crucial importance for the Navy, because its aviators are trained in conditions, in which the visibility is quite reduced.

Scott Tumpak, VP, Military Programs, at Airbus Helicopters, Inc., explained that the H135 helicopter “provides a training environment most similar to the Navy’s warfighting rotorcraft fleet, creating opportunities for cost and operational efficiencies compared to a single-engine aircraft.”

The military training flight hours executed with the H135 exceed 300,000. Globally, the number of the flight hours is more than 4.8 million.

Read more: The Final H145 Is Delivered to Norsk Luftambulanse AS

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