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Montenegro Will Send Soldiers to Join KFOR in November

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Montenegro Will Send Soldiers to Join KFOR in November

PODGORICA, Montenegro (BulgarianMilitary.com), 08 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: Wikipedia

According to an announcement of Montenegro Defense Ministry, the Parliament has approved the proposal, sent previously this year by the Montenegro’s National Security Council, to be deployed Montenegrin servicemen to join NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo (KFOR), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Referring to the Ministry of Defense program of work, Montenegro will send 2 military officers for the period from 1st to 31st November, this year to join the NATO-led mission responsible for the peacekeeping in Kosovo after the 1999 war in the former Serbian province ended.

Read more: Bulgaria is Sending Military Personnel in Kosovo

During the session of the Montenegrin government that was held last week, became clear that the two deployed officers will be paid the approved by the Parliament €70/per day. The Parliament also voted to deploy the military officers to join KFOR, as follows: one of them will be sent in (KFOR) command in Pristina, and the other – in the mission’s regional headquarters in Skopje, Macedonia.

The decision of sending Montenegrin servicemen in the KFOR mission in Kosovo was opposed by Serbian officials, early this year, claiming that the actions of Podgorica are not actions of a friend.

The Montenegrin decision for the sending of two of their servicemen to join in KFOR, was met with criticism by Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia and Aleksandar Vulin, Defense Minister of Serbia.

For the local media, the first said that this deployment is aiming to be only in service of the job that NATO gave Montenegro and added “Whatever one, two or three of them are going to do there, serves no other purpose but to do the job NATO gave them. Go ahead boys, you’re just doing your job. We know that this is not a friendly gesture towards Serbia,”

The Defense Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vulin, supported the President’s words by saying in front of Belgrade media, that the sending of these two servicemen to join KFOR is an act of support Kosovo’s independence and not of protection the Serb population.

Last week, in a response to the criticism from the Serb officials, the Montenegrin Defence Minister, Predrag Boskovic assured, that “Montenegro has betrayed neither Serbia nor Kosovo because Kosovo is not a part of Montenegro but an independent state”.

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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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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.

Read more: N Korea Threatens US With ‘Unimaginable Strike’ Over Naval Drills With S Korea

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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