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RAAF Sends a C-130J Hercules Aircraft to Guam for Operation Christmas Drop 18

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Photo credit: Wikipedia/Cargo drops from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft over the Pacific Ocean toward a landing zone on the shore of Kayangel Island during the 62nd annual Operation Christmas Drop on 11th Dec. 2013.

CANBERRA, Australia (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Australian Department of Defence announced on Tuesday (4th December 2018) that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will deploy a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft to Guam for Operation Christmas Drop 18, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

Operation Christmas Drop 18 is the world’s longest running humanitarian airdrop activity and the oldest ongoing U.S. Department of Defence mission which remains in full operation, which this year will be held from 5th to 18th December.

Operation Christmas Drop has taken place every year since 1952, when it started as a training mission. Its objectives are distribution of Christmas gifts in Micronesia, training of American service men and women, provision of a training opportunity for Pacific allies. It is led by the U.S. Pacific Air Force (PACAF) and involves C-130 Hercules crews airdropping loads to remote island communities within six million square kilometres of the West Pacific.

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This year Australia will send a contingent of 16 personnel and a Hercules from RAAF Base Richmond to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam that will join the work of the counterparts from the USA and Japan. RAAF Detachment Commander for Operation Christmas Drop 18, Flight Lieutenant Nicholas Bourke, commented that the participants in the event will gain a vital experience.

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Flight Lieutenant Bourke said, “Operation Christmas Drop enables us to build upon our skills individually, and also gives us the opportunity to work closely with the United States and Japan,” and added, “There’s also great satisfaction that comes with delivering supplies and gifts to remote communities and spreading the Christmas cheer. We have a long history of providing humanitarian airlift over vast distances of the Asia Pacific region and will continue to do so in the future.”

The Australian Hercules will participate in missions of up to 10 hours from Guam to communities, located at more than 2,000 kilometres away, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Northern Marianas Islands, as well as the Republic of Palau.

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Within the recent years, U.S. personnel and their families have donated or raised money for the purposes of purchasing items delivered during the Operation Christmas Drop activities. Construction materials, rice, fishing nets, soccer balls, and school supplies are only some of the purchased items.

Squadron No. 37 of the Royal Australian Air Force has also contributed to Operation Christmas Drop 18 through collecting items for donation.

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The Israeli air force (IAF) is increasing the number of UAV simulators

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Can Israel keep its position as top UAS exporter?
Heron UAS by IAI | Photo credit: Georges Seguin

JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Israeli airforce (IAF) is increasing the number of UAV simulators to train more operators as these perform more and more missions. The simulators are being upgraded continuously, based on the operational experience gained by the wide use of UAV, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The IAF continues to transfer missions from its manned to its unmanned systems.

More than 50 %of the IAF’s flight hours are performed by UAV’ of different types.

Read more: Can Israel keep its position as one of the top UAS exporter?

The increased operational use in UAV’s demands a greater number of operators, and the IAF plans to introduce more dedicated simulators to meet the training demands.

Currently less than 30 percent of the UAV operators training is performed using simulators. The IAF wants to perform 90 percent of the UAV training using simulators.

The new effortis an extension of the IAF’s UAV master plan that has been formed in 2016 andupdated since.

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According to IAF sources the master plan was made to shape the operational needs of the IAF in different types of UAV’s, but the reality exceeded the plan, that therefore was recently updated.

The IAF is transferring additional missions to different types of UAV’s. Some of these missions are highly classified.

The Israeli defence industries are working to develop new UAV’s that will perform the complex missions that are being constantly transferred from its manned to its unmanned squadrons.

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BAE Systems Received a Development Contract for the EMD Phase of the MPF Program

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YORK, Pennsylvania, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – BAE Systems announced yesterday (17th December 2018) that the company has received a development contract from the United States Army for the EMD (Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development) phase of the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program and rapid prototyping effort with low-rate initial production options, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The contract is worth up to $376 million.

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The solution of BAE Systems involves new technology together with proven capability to provide the Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) with a highly agile, armour-protected vehicle, distinguished for overwhelming and precise firepower.

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Deepak Bazaz, director of combat vehicles programs at BAE Systems, commented, “Our offering integrates innovative technology that reduces the burden on the crew into a compact design deployable in areas that are hard to reach. We’re confident our design meets the requirements and the unique capabilities the IBCT needs.”

Under the contract, during the EMD phase, BAE Systems will manufacture twelve prototype vehicles. The works will be performed at BAE Systems’ facilities in Aiken, South Carolina; San Jose, California; Sterling Heights, Michigan; and York, Pennsylvania.

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The MPF vehicle of BAE Systems is based on research and development of more than 30 years. The goal during these years was an optimized, light, rapidly deployable combat vehicle developed especially for the needs of light infantry.

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The vehicle leverages investments the Army made in the M8 Armored Gun System, including its low-profile design, and proven technologies such as the M35 105mm cannon, and an auto-loading ammunition system, which allows the gun to fire at a rate of 12 rounds per minute. The access to the engine and transmission without the aid of heavy equipment is easy thanks to the innovative roll-out powerpack design.

The MPF vehicle also features scalable armour and innovative survivability subsystems for protection of the vehicle and crew against threats on the battlefield, as well as situational awareness systems that enhance the survivability and crew protection.

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The Decision about the Future Army of Kosovo Defined as “Irreversible”

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Photo credit: Visar Kryeziu/AP/Soldiers of the Kosovo Security Force line up to display their equipment at the end of the army formation ceremony in capital Pristina, Kosovo, on 14th December 2018.

PRISTINA, Kosovo (BulgarianMilitary.com) — Last week Kosovo voted to upgrade its armed security force and create an army and the decision was defined as “irreversible” by the country’s president on Sunday (16th December 2018). President Hashim Thaci also offered assurance that the decision will not threaten the ethnic Serbs living in the former Serbian province, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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In a statement, Kosovo’s government said on 14th December 2018 (Friday), “The Government of the Republic of Kosovo considers that Kosovo’s right for an army … stems from sacrifice and freedom, from the rule of law, the sovereign, the will of the citizens to protect and promote pro-Western values in Kosovo and beyond.”

President Hashim Thaci gave a briefing on the army plan before leaving for New York, where the U.N. Security Council will discuss within the coming days the decision of the Parliament of Kosovo from Friday to create its own national army.

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Thaci commented, “Whatever happens at the Security Council, despite the concerns of a certain individual or a country, the formation of the Kosovo army is an irreversible act.”

In addition, he explained that the army of Kosovo will be a professional and multi-ethnic one and that 5 percent of the troops will come from the ethnic Serb minority. In that relation, Thaci advised the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, to take into consideration the Serbs living in Kosovo “who feel calm and who take part in the army.”

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Serbia still does not recognize Kosovo’s declaration of independence from 2008.

On Sunday, the foreign minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, said once again that the country will insist at the United Nations Security Council that the army of Kosovo would violate a U.N. resolution, which ended Serbia’s crackdown on Kosovar separatists from 1998-1999.

Ivica Dacic stated, “It is important that the position of Serbia will be heard.”

Serbia’s government has also warned it might use its own military as a response and the Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, said it is “one of the options on the table.” This option, however, could lead to a confrontation with the NATO-led peacekeepers, located in Kosovo since 1999.

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The First Set of HDRLOS Systems for the Australian fleet of Anzac Frigates Are Delivered

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul D. Honnick/The Australian Navy ship HMAS Anzac (FF 150) arriving at Naval Station Pearl Harbor for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 - the world's largest multinational exercise scheduled biennially by the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

LOS ANGELES, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Silvus Technologies announced on 11th December 2018 that a major military Prime contractor in Australia has received the first set of High Data Rate Line of Sight (HDRLOS) systems for the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of Anzac Frigates, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The HDRLOS systems were delivered by the Sydney based distributor for Silvus Technologies in Australia and New Zealand, Amber Technology. They will be fitted to all new qualifying Naval Vessels, as well as being deployed as an upgrade to existing vessels where appropriate.

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The HDRLOS system features a custom-built unit, which is ruggedized and certified to MilSpec requirements for active battleship use. Each unit consists of Silvus Waveforms with a dedicated control system and 100 W of amplification for each of the two bands that the radio supports. It is available in Rack Mount, Bulkhead Mount, and fully deployable versions, and thus the HDRLOS system is completely compatible with the full range of standard Silvus radios.

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Silvus radios deliver a self-forming, self-healing mesh network that allows vessels to establish data links with each other automatically, seamlessly and without operator intervention.

Amber Technology and the Prime engineers have worked closely with the RAN (Royal Australian Navy) on the development and testing program for the system for 3 years so that to ensure that the system was fully compliant with requirements of the Australian Navy.

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The Anzac (Namesake: The Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) class is a ship class of ten frigates. Eight of them are operated by the Royal Australian Navy and two are operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy. HMAS Anzac (FFH 150) is the lead ship of the Anzac-class frigates. As of 2014, all ten ships are in service. The RAN plans to start replacing theirs in 2024, and the RNZN ships will remain in service until around 2030.

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