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Successful Low-Cost Parachute System Training and Testing at Camp Buehring in Kuwait

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Successful Low-Cost Parachute System Training and Testing at Camp Buehring in Kuwait
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CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (BulgarianMIlitary.com) – On 10th December 2018, Camp Buehring, Kuwait hosted training and testing of a low-cost parachute system in partnership between the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The news came out on 9th Januray this year on the website of the U.S. Army.

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Four low-velocity-low-cost, four high-velocity-high-cost, and two Joint Precision Aerial Delivery Systems were released from a KC-130J onto the Udairi Training Grounds drop zone at Camp Buehring by the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command Marines.

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Sgt. 1st Class Larry Carter, 300th Sustainment Brigade senior aerial delivery technician commented, “We took the parachute that was right by the expiration date and loaded them with four 55-gallon drums of water. Each load weighed approximately about 2000 lbs. It was a successful drop. All the loads came out properly, parachute executed properly, and hit the ground properly.”

Carter believes that the parachutes have another five years of potential use, which could save the U.S. Army in excess of $25 million and he added in that relation, “We cut a piece of the material out of each parachute system and sent it to Natick Labs in order to test the elasticity strength of the canopy.”

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The United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, develops and tests new materials for the United States Army. NSRDEC will test the samples in order to determine the actual life-span of the parachutes. By using their full life-cycle money would be definitely saved and that would be profitable not only for the U.S. Army, but for the taxpayers as well.

The event, in which U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps successfully partnered, also provided training on proper systems use and employment for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command Marines, and 300th Sustainment Brigade, 524th Combat Supply Sustainment Battalion, 824th Quartermaster Company, as well as 1st Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers as reported.

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The Canadian Government Announced a New Armoury at the Saint-Hubert Garrison

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SAINT-HUBERT, Quebec, Canada (BulgarianMilitary.com) – In the middle of last week, on 16th January 2019, the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) announced the opening of a new armoury at Saint-Hubert Garrison, Quebec, Canada, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The move comes in accordance with the major goals of the Government of Canada, which involve investing in Defence infrastructure for providing the Canadian military personnel with up-to-date, functional, and green facilities for work and training. The total project investment of $50 million in Reserve infrastructure included construction, design fees, contract management, communications, furnishings and landscaping.

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Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister, commented, “Through our defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged, our government is expanding our Reserve Force, modernizing Defence infrastructure, and taking care of the future training and operational needs of our people. I am proud that we are delivering on the new Saint-Hubert Armoury, a green and modern facility which will support the future success of Canada’s Reserve Force in the Montreal South Shore area.”

The $25-million construction contract under the above project was awarded to Laval-based Groupe Geyser Inc. and the $2.6-million design contract – to Birtz Bastien Beaudoin Laforest, and Stantec.

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony on 16th January 2019 for the new armoury was attended by the Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Parliamentary Secretary to the Defence Minister Serge Cormier.

The centralized new and renovated facilities of 8,824-m2 will be used by Reserve Force units, including Le Régiment de Maisonneuve, 34 Service Battalion, 41 Military Police Platoon, as well as the 34 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters in the greater Montreal region. The military personnel will be provided with modern administrative spaces, training rooms, an advanced weapons simulator, vehicle and equipment storage areas, common mess facilities, as well as a fitness centre.

The new armoury, which was completed in December 2018, was designed in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver standards with the intention Defence to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and non-military vehicles by 40 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030 and to support the new federal emissions reduction target of 80 percent by 2050.

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L3 Technologies Received an EOTech Optics Contract from USSOCOM

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NEW YORK, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – L3 Technologies announced on 16th January 2019 that the company received a $26.3 million EOTech Optics contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), learned BulgarianMilitary.com

Under the newly received five-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (with five option-years) contract L3 Technologies will provide clip-on magnifiers and close-quarters sights from its EOTech brand for the Miniature Aiming System-Day Optics suite. This contract is a continuation of a 17-year relationship between EOTech and USSOCOM. Special Operations Forces has been receiving rugged and advanced holographic weapon sights from EOTech since 2001.

Under the new agreement EOTech will supply an upgraded variant of its holographic weapon sight and the G33 clip-on magnifier, which is shorter and lighter than the previous models. The agreed works will be executed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the USA at EOTech’s headquarters.

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Jeff Miller, Corporate Senior Vice President and President of the ISR Systems business segment, which includes EOTech, commented, “We are extremely proud to continue to provide America’s tip-of-the-spear warriors with the most advanced holographic sights in the world. It’s a testament to L3’s commitment to quality that USSOCOM has once again competitively selected EOTech as their choice for battle optics.”

About L3 Technologies

The headquartered in New York City L3 Technologies is leading provider of global ISR, communications and networked systems, as well as electronic systems for military, homeland security and commercial aviation customers. The company successfully develops advanced defence technologies and commercial solutions in aviation security, pilot training, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space.

About EOTech

EOTech is a part of L3 Technologies’ Field Vision Systems sporting optics business area and delivers cutting-edge technology and products, including tactical lasers, holographic sighting systems, magnified field optics, and thermal imaging and night vision equipment for military, law enforcement and commercial markets all over the world.

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A Russian Senator Insists U.S. Warships in Black Sea to Stay Away from Russia’s Coastline

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MOSCOW, the Russian Federation (BulgarianMilitary.com)On Sunday (20th January), a day after the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait, moving towards the Black Sea, Alexei Pushkov, a member of Russia’s Upper House Commission on Information Policy, stated on his Twitter page that the U.S. warships should keep away from Russia’s coastline, Reuters reported, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The statement of the U.S. Navy released on Saturday (19th January) says that the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer heads to Black Sea  in order “to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability.”

The same day, the National Defence Control Center of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the Russia’s Black Sea Fleet began to monitor the movements of the U.S. guided-missile destroyer, shortly after it entered into the Black Sea (at 8.50 p.m. Moscow time). The monitoring involves the guard ship Pytlivy as well as electronic and technical means of the Fleet.

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The Russian Defence Control Center adds that in accordance with the Montreux international convention, the the U.S. warship cannot stay in the Black Sea for more than 21 days.

Regarding the recent events, the Russian prominent senator Alexei Pushkov, on Sunday, rejected the U.S. statement by saying that the frequent U.S. warships’ visits to the Black Sea are not motivated by security but by domestic politics, and added they should stay away from the Russian coast.

He writes: “They flaunt their flag, send us a signal, and appease their own senators, who are demanding they send a whole military fleet to the Black Sea. They should keep away from our coastline.”

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Last week, the arrest of the 24 Ukrainian sailors captured along with their ships in the Kerch Strait, in November last year, and later, accused of illegally crossing into Russian territory, was extended by three months. Repeatedly, the EU and U.S. have called on Russia to release the sailors, but Kremlin’s response is that they must be put on trial. So far, no date has been set for the trial.

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The commanding officer of the U.S. guided-missile destroyer Donald Cook, Cmdr. Matthew J. Powel commented that the U.S. Navy continues to support its allies “in defence of shared regional interests and maritime stability.” According to him their arrival into the Black Sea is a demonstration of the navy’s interoperability while pursuiting common security objectives that enable them “to respond effectively to future crises or deterring aggression.”

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Israel has been attacking new Iranian targets near Damascus in the last 24 hours (video)

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An explosion, reportedly during Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, on January 21, 2019. (screen capture: YouTube)

JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – An Israeli air force (IAF) Iron Dome battery in northern Israel has intercepted a Syrian missile launched shortly after an alleged attack of Israeli fighter planes on targets near the Damascus international airport on Jan. 20, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) confirmed that a missile was launched at the northern Golan Heights intercepted by Iron Dome over Syrian territory.

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The Russian army claims that the IDF fired seven missiles from the Mediterranean into a target at Damascus airport, saying that the missiles were intercepted and that no damage was caused to the airport.

The Syrian Center for Human Rights, an opposition group based in London and a center for reports from Syria, said the site was attacked in the al-Kiswa area, where attacks have already taken place. According to reports, a week and a half ago.

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If Israel is behind the incident, it is apparently the first attack in Syria since Chief of Staff Kochavi took office, and the attack took place while Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Chad. The Al Quds Al Arabi newspaper reported on Sunday that Russia had conveyed to Israel a message that it intended to renovate Damascus International Airport with logistical and technical aspects. According to the same source, Russia informed Israel that it would not be able to continue air strikes against sites near the airport to which arms shipments from Iran arrive. According to the Russians, the same attacks are causing airlines from the region who want to return to Syria to reconsider.

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(Updated 21.01.2019) – Another Israeli attack in Syria in less than 12 hours.

On the night of Jan. 20 Israeli fighter aircraft attacked military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force in Syrian territory.

The IDF said that dozens of Syrian surface-to-air missiles were launched during the attack. As a result, a number of Syrian air defense batteries were attacked and destroyed.

The IDF said that this was the heaviest attack on Iranian targets in the Damascus area.

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