VoGIS Military Geographical Information System.
VoGIS is of course primarily geospatial database is intended for high accuracy in the Armed Forces and should serve for all the activities of our army, so that it contains many specifics related to the military. For example, in a certain area can be summarized relevant data for free flow of tanks or armored vehicles, or the vanguard of the data with high visibility, the dominant peak. So, every commanding officer, of the highest staff to the field office, will show you exactly what he needed to make the decision or performed the task, and even create your own map.
Thanks to a proven successful digitization of view decreased, Croatia was invited to a joint program of Multinational Geospatial Production (MGCP). The task of the program, which involved 27 countries (23 EU, Canada, U.S., Australia and New Zealand), is the production of digital geospatial vector data of high accuracy, the almost identical model of VoGIS-a (level 1: 50 000 and 1: 100 000, which cover the area around the world) using satellite imagery and other available originals.
I think you know the story.
Following an agreement between Morh and Croatian olympic commitee, top athletes were enlisted in volontary military service.
Following that agreement, the first generation of voluntary recruits - top athletes started with voluntary service on 10 January 2011. Upon successful completion of training and regular expiration of eight weeks, in early March, top athletes will be admitted to active military service, in accordance with the Agreement on cooperation, promotion and development of sport in the Republic of Croatia, signed between MOD and HOO.
Interesting thing it seems that finally Morh has became image-wise and before taking the Oath the new volunteers have been dressed and ecquipped with modern uniforms and weaponry. Maybe some of our advices has found audience.
I had published that one because it shown an G36c and a VHS-D side to side,
Last edited by marcellogo; 01-24-2011 at 06:32 PM.
First U.S. trained Afghan Chopper pilots begin Mi-17 qualification course
Posted 1/25/2011 Updated 1/25/2011 Email story Print story
by Mass COmmunications Specialist 2nd Class Vladimir Potapenko
438th Air Expeditionary Wing
1/25/2011 - KABUL, Afghanistan -- The first two Afghan Air Force helicopter pilots to complete basic pilot training in the U.S. recently began the "Initial Mi-17 Qualification Course" meant to convert them into Mi-17 helicopter pilots at the Afghan Air Force Base in Kabul.
A hybrid of Croatian and U.S. helicopter training syllabi, the course is a six-month evolution that will qualify the pilots, 1st LTs Abdul Saboor Amin and Ahmad Fawad Haidari, as helicopter aircraft commanders in the Mi-17 and authorize them to fly as such in the Afghan Air Force, said U.S. Navy Lt. Jason ****erson of Richmond, Va., the NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan/438th Air Expeditionary Advisory squadron training & evaluations officer.
"Since they have been trained and winged via a U.S. training program, the expectations from them as far as skill-level and overall professionalism is very high," said Lieutenant ****erson, who is an H-60 Seahawk weapons and tactics Instructor at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center's Rotary Wing Weapons School currently on a Navy Individual Augmentee 12-month tour.
Both, Croatian and U.S training pipelines are extremely challenging and by design expect a very high amount of work and professionalism to ensure a quality product. As such, these two pilots are being held to a much higher standard, said ****erson.
Such an attention to detail is evident during a flight brief for a training mission that Lieutenants Amin and Haidari flew with their instructor pilot (IP) Croatian Air Force Capt. Zoran Maranovic, an advisor with the 438th AEAS.
Perusing through the pre-flight weather, fuel, cargo and mission information, Captain Maranovic quizzed the Afghan pilots' understanding of the Mi-17 and the day's mission--a trip to Blackwater, a training site outside of Kabul, to practice traffic patterns.
"You put a pilot into traffic patterns you will learn everything you need to know about the pilot," said Maranovic.
"Traffic patterns involve many elements of piloting: take-off, flying, ascent, descent, hovering, and final approach. It is a way of building consistency in skills and ability. This exercise gives them experience regarding how the aircraft operates, and is the best exercise for forming the foundation of pilot training," he said.
Successfully answering Maranovic's questions, Amin, Haidari and their IP made their way to the aircraft, excited to begin the training evolution which will bring their total flight time to around nine hours so far in the Mi-17.
"They are getting better and better," said Maranovic after the exercise. "They are exactly where they should be."
Switching focus from the training mission to the future of the pilots and the AAF, Maranovic said, "They are good pilots and we will see a big difference in the Afghan Air Force because of them. If NATC-A continues to advise and instruct the pilots, we will not only lift the skill found in the Afghan Air Force, but we will also lift their spirits. Attitudes also need advising."
And just as the IP was impressed, so were the pilots themselves.
"This was the first time that I did everything well. Procedure was good, flying was good," said Haidari before commenting that there was still room for improvement.
Though happy with the outcome of the exercise, the pilots understand the importance of continuing their focus and dedication to the course for their benefit, and the benefit of the AAF.
"We hope to finish this training and learn from the IPs so we can be the ones training future AAF pilots," said Amin.
"We are trying to bring a change in professionalism and safety to the pilot corps," he continued.
It is this devotion to duty and Afghanistan that raises hope and admiration in NATC-A advisors and Airmen throughout the AAF.
"Lieutenants Abdul and Ahmad continue to impress all of the coalition advisors as well as their fellow Afghans. They are fitting in well with the existing Squadron and are already very well respected among many of the current Afghan military," said ****erson.
"In the future, as Lts Ahmad and Abdul progress in experience and Rank within the AAF, it will be a great honor to be able to look back on my experience here and say that I had a hand in training them and I'm honored to be able to know them and work with them as fellow Rotary Wing aviators," he said.
Krstičević: Vojska može pomoći gospodarskom oporavkuKLJUČNI PODACI
"ZAHVALJUJEM predsjednici Vlade na povjerenju i učinit ću sve što mogu da pomognem u razvoju obrambenog sustava Republike Hrvatske", kaže Damir Krstičević, general kojeg je Stjepan Mesić umirovio 2000. godine, a kojeg je danas postao savjetnik za obrambenu politiku i vojna pitanja Jadranke Kosor.
Krstičević kaže da je ovo samo savjetnička pozicija i da smatra da oko nje ne treba podizati puno prašine. U razgovoru za HTV-ov Dnevnik 3 također je rekao da se ne planira na mala vrata ubacivati u politiku. "Nemam se namjeru politički angažirati kaže Krstičević", koji se odmah nakon Kosoričinog poziva čuo s ministrom obrane i koji se, kaže, složio s njegovim imenovanjem.
"Jasno mi je da u ovoj situaciji kada se svi moramo staviti u funkciju što bržeg gospodarskog oporavka obrana ne može biti prioritet. Ali ne vidim zašto MORH i oružane snage ne bi bili faktor gospodarskog oporavka u Hrvatskoj. Pročitao sam nekidan da hrvatska vojna industrija izvozi 667 milijuna kuna, a ne vidim zašto to sutra ne bi bilo 800 milijuna ili milijardu kuna i zašto hrvatske firme ne bi bile dobavljači za NATO", kaže Krstičević.
In a nut shell the General is basically saying that the government should focus on the armed forces more and that it could help Croatia's economy.
Current work by Croatia in the area of soldier modernisation is, explained Col. Mirko Kukolj, Deputy Head of Directorate, Development, Equipping and Modernisation Dept, Ministry of Defence, continuing at a limited level, focusing on study and fielding equipment in the areas of clothing and food and nutrition. In other areas, considerable work is going to developing lessons learned from bodies such as NATO's LCG/1. Col. Kukolj said, “[Work on C4I] is a little far away from us at the moment.”
There has in recent years been considerable focus in terms of operations in Afghanistan. For local communications in that theatre, Croatia has previously used the Motorola GP300 for troops' personal radios.
A similar capability type capability is now being pursued across the armed forces. Col. Kukolj said, “[The requirement] is not defined at the moment. What the soldiers used in Afghanistan was in small quantities specially dedicated for operations out of Croatia. It doesn't mean that the same equipment will be used in Croatia.”
The requirement for personal radios is currently being finalised with a procurement potentially beginning in the next two years.
In common with a number of militaries in Eastern Europe, while C4I is on the backburner small arms have taken centre stage. Croatia selected the domestically produced VHS (Višenamjenska Hrvatska Strojnica) or Multifunctional Croatian Machine gun for its 5.56x45mm assault rifle requirements.
Col. Kurkolj said, “We have finished with the development of the rifle. They are now developing the grenade launcher for the rifle. We have contacts with the company in Croatia producing the rifle and we have finished with the first 1000 rifles.”
“Now we are working on the second version. We have to finish some additional tests to see what is possible to do because this is a bullpup version. One of the problems is for the left hand soldiers. They are now finishing the version for [ambidextrous use]. There are options to see whether it will be easier to change some parts or to adopt a new version for the left handed soldiers.”
The first 1000 rifles are split rough 70:30 between the standard VHS-D and the K model short barrel carbine. A total of 16,000 weapons may be ultimately acquired.
The VHS is part of a family of weapons, designed to replace Warsaw Pact era weapons. The first replacement solution was the HS2000 (Hrvatski Samokres) or Croatian Pistol 2000 pistol, which had already been developed at the point at which the decision to proceed with the weapons family was made.
“What we are thinking now is that we will finish the rifle and then start with the machine guns.” Col. Kukolj believe that the relatively small number of LMG and GPMGs required by Croatia may make them difficult to be sourced using domestic designs.
VHS 2 is real as the colonel stated in the article, but we don't know if it will look like the one in video. However, the animation is extremely well done and I would guess that this was at least one of the configurations considered for VHS 2. Making a prototype in 3-D for is cheaper than building an actual prototype and more solid than technical drawings alone.