A couple of photos from Croatian Air Force FB page, some by Katsuhiko Tokunaga
Today on Government session following was presented:
Nearly two thousand members of the Croatian Army will participate in this year record number of 24 international military exercises with the armies of NATO members and partner countries. Ministry of Defense for this activities will provide more than ten million HRK from its budget, and Croatia will on the exercise "CORE BG 2012," which will take place in April in Germany, present a new APC vehicle, which, under a contract with Finland's Patria produces Đuro Đakovic factory.
". In 2012 in the Republic of Croatia will be held seven military exercises which will include a 1654 members of the armed forces, " explained Deputy Secretary of Defense Višnja Tafra, adding that the Army this year will deploy 304 members on 17 joint exercises with our allies.
Very interesting, if I'm not mistaken CORE BG 2012 will be the first time that Croatia sends heavy combat vehicles (I'm not counting the LOVs and MRAPs deployed in A-Stan) abroad. This will probably serve as the final test for AMVs before they are deployed to support our soldiers in ISAF, so hopefully most of them will be weaponized before CORE BG.
It seems me that finally the electoral freeze is ended and Croatia has get a very good minister of defence.
To be 100% sure i'll however wait until defence budget would be assessed.
About Hratski Ponos I found very interesting the ones about G36K and VHS and comparison between the two.
I found interesting that desert cammo can be used in Croatia also.
Army lacks a thousand soldiers
Although the Parliament Development Plan Army ordered the Army to be 10 310 soldiers, NCOs and officers, where the lack of more than 1000 men. That does not mean that in the infantry, there will be no departures from the system and continue the transformation started. Those who are capable and hardworking, not to be afraid of their status, said Major General Dragutin Repinc.
Army soldiers and engineering vehicles help remove snow from public surfaces in Dalmatia near important locations, such as hospitals and reestablish road connections severed by heavy snowfall. 200 soldiers has been called upon to assist, mostly from Motorized Guards barracks in Knin. Meanwhile, the Mountain Rescue Service is evacuating the injured and delivering supplies to cut off villages. God speed to all of them.
Also, specialist training for Artillery battalion was completed a few days at Eugen Kvaternik training ground in Slunj with firing of D-30 RH 122mm howitzers and BM-21 122mm MLRSs.
From 10 January to 1 February 2012th was carried out joint military training under the title "The common practice of the Special Operations Battalion (BSD) and Naval Special Warfare Unit-2" (NSWU-2) from the United States participate in the implementation of maritime operations and parachute jumps with the use of aircraft MC-130 Hercules."
The training that included parachute jumps using the free opening technique and use of the American aircraft "MC-130 Hercules",Training was conducted from the barracks "Josip Jovic" in Udbina. Jumps were performed from 3000 meters by freestyle opening, and they were trained in techniques of grouping paratroopers jumping out of airplanes during free fall and landing on a designated group of fields. One of the goals of training was seen in the ability of members of the BSD-in parachute jumps from high-speed aircraft such as the aircraft is the MC-130 Hercules, where paratroopers jumping at high speed aircraft never below 240 km / h that requires additional training. Aggravating circumstance for all members of the training, this time, was low temperature witch did not exceed zero mid-day,but at a height of 3000 meters ranged from - 25 to - 30 ş C. That did not stop the American and Croatian members of special forces to carry out a hundred jumps without much difficulty. In addition to members of the BSD's, namely members of 1. Company of the Special Operations Battalion, group of paratroopers from VOB also participated.
Part of the exercise was conducted in the waters of Split with the use of vessels and personnel of the Croatian Navy (HRM) and in the area around the island of Žirje. As participants in the areas of training instructor is provided by the members of the Maritime interdiction operations (MIO) and training is attended by operators of the Bljesak rubber boats crew from the Croatian Navy.
Holders of training instructors were NSWU-2. One of the goals of this training was to create conditions for effective and efficient implementation of joint training with special forces from the U.S. Armed Forces and the training of future members of the BSD's in planning and execution of the tasks of special operations forces, which include topics in maritime operations: use of the DGC and in-fighting conditions, maritime navigation and the retake of the kidnapped ship
Last edited by SATNIK; 02-06-2012 at 03:12 PM.
Some more photos of our MiGs, emphasize on QRA this time
Some damn fine flying in that last one
Desert cammo works in homeland also
A news crew flew with one of our Mi-171s on a patrol of some of the areas that suffered heavy snowfall. Hopefully, such publicity actions will soon become the rule rather than exception.
Another interesting thing, in the third video (the one with commentary), at 1:11 we can see for a second that our helo aircrews have been issued with Maxillofacial shields (http://www.gentexcorp.com/default.aspx?pageid=2922) for their 56/P helmets. That's new, at least to me.
Hoverhind thanks for the info. Shilds have bean shown here for the first time, at least to me. You mised it
What is interesting to me here on this pics from DSEI (Gunman thanks for the pics)they could be Croatian ones because
of padlock (lokot) on the side is Our specialty.
And the info from that time also said that they are from D.D. factory, So if that is the case than We solve Ours 30mm dilemma.[IMG]http://i39.*******.com/1zg6jw9.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i41.*******.com/2wc3z3k.jpg[/IMG]