Croatian CANADAIR CL-415 Fight Fires Near Zadar

8 03 2011

Source: OSRH

On 3rd March 2011 Croatian Canadair CL-415’s from the 93rd Air Force and Air Defence Firefighting Squadron engaged in fire suppression activities near Smoković-Gornja Murvica in Zadar County.

Although the fire broke out in inaccessible terrain due to landmines left over from the 1990’s war, the Canadair waterbombers managed to put out the fire in a matter of hours. In February, the Croatian Firefighting Squadron participated in 16 fire suppression activities.

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Croatian ISAF Troops Targeted By IEDs

8 03 2011

Source: MORH

On March 5th 2011, nine members of 16th Croatian ISAF contingent moving between two camps in the northern part of the country were targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) placed along the road.

According to Croatian authorities, none of the members of the Croatian OMLT team were injured, nor did the IED damage the MRAP’s being used by the members of the Croatian Armed Forces in Afghanistan.





Croatian Canadair CL-415 Water Bombers Back in Action

24 02 2011

Croatian Canadair CL 415-from the  Fire Fighter Squadron (PPE) 93 Air Force Base and the Air Force were dispatched in the Split-Dalmatia County to extinguish fires near the Srinjane-Sirotković areas.

Earlier this month on February 4, 2011 Croatian Canadair’s were engaged in fire-fighting activities at the fire sites of Dubrava in Cetina Canyon and Svinca near Marina in Split-Dalmatia County as well as Žaborić in Šibenik-Knin County. One Mi-8MTV helicopter was engaged in fire suppression activities at the fire site of Sveti Nofar – Kaštele in Split-Dalmatia County.

On February 6, 2011 two Air Tractors AT-802 A and one Canadair CL-415 were also engaged in fire fighting at the fire site of Prugovo-Moseć.

On February 7, 2011 one Canadair CL-415 from the 93rd Air Force and Air Defence Firefighting Squadron participated in fire suppression in Kruščica Bay on the island of Brač in Split-Dalmatia County. The fire was extinguished at 11 o’clock. One Canadair CL-415 participated in fire suppression activities at another fire site of Moseć-vrh Umac in Šibenik-Knin County. The fire was localized at 1 o’clock.





Croatia Sends Canadair CL-415 Waterbomber to Isreal

6 12 2010

The Croatian Government gave the go ahead to day to send one of its Canadair CL-415 (Number 866) waterbombers and crew to Israel to help fight the recent wildfires in the north of the country.

The Bombardier 415 (formerly Canadair CL-415) is a Canadian amphibious aircraft purpose-built as a water bomber. It is an aircraft designed and built specifically for aerial firefighting and is based on the company’s CL-215 flying boat.

As part of the Croatian Air Force modernization program 2007-2015 and after a taxing 2007 fire season (12 firefighters lost their lives on a small island of Kornati and a CL-415 was damaged) the Croatian government decided to buy two new Canadair CL-415 and five Air Tractor AT-802 water bombers. With part of the program completed all five AT-802 were delivered in 2008 and 2 CL-415 ordered for 2009.

Source: Slobodna Dalmacija





Beta: Montenegro Sold G4 Super Galeb’s to Unnamed Croatian Company

30 11 2010

Serbian news agency BETA has reported that with the dissolution of the Serbian-Montenegrin state the new Army of Montenegro, sold five G-4 Super Galeb aircraft which remained at Golubovci airport to an unnamed Croatian company.

The Ministry of Defence of Montenegro confirmed that the aircraft were indeed sold but that it only sold the bodies of the aircraft, without engines and weapons, and that the aircraft were not in flying condition.

A source from the Montenegrin Ministry of Defence said that the planes were sold in a confidential tender and added that the Croatian company indicated that it wanted to equip the Super Galeb’s for “sport flying”.

Military analyst Aleksandar Radic told BETA that these aircraft could return to a flying state as jet engines can be found on the market. In addition, Mr. Radic added that Croatia has the capacity to refurbish the Galeb’s since the Yugoslav manufacturing plant Soko carried out overhaul’s of the aircraft in Croatia until 1991.

” It would be interesting to see if there still exists the knowledge required to perform such work,” said Radic.

He added that there is an assumption that these aircraft, after being repaired, could be rented to the Croatian Air Force pilots flying for the maintenance and training. He noted that the Croatian air force is challenged with training its pilots to switch from turboprop PC-9 aircraft to the Mig-21, which is very demanding aircraft to fly.

Radic insisted that even if that happens, there is no security threat to Serbia.

After the breakup of Serbia and Montenegro, at the airport in Golubovci, near Podgorica the state military left a total of 17 Super Galeb aircraft, four Utva-75, 17 Gazelle helicopters and five MI-8 helicopters.

According to the Serbian Ministry of Defence the two states agreed to exchange assets and records and recently Serbia recieved the remaining Super Galeb’s from Montenegro which after overhaul will serve the Serbian Army.

Background:

The Super Galeb which was sold to the unnamed Croatian company was the last serial plane constructed by the Yugoslav aviation industry.

The Yugoslav Air Force produced a total of 85 G-4 aircraft and sold 6 aircraft to Burma in the 1980’s.

The plane is powered by British Rolls-Royce Viper engine has a top speed of 910 kilometers per hour.

It carries two GS-23 – 23 mm calibre guns and 1,200 pounds of bombs and missiles.





Croatia Loans Three Howitzers to NATO Training Center in Germany

10 11 2010

Afghan National Army D-30 Howitzer - Wikipedia

The Croatian Ministry of Defence has loaned three of its 122-mm D-30 howitzers for Afghan Army training activities in the Joint Multinational Training Centre in Hohenfels in Germany.
 
As the Afghan National Army (ANA) uses D-30 howitzers the centre identified a need that ISAF operational mentor teams be trained in the handling and effective use of this type of weapon. Since the centre in Hohenfels did not have these weapons a request to the Croatian Armed Forces was sent. 

The three howitzers that were sent were not taken from a Croatian operational unit but from the reserves. Croatia loaned the howitzers free of charge, for a period of one year, with possibility of extension. The Croatian government identified this as Croatia’s  further contribution to the ISAF peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan.

Background

The D-30, or 122-mm howitzer D-30 (GRAU index 2A18), is a Soviet howitzer that first entered service in the 1960s. It is a relatively light and handy weapon despite being heavy enough for sustained long range fire in the field. The D-30 has a maximum range of 15.4 kilometers, or over 21 km using RAP ammunition.

Source: Croatian Ministry of Defence





Croatian Airforce Takes Part in EU Nordic Group “Joint Action” Exercise

27 10 2010

Croatian Air Force and Air Defence and Support Command Task Force members with support of the two MEDEVAC and transport helicopters (Mi-8 MTV-1 and Mi-171-Sh), were sent today, 26 October 2010, to the Kingdom of Sweden where they will participate in the “Joint action” international military exercise of the EU Nordic battle group.

 Contingent Commander, in which there are 21 CAF members, is Major Marijan Skorija, and final part of the exercise will take place in Sweden from 8 to 17 November 2010.

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