Croatian Airforce Completes EU Nordic Battle Group Training

12 03 2011

Source: MORH

A three-day training of surviving of members of the Croatian Armed Forces participating in the EU Nordic battle group completed today, March 10, in the Lucko barracks.

The course was conducted by instructors from the Swedish Air Force, and the participants were members of the multi-role helicopter squadron of the 91st Air Force Base, medical team and a national support element of the Support Command, and members of the Special Operations Battalion (BSD).

Topics of the course were the harmonization of standard operating procedures in the event of an aircraft crash on enemy territory with the aim of survival and rescue of crew members and passengers.

The course leader Major Jörgen Erixon expressed his satisfaction with the organization of the course, and the interest and active participation of CAF members. The course was successfully completed by 31 participants.


Unfit for a Refit: Croatia to Scrap Eight MiG-21’s

14 02 2011

Source: Croatian Times

The Croatian air force can say goodbye to at least eight of their fighter MIG 21s, Russian experts said after their 10-day trip to Croatia.

Experts from the MiG company in Russia visited Croatia to determine if and how many of Croatia’s fighter planes could be modernized.

Part of the Croatian fleet is in a working condition and with a bit of a “makeover” could be used for another decade. But only those planes that were overhauled eight years ago in Romania and manufactured before 1975 would qualify for a face lift.

According to the documents that are in Jutarnji List’s possession, the Croatian air force currently has 10 MIG planes that were overhauled in Romania and eight that were not since their arrival to Croatia in 1990, the daily writes.

Croatia to Modernize 8 MiG’s or to Buy Used Planes from India?

5 02 2011

Will they be flying Croatian colors?

UPDATE – Feb. 6 2011
Indian Air Force to phase out oldest variants of MiG-21 by next year

Source: Croatia Times

The Croatian Ministry of Defence has invited representatives from Russian fighter aircraft manufacturers to evaluate whether any of its MiG-21 fighter planes could be modernized.

Representatives of the Russian company MiG and Rosoboronexport agency will be coming to Croatia to evaluate the condition of several 20-year-old planes that they manufactured.  Croatia is looking to either modernize its current stock or buy some new or used planes.

Eight planes should be modernized according to the Ministry of Defense’s plan, costing the state some 20 million dollars. Considering that these planes are more than 30 years old, only the manufacturer can decide whether they can be “refurbished.” If the Russian experts say this is not possible, Croatia might look to purchases several used jet fighter planes from India.

These planes cost three million Euros and can be used for another 10 years.

Currently Croatia has eight planes that should be taken out of commission this year according to the plan, but force commander Vlado Bagaric claims that they are usable until the end of 2013.

BM: Sidelining the purchase or lease of new Grippen’s to bring the MiGs out to 2013 with today’s economic situation is not far fetched. If anything Croatia just has to have enough of a fighter capability to patrol its airspace and maybe Slovenia’s. Look forward to see if buying planes from India will happen as India’s current fighters will be on the market as the Indians start looking to sell off their current fleet to make room for a possible F-35 purchase.

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

Croatian Airforce Advisors and Afghan Army Work To Improve Supply Process

1 12 2010

Lt Col Goran Novoselic (left) of the Croatian Air Force and Lt Col Thomas Tran (center) of the US Air Force speak to a crew member of an Afghan National Army Mi-17 helicopter prior to departing on a mission to Qush Tappeh. - ISAF Images

Two Afghan National Army Mi-17 helicopters recently flew a supply mission to an outpost near Qush Tappah, Jowzjan province, under the mentorship of International Security Assistance Force pilots and crews.

Regional Command North, headquartered at Camp Marmal in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh province, requested that the Afghans take on the mission, as more missions are now being undertaken by the Afghan Army.

For two years, national army and ISAF mentors Camp Marmal have been working together to familiarize the pilots and crews of the Russian-built Mi-17 with coalition standard operating procedures.

Learning a new way to plan and execute successful supply missions is difficult for pilots that have spent years flying under different operating instructions, according to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Tran, deputy group commander of the U.S. Air Force’s 438th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Tran said the success of the program is evidenced by the undertaking of missions like the one to Qush Tappeh.

“These pilots were familiar with a different style of tactics,” Tran said following the completion of the Qush Tappeh mission. “Learning our style was the only way for them to become fully integrated with ISAF, and the only way for us to reduce our footprint in Afghanistan is to properly train them to take over the missions that ISAF has been performing. It’s definitely working, we’ve seen continuous improvement.”

Afghan Army Col Noor Ali, a pilot on the Qush Tappeh, mission feels the improvement seen has been a direct result of the partnership between ISAF and the Afghan Army, and said that mentoring programs are important for the future of Afghanistan.

“The Croatian pilots in particular have so much experience to share with us,” said Ali via an interpreter. “We are learning so much every day, but I’m not just learning for me. This will help Afghanistan so much in the future. I am looking forward to being a mentor for new generations of pilots. This will be great for our Afghan air forces.”

Croatia Lt. Col. Goran Novoselic, Croatian Air Force mentor, said he’s been impressed in the two months he has worked with his Afghan colleagues.

“I have seen many good moments in these two months,” Novoselic said. “They already had the knowledge to fly the aircraft, with what we are teaching them, they will continue to improve.”

On the mission to Qush Tappeh, both Mi-17’s were able to land, offload a full cargo load each and take off safely in less than 15 minutes. Tran said it was a good day all around, the Afghan Army soldiers stationed at Qush Tappeh now had food and equipment to make it through the winter months – and the ISAF mentors had even more confidence in their Afghan counterparts.



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