With the courtesy of Michal Zdobinsky, PoADU is presenting several exclusive pictures of the Czech Republic General Dynamic European Land Systems-Steyr GmbH PANDUR 2 wheeled armored fighting vehicles upgraded for Afghanistan operations. This country has procured 107 amphibian units and Portugal has ordered 240 vehicles for their army (without amphibian propulsion systems) and 20 amphibian vehicles for the navy.

PoADU will provide soon a status about the Czech program.

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PoADU has seen today in Istanbul a Russian Navy vessel sailing in the Bosphorus (Bogaziçi).

The vessel BDK 156 RFS “Yamal´´, a Ropucha (Project 775) Class tank landing ship was on route from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.


According a story published Friday in Jane´s International Defence Review website, the Czech Republic has upgraded some of its General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr GmbH/VOP 025 Nový Jičín Sp PANDUR 2 KBVP (Kolových Bojových Vozidel Pěchoty) wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicles in order to send them to Afghanistan.

The modified vehicles designed KBVP M1 will deploy to theater in October said the author of the story.

Upgrades includes a new light ceramic armour suite developed and produced by Vojenský Technický Ústav Ochrany with materials provided by CeramTec-ETEC GmbH and Saint-Gobain Advanced Ceramics sro, a slat armour protection, a URC Systems spol Sro STAR Light 3 jammer, MESIT Přístroje spol Sro VICM 180.1930 intercom system as well as the Harris RF Communications AN/VRC-110 multi-band radio.

The Portuguese Army which is receiving 240 PANDUR II vehicles should follow the Czech decision and deploy vehicles to Kosovo where Portuguese troops are using old Chaimite V-200 armored cars.

Portuguese PANDURs are equipped with a good protection suite and the situation in Kosovo theatre doesn’t need any upgrades but yes a suitable logistic support.

The Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa-FAP) has already received it first EADS Airbus Military C-295M Persuader maritime surveillance aircraft.

The aircraft of a fleet of five units remain at the company Seville based facilities in Spain for training operations.

The last aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in November said the Portuguese Air Force to PoADU.

Portugal has acquired a total of twelve C-295Ms tactical transport aircraft, five of them configured for maritime surveillance tasks which are called VIMAR (VIgilância MARítima).

The C-295M fleet is operated by the 502 Squadron “Elefantes” from Montijo air base Nº6.

The VIMARs will complement the five  P3Cplus upgraded  by Lockheed Martin and OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal SA on maritime surveillance operations. The Portuguese Air Forces operates two of the six P-3P Orion aircraft, formerly P-3Bs of the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force).

With the receipt of the last of the five EADS Airbus Military C-295M Persuader maritime patrol aircraft and the last of the five upgraded P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in February 2012, the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa-FAP) will operates three different Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) turreted sensors.

The AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin medium tactical helicopters of 751 Squadron “Pumas” are fitted with the FLIR Systems Inc Star Safire II sensor. The L-3 Wescam MX 15 (probably the MX 15 True HD) system has been selected for the five upgraded Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion aircraft of 601 Squadron “Lobos”.

The FLIR Systems Inc Star Safire HD (High Definition) has been selected to equip the EADS Airbus Military C-295M Persuader maritime patrol aircraft of the 502 Squadron “Elefantes”.

(Força Aérea Portuguesa).

In the aegis of the NATO summit to be held in Lisbon (Portugal) on 19/20 November, two conferences will be held on September 30. The conferences will focus the NATO new strategic concept or in Portuguese “O NOVO CONCEITO ESTRATEGICO DA NATO”.

We are publishing here the program received from the NATO HQ.

30/09/10 – 15H00

“Conceitos Estratégicos – Processo e Conteúdo” (Strategic Concepts – Methodology and Content) to be held at the ISCSP (Instituto Superior de ciências Sociais e Políticas da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa).

30/09/10 – 18.00

“O novo conceito estratégico da NATO/OTAN e os interesses de Portugal” (The New NATO/OTAN Strategic Concept and the Interests of Portugal) to be held at the Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (SGL).

(NATO).

Portuguese Army (Exército Português) Major-General José Alberto Martins Ferreira is to be appointed commander of the EUROFOR European military force on September 23. The Portuguese officer replaces French Army Major-General Marc Bertucchi which has been in the post since September 2008.

With its headquarters based in Florence (Italy), EUROFOR it’s an operational rapid reaction force with a permanent multinational staff capable of commanding operations up to a light division commitment. Member nations include Portugal, France, Italy and Spain.

Major General José Alberto Martins Ferreira has been previously the commander of the Portuguese Army Intervention Brigade (Brigada de Intervenção-BrigInt).

A first Portuguese Army high ranking officer has previously headed the EUROFOR force. Lieutenant General Luis Nelson Ferreira dos Santos has headed the EUROFOR from October 2002 to September 2004.

Lieutenant General Luis Nelson Ferreira dos Santos is since May 2008 the commander of Portugal´s Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR), a police force part of the Ministry of Interior (Ministério da Administração Interna-MAI).