By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 22, 2017 The Mexican Department of the Navy (SEMAR, in Spanish) completed its participation in Bold Alligator 2017 (BA17), an amphibious combat exercise. The U.S. Marine Corps holds the annual exercise since 2011. For the 2017 edition, navies of Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the host country) got together at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, October 10th–November 5th, 2017. “Interoperating with NATO partner nations increases our level of cooperation, which has a positive impact on security,” said to Diálogo Mexican Navy Captain Antonio Morales Hernández, director of the Training and Preparedness Section at SEMAR. “To participate as an integral member of the coalition represents [Mexico’s] commitment to regional security.” SEMAR participated with more than 400 personnel consisting of a Marine Corps company, a Special Forces team, the Amphibious Assault Vessel ARM Papaloapan, and a helicopter. Mexico attended BA13 and BA14 as an observer, and became part of the organization’s team in BA16. The last two exercises were simulations to plan for BA17. SEMAR was an active participant in the planning and execution of conventional combat operations in BA17. In 2017, the exercise focused on improving and standardizing multinational coalition’s capacities in a joint operation to respond to an international crisis situation. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which struck coastal cities across the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico in September and October, affected the timing and nature of BA17. However, international forces still gained the necessary capacities and teamwork to set the stage for future amphibious exercises. “Bold Alligator 2017 provided opportunities to develop and update new concepts in conventional warfare tactics, techniques, procedures, equipment, and technology,” Capt. Morales said. “International forces conducted amphibious vehicle embarkation and landing exercises, urban combat, flag signals, patrol tactics, and live fire of organic weapons.” Force integration Among the main operations, marines from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Mexico carried out operations where Mexican Special Forces used helicopters to drop military elements into the sea under risky conditions to board a warship and get ashore to reach their objective. Amphibious operations were conducted in the area of Onslow Bay, in North Carolina. SEMAR also took part in the amphibious landing of 13 vehicles. “The main mission was to take and secure the beach zone where U.S. ships carried out the rest of the landings,” Mexican Navy Lieutenant Commander Ruth Peress Salvatori told Diálogo. “Time and landing capacities are key to carry out other ground operations.” The Mexican Navy implemented combat missions in urban areas as well as helicopter insertions and extractions in coordination with U.S. and Chilean Navy special reconnaissance teams. Elite SEMAR units carried out ship landing maneuvers, working in tandem with U.S. marines on aquatic inspection exercises. An ongoing effort “In addition to boosting command, control, and communications capacities, Bold Alligator strengthened our bonds of friendship and interoperability,” Capt. Morales said. “It showed the world that members of NATO’s naval forces constantly work together and are ready to face various hemispheric security challenges, such as emergencies or natural disasters.” Participating armed forces assessed the operational range of their special forces and regular units. “It was very important to gain the trust and recognition of our allied armed forces upon demonstrating that our capacities and readiness are at the level needed to carry out joint operations,” Lt. Cmdr. Peress said. “It’s vitally important that we be ready to face new threats to security and stability,” Capt. Morales added. “Technological advances contributed to a quicker development of new threats. The reaction time [to deal with them] is a determining factor for national defense. Cooperation and integration are essential to successfully control these kinds of threats,” he concluded.
By Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo December 09, 2020 The Chilean government is boosting its space program with a new National Satellite System. The project, which Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced in October, will include the launch of three satellites and will also have three ground stations to receive data and information.The initiative, led by the Chilean Air Force (FACh, in Spanish), coordinates and integrates activities of the Ministry of Defense, the FACh, and the Ministry of Sciences to promote scientific research and national industry development, and also to support search and rescue systems, maritime surveillance, the protection of natural resources, and climate and environmental monitoring.“This network of three satellites will enable us to observe the Earth and our country with a broad spectral range, not only visual, but also with infrared. In addition, its orbit will be under our country’s sovereign control,” Piñera told the press.“With these new satellites, ‘we will be able to pierce the clouds’ to analyze the captured images with different frequency ranges, even to detect objects larger than one meter, as well as [to detect] whether they have caloric emissions, or whether it’s an organic or inorganic matter, for example,” Colonel Claudio Alcázar, FACh Communications chief, told Diálogo.The first satellite will be launched into space and will be operational within a year, replacing the functions of the Fasat-Charlie satellite, which completed its life span, the Chilean newspaper La Tercera reported. Launched in 2011, the Fasat-Charlie put Chile at the forefront of space presence in Latin America. But the country soon fell behind, overtaken by Peru, Bolivia, and even Venezuela, Héctor Gutiérrez, president of the Chilean Space Association, told the newspaper.The project also envisions the manufacture and launch of two new satellites, one of which will be built in Chile. The three satellites will form a national satellite constellation. The program will also complement the information these satellites receive with access to other satellite constellations, Air Force Brigadier General Francisco Torres, head of FACh Space Affairs, explained.“It’s crucial for our country to have autonomy over the information gathered with our own satellites […]. At the same time, it’s important to set up agreements with other countries that place their satellites over Chile when ours are in other parts of the world,” Brig. Gen. Torres told Diálogo.Three ground stations located in Antofagasta, Santiago, and Punta Arenas will receive the information from these satellites and will provide information and data to an advanced geospatial data processing center. The center of operations will be located at the FACh’s Cerrillos Air Base, in Santiago.The new system will also lead to the creation of seven micro-satellites with the participation of the defense sector, the academic arena, and the national industry, to contribute to Chilean technological development.
Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Oppo rollable OLED screen smartphone along with its AR glasses were showcased at Oppo Inno Day 2020. Oppo also posted three tweets providing some information on what we can expect from the two products. The rollable OLED screen smartphone is called the Oppo X 2021 and the AR glasses are called Oppo AR Glass 2021. The Oppo X 2021 uses a proprietary roll motor powertrain to smoothly transition between the two display sizes. The company did not share details about the AR Glass 2021 during the presentation.During the Oppo Inno Day 2020 presentation, the company revealed its attempt at offering more screen real-estate with a relatively smaller smartphone. The Oppo X 2021 is a rollable OLED screen smartphone that, in its normal state, features a 6.7-inch display. It uses what Oppo is calling a continuously variable OLED display and in its extended state, the screen size increases to 7.4-inches with the help of proprietary roll motor powertrain. The Oppo X 2021 has curved edges with a USB Type-C port and speaker grills at the bottom.- Advertisement – It also has a high-strength screen laminate that Oppo is calling Warp Track that strengthens the screen and allows it to achieve a bending diameter of 6.8mm. The Oppo X 2021 can provide a fullscreen experience with both 16:9 and 4:3 content. There also seem to be three cameras on the back of the phone.Coming to the Oppo AR Glass 2021, while the presentation does not include any information on it, the tweet by the company mentions that it will include a time of flight (ToF) sensor, SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) algorithms, Diffractive optical wave guide technology, and gesture and voice navigation. The glasses seem to have a sleek design with the central area (above the nose) housing the sensors.Oppo did not share a release date for the two products but will be released sometime next year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –