Due to the beginning of the second training period in 2020, a drill review of military personnel was held in Azerbaijan’s all military units, the training base and full equipment of units were checked, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
At the events, the main goals and objectives for the training period were declared, and it was noted that exercises and classes would be conducted continuously with the aim of improving the centralized command and control of troops and achieving interoperability.
The unit commanders pledged to invite other unit commanders to the competition in order to determine the best in combat training in the new training period.
After the solemn passage, the first classes of the new training period were held in the formations and units to coordinate the interaction of the troops of the Nakhchivan garrison.
Combat missions are being clarified in the units, and the troops put in the alert are involved in combat training sessions at day and nighttime.
Azerbaijani-Turkish Live Fire Joint Large-Scale Tactical and Flight-Tactical Exercises are being held in Nakhchivan
According to the exercise scenario, the units of the Combined Arms Army, the forces structure of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and the Armed Forces of the Turkish Republic have been brought into the state of full combat readiness and, on alert, were withdrawn to the exercise areas.
Continuous control of troops is practically carried out by means of control systems from command posts. Formations and military units operate in accordance with combat readiness plans.
During the exercises, which involve combat aircraft, military transport, and attack helicopters, training flights are conducted with elements of aerobatic manoeuvring.
The first stage of the Azerbaijani-Turkish Live-Fire Joint Large-Scale Tactical Exercises is being held.
Report informs citing the Defense Ministry.
According to the plan, the situation evaluated, combat missions are specified, reconnaissance of the area carried out in real conditions.
After hearing the relevant reports, the tasks for the use of troops participating in the exercises clarified following the adopted decision.
On Thursday morning, NASA is set to launch an SUV-sized rover to Mars – a robotic scientist the size of an SUV.
The $US2.4 billion, nuclear-powered vehicle, named Perseverance (“Percy” for short) is designed to trundle along the Martian surface, mine for signs of ancient life, capture high-quality video and audio, and collect rock and soil samples for an eventual return trip to Earth.
In preparation for future human landings on Mars, the rover will also carry an experimental device that converts carbon dioxide from the planet’s thin atmosphere into oxygen, and test samples of potential space suit material to see how well they hold up against Mars’ radioactivity.
And if that wasn’t enough, the rover’s belly contains a helicopter named Ingenuity.
Perseverance is scheduled to launch at 7:50 am ET on Thursday 30 July atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The liftoff will be streamed live on NASA TV – you can watch below.The broadcast is expected to start at 7:00 am ET (11 am UTC).
The liftoff will mark the third Mars-bound mission to begin this month. It follows the launch of the United Arab Emirates’ Hope probe, which aims to orbit Mars to chart a global map of its climate.
China’s Tianwen-1 mission, meanwhile, is expected to put a rover on Mars that will use radar to detect underground pockets of water and also put a spacecraft into orbit to study Mars’ atmosphere.
The launches were all scheduled closely together in order to hit a critical window in Mars’s orbit: The period when its path aligns most closely with that of Earth.
That window comes in February 2021, which is when the spaceships are expected to arrive at Mars. Because of fuel and weight constraints, missing the chance to launch now would have required space agencies to wait until 2022.
Perseverance is scheduled to land at Mars’s Jezero Crater on February 18. The crater, once flooded with water, was selected after five years of careful study by planetary scientists because its rock and clay have the potential to contain electrochemical signatures of former life.
The same features that make the Jezero crater appealing for study make it a difficult place to land a rover, however: The site’s varied terrain is full of dips, ridges, and boulders.
But engineers have made advances in landing technology, including the development of a more precisely timed landing parachute, since NASA’s last rover, Curiosity, arrived on Mars in 2012. Most recently, the agency successfully dropped its InSight lander on Mars in November 2018.
If all goes well, Perseverance will be the fifth Mars rover mission managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and also the fifth successful Mars rover landing overall (unless China’s lands first).
Yet another Mars rover called Rosalind Franklin – a collaboration between the European Space Agency and the Russia’s Roscosmos – is scheduled to launch in 2022.
A group of servicemen and aviation equipment of the Turkish Armed Forces, involved the joint Azerbaijan-Turkey live fire large-scale tactical and flight-tactical exercises, arrived in Nakhchivan.
The national anthems of Azerbaijan and Turkey were performed during the solemn welcoming ceremony held at a military airfield of the Separate Combined Arms Army.
Military transport and combat helicopters, delivered by cargo planes, are being prepared for the live-fire flight-tactical exercises.
A solemn welcoming ceremony was held in regard to the arrival in Baku of the military personnel of the Turkish Armed Forces involved in the Azerbaijani-Turkish Live Fire Joint Large-Scale Tactical and Flight-Tactical Exercises with the participation of the Land Forces and the Air Force of both countries. The exercises will be held in accordance with the Agreement on Military Cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Turkey and according to the annual plan in our country from July 29 to August 10, according to Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.
First, flowers were laid at the bust of national leader Heydar Aliyev on the territory of the military unit. Then, the memory of the Great Leader and the shahids (martyrs) who fell for the independence and territorial integrity of our country was honored by observing a minute of silence.
The exercises will involve military personnel, armored vehicles, artillery mounts and mortars, combat and transport helicopters of the Air Force, as well as Air Defense Units and Anti-Aircraft Missile Units of the Armies of the two countries.
One of the critical events in the construction of the first-ever International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) will take place on Tuesday in the commune of Saint-Paul-Les-Durance in France, where the assembly of the reactor will begin, the ITER project’s press service said.
The ITER demonstration reactor is being built next to the Cadarache research center in southern France by the European Union, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
This will be the first large-scale attempt to demonstrate the feasibility of using thermonuclear reactions to generate energy on an industrial scale.
Should the ITER project be successful, humankind will be able to count on the possession of an almost inexhaustible energy source. The launch of the reactor and the production of the first plasma on it are expected to take place in 2025.
A total of 35 countries take part in the ITER project. As the host country of the ITER reactor, United Europe contributes 45 percent of the cost of the installation construction, while the other countries, including Russia, 9 percent each.
Hagia Sophia is ready to reopen for Islamic worship for the first time in 86 years with an inaugural Friday prayer, Report says.
Carpets have been rolled out inside the former museum, with hours remaining for the iconic site to hold the first Friday prayer in Turkey’s modern history.
Shades of duck-head green color were used in the carpet, which included 17th-century Ottoman motifs.
The floor of the historical structure is covered with carpet, as it is intended not to harm the authentic texture and architecture of the building.
Paintings, depictions, and mosaics will be closed with a curtain system during prayers.
The entrance to the areas to be prayed in Hagia Sophia will start from 10:00 a.m., reminding the precautions to be taken by those who will attend the prayer, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said in a press conference at the iconic marvel.
“We ask our citizens to bring four things with them when coming to Hagia Sophia: Masks, prayer rugs, patience, and understanding.”
Armenia aims to create a new hotbed of a conflict in the border of two countries, said Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev in his interview to CTV News Channel, Canada while commenting on the recent provocation committed by Armenia in the direction of Tovuz district on the border with Azerbaijan.
It is now more than 30 years that Armenia’s military aggression, the war unleashed by Armenia against Azerbaijan continues, Assistant to the Azerbaijani president, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev said in an interview with France 24 TV channel.
“Recent border incident is not just a sporadic act that happened on the border of the two countries, it is simply continuation of Armenia’s military aggression against Azerbaijan,” Hajiyev said. “Armenia wants to create a new hotbed of conflict in the region.”
Azerbaijani youngsters from different cities and states arranged a gathering in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in the US. They expressed their gratitude to the Ukrainian government for supporting Azerbaijan in military provocations of Armenia on the border, in Tovuz direction, Report states.
Waving Azerbaijani and Ukrainian flags, our compatriots put flowers in front of the embassy building. Moreover, during the rally, the attack on the Ukrainian Embassy in Armenia was castigated.
Reciting slogans like “Friendly country!”, “Long live Ukraine!”, “Thank you, Ukraine!”, demonstrators made a statement at the end. A copy of the speech was paneled on the door of the building.
“Azerenergy” restores 256 MW of “lost” power capacity
Azerenergy is conducting reconstruction and repair work at six modular power plants alongside the country’s thermal and hydropower plants.
Teymur Abdullayev- head of Public Relations and Media Center department of Azerenergy reported to “Report.”
It is emphasized that considerable progress has been attained in recovering the “lost” power: “before the adoption of the “Rehabilitation Program” in fall 2018, 12 out of 72 units in 6 modular power plants were entirely out of service, while others were functioning partially. After the replacement of failed ones and reinstatement of main working components imported from abroad and repairment of other units, reconstruction, overhaul, and restoration work was finished in all six modular power plants.
As a result of the course of actions, 95 MW at “Sangachal,” 20 MW at “Baku,” 15 MW at “Shahdag,” 47 MW at “Khachmaz,” 40 MW at “Astara,” and 39 MW at “Shaki” Power Stations, comprising in total 256 megawatts of “lost” power has been restored.
The Caspian Policy Center (CPC) brought together top officials from the Department of State and USAID; energy executives from BP America, Chevron, and SOCAR; and the energy policy officials from the Trans-Caspian countries to discuss how the energy demand collapse brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting energy market in the Caspian region and provide suggested next steps, Report informs.
CPC’s Executive Director Efgan Nifti opened the event with welcome remarks that were followed by introductory comments from the panelists.
“Energy security has been and remains a critical factor in countries’ national security calculations and in the overall international relations agenda with the Trans-Caspian region playing an important role as a supplier and a transportation route for oil and natural gas,” said Mr. Nifti.
Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State; Javier Piedra, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID; Elnur Soltanov, Deputy Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan; Elshad Nassirov, Vice President for Investments and Marketing at SOCAR; George Chikovani, Chief Executive Officer of the Georgian Energy Development Fund; Robert Scher, Head of International Affairs at BP America; and Amy Conroy, Director of the International Government Affairs at Chevron were among the webinar panelists who talked on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caspian region, a range of policy actions to support energy suppliers dealing with the impacts of the pandemic and response measures, methods implemented by global energy companies to maintain critical partnerships in the region, implications of geopolitical conflict for regional energy infrastructure and development, and actions to enable energy distribution networks in laying the grounds for recovery.
“What is needed at any time, especially at a time we are facing now, is a vision from governments, companies, actors, thinkers, inventors, and creative people. This is the kind of vision that gave us the Southern Gas Corridor,” said Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State. “The Southern Gas Corridor is a great achievement, but we can’t stop there,” he added.
“The Trans-Caspian inter-connector makes sense: this will help increase the region’s energy security, help bolster independence and sovereignty, have a more equal footing in the energy markets, help the Caucasus and Central Asia become crossroads, and promote interregional cooperation,” shared Javier Piedra, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID. “Central Asian Regional Electricity Market (CAREM) will promote energy independence for the region by establishing a transparent, integrated, market-based power trade network, which will lead to improved energy reliability and lower electricity costs and enable the environment for the private sector to thrive. Our partnerships with private industry are at the heart of our strategy. At USAID, we know that private enterprise is the single most powerful force for improving livelihood, for strengthening communities, and accelerating self-reliance,” he added.
“Right now, we are going through an unprecedented water shortage period, and this creates a lot of problems for Azerbaijan as a downstream country. It pushes us towards a greater regional cooperation and points to an urgent need to push for wind and solar energy,” said Elnur Soltanov,Deputy Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan.
“Now, when the Convention on the status of the Caspian Sea has been signed, and Southern Gas Corridor is almost completely operational, there is nothing that can stop the transportation of the Caspian hydrocarbons to the EU,” said Elshad Nassirov, Vice President for Investment and Marketing at SOCAR. “Over the last two years, we transported almost 5 million tons of liquid oil through Azerbaijan to the world market. It means that the Trans-Caspian Energy Corridor already exists,” he added.
Most of the regional producers in the Caspian depend on the production and export of hydrocarbons to sustain local economies. Even though many countries in the region managed to contain the spread of the virus by implementing strict social-distancing measures and introducing comprehensive multi-sector programs to address any negative externalities resulting from these measures, the volume of energy investments sharply declined due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it resulted in short and long-term shocks on the global energy market. The webinar, moderated by the CPC Board Member Ambassador (ret.) Robert F. Cekuta, promoted fruitful exchanges amongst the panelists on the COVID-19 recovery and mitigation efforts, specifically on the energy policies in the Greater Caspian Region to mitigate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Chevron has had an incredible symbiotic relationship with Kazakhstan since 1993 when we signed a 40-year contract. Since then we have produced 3.1 billion barrels of oil and have invested 1.9 billion in Kazakhstani employees and social programs, as well as 3.3 billion in local goods and services. We are very dedicated to the local economy, people, programs, and the environment. We also support and help Kazakhstani companies develop sustainable business models. And through this really difficult time, I have to emphasize, we are deeply committed to our partnership,” said Amy Conroy, Director of the International Government Affairs at Chevron.
“It’s really the whole region that we need, not just one country. It especially true for the Caspian region where transportation is very critical to get the energy supplies to where the markets are. That’s why we need a region with stable governments and regulations, a region at peace, which is critical and something that we don’t always have, and a region that seeks to work together with good and reliable partners,” said Robert Scher, Head of International Affairs at BP America. “We are still committed to working with our longstanding friends to figure out how to produce and transport the energy the world needs in a way that also appreciates and understands that we have to do so in a way that spends less of our overall carbon budget. It is noteworthy to note the amount of focus Azerbaijan has put into pursuing its ambitious alternative energy programs,” he added.
“I’d like to use this opportunity to invite our colleagues in Washington and elsewhere to think about how fragile the Ganja corridor and the Trans-Caspian region are and how to provide military and physical security to the corridor that provides energy security to Europe,” said Elshad Nassirov, Vice President for Investment and Marketing at SOCAR.
During the webinar, the speakers highlighted the importance of regional collaboration among the Greater Caspian Region countries and energy companies operating in the region, the geopolitical significance of the Southern Gas Corridor, Trans Adriatic Pipeline, and Trans-Caspian Pipeline to allow for hydrocarbons to be efficiently transported to profitable markets in the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe.
The panelists also emphasized the need for seeking new transport routes, diversifying power sources, and improving renewable energy production to safeguard energy security. The participants discussed the enduring significance of goals established by public and private actors in the region to increase green energy production. They underlined the importance of maintaining commitments to pre-pandemic green energy production goals and the need for public-private sector collaboration to promote continued development in the Caspian energy sector.