Peruvian Air Force Committed To Space Security

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook December 02, 2019 Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, head of the Peruvian General Staff, attended the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, November 4-8, 2019. Lt. Gen. Hoyos spoke with Diálogo about cybersecurity and the transnational crimes that affect his country.Diálogo: What’s the importance of FAP’s participation in the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference?Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, head of the Peruvian General Staff: We want to team up and partner with the United States, so we can focus the combined efforts of both nations and air forces on the main issues that we have in the region, such as transnational threats, which in Peru’s case are mainly related to illegal mining, illicit drug trafficking, terrorism, transnational crime, and corruption.Diálogo: Cybersecurity and space were central topics at the conference. What are Peru’s advances in this domain?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Our main advance was the August [2019] enactment of the Cyber Defense Law 30900, giving the Armed Forces the legal framework to support the State in countering the threats or attacks that affect national security and to conduct cyberdefense operations. We’ve also acquired, for nearly $7 million, all the equipment for the Peruvian Cybersecurity and Defense Operations Center — based in Lima and with branches in every region of the country — that will be operational in December.Diálogo: What is the experience with the first Peruvian earth observation satellite, known as PeruSat-1?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: PeruSat-1 is a satellite created for national security and defense purposes, and it’s also crucially important for the country’s socioeconomic development. The satellite is operated by the National Commission for Aerospace Research and Development, an institution under the Ministry of Defense. For national defense and security purposes, we are using imagery to detect areas with illegal mining and narco-terrorist camps. So far, the country has saved more than $206 million on processed imagery — satellite images that we used to purchase.Diálogo: In your presentation, you said that illegal mining was one of the main scourges for the country’s security. Are there any foreign actors involved in this crime?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Illegal mining in the Puerto Maldonado area, in the Amazon, is a transnational threat. Although there are Peruvian illegal miners (a minority), there is a great deal of transnational capital from private actors, who bring in dredges and machinery through the borders and operate in rivers to exploit gold illegally, polluting and deforesting the jungle. The Peruvian Armed Forces have sent a division of special forces to the area, and we plan to maintain a permanent air group in the area.Diálogo: Some of FAP’s main duties are humanitarian assistance and natural disaster relief. How does FAP prepare to respond to these kinds of events?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Our training includes a good number of helicopter and cargo plane flight hours and personnel involved in disaster relief operations. We conduct Wings of Hope exercises, where we simulate a disaster and put in practice all our operational and logistical capabilities. These exercises are used by other sectors of the State to bring real assistance to simulated disaster areas. We also take part in Cooperation, an annual exercise coordinated by the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces.Diálogo: What technological innovations does the Project Research and Development Center (CIDEP) offer?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: CIDEP is focused on the design and production of tactical unmanned aircraft with an average reach of 62 miles, and on the production of airplane and helicopter simulators that FAP uses, such as the Twin Otter airplane and the MI-17 helicopter. Obviously, CIDEP also has its own research projects, such as the production of voice recording systems for control towers, among others.last_img read more

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Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations in New York start on June 4

first_imgGuyana’s 50th Independence Celebration Committee (New York) has announced final plans for its one week “Guyana Jubilee Celebration NYC” from June 4-12, in the Tri-State area.This will be the largest celebration outside of Guyana.The celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 4, at 13:00h with an interfaith service at the York College Performing Arts Theatre, at 94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, Queens. This will be preceded by an inter-county cricket match at 09:30h, at the Idiewild Park Springfield Blvd & 149th Ave, Rosedale, Queens.A symposium on Guyana’s independence journey is planned for Sunday, June 5, at 09:00h at the York College Large Lecture Theatre, at 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd, Queens, while on Monday, June 6, there will be an exhibition of Guyanese art from 10:00h at Aljira Centre for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad St, Newark, NJ.The following day, June 7, will see a live radio broadcast from the famous Sybil’s Restaurant at 13217 Liberty Ave, Jamaica, Queens, at 19:00h.On Wednesday, June 8 – which is Guyanese Volunteer Day – Guyanese medical doctors, nurses and lawyers will provide free medical and legal services at various locations in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.Locations are listed on the Committee’s website, www.celebrateguyana50thinnyc.com.On Thursday, June 9, there will be the official flag raising ceremony at Newark City Hall Square, at 920 Broad St, Newark, NJ. This will be done by the Mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka.Friday, June 10 is “Invest Guyana” Business and Investment conference at 09:00h, at the Harvard Club of New York, located at 35 W 44th St, New York, NY.Speakers include Guyana’s Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally and Agriculture Minister Noel Holder.On Saturday, June 10, there will be the President Cup Soccer Tournament at the South Shore High School Park, located at 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, NY (at the corners of Ralph and Flatlands Avenues) at 10:00h.The Black Tie, Red Carpet official Jubilee state dinner will take place on Saturday, June 11, at 20:00h, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and Towers, located at 811 7th Avenue & W 53rd St, New York, NY. Keynote Speaker is Guyana’s Head of State David Granger.The grand finale of Guyana Jubilee Celebration NYC, the Independence Parade, is on Sunday, June 12, in Brooklyn. The parade will start at 11:30h, at the intersection of Church and Utica Avenues and will proceed West to Ralph Ave, turn South into Ralph Ave and ends at Ralph and Flatlands Avenues – a 3.3 miles route.A grand after parade, unity concert will take place at 16:00h on Sunday, June 12, at South Shore High School Park, at 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn NY (at the corners of Ralph and Flatlands Avenue).The New York Jubilee Committee is asking all Guyanese to showcase the Golden Arrowhead (Guyana’s flag) during Guyana Jubilee NYC from June 4 – 12. For more information of the New York celebration, visit their website or call 929-263-2556 or 212-947-5115.last_img read more

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