2022 achievements and 2023 objectives, Peleshi: We strengthen cyber security; we increase military members’ salaries

Defense Minister Niko Peleshi, accompanied by the Chief of the General Staff of AAF, Brigadier General Arben Kingji, and the General Director of National Agency for Civil Protection (NACP), Haki Çako, during a press presented the achievements during 2022, as well as the objectives and new projects for 2023 in the field of Defense and Civil Protection.

According to Minister Peleshi, in 2022, work on the construction of the NATO Tactical Air Base in Kuçova began. The minister emphasized that this is NATO's first air base and Albania was not unintentionally chosen. “Albania has a strategic position in the Western Balkans, but it is also a NATO ally, safe, clear in its orientation and has an important role to play in the countries where Albanians live: Kosovo, North Macedonia, and also other countries as well”, - said Peleshi.

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"Falcon 9" rocket carrying two satellites "Albania 1" and "Albania 2" was launched into space

Falcon 9 rocket, the joint mission of SpaceX Transporter 6, which also carries the satellites "Albania 1" and "Albania 2" was launched into space from the Cape Canaveral station, Florida, today at 9:56 a.m. local time, 2:56 p.m. by local time in Tirana.

The two satellites are launched within the framework of the satellite service contract in the field of Defense and Security for technologically advanced monitoring of the territory of the Republic of Albania between the National Civil Protection Agency and the Operator "Satellogic USA Inc.", worth 6 million dollars.

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Defence achievements in 2022, from the start of the construction of the NATO base in Kuçova to the modernization of the AF and Civil Protection

The year 2022 counts a series of achievements for the Ministry of Defence and Albania Armed Forces. Starting work for the construction of the tactical NATO Air Base in Kuçova and the signing of the satellite service contract in the field of Defence and Security, are just two of the achievements that marked this year. With a government decision, salaries for all Armed Forces military were increased 30%, with the commitment in the state budget for another increase during the coming year.

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