Azerbaijan’s militarization entering a more active phase

Azerbaijan’s militarization entering a more active phase

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Saturday, December 17, 17:56

By the end of 2012, the Ministry of Defense Industry will produce 60
unmanned aerial vehicles “Aerostar” and “Orbiter-2M” for Azerbaijani
Armed Forces. The Minister of Defense Industry Yavar Jamalov says
currently work is underway in this direction. Note that, “Aerostar”
and “Orbiter-2M” drones are manufactured by “Azad SYSTEMS” company,
which was created jointly by “Sharq” and Israeli company “IAI”.

Jamalov noted that 42 production areas were rebuilt since 2006.
Variety of defense products has been reached to 658. Today, the
Ministry of Defense Industry cooperates with more than 60 companies of
the developed countries of the world.

In addition, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry is holding
talks with Luc Corporation of Ukraine on joint production of antitank
missiles, APA reports. Minister said discussions are being held with
the corporation on the purchase of Skif and Baryer missile launchers.
Yaver Jamalov said the Azerbaijani Army is modernizing the Soviet-era
military vehicles.”After the modernization, missile launchers will be
installed on these military vehicles,” he said.

At the same time, Russian media report that Azerbaijan is expected the
first two attack helicopters Mi-35M from the ordered 24 ones to be
delivered in 2012. The total cost of the contact is 360 million
dollars.

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