BAKU BOLSTERS ITS MILITARY POTENTIAL

WPS Agency, Russia
May 29, 2013 Wednesday

Source: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, No 105, May 29, 2013, p. 1

PROJECTILES ARE TO BE MASS-PRODUCED IN AZERBAIJAN; Azerbaijan increases
its military might.

Jet-propelled projectiles are to be mass-produced in Azerbaijan. What
information is available to this newspaper indicates that the
Azerbaijanis launched this project together with Roketsan, a
Turkish company. The Turks are responsible for engines. All the
rest (including launchers and assembly as such) will be done by the
Azerbaijanis themselves.

The range of the 112mm caliber projectiles will be twice that of the
analogous systems (including Grads) currently used by the Azerbaijani
army. As for the range of the 107mm caliber projectiles, it will be
4 kilometers longer than the range of Russian and Ukrainian analogs.

Azerbaijan constantly increases import of arms. It is the only country
in the region whose military import rose 155% (!). Azerbaijani military
budget this year amounts to $3.7 billion.

This emphasis on national defense is a corollary of the
Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. "Armenia wants
to preserve status quo. A fair solution to the problem is the last
thing it needs. As for intermediaries, they are mostly focused on
measures of trust and stabilization along the contact line... and
not on what the negotiations ought to be about," said President of
Azerbaijani Ilham Aliyev.

Aliyev continued, "This state of affairs is unacceptable and
intolerable... Territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is accepted and
recognized by the international community. It must be restored. All
occupiers must be withdrawn from the Azerbaijani territories."

WPS'2013

[Translated from Russian]



From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress