MP fore­sees bright fu­ture for de­fense in­dus­try

Azer News - - Nation - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Today, Azer­bai­jani in­dus­try con­cen­trated mostly on man­u­fac­tur­ing of the ex­port-ori­ented goods, by de­vel­op­ing prod­ucts based on the mod­ern sci­en­tific cre­ativ­ity and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion.

The mil­i­tary in­dus­try in Azerbaijan has re­cently gained a mo­men­tum with mass pro­duc­tion of arms and equip­ment needed for the de­fense of the coun­try, while the im­por­tance of the arms man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor to the over­all econ­omy also in­creased.

Cur­rently, Azerbaijan pro­duces a wide range of prod­ucts from am­mu­ni­tion, small arms and ar­tillery pieces to un­manned ae­rial ve­hi­cles, and ex­ports mil­i­tary prod­ucts to more than 10 coun­tries.

MP Ay­din Mirza­zade, com­ment­ing on the po­ten­tial of the arms man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, said that Azerbaijan is able not only to cover its need in terms of mil­i­tary ar­ma­ment, but also to ex­port mil­i­tary prod­ucts to more coun­tries.

Mirza­zade said that Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev has right­fully pointed out the ex­port po­ten­tial of the Azer­bai­jani-made weapons at the re­cent meet­ing in Yevlakh.

“The head of state has clearly stated that Azerbaijan has cre­ated a new ex­port di­rec­tion, and it can­not be de­nied, be­cause we are talk­ing about the ex­port of mil­i­tary equip­ment,” he told Day.Az.

“In­deed, some ten years ago, it would be dif­fi­cult to imag­ine that Azerbaijan will ex­port weapons. This is a great achieve­ment for an in­de­pen­dent, de­vel­op­ing state, es­pe­cially if we take into ac­count that some 20 per­cent of the coun­try’s ter­ri­tory is un­der oc­cu­pa­tion be­cause of the ag­gres­sive pol­icy of Ar­me­nia. Nev­er­the­less, today we can state that Azerbaijan is not only able to cover its de­mand in ar­ma­ments and equip­ment, but also to ex­port its own mil­i­tary prod­ucts.”

Azerbaijan, which is in war with neigh­bor­ing Ar­me­nia over the lat­ter's ground­less ter­ri­to­rial claims dur­ing more than 20 years, keeps in fo­cus the ar­ma­ment. The coun­try cre­ates its own ar­ma­ment and works closely with lead­ing com­pa­nies and firms in var­i­ous fields of mil­i­tary in­dus­try.

Azerbaijan cur­rently pro­duces more than a thou­sand items of mil­i­tary prod­ucts, in­clud­ing those based on the lat­est tech­nolo­gies.

The MP fur­ther added that Azer­bai­jani mil­i­tary prod­ucts are rec­og­nized and pur­chased in the world, and this in turn brings prof­its to the state. “Over the 12 years of its ex­is­tence, the De­fense In­dus­try Min­istry was able to ac­com­plish many tasks the coun­try has been fac­ing, one of which was to bring our mil­i­tary prod­ucts to for­eign mar­kets,” the MP said.

The MP stressed that Azer­bai­jani mil­i­tary prod­ucts are in de­mand be­cause the coun­try is trusted part­ner and has some­thing to show on the large ex­port mar­ket of the world.

“I am sure that Azerbaijan will have big achieve­ments in this sec­tor, and in fu­ture, the Azer­bai­jani mil­i­tary prod­ucts will en­joy greater pop­u­lar­ity in the world mar­ket,” Mirza­zade said.

Azerbaijan's De­fense In­dus­try Min­istry in­creased the vol­ume of de­fense in­dus­try prod­ucts in 2016 by 1.6 times com­pared to 2015, while the prod­uct as­sort­ment rose by 1.8 times. Cur­rently, twenty-eight mil­i­tary fac­to­ries are op­er­at­ing within the De­fense In­dus­try Min­istry.

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