Azer­bai­jani Army strong­est in re­gion, Global Fire­power says

Azer News - - Nation - By Ali Mustafayev

The U.S.-based Global Fire­power sur­vey cen­ter has put the Azer­bai­jani Army at the 58th place in the list of world's strong­est armies.

The na­tion of 9.8 peo­ple out­per­formed the coun­tries of the re­gion in the global rank­ing of mil­i­tary pow­ers for 2017.

Azer­bai­jan is cur­rently ranked 58th among 133 coun­tries con­sid­ered for the an­nual GFP re­views, with power in­dex rat­ing of 0.8875 (0.0000 be­ing per­fect).

The re­port reads that coun­try’s man­power avail­able is 5 mil­lion peo­ple, of whom over 3.75 mil­lion are fit for the ser­vice. The to­tal mil­i­tary per­sonal is 374,500 peo­ple, with 67,000 ac­tive per­sonal.

Not­ing that war goes be­yond sim­ple phys­i­cal "strength-in-num­bers", re­ly­ing heav­ily on fi­nanc­ing and ef­fort as much as any one piece of hard­ware fielded, the re­port says that Azer­bai­jan’s mil­i­tary bud­get is over $3 bil­lion.

The Ge­or­gian Army was ranked the 82nd, while the Ar­me­nian Army took the 93rd place.

The first three places of the rat­ing be­long to the U.S.A, Rus­sia and China re­spec­tively. The top 10 also in­cludes In­dia, France, Great Bri­tain, Ja­pan, Tur­key, Ger­many and Egypt. Iran is placed on the 21st place.

The Global Fire­power or­ga­ni­za­tion func­tions since 2006 and pro­vides its unique an­a­lyt­i­cal dis­play of data con­cern­ing over 130 mod­ern mil­i­tary pow­ers. The rank­ing is based on each coun­try’s po­ten­tial war-mak­ing ca­pa­bil­ity across land, sea and air. The results in­cor­po­rate val­ues re­lated to re­sources, fi­nances and ge­og­ra­phy with over 50 dif­fer­ent fac­tors ul­ti­mately mak­ing up the fi­nal an­nual rank­ings.

The his­tory of the mod­ern Azer­bai­jani army dates back to the Azer­bai­jan Demo­cratic Repub­lic cre­ated in the early 20th cen­tury. The Armed Forces of the Azer­bai­jan Repub­lic were cre­ated on June 26, 1918 to pro­tect the coun­try from the mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion of Ar­me­nia and Rus­sia.

To­day, the Azer­bai­jan’s Armed Forces con­sist of Air Force and Air De­fense Forces, the Navy, and the Land Forces. The Azer­bai­jani army was re­peat­edly named the strong­est and most mod­ern army in the South Cau­ca­sus re­gion.

Azer­bai­jan pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to the pro­fes­sional train­ing of its mil­i­tary per­son­nel. Along­side the ex­er­cises in­side the coun­try, Azer­bai­jani Armed Forces par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous mil­i­tary ex­er­cises con­ducted at the in­ter­na­tional level, in­clud­ing those with the Turk­ish, Rus­sian and Ge­or­gian armed forces.

The na­tional army pos­sesses mod­ern weapons and tech­ni­cal equip­ment for main­tain­ing a high level of com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity. Th­ese weapons are both pur­chased from other coun­tries, such as Tur­key, Is­rael, Rus­sia, the U.S., and also are of do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion.

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