De­fense Min­istry tests UAVs ca­pa­ble of strik­ing en­emy’s hu­man tar­gets

Azer News - - Front Page - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Azer­bai­jan has launched pre­lim­i­nary tests of un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles (UAVs) ca­pa­ble of strik­ing en­emy’s hu­man tar­gets and mil­i­tary equip­ment. Min­is­ter of De­fense In­dus­try Yavar Ja­malov made the re­marks in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the coun­try’s of­fi­cial press on De­cem­ber 17.

Azer­bai­jan has launched pre­lim­i­nary tests of un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles (UAVs) ca­pa­ble of strik­ing en­emy’s hu­man tar­gets and mil­i­tary equip­ment.

Min­is­ter of De­fense In­dus­try Yavar Ja­malov made the re­marks in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the coun­try’s of­fi­cial press on De­cem­ber 17.

“More­over, ne­go­ti­a­tions on the cre­ation of elec­tro-pulse weapons are be­ing con­ducted with a num­ber of coun­tries. We have al­ready be­gun to per­form th­ese works,” he said.

As for the es­tab­lish­ment of a joint ven­ture with the Is­raeli com­pany, the min­is­ter noted that Azer­bai­jan pro­duces UAVs for var­i­ous pur­poses.

“We are ne­go­ti­at­ing in var­i­ous is­sues with Turkey’s Asel­san com­pany,” the min­is­ter said. “We have al­ready de­cided to es­tab­lish a ser­vice depart­ment at the Alov plant.”

Ja­malov added that in 2018, the min­istry in­tends to im­ple­ment projects with a num­ber of Turk­ish com­pa­nies, as well as rel­e­vant struc­tures of other coun­tries. He noted that the cre­ation and use of a 23-mil­lime­ter sniper ri­fle can also be at­trib­uted to th­ese projects.

“In ad­di­tion, work is un­der way to cre­ate de­vices ca­pa­ble of land­ing en­emy’s UAVs. At the same time, projects on the trans­fer of un­con­trolled air bombs into a con­trolled ver­sion will be car­ried out,” the min­is­ter said.

Ja­malov also touched upon on some sta­tis­ti­cal data. The to­tal vol­ume of pro­duc­tion at the en­ter­prises of De­fense In­dus­try Min­istry in­creased by 6.7 times and the out­put of de­fense prod­ucts in­creased by 42 times in 2016 com­pared to 2007.

“Dur­ing this pe­riod, the to­tal num­ber of items of de­fense prod­ucts has grown from 213 to 1,200,” he noted, adding that the most mod­ern equip­ment, mech­a­nisms and com­po­nents were bought in var­i­ous coun­tries and in­stalled.

The min­is­ter also said that in Jan­uary-Novem­ber 2017, the vol­ume of de­fense prod­ucts pro­vided to the De­fense Min­istry and other struc­tures in­creased by 7.1 per­cent com­pared with the same pe­riod last year.

Ja­malov fur­ther re­called that the com­plex work was over at two pro­duc­tion en­ter­prises in June this year and Azer­bai­jani Supreme Com­man­der-in-Chief Il­ham Aliyev at­tended the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony.

“Thus, the num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prises put into op­er­a­tion has been brought to 58,” he said.

Shortly it is planned to open two new plants – on hot forg­ing and ma­chin­ing of shells of dif­fer­ent cal­ibers for tanks and ar­tillery, as well as for the pro­duc­tion of am­mu­ni­tion shell cas­ing for th­ese shells, ac­cord­ing to Ja­malov. He added that the work is un­der­way to es­tab­lish plants for the pro­duc­tion of ex­plo­sives for am­mu­ni­tion in Azer­bai­jan.

“This year, work was con­tin­ued to ful­fill the in­struc­tions of the head of state on the pro­duc­tion of new gen­er­a­tion weapons. Th­ese projects in­clude UAVs with high ex­plo­sive and more ad­vanced cu­mu­la­tive war­heads, an ar­mored ve­hi­cle Tu­fan, which is the na­tional prod­uct of Azer­bai­jan, and oth­ers,” the min­is­ter added.

He fur­ther noted that this year the De­fense In­dus­try Min­istry’s en­ter­prises con­tin­ued devel­op­ment to cre­ate 136 items of de­fense prod­ucts.

“Over the 11 months of the cur­rent year, the min­istry’s en­ter­prises have com­pleted work on four prod­ucts – a special pur­pose sniper ri­fle Yal­guzag, a train­ing hand gre­nade of F-1 type, an op­ti­cal col­li­ma­tor, as well as a hand gre­nade launcher of 40mil­lime­ter cal­iber, and pro­duc­tion of th­ese items was es­tab­lished,” said Ja­malov.

Azer­bai­jan leaves be­hind many CIS and re­gional coun­tries to take its place among the first 58 strong­est mil­i­taries of the world, ac­cord­ing to the U.S.-based Global Fire­power sur­vey cen­ter.

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

The Azer­bai­jani-made prod­ucts in­clude such weapons as mor­tars of var­i­ous cal­iber and their am­mu­ni­tion, 5.45-mil­lime­ter ma­chine guns, 7.62mm gen­eral-pur­pose ma­chine guns, sniper ri­fles of special pur­pose, Mata­dor and Ma­rauder ar­mored per­son­nel car­ri­ers. More­over, Azer­bai­jani mil­i­tary fac­to­ries pro­duce 30-mm au­to­matic gre­nade launcher com­plex, sight for ZU-23-2 anti-air­craft in­stal­la­tion, ammo of var­i­ous cal­ibers, PG7V gre­nade launch­ers, un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles, aerial bombs for a train­ing ex­er­cise and many other weapons.

Apart from the Azer­bai­jan's De­fense Min­istry, In­ter­nal Troops, Bor­der Troops and other bod­ies, the De­fense In­dus­try Min­istry ex­ports its mil­i­tary prod­ucts to more than 10 coun­tries around the world.

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