Defence & Security News - Azerbaijan
|Friday, January 24, 2014 05:56 PM|
|Azerbaijan increased its defense production in 2013 by 3.7% compared with 2012.|
Official reports say, Azerbaijan increased its defense production in 2013 by 3.7 percent compared with 2012. Defense Industry Minister Yaver Jamalov said, the volume of defense equipment produced in Azerbaijan in 2013 has increased significantly.
Gurza patrol vehicle from Azerbaijan defense industry at IDEF 2013 defense exhibition in Turkey.
He went on adding that, the number of defense equipment produced last year exceeded 900 units.
Azerbaijan-made IST 12.7mm anti-material rifle
Along with the production of defense products, the ministry's enterprises carry out work on mastering the production of products civilian purpose. These are monitoring and control systems for oil and gas sector, caterpillars for tractors, DVB-T-decoders, spare parts for ships, batteries, hunting weapons, timer systems for traffic lights and others.
Azerbaijan is strengthening its military power and defense capabilities on a yearly basis. The establishment of the Ministry of Defense Industry has been instrumental in strengthening the defense potential of the country.
The defense products output in Azerbaijan surged by more than eight-fold during 2005-2013. The country's defense industry ministry has started the mass production of a variety of munitions in recent years.
The Defense Ministry has created a new post-patrol Gurza machine, equipped with two 7.62 mm caliber weapons, one 12.7 mm caliber machine gun, a new 7.62 x 51mm caliber sniper rifle that meets NATO standards, and a machine gun designed for use in special military operations.
Furthermore, a new reconnaissance vehicle has been produced. This machine is equipped with a 23 mm caliber canon, a 7.62 mm caliber twin machine gun mount, an AQ-17 grenade launcher, and other military equipment.
Machine guns, mortar launchers, Zafar-K pistols, AK-74M submachine guns, battle and signal bullets, hand grenades, anti-tank and anti-personnel mines, firearms, and spare parts for armored vehicles are among the goods produced and delivered to the customers.
Five production sites were put into operation in 2013 as well.
Also, Azerbaijan has prepared a long-term plan for its defense industry in 2014. The country plans to start manufacturing three kinds of optical systems, including thermal sights, in 2014.
In September 2014, Azerbaijan will host the ADEX-2014 International Defense Industry Exhibition which will be the first event of its kind in the region.