Azerbaijan army has purchased more than 1,000 new artillery systems over the past 12 years 0207141
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|Wednesday, July 2, 2014 08:11 AM|
|Azerbaijan army has purchased more than 1,000 new artillery systems over the past 12 years.|
The Armed forces of Azerbaijan bought nearly 1,000 new artillery and missile systems over the past twelve years. The Azerbaijani Armed Forces strengthening of military equipment with new artillery systems stands first in the former Soviet Union for its capabilities.
Azerbaijan army Lynx and BM-30 Smerch MLRS Multiple launch Rocket System at military parade in Baku.
Azerbaijan ordered more artillery systems from Russia during this period. Including a total of 500 various caliber artillery systems from Russia and some of them (454 pieces, according to the UN Register of Conventional Arms) have already been delivered to Baku.
The main military equipment supplied by Russia include 120 mm caliber 2S12 Sani mortars, 18 units of MSTA-S self-propelled howitzers, 18 TOS-1A Solntsepyok heavy flamethrowers, 18 2S31 Vena self-propelled howitzers, 26 2S9 Nona-S self-propelled mortars, 18 9A52 Smerch heavy multiple rocket launchers.
Azerbaijan has also purchased 294 various artillery systems from Ukraine including 12 BM-30 Smerch heavy multiple rocket launchers, 85 PM-38 mortars, 72 MT-12 guns, 54 2S1 Gvozdika and 16 2S3 Acacia self-propelled howitzers.
A the same time, Belarus has also delivered 12 2S7 Pion self-propelled guns with 203 mm caliber and 120 D-30 howitzers to Azerbaijan.
Other artillery systems were also purchased from Bulgaria as 36 M-46 guns and 10 RAK-12 multiple rocket launchers from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During the reporting period, Azerbaijan has expanded the power of its artillery troops by purchasing from Israel LAR-160, Lynx Grad, Lynx EXTRA, and multiple launch rocket systems T-107, T-122 Sakarya and T-300 Kasirga from Turkey.