Russia delivers weapons and military equipment to Azerbaijan for an amount of $1 billion 2006131


Defence & Security News - Russia / Azerbaijan

Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:55 AM
Russia delivers weapons and military equipment to Azerbaijan for an amount of $1 billion.

Russia is currently delivering huge military equipment to Azerbaijan including tanks, artillery systems and infantry fighting vehicles, Vedomosti newspaper reported Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The shipments are the result of contracts signed in 2011 and 2012, unnamed Russian Defense Ministry sources told the business daily.


A source in the Russian Defense Ministry put the total value of the weapons systems and ammunition at "no less than $700 million, possibly about $1 billion," and includes 94 T-90S tanks, around three battalions (about 100 units), infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3 Division (18 units), self-propelled artillery pieces "MSTA- C "Division (18 launchers), multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) Division (18 units), self-propelled artillery" Vena "and the battery (6 units) of heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A (a new version of the system Buratino (Pinocchio)., according to Vedomosti.

This is not the first major package of arms contracts between Russia and Azerbaijan. In 2010-2011. concluded and almost made contracts for the supply of Azerbaijani armed forces and other security agencies of the two battalions of air defense missile systems S-300PMU-2, a battery air defense systems "Tor-2ME", 60 transport helicopters Mi-17 attack helicopters and 24 Mi -35M for a total of nearly $ 3 billion.

Azerbaijan also purchased from Israel missile defense radar, drones and coastal anti-ship missiles worth more than $ 1.6 billion purchase large quantities of weapons (air defense and fighter) in the Ukraine and Belarus, and is interested in purchasing large quantities of the same type, in Russia and Turkey, including weapons (tanks, artillery and attack helicopters).