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Nagorno-Karabagh: Military Balance Between Armenia & Azerbaijan

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  • Re: Nagorno-Karabagh: Military Balance Between Armenia & Azerbaijan

    Check the bold part of this article from February 19 where it is stated that Armenia will be able to purchase an unspecified quantity of Russian weapons by end of 2017. So all this grandstanding about Russia delaying the arms deal is mostly exaggerated hot air. It's not that Russia is working to delay the deal, it's that we realized we need the arms sooner than the initially agreed date and want to speed up the entire process.


    Russia Details Fresh Arms Supplies To Armenia


    Devastating multiple-launch rocket systems, heavy flamethrowers and advanced anti-tank missiles are among new weapons Armenia will buy from Russia soon with a $200 million Russian loan, it emerged on Thursday.

    The Russian government posted on one of its websites a copy of the loan agreement that was signed by the two sides in Yerevan in June last year. The Armenian and Russian parliaments ratified it later in 2015.

    Armenian officials have until now declined to specify the Russian weapons to be purchased with the relatively low-interest loan repayable in 13 years. They have said only that the Armenian army does not have most of them in its current arsenal.

    The publicized agreement carries a long list of defense items which Yerevan will be able to purchase from Russian manufacturers by the end of 2017. But it does not specify their quantities.

    The heaviest weapon on that list is the Smerch multi-launch rocket system with a firing range of up to 90 kilometers. One of the most destructive weapons of its kind in the world, it can fire 12 300-milimeter rockets in less than a minute.

    The Armenia military reportedly acquired in 2011 six Chinese-made AR1A systems that have many technological similarities with Smerch. Both rocket launchers are designed to attack concentrations of troops, command centers and important ground targets.

    The publicized list also includes TOS-1A heavy flamethrower systems that can fire up to 24 incendiary or thermobaric rockets in a single salvo. With a 6-kilometer range, the rockets are meant to destroy defense fortifications, enemy personnel, armored vehicles and transport.

    Russia reportedly sold 18 Smerch launchers and as many TOS-1A flamethrowers to Azerbaijan in accordance with defense contracts signed in 2009-2010.

    The Russian-Azerbaijani arms deals worth more than $4 billion have raised serious concerns in Armenia. Some Armenian politicians and commentators have accused Moscow of undercutting its main regional ally. The Russian arms loan might have been aimed at placating the Armenians.

    The agreement on its disbursement coincided with dramatic street protests in Yerevan against a rise in electricity price engineered by Armenia’s Russian-owner national electric utility. The so-called “Electric Yerevan” movement raised Russian fears of yet another Western-backed another “color revolution” in the former Soviet Union. The funding for fresh Russian arms supplies to Yerevan was therefore construed by some observers as an attempt to bolster the Armenian government.

    An annex to the 2015 Russian-Armenian agreement revealed on Thursday says that the Armenian government will also spend the $200 million loan on buying Russian-made anti-tank weapons, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, demining and communication equipment, armored personnel carriers and heavy military trucks.

    The anti-tank systems include 9M133 guided missiles that first went into service with the Russian army in the late 1990s.The 135-milimeter rockets can supposedly destroy tanks within a 4-kilometer range.

    Citing another Russian-Armenian accord signed in 2013, Armenian military official stress that Yerevan can now buy brand new weapons at domestic Russian prices that are well below international market-based levels. The 2015 loan agreement makes a reference to that deal.

    The military alliance with Russia has already enabled Armenia to receive many Russian weapons at discount prices or even free of charged over the past two decades. That has put it in a position to fully or partly offset Azerbaijan’s massive military buildup fueled by oil revenues. Ohanian thanked Moscow for its “huge” military assistance when he met with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu in Moscow in December.

    A Russian-Armenian intergovernmental commission on bilateral “military-technical cooperation” most probably discussed the fresh arms deliveries to be financed by the Russian loan when it met in Yerevan late last month. Few details of the four-day meeting were made public.

    http://www.azatutyun.am/content/article/27560789.html
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      Photos:

      http://news.am/arm/photos/session/622.html

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        http://blognews.am/arm/press/367801/...eri-masin.html

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          Cooperation between Microsoft and Armenian defense ministry is fast developing

          YEREVAN, May 6. /ARKA/. Cooperation between Microsoft and the Armenian
          defense ministry is fast developing, the press office of the ministry
          reported Friday after David Tonoyan, the first Armenian deputy defense
          minister, met with the corporation’s high-ranking representatives in
          Yerevan.

          According to the press release, Microsoft representatives voiced
          willingness to expand interaction with the Armenian defense ministry.

          Tonoyan, on his side, said that the cooperation is giving
          opportunities to the ministry for enhancing protection of defense
          systems from cyber threats.

          Issues related to the mechanism of cooperation with Hi Tech Cyber
          Security Center, experience exchange and provision of the
          corporation’s new cyber security solutions were discussed at the
          meeting as well. ---0---

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          Hayastan or Bust.

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            http://www.azatutyun.am/media/video/27726668.html

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            • Re: Nagorno-Karabagh: Military Balance Between Armenia & Azerbaijan

              Originally posted by HyeSocialist View Post
              This is why we should have been busy building an arms industry instead of continuing the Soviet legacy of dependence on Moscow.
              Many smaller nations are building their own military industries, mostly with programs aiming at updating their hardware, ranging from simple modifications up to ambitious full scale modernization efforts . As an impressive example, Iraqis modernized version of the T-55 tank, known as T-55 Enigma.


              http://www.military-today.com/tanks/t55_enigma.htm

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              • Re: Nagorno-Karabagh: Military Balance Between Armenia & Azerbaijan

                Originally posted by Foxbat View Post
                Many smaller nations are building their own military industries, mostly with programs aiming at updating their hardware, ranging from simple modifications up to ambitious full scale modernization efforts . As an impressive example, Iraqis modernized version of the T-55 tank, known as T-55 Enigma.


                http://www.military-today.com/tanks/t55_enigma.htm
                Sweden, Finland, Singapore all have industries. Even Jordan.

                Rifles, mortars, grenades, uniforms. We were talking about camo netting. Proper helmets and body armor.

                100,000 rifles at $500 USD is 50 million. That's a good start right there.
                Last edited by HyeSocialist; 05-10-2016, 06:08 PM.

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                  Հայաստանը ցուցադրել է սեփական արտադրության նոր անօդաչու թռչող սարքը

                  X-55

                  http://newsline.am/am/news/view/32521.html

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                    • Re: Nagorno-Karabagh: Military Balance Between Armenia & Azerbaijan

                      Originally posted by Foxbat View Post
                      Many smaller nations are building their own military industries, mostly with programs aiming at updating their hardware, ranging from simple modifications up to ambitious full scale modernization efforts . As an impressive example, Iraqis modernized version of the T-55 tank, known as T-55 Enigma.


                      http://www.military-today.com/tanks/t55_enigma.htm
                      Iraq

                      Originally posted by HyeSocialist View Post
                      Sweden, Finland, Singapore all have industries. Even Jordan.

                      Rifles, mortars, grenades, uniforms. We were talking about camo netting. Proper helmets and body armor.

                      100,000 rifles at $500 USD is 50 million. That's a good start right there.
                      While I agree we should produce certain weapons, it doesn't make sense with everything. We buy ak74s from russia at 100 dollars each. Why waste 40 million. Same for many other things.
                      And most those countries mentioned have signiificantly larger economies. Especially Singapore and Sweeden. Still I agree with you guys.
                      Mihi vindictam ego retribuam dicit Dominus

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