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Azerbaijan purchased fighter jets from Italy

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Azerbaijan purchased 10 M-346 combat training aircraft from Italy and ordered 15 more such vehicles, the Russian portal ridus.ru reports.

The M-346 is an aircraft designed for enhanced flight training for pilots of the Italian and other countries’ air forces. It made its first flight in July 2004. The plane has two turbojet engines F-124-GA-200, which allow it to reach speeds of up to 1050 km/h. The plane can carry missiles and bombs weighing up to 3 tonnes on five nodes of underwing suspensions.

There are already 18 such aircraft in service with the Italian Air Force, 12 with Singapore, 30 with Israel, 8 with Poland.

Among the clients of Leonardo Aircraft, which produces these aircraft, there is the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan, which first demonstrated the Italian-made aircraft in May 2017. However, then the information on the amount of data of the aircraft adopted by the Azerbaijani Air Force was not made public.

Note that in 2018 the Italian company Leonardo will begin mass production of a light fighter based on the M-346 training aircraft. This was stated by the head of the marketing department of the company Eduardo De Campos.

‘The new modification is being developed to expand the combat capabilities of the aircraft. Thanks to the use of the Grifo-346 radar, the M-346 will become a full-fledged light fighter and will be able to effectively use air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons. The fighter/attack aircraft version will be ready by the end of 2018,’ said De Campos.

It is not yet known how many of the M-346 aircraft purchased from Italy by Azerbaijan are training ones or combat-training. However, it can be assumed that most of these aircraft are combat-training, since so many training machines are not required to train pilots.

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Belarus disclosed military supplies to Azerbaijan: 153 tanks, 60 APCs and 11 attack planes

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Over the years of independence, Belarus and Azerbaijan have trading weapons worth more than half a billion dollars. At the moment, there is a representative military delegation from Baku led by the Chief of the General Staff, Colonel-General Nadjmeddin Sadikov in Minsk on an official visit.

In a special review, Sputnik collected basic facts about the military-technical cooperation of the two countries.

Azerbaijan over the past decades has become a reliable partner and the main consumer of Belarusian military equipment, although, used, as a rule. A serious breakthrough was the supply of the Belarusian Polonaise Multiple Launch Rocket System. It should be noted that the Azerbaijani military received an improved version of the Belarusian complex, which was tested last autumn at a training ground in the Gomel region.

In addition, only according to open data, during the period from 2002 to 2012, Minsk supplied the Azerbaijani military with 153 T-72 tanks, 120 towed D-30 artillery systems of calibre 122 mm, 12 self-propelled artillery systems 2С7 Pion of calibre 203 mm, 60 wheeled armoured personnel carriers BTR-70 and 11 Su-25 attack aircraft.

Baku became a priority partner in the supply of weapons due to the fact that at that time it was, perhaps, the most solvent client of all. With African countries, relations were not so smooth, and even the conventionally ‘rich’ Sudan was not very willing to pay for planes and training its specialists.

At the same time, the military relations between the two countries were not limited to simply buying Soviet equipment. The Belarusian enterprises of the defence complex actively modernised the S-125M Pechora and the 9K33M3 Osa-AKM SAM systems developed in the Soviet times. The Belarusian military-industrial complex also modernised the Buk-MB for the Azerbaijani Army.

In total, over ten years of fruitful cooperation, the Belarusian side, according to some sources, has raised more than $500 million. However, after that there was a tangible decline.

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New Military Air Base opened near Karabakh Frontline

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A new military unit of Azerbaijan’s Air Force has opened in frontline zone, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a message.

According to the instructions of Azerbaijan’s President, activity is underway in the field of increasing the combat readiness and improving the social conditions of the military personnel of the Air Force.

Minister of Defense, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov took part in the opening ceremony of a new military unit of the Air Force in the frontline zone and reviewed the conditions created there for the military personnel.

The minister also reviewed the headquarters building, the soldiers’ barracks, the medical point, the mess hall, the classrooms, the kitchen, the food and clothing warehouses, the laundry room, the parade ground, the checkpoint and other office and administrative premises.

The minister brought to the attention of the personnel the tasks set by the supreme commander-in-chief in the field of army construction and gave concrete instructions to the command staff in connection with the increase of the level of combat training of military personnel.

Then the minister had lunch together with the servicemen.

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AZERBAIJAN AND ISRAEL SIGNED MEMORANDUM TO JOINT PRODUCE MILITARY DRONE

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A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has opened up the possibility of Azerbaijan co-operating on the Pegasus 120 multirotor UAV made by the Israeli company Aeronautics, although it represents a statement of intent, not a signed contract, Jane’s Defence Weekly reports.

The information clarifies an 11 July announcement by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence Industry, which stated that Deputy Defence Minister Yahya Musayev and Aeronautics chairman Yedida Yaari had signed an MOU for Azad Systems to jointly produce new types of UAVs in the Central Asian country.

Azad Systems already makes Aeronautics’ Orbiter family of UAVs for Azerbaijan’s armed forces, including the Orbiter 1K loitering munition, which it calls the Zarba.

Pegasus 120 manufactured by Aeronautics is the first platform with several rotors of vertical take-off and landing. With a maximum load of up to 75 kg and the ability to carry multiple payloads, including the COMINT, VISINT and Logistics sensors, the Pegasus120 is designed specifically for defence and security tasks. Due to its exceptional media and endurance capabilities, the Pegasus120 is unique in the weightlifting category of the VTOL UAV and is ideally suited for defence, national security and civil missions, as well as for special forces and special missions

The device is equipped with electric motors, which makes it almost silent. They can be controlled using the ground control system of the UAV Orbiter2 and Orbiter3.

Aeronautics’ director of marketing and sales, Dani Ashkhar, at the presentation of this UAV said that the use of Pegasus120 will be very effective in the mountains.

‘We understand that in regional conflicts, units are sometimes far from the front line, and the roads to them are very difficult. This is due to natural causes, such as forest and mountainous terrain, as well as the fact that the enemy mines roads and access paths. In such an environment, these units can be provided by air. With the help of our UAV, water, fuel, food, ammunition and medicines will be delivered to these units,’ he said.

According to Dani Ashkhar, sometimes it is very dangerous to supply units with helicopters. At the same time, the equipment and helicopter crews are exposed to danger. A UAV in this situation will be very useful because of its low cost and the fact that the personnel are not at risk.

Indeed, in potential military operations in Karabakh, taking into account the geographic aspect of the theatre of operations, the Pegasus120 UAV can be very useful for the Azerbaijani Army. With the help of these vehicles in winter, it is also possible to organise the provision of units carrying combat duty on high-altitude posts, and in combat operations with the help of these UAVs, it is possible to organise the supply of operating units.

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