Russia, Armenia Sign Agreement to Create Joint Regional Air Defense Systems

A serviceman stands near an S-300 surface-to-air missile system. (File)

 

The Russian and Armenian defense ministers on Wednesday signed an agreement on creating a joint regional air defense system in the Caucasus.

Russia is currently working on the creation of a similar system with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. A contract on creating a joint regional air defense system was signed between Russia and Kazakhstan in 2013, and Russia and Belarus’s systems have already been unified.Aerospace Forces Commander-in-Chief, Lt. Gen. Pavel Kurachenko, has estimated the regional air defense system incorporates 19 aviation units, 47 antiaircraft missile units, 19 radio-technical units and three separate electronic warfare battalions.

The Russian Defense Ministry’s Southern Military District delivered six modern attack Mi-24P and transport Mi-8MT helicopters to its Erebuni base in Armenia on Monday. Two weeks earlier, seven Mi-24s and Mi-8MT were deployed to the base 7.5 miles southwest of the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

The Russian and Armenian ministers additionally signed a 2016 defense cooperation agreement.

 

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