Russian, Azerbaijani Navy to Hold First Ever Joint Drills in Caspian Sea

Exercise of Marine Corps battalion of Caspian Fleet

According to Russia’s Southern Military District, about 10 Russian and Azerbaijani ships will take part in a joint naval exercise in the Caspian Sea.
   About 10 Russian and Azerbaijani ships will take part in a joint naval exercise in the Caspian Sea, Russia’s Southern Military District said in a statement Friday.

The exercises to train joint defense of maritime economic infrastructure will be held in September, the statement reads.

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Azerbaijan Becomes Europe’s No. 2 Arms Importer, Gets Most From Russia

Military vehicles make their way down a road during a military parade marking Armed Forces Day in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2011.

Azerbaijan was the second-largest arms importer in Europe over the past five years, according to a new eye-popping report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an arms trade research group.

Situated along the western banks of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan accounted for 13% of all of Europe’s arms imports over the last five years, behind only the United Kingdom.

 

While overall arms imports have been decreasing across Europe, Azerbaijan imported 249% more arms in 2010-2014 than it did in 2005-2009, the report stated.

The former Soviet state also is the world’s fourth-largest importer of drones since 1985, trailing only the UK, India and Italy.

Those numbers have contributed to the swell in Azerbaijan’s defense budget, which has seen the second-largest increase in the world over the past ten years, according to SIPRI.

Azerbaijan acquired 85% of its arms from Russia – a particularly striking figure considering Moscow’s alliance with Armenia, which is bracing for renewed conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh.

Despite a 1994 ceasefire brokered by Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia have continued to engage in skirmishes over the region, which lies in Azerbaijan but is populated primarily by ethnic Armenians.

 

The SIPRI report also found that between 2010 and 2014, there were 439 drones exchanged around the globe compared to 322 in the five years prior to that. Armed drones with the capacity to kill account for 11 of the 439 drones, or 2.5%.

There were 35 different countries importing drones in 2010-2014, nine more than 2005-2009.

Israel was named the largest exporter of drones, delivering 165 worldwide in 2010-2014. The US came in second with 132, followed by Italy’s 37. Since 1985, Israel has accounted for 60.7% of drone exports worldwide.

Despite the increase in trading, drones made up just 0.3% of all major arms trade between 2010 and 2014, according to SIPRI.

Skirmish Reported on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border, Two Killed

The Mardakert District of the NKR (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic)

The incident is latest in conflict that has lasted decades and continues flaring up despite ceasefire agreements and negotiations.

MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik) – A clash on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan has left two people dead, the AP reported.

According to Armenia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Ovanisyan, the skirmish occurred as a result of Azerbaijani gunmen crossing the border into Armenia. One of the gunmen was killed, as well as an 80-year-old herdsman, Seryozha Sargsyan, according to Armenian news website ArmeniaNow.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry spokesman Vagif Dargahli fired back, telling reporters that the skirmish was a result of Armenian forces firing onto Azerbaijani villages, and that Azerbaijani forces “gave a fitting rebuff,” denying the claims about Azerbaijani forces crossing into Armenian territory, Azerbaijani news website Trend reported.According to Armenian news website Aysor, houses in the village of Berbaber in Armenia’s Berd region were damaged as a result of the skirmish. The village’s administrator told reporters that the damage was a result of large-caliber guns.

Azerbaijani news website AzerNews reported that Armenia breached the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 51 times in the past 24 hours, and that Armenian forces were silenced with retaliatory fire.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, predominantly populated by Armenians, announced its intention to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, the region proclaimed itself independent, and soon a separate republic emerged through a referendum as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Azerbaijani authorities refused to recognize the decision, which resulted in a large-scale war that lasted until a Russian-brokered ceasefire was signed in May 1994.

Despite the ceasefire, clashes have occurred along the Line of Contact sporadically ever since.

Since 1992, the OSCE Minsk Group and its co-chairs Russia, France and the United States have been negotiating a lasting and peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Karabakh Military Helicopter Shot Down by Azerbaijan Forces

An attack helicopter belonging to the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) has been shot down by Azerbaijani military in the vicinity of the line of demarcation between the two areas.

An attack helicopter belonging to the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) has been shot down by Azerbaijani military in the vicinity of the line of demarcation between the two areas.

MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) — The press service of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense stated that it was “a Mi-24 helicopter belonging to the Republic of Armenia’s armed forces,” and that it “made an attempt to attack Azerbaijani positions.” According to a statement issued by the ministry, the helicopter was shot down in the vicinity of the village of Chemengly in the Agdam district of Azerbaijan, and crashed in territory controlled by Azerbaijani forces. Azerbaijani forces were deployed to secure the crash site.

Lt. Col. Senor Asratyan, press secretary of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), told RIA Novosti that it was an NKR military helicopter that was conducting a training flight. “At about 13.45 local time Wednesday, in an act that violated a standing ceasefire, a NKR Air Forces Mi-24 that was conducting a training flight was shot down by the Azerbaijani side in the airspace over the eastern direction of the Karabakh-Azerbaijani contact line,” Asratyan said.

According to Asratyan, the crash site is located close to the demarcation line, and Azerbaijani troops are continuing to subject the area to “intensive small arms fire.”

The Karabakh conflict started in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, populated mostly by ethnic Armenians, declared its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. In September 1991, the creation of the NKR was proclaimed in the city of Stepanakert. The government of Azerbaijan declared this move illegal and abolished the autonomous status of Nagorno-Karabakh. The armed conflict that followed was stopped by a ceasefire agreement on May 12, 1994. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and – either fully or partially – of the seven districts adjacent to it.

Negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the US, Russia and France, are being conducted to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity and NKR’s interests are being represented by Armenia, as the self-proclaimed republic is not recognized as a state.

About 20 enterprises of the Republic of Belarus will take part in the defense industry exhibition I ADEX-2014 in Azerbaijan

26/08/2014 TSAMTO

   From 11 to 13 September at the initiative and with the support of the Ministry of Defense Industry and the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan Republic in Baku    it will be  host the  Azerbaijan I Defence Industry Exhibition ADEX-2014.

 It is assumed that the debut show will be one of the largest military parades in the Caspian region. Today its participation in the exhibition have  been confirmed by  more than 170 companies from 33 countries. The largest national pavilions represent the Republic of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Belarus, South Korea, Poland, Israel, Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

Israel: We will continue to sell weapons to Azerbaijan, despite the dissatisfaction of Armenia

Israel: We will continue to sell weapons to Azerbaijan, despite the dissatisfaction of Armenia

26.06.2014 AZE.az

As reports AZE.az, the Deputy Director General of Israeli Foreign Minister Anna Azari, who arrived at the diplomatic consultations in Yerevan, made it clear that, despite the dissatisfaction of Armenia, her country will not collapse cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of arms sales, the newspaper “Novye Izvestiya”

Turkish company will represent unmanned submarines in Baku

Turkish company will represent unmanned submarines in Baku

10.12.2013 APA (Azerbaijan)
 
Turkish company «GATE Elektronik» soon will hold in Baku the testing and presentation of custom-made unmanned underwater apparatus for Azerbaijan .

APA reports with reference to the company «GATE Elektronik» information the presentation will be organized at the suggestion of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces .

For question what types of submarines are Considered for Azerbaijani side , the company said only that it showed interest in unmanned submarines of company «GATE Elektronik».

Note that «GATE Elektronik» produces disposable device for mine clearing «Canaqqala» (SSROV), the unit «Gelibolu» with remote control for civilian purposes ISV (WCROV), stand-alone apparatus ISV, which is given the name «Milli AUV».