Azerbaijan to buy long-range rockets

Thu 12 May 2011 09:46 GMT | 13:46 Local Time

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Azerbaijan is discussing the purchase of long-range rockets from two Chinese companies, the minister of the defence industry has said.

"We have made the import of long-range rockets to Azerbaijan a priority," Defence Industry Minister Yaver Jamalov told the IDEF International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul.

He said Azerbaijan was in talks on the issue with two companies from China, but did not name them.

"We have already finished initial talks on the import of long-range rockets to Azerbaijan. They will end completely soon. I do hope the rockets for launcher-loader modules and short-range missiles will soon be brought to Azerbaijan," Jamalov said.

Interviewed by Azerbaijan's ANS TV, Yaver Jamalov said that the arms fair had so far been very successful for the Ministry of the Defence Industry.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul visited Azerbaijan's stand on the first day of the exhibition.

"The president of Turkey congratulated us on our achievements," Jamalov said.

He described deals signed with Turkish companies on the joint production of guns, infantry rifles and mortar launchers as protocols of intent.

"Turkish Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul and I signed a protocol of intent on future joint production of two types of output - 105-mm rockets and the national rifle. A protocol of intent was signed the same day with the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation [MKEK] on the joint production of 120-mm mortar launchers. This project will come into force in a few months time. Agreement has also been reached with Turkish company Aselsan on the production of some types of defence output in Azerbaijan, specifically the latest types of weapons' sights. These projects will probably happen in the near future too," Jamalov said.

He told ANS TV that agreement had been reached with a Ukrainian company on the joint production of guided anti-tank missiles. Talks are under way with a number of leading arms manufacturers and preliminary agreements have been reached on production of new types of rifles, ammunition and military hardware, the minister continued..

Azerbaijan's own defence products are prompting interest at the exhibition, Jamalov said.

"Agreement has already been reached on the Turkish armed forces taking the 14.5-mm and 12.7-mm sniper rifles. Our sniper rifles will probably find their place in the Turkish armed forces in the near future," he said.

Talks on the sale of Azerbaijani arms were held with companies from Turkey, the USA, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, France, Turkmenistan and elsewhere.




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