Azerbaijan International Defence Industry Exhibition (ADEX) 2016 (II)

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Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

It will soon produce 4 types of ammunition for grenade throwers, as well as barrels for all types of weapons in size from 5.45 mm to 30 mm. The production of MP-5 submachine gun will be started under the license of the Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation in the short run. It is about to complete the tests of local-produced “Mubariz” and “Yalguzag” sniper rifles. It has already received technical terms from the Defense Ministry and both sniper rifles will be included in armament this year.
The ministry of defense industry of Azerbaijan will start the serial production of a new generation drone, called Zerbe (Strike), in the near future.
Moreover, last year, the Defense Industry Ministry accomplished work over the creation of night vision devices, prismatic binoculars with a compass, mine fuses of different types and organized their production.
“During a period from 2006 to 2015, more than 50 new industrial areas were created in the ministry’s enterprises. It includes the modernization of universal and tank guns, anti-tank hand grenade launchers, mortars of various calibers, and shells for them, armored vehicles such as BTR and BRDM,”. “Overall, in 2015, the volume of defense products, handed over to customers, increased 210 times compared to 2006. Azerbaijan is also mastering the production of shells for six types of artillery and tank guns, automatic weapons.
Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Industry Yaver Jamalov’s visit to Pakistan
The delegation headed by Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Industry Yaver Jamalov visited Pakistan on April 26-27, 2016 to participate in the 6th session of Azerbaijan-Pakistan Intergovernmental Commission on economic cooperation.
Meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
At a meeting with the prime minister Nawaz Sharif Jamalov said Azerbaijan was keen to explore new opportunities to import defense products and raw material from Pakistan. He extended invitation for Pakistan’s participation in the International Defense Exhibition being organised by Azerbaijan in September, with special reference to the JF-17 Thunder.
Meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain
President Mamnoon Hussain sought greater cooperation between Pakistan and Azerbaijan in energy, defense and communication sectors for the mutual benefit of the two friendly countries. He said the two countries should make coordinated efforts to increase the bilateral trade.
Meeting with Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain
Azerbaijan’s Defence Minister also met with minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain and showed great interest to purchase warheads from Pakistan. He asked for designing a special mechanism to avoid formalities that delay procurement. For this purpose, the Azerbaijani minister proposed appointing focal persons from the respective ministries of both the countries to speed up procurement process. Tanveer expressed readiness for transfer of technology and joint ventures with the friendly country. Azerbaijan purchased numerous weapons from foreign countries including Turkey, Russia and Israel, to modernise and upgrade its armed forces, and signed military contracts with over 20 countries which envisage a large-scale weapons supply.
Yavar Jamalov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Defence Industry invited Pakistan to participate at the Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition (ADEX 2016). The JF-17 has a reasonable chance in earning a place in the Azerbaijan Air Force (AzAF). At present, the AzAF operates 13 MiG-29s, 11 Su-25s, and five MiG-21s. PAC could position the JF-17 as the replacement for the AzAF’s MiG-21, but emphasize that the JF-17 is a fully capable multi-role asset.
The provision of the SD-10 active radar-homing (ARH) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and PL-5EII all-aspect within-visual-range air-to-air missile (WVRAAM) will offer assuredly good air-to-air capabilities, especially given Azerbaijan’s threat prospects, which center on Armenia.
Pakistan-Azerbaijan Defence Cooperation
The military cooperation is one of the main components of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan. The countries signed a defense agreement in 2013. Later, the naval forces of both countries held consultations on military-technical issues. Military and defence cooperation between Azerbaijan-Pakistan is signified by continuous dialogue in the form of high-level meetings, workgroups and other similar interactions between the respective bodies and institutions of both states.
Pakistan-Azerbaijan Defence Cooperation Details
Bilateral Military Cooperation Agreement It was signed in February 2014 during the fifth meeting of the Azerbaijan-Pakistan Working Group on Military Cooperation held in Islamabad. The same updated document was again signed on April 1, 2015 during the Working Group meeting in Baku.
ADEX 2014 Pakistan rigorously participated in ADEX 2014 held in Baku during September 2014. Afterwards, Azerbaijan’s high official visited Pakistan during November 2014. Defence cooperation and regional security were discussed during this visit.
President of Pakistan’s Visit to Azerbaijan 2015 President visited Azerbaijan in March 2015 during which both countries agreed to boost and work in the area of defence technology.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Committee of Pakistan He paid visit in October 2015 where military cooperation and regional security was thoroughly discussed. Pakistan has also trained around a 100 units of military personnel in Azerbaijan over the past decade.53 Creation of the Pakistan-Azerbaijan Business Forum, with a special focus on defence equipment, is another example of mutual defence cooperation.
Future Prospects
Both countries share strong politico-military ties. Now, there is an urgent need to further strengthen military cooperation beyond the already customary military personnel trainings, ad hoc common military exercises and mutual visits and discussions. Annual regular meetings between Working Groups on military should now lead to a combined military and defence cooperation committee of equal participation to deal with all aspects of the security sectors? cooperation; and be able to implement strategic provisions of the proposed bilateral military cooperation agreement.
Moreover, a series of regular military exercises between the two countries should be conducted which could be extended to include land, air and naval forces, as well as air defence and strategic planning. Both countries should consider enlarging the scale of mutual exchange of military personnel for training and military education.
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