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Georgia’s parliament seat returns to Tbilisi, first sitting expected February
/Jan 14/

The Georgian parliament will resume activities from February 5th, according to its charter.

The winter sitting ended December 27th and according to regulations the spring sitting opens the first Tuesday of February.

During the upcoming spring sitting Georgia’s new President Salome Zurabishvili will deliver an annual report, the first in her capacity as president.

According to new amendments to regulations, the seat of parliament will return to the capital city of Tbilisi.

The Parliament of Georgia is headquartered in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. But from 2012 to 2018, the regular parliamentary sessions were held in a new building specially constructed for this purpose in Kutaisi, then the second largest city of Georgia, 231 kilometers west of Tbilisi.

Azerbaijan purchases kamikaze drones from Israel
MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network) – 14/1/2019

By Abdul Kerimkhanov The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have replenished their arsenals with Israeli Sky Striker fully autonomous loitering munitions systems capable of long-range precise tactical strikesmanufactured by Elbit Systems, the online portal bmpd reported on January 11. The drone-kamikaze is a small unmanned aerial vehicle with a pushing propeller and an electric motor. Its weight is 35 kg, and combat units of various purposes weigh from five to 10 kg. Sky Strikerdiffers from its analogues by electrical engines which makes no sound.The speed of UAV 185 kmph and endurance is 2 hours.

Kamikadze strikes the aim with the speed of 300 knts. Sky Striker can be airborne for up to two hours. The operator’s managing drone can direct it to the target almost to contact with it with the ability to cancel the attack. If during the flight it was not possible to find a decent target, the UAV can go back and sink to the ground with the help of a parachute.Drone can attack the target at different angles. Azerbaijan is the first foreign operator of Sky Striker. As per now, the country uses ‘Harop loitering munitions of IAI company. There are already small shock disposable UAVs Harop of the company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Orbiter 1K (Zərbə-K) of the company Aeronautics Defense Systems (ADS) in the armament of the Azerbaijani army. At the same time, Orbiter 1K (Zərbə-K) was demonstratively used on the contact line, and IAI Harop kamikaze drones were used during the Aprilfights in Nagorno-Karabakh. Orbiter 1K ammunition has a take-off weight of about 11 kg, a warhead weight of 2.5 kg and a flight duration of up to 3.5 hours. Harop devices have a take-off weight of 135 kg, a warhead weight of 23 kg, a flight duration of up to six hours. In contrast to the IAI Harop, the Sky Striker and ADS Orbiter 1K barrage munitions are almost silent as they are driven by electric motors. Over the past decade, Israel officially sold Baku a wide range of lethal and non-lethal weapons – from small arms, armored vehicles, mortars to various types of unmanned aerial vehicles, radar and air defence systems, as well as rocket artillery systems. To a certain extent, this cooperation has also evolved – some weapons systems, originally acquired by Baku, are now being produced independently in accordance with licenses issued by the Israeli military industry.

Iran exporting gas to 4 countries
/Jan 20/Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA)/

Tehran (ISNA) – Turkey, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Armenia are the importers of Iran’s gas, Iranian deputy Oil Minister, Hossein Montazer-Torbati announced.

Iran and Armenia have signed a set-off agreement on gas and power for a 20-year term in 2004. According to the deal, Iran’s exported gas will be used in Armenian power stations and Iran imports the power generated in Armenia.

Armenia also imports Iran’s gas since 2009.

During the first eight months of Iranian fiscal year (started March 21,2018), Iran has exported 250 million cubic meters gas to Armenia, within the set-off deal.

Iran receives 3.2-Kilowatt hour power from Armenia in exchange for one cubic meter gas.

According to Iranian officials, Iran has imported 300-megawatt power from Armenia and 150-megawatt power from Azerbaijan this summer.

Iran has also exported 5.4 billion cubic meters gas to turkey in the first half of this Iranian fiscal year.

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