Defense industries


Arms producer given green light for $6.7 mln investment in Armenia
/Feb 21/PanArmenian/

Weapons manufacturer Arsenal LTD will invest AMD3.26 billion ($6.7 million) in Armenia and create 200 new jobs.

The government on Thursday, February 21 decided to provide customs privileges to the company for the import of technological equipment, their components and raw materials.

The annual output will amount to AMD 44.4 billion (more than $91 million).

Tonoyan: Armenia, Georgia sign strategic cooperation program for 2019
/Feb 21/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia and Georgia have signed a strategic cooperation program for 2019, Armenian Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan said Thursday at a joint news conference with his Georgian counterpart Levan Izoria.
In his words, they discussed the issues related to bilateral relations between Armenia and Georgia in defense area and signed a military cooperation program. 
Tonoyan said the program targets education, healthcare, human rights protection and struggle against corruption. 
“Armenia and Georgia respect the priorities of each other and believe in security and prosperity of the South Caucasus,” he said. 
Izoria, in his turn, said that Georgia is ready to share its experience with Armenia. 
“We have held a very productive discussion over deepening cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces,” he said. “The Georgia side is ready to share its experience with Armenia. Georgia is already sharing its experience with a number of NATO member countries, and I highly appreciate the participation of Armenian servicemen in the event Noble Partner-2018.”
Armenia has taken part in NATO’s Noble Partner 2018. More than 3,000 servicemen from 13 countries have taken part in the training manoeuvres. The first Noble Partner was held in Georgia in 2015.

Armenia exported weapons to Bulgaria in 2017-2018
/Feb 26/PanArmenian/

Armenia exported weapons worth $155,000 to Bulgaria in 2017-2017, information published by the State Revenue Committee reveals.

The armament shipped abroad fall under the category of automatic firearms, machine guns, sniper rifles, as well as large caliber weapons, such as artillery and anti-tank supplies.

65 units of unspecified weapons were delivered in 2017 and 240 units in 2018 and were worth $32,500 and $122,000, respectively.

Based on the price and quantity of the supplies sent to Bulgaria, firearms or light grenade launchers were exported, rather than large-caliber weapons.

As reported earlier, the Democratic Republic of Congo received Armenian ammo with a $1.468.000 customs value back in 2014.

Bulgaria, in turn, delivered 1094 units of light machine guns to Armenia in 2017, according to the UN Register of Conventional Arms.

Armenia, Russia Sign More Arms Deals
/Feb 28/RFE/RL Armenian Report/By Heghine Buniatian/

Armenia and Russia have reportedly signed fresh contracts for the supply of Russian weapons to the Armenian army.

Citing the Russian Defense Ministry, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday that the contracts were signed in Moscow by Armenia’s Deputy Defense Minister Davit Pakhchanian and top Russian defense industry executives. It gave no details.

The Armenian Defense Ministry confirmed the information, according to the Armenpress news agency. It too did not divulge financial details of the contracts or specify the types of weapons covered by them.

The ministry linked the deal to Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan’s recent trip to Moscow. Tonoyan met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu and the head of a Russian government agency overseeing arms deals with foreign states.

Tonoyan’s office said on February 8 that he and Shoygu discussed, among other things, supplies of Russian-made “state-of-the-art and precision-guided weapons” which would give the Armenian military “preventive superiority” over its adversaries. It did not elaborate.

Earlier in February, Yerevan confirmed the signing of a Russian-Armenian contract calling for the delivery of four Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets to the Armenian Air Force. Tonoyan said last week that Yerevan will seek to acquire more such aircraft after receiving their first batch by “the beginning of next year.”

The military alliance with Russia entitles Armenia to buying Russian weapons at discounted prices. Moscow lent the Armenian government $200 million for such arms acquisitions in 2015. The weapons provided to the Armenian military under that deal included, among other things, multiple-launch rocket systems, anti-tank rockets, and shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.

Yerevan secured another Russian loan, worth $100 million, for further arms purchases in 2017. It is not clear whether the latest Russian-Armenian defense contracts will be financed from that loan.

According to Interfax, the two sides are now discussing the possibility of a third Russian credit.