Azerbaijan is in talks with two Chinese companies on the purchase of long-range missiles, Defense Industry Minister Yaver Jamalov has told the Baku-based ANS TV channel.
“Preliminary talks have already been held on delivering such missiles. The negotiations will be completed soon. I am hopeful that the missiles will be brought to Azerbaijan in the shortest time possible,” said Jamalov, who is attending a major international defense industry exhibition in Istanbul.
The minister said the IDEF-2011 exhibition was a major success for Azerbaijan, as the country signed a number of agreements with Turkey and Ukraine.
On the sidelines of the exhibition, Minister Jamalov and Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul signed a letter of intent on joint manufacturing of 105 mm canons and infantry rifles. Azerbaijan also inked an agreement with Turkey’s MKEK (Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation) to co-produce 120 mm mine launchers.
Jamalov said Azerbaijan has also signed letters of intent with Turkey’s Aselsan and Roketsan on joint production of 122 mm rockets and nocturnal devices.
According to him, an agreement was also reached with a Ukrainian company on joint production of anti-tank missiles.
He said further that Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry plans to manufacture 60 drones by the end of 2011. The newly opened plant in Azerbaijan produces two types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), he said.
Jamalov said Azerbaijani weaponry displayed at the IDEF-2011 exhibition is of great interest to the participants.
“As a result, the issue of using Azerbaijan’s 14.5 and 12.7 mm sniper rifles in Turkey’s armed forces was considered and agreed upon. Our rifles will most likely be available in the country’s armed forces soon.”