Azerbaijan has launched preliminary tests of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of striking human targets and enemy’s military equipment, Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Industry Yaver Jamal said in an article published in the country’s official press.
He said that unmanned aerial vehicles with cumulative ferrules have already been tested.
"UAVs will have the ability to independently detect and destroy both human targets and the enemy's military equipment," he said. “Moreover, negotiations on the creation of electropulse weapons are being conducted with a number of countries.”
As for the establishment of a joint venture with the Israeli company, Jamalov added that Azerbaijan produces unmanned aerial vehicles for various purposes.
"We are negotiating various issues with Turkey’s Aselsan company,” he said. “We have already decided to establish a service department at the Alov plant. In 2018 we intend to implement projects with a number of Turkish companies, as well as relevant organizations of other countries."
The minister said that the creation and use of a 23 mm sniper rifle can also be attributed to these projects.
Azerbaijan is now building its own snipers, UAVs, armored vehicles and etc seeking to ensure self-sufficiency.
Over the past years, the country has embarked on a defense equipment policy which puts the emphasis squarely on indigenous manufacturing and development.
Azerbaijan leaves behind many CIS and regional countries to take its place among the first 60 strongest militaries of the world, according to the U.S.-based Global Firepower survey center.
The country, which is in war with neighboring Armenia over the latter's groundless territorial claims during more than 20 years, keeps in focus the armament. Azerbaijan creates its own armament and works closely with leading companies and firms in various fields of military industry.
The Azerbaijani-made products transferred to the security forces include such weapons as mortars of various caliber and their ammunition, 5.45-millimeter machine guns, 7.62-mm general-purpose machine guns, sniper rifles of special purpose, Matador and Marauder armored personnel carriers. Moreover, Azerbaijani military factories produce 30-mm automatic grenade launcher complex, sight for ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft installation, ammo of various calibers, PG-7V grenade launchers, unmanned aerial vehicles, aerial bombs for a training exercise and many other weapons.
Currently, twenty-eight military factories are operating within the Ministry.