Azerbaijani Army demonstrated new military equipment and vehicle in 2017

2018/03/dana-e1505722813779-1520327808.jpg
Read: 3626     17:18     06 March 2018    

The Azerbaijani Army continued to enrich its arsenal in 2017 as well. The Army purchased numerous weapons and vehicles produced both in the country and abroad.


In early 2017, anti-aircraft rocket systems “Ildirim” (“Lightning” -orijinal name “Barak”) were accepted to armament.

In June, the Azerbaijani Army has received a new batch of Khrizantema-S Anti-Tank Guided missile system from the Russian Federation.

The Khrizantema-S ATGW is designed to detect and destroy the existing and future main battle tanks (MBTs), armoured tanks, low-flying aerial targets, lightweight surface targets, and field fortifications, including steel shelters and bunkers, in both day and at night under all weather conditions. It offers high-rate of fire and is protected against electronic countermeasures.

The basic 9K123 Khrizantema-S anti-tank, guided weapon system components include a combat vehicle, anti-tank guided missiles, test vehicles, test equipment and a set of instructional charts. The modernised 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S missile system features platoon commander’s combat vehicle and 9P157-4 battery commander’s combat vehicle along with the basic system components.

The Khrizantema-S system features 9M123 and 9M123F supersonic anti-tank guided missiles with a firing range between 400m and 6,000m and an altitude of 3km above sea level.

The 9M123 missile has 9N146-1 tandem high-explosive, anti-tank warhead, whereas the 9M123F missile is fitted with 9N146F high-explosive warhead. The canistered missile measures 2.3m-long and weighs 62kg.

The ATGW system also features 9M123 Prakt practice missile, 9M123 Maket training missile, 9M123 Uchebn training missile, 9M123 Razr cut-away training missile, 9F734 training target and 9M123F Razr cut-away training missile.

The 9K123 Khrizantema-S ATGW is mounted on a 9P157 combat vehicle that uses assemblies and units of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). It accommodates two crew members and is integrated with a radar control system (RCS) and an optical and laser control system.

The 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S weapon system uses 9P157-2 combat vehicle, 9P157-3 platoon commander’s combat vehicle and 9P157-4 battery commander’s vehicle. The 9P157-2 has two crew members, whereas the 9P157-3 is operated by three persons. The 9P157-2 and 9P157-3 vehicles are equipped with a RCS and a thermal imaging and TV control device. The 9P157-4 battery commander’s vehicle, based on the BMP-3 IFV chassis, is manned by four crew members.

Another new vehicle that that the Azerbaijani Army accepted to armament is Elbit Systems' SPEAR  MK2 120 mm mortar.

SPEAR MK2 is a fully autonomous, soft-recoil 120mm mortar based on a 4×4 light wheeled armoured vehicle. The mortar system was developed by Elbit Systems to support the rapid engagement operations conducted by armed forces.

The mortar system is suitable for installation on a range of lightweight armoured vehicles to achieve high agility and mobility. It has a weight of 200kg without the automatic loading system. The system can be mounted on HMMWVs, jeeps and other rapidly deployed wheeled vehicles.

The 120mm mortar is equipped with a high-performance enhanced tactical computer (ETC) and a SmarTMR tactical multimedia router and application server. The SmarTMR system can be integrated with onboard sensors, weapons, and command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems.

The onboard sensors transmit the targeting data to the fire control system (FCS). The FCS analyses the ballistic data and commands the electric drive system to point the mortar barrel to the particular azimuth and elevation angles. Feedback is delivered to the mortar fire control system through a GPS-based north finding system and inclinometer.

The mortar system can be operated in autonomous or manual modes by just two or three crew members. The mortar bombs are loaded into the system by an automatic loader. The deployment and launch procedure of the system can be completed within 60 seconds.

The mortar system mounted on BTR-70 armored vehicle was demonstrated to President Ilham Aliyev in August.

In September, The Azerbaijani Army showed Czech-designed Dana 152 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and RM-70 Vampir 122 mm (40-round) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) for the first time during a five-day exercise.

The DANA is a wheeled self-propelled artillery piece. The crew of the DANA consists of the driver (operates the hydraulic stabilizers) and commander sitting in the front cabin, the gunner (aims the gun and opens fire) and loader operator (selects the appropriate amount of powder charges) are on the left side of the turret, the ammo handler (sets the shells' primers) is on the right side turret. Its maximum road speed is 80 km/h (50 mph), range is 600 km (373 mi). Its primary armament is 152 mm gun-howitzer, length: 5,580 mm (37 calibers) and secondary one is 12.7 mm MG DShKM.

 The Azerbaijani Army accepted TRG-300 Tiger missile into its artillery arsenal. The Artillery Missile TIGER (TRG-300), designed and produced by ROKETSAN, is a ground to ground missile which can provide mass fire power on high payoff targets with coverage between 30 km and 120 km range with perfect accuracy. TIGER Missile provides timely, accurate and effective fire support to maneuvering forces.

TIGER Missile can be launched from ROKETSAN made MBRL Weapon System, T-122/300 MBRL Weapon System, MCRL-122/300 Launching Vehicles and other compatible platforms with suitable interfaces for integration.

Technical Specifications of TIGER Missile: Diameter - 300 mm, Maximum Range - 120 km
Minimum Range - 30 km, Weight - 585 kg, Guidance - Satellite System Aided Inertial Navigation System (INS), Control - Aerodynamical Control with Electromechanical Actuation System,  Propellant Type -Composite Solid, Warhead Type - HE- Fragmentation (Steel Ball), Warhead Weight - 105 kg, Warhead Effective Radius - ≥ 70 m, Fuze Type - Proximity (with Point Detonating Backup), Shelf Life - 10 years.

In July, an agreement was signed with Pakistan on purchase of 10 Super Mushshak primary trainer aircrafts.

Its crew is two-three (student, instructor and optional passenger). Its Length - 7.15 m (23.5 ft), wingspan -  8.85 m (29 ft), height - 2.60 m (8 ft 0.5 in), armament - Up to 300 kg (660 lb) external load carrying capability (including pylons).

In May, Leonardo has showcased the M-346 jet trainer aircraft to the Azerbaijani authorities.

A presentation of new generation M-346 jet trainer aircraft, manufactured by Italy’s Leonardo Aircraft company, was held at an air base of Azerbaijan’s Air Force on May 10.

The M-346 Master is an advanced and lead-in fifth-generation fighter trainer. The M-346 provides combat pilot training for front line fighters with high angle-of-attack capability. The aerodynamic design of the M-346 uses vortex lift to provide manoeuvrability and controllability at very high angle-of-attack using a fly-by-wire control system.

The M-346 can climb at the rate of 127m/s. The maximum and cruise speed of the aircraft are 1,092km/h and 1,059km/h respectively. Its stall speed is 166km/h. The range and service ceiling of the M-346 are 2,590km and 13,700m respectively. Its take-off run is 320m, while the landing run is 470m. The aircraft weighs around 4,610kg and its maximum take-off weight is 9,000kg.

The State Border Service of Azerbaijan Republic for the first time displayed a number of new weapons and vehicles at tactical exercises in the Caspian Sea from 11 to 14 August.

The Hermes 900 is an Israeli medium size multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed by Elbit Systems for medium altitude long endurance (MALE) tactical missions. It features over-the-horizon, persistent multi-mission, multi-payload capabilities with a class-leading payload carrying capacity of 350 kg. Hermes 900 is capable of performing missions for area dominance and persistent ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance).

Last year was successful for the Azerbaijani defence industry. In 2017, Azerbaijan presented its first home-made national armored fighting vehicle “Tufan”. The vehicle was produced by Baku device making plant of Agregat company of the Ministry of Defence Industry.

“Tufan” weights 14.7 tons and has a payload capacity of 2.3 tons. It incorporates a V-hull into a monocoque chassis, offering a mine protection level of up to STANAG 3A. Its 360 hp turbocharged diesel engine allows a maximum road speed of 85 km/h.

Close protection of “Tufan” is provided by a stabilized remote controlled weapon station armed with one 12.7 mm NVS machine gun and up to 10 smoke grenade launchers. The vehicle also features a hydraulic rear door, 360° cameras, and an emergency hatch on the roof.

It will be declined in four variants: medical evacuation, air defense/ anti-armor, anti-riot and armored personnel carrier.

Last year, the Minkistry of Defence Industry started manufacture of “Zerbe kamikadze UAV.

In 2017, Yalguzag sniper rifle manufactured by the engineers of the Ministry of Defence inudstery was given to use of the Army.

Banu Salmanli

Sabina Hasanova



Tags: Azerbaijaniarmy  



News Line

Azerbaijani Army demonstrated new military equipment and vehicle in 2017

2018/03/dana-e1505722813779-1520327808.jpg
Read: 3627     17:18     06 March 2018    

The Azerbaijani Army continued to enrich its arsenal in 2017 as well. The Army purchased numerous weapons and vehicles produced both in the country and abroad.


In early 2017, anti-aircraft rocket systems “Ildirim” (“Lightning” -orijinal name “Barak”) were accepted to armament.

In June, the Azerbaijani Army has received a new batch of Khrizantema-S Anti-Tank Guided missile system from the Russian Federation.

The Khrizantema-S ATGW is designed to detect and destroy the existing and future main battle tanks (MBTs), armoured tanks, low-flying aerial targets, lightweight surface targets, and field fortifications, including steel shelters and bunkers, in both day and at night under all weather conditions. It offers high-rate of fire and is protected against electronic countermeasures.

The basic 9K123 Khrizantema-S anti-tank, guided weapon system components include a combat vehicle, anti-tank guided missiles, test vehicles, test equipment and a set of instructional charts. The modernised 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S missile system features platoon commander’s combat vehicle and 9P157-4 battery commander’s combat vehicle along with the basic system components.

The Khrizantema-S system features 9M123 and 9M123F supersonic anti-tank guided missiles with a firing range between 400m and 6,000m and an altitude of 3km above sea level.

The 9M123 missile has 9N146-1 tandem high-explosive, anti-tank warhead, whereas the 9M123F missile is fitted with 9N146F high-explosive warhead. The canistered missile measures 2.3m-long and weighs 62kg.

The ATGW system also features 9M123 Prakt practice missile, 9M123 Maket training missile, 9M123 Uchebn training missile, 9M123 Razr cut-away training missile, 9F734 training target and 9M123F Razr cut-away training missile.

The 9K123 Khrizantema-S ATGW is mounted on a 9P157 combat vehicle that uses assemblies and units of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). It accommodates two crew members and is integrated with a radar control system (RCS) and an optical and laser control system.

The 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S weapon system uses 9P157-2 combat vehicle, 9P157-3 platoon commander’s combat vehicle and 9P157-4 battery commander’s vehicle. The 9P157-2 has two crew members, whereas the 9P157-3 is operated by three persons. The 9P157-2 and 9P157-3 vehicles are equipped with a RCS and a thermal imaging and TV control device. The 9P157-4 battery commander’s vehicle, based on the BMP-3 IFV chassis, is manned by four crew members.

Another new vehicle that that the Azerbaijani Army accepted to armament is Elbit Systems' SPEAR  MK2 120 mm mortar.

SPEAR MK2 is a fully autonomous, soft-recoil 120mm mortar based on a 4×4 light wheeled armoured vehicle. The mortar system was developed by Elbit Systems to support the rapid engagement operations conducted by armed forces.

The mortar system is suitable for installation on a range of lightweight armoured vehicles to achieve high agility and mobility. It has a weight of 200kg without the automatic loading system. The system can be mounted on HMMWVs, jeeps and other rapidly deployed wheeled vehicles.

The 120mm mortar is equipped with a high-performance enhanced tactical computer (ETC) and a SmarTMR tactical multimedia router and application server. The SmarTMR system can be integrated with onboard sensors, weapons, and command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems.

The onboard sensors transmit the targeting data to the fire control system (FCS). The FCS analyses the ballistic data and commands the electric drive system to point the mortar barrel to the particular azimuth and elevation angles. Feedback is delivered to the mortar fire control system through a GPS-based north finding system and inclinometer.

The mortar system can be operated in autonomous or manual modes by just two or three crew members. The mortar bombs are loaded into the system by an automatic loader. The deployment and launch procedure of the system can be completed within 60 seconds.

The mortar system mounted on BTR-70 armored vehicle was demonstrated to President Ilham Aliyev in August.

In September, The Azerbaijani Army showed Czech-designed Dana 152 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and RM-70 Vampir 122 mm (40-round) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) for the first time during a five-day exercise.

The DANA is a wheeled self-propelled artillery piece. The crew of the DANA consists of the driver (operates the hydraulic stabilizers) and commander sitting in the front cabin, the gunner (aims the gun and opens fire) and loader operator (selects the appropriate amount of powder charges) are on the left side of the turret, the ammo handler (sets the shells' primers) is on the right side turret. Its maximum road speed is 80 km/h (50 mph), range is 600 km (373 mi). Its primary armament is 152 mm gun-howitzer, length: 5,580 mm (37 calibers) and secondary one is 12.7 mm MG DShKM.

 The Azerbaijani Army accepted TRG-300 Tiger missile into its artillery arsenal. The Artillery Missile TIGER (TRG-300), designed and produced by ROKETSAN, is a ground to ground missile which can provide mass fire power on high payoff targets with coverage between 30 km and 120 km range with perfect accuracy. TIGER Missile provides timely, accurate and effective fire support to maneuvering forces.

TIGER Missile can be launched from ROKETSAN made MBRL Weapon System, T-122/300 MBRL Weapon System, MCRL-122/300 Launching Vehicles and other compatible platforms with suitable interfaces for integration.

Technical Specifications of TIGER Missile: Diameter - 300 mm, Maximum Range - 120 km
Minimum Range - 30 km, Weight - 585 kg, Guidance - Satellite System Aided Inertial Navigation System (INS), Control - Aerodynamical Control with Electromechanical Actuation System,  Propellant Type -Composite Solid, Warhead Type - HE- Fragmentation (Steel Ball), Warhead Weight - 105 kg, Warhead Effective Radius - ≥ 70 m, Fuze Type - Proximity (with Point Detonating Backup), Shelf Life - 10 years.

In July, an agreement was signed with Pakistan on purchase of 10 Super Mushshak primary trainer aircrafts.

Its crew is two-three (student, instructor and optional passenger). Its Length - 7.15 m (23.5 ft), wingspan -  8.85 m (29 ft), height - 2.60 m (8 ft 0.5 in), armament - Up to 300 kg (660 lb) external load carrying capability (including pylons).

In May, Leonardo has showcased the M-346 jet trainer aircraft to the Azerbaijani authorities.

A presentation of new generation M-346 jet trainer aircraft, manufactured by Italy’s Leonardo Aircraft company, was held at an air base of Azerbaijan’s Air Force on May 10.

The M-346 Master is an advanced and lead-in fifth-generation fighter trainer. The M-346 provides combat pilot training for front line fighters with high angle-of-attack capability. The aerodynamic design of the M-346 uses vortex lift to provide manoeuvrability and controllability at very high angle-of-attack using a fly-by-wire control system.

The M-346 can climb at the rate of 127m/s. The maximum and cruise speed of the aircraft are 1,092km/h and 1,059km/h respectively. Its stall speed is 166km/h. The range and service ceiling of the M-346 are 2,590km and 13,700m respectively. Its take-off run is 320m, while the landing run is 470m. The aircraft weighs around 4,610kg and its maximum take-off weight is 9,000kg.

The State Border Service of Azerbaijan Republic for the first time displayed a number of new weapons and vehicles at tactical exercises in the Caspian Sea from 11 to 14 August.

The Hermes 900 is an Israeli medium size multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed by Elbit Systems for medium altitude long endurance (MALE) tactical missions. It features over-the-horizon, persistent multi-mission, multi-payload capabilities with a class-leading payload carrying capacity of 350 kg. Hermes 900 is capable of performing missions for area dominance and persistent ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance).

Last year was successful for the Azerbaijani defence industry. In 2017, Azerbaijan presented its first home-made national armored fighting vehicle “Tufan”. The vehicle was produced by Baku device making plant of Agregat company of the Ministry of Defence Industry.

“Tufan” weights 14.7 tons and has a payload capacity of 2.3 tons. It incorporates a V-hull into a monocoque chassis, offering a mine protection level of up to STANAG 3A. Its 360 hp turbocharged diesel engine allows a maximum road speed of 85 km/h.

Close protection of “Tufan” is provided by a stabilized remote controlled weapon station armed with one 12.7 mm NVS machine gun and up to 10 smoke grenade launchers. The vehicle also features a hydraulic rear door, 360° cameras, and an emergency hatch on the roof.

It will be declined in four variants: medical evacuation, air defense/ anti-armor, anti-riot and armored personnel carrier.

Last year, the Minkistry of Defence Industry started manufacture of “Zerbe kamikadze UAV.

In 2017, Yalguzag sniper rifle manufactured by the engineers of the Ministry of Defence inudstery was given to use of the Army.

Banu Salmanli

Sabina Hasanova



Tags: Azerbaijaniarmy