Azerbaijan unveils new national weapons at ADEX Defense exhibition


More than 200 defense companies from 26 countries are taking part in the Azerbaijan International Defense Exhibition, also known as ADEX, which is currently being held in Baku, the country’s capital.

The fourth edition of the event opened on Tuesday. President Ilham Aliyev visited the exhibition where advanced weapons and equipment are displayed.

Addressing the participants, President Aliyev described the expo as an important platform for developing military-technical cooperation and exploring opportunities to expand trade relations between different countries.

He noted that Azerbaijan closely cooperates with leading companies from more than 50 countries operating in aviation, shipping, device manufacturing and other sectors.

“In the coming period, we will further strengthen our country’s armed forces and defense capability, giving special importance to the production of modern weapons, military equipment, ammunition, rear service goods and equipment. other material means,” President Aliyev said.

The ADEX exhibition provides an opportunity for the Azerbaijani military-industrial complex and global defense companies to showcase their modern military equipment and armaments. Exhibitors represent leading defense industry companies from Bulgaria, China, France, Netherlands, Italy, Belarus, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and other countries. Jordanian companies also joined the event as new exhibitors.

The exhibition features defense industry products from several sectors, including aircraft and aviation systems; ships, vessels and naval systems; armed combat vehicles; radio-electronic systems; optoelectronic equipment and systems; unmanned vehicles; military uniform clothing and equipment; weapons and ammunition; simulators and training systems; chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) protection articles, as well as military organizations, export promotion companies and others.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense Industry exhibited various weapons and devices of local production, including a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and a semi-automatic sniper rifle “Yırtıcı” (Predator), an AT30 30-mm automatic cannon mm, a “flying” mortar drone, a remote control weapon stabilization system, defensive complex, four new reconnaissance and strike drones, as well as the aerial bomb GFAB-250 LG, which was jointly developed with the main manufacturer defense force ASELSAN.

The all-new machine gun is designed to destroy manpower and illuminate enemy fortifications at a distance of 2,000-3,000 meters, while the 7.62x54mm sniper rifle is capable of hitting targets at at least one kilometer. The AT-30 30mm automatic cannon is designed to hit lightly armored enemy targets and anti-tank missile systems located at ranges up to 1500 meters, personnel and armored vehicles at long ranges, as well as air targets flying at less than the speed of sound up to 2000 meters in the sky and firearms deployed behind light shelters.

Meanwhile, the GFAB-250 LG 250-kilogram high-explosive cluster bomb can destroy military equipment, structures, military industry and energy facilities, vehicles, aircraft at airfields, warehouses, bridges , manpower and other targets with its top-notch precise guidance. system.

Azerbaijani Defense Industry Minister Madat Guliyev said intensive local production does not limit Azerbaijan’s interest in advanced weapons offered by foreign companies as well as new vectors for cooperation with foreign partners.

Guliyev revealed that the Azerbaijani military will soon add brand new Turkish and Israeli-made weapons to its arsenal, adding that defense cooperation opportunities hold a lot of potential for Baku.

“Together with Türkiye, we are working on weapons designed for the next 10-15 years. That is to say, we look to the future. We even look 20 years ahead. It is the order of the head of state,” he said.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan-based Improtex Industries is demonstrating an Azerbaijani-made mine detection robot at ADEX-2022. The robot is capable of neutralizing anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, carrying payloads weighing up to 500 kilograms and evacuating injured personnel. Earlier, Improtex Industries introduced the National Revival-P1 minesweeper, which will be used in the liberated lands of Azerbaijan.


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