Azerbaijan may look to purchase the Russian Kamov Ka-52 Alligator ‘Hokum-B’ helicopter and BMPT-72 ‘Terminator 2’ Fire Support Combat Vehicle, after Azeri President Ilham Aliyev expressed interest in both systems.
“Ilham Aliev expressed his satisfaction and directed his subordinates to further study, in association with the Russian party, the prospects of work on the Alligator and Terminator 2,” Esen Topoyev, adviser to the Rosoboronexport director-general said at the ADEX 2014 defence exhibition in Baku.
Rosoboronexport proposed an in-depth modernisation of Azerbaijan’s T-72 tanks to the Fire Support Combat Vehicle configuration. “We demonstrated the Uralvagonzavod products to the Azerbaijani president on the static site. On examining the Terminator BMPT-72 tank support vehicle we proposed, taking into account a fairly large fleet of T-72 tanks, to thoroughly upgrade them to the BMPT level and to consider further versions of their modernisation,” Topoyev said.
Moscow continues to deliver a major batch of military materiel to Baku under a package of agreements signed in 2010. As reported by Topoyev, who headed the company delegation at the ADEX-2014 exhibition: “In 2010 we signed a large package which included a range of items to be delivered at different dates. Some of the products have been delivered during 2013 through 2014. Some will be handed over in 2015. The delivery is scheduled for completion before 2017.”
The contract is understood to include three battalions (about 100 units) of T-90S main battle tanks, roughly three battalions (about 100 units) of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, a battalion (18 units) of MSTA-S self-propelled artillery systems (SPAs), a battalion (18 launchers) of Smerch multiple launch rocket systems, a battalion (18 units) of Vena SPAs, and a battery (6 units) of TOS-1A heavy flame-throwing systems.
Although Konstantin Biryulin, deputy head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation (FSMTC), has previously stated that Russia had already completed delivery of one hundred T-90S tanks in April this year and may supply a second lot of the same size, Topoyev said the deliveries were still ongoing.
“The T-90S tank supply contract is underway. We haven’t yet delivered the complete lot. We’ve fulfilled the agreement roughly to 60%. The deliveries are scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2015. We’ve signed a contract with the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry for 100 T-90S tanks and complete the contract without pondering any new options or supplies,” Topayev said.