Baku Says it Will Buy Air Defense System from France

The French-made short-range anti-aircraft missile system VL MICA
The French-made short-range anti-aircraft missile system VL MICA

The French-made short-range anti-aircraft missile system VL MICA

A source close to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that Baku and Paris have agreed in principle that France would supply air defense systems to Azerbaijan, reported the Turan news agency on Tuesday.

The manufacturer of the air defense missiles is MBDA Systems, a representative of which informed the Turan that negotiations on procurement had begun in 2014. The Azerbaijani side reportedly became acquainted with the tactical and technical data of these systems and was pleased. The value of the transaction was not reported.

According to international sources, the short-range anti-aircraft missile system VL MICA (Vertical Launch MICA) is an air defense system for ground forces, air bases, command posts and surface ships from cruise missiles, guided bombs, airplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

VL MICA can be land and sea based. Missiles of this system can intercept a target at an altitude of up to 10 km.

The SAMP-T anti-aircraft missile system is designed to provide air defense of troops and mechanized formations on the march, as well as to cover objects from a wide range of aerial targets – starting from tactical cruise missiles to all types of aircraft and helicopters.

The French-made system is being used in France and Italy and is an important element of the unified NATO missile defense system designed to intercept ballistic missiles.

SAMP-T has a high rate of fire and minimal response time (8 missiles can be launched in just 10 seconds), while the complex is able to simultaneously accompany up to 10 different targets and is controlled by a crew of 2 people.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Best not to interfere and have the sale go through. It will oblige Russia to protect Armenia for their own regional interest. This is a good development!

  2. Boghos Jermag said:

    Where all the Armenians who bash Russia for selling weapons to Azerbaijan? Oh right… France is different… We need a hug from the white man…

    • Zartir Lao said:

      Although France is a phony “friend” just like Russia, France wasn’t the one who stopped the Armenians from finishing off the threat once and for all in 1994, it was Russia. Russia loves Azerbaijan and Turkey, that’s why Armenia is on the back burner. Who’s fault? Armenia’s.

  3. Jirair Tutunjian said:

    Is this the same France which announced that April 24 will become “Armenian Genocide Day” in France?

  4. serop said:

    If by some miracle of God Armenians globally are able to set up an Armenian Security & development fund with ZERO affiliation to any political party in Armenia and especially in the diaspora, we would be able to raise billions annualy
    Just imagine 4 Million Armenians globally contributing $5 USD a week , the fund would raise over a $1Billion USD annualy
    I will gladly conribute $50 a week to a fund managed outside of Armenia to assist Armenia in its secruity and development
    We would then not have to be beggars to USA putting our hands out for 100M
    within 5 years the fund could be worth $10 Billion,
    All the diaspora political parties do is bicker over petty issues, grow the hell up and lets work together to make sure in 100 years time Armenia is the most advanced & swealthy nation in the region.