Armenia Looks to Technology to Secure Border

Armenia's Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian visits a military outpost on the border with Azerbaijan

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Armenia has been putting in place “engineering facilities” along with other measures to prevent attempts by Azerbaijani sabotage groups to infiltrate into its territory, according to Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian.

In an interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian Service ( on Thursday Ohanian acknowledged, however, that advanced systems are not available at all sections of the border with Azerbaijan, especially in the areas where they would be exposed to enemy fire.

Installing such expensive security equipment at sections exposed to constant ceasefire violations is simply not expedient, the minister explained.

But there is an opportunity to install security systems “where there is no immediate aggressiveness of the enemy and where the positions of the sides are far apart” so as to also ensure the expensive equipment does not get damaged or destroyed, he added.

Concerns over the possibility of Azerbaijani commando units’ or sabotage groups’ infiltrating into Armenian territory increased in Armenia in the last couple of weeks amid a major incursion reported near Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Artsakh Republic’s authorities said last week a group of Azerbaijanis had been arrested in the region on suspicion of espionage and subversive activities. The Nagorno-Karabakh police force said the group members had killed one military serviceman and severely wounded a civilian. Another local teenager, it said, had been kidnapped and then brutally murdered by the alleged Azerbaijani saboteurs.

Still last week Minister Ohanian emphasized that none of the Azerbaijanis who had managed to infiltrate into the Karvachar (Kelbajar) district near Nagorno-Karabakh, could cross into Armenia.

Speaking about the use of new technologies, the minister said that to make them more affordable for the purpose of securing the border, efforts are underway to ensure the availability of locally produced types of such devices. Some of which, he added, are at the stage of testing at present.

“We certainly cooperate with all the organizations that either make offers or work on our request. We particularly cooperate with enterprises working in the information technology sector,” Ohanian said.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises Karen Vardanian said that the current cooperation between the Defense Ministry and IT companies did not seem satisfactory to him.

“We have good relations with the Defense Ministry. Their representatives come and attend our technology displays and exhibitions. But there is no strategic approach,” he complained.

Vartanian said that today Armenia does develop technologies that can serve the cause of keeping the borders safe. “Moreover, Armenia exports these technologies and a number of companies even work for the military-industrial complexes of other countries,” he added.


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  1. Kevork said:

    A better idea is to liberate more lands with each “Azeri incursion” – expand the buffer zone until the Russian border.

  2. bigmoustache said:

    hey ohanian, they did infiltrate Armenia, karvachar is armenia

  3. Armenian Christian said:

    For our next telethon we should invest in Armenias defensive capabilities Anti tank missles and anti air missles….I know I will give every last extra cent that I have to spare for that cause… These Azeri mongoloids need to see that the Diaspora supports Artsaxh

    • Armenian said:

      These are things that the state of Armenia should be able to supply for itself, you know, as any other independent state would.

  4. ara said:

    Well. Triggered machine gun snipe em down. Ask questions before burning them

  5. Random Armenian said:

    Locally developed technologies is the best way as this develops the Armenian industry, creates jobs and is even exportable.

  6. erik said:

    what we need is ( UAV … drones )…. to attack those terrorists from azerbaijan

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