YEREVAN—The Armenian Armed Forces made an impressive display of Armenia’s current military capabilities with a parade at Republic Square on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of Armenia’s independence.
Taking part in the parade were units from the Army, Military Police, Peacekeeping Brigade, Special Brigade of Special Forces, NKR Defense Army, Police Forces, Frontier Troops of National Security Service, and the Russian 102nd Military Base. Students of the Vazgen Sargsyan Military Academy, the Armenak Khanferiants Air Force Academy and the Monte Melkonian Military College also took part in the parade.
For the first time squads composed of Karabakh War veterans and clergymen took part in the parade.
During the parade subdivisions of Intelligence Forces, Motorized Infantry, Panzer, Rocket and Artillery troops and Air Defense Forces marched on the Republic Square.
Among the military equipment displayed during the parade were products from local military industry such as unmanned flying devices. There were also Zenith-Rocket complexes, Artillery Intelligence, and Automated Fire Control Systems which had been modernized in local military industrial companies.
The parade was commanded by Chief of Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Yuri Khachaturov. The parade was received by the Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan.
At the conclusion of the parade, President Serzh Sarkisian delivered his remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the independence.