Georgia intends to produce weapons

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Georgia intends to produce weapons

Defense Minister said that Georgian manufacturers of military equipment and ammunition will be guided by NATO standards

Georgia intends to produce combat aircraft, grenade launchers, grenades and missiles in accordance with all NATO standards. This was stated by the head of the Georgian defense department Irakli Garibashvili, who stressed that Georgia “has all the technical, intellectual and human resources for this”.

“By my order, work has already begun on the production of grenade launchers, grenades and missiles in accordance with NATO standards. I want to thank those unique people who are working on this, as their service to Georgia is enormous, “Garibashvili said..

The minister also said that Georgia has the opportunity not only to repair the aircraft in its arsenal, including the Su-25 attack aircraft, but also to produce them both for defense purposes and for export..

Back in 2011, Georgia hosted a presentation of the Georgian-made Didgori armored personnel carriers, and in 2012, the Lazika infantry fighting vehicle and multiple launch rocket systems. This technique was developed on the basis of the military scientific and technical center “Delta” under the Ministry of Defense of Georgia.

Promising direction

Military analyst and editor-in-chief of the independent military-analytical magazine “Arsenal” Irakli Aladashvili considers the production of weapons in Georgia a promising direction, although the production of only those military equipment that will be competitive on the world market will be profitable. According to the expert, this is the production of ammunition and unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. At the same time, the expert believes that Georgia should continue to produce armored medical evacuation vehicles “Didgori”, as well as portable mortars, which are exported to a number of countries..

Georgia intends to produce weapons

“When the scale of production is large, the cost of production decreases, and accordingly, in order for the production of weapons to be profitable for Georgia in economic terms, they must also be sold in other markets, besides the domestic one. In addition to the fact that Georgia will not have to buy weapons abroad, this will also reduce the opportunities for corruption schemes, in particular, the so-called kickbacks, which unfortunately happened more than once in Georgia when purchasing weapons, “Aladashvili said in conclusion..

“Lots of questions”

Georgia intends to produce weapons
Georgia intends to produce weapons

Shorena Lordkipanidze from the Civil Council for Defense and Security, in a comment for the Russian service of the Voice of America, expressed doubt that Georgia will be able to start mass production of weapons in the near future. Being a participant in a number of projects as a representative of the civilian sector, she has repeatedly visited the military scientific and technical center “Delta”, which produces Georgian armored personnel carriers and military ammunition. Lordkipanidze believes that at this stage the center’s capabilities are limited.

“In any case, the production of weapons cannot be just a business project. More discussion is needed with the public, with the civil sector, that is, what is the concept of the Ministry of Defense, what funds are planned to start this production, where will the weapons be exported later, and so on. In this regard, there are a lot of questions and it is the responsibility of the authorities to answer them, taking into account the principles of accountability and transparency, ”Lordkipanidze said..

Georgia intends to produce weapons

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