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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:18 AM

Sputnik, Russia
Aug 30 2017
 
 
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Israeli Kamikaze Drone Export to Azerbaijan Halted After Live Demo in Karabakh
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The Israeli Defense Ministry has suspended the export license of Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd (ADS), following a newspaper report that the Israeli company had tried to test one of its weapons systems on an Armenian military position at the request of Israel’s defense partner, Azerbaijan.

The decision to suspend ADS’s export license came after reports earlier this month that ADS members, who demonstrated  the Aeronautics Defense Orbiter 1K drone in Baku, had been asked by their Azeri hosts to use it to deliver an explosive payload on an Armenian military position in Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, The Jerusalem Post said.

After the ADS specialists operating the drone refused to use it against the Armenian position, their senior colleagues took over, operating the drone themselves.

 

Even though they missed the target during the demonstration on July 7, two Armenian soldiers were slightly wounded in the strike, the Jerusalem Post reported, citing Col. Armen Gyozalian, the commander of an army unit stationed in northeastern Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

As a result of the suspension, the Israeli firm will lose around $20 million in the next two years as it is prevented from continuing exports to Azerbaijan, the newspaper wrote.

Relations between Baku and Yerevan have been strained due to the conflict in the breakaway Karabakh region.

The conflict in Azerbaijan's Armenian-dominated Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988, when the autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before proclaiming independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

 

The warring sides agreed to a cessation of hostilities in 1994.

 

The violence in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on April 2 last year. Baku and Yerevan accused each other of provoking hostilities that led to multiple deaths on each side.

A cease-fire was agreed on several days later on April 5, yet hostilities continue.

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:40 AM

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Israeli Firm Loses Kamikaze-drone Export License After Complaint It Carried Out Live Demo on Armenian Army
 
Defense Minister freezes license for Azerbaijan amid investigation over reports that Aeronautics demonstrated use of aircraft by attacking Armenian army position
 
Gili Cohen  Aug 29, 2017 10:01 PM
 
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A sketch of the Orbiter 1k drone as shown on Aeronautics Defense Systems' website Screen capture from aeronautics-sys.com
 
Israel’s Defense Ministry has frozen some of the licenses of Aeronautics, preventing the firm from exporting its drones to Azerbaijan, one of its major clients.
The action comes in the wake of an investigation of the Israeli firm by the Ministry of Defense Security Authority which was examining a complaint that Aeronautics representatives demonstrated the use of a kamikaze drone in Azerbaijan, by attacking a manned position of the Armenian army.
 
On Monday night Aeronautics informed the stock market that the Defense Ministry had frozen the marketing and export licenses of its Orbiter 1k to “an important customer of the company in a foreign country.” The company didn’t mention the name of the country, but Azerbaijan has been the company’s most important customer in recent years.
 
The company cannot export the drone to Azerbaijan — as per its original contract— or demonstrate its use, or form any ties with representatives of the Azeri army involving the drone. According to Aeronautics, the contract for supplying the kamikazi drone, an armed unmanned aircraft, totals $20 million for the next two years.
 
The Defense Ministry would not respond to Haaretz’s questions on the subject or confirm that the licenses have been frozen because of the investigation. The ministry said that the investigation of the complaint is in progress.
 
 
This is the first significant step taken by the Defense Ministry against Aeronautics Defense Systems since the reports about the use of its drone in the separatist Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is a part of Azerbaijan. According to the complaint, a team from the company was asked to operate the device, which is armed with explosives, against a manned outpost of the Armenian army. Aeronautics vehemently denied the claim, and said that only the purchaser operates the device, and the company “never carries out demonstrations on live targets, as is true in this case as well.”
 
The Aeronautics licenses for Azerbaijan were frozen by the  Defense Export Controls Agency in the Defense Ministry. This body is in charge of the implementation and monitoring of the Defense Export Control Law, which contains the rules governing the defense industries. Without a marketing license, the Israeli defense industry is not allowed to form ties with an official source in a foreign country involving Israeli weapons. Without an export license, it is forbidden to send the weapons outside Israel. The Defense Export Controls Agency is also supposed to monitor the activity of the defense companies and to ensure that they abide by the rules and regulations. Among other things, it was decided that demonstrations by Israeli companies worldwide, like that of drones, would be performed without firing or using ammunition, and would only demonstrate how they are flown.
 
The company announced that it believes that the license freeze is temporary, “and is being done in the wake of an investigation by the Defense Ministry relating to the company’s activity in the client’s country and the permits required for it.” They also said that the company is examining the issue with the Defense Ministry. The rest of the company’s activity was not restricted by the ministry, nor was its overall activity in Azerbaijan.
 
Details that have reached Haaretz in recent weeks indicate that on the day of the incident that is now being examined by the Defense Ministry, there was an attack by a suicide drone on the Armenian army. In the official journal of the Armenian army a senior army official discussed the attack, adding that two soldiers were slightly wounded in the incident. According to an Armenian source, it was the only attack recently by means of a suicide drone, but until now, there was no additional evidence connecting it to Israeli drone operators. The daily newspaper Maariv first reported on the Defense Ministry’s investigation about two weeks ago.
 
Gili Cohen
Haaretz Correspondent
 
 
 

 

Drone sale to Azeris halted as maker accused of bombing Armenia in demo

http://www.timesofis...ns-during-show/

 

Israeli Drone Exports ‘Halted’ Amid Azerbaijan Inquiry

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:42 AM

A1+   Aro from Kornidzor: Azerbaijan will take its ‘jan’ and flee (video)
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On the historic day when Artsakh proclaimed its independence, the enemy spared no effort to target our positions, Commander of Kornidzor detachment Ara Khudaverdyan, best known as Aro from Kornidzor, said today.

He says those actions marked the beginning of further attacks on Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan and its allies. “”During that period, we acquired Nagorno-Karabakh, the powerful “ego” of Armenians, laid grounds for our army, which later became the Armenian Army,” he said.

Speaking about the current situation on the border, Ara Khudaverdyan ruled out large-scale operations by Azerbaijan. “The existing military and political criteria are not in the interests of Azerbaijan. Should Azerbaijan dare to attack Artsakh and Armenia again, Azerbaijan will lose itself completely and flee from there taking with it only “jan” from Azerbaijan,” he said.

 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

Azerbaboonjan has oil and the backing of some powerful nations because they meaning Azeries do their dirty work by transporting weapons to destinations we all know, which makes me believe that they can shoot any time they want and not get reprimanded.

Panorama, Armenia

Aug 31 2017
 
 
Ceasefire violations must cost Azerbaijan dearly to make it stop shooting, political scientist says

The OSCE is not likely to issue a targeted statement, condemning Azerbaijan for opening gunfire during the OSCE monitoring on the state border with Armenia’s Tavush region, a Yerevan-based political scientist said on Thursday.

Speaking to Panorama.am, political scientist Manvel Sargsyan predicted a more general response by the European structure to today’s border incident.

According to him, the OSCE does not draw conclusions from such cases and refrains from making condemning remarks. “This is its work style. This incident, as it is said, will pass away. More serious cases have been recorded that have been forgotten in two days. The OSCE has not expressed clear position on ceasefire breaches. The Armenian side must change its style of working to that end, whereas the country tolerates border incidents, which makes Azerbaijan excited,” Mr. Sargsyan highlighted.

The political scientist is convinced Armenia principally does not submit demands to the OSCE, otherwise that structure would carry out relevant activities.

Mr. Sargsyan believes Azerbaijan keeps violating ceasefire to show that it is not interested in the stances adopted by the OSCE and Armenia on the Karabakh conflict. In other words, the country seeks to show that they do not consider international structures and in this case the OSCE at all.

“The ceasefire violations must cost Azerbaijan dearly, so as that country stops making them. Azerbaijan will achieve its goals amid the atmosphere of impunity. As long as there are no restraining mechanisms, Baku turns them [ceasefire breaches] into a practice and strategy. If Azerbaijan faces political damage due to its own shooting, it will stop firing,” Mr. Sargsyan concluded.

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 10:57 AM

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 12:07 PM

The Tablet
Sept 1 2017
 
An Israeli Drone Scandal Exposes Moral and Strategic Hazards of the Country’s Burgeoning Arms Trade  

An Israeli drone manufacturer performed a “live demonstration” in the middle of a conflict zone

September 1, 2017 • 4:00 PM
 

An Israeli arms company and the Azerbaijani military teamed up for an appalling lapse in judgement last month. As Maariv and the Jerusalem Post reported, in the course of finalizing a sale of the Orbiter 1K armed drone, a team from the Israeli company Aeronautics Defense Systems was asked to demonstrate the craft’s ability’s by carrying out an attack on an Armenian army position in Karabakh, a Yerevan-backed separatist region inside of Azerbaijani territory. Two Armenian soldiers were lightly injured in the ensuing assault. This week, Israel’s defense ministry export controls agency wisely cancelled Aeronautics Defense System’s export permit for the Orbiter 1K—luckily, it was just $20 million in business, rather than actual human life, that was lost as a result of this misadventure.

Israel produces a lot of products that other countries want, and the Jewish state is on pace to surpass $100 billion in exports in a single year for the first time in its history. Defense exports will account for around $6.5 billion of that, and Israel was the world’s 10th-largest military exporter in 2016.

Having one of the world’s leading domestic arms industries buoys the Israeli economy and makes the country indispensable to some of its international partners—including Azerbaijan, a majority Shiite Muslim nation and the second-largest purchaser of Israeli weapons last year. Israel’s military-industrial complex also makes the Jewish state better equipped to independently face the diverse security challenges confronting it at a given time. Still, weapons are not quite the same as SodaStream machines or cherry tomatoes. Countries use military-grade weapons to threaten or deter their enemies or perceived enemies, or to undertake violence at a state-level scale of organization. Arms transactions thus always come with unknowable potential costs attached.

The Karabakh incident is a case in point. The “frozen” Ngarno-Karabkh conflict, which has been raging in some form since the late 80s, is at a hair trigger. Deaths have spiked over the past couple of years, with Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting their deadliest battle in over a decade in April of last year. The geo-politics of the dispute over these majority ethnic-Armenian regions of Azerbaijan are fairly Byzantine, with Russia backing both sides to varying degrees, despite having military bases in Armenia. Yerevan has a warm relationship with Iran, and it’s almost certainly in the wrong as far as international law goes. Nonetheless, Armenian-backed militants currently occupy about a fifth of Azerbaijan’s territory. The irony of Israel siding with Azerbaijan hasn’t been lost on some observers: “Politically, Israel’s insistence on maintaining the status quo in the West Bank is actually similar to the Armenians’ position,” retired IDF general Ephraim Sneh wrote last year. “Here too, when it comes to ending the conflict, nationalist populism supersedes national interests.”

Israel has sold some $5 billion in weapons to Azerbaijan, and last month’s incident suggests that Baku’s patronage has a potential dark side. It wouldn’t have been in Israel’s national interest for one of its companies to have accidentally ignited a deadly international powder keg hundreds of miles from the country’s borders. Incidents like these are thankfully rare, but it only takes one of them to expose the moral and strategic hazards of Israel’s flourishing arms trade.

Armin Rosen is a New York-based writer. He has written for The Atlantic, City Journal, and World Affairs Journal, and was recently a senior reporter for Business Insider.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:25 AM

PanArmenian, Armenia
Sept 20 2017
 
 
Czech government unaware of “lethal weapons” sale to Azerbaijan

The government of the Czech Republic on Tuesday, September 19 claimed it had not authorized the newly disclosed delivery to Azerbaijan of Czech-made heavy artillery systems, RFE/RL Armenian Service reports.

The Azerbaijani military began on Monday large-scale exercises which it said are involving 15,000 troops as well as hundreds of tanks, armored personnel carriers, cannons and other military hardware. Photographs released by it showed two columns of Dana self-propelled howitzers and RM-70 multiple-launch rocket systems joining the drills.

The weapons are manufactured by Czech companies. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry did not demonstrate them until this year. It is not clear when and how it got hold of them.

In a statement, the foreign ministry in Prague insisted that in recent years the Czech government has not issued mandatory licenses for the sale of any “lethal weapons” to Azerbaijan. Moreover, it said, the government turned down in 2017 and 2016 Azerbaijani requests for the purchase of the 152-milimeter Dana howitzers and the 122-milimeter RM-70 rockets and informed the European Union about that.

The ministry added that it does not know just how they were delivered to Azerbaijan. It promised to look into the matter.

The United States and other key NATO members states have long maintained embargoes on sales of offensive weapons to Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Czech Republic joined the alliance in 1999.

The Czech Foreign Ministry said the Central European nation is strongly opposed to any attempts at a military solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

http://panarmenian.n...eng/news/246709



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:26 AM

PanArmenian, Armenia
Sept 20 2017
 
 
Azerbaijan pursues goal of destroying Artsakh people: Armenia
 

The Nagorno Karabakh conflict is a human rights issue and can only be solved through the people's free self-determination, Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan told the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, September 19.

"The new state of Artsakh's self-determiniation started some 30 years ago. In response to the peaceful calls for the realization of the indivisible right of Armenians to self-determination, Azerbaijan turned to the use of force," Sargsyan said.

"The culmination of Azerbaijan's policies were the massacres of the Armenian population and the mass deportations, leaving the people of Artsakh no other choice than to defend themselves."

"Last year's Four-Day War proved that Azerbaijan still pursues its goal of destroying the Artsakh people," Sargsyan said, adding that Azerbaijan is a symbol of medieval backwardness for a developing democracy in Artsakh.

Azerbaijan on April 2, 2016 launched a large-scale military offensive against Nagorno Karabakh, which left hundreds dead on both sides. Top Armenian and Azerbaijani defense officials reached an agreement on the cessation of hostilities on April 5 in Moscow.

"We are confident there is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the conflict, and from this high podium I reaffirm our commitment in this regard. "

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 10:07 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Sept 21 2017
 
 
Armenian soldier awarded with ‘For Service in Battle’ medal for saving officer’s life

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President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on Thursday awarded mandatory serviceman, private Vahe Grigoryan with the ‘For Service in Battle’ medal for his services rendered during the defense of the fatherland, particularly for saving an officer’s life.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Vahe Grigoryan said that he is conducting his military service in Talish, Nagorno-Karabakh.

“I was receiving hospital treatment when I learnt that I had received an award. Overnight June 15, the officer sustained an injury in the Azerbaijani shooting. While taking him down, I was also wounded in the arm. Currently I am under treatment process, after which I will resume my military service,” he detailed.

https://www.panorama...er-life/1838119



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Posted Yesterday, 08:40 AM

Peace loving country of fake sultan constantly breaks the cease fire agreement!

PanArmenian, Armenia

Sept 23 2017
 
 
4000 shots fired by Azerbaijan in ceasefire violations over past week
 

Azerbaijani armed forced fired 4000 shots towards Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) positions in ceasefire violations over the period between September 17 and 23.

Besides firearms, the Azeri troops also used grenade launchers in the southeastern section of the contact line.

The Karabakh frontline units continue retaining the upper hand on the contact line and taking necessary steps to protect their positions.

 

http://panarmenian.n...eng/news/246853

 

 






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