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Azerbaijan Pursues Drones, New Security Options

Drones, armored personnel carriers, sniper rifles, software, simulators, bombs, and hundreds of other military products featured at ADEX-2014. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

Heightened tensions with longtime foe Armenia over breakaway Nagorno Karabakh and mediator Russia’s Ukrainian adventure appear to be pushing Caspian-Sea energy power Azerbaijan ever more strongly toward a military strategy of self-reliance.
 
The strategy comes via two approaches: first, a build-up in Azerbaijani-made military equipment, including drones co-produced with Israel; and, second, a new defense troika with longtime strategic partners Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and neighboring Georgia, a NATO-member-hopeful.
 

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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance correspondent based in Baku.

Azerbaijan Pursues Drones, New Security Options

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