Defense official: we should be ready for war

First Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia David Tonoyan in his interview to RIA Novosti Russian news agency stated that resumption of hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh is “quite possible”.

“Under the given circumstances we consider it proper to view the situation from security perspectives, supposing that active hostilities can be launched any minute and, thus, be on stand-by, rather than just guessing whether a new war might break out in Karabakh. In this context it is important to stress another no-less important factor – the cooperation between the armies of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are on the highest level,” said Tonoyan.

In the same interview Tonoyan confirmed the long speculated news that an Armenian-Russian joint workshop would be operating in the region to provide technical assistance and repair armored units and anti-aircraft defense technologies, as well as a variety of Russian-production helicopters and vehicles manufactured by Uralian Auto-Motor Plant (UAZ).

He also stated that Armenia is planning to sell its domestically manufactured unmanned aircrafts as well as other military-industrial products.

“For several years now our research institutes and military-industrial entities have been developing various kinds of unmanned aircrafts, among them the most outstanding being the Krunk-25 model. All such aircrafts are successfully used for reconnaissance and information collection, and we believe that our production would be compatible in the international market,” stressed Tonoyan.

For the first time Armenia demonstrated its drones during the September 21 military parade devoted to the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence.