Armenia’s Minister of High Tech Industry, Hakob Arshakyan, revealed that Armenia is testing its strike and reconnaissance drones. The Armenian-made drones are now undergoing state tests, and they might later undergo combat tests, he said at a press conference.
“The possibilities that were created, will be able to fully meet our domestic military demand in Armenia already this year. I am referring to artillery measures, mortars, grenade launchers, and other directions. Rather serious investments were made in Armenia. And in this regard, we already have an industrial process and the opportunity for expanding it in 2021.” - said Arshakyan about artillery equipment and the capacity of manufacturing ammunition.
This comes after a bitter war that Armenia fought Against Azerbaizhan in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020. During the war, the Azeri army used Turkish-made and Israeli-made drones that caused heavy losses on the Armenian front. According to an open-source analysis published by Forbes, Azeri loitering munitions destroyed at least 200 tanks, 300 military vehicles, and other critical platforms.
According to the Defence Minister, there are a lot of funded projects for the development of combat and reconnaissance UAVs as part of scientific research programs.
“A part of them are now reaching their logical completion. We are already achieving industrial capabilities in terms of both strike and reconnaissance drones. Reconnaissance UAVs that are not lagging behind parameter-wise from similar drones can already be manufactured in Armenia,” adding that the Kamekazi drones are successfully passing state tests, and some of them will undergo military tests.
In addition to the Kamikaze drones, the Armenian used domestic technologies used in air defense equipment, noted the minister at the press conference.
“In this direction, we will continue funding – radar systems, communication systems, optical and surveillance, laser systems. In terms of optical surveillance systems we also have rather serious developments, and already industrial capacity, soon we will expand this and greater opportunities will be created both in terms of our military supplies and exports,” he noted.
The Armenian Defence Minister made it clear that the country has realised the importance of defence industry and the necessity to priorities it. Accordingly, he added, the needs of the Army for ammunition will be met this year through domestic production alone.
“I am referring to artillery measures, mortars, grenade launchers, and other directions. Rather serious investments were made in Armenia. And in this regard, we already have an industrial process and the opportunity for expanding it in 2021,” he explained.