About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 14:39 - 31 Jul.'15
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
MoD: 'No Intention to Abolish Military Industrial Enterprise'
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 30 Jan.'13 / 13:22

Georgian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said it would maintain military industrial enterprise and continue working on development and manufacturing of combat vehicles, launched by the previous government.

Speaking at the National Defense Academy in Gori on January 29, President Saakashvili said that there were discussions within the Ministry of Defense whether to keep or not military research-technical center Delta. The latter unites number of factories, including Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing (TbilAviaMsheni or TAM), which was taken over by the state in 2010 as part of the previous government’s drive to develop domestic military industrial complex. It has manufactured infantry fighting vehicle Lazika and wheeled armored vehicle Didgori.

President Saakashvili said “it will be a huge mistake” if Georgia says no to military industrial complex.

Deputy Defense Minister, Zaza Broladze, said in response that the President “has been misled”.

“The Georgian Ministry of Defense has no intention to abolish military industrial enterprise Delta,” Broladze said.

“On the contrary, if previously military combat vehicles Lazika and Didgori had been designed according to the taste of certain politicians, currently a new management of Delta is actively working together with the professional military instructors and experts in order to take into consideration their competent opinion,” the Deputy Defense Minister said.

When asked about the future of Delta, Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said in an interview with the Georgian weekly newspaper, Kviris Palitra, in early January: “Delta now has a new management… I am sure that financial irresponsibility that was in place in Delta will be put to an end.”

Asked about PM Ivanishvili’s skepticism over military production in Georgia, which he voiced during his pre-election campaign ahead of the October elections, Alasania responded that the Prime Minister was intending to visit Delta.

“It’s hard to believe in its potential if you don’t see it. I was doubtful too about whether we can produce military vehicles or not. We can, if we plan properly and if there is a right management in place. It depends on market, production cost and profitability. I hope we will be able to create military industry and to employ people,” Alasania said in early January.

Latest News
31 Jul.'15 14:39
President Vetoes Controversial Banking Supervision Bill
GD ruling coalition has enough votes in the Parliament to override the veto.
30 Jul.'15 16:23
Geostat: 2.6% GDP Growth in H1’15
Economy grew 2.1% y/y in the second quarter, after 3.2% y/y growth in the first quarter.
30 Jul.'15 11:52
Georgia Appoints New Ambassadors to Cuba, Mexico, Portugal
President Margvelashvili appointed new ambassadors on July 29.
29 Jul.'15 22:20
Iranian MPs Visit Georgia
Iranian MP said the delegation wants to look into Georgia’s reforms in ease of doing business.
29 Jul.'15 13:52
PM Slams Critics of Bill on Banking Supervision
“Artificial stir” over the bill was created by “irresponsible” critics to “scare off investors,” he said.
29 Jul.'15 12:48
Russian Diplomat: ‘NATO Expansion will Have Disastrous Consequences’
Georgia, Ukraine NATO integration is “fraught with the most serious” consequences for Europe, Grushko said.
28 Jul.'15 18:59
C.Bank Chief Slams Bill on Banking Supervision
Kadagidze said he would welcome expected presidential veto of the highly controversial bill.
27 Jul.'15 19:08
Georgia in U.S. Report on Human Trafficking
Despite “making significant efforts”, the government “does not fully comply with minimum standards.”
27 Jul.'15 14:47
MEPs from Foreign Affairs Committee Sum Up Georgia Visit
Georgia should be granted EU visa waiver “in 2016, once the relevant criteria are fulfilled,” MEPs said.
27 Jul.'15 02:59
Tbilisi Hosts European Youth Olympic Festival
Opening ceremony of the largest sporting event ever hosted by Georgia was held at Meskhi Stadium.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
52