According to the Vedomosti source, we are talking about contracts for three battalions (94 units) of T-90 tanks, about three battalions (about 100 units) of infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3, division (18 units) of self-propelled artillery systems "Msta- S ”, division (18 launchers) multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS)“ Smerch ”, division (18 units) self-propelled artillery“ Vienna ”and battery (6 units) of the TON-1A“ Suntsep ”heavy flame-thrower systems (new modification of the system "Buratino").
Complete with tanks, armored repair and evacuation vehicles BREM-1М and engineering machines for unlocking the IMR-3М based on T-90 are purchased, and all the necessary machines for shooting maintenance and control are purchased for the guns and launchers of the RSZO. At the same time, T-90С tanks are purchased in the most advanced serial configuration currently available, including a new modification of the Blind optical-electronic suppression system, air conditioning and automatic target tracking. According to the Vedomosti interlocutor, in addition to contracts, there are options for tanks and artillery systems, in particular, an option for 94 T-90С.
The total cost of the contracted systems together with ammunition can be, judging by the nomenclature, at least $ 700 million, and possibly about $ 1 billion, as estimated by a source in the Russian Ministry of Defense. The representative of Rosoboronexport declined to comment, and it was not possible to receive comments from the representative of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.
This is not the first major package armory contracts between Russia and Azerbaijan. In 2010-2011. contracts were concluded and practically fulfilled for the supply of two divisions of S-300PMU-2 anti-aircraft missile systems, several batteries of Tor-2ME anti-aircraft missile systems, 60 Mi-17 transport helicopters and 24 Mi attack helicopters to the Azerbaijani armed forces and other security forces -35M for a total amount of almost $ 3 billion. At the same time, Azerbaijan purchased from Israel a missile defense radar, drones and coastal anti-ship missiles worth more than $ 1,6 billion, purchases large consignments of weapons (air defense systems and fighters) in Ukraine and Belarus and is showing interest in procurement of large consignments of the same as in Russia, weapons in Turkey (tanks, artillery and attack helicopters).
Any Russian supply of weapons to Azerbaijan, even on a commercial basis, causes a nervous and painful reaction in Armenia not only in society, but also in the elite, but this reaction does not take into account the fact that Armenia buys weapons from Russia at Russian prices and weapons supplies go to Russian sales to Azerbaijan, indicates the leading IMEMO researcher Alexander Krylov. Supplies to Azerbaijan allow Russia to keep the country under its influence and reduce Baku’s purchases on the international market, Krylov said.
In this situation, you can draw an analogy with the policies of the United States and NATO countries that supply large quantities of weapons to antagonists - Egypt and Israel, Greece and Turkey: the dependence of these countries on one supplier allows the United States and the West to contain conflicts between their customers, says the expert of the Center for Strategy Analysis and technologies Konstantin Makienko.