From now on Georgian air space will be more secured and effectively controlled. Radiolocation stations and short range air defence weapon systems stipulated by the contracts concluded with French companies are already in Georgia. Today Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze, Defense Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Major General Vladimer Chachibaia viewed the air defence means at Alekseevka air base, where Military Aviation Day is celebrated.
The event started with laying a wreath at the Memorial of soldiers fallen for Georgia’s territorial integrity. Following the Georgian National Anthem and minute of silence, Prime Minister, Defense Minister and CHOD delivered speeches to the military personnel.
“Our main mission is to develop defense capable Georgian army which will be fully interoperable to NATO standards. We will do our best for this mission”, stated Prime Minister of Georgia. While delivering a speech Defense Minister highlighted the improvement of air defense direction and outlined: “We express readiness to maximally equip Georgia with air defense components on the next stage in order our air space to be more secured. This year 23 million GEL were allocated from the budget for aviation. In parallel, our strategic partner – the USA expressed readiness to allocate finances for restoration and modernization of our aviation means in order to be able to carry out rescue and firefighting operations together with defence operations”.
Within the ceremony awarding ceremony was held as well, after which the invited guests viewed the exhibited means.
Radiolocation stations, management and control mobile centers and short-range anti-aircraft systems Georgia just received from French Thales LAS SAS and MBDA companies were exhibited on Alekseevka air base. This kind of anti-aircraft systems is the best one in the world and is very effective for supportive operations, as well as for protection of high importance objects.
Among the exhibited air means there were also helicopters which are under renovation and modernization by the U.S. side assistance. After the renovation, Georgian Armed Forces will have high capable helicopters for defensive, as well as for rescue and firefighting operations.
Except air defense systems, Aviation and Air Defense Command marked Military Aviation Day with other news as well. On purpose of exploitation of French equipment, personnel reorganization was carried out in the Command, new positions were created and relevant training and testing base for the equipment was set up.