Caucasian Collective Security Region between Russia and Armenia

Main motive for Russia to implement the JMAD treaty with Armenia in the middle of 2016

On Nov. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed his government to sign an agreement with Armenia to create a joint missile air defense system in the region.

The agreement on establishing Combined Regional Air Defense System in the Caucasian Collective Security Region between Russia and Armenia had been signed on 23 December, 2015. In 2013 Moscow signed a deal on a joint regional air defense system with Kazakhstan.

Russian and Belarusian systems have already been unified.

As a bilateral international treaty the signed Russia-Armenia air defense agreement needs to be ratified by Armenia's Parliament and is expected to be approved during parliament’s ongoing four-day session started on 28 June.

There is no doubt that Armenia’s Parliament will ratify the agreement on establishing Combined Regional Air Defense System in the Caucasian Collective Security Region.

Putin's Nov. 11 order would create an air defense system in Armenia that would protect the airspace far south of the Russian border. It would most likely involve air defenses and Russian combat jets deployed in Russia's Southern Military District and the military airbase of Erebuni in Yerevan . An expanding military presence will put Russia in direct competition with Turkey's ambitions in the South Caucasus and Georgia's cooperation with NATO and U.S. forces. It will also put the brakes on Azerbaijan's goal of retaking the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The timing of the deal is significant Russia and he is in a hurry to finish the Combined Regional Air Defense System in the in the Caucasian Collective Security Region.

The main motive for Russia to Implement the joint missile air defense treaty with Armenia in middle of 2016 is to enhance the potential of the air defense regional net by other newest missile systems alongside with S-300 air defense missile systems before the end of 2016.

The main motives for Russia’s air defense system manufacturer Almaz-Antey has conducted successful testing of the newest Buk-M3 air defense missile system. The tests took place at the Kapustin Yar range near Astrakhan, Southern Russia, the company reported on June 24.

According to the Almaz-Antey press service, the tested missile "practically two times" surpasses in characteristics the previous models and is unrivalled among the world’s air defense missile systems of its class. "The new missile has a significantly lower weight. This has increased the missile system vehicle’s on-board ammunition capacity 1.5 times. The new system’s missiles are carried in containers and launched from them", Almaz-Antey said.

Head of the Russian Air Defense Forces Alexander Leonov said previously that "a unique new missile" was created for the Buk-M3 version.

The Buk-M3 system is superior to the S-300 air defense missile system by a number of characteristics, including the kill probability. The Buk-M3 system has a range of 70 kilometers (43.5 miles), which is 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) more compared to previous versions of the Buk antiaircraft missile system. The Buk-M3 has a maximum firing altitude of 35 kilometers (21.7 miles).

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said previously there were plans to make operational the first brigade set of the new Buk system in 2016.

If the Armenian parliament ratifies the agreement on establishing Combined Regional Air Defense System in the Caucasian Collective Security Region between Russia and Armenia we can (Armweeklynews) surely expect the deployment of Russian newest Buk-M3 air defense missile system in Armenia.



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Armweeklynews [28.06.2016]
Main motive for Russia to implement the JMAD treaty with Armenia in the middle of 2016