Turkey Granted Material-Technical Means to the Georgian Defence Forces
The Georgian Defence Forces received 12 units of multifunctional armored backhoe loaders and 35 BMC Neocity type buses in order to develop the military-engineering and logistics directions.
Procurement of the armored tractors and vehicles was carried out in the framework of bilateral cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey. Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia, H.E Fatma Ceren Yazgan attended the official ceremony for the transfer of material-technical means. They viewed the multifunctional armored tractors and 35 BMC buses exhibited on the drill ground of the 4th Mechanized Brigade. Irakli Garibashvili thanked the Ambassador of Turkey for the support of the Georgian Defence Forces. The document of handover and acceptance was signed by Colonel Ioseb Nikoleishvili, head of Strategic Planning Department of General Staff of the Georgian Defence Forces, and Colonel Burak Altiner, military attaché of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia.
The backhoe loaders are multifunctional and have various configurations. Defence Ministry received armored cabins in addition. Neocity-type 8.5 m buses fully satisfy the transportation needs of the military personnel.
Georgian Defence Forces procured the special equipment and vehicles from the Turkish companies Hidromek and BMC with the accumulated sums assigned during 2015-2017 under the Agreement on Military Financial Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of Georgia. New equipment will be transferred to the various units of the Georgian Defence Forces and make the engineering-logistical tasks more effective.
Georgia and Turkey have been closely and successfully cooperating in defence sphere for many years. The Turkish side has made a significant contribution to the development of the Georgian Defence Forces with its material-financial assistance.