Prime Minister visits Army City construction site on Mount Makhata, with most of construction work completedFriday, 13 May 2022 16:43
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, accompanied by Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, visited the Army City construction site on Mount Makhata.
The Head of Government familiarized himself with the details of this project for Georgian service members. The Georgian Government's policy intends all the best for the army, and care for our service members will continue, the Prime Minister emphasized.
The construction of Army City will be finalized in late 2022. The project involves seven 39-story buildings with 1,092 apartments to be constructed on Mount Makhata. Service members will be able to purchase residences on concessional terms with maximally affordable financial obligations. In particular, 50% co-financing will be employed. Instead of a private company, the Defense Ministry's construction film will be engaged, thereby reducing the capital cost significantly. Service members will enjoy 0% in-house financing instead of a bank loan. The estimated cost of residential spaces will be about 200 USD per m2, with service members paying only 100 USD per m2. This unprecedented offer will apply to service members based on preset criteria.
This project will continue, to which end amendments will be made to the Defense Code to allow officers ranked major and above, with master sergeants and sergeants ranked higher, to receive apartments, an unprecedented decision toward recognizing and appreciating the contributions of service members, and a move toward improving their living conditions drastically.
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Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili attends the presentation of a new reconnaissance vehicle at DeltaTuesday, 14 December 2021 10:07
Georgian Prime Minister, together with Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, attended today's presentation of a new reconnaissance vehicle manufactured by the state army scientific and technical center Delta.
The Head of Government inspected the new reconnaissance vehicle and was briefed by Delta's constructors about its tactical and technical characteristics.
The new reconnaissance vehicle manufactured by Delta fully meets the Defense Force's requirements and international standards.
This armored 330-horsepower reconnaissance vehicle, accommodating 7 service members, is protected from bullets of different calibers. The vehicle's speed on asphalt is up to 100 kph, also technically being able to cross 60-meter trenches, 40-cm vertical steps and, without preliminary preparation, 80-cm water depths. The new armored vehicle is designed to carry various types of reconnaissance equipment and remote combat modules.
Delta manufactures armored machinery for various purposes and of diverse capabilities. The reconnaissance vehicle model in discussion is the first of its kind to be manufactured by the center. Batch reconnaissance machinery production and export is also planned for the future.
The Prime Minister also inspected Delta-manufactured army uniforms, grenade launchers of various calibers, and off-route anti-tank mines.
Irakli Garibashvili also visited Delta CAA, a joint Georgian-Israeli weapons manufacturer, where he familiarized himself with the process of weapon production utilizing the latest equipment. The Georgian-Israeli weapons manufacturer uses the latest equipment to ensure top-notch galvanization, chroming, and anodizing. The equipment is environmentally safe and meets international standards.
For the presentation of the new reconnaissance vehicle, the Prime Minister was joined by Deputy Chief of the Defense Forces/Brigadier General Joni Tatunashvili, Deputy Defense Minister Zurab Azarashvili, Delta's CEO, and representatives of the Defense Forces.
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United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will visit Georgia next week, said Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs John Kirby on Tuesday.
“Lloyd Austin and his team are preparing for a trip to Europe next week. Stops will include Georgia, Ukraine and Romania, and he will conclude this important visit with allies and partners in Brussels for the NATO Defense Ministerial,” John Kirby noted.
Georgian Defence Ministry confirms the upcoming visit, dubbing it ‘historic.’ The Ministry believes the visit will ‘further strengthen’ the close cooperation between Georgia and the US in the field of defense as well as the strategic partnership.
“Lloyd Austin made one of the first telephone calls to the Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze after being appointed United States Secretary of Defense. In a call, he stressed the importance of cooperation with Georgia as a distinguished and reliable strategic partner,” the statement said.
The Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has met with the delegation headed by the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili on March 5.
Before the meeting, the Georgian delegation visited the Alley of Shehids (Martyrs) and laid wreaths and flowers at the graves of our compatriots who sacrificed their lives for the independence and territorial integrity of the country.
Then an official welcoming ceremony for the Georgian delegation was held in the Ministry of Defense. Georgian Defense Minister passed along the guard of honor and national anthems of both countries were played. İn accordance with the protocol, I. Garibashvili has signed the "Book of Honor".
During the meeting held in an expanded format, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov welcoming the guests stressed that our strategic partnership is at a high level and this plays an important role not only in the development of our countries but also in ensuring security in the entire region.
Colonel General Z. Hasanov noting that military cooperation between our countries is carried out by means of providing the security of regional economic projects, the programs implemented both bilaterally and within the NATO, as well as within the format of the Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia’s military structures, emphasized the importance of expanding areas of activity of this cooperation.
Azerbaijan Defense Minister informed the guest that Armenia, as the occupying country creates a serious threat to regional security and provides ongoing support for separatism on the state level. The Minister once again thanked the Georgian people for supporting Azerbaijan and recognizing its territorial integrity within the international organizations and stressed that Azerbaijan also supports and recognizes the territorial integrity of Georgia.
I. Garibashvili, expressing satisfaction with his visit to Azerbaijan, again stressed that this is a clear example of the high level of cooperation between our countries. Noting the important role of friendly relations between the heads of state in the development of relations between our countries, the Georgian Defense Minister emphasized the significance of such meetings in terms of expanding cooperation.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the prospects for the development of cooperation in the military, military-technical spheres, and in the field of military education and military medicine, as well as conducting joint military exercises, the organization of working meetings and other issues of mutual interest.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Minister of Defense of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.
The development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia in various fields, including in a military one was hailed at the meeting. The sides emphasized the importance of key energy projects the two countries are jointly involved in. The significance of the successful realization of the Southern Gas Corridor was also underlined at the meeting.
The sides noted that the economic cooperation and investment making between Azerbaijan and Georgia contribute to the development of bilateral relations.
Defense Ministers of Georgia and Azerbaijan discussed strategic partnership and cooperation issues in defense sphere at the meeting held at MoD Georgia. Irakli Garibashvili hosted his Azerbaijanian counterpart, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov.
Following the official welcoming ceremony, at the meeting Irakli Garibashvili expressed gratitude to the Defense Minister of Azerbaijan for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and outlined that friendly and firm neighborhood relations are guarantee of stability and security in the region.
Ministers referred to bilateral cooperation directions in defense sphere. By the end of the meeting Irakli Garibashvili and Zakir Hasanov signed Bilateral Cooperation Plan for 2020 that promotes to deepen relations and strengthen cooperation in defense sphere.
Within the official visit to Georgia Defense Minister of Azerbaijan paid a minute of silence to the memory of those who fallen for Georgia’s territorial integrity and laid a wreath at the memorial. Colonel General Zakir Hasanov was accompanied by Deputy Chief of Georgian Defense Forces, Major General Zaza Chkhaidze.
We still have much to change in our military administration system, and we have yet to align our defense system with Western standards, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated after the Defense Minister's 100-day performance report and presentation of future plans. The Head of Government commended Levan Izoria's report and future plans as very interesting and assured him of support at the highest level in their implementation.
"We are facing serious security challenges, and our system of military defense and security must be ready to rise to these challenges," the Prime Minister said, emphasizing plans to overhaul the defense system in order to align it with NATO standards.The Head of Government also pointed out the importance of the Georgia-US Cooperation Memorandum on Deeper Defense and Security Cooperation, the implementation of which is about to begin.
"It is vitally important to consolidate the Government as a whole in this direction. I want everyone to know that this is a very important reform and that the Minister enjoys support at the highest level," Giorgi Kvirikashvili said.
The Head of Government, together with the Cabinet members, attended the presentation of the 100-day performance report and the strategic defense overview. Levan Izoria summarized the implemented work and described planned Defense Ministry reforms.
The Defense Minister of Georgia Tina Khidasheli visited US. According her, she will hold meeting in Pentagon and she will discuss defense system of Georgia and the memorandum signed between US-Georgia.
“The memorandum New Priorities includes defense system of Georgia’s territory. This is natural Georgian Armed Forces to unite. This is long and fundamental process,”-Tina Khidasheli said.