The Government of the Republic of Turkey handed over various kinds of special equipment to the Defense Forces of Georgia on purpose to develop material and technical capabilities of Marneuli Airdrome.
The equipment was transferred within the framework of the “Agreement on Cooperation in the Military Finance Sphere” signed between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of Georgia. The official handover ceremony of the new transport and supporting aerodrome means was held at the base of the Joint Aviation Squadron in Marneuli.
Defense Minister of Georgia Juansher Burchuladze, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia, H.E Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Deputy Chief of Georgian Defense Forces, Brigadier General Irakli Chichinadze, Commander of Aviation and Air Defense Command, Colonel Sergo Ninua, Defense Attaché of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia and the representatives from the Embassy attended the event.
From the Georgian side - Commander of Aviation and Air Defense Command, Colonel Sergo Ninua and from the Turkish side – Defense Attaché, Colonel Burak Altiner signed the handover and acceptance act of the special equipment within the ceremony.
Georgia and Turkey have been cooperating in the various directions in defense sphere closely and successfully for many years.
On 11 February 2021 at Vaziani training area, Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live-fire exercise, using recently delivered 100 MK19 grenade launchers and 200 M2 machine guns. These NATO-interoperable weapons, fielded in units from the platoon to battalion level, are part of a larger, $18M effort to outfit the Georgian Defense Forces with new weapon systems. This exercise reiterated the United States’ and Georgia’s strong partnership and cooperation on defense and security.