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Georgia has presented its new IFV "Lazika"

2012-02-27 19:23

The Defense Ministry of Georgia has presented new infantry fighting vehicle "Lazika". The IFV tests of Georgian design were held on February 25 at the Vaziani training ground with the participation of Minister of Defense Bacho Akhalaia and President Mikhail Saakashvili.

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According to the Lenta.ru, the Defense Ministry of Georgia has presented new infantry fighting vehicle "Lazika". The IFV tests of Georgian design were held on February 25 at the Vaziani training ground with the participation of Minister of Defense Bacho Akhalaia and President Mikhail Saakashvili.

The Defense Minister briefed the President that the IFV "Lazika" is all-terrain vehicle on tracks equipped with heavy armor and armament with remote automatic control - a 23-mm cannon and 7.62 mm machinegun. The "Lazika's" crew consists of three persons, in addition, the IFV can accommodate seven paratroopers. In addition, the Minister pointed out that "Lazika" was equipped with night vision devices, thermal sensors and thermal cameras, which allow the machine to move in any conditions, the Lenta.ru reported.

Lazika is the second armored vehicle, set up in Georgia, after the "Didgori", although they different in purpose and characteristics. According to the Army-guide.com, unlike the "Didgori", that can be used as a patrol, reconnaissance vehicle or light armored vehicles, the "Lazika" is heavier armored vehicle, with greater mobility and offensive potential. Machines of this class are produced in small number of countries.

As also recalled by the Lenta.ru, in February 2011, the head of the Georgian Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Security Givi Targamadze stated the intention of Georgian defense designers to develop its own unmanned aerial vehicle.

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