[Russia resolved this stand-off once, in 2008, the last time that the Zionists attempted to play the Caucasus conflict card. If Putin had not prevailed then, we would now be talking about the Israeli airstrikes upon Iran in the past tense. They would already be history now, including the global fallout which would have come after that. Ilham Aliyev would be well advised to consider the errors of his tie-eating counterpart in Georgia.]
The leader of an arms race in the region is Azerbaijan
Expert: The emergence of military conflicts in the Caspian Sea will mean “without any exaggeration and pathos, the beginning of the next world war, involving the entire space of Central Eurasia.”
Caspian littoral states continue to vigorously develop and equip its naval forces. Leadership in this process, in some areas, it seems, is moving from Russia to Azerbaijan. With the active participation of Washington and Tel Aviv Baku began to form the most advanced control structures on the sea (sea-based missile systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, a unit of combat swimmers, etc.). These funds do not fight in the armed forces of Russia, or they just are.
Enhanced U.S. aid to Israel and to the modernization of the armed forces of Azerbaijan observers associated with the planned military action against Iran, in which may be used and Azeri bridgeheads.
Official Baku constantly refutes this information. Although the facts of the active military and military-technical cooperation between Azerbaijan and the United States, Israel and other countries can not be refuted.
As previously reported, “NG” (see number on 4/10/12), the Caspian Flotilla (CF) began preparations for the Russian Navy frogman unit. This office is designed to provide anti-sabotage ships, created six months ago. But the Defense Ministry has officially informed about it just now. Note that in the Azerbaijan branch of naval Special Forces operating for several years. Designed with the active participation of the U.S. Marine special forces of Azerbaijan is armed midget submarines of different samples. Is there a similar underwater equipment from Russia in the Caspian Sea, in the press are not reported.
Certainly, the Russian navy in the Caspian Sea is still the most powerful. However, it has lagged behind other navies for some types of modern weapons and communications. For example, according to the analytical site StrategyPage, the recent sensational arms deal Baku and Tel Aviv in the amount of $ 1.6 billion includes the purchase of Azerbaijan Israeli anti-ship missiles with a range of Gabriel to 36 km. These missiles have a high accuracy, they are difficult to destroy. For the army of Azerbaijan in Israel purchased drums drones (UAV) Heron and Searcher, and the means of electronic intelligence – several radars Green Pine. These stations are part of the Israeli missile defense system Arrow-2, which also eventually be staged in Azerbaijan. These types of weapons in Russia, only created.
In 2011, Israel was built near the Baku factory drones. Has already begun production of unmanned Orbiter (range up to 50 km, the cost – about 600 thousand dollars), and prepare for screwdriver assembly drones Aerostar (200 km, 1.5-2 million). Orbiter UAVs as part of settlements with the participation of Israeli experts have been monitoring in the Caspian Sea near the disputed with Iran and Turkmenistan for oil, as well as on the land border with Karabakh in Azerbaijan and Iran.
Also in the monitoring of the Caspian Sea and land borders are involved Hermes-450 UAV UAVs, well-proven in intelligence operations on the eve of Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia. Azerbaijan has acquired 10 such drones from Israeli firms during 2009-2012.In these UAVs can be set strike weapons such as rockets, “air-air” or “air-to-earth” and “air-sea”, and electronic warfare.
Heron, for example, can theoretically fly by 14.8 thousand km. If Baku said that the weapons are not directed against Iran, but only preparing for war over Karabakh, then why, asks to buy the UAV that flies at a distance, which is five to six times more than before the most distant point from Azerbaijan in Armenia?
In this context become understandable caught in the open press reports that during the visit of Israeli President Shimon Peres in Baku in 2009 an agreement was reached on the establishment on the territory of Azerbaijan, an electronic network intelligence. It was also reported that Azerbaijan and Israel will cooperate in the field of satellite systems. It was recently announced the creation of satellite TetsSAR equipped with a radar with synthesized instrumentation, which allows to obtain images of the Earth’s surface with high resolution, regardless of weather conditions. According to the Azerbaijani and Israeli military, is an essential reference system for possible military actions in the Caspian Sea and the mountainous terrain.
According to senior researcher of the Institute of Oriental Studies Alexander Knyazev , “the militarization of the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan and the West are pushing the United States.” That they “initiate unacceptable for Iran and Russia projects. Trans-Caspian oil and gas pipelines are not acceptable, unacceptable military presence nekaspiyskih countries in the Caspian area – this is a short set of conditions under which the conflict will not be possible “, – said the expert. Knyazev believes that the emergence of military conflicts in the Caspian Sea will mean “without any exaggeration and pathos, the beginning of the next World War, with the involvement of the entire space of Central Eurasia.”