Emil Sanamyan, Washington, DC – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
Russia is exporting the TOS-1A to Armenia as part of a USD200 million export package detailed on 18 February. Russia has also sold the TOS-1A to Armenia’s regional arch-rival Azerbaijan. Source: Russian MoD
The Armenian military will receive artillery, anti-tank and air-defence systems, and other equipment valued at USD200 million, according to documents published by the Russian government on 18 February.
The deal is seen as an effort to partially offset earlier Russian weapons sales to Azerbaijan, with which Armenia is engaged in a protracted territorial dispute and ‘frozen conflict’.
According to a Russian-Armenian export credit agreement made public on February 18 the purchase list includes BM-30 Smerch 300 mm multiple rocket launchers (MRLs); TOS-1A 220 mm thermobaric MRLs; 9M113 Konkurs (AT-5 ‘Spandrel’) anti-tank guided missiles; RPG-26 shoulder-fired anti-tank rockets; Igla-S (SA-24 ‘Grinch’) manportable air defence systems (MANPADs); and Avtobaza electronic warfare systems.
The deal will also allow Armenia to upgrade its T-72 tanks with 1A40-1 fire control systems; new B-84 and UTD-20 engines for its tanks and infantry fighting vehicles; and acquire additional engineering, communications, and transportation equipment.