France and Armenia strengthen military ties

YEREVAN — Following the visit of Armenian Defense Minister Suren Babikyan to France, French Minister of Defense Sebastien Lecornu unveiled a series of robust military agreements and collaboration efforts between the two nations. The initiatives include the deployment of a French military expert to Armenia.

Minister Babikyan met with his French counterpart at the French Ministry of Defense in response to an official invitation, marking a significant step in bolstering military cooperation between Armenia and France.

The visit, which occurred on the 22 October, provided a platform for discussions regarding various facets of Armenian-French cooperation within the realm of defense and regional security.

As part of the agreements formalized during the visit, Armenia is set to acquire three GM-200 mobile radar systems from France. Additionally, France will assign a seasoned military attaché to Armenia who will serve as an advisor to the Armenian Ministry of Defense. This collaboration aims to enhance Armenia’s military capabilities.

The French Minister of Defense disclosed the signing of a memorandum pertaining to future deliveries of Mistral missile air defense systems, reinforcing Armenia’s air defense capabilities.

In an endeavor to enhance the proficiency of Armenian military forces, France has committed to conducting specialized training for groups of special forces, with a particular focus on combat operations in mountainous terrains. Additionally, a comprehensive study of air defense systems within Armenia is on the agenda.

These collaborative endeavors signify a significant step in reinforcing the military cooperation between Armenia and France, promising to enhance Armenia’s defense capabilities and deepen the bonds between the two nations.