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France Strengthens Defense Ties with Armenia: New Armament Delivery and Historic Ministerial Visit


France Strengthens Defense Ties with Armenia: New Armament Delivery and Historic Ministerial Visit

France is set to deliver a crucial batch of defensive armaments to Armenia on February 22, according to a report by Le Figaro. The delivery includes three Thalès Ground Master (GM 200) radars with a range of 250 kilometers, alongside night vision devices and other essential equipment.


France Strengthens Defense Ties with Armenia: New Armament Delivery and Historic Ministerial Visit

This strategic move is part of an ongoing defense cooperation initiative, with the French military slated to conduct mountain combat training courses for Armenian troops later this year. The collaboration aims to bolster Armenia's defense capabilities and build stronger ties between the two nations.


Adding to the historic nature of these events, French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu is expected to make a groundbreaking two-day visit to Armenia. This marks the first time in history that a French defense minister has visited the country.


Le Figaro reported, "French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu will be in Armenia on Thursday and Friday, the day after the pantheonization of Missak Manouchian, a fighter of Armenian origin in the Resistance Movement, in Paris, to strengthen relations in the defense sector."


Highlighting the historical context of the visit, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces emphasized that, despite historically friendly relations, defense ties between France and Armenia have not reached the intensity of other bilateral relationships. This visit shows a commitment to elevating defense collaboration to new heights.


In October 2023 France and Armenia signed a protocol of intent on air defense. The agreement included a contract for the purchase of the advanced Thales Ground Master (GM200) air defense radars, capable of detecting enemy aircraft at a remarkable distance of 250 kilometers. Additionally, a contract for night vision systems, featuring binoculars made by Safran, is set to be delivered as part of the upcoming visit.


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