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Georgia’s Saakashvili to unveil new combat vehicle

by | Feb 21, 2012

Georgia's leader Mikheil Saakashvili awarded five medals as he made a surprise visited to his country's troops in Afghanistan, also promising to unveil a new combat vehicle Georgia has developed.

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili promised to this week unveil a new combat vehicle his country has developed called ‘Lazika’.

The president said this in a speech February 20 during a surprise visit to his country’s soldiers stationed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province as part of the ISAF mission.

Saakashvili said the Georgian armed forces are in a process of development, and that there is being created new designs for military technology which never existed in all of the country’s history.

The president said Georgia will have more than a hundred thousand reservists trained by the end of spring.

“We produced armored transporters Didgori, produce guns and other technology. In fact, we built this production from zero, to help our armed forces with local resources. Of course, we keep working with our partners, because our enemy’s all kinds of attempts to isolate Georgia, including this sphere, fully failed,” Saakashvili said.

He said a presentation will be held this week of the first combat vehicle ‘Lazika’, but the details are still unknown to him, also what kind this new combat vehicle will be.

On February 20 Mikheil Saakashvili together with the Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia and Vice Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze unexpectedly arrived in Afghanistan, where he met Georgian soldiers and awarded five medals.



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