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Azerbaijan Military

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces were re-established according to the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Armed Forces from October 9, 1991.

Initially, the equipment and facilities of Azerbaijan's army were those of the Soviet Fourth Army. The Armed Forces have four branches: Land Forces, Air Force and Air Defence Force (a united branch), Navy and Peacekeeping Forces. Besides the Armed Forces there are several military sub-groups that can be involved in state defence when needed. These are the Interior Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and forces of the State Border Service, which includes the Coast Guard as well. The Azerbaijan National Guard is the first component of the Azerbaijan Army. It operates as a semi-independent entity of the Azerbaijan Defense Department.

Azerbaijan adheres to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and has signed all major international arms and weapons treaties. Azerbaijan closely cooperates with NATO in programs such as Partnership for Peace and Individual Partnership Action Plan. Azerbaijan has deployed 151 of its Peacekeeping Forces in Iraq and another 100 in Afghanistan.

The military expenditures of Azerbaijan for 2009 are set at $2.46 billion. Azerbaijan has its own defense industry, which manufactures small arms, artillery systems, tanks, armours and noctovision devices, aviation bombs, pilotless vehicles, various military vehicles and military planes and helicopters.


Military branches
Army, Navy, Air and Air Defence Forces (2008)

Military service age and obligation
men between 18 and 35 are liable for military service; 18 years of age for voluntary military service; length of military service is 18 months and 12 months for university graduates (2006)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 2,278,888
females age 16-49: 2,291,770 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 1,727,464
females age 16-49: 1,944,260 (2009 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male: 90,416
female: 85,344 (2009 est.)

Military expenditures
2.6% of GDP (2005 est.)





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