Combat helicopters join TurAz Qartalı-2017 exercises [PHOTO / VIDEO]
By Rashid Shirinov
The TurAz Qartalı – 2017, joint flight and tactical exercises of the Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces, continue in Azerbaijan.
Today, Mi-35, Mi-17 and Sikorsky S-70 helicopters of the two countries' Air Forces participated in the exercises.
The exercises, conducted in accordance with the annual military cooperation plan between Azerbaijan and Turkey, started on September 18. They involve up to 30 aircrafts of the two countries' Air Forces, including MiG-29, F-16, Su-25, C-130 Herkules and CASA CN-235 aircrafts, as well as Mi-35, Mi-17 and Sikorsky S-70 helicopters.
The exercises will last until September 30.
Azerbaijan and Turkey enjoy strategic relations in many fields, including the military sphere. Military cooperation between the brotherly countries dates back to 1992 when they signed an agreement on military education. Since then, the Azerbaijani and Turkish governments have been closely cooperating in both defense and security fields.
So far, the Azerbaijani and Turkish armed forces have hold regular drills, featuring various tactical and combat tasks both on Turkish and Azerbaijani territories.
This May, joint exercises of the two countries Armed Forces were held in Azerbaijan. The aim of the exercises was to improve coordination through the exchange of experience between the Armed Forces, as well as to achieve the interoperability of the military units of the two countries through joint headquarters planning, improving the readiness and capabilities of the units to conduct operations.
Later, in June, the two countries had military exercises in Nakhchivan.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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