Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr A. Ismayilova / The first production of armaments will begin in Azerbaijan at the end of 2007, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev reported on the 22nd of June.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the 7th graduation of the Higher Military School named after Heydar Aliyev he stressed that Azerbaijan was doing the best for the production of its own military products, although the country was still purchasing military equipment from abroad. President Aliyev noted the importance of the establishment of a military-industrial complex in the country.
According to the President, the Azerbaijani army is developing rapidly. Not only in the military potential of the army, but also the training of military men is much stronger. The President added that a lot is still to be done within this field. Expenditures for the army increased by four times during the last four years. The majority of the budget of Azerbaijan goes to military expenditures
Ilahm Aliyev stated that the war had not ended yet and therefore Azerbaijan would continue paying special attention to the fortification of its military forces.
President Aliyev noted that defence expenditures of the Azerbaijani budget were equal to the total Armenian budget. He noted that Azerbaijan would be developing further and subsequently it will be impossible for Armenia to withstand Azerbaijan.