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Joint co in Armenia to assemble Russian helicopters, vehicles

February 02, 2014, 5:25 UTC+3 YEREVAN
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YEREVAN, February 02, 2:39 /ITAR-TASS/. Assembly and repair of Russian helicopters and vehicles will be organized in Armenia, the Secretary of the republic's National Security Council, Artur Bagdasaryan, said on Saturday.

Along with KamAZ-Armenia, the Security Council will support setting up of UAZ-Armenia and Mi-Armenia joint companies, which will become regional centres to assemble, repair and service military and civil helicopters and vehicles, he noted.

The Armenian Security Council will also continue working with Roscosmos to have a joint company. The Russian space agency's chief will arrive in Yerevan in early March, and during his visit, an intergovernmental agreement will be signed, Bagdasaryan added.

Stepanavan airport in northern Armenia is being restored and re-equipped to be used for aircraft of the emergencies ministries of Armenia, Russia and other countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

In accordance with an agreement and in coordination with the security councils of Russia and Armenia, the Byurakan astrophysical observatory of the republic's National Academy of Sciences is being modernized, the secretary said. Last year, the observatory received technological equipment worth five million euros. New large telescopes will be delivered this year.

This will return its former authority and power to the observatory, Bagdasaryan believes.

An international astronomic centre will be set up in Byurakan in the future, as Armenia has all conditions to step up scientific astrophysical research, he said, adding it was an issue of security, science development and the authority of the country, which always was distinguished for its scientific achievements in astronomy.

The work will continue, together with Russian specialists, to modernize the unique Garni geophysical observatory. "We plan to set up a joint company to use the scientific centre, Bagdasaryan said.

Armenia and Russia will become the first countries in the CSTO to have national centers for cyber security and fight against cyber crime, the SC secretary noted.

The CSTO Academy will begin working in Yerevan on September 1. It will become a very good platform to raise Armenia's international authority, Bagdasaryan believes. In addition, together with the CSTO, an international strategic forum on security will be held here every year, he noted.

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