About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 23:49 - 26 Nov.'15
Georgia Presents its Infantry Fighting Vehicle 'Lazika'
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 25 Feb.'12 / 15:42

Georgian produced tracked infantry fighting vehicle Lazika. Photo taken from the Georgian President’s official Facebook page

President Saakashvili attended a presentation of first-ever Georgian produced infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Lazika, in the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi on February 25.

“Lazika is equipped with remotely controlled weapon module and fire control system. It is armed with 23-mm cannon and 7.62-mm machine-gun. Its day/night thermal sighting system makes [IFV] capable to control fire, detect and locate targets in any weather conditions,” the president’s administration said in a statement.

Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia told President Saakashvili that the IFV was currently undergoing “the last stage of testing.”

He said that the 14-tonne IFV had an operational range of 200 kilometers, but was also capable to carry additional fuel tanks extending its operational range to 400 kilometers.

According to the Defense Ministry the IFV has armor providing protection from 14.5-mm caliber armor-penetrating bullets.

“This is the new level of development, because very few countries are capable to produce tracked fighting vehicles,” Saakashvili said.

He also said that the new IFV had an export potential. “Yes we need and we plan to commission it [for the Georgian armed forces] in large quantities, but it is also something that is sold on the world markets easily,” Saakashvili added.

IFV Lazika was developed by research center Delta of the Georgian Ministry of Defense. Akhalaia said that the center had been working on its development for past two years.

“We have accomplished this task [to produce IFV] and it means that we will be able to further develop this direction [military industry],” he told journalists.

Delta research center also developed two types of Didgori light wheeled armored patrol vehicles, which were first presented during the Independence Day parade on May 26, 2011 – Didgori 1 with multi-barrel heavy machine gun, Minigun, capable of carrying nine personnel and Didgori 2 with 12.7 caliber machine gun.

The authorities apparently timed public presentation of the Georgian-produced IFV – February 25 - to coincide with the Day of Soviet Occupation, commemorating events of ninety one years ago when the Bolshevik’s Red Army took over Tbilisi.

Latest News
26 Nov.'15 23:49
Informal Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting Held in Tbilisi
Ministers and senior officials from the foreign and healthcare ministries of EaP countries met in Tbilisi.
26 Nov.'15 23:13
Italy Ratifies EU-Georgia Association Agreement
Italy became the 27th EU-member state to ratify the treaty with Georgia.
26 Nov.'15 17:55
European Parliament Debates on Georgia
About two dozen MEPs spoke during hour-long debates in Strasbourg on November 25.
26 Nov.'15 14:50
Georgia’s Interior Minister Meets Azerbaijani President in Baku
Mgebrishvili met Aliyev in Baku on November 26.
25 Nov.'15 19:15
Sokhumi Condemns Turkey’s Downing of Russian Warplane
Both the Abkhaz leader and opposition bloc in the breakaway region released statements on the issue.
25 Nov.'15 17:53
Parliament Endorses Credentials of Two New MPs
New members joined the Parliament after winning October 31 MP by-elections in Sagarejo and Martvili.
25 Nov.'15 12:17
Tobacco, Alcohol Excise Tax Increase Planned
Government expects additional of GEL 90 million in tax revenues as a result of excise tax increase.
24 Nov.'15 20:39
Georgia Blocks Access to Pro-Islamic State Websites
Access to at least two Georgian-language pro-Islamic State group websites was blocked in Georgia.
24 Nov.'15 17:50
Court Orders Pre-Trial Detention for Man Held for Allegedly Fighting for IS Group
Hearing was arranged in a hospital where Davit Borchasvhili is for a medical treatment.
24 Nov.'15 15:54
Latvian FM Reiterates Support for EU Visa Liberalisation for Georgia
“We in the European Union have to keep our promises as Georgia has kept its promise,” Rinkēvičs said.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2015, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.