According to a press statement, Armenia will be receiving its batch of Su-30CM multi-purpose aircraft from Russia between December and February of 2020 according to the country’s Defence minister Davit Tonoyan. Initially four Su-30 aircraft have been anticipated with a possibility o fan additional 12, no further details were providedContinue Reading

On 22 October,  Armenian and Azeri Defence ministers, Davit Tonoyan and Zakir Hasanov, meet their Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, during their official visit to China for the 9th Beijing Xiangshan Forum. The event is held every one to two years and is aimed at strengthening cooperation and security between members ofContinue Reading

Armenia’s Defence minister, Davit Tonoyan, was received today by his counterpart, Karen Abrahamyan, in de facto Nagorno Karabakh in what was an official visit within the framework of mutual cooperation between the two sides. According to an official notification from Nagorno Karabakh’s Defence ministry, the two defence heads visited aContinue Reading

Yesterday, Armenia’s Defence minister Davit Tonoyan paid an official visit to his counterpart in the de facto Nagorno Karabakh, Karen Abrahamyan. Official notifications stated that the two visited the northern and eastern segments of the line-of-contact to follow up on the latest situation, as well as defence and security mechanisms atContinue Reading

Today, reports got out of an Armenian conscript defecting to the Azeri side on the southern segment of the line-of-contact. According to reports, the individual involved is 19-year-old Arayik Ghazarian, who left his military outpost at around 12.00 hours and proceeded to cross the highly-militarised neutral zone towards Azeri militaryContinue Reading

Armenia’s defence minister Davit Tonoyan visited a military outpost on the Armenia-Nakhichevan border to follow-up on the latest developments, security-operational situation, monitor Azeri troop movements and the latest renovation projects on military outposts conducted by Armenian troops on this segment of the militarised border. Finalising his visit, officials reported thatContinue Reading

In an official statement today, defence officials in Stepanakert stated that along the the line-of-contact an increase of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV’s, or drones) and military aircraft training flights, affirming that the latter ” often violate the established flight zones”. Continuing the statement, the authorities stated: “The Defence ministry ofContinue Reading

The OSCE Minsk Group delegation consisting of Andrzej Kasprzyk, and the co-chairs Stéphane Visconti, Andrew Schofer and Igor Papov, were received by Armenia’s defence minister Davit Tonoyan. The delegation is visiting the region according to official plans,  and have come to Armenia to discuss issues related to the Nagorno KarabakhContinue Reading

Source: Abrahamyan, Eduard “Rationalizing the Tonoyan Doctrine: Armenia’s Active Deterrence Strategy”, Eurasia Daily Monitor,  Vol. 16 Issue 64, 02 MAY 2019 *all opinions expressed are those of those of the original author. Even as Armenia and Azerbaijan have intensified their diplomatic contacts over the future status of the latter’s breakawayContinue Reading

On 03 September 2018, the Monte Melkonian Military Academy in Armenia marked the graduation of over 40 formed officiers. The officers will be eventually stationed in the country’s numerous military bases, while some will continue in post-graduate programmes for further formation, adquiring diverse expertise in a particular field. Armenia’s DefenceContinue Reading