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Georgia Presents its Infantry Fighting Vehicle 'Lazika'
Civil Georgia ^ | 25 Feb.'12

Posted on 02/27/2012 4:06:15 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Georgia Presents its Infantry Fighting Vehicle 'Lazika'

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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: armor; georgia; ifv; russia

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

1 posted on 02/27/2012 4:06:24 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks like the M-113 APC painted blue...


2 posted on 02/27/2012 4:10:15 AM PST by donozark (A soldier lives as long as he is remembered...)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I would imagine though the thermal is useless in a blizzard.


3 posted on 02/27/2012 4:17:58 AM PST by wastedyears (Signature for sale.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

we should defund all the muzzies and supply Georgia


4 posted on 02/27/2012 4:20:29 AM PST by Luigi Vasellini (End the political class.......TERM LIMITS NOW!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

M-113

5 posted on 02/27/2012 4:22:38 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: donozark

Damn, that looks very 1970’s.


6 posted on 02/27/2012 4:29:36 AM PST by Lazamataz (If unemployment helps the economy, like the W.H. says, then CONTRACTING CANCER MAKES YOU HEALTHIER!)
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To: donozark

But I must cut them slack. This is Georgia, the country, and they aren’t exactly bleeding-edge.


7 posted on 02/27/2012 4:31:49 AM PST by Lazamataz (If unemployment helps the economy, like the W.H. says, then CONTRACTING CANCER MAKES YOU HEALTHIER!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Maybe they could use these to keep the Damn Yankees from going south down I-75.

Oops, wrong Georgia.


8 posted on 02/27/2012 4:46:15 AM PST by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: Lazamataz

Oh, with that leader, they will be soon enough. Bleeding.


9 posted on 02/27/2012 5:05:21 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: Lazamataz

They are going to need some heavier weapons than a new IVF to fend off the Russians


10 posted on 02/27/2012 5:11:39 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 109ACS

Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI9ySbj4Uu8


11 posted on 02/27/2012 5:16:26 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: donozark

Nope - upgraded russian BMP.


12 posted on 02/27/2012 5:18:45 AM PST by patton (bad math joke omitted - this space for rent)
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To: donozark
Well the basic M-113 concept is pretty sound. Biggest flaws were the exposed firing position and the aluminum armor. As far as being a reliable battle-taxi it worked OK.

Military fashions change, though. And this baby is like showing up at the drag races in your Mom's Dodge Caravan. The terminology isn't Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) anymore. It's IFV-- Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Carry a squad, take out tanks, leap tall bunkers in a single bound ... unless some worthy oriental gentleman with an RPG shows up behind you in the bushes, that is, turning your spiffy IFV into a mifty toaster. Or an IED blows you across town, minus a limb or two.

HUMV, Bradley, M-113, Toyota pick-up, Marine LAV, 6X6 ... the military buy-here-pay-here lot is just full of options...all of'em with a problem or two.

13 posted on 02/27/2012 5:24:03 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: donozark

Shapes more like an M 114, the scout vehicle with the 283 Chevy engine.


14 posted on 02/27/2012 5:52:09 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PLMerite

Exactly what I was thinking.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 5:53:54 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: donozark

it is.


16 posted on 02/27/2012 6:13:51 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Would be very useful in parts of Atlanta!

;-)

17 posted on 02/27/2012 7:38:25 AM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

With apologies to Georgians but that IFV looks so retro. Wouldn’t it have been easier to buy an IFV from the dozen or more countries that produce one?


18 posted on 02/27/2012 8:24:23 AM PST by C19fan
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To: Kenny Bunk

Looks like it can take and dish out more punishment than a Stryker, and they sure as hell don’t have to worry about an enemy armed with a bucket of roofing nails either.


19 posted on 02/27/2012 9:13:41 AM PST by 2CAVTrooper ( For those who have had to fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected shall never know.)
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To: Lazamataz

It’s the “LAZ””!! Check it out man, they’ve gone and made a real ‘’hitter’’ and named it after you!


20 posted on 02/27/2012 11:36:37 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: 2CAVTrooper

The problems in the Georgian army are a lot deeper than not having the latest in tracked vehicles . The officer corps is holdover from the Soviet Union days ,very little training for regular troops ,nonexistent home guard /militia little to no fighting spirit, active 5th column & poor soviet style counter-intelligence.

Now the government of Georgia is trying to import South African Boers to be farmers in that country as Nelson Mandela is not looking to healthy . The Boers would put some new blood into that country & maybe a new attitude Boers in the Georgian army would really liven things up as the Boers like a good fight .


21 posted on 02/27/2012 3:54:44 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: Nebr FAL owner

If I was Boer I could keep myself out of the place.

BTW, AFAIK Georgia has some troops trained by USMC under marines’s standard.


22 posted on 02/28/2012 10:41:12 PM PST by cunning_fish
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