The defense, which is based on general military duty with
at least 17 months of first service, (2013) amounts to
approximately 67,000 men standing. An additional 300,000
people are estimated to be mobilized. The organization
comprises 23 brigades, including 640 tanks. The fleet has 5
patrol boats. The Air Force has 44 fighter aircraft, of
which 14 are MiG 29, and 42 attack helicopters. However, the
Air Force is considered to be untrained and poorly
organized. In 2013, Russia signed a contract for the sale of
military equipment including tanks, artillery and rocket
weapons for USD 4 billion to Azerbaijan. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that AZE stands for Azerbaijan.
In the Nagorno-Karabakh area, up to 20,000 men were under
arms in 1988-94, which, with support from neighboring
Armenia after fighting with the government forces, gained
control of almost the entire area. Arms rest has existed
since May 1994, and international peace negotiations are
ongoing (2014) between Azerbaijan and Armenia, with
observers from four countries in the border area, among
Defense costs amounted to 5.2 per cent of GDP in 2013.
Azerbaijan participates in UN peacekeeping operations,
including Afghanistan (ISAF) and Serbia (KFOR).