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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 others.

Defense costs amounted to 5.2 per cent of GDP in 2013. Azerbaijan participates in UN peacekeeping operations, including Afghanistan (ISAF) and Serbia (KFOR).

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