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Azerbaijan: Armed Forces

Azǝrbaycan Silahlı Qüvvǝlǝri

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Organization of the Armed Forces

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces (Azǝrbaycan Silahlı Qüvvǝlǝri) were re-established on 9 October 1991 by the Law on the Armed Forces. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic had originally formed its own armed forces on 26 June 1918. However these were dissolved after Azerbaijan was absorbed into the Soviet Union on 28 April 1920. After the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991-92 the armed forces were reformed based on Soviet bases and equipment left on Azeri soil.

The armed forces have three branches:
- the Azerbaijani Land Forces;
- the Azerbaijani Air and Air Defence Force, a single unified branch (Air Force);
- the Azerbaijani Navy.
Associated forces include the Azerbaijani National Guard, the Internal Troops of Azerbaijan, and the State Border Service, which can be involved in state defense when needed.

Jens Pattke, 29 August 2010

Land Forces

[Land Forces flag]

Color of the Land Forces - Image by Jens Pattke, 29 August 2010

The Azerbaijani Land Forces (Azǝrbaycan Quru Qoşunları) are the land force component of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
The flag of the Azerbaijani Land Forces is with proportions 3:5, horizontally divided blue-red-green like the national flag, and a yellow fringe. In the middle of the flag is placed the emblem of the Azerbaijani Land Forces. The green stripe is charged with the yellow writing AZǝRBAYCAN QURU QOŞUNLARI (Azerbaijani Land Forces).

Jens Pattke, 29 August 2010

Air Force

[Air Force color]

Colour of the Air Force - Image by Jens Pattke, 29 August 2010

The Azerbaijani Air and Air Defence Force, often referred to as the Azerbaijani Air Force (Azǝrbaycan Hǝrbi Hava Qüvvǝlǝri) is the air force and air defence force of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
The flag og the Azerbaijani Air Forcesis with proportions 3:5, light blue with a pair of yellow wings and a golden fringe at fly. On the wings are placed awhite crescent pointing upwards and a white eight-pointed star. Below the wings is the yellow writing HǝRBI HAVA QÜVVǝLǝRI (Air Force).

Jens Pattke, 29 August 2010


[Flag of the Navy]

Color of the Navy - Image by Jens Pattke, 29 August 2010

The Azerbaijan Navy (Azǝrbaycan Hǝrbi Dǝniz qüvvǝlǝri) is the Naval component of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan operating in the Caspian Sea.
The flag of the Navy (photo is with proportions 3:5, white with a light blue wavy (13 waves) cotised stripe in base. Above the wavy bars is placed the golden inscription HǝRBI DǝNIZ QÜVVǝLǝRI (Naval Forces). At hoist are placed a red crescent and eight-pointed star, at fly a light blue fouled anchor.

Jens Pattke, 29 August 2010

The flag was for sure influenced by the Soviet Naval Ensign.

António Martins, 31 August 2010