On 19 January 2018, media outlets started publishing the first photos on an Russian arms transfer of BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers and other military equipment to Azerbaijan. On the same day, Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry published its news brief on the transfer, stating that military equipment has been received and will be “transferred to military outposts near the front line soon”.
Tos-1 complex and its ammunition
The BTR-80 are produced by the Arzamas Company and officially exported through state-owned RosOboronExport. Among the arms sold to Baku in this latest transfer, was ammunition for the Tos-1 multiple rocket complex. This latest transfer is reportedly part of a larger arms deal brokered between the two governments a few years ago.