Deputy Head for Logistics at the State Border Service (SBS) of
Azerbaijan, Lieutenant-General Javid Abdullayev gave an interview
- The personnel of the State Border Service (SBS) of
Azerbaijan, along with other formations of the Azerbaijani Armed
Forces, demonstrated great professionalism, heroism and high combat
capability during the 2020 Second Karabakh War. It can be said with
full confidence that our servicemen adequately coped with the tasks
set by the Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief, President Ilham
Aliyev. On the second anniversary of the 2020 Second Karabakh War's
outbreak, please share your opinion on the military path gone by
the State Border Service of Azerbaijan.
- In September 2020, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the
Azerbaijani Armed Forces, President Ilham Aliyev, ordered to launch
of counter-offensive operations to suppress the combat activity of
the Armenian Armed Forces and ensure the safety of the civilian
population. Having received the order to start the combat
operations, the State Border Service immediately mobilized all its
forces and means.
From the first day of the war, Azerbaijani border guards,
participating in the combat operations, liberated a large territory
from the occupation beginning from the line of contact of troops in
the territory of the Fuzuli district to the border with Armenia.
During the day, with a lightning attack at a distance of 105
kilometers, they inflicted crushing blows on the Armenian Armed
Forces, destroying hundreds of their manpower, raised our state
flag on the ancient Khudafarin bridge, in Aghband village of the
Zangilan district and in Zangilan city, liberated the Bartaz and
Shukurataz strategic heights on the border with Armenia.
The combat missions set by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief to the
State Border Service were successfully completed. Azerbaijani
border guards showed heroism and courage during the liberation of
the Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan and Gubadli districts, Hadrut
settlement and Shusha city.
Using the most modern military technologies, reconnaissance and
attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Second Karabakh War,
methods of warfare unexpected for the Armenian Armed Forces,
Azerbaijani Armed Forces demonstrated to the world over the years
that they are significantly ahead of the Armenian Armed Forces in
This war went down in Western history as the first large-scale
war in which UAVs were actively used. As a result of the
professional use of the 'Harop', 'Guzgun' and 'Hermes' drones by
the State Border Service of Azerbaijan, the strategically important
military equipment, anti-aircraft missile systems, including eight
S-300 missile systems, tanks, armored fighting vehicles, command
posts of Armenian armed forces (totally 290 Armenian military
Thanks to UAVs, military equipment, which was used by Armenia
for years, turned into scrap iron. During the Second Karabakh War,
a unique military experience was formed in the joint combat use of
the Israeli-made Harop and the Turkish-made Bayraktar-TB2 UAVs.
Another innovation applied by the State Border Service of
Azerbaijan in the Second Karabakh War is among those studied in the
military schools of the world. So, An-2 aircraft, which completed
their service life, were modernized and added to a number of modern
combat weapons, such as UAVs. As a result of the special use of
these aircraft, Armenian air defense systems and other strategic
facilities were detected and neutralized.
The Armenian occupation of 20 percent of the territory of
Azerbaijan, including 132 kilometers of the border with Iran and up
to 500 kilometers of the border with Armenia, was put to an end.
The selfless struggle of the greatest commander in the history of
Azerbaijan, the victorious Supreme Commander Ilham Aliyev in the
military, political and diplomatic arena, the consolidation of our
people around the Supreme Commander-in-Chief in 'Iron Fist' [motto
under which Azerbaijan liberated its lands from the occupation],
the military tactical and strategic superiority of our Armed
Forces, the invincible fighting spirit of our soldiers ensured a
brilliant victory over Armenia in the Second Karabakh War.
- After our historic victory, the State Border Service
of Azerbaijan continues to serve in the territories liberated from
occupation, and decisive and crushing answers are given to any
military provocations of Armenia. What can you say about the
activities of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan at present in
the liberated territories and the border with Armenia?
- Azerbaijani border guards serving with great zeal and pride
are protecting the interests of our state under the tricolor
national flag on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border.
By instructions of our Victorious Supreme Commander in the
liberated territories, complex measures are rapidly continuing to
create the necessary border infrastructure, improve the conditions
of service and social security for military personnel.
On the liberated Iranian-Azerbaijani border, the activity of
border outposts was restored in a short time, 19 new complexes of
military units responsible for organizing the protection of the
border with Armenia, 110 border-combat points, 'Eyvazli' and
'Gazanchi' checkpoints were built, border control was organized at
the Fuzuli International Airport. I'm proud to announce that
measures are currently being taken at Zangilan Airport to prepare
for the implementation of border control.
In the liberated territories, 1,556 hectares were cleared of
mines and unexploded ordnances, 1,530 anti-personnel and 1,762
anti-tank mines, as well as 245 unexploded ordnances were found and
neutralized, new roads were laid on a 106-kilometer section, and
major and current road repairs were carried out on 225
The operational conditions along the entire line of the state
border, including the border with Armenia, are under our control,
and any threats which may be directed against our border security
will continue to be resolutely suppressed.
- Today, along with other types of troops, the State
Border Service is also steadily increasing its combat capability,
and the supply of the latest ammunition is increasing. At the same
time, the professionalism of the personnel is being raised, and the
patriotic spirit is being further strengthened. What can you say
- Of course, the combat effectiveness of the State Fire Service,
as well as other types of troops, is steadily growing, and the
supply of weapons, ammunition, and military equipment that meets
the most modern standards is increasing. Many issues which were
once considered difficult to solve have already been successfully
These resolved issues include the creation of a modern
infrastructure for the border guard on the northern and
northwestern borders, border aviation, coast guard, the
introduction of satellite technologies for protecting the state
border, the use of radar systems, mobile and stationary
surveillance equipment and electro-optical equipment at border
The above issues also include the creation of service and
internal digital information system, meeting modern requirements,
at the center of shipbuilding and repair of the coast guard of the
State Border Service, the construction of Tufan and Shahdagh border
patrol ships, capable of performing service and combat missions in
difficult conditions in the Caspian Sea, and the creation of
special air operations forces as part of the State Border
Besides, the experience of Azerbaijani border guards in the
effective combat use of UAVs was recognized as exemplary by the
armies of most foreign states, and a perfect system of military
training in the State Border Service was formed through the
creation of the Academy and a special school of the State Border
Service, an example of which is the training of cadets of border
structures of foreign states at the Academy of the State Border
Service and the receipt of requests from foreign colleagues in
connection with this, measures were taken to improve the social and
living conditions, including housing conditions, of border
Each of these achievements is a result of the highest attention
and care of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious
Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev on the
border guards. The level of border security directly depends on the
level of professionalism of the border guards.
Border guards, continuously organizing service along the borders
of our country with various types of military weapons, equipment
and means, must have high moral, psychological, physical and
tactical training, as well as to fully master military equipment
and weapons, other specific devices and means, to be able to
successfully apply them in daily activities. Therefore, the
provision of highly qualified personnel is important. We try to
adequately fulfill all our obligations.
- Can you please provide information on the future
directions of the State Border Service, and the tasks set for
improving combat and service activities?
- As a result of the measures taken to improve the protection of
the state border, strengthen the material and technical base of the
State Border Service units, and improve the social and living
conditions of the military servicemen, today a powerful border
security infrastructure meeting modern requirements has been
created in Azerbaijan.
Today, the State Border Service is a structure capable of
performing its tasks at the highest level, provided with
professional personnel, modern weapons and equipment. We can
proudly note that the material and technical base of the State
Border Service units is being strengthened, and new weapons,
military equipment, special equipment, highly maneuverable
vehicles, equipment and protective means are being acquired.
Conditions are being created for the personnel to fully master
the new weapons and equipment they have received, and the skills of
the perfect practical application of theoretical knowledge are
being trained. The effectiveness of consistently implemented
reforms in all spheres of service is reflected, first of all, in
the final indicators.
The level of protection of our borders is increasing.
Operational conditions along the entire line of the state border,
including on the border with Armenia, are under our complete
control. Any threat or provocation which may be directed against
our border security is being suppressed and will continue to be
The above mentioned processes of construction, improvement and
development under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief
of the Armed Forces, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev will
continue successfully in the future. Our goal is to ensure the
inviolability of the borders of the Motherland, faithfully serving
the state interests.
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