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Georgia to expand land forces

20th May 2016 - 09:00 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg

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The government of Georgia plans to increase its military capacity over the next few years with investment in personnel and equipment 

Georgia’s MoD will have a budget next year of $1.5-1.6 billion -  a record for the country and equivalent to the 4.5% of its GDP. 

The majority of funds will be invested in the purchase of new combat equipment for the Georgian army. Particular attention will be given to imports from the US, among which are expected to be Patriot-3 anti-aircraft missile complexes, Stinger and Igla-3 man-portable air defense systems, as well as Javelin and Hellfire-2 anti-tank rocket complexes. 

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Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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