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by Ashot Safaryan
Armenia has acquired Chinese multiple-launch rocket systems with a firing range of up to 130 kilometers, a military source in Yerevan told RFE/RL's Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) on Monday.
AR1A, which China first demonstrated in 2009, is a long-range artillery system designed to attack concentrations of troops, command centers and important ground targets. Military experts say that it has many technological similarities with the Russian Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems, one of the most destructive weapons of its kind. Smerch rockets can hit targets up to 90 kilometers away.
The Armenian Defense Ministry, for its part, refused to confirm or refute the information. "Armenia's armed forces are constantly supplied with new weapons and increase their combat readiness," the ministry spokesman, Artsrun Hovannisian, told RFE/RL's Armenian service. "We have clear plans of arms acquisitions and are adhering to them."