TBILISI --- Citing the Head of Georgia's Armed Forces General Staff, Vakhtang Kapanadze, Russian media has reported that Georgia will begin receiving air defense systems from France next year, in January 2017. Kapanadze noted that some components of the system may arrive earlier.
Kapanadze added that the Georgian Armed Forces would need to prepare a place for the military hardware. Georgian soldiers will train on the French systems over the upcoming months ahead of the deliveries.
Georgia and France first reached the agreements on air-defense systems and missiles during the summer of 2015. In June 2015, at the Paris Air Show, Georgia signed a contract with ThalesRaytheonSystems and then the following month signed an agreement with missile manufacturer MBDA.
The type of system Georgia is procuring has not been disclosed.