Defence Minister: ‘We launch the most ambitious Georgia-US military project’

Defence Minister Levan Izoria stated about the new era in Georgia-US relations.Photo: Defence Ministry press office., 18 May 2018 - 16:42, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Defence Minister Levan Izoroia has announced the launch of the "most ambitious” US-Georgia project-Georgia’s Defence Readiness Program (GDRP), which will be carried out with the United States over the course of three years to boost the country’s self-defence capabilities.

The trainings will take place at the NATO standards Combat Training Center (CTC) built in Vaziani, on the outskirts of Tbilisi, which was officially opened today.

I can announce a new era in Georgia-US relations, which, in the long-term perspective, will boost Georgia’s defence capacities and provide higher security for each citizen of the country,” Izoria stated.

The 43rd battalion of the 4th Mechanized Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces is the first that will undergo trainings with the help of American instructors.

The program will continue until 2021. Photo: Defence Ministry press office. 

  • The GDRP is a joint project of the Defence Ministry of Georgia and the US Department of Defence, aiming to increase the combat readiness of the Georgian Armed Forces.
  • Within the program, nine battalions will be manned, trained and equipped.
  • Each battalion will be trained for three months.
  • The trainings will last until 2021.
  • The first phase of the trainings will be carried out under the supervision of American instructors.
  • From 2020 only Georgian instructors will lead the exercises.