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The State Military Scientific-Technical Center “Delta” (SMSTC Delta) is a Georgian government-owned, autonomous R&D and production center for military and civilian hardware. Headquartered in Tbilisi, Delta was formed on the basis of six scientific research centers and production facilities, histories of which go back to the early 1940s under the former Georgian SSR.

LEPL - SMSTC Delta
Native name
Georgian: სსიპ - სსსტც დელტა
State-owned enterprise
IndustryDefense
Founded2010; 9 years ago (2010)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide[1]
Key people
Ucha Dzodzuashvili (CEO)
ProductsMunitions, Small arms, Artillery, Explosives, Combat vehicle, Civil and military aerospace
OwnerGeorgian Ministry of Defense
Number of employees
≈2000
Websitedelta.gov.ge

Employing several thousand people, Delta is focused on research and development of new military projects, as well as the modernization and production of already established Soviet military hardware.[2] Delta fell under the jurisdiction of the Georgian Ministry of Defense until March 2014, when the government passed the control over the enterprise to the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. However the centre was reinstituted to the Ministry of Defence soon afterwards.

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MissionEdit

Delta's self-declared mission is to strengthen Georgia through the development of successful military projects, contributing to national defense and supporting the well-being of the civil society.[3]

HistoryEdit

The history of Delta takes its rise from the 1990s. At that time RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launchers, “Kodor” type fragmentation projectiles for RPG-7 grenade launchers, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars and other armament of Georgian production were produced and passed to the armed forces. In 1999 for the first time the center presented its production table of arms and ammunition during a foreign exhibition, namely in Romania at EXPOMIL-99. In 2000-2002, Delta produced low quantities of light assault vehicles DELGA-1 and DELGA-2 that were passed to special operations forces for testing.

Aiming for the establishment of a Georgian military-industrial complex, on July 1, 2010 Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing was incorporated to Delta with its movable and immovable assets and intellectual resources.

On May 26, 2011, during the military parade confined to the Independence Day of Georgia, STC Delta showed its first armored vehicles Didgori 1 and Didgori-2 to the public.

On February 25, 2012 the first Georgian infantry fighting vehicle Lazika was unveiled and on March 3, 2012 STC Delta presented the first Georgian multiple launch rocket system, DRS-122.

On April 10, 2012, on the Vaziani training area, flight tests for Delta's new unmanned aerial vehicle were performed. During the military parade on May 26, 2012, STC Delta exposed nearly the full list of weapons and heavy vehicles of its research and production. During 2013, for the purpose of increasing competitiveness and production optimization, a wide range of reforms and modifications were conducted. As a result of this the company came into the world arms market.

 
STC Delta at SOFEX 2014 Exhibition
 
STC Delta at EUROSATORY 2018 Exhibition

On January 28, 2014, STC Delta introduced three new items: anti-hail systems for civil use, a command and communications vehicle developed on the basis of armored vehicle Didgori and 12,7x108mm caliber Anti-materiel rifles.

On February 10 of the same year, on a training area for special operations forces Deltas newly developed ballistic body armors and helmets were tested in front of military and civil representatives of the Georgian government, as well as foreign attaches and mass media.

Renewed, “Delta” presented part of its products on large-scale international exhibition of defense industry SOFEX 2014[4] that was held in Jordan on July 6–8, 2014. Among presented exhibits, there were body armors, helmets, antitank mines RD-7 and other products.

On May 26, 2014, on the military parade in Tbilisi, STC Delta exhibited a renewed list of products, namely: an upgraded version of the BRDM-2, three modifications of 12,7 mm countersniper rifles, pistols, cartridges, optical sighting devices, body armors and other items.

Functions and scope of activitiesEdit

 
STC Delta representatives worldwide
  • Development, recovery, updating, maintenance and repair of combat weapon, munitions, military equipment and ammunition according to existing legislation of Georgia
  • Classification, evaluation of applicability and cost, utilization and realization of expired, unused military equipment, munitions and weapon available in the country
  • Processing of explosive agents intended for military and industrial use
  • Design and building of military-industrial objects of special purpose
  • Development of armor materials, scientific-technical support of security systems of manpower and special objects
  • Development and production of control and measuring-metrological devices intended for special military-technical equipment and technological processes
  • Development, implementation, recovery, updating, maintenance and repair of optical and electronic devices-machines as well as special-purpose systems and their equipment
  • Design, implementation, maintenance and repair of special security systems of military objects and buildings-constructions
  • Processing, recovery, updating, maintenance and repair of military-training simulators
  • Methodological and hardware support of tests on training area
  • Acquisition – storage, transportation and realization of explosive agents, weapons, munitions and their elements according to existing legislation of Georgia
  • Coordination and support of humanitarian demining activity;
  • Processing, updating, development, implementation and maintenance of systems concerned with avalanche protection and antihail activities in the country;

Structural divisionsEdit

• Administration Department; • Public Relations Department; • Legal Department;
• Finance and Planning Department; • Human Resources Department; • Secret Department;
• Security Department; • Foreign Economic Department; • State Procurement Department;
• Internal Audit and Quality Control Department; • Logistics Department; • Project Service and Control Department;
• Special Chemicals, Utilization and Ecology Department; • Information Technology Department; • Operational Control Department;
• Design, Research and Development Department; • Engineering Department; • Main Production;
• Software Control Department; • Software and Information-Technology Project Control Department; • Learning Youth Development Administration.

Scientific institutes and companies entering into STC “Delta”Edit

  • Institute “Optics” (Optica);[5]
  • Grigol Tsulukidze Mining Institute;
  • R. Dvali Machine – Mechanics Institute;
  • F. Tavadze Metallurgy and Materials Science Institute;
  • Micro and Nano Electronics Institute;
  • SAT Energy, electronics and laser research

Military and civilian productionEdit

Product Image Role Notes
Civilian Projects
Fire Engine   Fire Engine
Armored Cash-in-Transit Route Truck   Armored Cash-in-Transit Route Truck
Armored personnel carriers
Didgori series
armoured personnel
carriers.[6]
Didgori-1   Armoured Personnel Carrier
Didgori-2   Reconnaissance & Transportation
Command and communications vehicle.[7]   Command & Communication
Didgori-3   Armoured Personnel Carrier
Didgori Medevac   Medical evacuation vehicle
Didgori meomari   armored modular vehicle
Modernised BRDM-2.[8]   Amphibious Armoured Scout Car
Infantry fighting vehicle
Lazika[9][10][11]   Modular infantry fighting vehicle
Military engineering vehicle
Armored demining & engineering vehicles[12]   Demining
Product Image Notes
Remote-controlled weapons
Remote weapon
stations
DRWS-1[13]  
DRWS-2[14]  
Universal combat
modules
UMD-1[15]  
UMD-2[16]  
Artillery
Multiple rocket
launcher
RS-122 122 mm MRL.[17][18]  
Mortar carriers
GMM-120 self-propelled mortar  
Mortars
GNM-60 mkudro 60 mm noiseless hand mortar[19]  
GM-60 60 mm mortar.[20]  
GM-82 82 mm mortar.[21]  
GM-120 120 mm mortar.[22]  
GMM-120 120 mm automated self-propelled mortar module[23]  
Aviation products
SU-25KM "Scorpion"  
Georgian UAV unmanned aerial system[24]  
Multi-role unmanned helicopter[25]  
Air-to-air
missiles
R-60 (missile) infrared homing air-to-air missile  
R-73 (missile) infrared homing air-to-air missile  
Anti-ship missile
AS-2 Kipper(К-10С) nuclear anti-ship missile
Product Image Notes
Small arms, rifles, carbines, grenade launchers and mines
Pistols
9×17mm Scorpion silent pistol[26]  
9×19mm service pistol.[27]  
Carbines
G13 carbine (suspended)
Submachine guns
Iamani[28]  
Sniper rifles
PDSHP
Anti-material
rifles:
12.7×108mm Amr-mod-1[29]  
12.7×108mm Amr-mod-2[30]  
Multicaliber
modular sniper
rifles:
Satevari MSWP
.300 Norma Magnum  
.308 Winchester
.338 GBM
.375 GBM
.338 Lapua Magnum
.50 BMG
DELTA-308  
Anti-armour weapons
RPG-7G upgraded version of RPG-7.[31]  
PDM-1 one-shot disposable grenade launcher.[32]  
Grenade launchers
UBGL-1 40×46mm under-barrel grenade launcher (M4).[33]  
AG-40D 40×46mm under-barrel grenade launcher (AK-74).[34]  
GP-25 40×46mm under-barrel grenade launcher (AKM / AK-74).[35]  
Mines
RD-7 off-route anti-tank mine.[36]  
Other items
Suppressors
5.45×39mm suppressors for AK-74s.[37]  
5.56×45mm NATO suppressors for M4 carbines.[38]  
.338 Lapua Magnum suppressors for SRS sniper rifles.[39]  
Blank-firing adaptors[40]  
Bulletproof vests
Mk I modular tactical vest[41]  
Mk II modular plate carrier[42]  
Bulletproof helmets
DH MK I general purpose army helmet.[43]  
DH MK II tactical helmet.[44]  
DH MK III tactical helmet.[45]  
Hand Grenades
Watchtower
3–12 m guard towers[46]  
Tents
various types and sized military tents.[47]  
Military beds[48]  
Continuous tracks
Rubber Pads / track shoes for tracked military vehicles.[49]  

Civilian productionEdit

Items for police/security forcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our Locations Worldwide". delta.gov.ge. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ "დელტას შესახებ". LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ "About Delta". LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  4. ^ "SOFEX 2014 Exhibitor List". Janes.com. IHS Jane's 360. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  5. ^ http://optica.ge/en/
  6. ^ "Armored Personal Vehicle Didgori". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Communication Vehicle". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Modernization of BRDM–2". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Infantry Fighting Vehicle Lazika". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2015-02-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ http://www.geo-army.ge/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=736%3A-qq-&catid=46%3A2&lang=en
  12. ^ "განაღმვითი სამუშაოებისთვის დაჯავშანული საინჟინრო ტექნიკა". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  13. ^ http://delta.gov.ge/file/2015/01/drws-1.pdf
  14. ^ http://delta.gov.ge/file/2015/01/drws-2.pdf
  15. ^ "Universal Combat Module UMD-1". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Universal Combat Module UMD-2". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Multiple Rocket Launcher System – RS-122". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Georgia upgrades rocket launcher". www.janes.com/. IHS. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  19. ^ "60mm Bicaliber Mortar GNM-60". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Mortar GM-60 – 60mm". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  21. ^ "82 mm Mortar – GM-82". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  22. ^ "120 mm Mortar GM-120". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  23. ^ "120 mm Self-propelled Mortar Module GMM-120". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  24. ^ "Unmanned Aerial System". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  25. ^ "Multifunctional Unmanned Helicopter". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  26. ^ "9X17 cal. Suppressor Pistol "Morieli"". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  27. ^ "9X19 cal. Pistol". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  28. ^ "Sub-machine gun Iamani". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  29. ^ "12.7 mm Rifle PDShP-1". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  30. ^ "12.7 mm Rifle PDShP-2". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  31. ^ "Anti-tank Rocket-propelled Grenade Launcher – RPG-7G". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  32. ^ "Single-shot Grenade Launcher PDM-1". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  33. ^ "40 mm under barrel grenade launcher UBGL-1D". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  34. ^ "40 mm under barrel grenade launcher AG-40". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  35. ^ "40 mm under barrel grenade launcher GP-25". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  36. ^ "off-route anti-tank mine RD-7". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  37. ^ "5.45 mm Suppressor". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  38. ^ "5.56 mm Suppressor". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  39. ^ ".338 Caliber Suppressor". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  40. ^ "Blank Adapters for Cartridge Firearms". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  41. ^ "Special purposes Vest MK-I". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  42. ^ "Army Armor Vest MK-II". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  43. ^ "Army Tactical Helmet DH MK-I". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  44. ^ "Special Tactical Helmet DH MK-II". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  45. ^ "Special Tactical Helmet DH MK-III". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  46. ^ "3-12 m Height Watchtowers". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  47. ^ "Military Tents". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  48. ^ "One-strayed and Two-strayed Military Beds". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  49. ^ "Caterpillar Rubber Tips of Armored Vehicles and General Army Caterpillar Vehicles". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  50. ^ "Anti-Hail System". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  51. ^ "Police Helmets with Protective Masks". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  52. ^ "Anti-Riot Police Fences". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  53. ^ "Metal and Composite Armor Shields For Special Operations Unit". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  54. ^ "Polycarbonate Police Shields". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  55. ^ "Police Armor Vest MK-III". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  56. ^ "Collection Service Armor Vest MK-IV". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  57. ^ "Police baton". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  58. ^ "Car Stopper Device". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  59. ^ "Police Non-lethal Grenade Launcher ARGL-1". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  60. ^ "Sub-machine gun Iamani". www.delta.gov.ge. LEPL State Military Scientific-Technical Center "DELTA". Retrieved 18 December 2016.

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