On January 23, 2001, Armenian President and Armed Forces Chief Commander Robert Kocharyan approved Armed Forces emblem. The emblem is depicted on a shield, which has a rectangular top and a semi-circle bottom.
On the top edge on blue background, it is written "ARMENIA", and below "ARMED FORCES".
The rest of the shield is made up of the following image elements: open-wing eagle with his head turned rightward. The eagle's each wing consists of seven feathers (figure 7 symbolizes seven days of a week, and can also be considered as 15 states of ancient Armenia) is placed in the central part.
The eagle is depicted in dark blue. The eagle symbolizes power, strength, penetration, movement and will.
All of these features are characteristic to the country's defence army.
The eagle's head is depicted on the circle of the sun, which symbolizes the following: as long as there is the sun there will be Armenia and Armenian armed forces.
On the sunbeams, inside the opening of the eagle's wings, Armenian tricolor is presented. It convinces that Armenian Armed Forces are under the auspices of the state.
The eagle's body makes an Armenian round shield executed in dark and light apricot color. The shield symbolizes that the Armed Forces defend the country.
A cross is depicted inside the shield. This cross is the evidence of our Christian inheritance and belief.
The last element of the emblem is the sword. It is placed below the shield. On the right you can see the tip of the sword and on the left - its blade. The sword stands for constant vigilance and is ready to land on enemy's head for the sake of the Motherland.
The eagle's claws crowned the image.
The authors of the emblem are artists Ruben Arutchyan and Gagik Abrahamyan.
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