The successful use of drones was a decisive factor in Azerbaijan’s victory in the Second Karabakh War, according to American magazine The Atlantic.
The First World War was remembered for the limited use of tanks, the Second World War – for their widespread use, the analysis noted, adding that the 44-day Second Karabakh War which, in addition to using other technical innovations, went down in history for the effective use of Turkish-made drones by the Azerbaijan Army.
While another report published in The Washington Post pointed that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been used repeatedly in many wars in the past, stated in another article published in The Washington Post.
Turkish-made UAVs played an important role in Azerbaijan’s victory over Armenia in the 2020 war, the article went on to add.
“Azerbaijan used drones for reconnaissance, targeting artillery and missile units and forming a complete picture of the operational situation during the Second Karabakh war. The targeted destruction of the air defense system that the Armenian armed forces used during the battle for Azerbaijan’s Khojavand was an example of excellent coordination of data from drones,” according to the report.
Azerbaijan boasts effective UAVs, which are tactical weapons, at the operational and strategic level, the WP article concluded.
During a subsequent 44-day conflict which ended under a deal signed Nov. 10, Azerbaijan liberated several cities and nearly 300 settlements and villages from Armenian nearly three-decade occupation.
The cease-fire is seen as a victory for Azerbaijan and a defeat for Armenia, whose armed forces withdrew in line with the agreement.
Turkey’s combat drones had reportedly destroyed the Russian-made Pantsir missile systems in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, as Ankara’s deployment of UAVs was credited for the victories clenched by Turkey’s allies from Asia to Africa.
The Bayraktar TB2 armed UAV, which was developed and manufactured by Turkish defense company Baykar Technologies, has been used by the Turkish Armed Forces and the country’s Security Directorate since 2015, most recently credited for Azerbaijan’s military success in the Karabakh conflict.