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Drone usage in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict


The renewed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has seen extensive use of drones, particularly on the part of the latter.

The Azerbaijani military has built up a sizable drone fleet over the past several years (Notably sourcing from the Israelis.) and has has deployed them in recent conflicts. (Notably having first used the IAI Harop during 2016 conflict.).

Recently release videos have show Azerbaijani drones targeting Armenian SAM sites and convoys:

--- Quote ---The footage released by Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence shows drones destroying Russian-made Armenian air defence systems.

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--- Quote ---Another video of an Azerbaijani kamikaze drone in action
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Azerbaijani army says it struck Armenian tanks and combat vehicles in Nagorno-Karabakh

--- Quote ---On 27 September, Azerbaijani drones (reportedly is a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aircraft) targeted T-72 main battle tanks and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles carrying members for the Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Army, a Defense Ministry source said.
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Another notable use has been the conversion of old An-2 "Colt" biplanes into drones to trick Armenian air defenses into revealing their positions:

--- Quote ---From what I have found that's, #Azerbaijani side using #Chinese made FH-98 drone (AN-2 copy) as a bait to locate #Armenian air defense. And then target them with #Israeli Harop suicide drones
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Azerbaijani military turns Soviet biplane aircraft into drones

Which corresponds with earlier reports of An-2 aircraft being shot down:

--- Quote ---Nagorno-Karabakh claims to have shot down an Azerbaijani plane/aircraft

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