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DECEMBER 2020

Armenian Forces Shot Down Another Turkish-Made Bayraktar TB2 Combat Drone Over Nagorno-Karabakh

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On November 8, Armenian forces shot down another Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drone over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Shushan Stepanyan, Press Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, shared photos of the drone’s wreckage, which was retrieved by local forces. The drone was apparently armed with at least one MAM-L small-diameter, laser-guided munition.

Armenian forces claim that they have shot down more than ten Bayraktar TB2 drones since the outbreak of the battle in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27. However, today was only the second confirmed loss of a drone of this type. The first drone was downed on October 19.

In June, Azerbaijan purchased an unspecified number of Bayraktar TB2 drones from Turkey. The drones were used against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh with great success.

Azerbaijan used Bayraktar TB2 drones to destroy Armenian artillery, infantry positions, military vehicles and short-range air-defense systems.

Armenian Forces Shot Down Another Turkish-Made Bayraktar TB2 Combat Drone Over Nagorno-Karabakh

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Armenian forces are yet to adopt a tactic to counter the threat of Bayraktar TB2 combat drones, which are still active over Nagorno-Karabakh. Yerevan claims that some of the drones are being operated by the Turkish Air Force, not the Azerbaijani military.

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