Between September 27th and November 9th, the Azerbaijani Air Force flew more than 600 combat missions.
At the same time, only one Su-25 attack aircraft was lost, shot down by the Armenian air defense forces on October 4 in the Jabrayil region.
Colonel Zaur Nudiraliyev, who was piloting the plane, was killed.
It is no secret that the primary combat task facing the Azerbaijan Air Force was the destruction of enemy air defense systems.
In order to achieve this, the Air Force mobilized all available means and forces. To destroy enemy air defenses, SU-25 attack aircraft was also used.
For these purposes, the Azerbaijani Air Force command ordered the use of new tactics on the SU-25 aircraft.
This work was entrusted to Colonel Zaur Nudiraliyev, AzerTAc reports.
Zaur Nudiraliyev is an experienced pilot who has been trained abroad and gained experience in exercises held in various countries. The colonel coped with the task brilliantly. In numerous exercises, he developed a unique method of bombing with a mathematical method from high altitudes, without aiming. This method, which meets NATO standards, has been adopted by other pilots.
According to World War II veteran Major Javid Faradzhev, the SU-25 attack aircraft is designed for use at low altitudes.
But Colonel Zaur Nudiraliyev managed to use all the capabilities of the SU-25 attack aircraft.
“When the SU-25 flies at low and medium altitudes, there is a high probability of being hit by air defense systems. Thanks to his experience and research, Zaur Nudiraliyev was able to develop unparalleled tactics. In World War II, the enemy was broken by the SU-25 pinpoint bomb attacks from high altitudes. He also dropped laser-guided bombs from the SU-25 for the first time. Thanks to all these tactics that he taught to his students, we were able to gain great superiority in battles,” he said.
Reportedly Zaur Nudiraliyev in his SU-25 inflicted crushing blows on the enemy in the direction of Agdere, Fizuli and Jabrayil. During his last flight, he became a target for enemy air defenses.
“On October 4, Zaur Nudiraliyev, in his SU-25, approached the target assigned to him in the direction of Jebrail. At that moment, the central command post received information about the actions of enemy air defense systems. According to our intelligence information, there should have been no air defense systems in that territory. There was a great risk that the SU-25s could be shot down. We were immediately ordered to go back. At this time, Zaur Nudiraliyev had already hit his target and was returning back. After that, he stopped communicating. His plane had already been shot down. Despite his injury, the colonel could still eject. But he did not do this in order not to be captured. Having sacrificed his life, he sent the plane to the area where enemy forces and equipment were concentrated and died heroically,” said Lieutenant Colonel Elchin Mamedov, who was flying with Zaur Nudiraliyev.
After he was downed, The Azerbaijani Air Force completely destroyed enemy air defense systems in this direction.
This opened up ample opportunities for the use of attack drones, combat helicopters and aircraft. Thanks to them, a large number of gun mounts, tanks, equipment and enemy manpower were destroyed. Special forces and infantry were able to liberate Jabrayil, Fuzuli and the village of Hadrut with minimal losses.
Thanks to the new tactical technique implemented during the war, Azerbaijani pilots flew more than 600 combat missions and destroyed a large number of enemy equipment and manpower.
It was thanks to this tactic that only one SU-25 attack aircraft was lost during the entire 44-day war
For his feat, Colonel Zaur Nudiraliyev was posthumously awarded the title “Hero of the Patriotic War.”
It should be recalled that the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan until mid-October actively denied the use of manned aircraft on its part, and denied the loss of its aircraft until the end of the conflict.
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