The Azerbaijani military has targeted air-defense decoys set by Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Loitering munitions were used in attack.
On September 30, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense released a video of the failed strikes, apparently, by mistake. The video shows loitering munitions hitting a real 9K33 Osa short-range air-defense system along with two decoys of the same system.
The video also shows strikes on an already destroyed Repellent-1 electronic-warfare system, a number of battle tanks and a rocket launcher.
Footages that published by the the Azerbaijani side:
Some new and old strikes it seems by Harop kamikaze drone. Besides real targets looks like were 2 mock-ups of Osa as decoys and remnants of Repellent-1 EW system that already burnt before this strike. https://t.co/QxjRbfdumM pic.twitter.com/7XLVDcRzxp
— Yuri Lyamin (@imp_navigator) September 30, 2020
The Azerbaijani military is likely using the Israeli-made IAI Harop, a loitering munition with a 1,000 km range and a warhead weighting 23 kg.
In the last few days, the Azerbaijani military managed to destroy a number of Armenian air-defense systems, mainly 9K33 Osa and 9K31 Strela. Loitering munitions and combat drones were used to put the systems out of action.
The Armenian Air Defense Force shot down dozens of Azerbaijani drones. Nevertheless, the airspace of Nagorno-Karabakh is still open for Azerbaijani forces.
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