Azerbaijani combat drones have destroyed two more BM-30 “Smerch” heavy multiple rocket launchers (MRLS) of the Armenian military.
On October 30, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan released a video showing pinpoint strikes on the two MRLS. Both launchers were hidden between trees. Yet, they were detected and destroyed by combat drones.
Both MRLS were targeted with Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drones, which entered service with the Azerbaijani military earlier this year.
These were the third and fourth Armenian BM-30 MRLS to be destroyed by Azerbaijan since the outbreak of the battle in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27.
An Armenian BM-30 MRLS was destroyed with a loitering munition, most likely an Israeli-made IAI Harpo, on October 17. Another MRLS was destroyed by a Bayraktar TB2 combat drone On October 29.
The BM-30 can launch a variety of 300 mm rockets with ranges up to 90 km. The system is intended to defeat personnel, armored, and soft targets in concentration areas, artillery batteries, command posts and ammunition depots.
Azerbaijan claims that the Armenian military used the system on several occasions against civilians. The system was allegedly used on October 28 to shell civilian areas in Barda city. More than 80 civilians were killed or injured.
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