On February 5th, 77 servicemen of the Azerbaijani Air Force completed trainings in “Baykar” company of Turkey, Azerbaijani Embassy to Turkey said.
The Azerbaijani servicemen took part in a 4-month “Bayraktar” TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operator” program and have been awarded the certificates UAV pilot, team management, cargo operator and other certificates on other technician positions.
The technical director of Baykar Defense, Selcuk Bayraktar, awarded the certificates to the Azerbaijani servicemen.
Turkish drones, as well as various Israeli-made drones and other weapons gave Baku the edge in the fight for Nagorno-Karabakh.
According to various reports, the Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh region who relied on tanks, artillery and missiles were “easy targets,” with footage released by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense backing up the claim.
Several analysts used drone footage to document the Armenian losses, tallying at least 185 battle tanks.
A report by German outlet Tagesschau said that the win was by no small part due to the drones which are used to “scout out enemy positions, which are then attacked with rockets and artillery shells.”
It also pointed out that Azerbaijan converted Soviet-produced Antonov AN-2 multi-purpose aircrafts in order to fly remotely over Armenian positions at low altitudes and gather position information, citing Fuad Shabasov, a military expert from Baku.
“The position data were registered by other drones at a higher altitude and used to switch off the Armenian air defense,” he was cited by the report as saying.
Besides the devastating effect drone attacks can have when used with smart ammunition, capable of taking out 50-ton tanks on the ground with nowhere to escape, the psychological effect of drone strikes can also be used as leverage.
“The Armenian armed forces with their outdated anti-aircraft systems were not able to recognize and shoot down the Bayraktar TB-2 and the kamikaze drones,” Markus Reisner, head of the development department at the Theresian Military Academy of the Austrian Armed Forces told Tagesschau. The Azerbaijani army possesses Israeli made kamikaze drones.
Exhaustion and the kamikaze drones, in particular, had a demoralizing effect on the Armenian forces, Armenian journalist Tatul Hakobjan was cited by Tagesschau as saying, adding that “as soon as the drones were heard, they had seven seconds to run away.”
One question arises though, if the Azerbaijani servicemen just concluded their training course on how to operate the Bayraktar TB2 drone, who was the one that operated the drones while fighting against Armenia’s forces in Nagorno Karabakh?
Since, according to the official version of events, Turkish forces didn’t take part in the hostilities.
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