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MARCH 2021

Azerbaijani Sources Claim Destruction Of Two More Armenian S-300 Systems In Karabakh


Azerbaijani Sources Claim Destruction Of Two More Armenian S-300 Systems In Karabakh

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As a humanitarian ceasefire enters force between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijani sources continue releasing videos of artillery and aerial strikes on Armenian targets.

The videos include the moments of the alleged destruction of 35D6 (ST-68U) radars and alleged S-300 missile launcher of the Armenian military with Israeli IAI Harop loitering munitions. The first incident took place near the village of Khojaly the Khojaly District, while another one near the village of Qubadlı in the Kashatagh District of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Republic of Artsakh).

The 35D6 is the vehicle-carried three-dimensional air surveillance radar system (NATO reported name Tin Shield). The range of the radar’s prime functions includes the detection of low-flying targets protected with active/passive jamming screens, and also the performance of air traffic control.

It can be operated as a separate installation as well as a part of the S-300 air-defense system. Using this fact, Azerbaijani sources claimed that two S-300 systems of the Armenian military were destroyed in the area.

The strike near Khojaly:

The strike near Qubadli:

Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani side also released a video of the alleged destruction of the S-300 missile launcher. The location of the strike is unclear, but it may have taken place near Qubadli:

Nonetheless, it remains unclear for what purposes Armenian forces may have deployed long-range air defense systems such close to the frontline. Also, no reports about the deployment of such systems are available. On the other hand, it is likely that the Armenian side may have been trying to use these radars in the combat zone in order to detect and deter Azerbaijani-operated (and Turkish-operated) drones.

In any case, such strikes demonstrate the low air-defense capabilities of Armenian forces in the Karabakh region and near it.




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