Azerbaijan has test-fired a guided bomb jointly developed with Turkey during the Anatolian Eagle-2021 exercise in central Turkey.
Two Su-25 and two Mig-29 warplanes of the Azerbaijani Air Force as well as units from Qatar, Pakistan and the NATO are taking part in the military exercise which began at the Turkish military’s 2nd Main Jet Base Command near Konya city on June 21. The exercise will end on July 2.
On June 29, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan shared footage from the exercise showing a Su-25 fighter jet test-firing the QFAB-250 LG guided bomb.
The QFAB-250 LG was jointly developed by the Research Institute of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense Industry and Turkey’s defense giant ASELSAN. The bomb, which weights 270 kilograms, is guided by semi-active laser. It has a circular error probable of less than 10 meters and a range of 12 kilometers.
During the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, Azerbaijani Su-25s carried out several pinpoint strikes on Armenian positions. The QFAB-250 LG was likely used back then.
Azerbaijan’s Su-25s were also equipped with the Belarusian-made Talisman airborne defense suit (ADS) during the Anatolian Eagle-2021 exercise. The ADS was designed to provide protection against air-to-air as well as surface-to-air missiles.
Baku has been working hard to develop the capabilities of its air force for several years now. During the last battle in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani warplanes and drones managed to inflict heavy losses on Armenian forces.
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