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Exaggerations And Misinformation: Air Losses In Nagorno-Karabakh Battle

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Exaggerations And Misinformation: Air Losses In Nagorno-Karabakh Battle

Illustrative image, source: https://twitter.com/HikmetHajiyev

Since the beginning of the battle in the disputed region Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, Armenia and Azerbaijan have made false claims about the air losses of each other. 

The Ministry of Defense of Armenia claims that its Air Defense Force has, thus far, shot down 188 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 16 helicopters and 21 fighter jets over Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia’s airspace.

On the other side, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan claimed that its Air Defense Force had shot down 8 UAVs and 2 fighters jets, both were allegedly Su-25s .

The real numbers of air losses during Nagorno-Karabakh battle appear to be far smaller than those provided by both Armenia and Azerbaijan.

According to Lost Armour, the verified aerial losses of the Azerbaijani side are:

  1. An unidentified UAV was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 28;
  2. An An-2 aircraft was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 29;

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  3. An An-2 aircraft was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 29;

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  4. An An-2 aircraft was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 29;

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  5. An An-2 aircraft was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 29;
  6. An IAI Harop loitering munition was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 29;
  7. An IAI Harop loitering munition was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 29;
  8. An IAI Harop loitering munition was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 30;
  9. An IAI Harop loitering munition was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 1;

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  10. An An-2 aircraft was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 1;

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  11. An Orbiter 1K was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 4;
  12. An IAI Harop loitering munition was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 8;
  13. An IAI Harop loitering munition crashed in the Georgian region of Kakheti on October 8;

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  14. An IAI Harop loitering munition was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 8;
  15. An Orbiter 3 was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 11;
  16. An IAI Harop loitering munition was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 11;
  17. An IAI Harop loitering munition was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 11;
  18. An An-2 aircraft was shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 12;

  19. An IAI Harop loitering munition crashed in the Iranian region of Parsabad on October 13;

The verified air losses of the Armenian side are:

  1. A Su-25k fighter shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 29;

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  2. A Baze UAV shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh on October 8;
  3. A X-55 UAV shot down the Azerbaijani region of Agdam on October 12;

The numbers of verified aerial losses prove, without a doubt, that Armenia and Azerbaijan have exaggerated the losses of each other. The exaggerated numbers were liked released as a form of psychological warfare.

In addition to exaggerating the numbers of air losses, both sides made false accusations regarding the aerial and missile attacks of each other.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been engaged in a “propaganda war” since the outbreak of Nagorno-Karabakh battle. The claims of both sides should be viewed with extreme caution.

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