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Leaked Photos Confirm Transfer Of Dozens Of Turkish-Made Loitering Munitions To Azerbaijan

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The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have obtained dozens of Turkish-made KARGU small loitering munitions, which will likely be used against Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. 

On October 28, leaked photos showing Azerbaijani troops showcasing at least 27 KARGU loitering munitions surfaced on social media.

KARGU, which was developed by Turkey’s defense contractor STM, can carry out reconnaissance and attack missions. The loitering munition has a range of 5 km, an endurance of 30 minutes and can carry different types of warheads.

KARGU loitering munitions can operate in a swarm and has an artificial intelligence (AI) image processing capabilities, including facial recognition.

The Azerbaijani military has been using loitering munitions, including the Israeli-made IAI Harpo and Elbit’s SkyStriker, against Armenian forces since the outbreak of the battle in Nagorno-Karabakh more than a month ago.

While the Harop and SkyStriker were used against high-value targets such as air-defense systems and armored units, the smaller KARGU will likely be used against infantry and forward posts.

Leaked Photos Confirm Transfer Of Dozens Of Turkish-Made Loitering Munitions To Azerbaijan

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Advanced precision-guided weapons like the KARGU have granted the Azerbaijani military the better hand in Nagorno-Karabakh’s battlefield.

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