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S-300 Downs Azerbaijani UAVs Over Yerevan, With Clashes Ramping Up

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S-300 Downs Azerbaijani UAVs Over Yerevan, With Clashes Ramping Up

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On October 1st, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan reported that S-300 air defense systems are firing in the area of Yerevan.

According to Pashinyan, in the region of Kotayk and Gegharkunik, the air defense unit of Yerevan shot down 3 of 4 drones that invaded the airspace of Armenia.

Թշնամական չորս անօդաչու թռչող սարքեր են հայտնվել Կոտայքի եւ Գեղարքունիքի մարզերի օդում: Հայաստանի ՀՕՊ ուժերը արդեն իսկ ոչնչացրել են դրանից երեքին: Ընթանում է չորրորդի տեղորոշման եւ չեզոքացման գործընթացը:

Posted by Nikol Pashinyan / Նիկոլ Փաշինյան on Thursday, October 1, 2020

It is noted that this is the first combat use of the S-300 in a full-scale war, although proposals are being made that other air defense systems were also in operation.

A little bit later, Pashinyan said that the 4th drone had also been destroyed.

Չորրորդն էլ ոչնչացվեց: Հանդարտ, վստահ եւ դուխով: Հաղթելու ենք:

Posted by Nikol Pashinyan / Նիկոլ Փաշինյան on Thursday, October 1, 2020

There are videos of the S-300 firing on drones. It is also quite significant since it means the war is spilling further into the territory of Armenia.

 

Separately, on October 1st, Armenia and Azerbaijan announced from several dozen to several hundred killed and wounded on both sides, as well as several dozen units of various equipment.

The number of videos confirming these statements is significantly less.

In addition, Armenia and Karabakh declare that 3 planes, 2 helicopters and 3 UAVs were destroyed on October 1st. Azerbaijan denies losses in planes and helicopters.

There is still no significant advancement of the Azerbaijani army and Turkish-deployed Syrian militants. Combat operations are positional in nature. At the same time, the hostilities can be characterized as highly intensive with the use of practically all available range of weapons.

It should be noted that on October 1st the US and France have confirmed the accusations of the transfer of Syrian militants to Azerbaijan. Russia’s Security Council confirmed the deployment of Syrian militants to Azerbaijan earlier.

Below are videos of the fights.

 

The above videos were primarily from Armenia, with those below from Azerbaijan. Many of these show the operation of Turkish UAVs.

It is worth noting that some of the Armenian vehicles shown in such videos in a number of cases represent one and the same target shot from different angles, and among them there are wooden models that the Armenians build to mislead the enemy.

 

Below are infographics showing the losses Azerbaijan has suffered since clashes began.

S-300 Downs Azerbaijani UAVs Over Yerevan, With Clashes Ramping Up

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And the next one shows losses by Armenia according to Azerbaijan.

S-300 Downs Azerbaijani UAVs Over Yerevan, With Clashes Ramping Up

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Finally, Armenia said it had recalled its ambassador to Israel, after a weapons sale deal between Israel and Azerbaijan was announced.

Protesting against the Israeli weapons exports, Armenian foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan said “Israel’s workstyle is unacceptable. The ministry has to call back its ambassador in Israel.”

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a leading conflict and armaments think-tank, Israel provided Azerbaijan with some $825 million in weapons between 2006 and 2019.

Those exports included drones, loitering munitions, anti-tank missiles, and a surface-to-air missile system, information from SIPRI’s Arms Transfers Database showed.

Separately, in a video interview with Israel’s Walla news website on Wednesday, Azeri presidential aide Hikmat Hajayev said Azerbaijan was using “some” Israeli-made drones in fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh, without specifying how many.

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