The Turkish Air Force is still leading the aerial operations of Azerbaijan in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry, revealed on October 11.
Hovhannisyan claimed that a Turkish airborne command center is operating Turkish-made drones of the Azerbaijani Air Force over the region.
“Turkish aerial command centers, flying within the Turkish airspace, are commanding the Turkish UAV’s operating in the Azerbaijani air force. UAV’s, accompanied by six F-16 units, are directly attacking the peaceful population and civilian infrastructures of Artsakh,” Hovhannisyan wrote on Twitter.
In June, Azerbaijan’s Defence Minister, Zakir Hasanov, announced the purchase of a number of Bayraktar TB2 combat drones made by Turkey’s Baykar. The drones have been very active over Nagorno-Karabakh.
New satellite images revealed that Turkey deployed at least two F-16 fighter jets in Azerbaijan prior to the outbreak of the battle with Armenia. Ankara denied in the past any such deployment.
Hovhannisyan’s claims are yet to be verified. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that Turkey is playing an important role in the Azerbaijani attack on Nagorno-Karabakh.
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