Moscow, Russia – Turkey, which leads UCAVs and this drone technology, will shape the future. Armed drones can be a nuisance for the great powers, just ask Russia. Armenia relied on Russian air defense systems and lost this gamble in Karabakh.

After Turkish-made armed drones (UCAVs) blew like hurricanes in Syria and Libya, bringing Armenia to its knees in the Nagorno-Karabakh War attracted the attention of the United States and NATO allies.

Bayraktar TB2s destroyed the Russian Pantsir air defense systems used by Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey’s military actions outside its borders are powered by self-produced armed drones.

UAV and UCAV technology, led by Turkey, currently play a very important role in defense and security concepts and is certain to change the future.

In Nagorno-Karabakh this autumn between September 27, 2020 – November 10 , 2020, the same drone was very effective on Armenian tanks, cannons and again some Russian-made anti-aircraft equipment.

The great hero of two recent conflicts – in Libya and Nagorno – Karabakh-is not even human. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UCAV), called Bayraktar TB2, is made by a Turkish company Baykar .

Last year in Libya, TB2 had success against the Russian anti-aircraft system Pantsir, helping the United Nations-recognized Libyan government hold Tripoli against an attack by putchist General Khalifa Haftar’s massacring forces – backed by France, UAE, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy and Russia- which were critically armed with Pantsir systems .

Turkish armed drones helped Azerbaijan to a decisive victory and reclaim most of the territory it had lost in a previous war in the 1990s through a peace deal brokered by Russia.

But an even bigger advantage comes from the fact that Turkey and its allies use drones to disrupt the balance of attack – defense-the Libyan government and the Azerbaijani administration.

In both the Libyan and Karabakh Wars, drone operators took many risks to understand the vulnerabilities of the opposing side, and did not worry about losing one or two UAV/UCAV along the way.

But armed drones can be a nuisance for the great powers, just ask Russia. Armenia relied on Russian air defense systems and lost this strategic gamble Karabakh conflict.

It shapes the future of the UCAV and the Turkish defense doctrine, which leads this technology. Again, armed drones can be a nuisance for the great powers, just ask Russia. Armenia relied on Russian air defense systems and lost this gamble at a heavy price.

After Turkish-made armed drones (UCAVs) blew like hurricanes in Syria and Libya, bringing Armenia to its knees in the Nagorno-Karabakh War attracted the attention of global defense circles.

Bayraktar TB2s destroyed the Russian Pantsir air defense systems used by Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey’s military actions outside its borders are powered by self-produced armed drones.

Pantsir missile system

The Pantsir missile system is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery systems. The Pantsir missile system was designed to provide point air defense of military, industrial and administrative installations against aircraft, helicopters, precision munitions, cruise missiles and UAVs; and to provide additional protection to air defense units against enemy air attacks employing precision munitions, especially at low to extremely low altitudes.

After Pantsir was ineffective in Libya, the Russian army’s official weekly newspaper, Zvezda, was forced to admit that the system had a ‘blind spot’ where an enemy could learn to enter, although it still denied the humiliating inability of the air defense system to Turkish drones.