What are the lessons of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh?

With the conflict in Donbass, the war that has just ended in Nagorno-Karabakhhas been one of the rare conflicts involving heavy state military means on both sides of the belligerents in recent years. New tactics and new equipment have been used extensively, raising their effectiveness but also their limits in a high-intensity environment. Since the beginning of this conflict, the staffs around the world have all been working to analyze the commitments and the effectiveness demonstrated or not by each of this equipment. Without prejudging the conclusions that these analyzes could make, it is however possible to draw conclusions concerning certain equipments and their associated tactics, inviting the re-evaluation of certain priorities in the training and equipment programs of modern armies.

The Drones-Artillery couple

Did Azeris drones win the Nagorno-Karabakh war? We must admit that in the first weeks of the conflict, the Turkish TB2 dealt very hard blows toArmenian defenses, in particular against the heavy armor and anti-aircraft systems of the Nagorno-Karabakh defensive system, eroding the forces to such an extent that the numerical imbalance became, in the end, unresolved for Stepanakert and Yerevan. But if the drones sometimes carried strikes with light ammunitions, like the MAM-L, one notes on the videos published by Baku that the majority of the strikes controlled by drones took place with the aid of the artillery, that it is mortars, howitzers, cannons or rockets.

Communication between Azeri artillery and reconnaissance drones was one of the deciding factors in this war.

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