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

With the conflict in Donbass, the war that has just ended in Nagorno-Karabakh has 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 massively, raising their effectiveness but also their limits in a high-intensity environment. Staff throughout the world have all been working, since the beginning of this conflict, on the analysis of engagements and the effectiveness demonstrated or not by each of these facilities. Without prejudging the conclusions that these analyzes will be able to make, it is however possible to draw conclusions concerning certain equipment and their associated tactics, inviting us to re-evaluate certain priorities in the training and equipment programs of modern armies.

The Drones-Artillery couple

The drones Did Azeris win the Nagorno-Karabakh war? We must admit that in the first weeks of the conflict, the Turkish TB2 dealt very hard blows to the Armenian defences, especially 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 ultimately became unresolved for Stepanakert and Yerevan. But if the drones sometimes carried out strikes with light ammunition, such as the MAM-L, we see on the videos published by Baku that the majority of the strikes controlled by drones took place with the help of artillery, which is be it 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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