On January 2nd, Defence Turk released a video showing the launching of a Turkish-made ROKETSAN TRLG-230 New Generation Artillery system.
?ROKETSAN'ın Yeni Nesil Topçu füzesi TRLG-230'un ??Azerbaycan ordusu tarafından Bayraktar TB2 S/İHA sistemleri ile birlikte Dağlık Karabağ Savaşında işgalci Ermenistan unsurlarına karşı kullanıldığı iddia ediliyor.
— DEFENCE TURK (@Defence_Turk) January 2, 2021
What’s seen in the video coincides with what Turkish company ROKETSAN said it used to test out the capability of its system, as it appears to be loaded on a Kamaz truck.
The appearance and camouflage of the vehicle in the images coincide with the carrier Kamaz vehicle of the TRG-300 Tiger Missile systems, which were previously supplied by ROKETSAN to the Azerbaijani army.
Laser Guided 230mm Missile System (TRLG-230) can hit targets marked by UAVs and armament from land.
The system likely works in conjunction with the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drones.
The video shows how the Bayraktar TB2 laser marking works in conjunction with the TRLG-230 artillery system.
In September 2020, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech at the Opening Ceremony of Roketsan’s Satellite Launch, Space Systems and Advanced Technologies Research Centre and Explosive Raw Material Production Facility.
Erdogan said the following about the new generation laser-guided artillery missile “TRLG-230”:
“We continue to work on technologies that will bring new capabilities to the missile race, especially to our security forces who are in the field day in, day out. A laser seeker head has been integrated into the TRG-230 missile system.
This missile system, named TRLG 230, has been developed in a way that it can hit targets marked by UAVs and UCAVs from land. The target marked by the Bayraktar TB2 UCVA’s laser, was hit by a laser-guided 230-millimeter missile system. This new development will especially strengthen our soldiers’ position at the front line.”
Evidently, this was used against the Armenian and Artsakh forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh War, between September 27th and November 9th.
The current situation, on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh is relatively calm, with the most recent movements show on the map below.
- On January 3, 133 displaced persons returned from Yerevan to Stepanakert by buses with the assistance of Russian peacekeepers
- As of January 4, a total of 47,800 people returned to Karabakh with the assistance of Russian peacekeepers
- As of January 4, Russia reported that more than 414.6 hectares of land and about 160.3 kilometers of roads were cleared from mines and IEDs and 18,925 explosive objects were found and destroyed
- As of January 4, Russian military medics provided assistance to 1,079 residents of Nagorno-Karabakh, including 134 children
The Russian Peacekeepers have standardized their observations posts, and a video was released showing how that underwent.