A new report has shade light on the losses of Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the ongoing battle in the dispute region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The report, which was released by the Oryx Blog on October 25, provides a detailed summary of the material losses both sides sustained since the outbreak of the battle on September 27.
According to the report, Armenian forces sustained the following losses:
- 160 Battle tanks, of which destroyed: 102, damaged: 4, captured: 54;
- 27 Armoured fighting vehicles, of which destroyed: 16, captured: 11;
- 37 Infantry fighting vehicles, of which destroyed: 19, captured: 18;
- 2 Armoured recovery vehicles, of which captured: 2;
- 2 Self-propelled anti-tank missile system, of which captured: 2;
- 72 Towed artillery pieces, of which destroyed: 47, damaged: 6, captured: 19;
- 12 Self-propelled artillery pieces, of which destroyed: 11, damaged: 1;
- 62 Multiple rocket launchers, of which destroyed: 62;
- 1 Ballistic Missile destroyed;
- 9 Mortars, of which destroyed: 1, captured: 8;
- 1 Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun destroyed;
- 20 Surface-to-air missile systems, of which destroyed: 20;
- 10 Radars, of which destroyed: 10;
- 1 Jammer and Deception system destroyed;
- 1 Aircraft destroyed;
- 3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, of which destroyed: 3;
- 337 Trucks, Vehicles and Jeeps, of which destroyed: 162, damaged: 5 captured: 170;
- 2 Decoys, of which destroyed: 2;
- 16 Strategic locations hit;
- 42 Anti-tank guided missiles, of which captured: 7 launchers or optics.
The losses of Azerbaijani forces:
- 24 battle Tanks, of which destroyed: 15, damaged: 6, captured: 2, captured but later lost: 1;
- 29 Infantry fighting vehicles, of which damaged: 2, captured: 17;
- 1 Engineering equipment damaged;
- 8 Aircraft and Helicopters, of which destroyed: 8;
- 18 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, of which destroyed: 17, captured: 1;
- 18 Trucks, Vehicles and Jeeps, of which destroyed: 12, damaged: 5, captured: 1.
It is important to note that the Oryx blog is known for supporting Turkish-backed Syrian rebels as well as for being aligned with the Azerbaijani-Turkish media campaign in its efforts to cover the war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The blog also has links to Bellingcat, which reflects its political orientation.
The numbers provided by the blog were likely collected from videos and photos coming from the conflict zone. While this provides an insight on the situation, it is nearly impossible to verify these numbers or the media material which were collected from.
Lost Armour a credible military statics site, which is monitoring the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, provided different date from that given by Oryx. The website lists verified losses only. It does not relay on repeated footage or any evidence that has not been checked in details yet.
According to the website, Armenian forces losses were:
- 13 Battle tanks;
- 10 Armoured fighting vehicles;
- 8 Infantry fighting vehicles;
- 26 Multiple rocket launchers;
- 17 Towed and self-propelled howitzers;
- 16 Air-Defense and Radar systems;
- 2 Jammer and Deception system;
- 1 Warplane;
- 2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Azerbaijani forces losses were:
- 8 Battle tanks;
- 4 Armoured fighting vehicles;
- 3 Infantry fighting vehicles;
- 4 Armoured recovery vehicles;
- 7 warplanes;
- 18 Unmanned Aerial vehicles.
Regardless of the data provided by Oryx and Lost Armour, there is no doubt that Armenian forces sustained more than double the Azerbaijani losses in the ongoing battle.
The superior fire power and more advanced weapons of Azerbaijani forces have inflicted serious losses on Armenian troops. As a result, Azerbaijani forces were able to make significant advance in Nagorno-Karabakh, mainly in the region’s southeastern part.
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