New Video Shows Azerbaijani Loitering Munition Destroying Armenian S-300 Launcher

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On January 6, a video showing an Azerbaijani loitering munition destroying an Armenian S-300 transporter erector launcher (TEL) during the recent battle in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh surfaced on social media.

The video shows the munition, an Israeli-made IAI Harop, hitting an S-300 5P85-series TEL of the Armenian Air Defense Force from the top.

The TEL seen in the video was stationed in a base in the southeastern Armenian town of Goris, a few kilometers to the west of Nagorno-Karabakh. A video of the strike was released on October 20.

Azerbaijani forces launched a large-scale attack on Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27 of last year. The battle ended on November 9 with a Russian-brokered peace deal that saw Armenian troops withdrawing from several parts of the region.

The fierce battle saw an extensive use of Israeli-made loitering munitions, mainly IAI Harop and Elbit SkyStriker, by Azerbaijani forces.

New Video Shows Azerbaijani Loitering Munition Destroying Armenian S-300 Launcher

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Azerbaijani forces use loitering munitions to take out several high-value targets of the Armenian military, mainly air-defense systems. These advanced munitions were also used against low-value targets like battle tanks and trucks.

The Armenian Air Defense Force lost four S-300 TELs and three radars for the air-defense system in the course of the battle. At least three of the TELs were destroyed with loitering munitions.

Modern weapons like loitering munitions, combat drones and precision-guided rockets granted Azerbaijani forces the upper hand during the battle. The Armenian military failed to adopt to the new threats as fast as it was needed.

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