The six weeks of devastating war between two former soviet states-Azerbaijan and Armenia-has ended in the decisive defeat of Yerevan forcing it to give up vast swathes of territories in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh to Baku.
With the two sides agreeing to a ceasefire on the terms set by Azerbaijan, there is a pall of gloom over in Armenia over the loss of territories and utter defeat at the hands of the enemy they defeated in the war in the 1990s.
What turned the tables in favour of Azerbaijan after two decades is the best use of combat-proven Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or the drones on the battlefield.
Turkish and Israeli ‘Kamikaze’ drones have played a key role in giving the upper hand to Azeri forces in targeting Armenian artillery, air defences, armoured personnel carriers, tanks and troops.
In a way, the Armenian forces and other military assets were sitting ducks for the Azeri drones. No doubt, the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has redefined the future of modern warfare with less human contact and more of airpower especially the drone power.
Game changing Turkish combat drones
Azerbaijan’s use of Turkish made Bayraktar TB2 had the deadliest effect on the ‘enemy’ troops. With deep pockets thanks to its oil and gas, Baku purchased these Bayraktar combat drones from Ankara earlier this year apart from purchasing other modern military assets to replace its old soviet made arsenal.