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First time in history: Armenian army shot down an Israeli-made Hermes 900 UAV [video]

YEREVAN, (BM) – During the new round of the Armenian-Azerbaijani confrontation, the new Israeli drone Elbit Hermes 900 was shot down for the first time on its history, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Naked Science.

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The cost of the device, according to data from open sources, is approximately $ 30 million.

According to Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin, the destruction by the Armenian forces of the unmanned aerial vehicle Elbit Hermes 900 of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan was the first for the entire operation of this drone.

According to the head of the Armenian single information center Artsrun Hovhannisyan, the aircraft was destroyed using the Osa-AK anti-aircraft missile system.

This is one of the versions of the “Wasp”, adopted in 1975. In total, according to Hovhannisyan, the air defense units of the Armed Forces of Armenia during the conflict destroyed 13 Azerbaijani UAVs.

Elbit Hermes 900 made its first flight in 2009, and began to operate the drone in 2011. The device is designed for reconnaissance and surveillance. The payload mass is up to 350 kilograms.

About Hermes 900 UAV

Satisfying the growing demand for mid-altitude tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, Elbit Systems pushed for the creation of an UAV that took a place between the Hermes 450 and Hermes 1500 in the company’s line of models.

The Hermes 900 UAV, with a maximum take-off weight of 970 kilograms and 15 meter wings, can carry a payload of 300 kg. Hermes 900 is an all-weather unmanned aerial vehicle.

This UAV has an automatic take-off and landing system. Like the Hermes 450, which is renowned for its unmatched safety and reliability, the Hermes 900 meets the highest requirements for unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Hermes 900 is controlled from the ground by the universal control station Elbit Systems UGCS, which is capable of simultaneously controlling two unmanned aerial vehicles.

In the bow of the UAV can be placed a satellite communications system that allows you to control the drone in areas remote from direct communication areas.

Azerbaijan buys the deadly Turkish Bayraktar TB2 mid-range strike UAV

As we reported on June 27, Turkey has found another buyer for its shock drones. Azerbaijani source from the military industry of the country announced that Azerbaijan plans to acquire dozens of Turkish-made armed drones.

According to Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov, “work on the acquisition of drones continues, but there are already results.” Recently, the Azerbaijani parliament approved a bill on financial assistance from Turkey, which will be used to purchase weapons systems.

The Ministry of Defense did not disclose the models of bepilots they were interested in, as well as the number of units planned for purchase. At the same time, Turkish media indicate that we are talking about the Bayraktar TB2 model, and the potential deal may include dozens of drones and weapons for them.

Bayraktar TB2 – mid-range strike UAV, designed and manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar. The development of the drone began in 2007, and two years later he made the first flight. In 2014, the developers showed the Turkish military its final version, and in March 2016 Bayraktar TB2 was officially adopted by the Turkish army.

Bayraktar TB2 can rise to a height of more than 7300 m and stay in the air for up to 24 hours. The device is able to move away from the control point at a distance of 150 km and operate in two modes (remote control or automatic mode, including independent take-off and landing). The maximum drone speed is 250 km / h, cruising speed is 130 km / h.

The length of the drone is 6.5 m, the wingspan is 12 m. The maximum take-off weight of the drone is 650 kg, while the payload is 55 kg. The device is equipped with many cameras and surveillance systems, which allows it to be used for reconnaissance purposes. In addition, Bayraktar TB2 is capable of carrying adjustable bombs and laser-guided missiles.

What is happening at the moment in the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on Thursday about the ongoing tension in the Tovuz direction of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and the resumption of fightings, as we reported.

“Starting from the morning of July 16, the Armenian Armed Forces again made an attempt to attack the positions of the Azerbaijani army on the section of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border in the Tovuz region,” the statement said.

According to the defense department, the villages of Agdam, Dondar Gushchu and Vahidli were fired from large-caliber weapons and mortars, and there were no casualties among the civilian population.

“At present, there is a battle in this direction. The operational situation is under the control of the Azerbaijani army,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

In turn, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia reported that the Azerbaijani units tried to commit sabotage, after which they began to shell the border villages of Aygepar and Movses.

The situation on the northern part of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border escalated on July 12. Azerbaijan announced an attempt by the Armenian Armed Forces to attack the positions of the republic’s army using artillery, while in Yerevan they called the reason for the exacerbation of the breakthrough attempt from the Azerbaijani side.

In Baku, reported the eleven dead of the Azerbaijani army in three days of clashes, including Major General Polad Hashimov. Yerevan claimed the death of four and injured ten soldiers.

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces on the morning of July 13 resumed shelling of Armenian positions on the state border in the direction of the Tavush region of Armenia, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of the Republic Shushan Stepanyan said.

“After a two-three-hour break in the morning [Monday, July 13], the enemy resumed provocative actions, continuing shelling at Armenian positions. The Armenian Armed Forces gave an adequate response. An increase in losses in the ranks of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces is not excluded,” the representative of the Armenian military department wrote on her Facebook page.

The press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on the night of July 13 that the Armenian military was shelling a village on the border.

At the same time, Stepanyan noted that shelling with varying intensity is carried out from the Azerbaijani side, but all attempts are neutralized.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on the afternoon of July 12 that units of the Armenian Armed Forces tried to attack the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the Tovuz direction of the border using artillery.

According to the military, after that, a battle ensued. According to Baku, the enemy suffered losses and retreated. The ministry said that two Azerbaijani soldiers were killed in the battle, five were injured. Later, another soldier died from the wounds received.

In turn, Shushan Stepanyan, quoted by Interfax, said that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces at around 12:30 on July 12 attempted to violate the state border in the Tavush direction in an UAZ car. According to her, after the warning of the Armenian side, the enemy left the car and returned to its positions.

“At 13:45, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, using artillery fire, tried to seize our stronghold, but were thrown back from their positions by fire, bearing casualties,” the spokeswoman said.

According to the Minister of Defense of Armenia David Tonoyan, the military on the border with Azerbaijan is ordered to be restrained.

As Shushan Stepanyan wrote on her Facebook, he made the corresponding statement in a conversation with the personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. As noted by Tonoyan, in case of provocation, the Armenian military will react as necessary, “until the occupation of new favorable positions.”

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.

During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.

In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed.

The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.

At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.

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