Russia fighter was attacked by Armenian or Azerbaijani S-300 missile system
MOSCOW, (BM) – Russian journalists in the field in Nagorno-Karabakh and in the border area between Russia and Azerbaijan provided photos of crashed parts of a Russian-made S-300 missile system that attacked a Russian fighter jet, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The incident happened a few days ago, when the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan had already begun. Russia’s aerospace forces have sent reconnaissance patrol fighters along the virtual borders of the airspace between Azerbaijan and Russia. Sources from the defense ministries of the two countries did not report any violations of the airspace, which confirms the initial information that the Russian fighter was on Russian territory.
There is no specific and officially confirmed information about the model of the Russian fighter, but experts say that the aerospace forces in this region of Russia use mainly Su-30 and Su-35.
The S-300 anti-aircraft missile did not hit the Russian machine, with military experts claiming that there were two reasons: the fighter managed to avoid the impact, or the S-300 system operators deactivated it before the possible collision, establishing the identity of the fighter.
Markings on the remains found on the ground from local sources and subsequently seized by the Russian military confirm its identity, namely – the Russian air defense system S-300. The remains were found in the area of Agul in Degestan, and the anti-aircraft missile is a 48N6E2 model, which automatically makes it an integrated weapon structure in the S-300PMU-2 or S-400 Triumf complex. Since neither Azerbaijan nor Armenia has the latest Russian missile system, the S-300 is the most accurate answer to the question of which missile system the missile was fired from.
What is known about the missiles of this model is their range – 200 km., Has a semi-automatic radar targeting and moves at a speed of 2000 m / sec.
Russian military intelligence is currently unable to confirm whether the missile was fired from an Azerbaijani or Armenian complex, as the data is still being processed. Military sources from the Russian Ministry of Defense unofficially claim that there is no evidence that Baku has used its S-300 systems in the conflict.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.
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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