Monday, April 05, 2021

WHAT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY CAN LEARN FROM THE NAGORNO-KARABAKH WAR via Small Wars Journal

 via SWJ

Armenia’s larger air defenses like the S-300 are not designed for counter-UAV missions and were targeted early in the conflict by Azerbaijani loitering munitions.[11]

In addition to the apparent lack of Armenian counter-UAS (C-UAS) capability, the strikes clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of more advanced air defense systems when faced with an overwhelming UAS threat.

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 There is a mounting body of evidence that the Azberbaijani war effort was planned, coordinated, and in large part executed by Turkey. Military aid from Ankara included, but was not limited to, Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones, special forces commandos, and Turkish-affiliated Syrian mercenaries. Turkish control over Azerbaijan’s armed forces is so deeply embedded that there are reports of Azerbaijani military officers being fired at Ankara’s behest after criticizing the extent of Turkish involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan’s recent participation at a victory parade in Baku evoked a striking portrait: the two leaders stood side by side, behind them a row of Turkish and Azerbaijani flags arrayed in equal numbers. Indeed, Turkish flags were just as ubiquitous on the streets of Baku as their Azerbaijani counterparts.[16]

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 FASCINATING ARTICLE!  MUST READ!

I've down played the significance of UAVs but my personal lesson learned (as taught by this short article) is that large numbers of UAVs will probably be an achilles heel of the US that China will exploit.

They have the manufacturing base to fill the skies with them...of all sizes.

UAVs along with powerful electronic warfare efforts will cause us all kinds of problems.  Additionally it could help negate the Missile Marines by providing persistent ISR coverage over a larger area than we're willing to admit.

My prediction about those small amphibious ships being tracked and sunk before they can even unload their Missile Marines might be more spot on than even I thought.

The sea might be a maneuver space but its wide open.  Unless you're in a semi submersible ship you just can't hide on the open ocean.

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