NACA conflict proves that low cost UAV is changing future war

On November 12, the Washington Post website published a report entitled “Azerbaijani drones control the Nagorny Karabakh battlefield – and show the future war”. The full text is excerpted as follows: < / P > < p > looking down over Nagorny Karabakh, we can see most of the six week conflict in this enclave in the Azerbaijian Mountains: the video first shows It shows the soldiers in the trench, and then there is an explosion. Suddenly, the smoke is filled with smoke, and then there is nothing more. < / P > < p > drone attacks targeted Armenian and Karabakh soldiers, destroying tanks, artillery and air defense systems – giving Azerbaijan a huge advantage in the 44 day conflict and becoming the clearest evidence yet of how drones are changing the battlefield. < / P > < p > the expanding low-cost UAV lineup can give national air power at a fraction of the cost of maintaining a traditional air force. The situation in Naka also highlights how drones can instantly change a long-term conflict and put ground forces in extreme danger. “UAVs provide small countries with very cheap tactical aviation and precision guided weapons that enable them to destroy much more expensive adversary equipment, such as tanks and air defense systems,” said Michael kovman, a military analyst and director of Russian Studies at cna, a defense think tank in Arlington, Virginia < / P > < p > in Azerbaijan, videos of drone attacks are shown every day on the website of the Ministry of defense, air raid pictures are constantly playing on the large screen of Baku, the capital, and are also constantly published and forwarded on twitter. According to the cease-fire agreement reached, Russia will send a peacekeeping force of more than 2000 people to the Naka region to return to Azerbaijan in the conflict in the early 1990s. < p > < p > since the Pentagon deployed Predator drones in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks, armed UAVs have been increasingly involved in operations. < / P > < p > within a few months, however, the NACA conflict has become perhaps the most powerful example of how relatively cheap small attack drones can change the war situation once dominated by ground warfare and traditional air forces. The Naka conflict also highlights the weakness of even advanced weapon systems, tanks, radars and surface to air missiles. It also sparked a debate about whether the era of traditional tanks was coming to an end. < / P > < p > using UAVs purchased from Israel and Turkey, Azerbaijan tracked and destroyed Armenian weapon systems in the Naka region, destroying its defense and enabling the rapid advance of the Armenian side. Armenian air defense systems in the Naka area, many of which are old Soviet systems, were found unable to withstand drone attacks, and the losses rapidly increased. Traditional military equipment such as tanks and armored vehicles will not be phased out, said Franz Stefan Gadi, a future conflict researcher at the International Institute for strategic studies. But he said the Naka conflict showed that armed drones were “becoming more and more important” to use other weapons and trained ground forces at the same time. He also said that “in future wars, if we do not do so, it will bring huge devastating consequences.”. Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australian Institute for strategic policy, wrote on the real transparent defense website that weapon systems like the kamikaze are likely to become more common as technology advances and costs decrease.