The long-standing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has once again moved from a smoldering state to an open confrontation. Therefore, the assessment of the military potentials of the two post-Soviet states is very relevant, writes the Military Watch edition.
In its doctrine, Yerevan relies more on weapons purchased from Moscow. Armenia has focused on improving its strike potential and gaining air superiority. At the same time, Baku spends more funds on partnerships with Tel Aviv and Ankara.
Azerbaijan should be wary of the five powerful weapon systems that Armenia has and the use of which will be crucial if the conflict escalates into a full-scale war.
Armenia has 4 units in service OTRK 9K720 Iskander-Ecapable of launching aeroballistic missiles. These are very powerful mobile systems, specially purchased for the destruction of air defense, command centers and airfields in Azerbaijan. Their missiles are difficult to intercept. They are very maneuverable, use electronic warfare to evade, and are capable of striking at Mach 7. These OTRKs, even in the export version, are very dangerous and can change the course of the war.
Also, Armenia has 4 units of new heavy fighters Sioux 30SM generation "4+". All that Azerbaijan can boast of as a counterbalance is the 30-year-old MiG-29 light fighters. The specified number of Su-15SM is quite enough to deprive Azerbaijan of aviation. Technological the advantage of Armenians in this segment is undeniable. Su-30SM with half-filled tanks can deliver high-precision strikes across the entire territory of Azerbaijan.
Su-30SM are equipped with missiles R-77 air-to-air class with a range of 110 km. At the same time, Azerbaijani MiG-29s use R-27 missiles from the Soviet era with a range of up to 90 km.
In addition, the Su-30SM has anti-radar missiles Kh-31P air-to-surface class with a range of 110 km. They have high maneuverability and are designed to destroy enemy air defense and radar installations.
There are 5 divisions in service with the Armenian air defense system SAM S-300PT... This version of the air defense system is far from perfect, but you can rely on it, because not the most advanced air forces in the world will try to overcome it. The S-300PT are equipped with 5V55KD surface-to-air missiles with a range of 90 km.