The armored vehicles of the Defense Army of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) have become an excellent target for high-tech Azerbaijani unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Zvezda writes.
“Modern tanks are in a sense more vulnerable than World War II armored vehicles, as the number and nature of threats have increased. The just ended war in Nagorno-Karabakh has successfully demonstrated this, ”the weekly admits.
According to the publication, the Russian defense-industrial complex (MIC) “will draw appropriate conclusions based on the results of this war.”
In particular, it is noted that Russian T-72B3M and T-80BVM tanks are planned to be equipped with the Arena-M active protection complex and additional reactive armor units in a rigid hull along the sides. Also, “it is planned to increase the survivability of machines on the battlefield by installing electromagnetic protection systems and an autonomous automatic fire protection system of repeated action.”
In October, military expert Aleksey Khlopotov, commenting on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, said that the tanks “are quite tenacious in themselves”, but in their current form they are practically defenseless against modern drones. “The sky is completely dominated by drones, and we see that they draw the line under the use of armored vehicles,” the specialist admitted.
In the same month, The National Interest wrote that the destruction of a large number of military vehicles during hostilities in the unrecognized NKR is due to insufficient tactical training of the parties to the conflict, as well as their lack of air defense (air defense), which would provide adequate cover, in particular, tanks.