On October 4, the government of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (a self-proclaimed Armenia-affiliated state located in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region) announced that Armenian forces had destroyed the military air base near Azerbaijan’s Ganja. This air base reportedly hosted F-16 fighter jets of Turkey.
The claim was made by the Press Secretary of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) President Vahram Poghosyan.
Ganja is the airport serving Azerbaijan’s second largest city, it is also used by the Azerbaijani Air and Air Defence Force and was previously used by the Soviet Air Force.
It is also commonly used by Silk Way Airlines, which are quite known for their weapons deliveries to conflict zones in the Middle East.
Azerbaijan claimed that the Armenian strike targeted the city of Ganja itself, while the Armenian side insists that the strike hit the military air base only.
A day earlier, on October 3, Armenian media claimed that the Armenian military attacked another Azerbaijani military airbase hosting Turkish F-16 fighters.
Armenian media reported striking the largest Azerbaijani airbase.
the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan published unique footage of striking certain objects near the Azerbaijani settlement of Sabirkend.
One of the largest air bases of the Air Force of Azerbaijan, located just a few kilometers from the settlement of Sabirkend, was hit. According to earlier reports, it is at this airbase that Turkish F-16 fighters are located.
According to the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, at least 10 tactical missiles “Tochka-U” were fired at the territory of the village of Sabirkend, but no disclosing information that there’s an important military base located there.
According to analysts, Sabirkend itself is of no interest to the military forces of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, however, the destruction of the air base can become a very serious problem for Baku, especially if Turkish F-16 fighters are indeed based here, as previously reported
The forces of Armenia are very much inferior in their power to the Air Force of Azerbaijan, so Armenia could really be trying to target such capabilities to even the field. According to open sources, MiG-25 interceptor fighters are located at Dallar airbase.