The Azerbaijani Public Television ITV showed a documentary film dedicated to the participation of the special operations forces of the Azerbaijani Navy in the Second Karabakh War in the fall of 2020.
The film is titled “Invisible Heroes – Marine Special Forces”.
It contains details of the active involvement of Azerbaijan military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh.
In particular, the film reveals that the special operations forces of the Azerbaijani Navy began their mission in the Second Karabakh War in the fall of 2020 in an offensive towards the village of Talish, but then were transferred toward Jebrail.
The special forces of the Azerbaijani Navy operated in small groups, performing mainly sabotage and reconnaissance tasks or being used as assault groups.
The first battles of the special forces of the Navy in the southern direction were battles for the settlement of Shukurbeyli, where, having infiltrated through the front line, the special forces attacked enemy positions from the rear.
Then the special forces fought for eight days for the settlements of Emirvarli and Soltanli, where the second echelon of defense of the Armenian troops passed.
In this area, they ran into strong resistance from the Armenian troops. Only after massive artillery and UAV fire strikes did the Azerbaijani side manage to knock out the enemy from these positions.
Additionally, the special forces of the Azerbaijani Navy participated in the battles in the Zaneglan and Gubadli directions, the naval special forces were the first to enter the city of Gubadli.
In early November 2020, the Navy’s special forces were transferred to the Martuni (Khojavend) direction. As the fighters of the special forces of the Azerbaijani Navy recall, in this direction the Armenian troops offered fierce resistance, battles were fought for every height.
The most difficult were the battles for the Kyzylkaya height. Storming this height, the Navy special forces lost five soldiers and 11 others were wounded. This was the final mission during the short-lived war.
The documentary is a part of a serious, with the previous one being focused on air force activity, and various tactics that were employed in the war.
The previous part was called “Invisible heroes – Air Force”, and it tells of the participation of the Azerbaijani Air Force in the Second Karabakh War in the fall of 2020.
The Commander of the Azerbaijani Air Force, General Ramiz Takhirov describes the details of the successful operation “Karabakh chest” carried out by the Azerbaijani side during this conflict to suppress the Armenian air defense in Nagorno-Karabakh. We are grateful to Mamed Valimamedov for the link and presentation of the translation of the excerpts from the interviews dedicated to the operation “Karabakh chest”.
As of September 27, 2020, the Armenian air defense system in Karabakh consisted of 24 units of Osa-AK (M) air defense systems, 6 units of Tor-M2KM air defense systems, one division S-300PS, 2 divisions of the Krug air defense system, 3 divisions of the Kub air defense system and one division of the C- 125.
To suppress the Armenian air defense system in Karabakh, the Azerbaijani Air Force command developed the “Karabakh chest” operation. This operation consisted of the following components:
- In order to force the enemy to put into operation all of its air defense systems, it was decided to organize an imitation of a massive air strike using aircraft, helicopters and UAVs. These aircraft did various maneuvers without entering the affected area of the air defense.
- To prevent the enemy from revealing this plan, there was a decision to launch An-2 aircraft into the air defense engagement zone. The pilots sent the An-2 to the air defense affected area, while they themselves jumped out of the plane with a parachute.
- To make An-2 look like real combat aircraft, they were stuffed with various bombs. If the enemy had not shot down these planes, they would have been used as kamikaze drones.
- These false targets were supposed to force the enemy to waste expensive missiles of the Tor-M2KM complexes, which he had in limited quantities. This goal was achieved, since for some time, due to the lack of missiles, the enemy could not use the “Tor-M2KM”.
- Further, the loitering ammunition Harop, Skystriker and Orbiter-1k, and the Bayraktar TB2 UAV, all of which were already in the air, struck at the identified air defense systems.
- To support the actions of UAVs and complicate the actions of the air defense system, electronic warfare means were actively used, which interfered with the operation of the enemy’s air defense systems.
- With the help of technical means, false electronic targets were created for enemy air defense systems.
8.With the use of Spike-NLOS missiles installed on helicopters with a range of up to 30 km, strikes were made against enemy air defense systems.
On the first day of the operation, it was possible to destroy up to 60% of the enemy’s air defense systems. Until the end of the war, the enemy was unable to open the “Karabakh chest”.
This actually reveals that Azerbaijan’s battle strategy was quite thorough, both on the ground and in the air, and the victory is no surprise against the mismanaged Armenian forces.