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We are only at the start of a change in military technology putting the introduction of indirect fire artillery, the machine gun, and barbed wire - aka 'The First World War'

The Air and Missile War in Nagorno-Karabakh: Lessons for the Future of Strike and Defense

As numerous recent reports have argued, these [drones] were game-changing. Azerbaijani drones provided significant advantages in ISR as well as long-range strike capabilities. They enabled Azerbaijani forces to find, fix, track, and kill targets with precise strikes far beyond the front lines. UAVs were operationally integrated with fires from manned aircraft and land-based artillery but also frequently used their own ordinance to destroy various high-value military assets. Open-source reporting suggests that drones contributed to disabling a huge number of Armenian tanks, fighting vehicles, artillery units, and air defenses. Their penetration of Nagorno-Karabakh's deep rear also weakened Armenian supply lines and logistics, facilitating later Azerbaijani success in battle.

The Armenian military was the standard Cold War mix of tanks and armored infantry backed by artillery.  Azerbaijani drones ripped it to hell and gone.

But the Military Industrial Complex marches on:

Yet while drones played a large role in this conflict, their capabilities ought not be exaggerated. These platforms are very vulnerable to air defenses that are designed to counter them--defenses Armenia did not have in adequate numbers.

And elan and Will to Combat can overcome machine gun fire.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 04:09:01 PM EST
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The conflict also provides yet another reminder about the importance of passive defense. We see this time and time again with both sides operating out in the open, static or moving slowly; poorly camouflaged; and clumped in tight, massed formations.
Pretty much describes a carrier group, I wonder when the various navies will notice.
by asdf on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 05:42:07 PM EST
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That's the $64,000 question.  My guess?  They'll notice and come-up with some BS about why it doesn't matter.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Dec 13th, 2021 at 09:00:22 PM EST
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