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November 8, 2018

By Masis Ingilizian

Azerbaijan Pushes into Nakhichevan Borderlands

Recent satellite imagery from Planet Labs shows ongoing engineering works by the Azerbaijani armed forces on the Nakhichevan border into what was once considered neutral territory. Azerbaijani attempts to sidle up closer to the Armenian frontline since the 1994 ceasefire have primarily taken place on the Nagorno-Karabakh border, reducing the point of contact to fewer…

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October 20, 2017

By Hayk Khachikyan

Azerbaijan’s “Favorit”: In Search of the Caspian Country’s SA-20s

This article also appeared in On June 26, 2011, for the first time, Azerbaijan demonstrated its S-300PMU2 Favorit SAM systems in a military parade held in the capital Baku. During the military parade, three 5P85TE2 TELs (Transporter Erector Launcher), two 5T58 missile transporters, and one 30N6E2 Illumination guidance radar were demonstrated. According to the…

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October 4, 2017

By Masis Ingilizian

Azerbaijan’s Militarization and the Status of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic

The peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan was severely weakened due to the April 2016 four-day war, with further complications due to Azerbaijan asserting its military prowess through a build-up in its exclave of Nakhichevan. This military build-up in Nakhichevan has led to Armenia becoming a more hesitant partner in the OSCE mediation efforts. Additionally,…

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September 2, 2017

By Masis Ingilizian

Satellite Analysis of the Gilyazi Munition Depot Explosions

This post was originally by Bellingcat for Planet Stories. Examining imagery of the recent incident in Azerbaijan By Masis Ingilizian and Karen Vrtanesyan On Sunday, August 27, 2017, multiple explosions rocked the Azerbaijani munitions depot, called Gilyazi. Azerbaijani officials downplayed the incident, saying that the ammunition collected in the depot had been meant to be disposed, and some media…

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April 12, 2016

By Masis Ingilizian

Azerbaijan’s Incremental Increase On The Nagorno Karabagh Frontline

The Red line illustrates the distance between the demarcation line and the newly seized post of Lele Tepe, a distance of approximately 1 km. On April 2nd, reports began to flood in from the Northern villages of Karabagh regarding a major Azerbaijani offensive on their territory. By April 3rd, Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev openly admitted that…

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October 20, 2015

By Masis Ingilizian

Assessing Azerbaijan’s S300 Systems

Since the installation of two S300PMU2 in Azerbaijan, photos and imagery have confirmed reports of the operational capability and combat readiness of the S300PMU-2 systems. Sean O’Connor spotted the systems in late 2012. Detailed ongoing coverage by IMINT Analysis of the increasing possibility of the resumption of conflict in Nagorno Karabagh has included updates on these systems, including the above imagery and its location. Bellingcat has continued with the Caucasus updates, drawing on the contribution of experts from IMINT Analysis.

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June 13, 2015

By Masis Ingilizian

US Caspian Sea Strategy and Azerbaijan’s Shipbuilding Facility

US interests in the Caspian Sea are part of the larger framework of US geo-strategic interests in the Eurasian region. US proxies such as Israel provide support, technical advice and military equipment to the Azerbaijani navy. Both US and Israeli interests against Iranian and Russian influence in the Caspian Sea have aided Azerbaijan in its…

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May 4, 2015

By Masis Ingilizian

Azerbaijan and Israel’s Aerospace Industry. A Worrying Concern for Armenia or Iran?

The border of Nagorno Karabagh, one of the most militarized borders in Europe, attracts attention from think tanks, European organizations and major powers. The frontline between Armenia and Azerbaijan replicates WW1 style trenches and its distance between the two opposing trenches in certain sections are a mere 500 metres in distance.  Azerbaijan’s official rhetoric has…

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