ArmInfo.Tracking tactics and analyzing the conduct of exercises of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan is an extremely necessary element in planning possible actions of the Armenian Defense Ministry in the future. It is precisely these that are of primary interest to us are the military exercises held in the neighboring country. Expert of the Orbeli analytical center Taron Hovhannisyan expressed such opinion to ArmInfo.
From May 20 to 24, Azerbaijan conducts the third military exercises. The legend of the exercises is a reflection of the attack and the inflicting of counter-attacks on the conditional enemy in conditions of limited visibility with a further transition to the counteroffensive. Up to 10 thousand troops, up to 200 rocket and artillery systems and MLRS, up to 150 armored vehicles, up to 35 air force units participate in the exercises. The first exercises in the 2019 were held in Azerbaijan in March, the second, joint with Turkey, in May.
"In my opinion, the data, and all previous military exercises, are by no means a kind of announcement of new combat operations. The main factor determining such actions of the enemy is the current state of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, their ability to initiate and confidently continue fighting, and, of course, the current situation in the negotiation process, the domestic and foreign policy background plays an important role in such a motivation, "he stressed.
In any case, according to Hovhannisyan's assessments, the military-political leadership of Armenia, the officials from the Ministry of Defense are conducting quite active work with the ultimate goal of strengthening the country's Armed Forces.
According to him, in particular, we are talking about the technical re-equipment of the army, the creation of a more powerful air force, accompanied by the strengthening of the air defense system and other similar steps.
At the same time, the counter-offensive scenario of the passing exercises, according to the expert, practically does not differ from the scenarios of the previous exercises. A similar scenario has been worked out and tested over the past years by the Azerbaijani armed forces more than once. Although in reality, Baku, according to Hovhannisyan's estimates, considers only one scenario of possible hostilities against Armenia and Artsakh - offensive.