Azerbaijan may be using a new kind of Israeli drone that explodes on impact in its ongoing conflict with Armenia.
A loitering munition is a drone with a missile attached to it. Unlike other kinds of drones, a loitering munition is a single-use machine: it basically flies directly to its target and explodes upon impact.
The one in the video appears to be a Harop model drone made by Israeli Aerospace Industries, which claims to be “the largest government owned defense and aerospace company in Israel.”
The drone targeted a bus full of Armenian volunteers, killing seven, a spokesman for Armenia's Defense Ministry told Washington Post.
Nagorno-Karabakh is a region between Armenia and Azerbaijan which has been the site of a decades-long conflict between the two countries. The conflict displaced over 1 million people in the 1990s, according to the BBC.
Two countries who are on opposite sides of the war in Syria—Russia and Turkey—have been involved in the conflict. Russia has supported Armenians while Turkey the Azeris.
The region has seen an increase in violence in recent weeks, with a number of deaths on both sides.
Israeli Aerospace Industries’ website has some pretty crazy video of the Harop drone blowing up targets:
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