2 Azerbaijani Military Planes Landed In Israel During Karabakh Attacks

An illustrative photo of the Ilyushin 76 cargo plane which reportedly landed in Israel on two occasions in April 2016. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Igor Dvurekov/Wikipedia)An illustrative photo of the Ilyushin 76 cargo plane which reportedly landed in Israel on two occasions in April 2016. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Igor Dvurekov/Wikipedia)
An illustrative photo of the Ilyushin 76 cargo plane which reportedly landed in Israel on two occasions in April 2016. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Igor Dvurekov/Wikipedia)An illustrative photo of the Ilyushin 76 cargo plane which reportedly landed in Israel on two occasions in April 2016. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Igor Dvurekov/Wikipedia)

An illustrative photo of the Ilyushin 76 cargo plane which reportedly landed in Israel on two occasions in April 2016. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Igor Dvurekov/Wikipedia)An illustrative photo of the Ilyushin 76 cargo plane which reportedly landed in Israel on two occasions in April 2016. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Igor Dvurekov/Wikipedia)

TEL AVIV—Two Azerbaijani military planes reportedly landed in Israel earlier this month, at the height of this month’s Azerbaijani attacks on the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

In the first week of April, a publicly accessible online flight database twice picked up a large cargo plane belonging to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry entering Israeli airspace and flying to the Uvda military airfield in the south of the country, according to the report in the Israeli daily Haaretz.

An Ilyushin 76 cargo plane, flying under the call sign AZAF8 (Azerbaijani Air Force) is said to have arrived in Israel on April 4 and again on April 6, having come from the direction of Turkey. The planes apparently stayed on the ground for two to three hours.

This is not the first time Israel has been accused of helping Azerbaijan in the conflict, but allowing an Azerbaijani military aircraft to land in Israel would represent an upgrade in cooperation between the two countries, which have long maintained cordial ties.

In the same week that the planes are said to have landed in Israel, reports emerged that the Azerbaijani army had used an Israeli-made attack drone to target an Armenian convoy in the region.

An IAI Harop drone. (screen capture: YouTube)

An IAI Harop drone. (screen capture: YouTube)

A press spokesman for Armenia’s Defense Ministry said on his Facebook page that the Azerbaijani army was using the Israeli-made kamikaze Harop drone. The Harop is small enough to be able to skirt enemy aircraft detection systems and can find targets by radar or radio wave, as well as by remote piloting.

Artsrun Hovhannisyan told the state-run Russian agency Ria Novosti that the drone had apparently fixed on a bus full of “Armenian volunteers” and killed seven of them, the Washington Post reported.

Azerbaijan is Israel’s biggest oil supplier, a key recipient of Israeli arms, and a partner in a complicated three-way dance with Iran.

In 2011, the Israeli defense contractor Aeronautics opened a military drone factory in Azerbaijan.

The two countries signed a $1.4 billion defense deal in February 2012 which focused on drones and missile defense systems.

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9 Comments

  1. Harutuyn said:

    Ok so we all know that all ready why dont the Armenian community have US cargo planes like the c-5 land in Armenia also instead of dwelling on the same bullshit over and over and have the oligarchks start paying for things for defense.

  2. serop said:

    The so called friendly relations with Israel is over, we will mobalise globally and confront the two faced Jews and expose all their lies and hypocrisy. The real information was has started and the first point of attack is the ridiculous holocaust industry and the support it gets from Hollywood
    More Christian Ukrainians & Russians died at the hands of soviet jewish leaders than Jews in Europe, and we are not allowed to bring it up

  3. Gary Artinian said:

    Israel is doing the same thing as Russia is doing. Business with Azerbaijan. They both don’t care how the arms are used or how many innocent people die. The important thing for Armenia is to buy similar or better weapons and drones, from same or other sources. The best deterrant is a country’s own might. Armenia should also develop military technology and industry and sell to other countries. Armenia can be the silicon valley of Caucasus.

  4. mgl said:

    What a POS the Israel is. Should we support Palestinians now? Armenian government should make it clear to Jews to stop being our enemies by acknowledging the genocide and stop kissing Turks ass.

  5. Ayp Pen said:

    As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. It looks like israel has learned from germany and england and the Armenian Genocide.

  6. Vindicated Man said:

    Their Geschäftsführer (merely means ‘manager’, nothing fascist here) is doing the ‘normal’ thing – making money. Nothing fancy either – that’s Geschäfts, just their ‘business’. It’s disgusting to me, may be disgusting to you. But to the modern Jewish ‘friends’… Will they ever change? Any ethics or principles to guide them? No, not when they see their 30 shekels.

  7. Raffi said:

    Armenians should supply arms to Hozballah and Hamas, traitor Israeli’s have NO friends.

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