An Israeli-made “suicide drone” has allegedly been sighted in action in the flameup between Azerbaijan and Armenia in recent days, The Washington Post has reported.
The Israel Aerospace Industries Harop unmanned aerial vehicle was allegedly seen flying over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area where border clashes have been taking place. Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan that was seized by Armenia during a six-year war that ended in 1994.
Neither Israeli nor Azerbaijani officials have agreed to comment on it, but the countries are believed to have an active security relationship. Israel has sold the drone to India and Azerbaijan, according to media reports,
The suicide drone reportedly destroys targets by ramming into them. The distinct wing shape and nose of the unmanned aircraft spotted in action in the border region have lead observers to speculate that it is indeed the IAI weapon.
The report also said that it targeted a bus full of “Armenian volunteers,” killing seven since fighting broke out over the past several days.
Clashes erupted between troops from Azerbaijan and the rebel Nagorno-Karabakh region over last weekend, the two sides said, disputing who had violated the fragile ceasefire.