October 25, 2020 - 21:00 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - American satellite company Maxar Technologies has discovered Turkish F-16 fighter jets in Gabala airbase, Azerbaijan, according to Armenian Defense Ministry representative Artsrun Hovhannisyan said on Twitter.
Six aircraft were located there about a week ago, though the new photo features only four of them.
In late July, Turkey deployed several F-16s to Azerbaijan for the joint TurAz Qartalı-2020 military exercises. Back then, several Turkish Air Force F-16s were filmed at the same location at Ganja International Airport.
At least two F-16s were stationed at Ganja International Airport in Azerbaijan as of October 3, a New York Times analysis of a satellite image showed earlier.
Investigative journalist Christiaan Triebert said back then that the fighter jets in Ganja were likely operated by the Turkish Air Force, alongside a possible CN-235 cargo aircraft.
Kommersant reported in mid-October that a significant number of Turkish servicemen remained in Azerbaijan after the joint drills in summer, to coordinate and direct the planning and execution of the offensive operations against Nagorno-Karabakh.
Also, 18 Turkish infantry fighting vehicles, one multiple launch rocket system, 10 vehicles and up to 34 aircraft (including 6 warplanes, 8 helicopters, up to 20 drones) were left in Azerbaijan for providing military intelligence both in Karabakh and in Armenia.
On September 30, the Armenian side published a video, showing that two Turkish F-16 jets, together with Azerbaijani SU-25 fighters and Turkish Bayraktar surveillance UAVs have taken off from Kyurdamir Air Base in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan, with help from Turkey and Syrian and Libyan mercenaries deployed by Ankara, started a war against Karabakh (Artsakh) in the morning of September 27. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. Foreign and local journalists too have been injured in Azeri shelling of towns and villages.
Donations can be made to Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, which has launched a fundraising campaign to support humanitarian efforts in Karabakh.