The above was an almost poetic way of illustrating a very plausible way events can turn in case of an Azeri all out asault on our lands.
I wanted to highlight the importance of Anti-tank weponry in this kind of conflict.
Unlike the wide open deserts of the Middle-east with no cover, the forested mountainous topography of Artsakh does not favour tanks very much. With few roads and little space to maneuver, tanks and other armour will have to pass through bottlenecks, choke-points etc. Ideal for anti-tank ambushes.
Our military high-command fully appreciates the value of these systems that don't cost an arm and leg to buy and operate. I am certain of this because I am seing (in photos) a proliferation of various types of anti-tank weapons in our army.
Here is a brief discription of what we have:
1. Short range systems:
The famous RPG-7
The more modern RPG-22 with the rockets taken out of the launch tubes.
We are talking about the world famous RPGs. Depending on the model, their range is upto 900m.
Most people have seen the RPG-7 on news clips from the Middle-East, Afghanistan etc. But there ae many different other models with different characteristics.
RPGs are not missiles that you can guide to the target by making corrections all the time. They are unguided rockets that you aim and shoot.
Some larger models like the RPG-29 can pierce the latest tanks with the thickest armour.
2. Medium range systems:
The 9M111 F-AGOT medium range guided antitank missile complex
The bigger cousin of the F-AGOT is the KONKURS. Here seen carried on BRDM-2 scout vehicles.
Kommandir Mher's weapon. The range is up to 2 km. The missile is guided and course is corected during flight. Deadly against tanks or other vehicles on the move.
The longer range version of the 9M111 F-AGOT is called 9M113 KONKURS. Its range is up to 4 km. It can be retrofitted on F-AGOT launchers, but being heavier it is normally carried on vehicles like the BRDM-2 in the above photo.
3. Long range systems:
SHTURM-S long range ATGM carried on MT-LB tracked vehicles.
Parade in Stepanagerd. In the background, a company of SHTURM-S
These are our aces. With a range of 5500 m with the SHTURM missile or 6000 m with the newer ATAKA missile they pose a serious threat to any tank. Their guidance system is very sophisticated.
To make the most of the very long range, they are at their best in open areas with unhindered view. A F-AGOT will be sufficient in Karabagh while this monster will be in his own element in the Ararat plains.