19 May 2024
Turkish F-16s are suspected of secretly arriving in Azerbaijan 2

Turkish F-16s are suspected of secretly arriving in Azerbaijan 2

Two fighters believed to be F-16 and light transport CN-235, possibly from Türkiye, parked at Azerbaijan's airport in early October.

Satellite photo of Azerbaijan’s Ganja International Airport taken by Planet Labs on October 3 shows at least two fighters that could be F-16s, most likely belonging to the Turkish air force, in the parking lot next to the road.

Two F-16 fighters believed to be from Türkiye appeared on satellite images, raising doubts about their ability to participate in combat.

Two aircraft believed to be F-16 fighters (right) and a CN-235 transport (left) parked at Azerbaijan’s Ganja international airport, October 3.

Türkiye gradually sent a number of F-16 fighters to Ganja to participate in exercises with the Azerbaijani army on July 31.

`It is unclear whether the F-16 fighters that appeared in Ganja participated in the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh area and surrounding areas,` Drive editor Joseph Trevithick wrote.

Christiaan Triebert, an image analyst for the New York Times, said Azerbaijan’s Ganja international airport, less than 80 km north of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, is the location used by image analysis and analysis groups.

Türkiye and Azerbaijan have not commented on satellite photos of fighters believed to be F-16 in Ganja.

Turkish F-16s are suspected of secretly arriving in Azerbaijan

Location of Ganja city of Azerbaijan (marked in red).

The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan that broke out on September 27 is considered the most intense in many years.

The conflict around the Nagorno-Karabakh region broke out in 1988, escalating into full-scale war in 1992-1994, killing more than 40,000 soldiers and civilians on both sides.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a province in southwestern Azerbaijan, but the majority of the local population are Armenians who always seek to secede from Azerbaijan to merge with Armenia.

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