Yerevan is threatening to use “hypersonic” missiles of the Iskander-M ATC to deter Turkish F-16 attacks, so Ankara is playing with fire, interfering in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, the American edition of Military Watch writes.
After another round of confrontation in Transcaucasia, the Turks threatened to send American-made F-16S light fighters to Baku. This is not counting numerous reports of jihadists being sent from different countries to the region by Ankara. For Turkey, a NATO country, this will be the third active intervention in the affairs of other countries in recent years. That is why the Armenians feel the real danger and will oppose the Turks. They simply have no other choice.
Armenian Ambassador to Moscow Vardan Toganyan has stated directly about the Iskander-M ATC. His words were confirmed by official representatives of the Defense Ministry of the country Artsrun Hovhannisyan, specifying that other striking means of defeat will also be deployed. Probably, we are talking about Su-30SM heavy fighters, which are armed with air-to-surface X-31P medium-range (up to 110 km) anti-radar missiles and R-77 air-to-air missiles with the same range.
It should be taken into account that due to certain circumstances the Turkish Air Force was not re-equipped and the specified F-16C missiles, which were not upgraded, remained equipped with seriously outdated missiles. That is why they cannot even be compared with Su-30SM, although the Armenians have only 4 of them.
As for Iskander-M missiles, they may become Armenia’s asymmetric response to Turkey’s attempts to realize its threats. Iskander-M missiles can reach speeds of up to 7 Makhov and are virtually impossible to intercept. At the same time, it is extremely difficult to detect launches, not to mention the mobile missile defense systems themselves. And Yerevan can use 48 missiles, which will neutralize all air bases on the territory of Azerbaijan as well as on the part of Turkey. For Armenia, the Iskander-M missile defense system is a deterrent weapon with which the Armenians want to reduce tension, as the neighbors have no comparable strike systems.