Turkish press makes interesting claims on crashed drone in occupied lands

Sat 17 Sep 2011 04:15 GMT | 08:15 Local Time

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“The jet ascended from the military base located in Armenia or occupied Karabakh to make the reconnaissance flight related to Iran.

The Sicak Gundem newspaper reports citing diplomatic sources that pilotless reconnaissance jet which crashed in the Azerbaijan's occupied lands belongs to Israel, rather than Azerbaijan.

The newspaper says that there were no signs of its belonging to Azerbaijan, judging from the footages and materials in Armenian press. Some moments deserve special attention in the investigation related to the event. The anonymous sources close to Turkish diplomacy claim that the pilotless jet belongs to Israel.

The newspaper says that according to the diplomatic office, the pilotless jet belongs to the Israeli air forces: “The jet ascended from the military base located in Armenia or occupied Karabakh to make the reconnaissance flight related to Iran. Thus, the occupied lands of Azerbaijan are used not for the drug transit and as a terror base but turned into a military base for the secret operations and military reconnaissance”.  The source also said that Israel currently holds reconnaissance operations by means of pilotless jets over Middle Eastern countries.

The newspaper further writes: “It arises some questions, especially why the event of 12 September was made public two days later?”.

The article says that Azerbaijan displayed its drones at a military parade held in Baku on 26 June. The flag of Azerbaijan was depicted on these aerial vehicles.

“The reports that Armenians stroke unmanned aerial vehicle of Azerbaijan seem to be senseless while looking at photos. “The destroyed plane” does not seem to be stricken on air. There is no fire and holes caused by shells. Everything is obvious – the vehicle was destroyed as it hit the ground.”

In a separate claim, the video aired by Armenians show that the crashed unmanned vehicle had an emblem of Canada-based NovAtel on some of its parts. The source told the newspaper that NovAtel manufactures high-precision devices. Israel has purchased DGPS systems for new generation Hermes 1500, Hermes 900 and Hermes 180 drones from this company. Israel has sold only Hermes 450 and NovAtel systems were not used in these vehicles.

Azerbaijan mainly displayed Aerostar and Orbiter-2M drones in the military parade. Azerbaijan is also said to have bought Hermes 450 drones from Israel.




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