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The war that broke out in the autumn of 2020, being yet another chapter of the decades-long Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict, did catch the attention of the defense analysts. This is because of a surprising saturation of the battlespace with unmanned assets. The interest was also fueled by the fact that the imagery recorded by the drone cameras was utilized for propaganda purposes. Lovers of the Bond movies can make out the geopolitical context of the events, remembering the plot utilized in „The World is not Enough". Broadly speaking, that conflict has been one of the expected ones, that would have bro- ken out sooner, or later. Anybody that has even scarce knowledge on the historical background of the region would not be sur- prised. The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has been going on since the ages of the Russian empire, resulting in mass atrocities during WWI, and revolution, as well as genocide between 1915 and 1917 in particular. The Soviet rule in the Caucasus did hide the animosities, but they have still been present under the surface. The territory of the Socialist Soviet Repub- lic of Azerbaijan included a district inhabited by the Armenians, that was separated and formed a separate administrative unit: Na- gorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast. During the Perestroika, and then, during the fall of the Soviet Union, the conflict was reborn. The Armenians were demanding the Na- gorno Karabakh to become a part of the Republic of Armenia. The first battles and migration took place. The Azerbaijan citizens were leaving the territory inhabited by the Armenians, while the Armenians left the area belonging to Azerbaijan. Ultimately, however, the Nagorno Karabakh announced its independence in 1991. The irregular war- fare happening in the region rapidly evolved into an open conflict. The situation that Azerbaijan found itself in was complicated by the fact that a certain portion of its terri- tory, the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, has been a landlocked exclave surrounded by Armenia and Iran, without any land-based connection with the Azeri territory. Initially the Soviet, and then Russian au- thorities were supporting the Azeri side, hoping that this would stop any separatist tendencies in the region. When the Soviet

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