American General calls on learning lessons from use of drones in Nagorno-Karabakh war

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22 April 2021

Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, a former commander of U.S. Army forces in Europe said governments here have woken up to the threat of relatively inexpensive, small drones being used effectively in future conflicts, written in "Defense News" magazine, APA reports.

“We’ve all learned a lot from watching Russian forces against Ukrainia during the last seven years,” Hodges told Defense News.

The U.S. Army changed its relevant training scenarios in large part based on those observations, he said: “This has picked up speed since the most recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.” 

General said that Russian drones have been reported to find Ukrainian units by way of soldiers’ cell phone signals and other equipment invisibly emanating location data: "Electronic-warfare sensing played a similar role in the Nagorno-Karabakh war."

Videos of Azeri drones killing Armenian tanks – “drone porn,” as Hodges calls it – hold the risk of learning the wrong lessons – namely, that employing tanks is a risky proposition in the first place.

“I’d say that the real lesson is that we have to be much better at field craft, which means camouflage and dispersion. That means concealing troops and equipment not only from visual detection but also from being spotted by sensors that pick up heat and electromagnetic signatures," stressed Hodges.