As we have reported earlier, Satellite Images Shows Turkish F-16 Fighter Jets Deployed To Azerbaijan.
A satellite image reportedly shows six F-16 Viper fighter jets, almost certainly belonging to Turkey, at a dual-use military-commercial airport in north-central Azerbaijan.
A screenshot of the image of Azerbaijan’s Gabala International Airport, as seen through Maxar Technologies’ SecureWatch tool, first emerged on social media on Oct. 25, 2020.
There are four F-16s visible in the shot, which is said to be dated Oct. 19, but reports say that the full imagery shows two more Vipers at the airport, as well.
The Turkish Air Force first sent a contingent of six F-16s to Azerbaijan’s Ganja International Airport, ostensibly to take part in an exercise with other Turkish and Azerbaijani forces, on July 31. Ganja is situated just under 75 miles west of Gabala.
Reports that the Turkish F-16s were still in the country, along with still unconfirmed claims that they were taking part in the fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, had emerged just days after the conflict erupted on Sept. 27.
Azerbaijani and Turkish authorities both vehemently denied allegations that a Turkish Viper shot down an Armenian Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft two days later.
Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh has flared up multiple times since the end of a major war in 1994, which left the Armenian-backed Republic of Artsakh in de facto control of the region. However, it remains widely recognized as Azerbaijani territory.