Russia has been knocking down Turkish and Israeli drones from Armenian airspace with its Belladonna killer drones. Moscow unleashed the killer system to counter Azerbaijan’s attempted attacks on Armenia using Turkish-made Bayraktar and the Israeli Harop drones.
Belladonna, which is the name of a poisonous plant, is a Russian electronic jamming system. It previously downed 9 Turkish Bayraktar armed drones used by Azerbaijan to target a region in Armenia, far from the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict zone. The system is now operating around the Russian military base in Gyumri, Armenia.
Turkey has celebrated the success of their Bayraktar drones in Syria, Libya and now in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Its ethnic cousin Azerbaijan has released numerous “killer drone videos” blowing up tanks, armored vehicles and trucks and liquidating many soldiers in the process.
Bayraktar’s camera system is made in Canada while its BRP-Rotax engine is produced in Austria. Canada has halted the sale of the Wescam camera system to Turkey because of its use in drones against Nagorno-Karabakh.
But Canada has been silent about its Rotax engine exports to Turkey, which is made by Bombardier but produced in Austria. Other parts of the Bayraktar drone may also be produced in Europe and the United States.