Reports from Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry today revealed rocket and artillery military units conducting live-fire exercises involving the 152mm MSTA-S self-propelled artillery guns. The event most likely took place at a military training ground on the southern edge of the Mingechevir resevoir.
Possible training ground location, 50 km from line-of-contact
The artillery simulations involved targeting fortified military structures and combat vehicles, all of which were “eliminated”. The crew’s also worked on changing targets and coordinates, simulating a fast changing combat environment.
Coincidentally, the drills, involve the same calibre heavy artillery (152mm) used during snap nocturnal artillery and tank drills in Nagorno Karabakh the same day. The MSTA system is a highly-reliable and powerful weapon system, produced by Russia, which provided 18 units to Azerbaijan between 2012-2014, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Official footage provided by the Azeri Defence Ministry
SIPRI records on MSTA-S transfers from Russia to Azerbaijan