Azerbaijan Deploys LORA and Polonez Missile Systems

On June 11, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense released images of its newly procured Israeli LORA and Belorussian Polonez missiles deployed in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The acquisition comes as part of a by Azerbaijan in the country’s continuing conflict with Armenia over the disputed Artsakh Republic. The new weapons are being touted as a counter capability response to an Armenian deployment of Russian Iskander missiles in 2016. On June 12, the Artsakh Defense Ministry reported observing Azerbaijani troops transporting the road-mobile LORA missile system along the conflict’s line of contact. The LORA (or Long-Range Artillery) missile is an Israeli-made short-range ballistic missile with ground- and sea-launch capable platforms and a range of about 300 kilometers. The Polonez is a mobile multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) with single and salvo launch capability and a range of 200 kilometers. Its solid propellant rockets can strike eight targets simultaneously with a circular probable error (CEP) of 30 meters.