REMARKS ON THE FIFTH-GENERATION WARFARE AND THE SECOND NAGORNO-KARABAKH WAR
Keywords:the fifth-generation warfare; Nagorno-Karabakh; digital networks; cloud combat; unmanned aerial systems.
The second Nagorno-Karabakh War, in the autumn of 2020, is considered a turning point in the conduct of warfare. Until then, the fifth-generation warfare was only a theoretical subject. Also, the traditional air-power doctrine, claiming that air superiority is a precondition for winning a ground war, had become a topic for military historians. But, the latest exacerbation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in Transcaucasia has radically changed the situation. The fifth-generation warfare, dominated by non-kinetic actions to the detriment of the kinetic ones and by high technologies to the detriment of the classical, conventional ones, is as real as possible and the theory of air power returns in force. This article aims to answer the following questions: what are the characteristics of the fifth-generation warfare and how did they manifest in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War? And what was the impact of the military confrontation in Transcaucasia on the way the modern warfare was conducted?
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