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Iran says Israeli-Azeri drones 'spotted' near border
Islamic Republic alleges drones were on a spy mission along Astara Rayon region

Iran's Press TV reported Sunday that Israeli-Azeri drones – allegedly on a "secret spy mission" – were spotted flying over Iran and Karabakh's common border.


According to the report Azerbaijan has been enlisting the help of "Israeli military advisors" in order to improve its drone capabilities.


According to the report, Baku "has been using Orbiter ultra-light drones assembled with the help of Israeli experts to carry out operations along the border with Karabakh."


The report further quoted Iranian military experts as saying that Azerbaijan uses Elbit Systems' Hermes-450 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for control and surveillance missions.


Tehran's military experts further told the website that "Israeli satellites are closely cooperating with Azeri drones, though they have a long way to go before reaching the ideal level."


Azerbaijan has been named as a country that may allow IAF jets to enters its airspace and use its military bases for refueling in case Israel decided to mount a unilateral strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.


Both Jerusalem and Baku have denied reports suggesting the IAF has been given access to Azeri airbases.


Dudi Cohen contributed to this report



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