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Armenia. Syunik Province. Sisian. "Memorial for Freedom Fighters". Graveyard for Sisian's martyrs who are all men deceased while fighting the ongoing war in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Armen Babajaryan is the Deputy Commander of " Volunteers Union of Country defenders" of the Sisian region. He was in charge of a group of volunteers which were hit on April 4th 2016 by an Azerbaijani military drone IAI Harop during an attack in the village of Talish, located in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. He survived, but nine of his men died in the kamikaze drone attack. He wears a military camouflage uniform and stands by the graves of his men who were killed during the attack. The IAI Harop is a loitering munition developed by the MBT division of Israel Aerospace Industries. The unmanned combat aerial vehicle is also known as the Harop  loitering munitions missile. It is an anti-radiation drone that can autonomously home in on radio emissions. Rather than holding a separate high-explosive warhead, the drone itself is the main munition. This SEAD-optimised loitering munition is designed to loiter the battlefield and attack targets by self-destructing into them. The drone can either operate fully autonomously, using its anti-radar homing system, or it can take a human-in-the-loop mode. If a target is not engaged, the drone will return and land itself back at base. Talish is a village in the Martakert Region of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It has been under Armenian control since the 1994 ceasefire. Sisian is a town and the centre of the urban community of Sisian, in Syunik Province at the south of Armenia. 3.10.2019 © 2019 Didier Ruef