Ground effect vehicles, or GEVs, often mistaken for planes, fly using lift generated by large wings around four metres above water surface. Technology was originally trialled in 1970s by Soviets. Private investors have given it new lease of life.
Assessment concludes Washington does not see Caucasus as priority. Meanwhile, Iran, Russia and Turkey are filling “vacuum”.
“It’s a tinderbox” says analyst who determined projections of civil unrest and ability of countries to bounce back from pandemic.
Azerbaijan reported the deaths of one of its generals and five other officers on July 14, in the worst outbreak of fighting over the dispute Nagorno Karabakh enclave in several years.
The flight was shot down outside Tehran on January 8, killing all 176 people on board.