Any publicity is good to take, said Andy Warhol. The Russian company Almaz-Antei, which manufactures the pantsir S1 close protection anti-aircraft system, should hardly share this opinion in recent days. According to the Turkish authorities, and videos conspicuously published on the internet, Turkish armed drones reportedly destroyed 8 of these systems around the town of Idleb, the focus of an armed confrontation between Syrian forces loyal to Bashar al Assad and pro-Turkish Islamist militias backed by Ankara's armed forces.
These videos, and the poor record they present for the Syrian Pantsir S1, are all the more damaging as the system is designed precisely to eliminate this type of threat, and its performance has been praised by many by the Russian forces, which use it in particular to protect the Russian air base of Hmeimim. If several Pantsir S1 have, it seems, been destroyed while they were moving, certain sequences show a system stopped, radar rotating, and therefore visibly operational. Note that, on the Syrian side, we claim the destruction of several Turkish drones, and we deny the destruction of Pantsir.
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