Put into service in the early 2010s, the Russian Pantsir-S1 medium-range anti-aircraft defense system very quickly presented itself as a formidable adversary for any air force. Particularly complete, mobile and economical to buy, the Pantsir-S1 could be purchased in large quantities and represent a small bubble of protection against any air vector: plane, drone, missiles, helicopters. In any case, its designer, the KBP design office, has long presented the Pantsir-S1, heir to a long tradition of mobile air defense systems.
In recent months, however, operational realities have caught up with commercial discourse. Widely engaged in Syria and in the Libyan theater of operations, the Pantsir-S1 recently encountered a formidable adversary: the Turkish tactical drone Bayraktar TB2. In just a few months, Turkish air forces are claiming the destruction of 23 Pantsir systems : eight in Syria, and fifteen in Libya. If these figures are naturally disputed by the Russian authorities, numerous videos bear witness to the destruction or disqualification of at least a dozen Pantsir-S1 of at least two different types. This implies that at least some of them are indeed models delivered to the United Arab Emirates and used in support of the forces of Marshal Haftar in Libya, as we saw in a previous file.
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