More than forty Turkish Bayraktar and Anka unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down by Russian Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and cannon systems in Libya and Syria. This was stated by the head of the 1st department of the GUMVS (main department of international military cooperation) Alexander Novikov.
“In general, Arab crews both in Syria and Libya, according to them, shot down more than 40 Bayraktar and heavy Turkish drones Anka with Russian” Shells “,” TASS quoted Novikov as saying . Novikov noted that Russia can track all activities of Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles in conflict areas.
“In the Idlib area, we are now observing three Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles. At the same time, we can track them from the fly-over to landing,” he said, stressing that at the moment these drones are flying over the agreed territory.
According to Novikov, “Pantsir” can withstand any drone and Russia is ready to respond to provocations at any time.
The Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and cannon systems are used for close protection of critical targets from all means of attack from the air in a complex electronic situation in any weather and time of day. The combination of artillery and guided missile weapons ensures the defeat of all types of unmanned and manned targets. “Armor” can hit targets at speeds up to 1 km / s, at distances up to 20 km. The complex can also fight armored vehicles and enemy personnel.
“Pantsir” is one of the best-selling types of Russian weapons on the world market. Earlier it was called a ” hit of sales “. As the head of the federal service for military-technical cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev noted, domestic manufacturers offer customers an echeloned air defense system that guarantees the protection of facilities and does not pose a threat to neighbors. “It cannot violate any parity in the region or pose a threat to one or another neighbor. It’s just the opposite – ensuring the security of its airspace,” he said.
Earlier, “Profile” reported that NATO recognized “Pantsir” as an effective means of combating unmanned aerial vehicles, which should be eliminated before the start of operations as a matter of priority. “Due to its characteristics,” Pantsir-C1 “is ideal for combating the entire range of small and tactical military drones, and also allows you to close the gap existing in regular air defense units between special systems for countering large-sized UAVs and anti-mini-drones complexes,” noted the experts in Joint Air Power Competence Center report.
In the fall of 2021, the Russian military in Syria reported that the Syrian Pantsir air defense missile systems destroyed several missiles launched by Israeli fighters. at the T-4 airfield (Tifor) in the province of Homs on Friday, October 8, 2021. “The duty forces of the Syrian air defense of the Armed Forces of the SAR of the Russian-made Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and cannon system destroyed eight missiles,” said Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria.