Russian air defense missile systems “Pantsir-S” destroyed 25% of all Turkish-built Bayraktar TB2 drones.
According to data provided by the Arab news agency Al-Masdar News, since the beginning of this year, the Pantsir-S air defense systems have destroyed at least 487 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 attack drones in Libya. This number is 25% of all built Turkish drones. At the same time, about 30 more Bayraktar TB2 UAVs were destroyed on the territory of the series during the active confrontation between the SAA and the Turkish army, which indicates that Turkish UAVs have no real advantage over Russian weapons.
“During the active phase of the conflict, the LNA units discovered and exploited a huge vulnerability in the defense of the PNU forces, namely their inability to provide air cover. When the LNA fighters approached Tripoli, the PNU forces were forced to turn to Turkey for help. Ankara reacted quickly and promptly provided the PNU with Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as well as Turkish military operators. The media loyal to Turkey and the PNU used this to declare a Turkish drone ‘triumph’ over Russian weapons, citing the destruction of several Pantsir systems at Al-Watiyah airbase as evidence ,”Al-Masdar News reported . …
Nevertheless, 9 Pantsir-S complexes were lost on Libya’s territory, which was rather due to the extremely active actions of the Turkish side, however, according to the Arab publication, the losses of the Turkish Bayraktar are much more significant.
“The Turkish drones really managed to disable a significant number of Russian-made systems: in May this year, in just four days, up to nine Shells were destroyed. However, this number is more evidence of the collisions’ intensity than the shortcomings of the air defense system. According to some reports, the number of Bayraktars destroyed in 2020 is 47. Most of the Turkish UAVs were shot down – by “Armor” in the areas of Abu Greir, Sirt and Bani Walid, which the PNU and the media associated with Turkey are reluctant to mention, “the newspaper emphasizes.
Russian designers admit that vulnerabilities were indeed found in the Pantsir-S air defense missile system; however, they will be fixed. The complex will again become lethal for drones, aircraft and helicopters, and enemy cruise missiles.