A Russian-made Pantsir-S missile system downed a Mirage fighter in Libya

TRIPOLI, (BM) – A Russian-made Pantsir-S missile system holded by LNA downed a Libyan Government fighter jet, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro.

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According the sources, the attempt by the crew of the Mirage F1 fighter to launch missile strikes on positions of air defense systems resulted in another loss for the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) – the combat aircraft was shot down by the Russian Pantsir-S air defense missile system deployed on the territory controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

On the presented video frames (on Twitter) you can see the wreckage of a destroyed combat aircraft, which, allegedly, tried to destroy the position area of ​​the Libyan national army air defense systems.

There is no direct evidence that this is specifically about the Pantsir-S air defense missile system, but the incident occurred in the area where these Russian-made complexes were previously seen and deployed.

The forces of Government of National Accord have not yet commented on the loss of their combat aircraft.

Military specialists and experts said that if there is information about the use of the Pantsir-S air defense system against the Mirage F1 fighter, this is the first evidence of how the Russian complex deals with a combat aircraft.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).


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