Russian Pantsir-S1 eliminates drones; Iranian tankers enter Venezuelan waters
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on May 25 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russian Northern Fleet anti-aircraft gunners eliminate enemy drones in Arctic drills
The personnel of an anti-aircraft missile battalion of the Northern Fleet’s Air Force and Air Defense Army intercepted and destroyed enemy drones with Pantsyr-S1 surface-to-air systems during Arctic drills, the Fleet’s press office reported.
Under the drills’ scenario, a notional enemy employed drones to reconnoiter the positions of S-300 ‘Favorit’ anti-aircraft missile systems that were providing air defense for the Northern Fleet’s main naval base, the press office said in a statement.
“The combat teams of Pantsyr-S1 systems detected, identified and notionally destroyed air targets at a safe distance. A quadcopter simulated the hypothetical enemy’s unmanned aviation. It was locked on and ‘eliminated’ by the system’s surface-to-air artillery guns,” the statement says.
Such small-size aircraft are frequently used by terrorists for attacks on military facilities, the press office said.
During the drills, the troops also practiced a march aboard their military hardware to the designated area in the conditions of Arctic rough terrain and also conducted an exercise to bring Pantsyr-S1 systems to their operational readiness for eliminating the enemy, it said.
Iranian oil tankers defy US threats, enter Venezuelan waters
Iran ignored warnings of retaliation from the US as the first of five Iranian tankers entered Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone on Saturday.
The tanker, named Fortune, reached the Venezuela’s territorial waters at around 7:40 pm after passing north of Trinidad and Tobago in the Carribean, according to vessel-tracking data.
Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela’s economy vice president said: “The ships from the fraternal Islamic Republic of Iran are now in our exclusive economic zone.”
Venezuelan state television showed images of a navy ship and aircraft preparing to meet it.
The defense minister had pledged that the military would escort the tankers once they reached Venezuela’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) due to what authorities described as threats from the United States.
The five tankers are carrying a staggering 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela, according to both governments, and sources
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Sources: TASS, MEMO