Russian Pantsir-S1 missile system was destroyed by drone attack in Libya
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya destroyed in the area of the military airfield of al-Jurahr anti-aircraft missile-gun complex (ZRPK) “Pantsir-S1”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Eha Media.
As Clash Report clarifies, the “Pantsir-S1” of Russian production was destroyed by an attack drone. In addition, the deaths and injuries of mercenaries from a private military company Wagner. The number of victims and victims is not called.
The Libyan National Army (LNA) of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has Pantsir-S1 in Libya; they were delivered from the UAE. According to the opposing GNA army, in May the LNA lost nine anti-aircraft systems.
Amid the loss of air defense equipment and the loss of initiative in the sky, it became known about the transfer of the Haftar army to MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 bombers, which, as stated at the Pentagon, were transferred from Russia via Syria. Moscow and Damascus did not confirm or refute these reports.
Al-Dzhufra – a military airfield 600 kilometers south-east of Tripoli – is one of the main goals of the PNS army in the confrontation with the VLA.
Back in early June, the GNA announced that the UN-recognized government in Tripoli would not be ready for political negotiations with Field Marshal Haftar only after taking control of al-Jura and the port city of Sirte.
Tripoli officials fear that Russia may create their own military bases there, and they want to prevent this.
Turkish UAV committed a ‘real genocide’ over Russian missile systems
In June, Defense Express, citing its own sources, established that in recent years, during the military conflicts in Syria and Libya, at least 23 Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems (SAM) were destroyed.
Defense Express said in May that the Bayraktar TB2 Turkish drone had staged “real genocide” as the “touted” Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system.
Then the Turkish Anadolu agency reported the destruction of nine Russian-made air defense missile systems in Libya.
In January, ImageSatIntl posted on Twitter satellite images of the nearly finished first Turkish aircraft carrier Anadolu, which is being built with the support of the Spanish company Navantia at Istanbul’s Sedef shipyard.
Turkey will arm itself with hundreds of Kargu ‘kamikaze’ drones
The Turkish company Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade will supply the Ministry of Defense of Turkey with hundreds of drones, among which there may be 356 units of Kargu kamikaze drones, as we reported on June 22.
Such a weapon could become a “killer” of Russian-made “Pantsi-S1” anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems in Syria and Libya.
According to the Drive magazine Kargu can also unite in a swarm of 20 drones for the purpose of a massive attack, which “could give the Turkish troops a new opportunity, potentially changing the game.”
The Drive recalls that the first generation Kargu was introduced back in 2017, and already in 2019 Kargu-2 were involved in operations on the Syrian-Turkish border.
The publication notes that a 15 kilogram drone is able to fly at a speed of up to 145 kilometers per hour, be in the air for up to 30 minutes and be in the visibility range for the operator at a distance of about 10 kilometers. According to The Drive, modern Kargu are equipped with three types of ammunition – high-explosive fragmentation, thermobaric and cumulative.
“In general, Turkey has become the locomotive of the development and production of unmanned aerial vehicles, using large types of which achieved great results in Syria and Libya only this year,” the publication concludes.
In January 2019, a military expert, Vladislav Shurygin, stated that the Pantsir-S1 was destroyed in Syria by the inexpensive and simple Israeli SkyStriker unmanned aerial vehicle. According to open sources, Elbit Systems SkyStriker ammunition is a small low-speed [up to 190 kilometers per hour] 35-kilogram unmanned aerial vehicle with a propelling propeller and an electric motor.
Shurygin is confident that “the use of this ammunition in the daytime presents a certain problem, since it is vulnerable even to small arms,” however, flying a flock of such “kamikaze” in the air defense position at night may “constitute a serious problem for the enemy.”
Egypt prepares to enter Libya
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called on the country’s armed forces to be ready to carry out combat missions outside the republic, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according his statement on June 20 in front of Air Force units of the Western Military District, which is also responsible for protecting the 1,200-kilometer border with Libya.
“The Egyptian army remains one of the strongest in the region, but it is an army that protects, not threatens, and this is our invariable doctrine,” the head of the republic said. “If you need to take any action in the western region, be prepared for any tasks within our borders, and, if necessary, beyond them.“
“I am pleased to meet with you today and I am confident in the high preparedness and professionalism of the armed forces, special forces and the Air Force, and that they are ready for any mission,” said el-Sisi and thanked the military for maintaining the border with Libya “throughout last seven years.“
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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