Second Pantsir-S1 left for Germany in favor of the Americans
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The publication Strategic Page claims in its March 14 article that Turkish troops captured a second Russian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile system in Libya. After the system’s capture, the Turks sold Pantsir-S1 to the Americans, and they transported the anti-aircraft missile system on the same route as the first – Libya-Germany-USA.
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The news was also confirmed by the Russian source Aviapro, which is intensively following what is happening in the hot spots worldwide, where Russian soldiers are involved.
Russian military experts say the captured second anti-aircraft missile system is different from the first. The first was an export version, as we announced then. However, this is the same one in service in the Russian Federation forces, which suggests that it has much better performance and functions.
From now on, the goal of the US military is clear – a complete study of the second captured anti-aircraft missile system. This analysis is expected to reveal to the Pentagon the capabilities of the system and its weaknesses.
The secret American operation
In January, the world learned about the “secret American operation” to bring the captured Russian anti-aircraft missile system Pantsir-S1. Perhaps this would never have been revealed if British The Times sources had not sent a picture of the system’s transportation to Libya.
The military later revealed that the United States had indeed received a captured Russian anti-aircraft missile system. Sources of The Times said that she was taken out of Libya by a C-17 Globemaster III plane to Germany’s American base.
Pantsir-S1 suffered severe damage during the latest military clashes in Libya and Syria last year. The Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, had a dozen such systems, but Turkish Bayraktar drones proved “deadly effective” against them.
The second Pantsir-S1 is a problem
The second captured anti-aircraft missile system is a problem for the Russians. While in the first most of the functions were “cut” because it is an export version, the second has its complete equipment, gear, and technology. This fact will reveal to the Americans and their allies the total capacity and potential of the Russian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile system.
“This news is a terrible and negative fact for Russia, but it is not a tragedy,” Russian Academy of Military Sciences Deputy Chairman Sergei Modestov said in January of the seized first system. “War is war. There are trophies. It happens that we also get something,” philosophically said at the time Aiteh Bijev, a retired Russian lieutenant general.
Although the Americans acquired an export version of the anti-aircraft missile system in January, they learned a lot from it in terms of hardware. Interfax sources made such an assumption.
The same source told the Russian agency that it would take time for the Pentagon to understand and implement something but suggested that they would do so sooner or later. “Russia will have come a long way at that time,” he concluded. This conclusion now takes on a different meaning, given that the Americans acquired a dual system, Pantsir-S1 – and after nearly a month and a half and the internal version of the system.
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