LONDON, (BM) – Turkey’s effective use of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), called the “killer” of Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun systems, has changed the balance of forces in Libya and Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the British Defense Minister Ben Wallace.
According to the minister, Great Britain should take an example from other countries in matters of defense. In particular, London should pay attention to the successful experience of Turkey.
“Please note how Turkey has been using Bayraktar TB2 drone UAVs in Libya since mid-2019. These drones were effectively used to collect information, surveillance, attacks on military facilities, supply routes and logistics bases,” he said.
Wallace also recalled that in July last year, Turkish troops, using drones, destroyed command posts and two transport aircraft at the Jufra Airport, controlled by the Libyan National Army.
“Remember the actions of Turkey in Syria, the effective use of smart ammunition, tanks, armored vehicles and anti-aircraft missile installations of the enemy. All this led to heavy losses in the ranks of the army [of the Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad. Three thousand militants, 151 tanks, eight helicopters, three UAVs, three fighters, trucks, eight air defense systems, other military equipment and command headquarters were destroyed,” the minister added.
Earlier on July 15, it was reported that the Libyan national army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar was expecting a big battle in the near future with the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey supporting it for the key city of Sirte.
Representatives of the Haftar forces note that they are observing large movements of the military GNA and Turkey.
Russian experts also praise the Turkish drone
Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems [ZRPKs], which are used in Libya, are useless against Turkish operational-tactical multi-purpose unmanned aerial systems Bayraktar TB2, a Russian military expert told Russian Zvezda newspaper.
The weekly writes that the modification of this ZRPK and its export version used by the Armed forces of Russia are different. In particular, the second is equipped only with an optical control system, while the first has a three-coordinate target detection station with a semi-active phased array antenna and a dual-band centimeter-millimeter radar tracking system for targets and missiles.
“Infrared channels in various ranges are used to track targets and missiles. Radar and optoelectronic devices make up a single system and can operate in different wavelengths,” the newspaper writes, recognizing that Russian-made air defense missile systems “are only poorly adapted to combat targets such as Turkish Bayraktar TB2”
The weekly notes that the Turkish drone strikes with precision weapons from four or more kilometers and is able to barrage for a long time at high altitude, which “significantly complicates its detection by the optical-electronic station ZRPK.”
According to the publication, the Pantsir-S1 operators in Libya do not have access to highly mobile radar stations that could carry out external target designation for air defense missile systems.
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 is ready to launch hundreds of kamikaze drones into battle
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 according source from the Turkish Ministry of Defence.
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.”
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