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At Least 9 Pantsir S1 Destroyed In Turkish Drone Strikes Within A Week: Reports

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At Least 9 Pantsir S1 Destroyed In Turkish Drone Strikes Within A Week: Reports

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In recent weeks, and even months, Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkish-affiliated media have reported that several Russian-made Pantsir S1s have been destroyed while being operated by Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

However, the most notable incident is the one that was captured when the GNA took control of al-Watiya Airbase from the LNA.

The same system was reportedly neutralized by a Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone just days earlier, but it turned out that the report was false, since the Pantsir S1 is clearly intact. It appears to have been slightly damaged in the strike, that purportedly hit a jeep next to it.

However, photographs were released, purportedly showing a Pantsir S1 destroyed in the debris in al-Watiya, and it would appear that one was captured and one was destroyed there.

At Least 9 Pantsir S1 Destroyed In Turkish Drone Strikes Within A Week: Reports

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At Least 9 Pantsir S1 Destroyed In Turkish Drone Strikes Within A Week: Reports

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At Least 9 Pantsir S1 Destroyed In Turkish Drone Strikes Within A Week: Reports

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There’s been several Pantsir S1 systems that have reportedly arrived in Libya over the last two years, and most likely from the United Arab Emirates, according to an UNSC report.

The first was seen in June 2018 and they have been visible in photos shared on LNA-associated social media accounts. Critically these are the model supplied to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is mounted on the German built Man-SX 45 eight-wheeled truck. This vehicle is unique to the UAE supplied systems.

Since May 17th, the Pantsir S1s have been in the spotlight, being struck and destroyed left and right.

On the same day the one was captured, another one was reportedly destroyed in Sirte, which is east of Tripoli. There’s a video accompanying the report.

Furthermore, the GNA said that three more Pantsirs were destroyed in Tarhuna.

 “Our forces managed to destroy four Pantsir-type air defense systems on Wednesday, including three in Tarhuna,” Mohamed Qanunu, a spokesman for the government-led Operation Volcano of Rage, said in a statement.

As such, the tally sits at 6 (and one captured).

On May 20th, another two systems were reportedly destroyed – one in Tarhuna and one in al-Waska. And according to reports one of the systems was even active at the time.

This brings the total to 8 destroyed, and one captured, Pantsir S1 systems.

Most recently, another video was released, which supposedly hadn’t been shown before and it purportedly provided evidence that 2 more systems were destroyed in an airstrike. At the start of the video they’re sitting idly with their radars on, but then they start moving and get struck by a drone.

Finally, one was destroyed in Suk el-Ahad.

In total, if the video that hadn’t been shown before provides evidence of additional systems that were destroyed the tally sits at 11. If not, then the total of systems reportedly destroyed by Turkish drone strikes is 9, and 1 system was captured.

However, Clash Report, which provides a very pro-Turkish and pro-GNA view of things published an overview video.

According to it, since April 2019, when Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces began their operation to cleanse the country from terrorists, the GNA has destroyed 15 Pantsir S1.

Meaning that, if the count is accurate – 10 were destroyed within a week, and then for a little over a year, 5 were destroyed in total.

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