Iraqi Army Receives Last Batch Of Russian-made Pantsir-S1 Air Defense Systems

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Iraqi Army Receives Last Batch Of Russian-made Pantsir-S1 Air Defense Systems

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On March 21, the Iraqi Army received the last batch of Russian-made Pantsir-S1 short to medium range air defense systems, which consisted of fourteen systems, according to several Iraqi sources. The Iraqi Army now has 48 Pantsir-S1 systems in active service.

Preliminary agreements to sell $4.2 US billion of Russian weapons to Iraq, including 48 Pantsir-S1 systems, were signed during then Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s state visit to Moscow in October 2012.

The Iraqi Army’s variety of the Pantsir-S1 system is equipped with the advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) target acquisition radar, which can detect and track targets from 40km (wider ranges is reported, probably under ideal conditions), with a higher jamming resistance.

The Pantsir-S1 is armed with two dual 2A38M 30 mm autocannon guns along with up to twelve radio-command-guided 57E6 surface-to-air missiles with the operational range of 20 km and the flight altitude of 10 km.

Last February, the Iraqi Army received 36 T-90S battle tanks from Russia. According to Iraqi sources, the Iraqi Army is set to receive more Russian-made weapons this year, including more T-90S battle tanks and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

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  • χρηστος

    a great choice for the iraqi army. ….i wonder are they enough though for such a huge area that Iraq has…..many potential targets have to be protected

    • You can call me Al

      Especially mass flyovers into Iran.

      • χρηστος

        in this case they need systems of long range not shorads. like s-400 which for the caseof Iraq it will be the best choice…..(given the wide area that it needs to cover)

        • You can call me Al

          Iraq and Syria have the S-300 I thought, that should be good enough (or not ?).

          • χρηστος

            Syria has the previous model s-200 which proved to be very good against the Israeli f-16 that it shot down. I dont think Iraq has any . Just old soviet s-1 etc

    • Joe

      One does not need too comprehensive system on limited budget.

      It deters is what counts
      … Those Americans or Israelis really will not risk even one plane.

      See lately how quiet Israel had been to attack Syria?

      • χρηστος

        true true very true. i have to add that the pantsir systme is highly mobile so it has a huge advantage there.

      • velociraptor

        Those Americans or Israelis really will not risk even one plane.

        :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

        • Joe

          Unless it is a major operations, try to prove me wrong and let me demolish you :)))))))))

          • velociraptor

            Shitbrain, xanks reicked more in both iraqi war, IL in all its wars. and did not stop them. you are from month to month more stupid.

          • Joe

            Like I say I will demolish you.

            Those in Iraq were major wars and against defenceless country with no major power like China or Russia. They fought alone and fact is there were no danger to any war plane shot down.

            In Syria, just to kill or damage a base say with planes or get one ship sunk… is one plane too many.

            Read my reasoning….and I am still waiting for the next Israeli strike on Syria now that all previous missiles attacked failed and with plane got shot down.

            Well letsl wait to see how long they are willing to risk ONE plane being shot down

            Before US attacked thinking Syria will not dare to strike back.

            Russia gas for the first time said , the ships will ba sunk which is easier than trying to intercept supersonic missiles.
            Ships much easier.
            Now Syria said, they will strike back
            So you see no Attack from US

  • Redadmiral

    That might curtail Yanki, Izzi and Turki Air Forces from treating Iraqi Airspace as if it is their own

  • Sinbad2

    The Americans will steal them.

    • velociraptor

      They already have. Simply bribe somebody, who in critical monet blows up them. Arabs is easy to bribe.

      • Joe

        Russia already have the S500 , so no problems.

        In fact russia said it cannot be duplicated.

        • velociraptor

          drugged joe, the talk is about iraqi army