Russia will upgrade Pantsir combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon systems dellivered to the UAE, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec Viktor Kladov told TASS on November 27.
“We are dealing with the upgrade of Pantsyr systems operational in the United Arab Emirates. If the UAE authorities wish to acquire new systems, we will be glad to deliver them but so far we are talking about the upgrade of available complexes,” TASS quoted Kladov as saying.
At the Dubai Airshow-2019 held in the UAE in November, Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev announced that Russia and the UAE were in talks on the upgrade of the export version of Pantsyr-S1 systems operational in the UAE.
Russia delivered 50 Pantsyr-S systems in their export configuration and 1,000 missiles to the UAE in 2009-2013 under the $800 million worth deal.
On November 25, Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti reproted that Rostec is planning to open points of comprehensive servicing of Pantsir systems outside Russia. These centers will provide both maintenance and modernization services.
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