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Russian Military Modernizes Its Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System Using Syrian Experience

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Russian Military Modernizes Its Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System Using Syrian Experience

Pantsir-S air defense system. FILE IMAGE: Sputnik. Evgeny Biyatov

The Russian military has modernized its Pantsir-S1 short to medium range air defense systems using experience gained in Syria, Commander of Russia’s Air-Defence and Missile Defense Troops Lieutenant General Viktor Gumenniy said in an interview with the Russian Defense Ministry’s newspaper Red Star.

Lieutenant General Gumenniy noted that the Pantsir-S1 is capable of shooting down not only aircraft and missiles, but also projectiles. Thus, the systems have been able to repel repeated militant shelling attacks on the Khmeimim airbase.

The general also revealed that over 4,000 servicemembers of the Air-Defence and Missile Defense Troops have gained expirience in Syria since the start of the Russian antii-terrorist campaign in the country.

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