Russian Pantsir-S1 Air-Defense System Intercepted Grad Rockets Over Khmeimim Air Base (Photos)

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Russian Pantsir-S1 Air-Defense System Intercepted Grad Rockets Over Khmeimim Air Base (Photos)

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On December 27, a Pantsir-S1 short range air-defense system deployed at Russia’s Khmeimim airbase successfully intercepted at least two Grad rockets, according to Syrian pro-government sources.

Russian Pantsir-S1 Air-Defense System Intercepted Grad Rockets Over Khmeimim Air Base (Photos)

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Syrian opposition activists reported that the rockets were fired from an area around the twoon of Bidama in the northwestern Idlib countryside. The Grad rockets were likely fired by one of the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups operating in Idlib governorate. These groups were supplied with Bulgarian-made rockets by the US and Saudi Arabia previously.

In response to the rocket attack, Russian warplanes conducted dozens of airstrikes on several positions of the FSA and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the area of Bidama and near the villages of Najiyeh, al-Saghr, al-Za’iniyah, according to Syrian oppositions activists.

The Russian Pantsir-S1 system had shown itself as a battle-proven weapon system to counter small and fast projectiles, as it was able to intercept Grad rockets multiple times in Syria, including three rockets that targeted Khmeimim airbase on March 29.

Unlike similar western systems that relay on expensive missiles equipped with inboard active seekers, the Russian system carries low cost radio-command-guided 57E6 surface-to-air missiles with an operational range of 20 km and flight altitude of 10 km.

Russian Pantsir-S1 Air-Defense System Intercepted Grad Rockets Over Khmeimim Air Base (Photos)

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  • Loner47

    The zionists are training up their mercs for a new round of war. Until america is driven out of Syria this is going to be the norm.

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  • Joe

    Syria should bring the Grads to the UN and show to the world the aggressors and suppliers . Get UN to sanction them …. lol if can.

    • Colin Oskapy

      The Zionist United Nations categorically backs America’s Jihadists.

      • Barba_Papa

        The recent vote to condemn US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital seems to suggest otherwise though.

  • Jesus

    Pantsir missile air defenses defenses are more effective and economical than the Iron dome missiles, plus the 2 30MM guns that can increase the effectiveness of the system.

    • Concrete Mike

      Yeah I find this backup feature(guns) à very Smart design choice

      • Icarus Tanović

        Why’s that?

        • as

          It can defend itself in Air defense suppression operations.

          • Icarus Tanović

            Got it.

    • Gary Sellars

      Iron Dome doesn’t work anywhere near as well as the hook-nosed liars claim.

      • alejoeisabel

        Imbecile racist. Best say nothing.

        • Gary Sellars

          Begone ziotroll

  • Serious

    So, the “rebels” want to kill the syrian people. They are the ennemies of the syrian people.

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    Pantsir s1 also shot down 3 Israeli AGM-142 Popeye air to ground missile during last IAF airstrike vs SAA in northwest Damascus!

    • Icarus Tanović

      Really? Haven’t heard of it. Thanks.

  • Icarus Tanović

    Tunguska system is even better tahn this one.

    • Toni Liu

      Thats same system with only some different in carrier, one truck and others on tank

      • Icarus Tanović

        Tunguska have ‘Iglas’ too. This one doesn’t. Correct me if I am wrong.

  • Thegr8rambino

    Very awesome