On March 11, Turkish media released a video allegedly showing the destruction of a Pantsir-S1 air-defense system of the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) during the last round of escalation in Greater Idlib.
Turkish sources claimed that the Syrian Pantsir-S1 in the video was destroyed by a Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).
The first part of the video shows what appears to be an inactive Pantsir-S1 system. The video is then cut with a white flash and continues with the system launching two missiles. The flash and fire shown in the second part of the video are possibly the result of the missile launches.
— Clash Report (@clashreport) March 11, 2020
Clash Report, a Turkish media outlet, was the first to share the video. The outlet is a part of the ongoing Turkish military propaganda campaign on the conflict in Syria in social media.
Previously, Turkey released two videos supposedly showing the destruction of similar systems in Greater Idlib by UCAVs. The first was release on February 28 and the second was published on March 3. The authenticity of both videos was questioned by observers. (First of all, one of them is from Libya)
Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that eight Syrian Pantsir-S1 systems were destroyed in Greater Idlib. Turkish sources also released a propaganda video of several Syrian air-defense systems being tracked by Turkish drones.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia rejected Erdogan’s claims, revealing that only four Pantsir-S1 systems were deployed in Greater Idlib. The ministry said that two of them were hit, but they are now being prepared.
In the last few weeks, Turkish media outlets focused on mocking Russian-made air-defense systems. They likely see this as a way to make up for their military failure in Greater Idlib. According to Syrian sources, Soviet and Russian air defense systems used by the Syrian military have shot down 13-20 Turkish drones.