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Turkish Combat Drones Target Four Pantsir-S1 Systems In Libya (Videos)

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The Government of National Accord (GNA) operations room “Anger Volcano” announced on May 20 that its combat drones had targeted four Pantsir-S1 air-defense systems of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Col. Mohamad Qununu, a spokesman for the operations room, said three of the systems were targeted in the vicinity of the town of Tarhunah, while the fourth щту was targeted near the town of al-Wishka.

The Libya al-Ahrar TV shared a video showing the destruction of two Pantsir-S1 systems near Tarhunah. Another video shared by a Turkish outlet, Clash Report, shows a third system being targeted on a road near the town.

Turkish sources shared a third video showing a drone strike on a warehouse near al-Wishka, where a fourth Pantsir-S1 system was allegedly stored.

The systems were apparently targeted by Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs). The GNA claims that the drones are being operated by its forces. However, local sources say that they are in fact operated by the Turkish military.

The UAE sent several of its own Pantsir-S1 air-defense systems, which are based on MAN trucks, in Libya last year in order to counter the threat of Turkish combat drones. It is still unclear if these systems are being operated by Emirati officers or by LNA personnel.

Turkish Combat Drones Target Four Pantsir-S1 Systems In Libya (Videos)

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Turkish Combat Drones Target Four Pantsir-S1 Systems In Libya (Videos)

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On May 18, GNA forces, backed by Turkey, captured the al-Watiya Air Base from the LNA. Inside the base, two Panstri-S1 systems, one damaged and the other completely destroyed, were found.

These recent setbacks have placed the LNA’s attack on the capital, Tripoli, on halt. The GNA and its backers, that have gained momentum, will likely increase their pressure on the LNA. A large operation to capture Tarhunah will reportedly be launched soon.

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  • Alberto Garza

    it cant deal with drones big failure.

    • Bob

      Turkey has access to NATO satellite imaging – how do you think they found the locations? The reason Turks are looking for these systems is the Libyan operators have been smashing Turkish drones at a very high rate.

      • Turan B.

        Well, mate Do you know what MIT stands for? If you don’t, just google it. The number of TR drones show down is withic acceptable limits. Anyway, it does not matter as we indigenously manufacture them.

        • Bob

          The Turkish projections and production are not the issue – rather the issue is what is the level of commitment of the UAE to acquiring Pantsir, or other similar systems, to pass onto their preferred Libyan civil faction – and UAE has deep pockets – and ergo, whether the Turkish economy, has the staying power to compete in this hardware supply competition.

    • Toni Liu

      Even iron dome can be destroyed if they offline or while in transport, put this thing online and put a competent operator then we can see something different

    • Rhodium 10

      Pantsir have shot down 60 Turkish drones along these past months!…..of course now under hands of incompetent LNA crew they will not shot down even a balloon!….anyway Turkish propagande told that the have beeen destroyed Syrian air defense and few hours after SAA launched an offensive ( shot down many turkish drones) and retake all village losses and city of Saraqib enable to open M5 Higway!

      • Turan B.

        No, it is not 60, sure it is more than 100. (The real number is about 25). Come on mate, awake the reality, TR is the drone master of the ME (not just middle east, Mediterranean as well) with its combat proven UAVs. You can keep living in your fantasy world.

        • Hyper20

          9-12 is the real range. LNA was dragging the same drones throug the desert taking pics, hence why they never show serial numbers.

      • Mustafa Mehmet

        Correcting.. was 61 and half .. moron you losing your little brain

  • <>

    Goodjob Turkey.

    • Ashok Varma

      You Zionist criminals just want to cheer any conflict. Now you are cheering for Turkey, even though you murdered 9 unarmed Palestine peace flotilla Turks on the Mavi Marmara in cold blood.

      • Exerian

        They already apologized for that event, compensated the families and we are still living the consequences of that event. The thing is, what is it for an indian anyway ? You mercilessly kill and opress muslims everyday. You unlawfully took Pakistani land and here you are, full of hypocrisy, trying to make a point on the blood of my brothers. It is none of your business indian. So the whole middle east politics with that. Focus on your shithole population baloon.

  • swedish_viking

    I only saw two activated Pantsir with the radar on and then later one Pantsir driving around.
    After that the image quality gets worse and some truck drives on a road with the watermark right over the truck and the watermark follows the truck so one can’t see if it’s an ordinary truck or a Pantsir system and then there looks like an explosion but the trucks continues to move forward and the sequence is cut.
    It then looks like an ATGM hits something under a metal roof, the location looks to be a bit from where they showed two Pantsirs earlier (it’s not hitting the exact location of the two Pantsirs but rather something under a roof not to far away).
    There is no information about what’s was under the metal roof.
    And then everything is under the watermark once again and one can’t see what happens.
    It’s almost like the choice of image mode and watermark in the first video are intentionally chosen to make it impossible to see anything interesting at all.

    The second video was much better but then it cuts and one can see an truck with the shadows all wrong and that doesn’t look like a Pantsir-S1 at all.
    I don’t understand what happened.
    https://imgur.com/NNIMYtH

    The third video all i see is a man walking into a building and then there’s an explosion in the building.
    I couldn’t make much out from those video clips but i didn’t see 4 Pantsir system being destroyed.
    I also only saw one Pantsir at the al-Watiya Air Base capture, does any one have photos of the second completely destroyed Pantsir-S1 claimed in the article?

    • Toni Liu

      Yes that sad, most of this system attacked while they offline, its very interesting to see how turk uav fight them while they online

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Not really, these are mobile systems for a reason and should only be activated when phased array long range radars have identified a missile or aircraft threat and then the local radar on the Pantsir activates and deals with the threat and then the system should be moved to a safer location, preferably decoys and camouflage should be deployed. But these stupid morons treat these highly sophisticated AD systems as Toyota pickups and fire randomly and that is why they are easy to take out as there is no AAA cover.

        • swedish_viking

          Pantsir-S systems can be activated while moved, they can engage targets while moving.
          So i don’t understand why a lonely not activated Pantsir would be on a road when it can defend it self while moving.

          • Toni Liu

            Thats how incompetent this operator to let that silly mistake happened, when one of this system feature can be shoot while moving

          • swedish_viking

            Yes that would be bad to not defend the transport or use the system to defend it self.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      The Russian Panstir is a multiple threat low altitude point defence system and perhaps the best in the world in the hands of capable operators. But the FACT is that I have already explained in detail that the Arabs in general are incompetent and do not know how to deploy a layered AD to face the multiple threats like armed drones and loitering ammunition which is part of the combat environment. The LNA lost these Pantsir systems because they did deploy manpads and rapid fire AAA to cover the Pantsir. Also Arabs have a tendency to keep the radars on which makes very easy to destroy the batteries with HARM and ARM anti radiation missiles. From personal experience, I can tell you that the Iraqis had the best European AD systems like Roland and Crotale, but the idiots also lacked fire discipline and left radars on and that made it a very target rich environment for Iranian F-4E armed with maverick, walleye and other ARM ammunition. Syrians made the same mistake a few months ago when the Zionist cunts took out a Pantsit battery as the stupid operator was taking a cigarette break with the system on. Professional militaries only activate the radars and electronic systems when there is an active identified threat and then fire and move the batteries which are mobile for a reason. Better training and education of Arab armies is must.

      • Toni Liu

        I believe its missile already out range those turk uav missile range, so it dont need much help, just adquate number with good operator and ammunition logistic, it will be a nightmare system to attack

  • Al Gathafi Did Nothing Wrong™

    Russia should stop sales of Pantsir especially to incompetent Arab customers.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Indeed. Russian modern weaponry is the best value for money but since the EW environment and COMINT require educated officers and operators, the cannon fodder Arab or any third world military would largely be ineffective. To operate modern systems you need at least a undergraduate degree in hard sciences. Even in my day, the newly introduced sophisticated APX-80 Combat Tree mated with the AN/APR-47 radar-homing-and-warning system, required a pretty educated and well trained RIO backseater who know what the 360 degree ground and air threats were.

  • Hyper20
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  • Hyper20

    GNA claims 9 Pantsirs destroyed the past 3 days.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      I believe 4 have been destroyed and one captured intact with English manuals. The idiots who were operating it should be shot for not destroying it and running away.

  • Tudor Miron

    Turkish army PR department strikes again :) They’re good at it. On the other hand when there are photo’s of downed Trkish drones (with part numbers etc.) this heroic department is silent :)

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Sadly for Russia, some of the Pantsir have been destroyed largely due to the inept monkeys who were trying to operate them. It is very good capable system but if not deployed properly it is vulnerable.

      • YOoo

        Stop crying. If your against the “inept monkeys”, I can easily say ask. Why doesn’t Russia have active operators to operate it in real live action? If it’s coming from the UAE, lets see the UAE send in their specialists. I think that may be the case but something is revealed. If not, it’s because at least the “inept monkeys” are on the field fighting while your sitting on your ass eating pringles and assessing the situation as if you are on the ground. Last but not least, it’s poor mismanagement on the coalition of evil UAE and Russia for not having the balls themselves to fight when they want to change something, instead of using proxy forces pretending to be a army that are incompetent. You get what you pay for. Turkey is going to make a fool out of Russian advanced hardware. Are the Russian too busy drinking vodka? I give it to them. They make some advanced weaponry but they have poor mismanagement of where to allocate them.

        • Zionism = EVIL

          I could care less kiddo. But the problem is that this is not Russia’s fight. Russia has provided the dumbass Egyptians the best military equipment in the world including SU-35, but the Zionist coward Sisi refuses to fight as I had written 3 months ago when the Turkeys intervened along with Italy on behalf of the GNA. My view is that there are NO GOOD GUYS IN LIBYA. The Turkeys want a new Ottoman Empire and RULE OVER THE ARABS like the Zionists do, while the GNA is a just a patsy for NATO and oil theft. Why should Russians or anyone die for inept monkeys who don’t know how to fight and this conflict will drag on for years as all Arab internecine tribal wars do. The dumbass Egyptians have a population of 100 million and close to half million peasants under arms and their proxies are taking the beating at the hands of the Turkeys who are operating from extended supply lines over 1400 kms. Even the Turkish admiral resigned as this is a suicidal strategy but the UAE and Egyptians are bigger cowards.

          Top admiral’s resignation rattles Turkey

          The demotion and then resignation of the chief of staff of the Turkish
          navy, Rear Adm. Cihat Yayci, has led to questions whether the Turkish
          government is distancing itself from Euroasianist figures to mend ties
          with its Western partners.

          • YOoo

            Calling them “inept monkeys” tells me about your level of intellect. I shouldn’t even reply to a creature of your kind but I will.

            Please explain to me why Wagner is operating in Libya if it’s not Russia’s fight. You are supporter of their policies so why are you trying to deflect blame on them when they directly involved. If the tide was turned and LNA made some notable gains, you would most certainly take credit for it. But when things don’t go your way, find someone to blame. If you believe your “allies” are incompetent, then find better ones. The truth is Russia can’t. It’s a picking a fight it can’t handle. They will regret it like their predecessors
            with Afghanistan.

          • YOoo

            Arabs are going through a civil war no different than the American civil war. The victor among them will take rule. When they do, they will be effective. Once upon a time, Arabs were leading the world in education. Study history. Unfortunately they fell succumbed to European rule and occupation. That will change. To give them advanced weaponry and expect them to utilize is is foolish. They aren’t ready for it. 100 years of occupation does them no good. When they do become organized and they will, it will take them time to govern themselves. Right now Egypt is under rule by the Zionists. The Egyptian people have no will of their own. They are capable of it but not now. Won’t happen sorry.

    • Exerian

      To hell with the Russian PR.
      That system has made billions of profit on PR only. So far it has zero fuckin success in any of the conflicts.
      I just hear excuses non stop. Millions of excuses. One may even think after hearing those excuses, that 16 M $ worth system also requires an einstein in it to operate a “completely manual” system with gears, cranks and periscope to observe around. No man no, yes it is not easy but it is not that complicated either. Russia even claimed that system is capable to stop missiles and jets. All i see is it fails to hit 250km/h max speed big drones let alone hitting 1600 km/h jets and missiles.
      Even the simple MANPADS are more useful than that overpriced truck.
      It is a complete PR success for Russia. It sold billions with the predefined test area on a preplanned missile routes. Now all vladibots are unhappy because that PR success gonna reveal the Russian lies on every equipment.

      • <>

        The S300 is also a good PR, the IDF has said “if the SAA uses it against our jets then it will be destroyed like other AA batteries”. That alone made Russia refuse to give control to the Syrians, because they know damn well we can destroy it and it won’t be good PR for them.

        • Exerian

          Exactly, they are no use except the deterrence issues.
          I think S-300’s are what russians claimed Pantsirs to be, and S-400’s are what russians claim S-300’s to be.
          None of them ever used in a combat so far. They all go from their claims.
          Prepare to be lynched for claiming that though. Vladibots gonna attack in everyway they can :)

          • <>

            I’m used to it, let them cry :)

          • Exerian

            True that. It usually indicates you exactly touched the spot.
            Best thing to do after that is enjoying the butthurt show :)

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Only laser anti-air defenses are going to be useful in this new era of war we have now entered in.
    Believe it when told that Israels and the US’s and UK’s and Russia’s top tech has yet to be used or reviled. Current anti-air defenses be it Israeli or Russian or American are useless in the face of the ever growing stockpile of yet unused special purpose weapons.

  • Kamīrusan

    Monkey crew, Every Pantsir is working on it’s own and not integrated in a larger network, i honestly don’t understand these Arab countries and their way of thinking, UAE and Saudi Arabia can buy the best air defenses and turn them into shit, it’s amusing

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Very good. Indeed, these are uneducated morons misusing a very good system. The dumb illiterate fuckers should be shot as I have explained in detail below.

  • YOoo

    I am Arab myself. We have incompetent armies I admit. That’s our fault because we were the moist advanced people at one point. Look into history and the accomplishment of the Arabs. The Arabs are capable of accomplishments greater than any other people but we fell to nationalism and became divided. Our weakness was that. It’s take a war like this to change our condition. Just look at the American civil war. It takes a civil war to get make change. Our enemies still fear us because Arabs have courage, bravery, and patience where most nations lack. Mark my words. The good Arabs that follow Islam correctly and fight for it will get rid of our tyrants. We will win in Syria, Palestine, and Libya. Pakistan, Turkey, and the Arabs are going to unite under Islam. From there, we march until we die.

    • Toni Liu

      Yeah divide at impera works as charm, no wonder most your arab states never can be a strong united nation because most of you love to kill each others rather than fight a common enemy