Israeli Kamikaze Drones Are Destroying Russian-made Air Defense Systems in Syria

Syria’s Pantsir-SM, an upgraded missile defense systems was destroyed by an Israeli SkyStriker expandable drone, military expert Vladislav Shurygin told the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

Elbit Systems developed the SkyStriker, a cost-effective loitering munition that is capable of long-range precise tactical strikes. The technology-enabled SkyStriker improves performance, situational awareness and survivability by providing direct-fire aerial-precision capabilities to maneuverable troops and Special Forces.

Elbit Systems SkyStriker

SkyStriker is a fully autonomous UAS that can locate, acquire and strike operator-designated targets with a 5kg warhead installed inside the fuselage, enabling high-precision performance. The UAS’ electric propulsion offers a minimal acoustic signature, allowing covert operations at low altitude operations. As a silent, invisible and surprise attacker, SkyStriker delivers the utmost in precision and reliability, providing a critical advantage in the modern battlefield.

The SkyStriker drone can travel up to 190 kph usig a pusher propeller and an electric engine. The drone weighs a mere 35 kg, of which the payload accounts for 5-10 kg. It has a maximum flight time of two hours, and is controlled remotely by an operator who can view what the drone is seeing.

The Russian military says it has tested its most up-to-date version of the Pantsir-SM air defense system on March 2019. The test took place at a test site in the Astrakhan region, according to Moscow’s TASS news agency. The SM variant, according to the report, has an extended range of up to 40 km.

Pantsir-SM on KamAZ K-53958 8×8 chassis (source: Sputnik News)

In the middle of the night, Israel attacked several Iranian military targets in Syria. A video of the attack, published by the Israel Defense Forces, shows a Russian-made latest variant Pantsir-SM missile system being destroyed. The expandable Skystriker is posing a serious problem to the enemy especially for so called upgraded Pantsir-SM.

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