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.

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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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