A missile fired by a Turkish Anka-2 Drone destroyed Russian-made Buk-M1 and Pantsir-S1 Air Defense System (ADS) of the Syrian Army deployed in Idlib province on 28 February reports Turkish online media Daily Sabah.
Turkish media released unique footage shows Turkey’s armed unmanned aircraft system destroyed a Pantsir-S1 self-propelled combined gun-missile system during its strike on Syrian Arab Army targets on Friday near Idlib.
In the video, an apparently active Pantsir system mounted on its 8×8 truck can be seen sitting placidly as the Turkish munition plunges towards it.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) carried out airstrikes against the Assad regime elements in northwestern Syria’s Idlib early Friday.
Turkish officials reported that during airstrikes Turkish military destroyed five Syrian helicopters, 23 armored vehicles, 23 artillery pieces, one Buk-M1-2 medium-range surface-to-air missile system, and one Pantsir-S1 point defense air defense system.Reports Daily Sabah
Turkey launches deadly airstrikes against Syrian forces after more than three dozen Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Syrian government forces near Idlib.
The Syrian Air Defense Force reportedly had over 30 Pantsir units in its inventory. Russia has also fortified its Syrian Hmeimim airbase with the Pantsir, to ward off airborne attacks. It was deployed after a flurry of drones struck the airbase in 2018.
Pantsir mobile ADS has been destroyed by Israeli Defense Forces using expandable Drones and loitering mutilations. This is the first time, Turkish drone strikes destroys Russian-made Air Defense System.
The Anka-2 drone has been used extensively by the Turkish military in recent years. Turkey’s Roketsan-developed guided weapons include laser-guided MAM- Smart Micro Munition light bombs with a range of 8 km. These munitions can be equipped with armor-piercing cumulative, high-explosive fragmentation and thermobaric warheads.
Preciously, the Bayraktar drone was used by Ankara in its offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria in mid-October. It destroyed a Kurdish truck while ammunition and explosives were reportedly being loaded onto the vehicle.
Earlier this week, a Bayraktar drone of Turkey-supported National Agreement Government forces was shot down by Libyan National Army’s Pantsir ADS.
There have been several claims of the Pantsir being destroyed in the past, the recent one being last month. A mobile phone left behind by a Syrian Pantsir operator led Israeli forces to the ADS, a top official from KBP Instrument Design Bureau, the Russian company that manufactures the system, reportedly admitted.
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In May 2018, another Pantsir ADS deployed in Syria is said to have taken a “direct hit” from a missile launched by IDF fighter jets. Aytech Bizhev, former deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force offered two possible explanations, wrote RT. “The Pantsir might’ve either used up its ammunition reserve, or it was simply turned off. It wasn’t battle ready,” he said.
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