The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) published photographs with a captured entire division of the S-300PMU1 surface-to-air missile, as well as several S-125 air defense systems. The loss of an entire division of the S-300 air defense missile system is a very serious problem, and, moreover, it is quite remarkable that the military simply abandoned this expensive and high-precision weapon – the SAM were captured without a prolonged battle.
In the presented photos, you can see how representatives of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray pose against the background of captured anti-aircraft missile systems, after which photographs of captured S-125 air defense systems appeared, which indicates that the Ethiopian military has very, very serious problems in this region country.
At the moment, there are no official comments from the country’s Ministry of Defense, despite media inquiries, which indicates that the loss of an entire S-300 air defense system division is real for the army of this country.
Experts, in turn, draw attention to the fact that 2020 was a very unfortunate period for Russian air defense systems which earn bad reputation being “lame duck, as evidenced by their losses by the NKR army in Armenia, Syria and Libya.
On November 4, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive against forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is the governing authority of the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray.
Coming after months of rising tensions between the TPLF and the Abiy administration, the latest military action was precipitated by an alleged surprise night-time assault by the TPLF on a major Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) base in Tigray that resulted in the killing of non-Tigrayan soldiers and the attempted looting of heavy artillery and weapons.
Mass casualties have been reported in different parts of Tigray, while thousands of Ethiopians have fled to neighbouring Sudan since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military intervention last week against the region’s powerful ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
© 2020, GDC. © GDC and www.globaldefensecorp.com. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to www.globaldefensecorp.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.