Ukrainian troops destroyed two Russian Pantsir-S1 missiles in Donetsk and Luhansk region

Another Russian Pantsir-S1 short-range air defense system has been destroyed, reportedly due to Ukrainian strikes using GMLRS rockets fired from M142 HIMARS or M270 MLRS in the Donetsk region.

The Pantsir-S1, valued at approximately $15 million, is designed to provide air defenses for military and industrial objects. The Dosye_shpiona Telegram Channel released a photo of the system.

Since invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Russia has lost around 21 Pantsir-S1 modern air defense systems. This truck-mounted, road-mobile system features command-guided surface-to-air missiles and twin-barrel 30mm automatic cannons. Its onboard radar and infrared sensors enable it to detect and track various aerial threats, including aircraft, helicopters, drones, cruise missiles, and artillery rockets.

The recent strike highlights the ongoing vulnerability of high-value Russian air defense assets amid the intense fighting for Ukraine.

The Pantsir-S1, despite its advanced technology, continues to face significant challenges in the dynamic and hostile environment of the battlefield.

According to the photos, the fire partially or completely burned out the radar system of the vehicle, the artillery part of the system, and the guides for anti-aircraft missiles burned down. Given this, the vehicle can be considered completely destroyed.

The two twin 30-mm automatic cannons of the system are pointed upward at a high angle, which may indicate an attempt to intercept the GMLRS missile on its approach to the Pantsir-S1 air defense system.

Two weeks earlier, the Dosye_shpiona Telegram Channel published another video shot by the Russian military showing another destroyed system in the Luhansk region.

A Russian Pantsir-S1 of the 1st Special Purpose Air and Missile Defense Army was destroyed by a direct hit from a guided projectile launched by an M142 HIMARS rocket system.

the Russian Armed Forces were seen armed with Pantsir-S1E anti-aircraft missiles and gun systems in a simplified export modification intended for the Iraqi contract.

In 2012, the Iraqi government signed a contract with Russia to supply 24 SAMs, with the possibility of resetting another 24 systems later. It is reported that in 2016, more than 20 systems were handed over to the customer, and in 2018, the country received a new batch, probably within the frame of additional orders.

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