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Ethiopian Pantsyr-S1 revealed

19 March 2019
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Ethiopia is operating at least one Russian-made Pantsyr-S1 short-range air defence system, local television news footage has revealed.

A still from Ethiopian television footage shows a Pantsyr-S1 air defence system displayed during a Defense Force Day event held at the airbase near Bishoftu in February. (ETV)A still from Ethiopian television footage shows a Pantsyr-S1 air defence system displayed during a Defense Force Day event held at the airbase near Bishoftu in February. (ETV)

The system was displayed during an event marking Defense Force Day in February, but its presence only became apparent after Ethiopian television news coverage was posted on the internet by a Russian user on 16 March.

Filmed at the airbase outside Bishoftu, the footage showed an improved Pantsyr-S1 with the bi-directional phased array search radar: a variant that was first exported to Algeria in 2010–12.

A legacy S-125 air defence system and ‘Spoon Rest’ and ‘Tin Shield’ surveillance radars – all of which were previously known to be in Ethiopian service – were also displayed during the event.

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