The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Pantsir-S1 air defence systems are being upgraded, a senior official from Russia’s Rostec defence group told the TASS news agency on 27 November.
“We are engaged in the modernisation of Pantsir systems that are in service in the Emirates,” Viktor Kladov, the director of international policy at Rostec, said. “If the UAE authorities have a desire to acquire new systems, we will gladly supply them, but for now we are talking about modernising the existing ones”.
It was reported in 2000 that the UAE had ordered “up to 50” Pantsir-S1s. Changes to the UAE’s requirements, including the use of a MAN rather than the standard KAMAZ vehicle, resulted in the first deliveries being delayed until 2009.
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