Russia says Turks only damaged two Syrian Pantsir-S1s

12 March 2020

File photo of a Syrian Pantsir-S1 in action. Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that two Syrian Pantsir-S1 air defence systems were damaged by Turkish attacks during eight days of intense fighting from 27 February.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on 10 March that Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) had destroyed eight Syrian Pantsirs during Turkey’s military intervention to prevent rebel forces being overrun in Idlib province.

The Russian MoD said later that day that the estimates presented to the Turkish president were “more than an exaggeration”.

It added that most Syrian air defences, including the Pantsir-S1s, are concentrated near Damascus. “No more than four Pantsir-S1s were covering the Syrian troops in the Idlib de-escalation area. The massive attacks of Turkish UCAVs resulted in the damage of two Syrian Pantsir-S1s, the repair of which is now being completed,” it said.

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