The Americans will thoroughly study the sample of the Pantsir-S1E anti-aircraft missile-gun system captured in Libya, Dmitry Kornev, editor-in-chief of the MilitaryRussia.ru website, told Izvestia on January 28.
Captured by the forces of the “government of national accord” of Libya, the Pantsir-S1E air defense missile system was secretly transported to an American base in Germany in June last year, writes The Times. But the transportation became known only now.
Pantsir-C1 is a relatively new weapon system that has been in service with the Russian army since 2012. Experts appreciate the complex for its high mobility and versatility. During the service in various countries, more than 100 drones were shot down, as well as at least one manned fighter, writes Military Watch Magazine.
It is believed that it is largely thanks to the Pantsir-S1 that the Khmeimim air base in Syria has not yet been destroyed, despite the fact that the militants in the region have combat drones, Dmitry Kornev said.
According to him, the export version of “Pantsir-S1E” is quite well known in the world, because it is supplied to different countries, including the UAE, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and others. The complex has been presented at exhibitions more than once.
However, the resulting sample provides a unique opportunity to completely disassemble the vehicle and find its vulnerabilities, which can then be used in battle.
“Americans may be interested in the level of technology, manufacturing of units and parts. American specialists will not be able to study such things at the exhibition or even on the basis of friendly UAE, for example, disassemble non-separable blocks. Having received a real sample, you can completely disassemble it, ”said the military specialist.
At the same time, the military may not even be interested in the Pantsir-S1E radar, but in secondary units, the disabling of which will lead to the fact that the equipment will not be able to work. For example, a heating or air conditioning system, said Kornev.
At the same time, it is difficult to imagine that the Americans will take advantage of the vulnerabilities on their own, because the clash between the military of the United States and Russia risks becoming the last in human history.
On the other hand, Kornev believes, the Americans can share data on the Pantsir-S1E with their NATO allies, such as Turkey, with which Russia has had rather tense relations in recent years. In addition, if previously unknown vulnerabilities are discovered on Pantsir-S1E, they may be voiced to harm its image on the arms export market.
The expert is confident that the captured ZRPK will not become an irreparable blow to Russia’s defense capability. The “Pantsiri” that the Russian Aerospace Forces are now receiving are markedly different. They have a different radar and other electronic filling, concluded the editor-in-chief of the MilitaryRussia.ru website.
The Pantsir-S1E anti-aircraft missile and cannon system on one chassis contains a system for detecting air targets, tracking them with a radar, guiding anti-aircraft missiles at them and firing high-speed artillery guns. The Pantsir-S1E is believed to be highly effective against drones, small drones, and guided munitions.