Ukrainian artillery allegedly destroyed Russian anti-aircraft system worth $15 million
Ukrainian artillery reportedly destroyed a Russian anti-aircraft system worth $15 million.
Ukrainian military officials said on Saturday that its gunners destroyed a Russian Pantsir-1S missile system, shown in released footage. The system entered service with the Russian army in 2012 and is designed to protect a limited area from enemy aircraft.
The footage was obtained from the Ukrainian Joint Forces Task Force, along with a statement. The images were also relayed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff.
The Joint Task Force said: “How can a well-placed hit deprive an enemy of equipment worth 15 million dollars? It’s very simple: when, in the Donbass steppes, Ukrainian gunners encounter an anti-plane system.'”
They explained: “Pantsir-S1 is a Russian self-propelled anti-aircraft missile and gun system. It is used to cover civilian and military objects from air attacks. It can also protect a facility against ground and surface threats.
“The machine was developed by the Tula Design Bureau of Instrumentation. The complex was created in 1994, since then it has been modernized. At the end of 2012, the Pantsir-S1 air defense system was used by the Russian army.
“The deployment time of the complex can be up to 5 minutes. Its ammunition: 12 57E6-E missiles, 1400 shells. The missiles can hit targets at an altitude of up to 15 kilometers [9 miles] and at a distance of up to 20 kilometers [12 miles] ; projectiles can fly up to 4 kilometers [2.4 miles]. The cost is $15 million.”
The Ukrainian General Staff said: “How a well-aimed shot can deprive the enemy of equipment worth almost 15 million dollars.”
Zenger News has contacted the Ukrainian Joint Forces Task Force for further comment, as well as the Russian Defense Ministry, but has not received a response at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “special military operation.” July 4 marks the 131st day of the invasion.
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This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.