Monday, May 23, 2022

Russian Pantsir-S1 stuck in mud in Southern Ukraine

Russian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft defense system has stuck in a muddy field in Southern Ukraine

According to local sources, the Russian Pantsir-S1 mobile anti-air defense system ground to a halt and stuck in the mud near the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson.

The Russian air defense system was part of a large convoy that was heading towards Kherson but was stopped by a Ukrainian airstrike, presumably by a Bayraktar TB2 medium-altitude, long-range tactical unmanned aircraft.

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Russian military vehicles during the invade of Ukraine move only along roads due to muddy soils and therefore often become victims of ambushes and air attacks.

Truck-mounted Pantsir-S1 air-defense systems feature both short-range surface-to-air missiles and 30mm automatic cannons and are designed to defend ground installations against a variety of weapons including fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, ballistic and cruise missiles, precision-guided munitions and unmanned air vehicles.

According to the CSIS Missile Defense Project, the baseline Pantsir system can engage tactical aircraft at a maximum range of 20 km and altitude of 10 km, subsonic cruise missiles at a range of 12 km and altitude of 6 km, and high-speed air-to-ground missiles at a range of 7 km and altitude of 6 km.

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