Russia To Ship First Pantsir-S1 Air Defense Systems to Serbia In February

The first shipments of Russia’s Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile systems to Serbia will commence in February, a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS. «[At the] end of February, in accordance with the terms of the contract». Serbian President announced that Belgrade had ordered the Pantsir systems on October 24, 2019. This past November, Rosoboronexport Chairman Alexander Mikheyev told that Russia would ship the systems in the upcoming months.

The Pantsir-S1 was designed to provide close-range air defense of civilian and military objects under any climatic and radio-electronic conditions during both day and night, and it is also capable of fighting ground-based and water-based threats.

The system is armed with 12 ready-to-launch surface to air missiles, with a maximum range of 20 km and, delivering a 20 kg fragmentation warhead. The Pantsir-S1 is also equipped with a double-barrel 30-mm autocannon with a range of 4 km and 3 km ceiling. The missiles are used to engage targets at longer distances, while the autocannon is used against targets at close range.

Source - TASS