Ukrainian artillery reportedly destroyed a Russian anti-aircraft system worth $15 million.
Ukrainian military officials said Saturday its artillerymen destroyed a Russian Pantsir-1S missile system, shown in released images. The system entered service in the Russian military in 2012 and is designed to protect a limited area against enemy aircraft.
The footage was obtained from the Ukrainian Joint Forces Task Force, along with a statement. The images were also relayed by the General staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Joint Forces Task Force said: “How can one well-placed blow deprive an enemy of equipment worth $15 million? It’s very simple: when in the steppes of Donbas Ukrainian artillerymen encounter a much-hyped, Russian ‘Pantsir-1S’ anti-aircraft 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 attack. It can also protect a facility from 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 is up to 5 minutes. Its ammunition: 12 57E6-E missiles, 1400 shells. 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 a distance of up to 4 kilometers [2.4 miles]. The cost is $15 million.”
The Ukrainian General Staff said: “How one well-aimed shot can deprive the enemy of equipment worth almost $15 million.”
Zenger News contacted the Ukrainian Joint Forces Task Force for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling 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.