The Israeli Air Force has published a video of the apparent destruction of the Russian-made S-1 air defense missile system Spike NLOS, of the “Pantsir 1” series in Syria.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the video shows how the missile launched on May 10 destroys a vehicle with military equipment. In the explanation, it is specified that the destroyed complex, by NATO classification, is called SA22. According to the Russian classification, this is a self-propelled anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir-S1”.
The IDF struck an SA22 aerial interception system as part of a wide-scale attack against Iranian military sites in Syria pic.twitter.com/dFGXIwMT45
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 10 May 2018
“Pantsir is simply not intended to be protected from a Spike missile. This is an anti-tank missile launched from ground-based systems. A Pantsir is optimized for working on air targets, rather than anti-tank missiles, “- said Deputy Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makienko.
At the same time, the ex-commander of the 4th brigade of the Air Force and Air Defense, Lieutenant-General Valery Gorbenko urged not to exclude ‘the human factor.’ “We can not exclude the possibility that the complex was not combat ready, perhaps there were no crew at that time, and as the missile was abruptly the complex could not repel the attack,” he said.
A missile strike by the Israeli military in the Kiswa area near Damascus, was reported previously.