The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the information provided by the Turkish military to its President Tayyip Recep Erdogan about the alleged destruction by Turkish drones of eight self-propelled anti-aircraft anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems (air defense systems) “Pantsir-C1” in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria does not correspond to reality. The Russian military called the indicated quantity and information of the Turkish colleagues "more than an exaggeration."
According to the Russian military, only four Pantsir-C1 air defense missile defense systems covered the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from an air attack in the Idlib de-escalation zone. It was clarified that the bulk of Syria’s air defense systems, including the aforementioned “Shell-C1,” are concentrated in the area of Damascus (the country's capital).
At the same time, the Ministry of Defense admitted that as a result of a massive attack by Turkish drones, two Pantsir-C1 air defense missile systems did receive some damage. However, the damaged Pantsir-C1 air defense missile systems have already been almost repaired and will soon be back in operation.
It should be recalled that on March 10, 2020, President Erdogan told reporters, after returning from Brussels, that the Turkish army destroyed eight Pantsir-C1 air defense systems in the Syrian province of Idlib.
In Idlib, we destroyed eight Shells with the help of our combat drones. These are very expensive and important air defense systems.
- said Erdogan.
At the same time, Erdogan added that the Pantsir-C1 air defense missile systems were also deployed in Libya.
It should be noted that it is not known exactly how much the Pantsir-C1 SAM system is armed with.