On July 12, Libyan activists shared a video and photos showing a military convoy consisting of several trucks and at least one Panstri-S1 air-defense system heading to the coastal town of Sirte, reports SOUTHFRONT.
A spokesman for the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in the region, Brig. Abdul Hadi Draa, confirmed that Pantsir-S1 systems and other weapons were deployed at the Sirte airport on July 11.
The Pantsir-S1 system seen in the video and photos is based on a KAMAZ-6560 8×8 truck. This means that it was not deployed by the UAE. All the systems operated by UAE forces are based on German MAN SX 45 8×8 trucks.
The spotted Pantsir-S1 system has a desert yellow paint and is equipped with the older passive electronically scanned array search radar. The only country in the Middle East that operates Pantsir-S1 systems with such specifications and supports the Libyan National Army (LNA) is Syria.
#Libya– #GNA photos from video circulating on social media purportedly showing #LNA convoy heading to #Sirte.
Note the Pantsir-S1/SA-22 Greyhound is on 8×8 Kamaz truck chassis & the Ural 4320 truck, indicating likely #Russia|n PMC pic.twitter.com/ZNGx6ppLVN
— Oded Berkowitz (@Oded121351) July 12, 2020