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Russia wants to deliver the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system (ADMGS) to Myanmar within two years, as Dmitry Shugaev, Russia's director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTC), announced at the Dubai Airshow 2021.

The contract for two Pantsir-S1 ADMGS was signed in January 2021 during the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Myanmar. "The delivery of two Pantsir-S1 is expected to take place in 2023," said Shugaev. In addition to the Pantsir-S1, the Russian-Myanmar agreement also includes radar stations and Orlan-10E reconnaissance drones. Further contract details were not disclosed.

Shugaev also mentioned a possible upgrade of the Pantsir S1 vehicles that are in service in the United Arab Emirates in order to "significantly increase their capabilities".

According to Dmitry Konoplev, CEO of Shipunov KBP Instrument Design Bureau, the Pantsir-S1 is effective against all types of combat drones, including the Turkish bayraktar. "Despite the development of unmanned technologies, the Pantsir has so many options and capabilities that the drones have not yet achieved," says Konoplev.

The Pantsir ADMGS family was developed by the Shipunov KBP Design Bureau, the subsidiary of High-Precision Weapons Holding. It is intended for the short-range protection of civil and military targets from air raids in all weather and climates, day and night. The Pantsir complexes were used for the air defense of the Russian armed forces in Syria, as well as exported to some countries in the Middle East and Africa. In 2020, two Pantsir-S1 were delivered to Serbia, which had ordered a total of six vehicles.

Yuri Laskin