The U.S. has stolen a Russian Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile system (SAM) belonging to the Libyan National Army (LNA), The Times reported, citing its own sources.
According to the British newspaper, the Americans took the SAM system out of fear that it might be smuggled and used against civilian airplanes. The newspaper wrote that in July 2020, the Pantzir-S1 was delivered to the Ramstein airbase in Germany.
The newspaper recalled that the Pantsiris, which the UAE purchased from Russia, were delivered to Libya. The Times notes that studying the Russian SAMs may give the Americans useful information about the industrial capabilities of Russia.
Earlier, Dmitry Shugaev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, announced that Pantsir-S1 is in great demand among the Middle Eastern partners, RT reported. According to him, the contracts for the SAM system, as well as for the Kornet antitank missile system, “are flying like hotcakes.