The stolen Russian-made Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile system (SAM) stolen in Libya is to be transported to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. This was reported by Popular Mechanics.
According to the magazine, on the territory of the base, there is the US National Center of Space Exploration, specializing in studying foreign military equipment. The media assumes that the Pantsir will be dismantled and rebuilt there for the purpose of the study of its operating principles.
Earlier the British newspaper Times published an article according to which last year in Libya a Russian self-propelled air defense missile system Pantsir-S1 was seized on the battlefield: it was then secretly transported to the NATO airbase in Germany.
According to the authors of the article, a special detachment on the American C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft arrived at the Zuwar airport to transport the SAMs to the Ramstein airbase. It was noted that the United Arab Emirates had allegedly first purchased the SAMs from Russia, and then sent them to Libya to support the forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar.