Cameroon to buy Russian Panstir-S1 air defense system
Cameroon intends to buy a Pantsir-S1 air defense system purchase from Russia, said Mahamat Paba Sale, Ambassador of the African Republic, on Oct. 22. “We are hoping to sign a contract. We are interested, and I believe this will be done. Russian equipment is of very high quality,” the diplomat said, during an interview with RIA Novosti.
Pantsir-S1 missile-gun air defense system (Picture source: Army Recognition)
The Central African nation also wants to buy armored personnel carriers, military transport and combat helicopters from Russia, the ambassador said.
The Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound in NATO code) is an air defense missile-gun system designed to protect military areas, industrial targets and land forces units, and reinforce the air defense units responsible for the protection of troops and military installations against precision-guided air attacks from low and extremely low altitudes. The mobile version of the Pantsir-S1 system includes a combat vehicle (up to six vehicles in a battery), surface-to-air guided missiles, 30 mm rounds, a transporter-loader vehicle (one for two combat vehicles), maintenance and training facilities.