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.

Cameroon to buy Russian Panstir S1 air defense system
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.