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Azerbaijan negotiating purchase of Russian air-defence system

s 22 300x211 Azerbaijan negotiating purchase of Russian air defence systemRussia is reported to be negotiating sales of its Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile system to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani news agency APA said that Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are all in negotiations with Russia on buying the missile complex, codenamed SA-22 Greyhound by NATO.

Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport has received orders for the Pantsir-S1 from Algeria and Morocco and has already sold the missile complex to Syria, Iran, the UAE and Oman.

The Pantsir-S1 is designed to provide short-range air defence with a target range of 20 kilometres. It can be mounted on a tracked or wheeled vehicle or be stationary.

The Pantsir-S1 replaces the Tunguska complex in the Russian army.

Last year Azerbaijan took delivery of two S-300 air-defence missile systems from Russia, worth $300 million.

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