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The Operation Spring Shield (Turkish: Bahar Kalkanı Harekâtı), conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces in Northern Syria, went down in history as the first hybrid warfare experience in which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were used intensely on regular army elements.

During the operation; Anka, Anka-S and Bayraktar TB2 in the Turkish Armed Forces inventory had succeeded in eliminating a large number of armoured vehicles and air defence systems with MAM-L releases. One of the platforms that suffered the most from the UAV raids was the Russian-made Pantsir-S1 air defence systems. Russia took action after a large number of Pantsir got their share from the UAV attack in Libya after Syria.

In a statement to a Russian TASS News Agency, a source from the Russian defence industry, it was announced that some improvements will be made in Pantsir-S1 self-propelled air defence systems. Within the scope of improvement works, some upgrades will be made especially by reviewing the capabilities of the platforms against unmanned aerial vehicles. In this context, important improvements for the export models of vehicles are also on the agenda.

Within the scope of the studies, it is stated that the effectiveness of Pantsir-S1 against from mini quadrocopters to large UAVs will be increased. Significant changes in the radar and electronic equipment of the platform are on the agenda.

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