On the night of 27-28 February, the very important Tuapse refinery was attacked by drones. In order to prevent a second attack, the Russian Armed Forces deployed at least one Pantsir-S2 very short-range anti-aircraft system in the port of this city.
On the night of February 27-28, two explosions were heard in the city of Tuapse (Krasnodar Krai, Russia). The Ukrainians had launched drones in the direction of this city, targeting its important refinery (article on the subject). This attack also follows a series of attacks on Russian strategic facilities, including a failed attempt on a gas facility near Moscow (more information in this article).
The Russian Armed Forces responded to the attack by deploying at least one Pantsir-S2 very short/short-range anti-aircraft system. Its presence was notably confirmed by a video taken from a boat and published on March 6 (tweet below). This system is positioned at the end of the largest quay in the port of Tuapse and therefore protects the installations against Ukrainian planes, helicopters, drones and missiles. This system has shown some weaknesses in Ukraine against various Ukrainian drones (TB2 types or suicide drones) but remains all one of the most modern short-range anti-aircraft systems in Russia.
The SOTS (S-band) radar of the Pantsir-S2 can detect targets at 40 kilometers range. If the target enters a 30-kilometer bubble around the Pantsir-S2 and at an estimated maximum altitude of more than 10 kilometers, the anti-aircraft system can shoot it down with one of its 12 surface-to-air missiles. In close defense, the Pantsir-S2 can also use its two 30mm 2A38M guns (rapid fire, range from 0.2 to 4 kilometers).
The tweet below identifies the system as a Pantsir-S1 yet the latter has a rectangular-shaped radar, unlike the dual-antenna radar of the Pantsir-S2 visible in the video in question.
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