A Mirage F1 fighter jet from the Government of National Accord (GNA) is said to have been shot down by an air defence system of the Libyan National Army (LNA).
The LNA’s air defenses, using their Russian-made Pantsir-S system, shot down the French-made Mirage F1 fighter jet that was being used by the Government of National According.
“An attempt by the crew of the Mirage F1 fighter to launch missile strikes on the positions of the air defense systems resulted in another loss for the forces of the Government of National Accord – the combat aircraft was shot down by the Russian Pantsir-S air defense missile system deployed on the territory controlled by the Libyan National Army,” the Russian publication said.
“In the presented video frames you can see the wreckage of a destroyed combat aircraft, which, allegedly, tried to destroy the positions the air defense systems of the Libyan National Army. There is no direct evidence that this is specifically about the Pantsir-S air defense missile system, however, given the information from generally available monitoring resources, the incident occurred in the area where these Russian-made complexes were previously seen,” they added.
The GNA command has not commented on the claims of one of their fighter jets being shot down.
The forces of the Government of National Unity have not yet commented on the loss of their combat aircraft, however, if the information about the use of the Pantsir-S air defense system against Mirage F1 fighter is true, this is the first evidence of how the Russian complex deals with a combat aircraft, although previously no There was no documentary evidence of the destruction of combat aircraft by Russian air defense missile systems, however, information on this periodically appears.