At the disposal of the armed forces of Ethiopia appeared anti-aircraft missile and cannon complexes “Pantsir-S1”. One of the complexes took over duty in the area of the Hidase hydroelectric station under construction on the Blue Nile River. In the same place, the Ethiopian army deployed other Soviet and Russian-made air defense systems. The Russian military equipment was filmed by the Ethiopian television channel ETV. The video is actively sold online.
The HPP Hidase (“The Dam of the Great Revival of Ethiopia”) being built, after commissioning, will be the largest structure of its kind on the entire African continent. The construction of a strategically important object was taken under the special control of the Ethiopian authorities and the armed forces.
Officially, the fact of supplying these complexes to Ethiopia has never been disclosed. However, a year ago, the New Business Ethiopia reported that the Ethiopian military was showing interest in the Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft systems. One of the reasons for such interest publication called fears Addis Ababa, associated with a possible Egyptian military aggression.
The Pantsir-S1 complexes have been in service with the Russian armed forces since 2008. According to the open press, these systems are used by the armed forces of Syria, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Iraq and Oman. The complexes protect the airspace in the region of the Khmeimim base in the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria and have been successfully used against militant unmanned aerial vehicles several times.