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MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. The Pantsir-S1 air defense missile-gun complex vehicle that has overturned on a road near the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi was trying to avoid a collision with a car. The vehicle left the incident scene on its own, the press service of the Southern Military District reported on Monday.
A Russian Defense Ministry source previously reported the incident with the antiaircraft missile-gun defense system. According to him, the combat vehicle that carried no live ammunition overturned near the Chemitokvadzhe settlement. The Southern Military District press service said that the incident had occurred on October 17.
"The driver of the wheeled all-terrain vehicle with the Pantsir-S1 complex that was on a march within air defense units of the Southern Military District made every possible effort to avoid a collision with a civilian car that crossed into the oncoming lane," says the statement received by TASS.
As a result of an abrupt maneuver, the combat vehicle "tipped over onto its side."
"Nobody was hurt in the incident. The system’s armament and equipment were not damaged. The vehicle was promptly put back on its wheels by a repair unit and was able to continue its movement," the press service reported.
The Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound), is a short-to-medium range gun-missile system combining a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannons and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles. The system is designed to acquire a variety of targets flying at altitudes from five metres to 10 kilometres and at the range from 200 metres to 20 kilometers.