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Russia will deliver to Algeria antiaircraft systems Pantsir.

Summary: Russia will deliver to Algeria this year 38 Pantsir air defence systems for $ 500 million, announced Wednesday a military-diplomatic source to the Russian agency Interfax.

Aa"In conformity with the contract signed in 2006, we will deliver to Algeria 38 systems Pantsir S1 for $ 500 million. Deliveries will be made in 2010-2011," the source said. AaAaAaIn March 2006, the then President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Algeria, the first by a Russian head of state in this country. On this occasion, Algiers had ordered from Russia for 6.3 billion dollars of armaments, including 3.5 billion worth of fighter jets in exchange for the cancellation of a debt contracted with the former USSR. AaAaAaAccording to the military-diplomatic source, Saudi Arabia and Libya also want to acquire these systems. AaAaAa"The preparation of a contract with Libya is in its final phase, it could be signed very soon," the source said. AaAaAaThe UAE bought 50 systems Pantsir for $ 734 million under a contract signed in 2000. Syria subsequently acquired 36 Pantsir part of which has already been delivered. AaAaAaPantsir systems are capable of reaching at high precision all aerial targets at the range of 20 kilometres and 15 kilometres up. The air defence system can shoot against four targets at once. The speed of the missile reaches 1,300 meters per second. AaAaAaOrders for these systems currently stand at 2.5 billion dollars and could be doubled by 2018, according to the Interfax news agency. AaAaAaPantsir systems must participate in the military parade on Red Square

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