36 missiles for Eritrean S-125 (SA-3 ‘Goa’) SAM intercepted by Ukraine

Barely few days after the new Ethiopian Military’s new Pantsir S1 short-range air defense system was displayed during the country’s Defense Day celebration, Eritrea has purchased about thirty-six surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) for the S-125 (SA-3 ‘Goa’) air-defence system.

The thirty-six S-125 (SA-3 ‘Goa’) surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) were discovered by the Ukrainian authorities, the country’s top civilian and military prosecutors revealed on 27 March.

According to a statement posted on the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s website. The 5V27D missiles were discovered by investigators during a search of a warehouse in the port city of Mykolaiv.

Ukraine currently alleges that Rosoboronexport and other unidentified people smuggled the missiles into Ukraine in the period 2007-10 with the intention of exporting them to Eritrea in contravention of the UN arms embargo imposed on that country.

Patrick Kenyette

Freelance journalist and Photographer, and regular African Military Blog contributor