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Russia’s new Pantsir-SM air defense system to roll off production lines in 2 years

October 07, 11:48 UTC+3

The updated modification of the air defense system is set to be equipped with a new high-speed missile, while the range of target detection and destruction will double

TULA, October 7. /TASS/. The production of the first batch of Russia’s new Pantsir-SM air defense missile systems will begin in approximately two years, the General Director of the Shcheglovsky Val Defense Company (part of the Vysokotochnye Kompleksy Holding) Vladimir Popov told journalists on Friday.

“The engineering design has been completed,” he said. “This year or early next year we will start the production of the test specimens.”

According to Popov, the wheeled chassis usually used for the Kamaz trucks has been changed to fit the air defense system. In addition to that, one of the Pantsir’s modifications will have tracked chassis, Popov said.

In August, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced that Pantsir-SM will be deployed to the army “very soon.”

The updated modification of the air defense system will supposedly exceed the existing one in efficiency. In particular, it is set to be equipped with a new high-speed missile, while the range of target detection and destruction will double. So the Pantsir-SM air defense missile system will be able to detect the target at a distance of 75 kilometers and destroy it at a distance of 40 kilometers while the respective figures for the Pantsir-S1 are 40 and 20 kilometers.

Original post @tass.com

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New targeting system to double range of Russia’s Pantsir air defense system

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Russian Aviaton » Thursday October 6, 2016 14:40 MSK

The upgraded Pantsir-SM combined surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, equipped with a multifunctional targeting system, will be able to destroy targets 40 kilometers away – twice the range of the current configuration, the first deputy CEO, chief designer of the Instrument Design Bureau KBP, in Tula (an affiliate of Rostec), Alexander Khomyakov, told the media.

“The newly-developed multi-functional targeting system incorporating an active phased array radar doubles Pantsir’s effective range,” Khomyakov said.

He recalled that the range of fire of the current system Pantsir-S1 is about 20 kilometers, while the next generation, Pantsir-SM can hit targets 40 kilometers away.

The new Pantsir will be able to identify targets at a distance of 75 kilometers (in contrast to the current model’s 40-kilometer capability, Khomyakov said.

The components of a newly-developed air defense system are in the testing phase. Khomyakov said nothing about when they may be completed.

Last August the Russian Defense Ministry said that Pantsir-SM would go operational “very soon.” According to earlier reports, the new system will be armed with a high-speed missile noticeably surpassing the current equivalents. There have been reports work is in progress on Pantsir’s naval and Arctic configurations.

Source @ruaviation.com

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