Brazil interested in purchasing Pantsir-S1

Brazil interested in purchasing air defense missile systems from Russia

Military & Defense

April 04, 12:15UTC+3
Russia has completed the delivery of Igla-S shoulder-fired air defense missile systems to Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 4. /TASS/. Brazil is still interested in the purchase of Russia’s air defense missile and artillery systems Pantsir-S1, the deputy chief of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Anatoly Punchuk, has told TASS.

“The latest talks with the Brazilian delegation on this subject took place at the international military-technical forum Army-2016. The Brazilian partners say this theme remains on their agenda. We do hope for a positive outcome,” said Punchuk, who leads Russia’s delegation at the international arms show LAAD-2017.

“The Brazilian military has repeatedly visited the system’s manufacturer and saw Pantsir-S1 in action at Russian firing range. Foreign specialists were able to see for themselves the effectiveness of Russia’s system. All targets were hit at the maximum distance,” Punchuk said.

According to earlier reports, Brazil’s Defense Ministry had plans for acquiring 12 Pantsir-S1 systems installed on a chassis provided by Germany’s Rheinmetall to create three batteries. In the meantime, the European company MBDA declared plans to pool efforts with Brazil’s Avibras to develop a medium range air defense system AV-MMA, the Pantsir-S1’s likely rival. Brazil has conducted talks on acquiring Russia’s air defense systems since 2013. Originally, the signing of the contract was scheduled for 2015. In May 2016 the then head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Aleksandr Fomin said that Russia was prepared to deliver Pantsir systems to Brazil but the contract had not been signed yet due to internal problems in that country.

Pantsir-S1 is capable of hitting air, surface and naval targets at altitudes of up to 15 kilometers. The effective range of its artillery component is four kilometers. The rate of fire of the 30 mm anti-aircraft gun is 5,000 rounds per minute.

Igla-S shoulder-fired air defense missile system

Russia has completed the delivery of Igla-S shoulder-fired air defense missile systems to Brazil, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk told TASS on Tuesday.

Punchuk is heading the Russian delegation at the LAAD-2017 defense and security exhibition in Brazil.

“The 2015 contract for the delivery of Igla-S MANPADS has been implemented in full,” Punchuk said.

This is not the first delivery of these systems to Brazil, he noted.

“Brazilian partners highly appreciate the operational characteristics of Russian-made air defense systems,” Punchuk said.

The Igla-S man-portable air defense missile system is designed to hit low-flying air targets in oncoming and catch-up flight paths amid false thermal interference. The Russian Army is being currently rearmed with Verba new-generation MANPADS.

LAAD-2017 arms show

The international Latin American exhibition of aviation and defense systems LAAD-2017 will held in Rio de Janeiro on April 4-7.

The Russian exposition will feature selections provided by 23 organizations, including 11 manufacturers of military products. On display there will be models of advanced samples of military hardware, including a combat and training plane Yakovlev-130, helicopter gunship Mi-28NE, helicopter Ka-226T, light multi-role helicopter Ansat, air defense missile system Tor-M2KM, corvette of project 20382 Tigr, patrol boat of project 12200 Sobol and other defense industry products.

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The 9K38 Igla is a Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) developed by Soviet Union in the 1970s. It succeeded the older Strela-3 with better range and seeker sensitivity. The system uses 9M39 Surface-to-Air missile (SAM). It was adopted in 1981. This air defense system is known in the West as SA-18 Grouse. The Igla MANPADS can engage aircraft, helicopters and UAVs.

   Comparing with the Strela series, the Igla has increased warhead weight. Its infrared guidance system uses proportional convergence logic for target acquisition and movement prediction.

   The 9M39 missile constitutes a seeker head, control system and propulsion system. The 9E410 seeking head contains photo resistor sensor made of Indium cooled down to -200 degree Celsius for better IR source acquisition. The seeker head also contains logical selection unit to enhance system’s acquisition capability during target engagement. The Igla also uses 9S520 night fire equipment package.

Igla-S, sometimes referred as Igla-Super. It is an improved variant in the Igla, which entered service with Russian Army in 2004. It is known in the West as SA-24 Grinch. It is more efficient weapon with longer range (up to 6 km). The missile was fitted with a new two-channel optical seeker with logic unit. It has higher jamming immunity due to good target selectivity against the background interference. The Igla-S also has increased warhead weight, laser based contact/proximity fuse, algorithm based optimal moment of explosion and high accuracy; all adds to the advantages of the new Igla-S over its predecessor. The warhead also features increased high explosive charge and fragment number. The warhead is made of Indium antimonide which allows lock onto receding target easier. The Igla-S has the same weight and size as the older missile, as well as similar launching/maintenance procedures. With its high combat effectiveness, Igla-S system can be used to engage cruise missiles and drones. This MANPADS has been exported to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Libya, Slovenia, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam, and possibly some other countries.

   Verba is the latest version. It was developed as a replacement for the Igla and Igla-S systems. The main improvement is a three-channel optical seeker. It uses three sensors, including ultraviolet, near infrared and mid-infrared. It improved discrimination abilities between real targets and decoys. This air defense system was approved for production in 2011. The Verba was adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in 2014. It has a 1.5 kg warhead and can reach targets at a range of 6 km and maximum altitude of 4.5 km.

Entered service 1981
Missile length 1.57 m
Missile diameter 0.07 m
Fin span 0.3 m (?)
Missile weight 10.8 kg
Weight with launcher 17.9 kg
Warhead weight 1.17 kg
Warhead type High explosive blast fragmentation
Range of fire 5.2 km
Altitude of fire 3.5 km
Guidance Infrared homing


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