"We are receiving new systems, above all S-400 and Pantsir complexes… The upgraded Pantsir-S2 has just completed trials and will join the force already before this year is out,” Viktor Gumenny, Commander of Air Defense Troops of the Russian Air Force, told a gathering of veteran air defenders.
Pantsir-S2, is an updated version of the Pantsir-S1 — a short-range, mobile, fully autonomous air defense system combining two 2A38M 30mm anti-aircraft guns and six 57E6-E ready-to-fire missiles in steered launch containers.
Pantsir-S1 can shoot down airborne targets flying up to Mach 3 (1,000 m/s) at ranges between 1.2 to 20 kilometers and altitudes varying from 5 to 10,000 meters.
The two automatic anti-aircraft guns deliver a maximum rate of fire between 4,500 and 5,000 rounds per minute.
The gun system is able to take out targets at ranges between 200 to 4,000 meters at altitudes between zero and 3,000 meters.
Meanwhile, Brazil and Russia could sign a contract on the delivery of Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense systems (photo) to the Latin American country as early as in the first half of 2015, Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Antonio José Vallim Guerreiro recently said.
“We hope very much that the contract will be signed this semester because the discussions are very advanced… Signing the contract is going to be a very important achievement,” Guerreiro said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.
The potential arms purchase by Brazil, which includes three Pantsir-S1 batteries of up to 18 units, is estimated at $1 billion, according to Russia's Kommersant business daily.
Produced by Russia's KBP, the Pantsir-S1 is a short-to-medium 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 destroy a variety of airborne targets at altitudes from 5 meters to 10 kilometers at a range of 200 meters to 20 kilometers.
Source: Sputnik; RIA Novosti