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The Russian military tested the latest Pantsyr-SM air defense missile and gun systems in March at the Ashuluk test site in the Astrakhan Region, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces and Commander of Air Defense and Missile Defense Forces Yuri Grekhov said on the air with the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station.

“The Pantsyr-SM (the latest version of the air defense and gun system) showed its high efficiency against ultra-small targets of quadcopter type,” Grekhov said.

A system was also tested that is capable to misguide or land a drone, he added.

The Pantsyr-Sm is under development to replace the Pantsyr-S1 system currently in service with the Russian Armed Forces.

The system will be equipped with a new high-speed missile having the twofold increase in the range to 40 km.

The Pantsyr systems are intended for the close defense of civilian and military facilities, including the long-range SAM complexes.


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Still work to do to equal the best CIWS around, the NBS (Nächstbereichschutzsystem) MANTIS if coupled with… Iron Dome. The only good point with Pantsir is you have an all-in-one mobile system, nevertheless, it obviously has serious flaws that doubling the range of missiles won’t compensate. There are disastrous in the concept itself : – To reduce costs, missiles have no seekers and so are guided from the battery, so a few milliseconds of latency are added in the AD/DA conversions, the up/down exchanges, etc… I’m not surprised it missed many Israeli missiles or “stealth” loitering ammos like Harop. Another… Read more »

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Yawn, another hasbara diarrea