MSPO 2018: PSR-A Pilica 23mm air defense weapon with GOS-1 observation & tracking system

At MSPO 2018, the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Poland, the Polish Company Zaklady Mechaniczne Tarnow presents latest version of its PSR-A PILICA short range air defense system using 23mm automatic cannon equipped with GOS-1 stabilized observation and opotoelectronic tracking system.

PSR A Pilica 23mm air defense weapon with GOS 1 observation and tracking system MSPO 2018 Poland 925 001
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The PSRA Pilica is a Very SHOrt-Range Air Defense system (VSHORAD) developed by a consortium of Polish Defense Companies including CRW Telesystem-Mesko, Jelcz, PCO, PIT-RADWAR, Prexer, and WZL under the lead of the Company Zaklady Mechaniczne Tarnow (ZMT). The PSRA Pilica battery includes six ZUR-23-2SP armed with a twin-barreled 23mm automatic cannon and GROM / PIORUN MANPADS (MAN-Portable Air Defense Systems) surface-to-air missile

The ZUR-23-2SP 23mm automatic cannon can fire different types of ammunition including the API (armor-piercing), HEI-T (High Explosive Incendiary Tracer), APDS-T (Armour-piercing discarding sabot) and FAPDS-T (Frangible Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot).

The PSR-A Pilica is able to destroy low-flying air targets such as aircraft, helicopters, winged rockets, unmanned flying objects. It can be also used against land targets as unarmored and lightly armored combat vehicles.

The PSRA Pilica requires one soldier to support it in "on-call" and two soldiers in "battle alarm" status (one from the on-call shift and the other from the vigilant shift). With the missile the PSRA Pilica has a maximum firing range of 5,500 m while with the 23 mm automatic cannons a firing range from 1,000 to 2,000 m.

The GOS-1 consists of one advanced optoelectronic observation and tracking system head with a number of new features enabling easily integration with anti-aircraft armament systems. The head of the system is used as on-board firing control and aiming system. The system is fitted with thermal imaging, KTVD-1M television camera and laser range finder allowing high accuracy to track targets and to perform observation operations.