Russia to produce Pantsir-SM air defense system in 2018 71110164

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Russia to produce Pantsir-SM air defense system in 2018
The production of the first batch of cutting-edge Pantsir-SM anti-air missile/gun systems will begin in about two years, Vladimir Popov, director general of the Shcheglovsky Val Company (a subsidiary of the High-Precision Systems Corporation), has told journalists.
     
The production of the first batch of cutting-edge Pantsir-SM anti-air missile/gun systems will begin in about two years, Vladimir Popov, director general of the Shcheglovsky Val Company (a subsidiary of the High-Precision Systems Corporation), has told journalists. A futurist drawing of the Pantsir-SM project
     
The Pantsir-SM is an upgraded version of the Pantsir-S1. The Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound NATO code name) is an air defense missile-gun system designed to protect vital small-size and big military areas, industrial targets and land forces units and reinforced the air defense units responsible for the protection of troops and military installations against precision-guided air attack from low and extreme low altitudes.

"I guess we will start making the first batch of these systems. The design phase is over," he said. "This year or in early next one, we will begin to make prototypes," the director general added.

The anti-aircraft missile and gun Pantsir-SM complex will be able to destroy targets at a distance of up to 40 kilometers due to a multifunctional targeting station. It is twice as far as the current modification can operate.

According to him, a wheeled chassis from KamAZ has been almost ready for the future air defense system, with one of its versions to be mounted on a tracked chassis.

In August, the Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement that the Pantsir-SM would enter the inventory "very soon."
     
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