New targeting system to double range of Russia’s Pantsir air defense system

Pantsir-S air defense system

Pantsir-S air defense system

© Sergei Bobylev/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS

TULA, October 6. /TASS/. The upgraded Pantsir-SM combined surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, equipped with a multifunctional targeting system, will be able to destroy targets 40 kilometers away – twice the range of the current configuration, the first deputy CEO, chief designer of the Instrument Design Bureau KBP, in Tula (an affiliate of Rostec), Alexander Khomyakov, told the media.

He recalled that the range of fire of the current system Pantsir-S1 is about 20 kilometers, while the next generation, Pantsir-SM can hit targets 40 kilometers away.

The new Pantsir will be able to identify targets at a distance of 75 kilometers (in contrast to the current model’s 40-kilometer capability, Khomyakov said.

The components of a newly-developed air defense system are in the testing phase. Khomyakov said nothing about when they may be completed.

Last August the Russian Defense Ministry said that Pantsir-SM would go operational “very soon.” According to earlier reports, the new system will be armed with a high-speed missile noticeably surpassing the current equivalents. There have been reports work is in progress on Pantsir’s naval and Arctic configurations.


Russian Arms Exporter Awaits Brazil’s Invitation for Talks on Pantsir Purchases


Pantsir-S1 air defence system 


   Sergey Goreslavsky, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s deputy director said that firm expects an invitation for ‘face-to-face’ talks with the Brazilian air forces on the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft artillery systems.

   KUBINKA (Moscow Region) – Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport has issued a preliminary response to the Brazilian air forces’ purchase request for the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft artillery systems and awaits an invitation for consultations, the firm’s deputy director told Sputnik on Tuesday. “

   On April 25, 2016, Russia handed over a preliminary answer to the Brazilian Air Force to the Request for Proposal (RFP) on the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile system. We now expect an invitation for ‘face-to-face’ talks,” Sergey Goreslavsky said at the Army-2016 military and technical forum near Moscow.

   Goreslavsky noted that Brazil’s domestic affairs related to the impeachment of its suspended president have not impeded the course of the talks.

All Seeing Eye: US Risks Exposing Top Secret Data to Russian Recon in Syria

F-22 Raptor

Russia could use its brand new Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound) and S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) anti-aircraft systems deployed to Syria to uncover secrets of the most advanced weapons in the US arsenal, including the F-22 fifth generation fighter, Major Jahara ‘Franky’ Matisek of the US Air Force believes.

The US pilot thinks that Russian leaders are not expecting Daesh, also known as ISIL, or NATO to mount an air attack on the Russian forces.

Russia deploys S-400 air defence missile system in Syria

“It’s far more likely that they hope to use the SA-22’s sophisticated antennae to sniff out and capture various electromagnetic emissions from US and coalition aircraft,” he noted. Russia’s cutting-edge S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system, as well as the S-300F Fort (SA-N-6 Grumble) air defense system outfitted on the Moskva guided missile cruiser could also be used for this purpose.

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, which made its combat debut in Syria in 2014, could be of particular interest to the Russians.

Pantsir-S1 antiaircraft gun / surface-to-air missile system displayed in the run-up to the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in the Moscow Region
the run-up to the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in the Moscow Region

The data obtained from monitoring the F-22 flying combat missions could be used to “[improve] tracking algorithms, air defense capabilities, and [enhance] the understanding of coalition weapons that are engaging in close air support and precision air strikes,” Matisek asserted.The US, according to the US pilot, should reconsider using advanced weapons in its campaign to eliminate Daesh. Keeping F-22 characteristics a secret should take priority over other considerations.

It’s not only about the stealth air superiority fighter, the US should refrain from using any advanced avionics. Otherwise, he maintains, Moscow will not miss a chance to observe, collect and adjust its own weapons and strategies accordingly.

“The A-10 is the sort of aircraft best suited for this type of operating environment, primarily for its incredible firepower and its low-end technology and avionics on-board,” Matisek asserted.