MOSCOW, November 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian air defense forces have taken delivery of six Pantsir-S short-range air defense systems to be used by a new missile regiment formed to protect the skies over Moscow, military officials said Wednesday.
The Pantsir-S battalion is set to form part of a third S-400 air defense missile regiment deployed near the Russian capital.
The new regiment is expected to be put on combat duty in December, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Dmitry Zenin said.
Pantsir-S is primarily designed to defend higher ranking air defense systems, such as the S-300 and S-400 regiments.
Two S-400 regiments currently deployed around Moscow include a Pantsir-S battalion each, according to the Defense Ministry.
Pantsir-S is a gun-missile system combining a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannon and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles, and is designed to engage a variety of low altitude targets.
The Defense Ministry has reportedly ordered some 100 Pantsir-S systems for the Aerospace Defense Forces.
28.06.2013 JSC “Air Show”
Serial samples of the newest anti-aircraft missiles (SAMs) of domestic production will be firstly presented at the XI International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013, Russian President Putin said at a meeting in St. Petersburg.
“Today, our production samples are one of the best weapons in the world, and this is evidenced, in particular, by their popularity, especially anti-aircraft missile systems in the world arms market. Some of them, we will show for the first time at the MAKS this year,” – Head of State said after visiting the Obukhov factory. Developments in the field of air defense missile systems, according to Putin, are able to insure the solution of the tasks of Aerospace Defense (ASD) of Russia for the period up to 2020.
ASD Force has already received the radar “Voronezh-M” and “Voronezh-DM”. Also, troops were stepped up by anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir-S”, S-400. SAM “Vityaz-defense” . The radar “Container” and “Nebo-M” are in the testing stage. Also the perspective system S-500 is in development , it is able to solve the problem for the destruction of tactical and medium-range missiles, as well as targets in near space.