Pantsir-ME can first launch missiles and if

Pantsir-ME
– Deadly Russian CIWS Goes To Sea

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On December 27, Syrian militants
fired three Grad rockets at Hmeymim air base used by Russia’s military deployed
in Syria. Two of them were intercepted by Russia’s Pantsir
air defense (AD) system, while the third one, deviating from
the trajectory, landed in the outskirts of the city of Jebla. Once again, the Pantsir
AD system proved its high efficiency in real combat.  It can first launch missiles and if they miss,
artillery shells will finish  the job.  It was not the first time the weapon saved
lives of Russian servicemen.  The Pantsir
successfully intercepted three rockets that targeted Hmeymim in late March. It is
really formidable close-in weapon system (CIWS -“sea-whiz”) few other last
ditch systems can measure up with.

Now
the famous AD/gun system is going to sea.  It was reported in late December, 2017, that the
seaborne Pantsir-ME
version is going through tests in 2018. “It will be tested from next year, first on
the land-based stand and then it will be delivered to one of the ships,”
said Almaz Central Marine Design
Bureau CEO Alexander Shlyakhtenko. The trials are expected to be completed in a
year or two.

Karakurt-class
corvettes (project 22800) will be the first ships to be armed with the new
weapon.  The naval version is small
enough to be installed on various platforms, including vessels displacing 300
tons and more. Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft
carrier will be equipped with the Pantsir-ME to replace its existing CIWS
systems. 

Equipped
with radar and optical control systems, the Pantsir-ME can intercept missiles in
any weather conditions, even storms. The naval version of Pantsir-S can hit
sea-skimming missiles with unpredicted path.

Thanks
to the 1RS2-1E phased array radar multi-functional system, the naval Pantsir
can engage four targets flying at a speed of up to 2,240 miles
per hour at a time. The reaction time is 3-5 seconds.

Two
GSh-6-30K/AO-18KD
30 mm (1.2 in) six-barrel rotary guns with a rate of 6,000 rounds
a minute are an element of the armament suite. This rate of fire can
effectively counter missiles, aircraft, drones and small size vessels. Some
sources report the rate of fire could be near 10,000 (160 projectiles per
second) rounds a minute. An operational range: 0.3-4 km at altitude 0-3 km.

The
57E6-E two-stage
surface-to-air missile can hit targets at ranges from 1.2 to 20
kilometers.  Altitude:  0.002-15 km. A kill probability:
70–95%.The weapon has  a 15-year storage
lifetime.

The
system can operate independently to make it fit for arming ships of various
sizes from corvettes to cruisers. There are four tubes to
fire missiles on each side of the turret. Individual scanning and tracking
radars that can be  integrated into a ship’s
combat system. The ammunition load is 32 missiles.

Pantsir-ME
can fire the Hermes-K
surface-to-surface fire-and-forget missile to strike small boats or shore
targets.  Its semi-active laser seeker allows
striking over-the-horizon targets with great precision.

Getting
through the naval Pantsir’s firepower would be next to impossible. The weapon  greatly enhances the survivability of any
vessel it is installed on.  Even if missiles
fail, the cannons will take care of target – a good example of “kitchen sink”
approach.

The
Pantsir CIWS going to sea allows maintaining credible “sea-whiz” defenses as
Russia keeps on building a more agile and technologically advanced Navy. UK Business Insider,  has included the
Pantsir family systems into the list of Russia’s ten most formidable weapons. 

Russian
sources have reported that the Pantsir-SM version is under
development.  The production
may start as early as this year. The system boasts an operational range of 40km and   detection
capability increased up to 75km. The Pantsir-SM’s naval version will
be first installed on the Project 21631 Buyan-M corvettes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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