Firing trials of Russia's new Arctic Pantsir-SA surface-to-air missile (SAM) system will begin in June, a source in the Russian defence industry has told Jane's.
"Two [Pantsir-SA] systems will be deployed at a test range for firing trials after their demonstration at the Victory Day 9 May parade in Moscow," the source said.
The newest Pantsir-SA SAM system is designed to be used in the Arctic region. It is based on the chassis of the DT-30PM Vityaz (Noble Knight) upgraded twin-unit all-terrain tracked carrier (ATTC) that, with an average ground pressure of 0.27 kg/cm 2 , offers a high degree of mobility in harsh climatic conditions.
The DT-30PM has a basic (empty) weight of 29 tonnes, a useful payload of 30 tonnes, a road speed of 37 km/h, a swimming speed of 4-5 km/h, and a cruising range of 500 km. The ATTC is powered by a diesel engine with a power output of 710 hp (522 kW).
While the energy supply system and auxiliary equipment are integrated within the DT-30PM's front unit, the Pantsir-SA combat module is mounted on the rear unit and features an armament suite that is different to that of the basic Pantsir-S.
The original system's two side-mounted 2A38 anti-aircraft cannons have been replaced by three additional containerised SAMs on each side of the target tracking radar. Thus, the system's ready-to-launch ammunition load has been increased from 12 to 18 missiles (nine missiles on each side). The location of the target detection station has remained the same, behind the missiles and the target tracking radar.
The Russian armed forces will receive the Pantsir-SA SAM systems "at an early date", according to Lieutenant General Viktor Gumenniy, who as deputy commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) is also commander of Russia's Air-Defence and Missile Defense Troops.
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