State trials of the 1B75 Penicillin artillery reconnaissance system have been completed and delivery of the first two units is scheduled for 2020, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 2 December.
Penicillin is designed to detect enemy artillery by using acoustic signals and thermal imaging. It can locate the position and accuracy of an active artillery system within five seconds, according to RIA Novosti.
The system consists of receivers installed on the ground and an electro-optical module, and can monitor a single 25 km-wide section of terrain at a time.
The 1B75 system also co-ordinates and corrects friendly artillery fire, with one system providing corrections for a single battery of guns, although RIA Novosti reports that a single system can cover an entire division, possibly by working with one battery at a time.
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