JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) and JSC NPO High Precision Systems are displaying the Pantsir-ME shipborne close-in weapon system outside Russia for the first time. A full-scale system will be on show on Stand 09-C20.
Developed and manufactured by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau JSC, Pantsir-ME is a shipborne derivative of the Pantsir-S1 land-mobile self-propelled very short-range air defence system. Designed for installation on ships down to 300 tonnes’ displacement, the system combines 57E6-E missiles (eight rounds on mount with 24 reloads below deck) and twin 30mm AO-18KD six-barrel cannon with on-mount phased array radar and electro-optical tracking systems According to Rostec, the Pantsir-ME system can simultaneously engage up to four targets. If threats manage to evade the missile screen, the inner layer of anti-aircraft artillery provides for a second line of defence against ‘leakers’.
All stages of the engagement sequence – from the target acquisition to the firing – are completely automated. The use of both radar and electro-optical control systems provides for day/ night operations in all weathers.
Sergey Abramov, industrial director of the Armaments cluster in the Rostec State Corporation, told the IDEX Show Daily that the Pantsir-ME currently has no direct competitors. “The demonstration of a full-scale [system] at the IDEX exhibition is a perfect opportunity to present this new state-of-the-art Russian weapon to our partners from the Middle East and North Africa – the strategic region of Rostec’s presence,” he added.