The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that it is reinforcing its land forces' very short-range air defence (VSHORAD).
"State trials of the Derivatsiya-PVO 57 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun [SPAAG] system are set to be completed this November," the MoD announced on 8 March, adding that the SPAAG's ammunition consisted of five types of rounds, including air-burst multipurpose. "The system is designed to engage aircraft, drones, high-precision weapons, and single rockets of multiple rocket launch systems."
In 2019, the MoD will also test the Gibka-S VSHORAD system developed by Rostec's High-Precision Weapons' KBM design bureau. "The Gibka-S vehicle that can fire all Russian-made man-portable surface-to-air missiles [SAMs] will enter state trials in early summer. The Gibka-S is integrated with the YeSU TZ combat-management system, while its command and control vehicle carries a compact radar and automation unit," the MoD said on 9 March.
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