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    Post  medo on Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:11 am

    Pantsir's guns have very high rate of fire and a truck is not as stable as a tracked vehicle. But good stabilization for sure make Pantsir able to fire guns on the move when it is on a truck. Speed when system fire on the move is usually small, up to 20 km/h, but it is easier to get faster, when you are already driving, comparing when you have first to start moving and in air defense every second is important, when you have to avoid incoming bomb or missile, specially when system run out of missiles and gun rounds and have to fill them. Also in that way Pantsir could defend a convoy, when higher system like S-300/400 is on the move, changing positions.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:01 am

    I would expect no matter how good the stabilisation is that firing on the move with guns will always be an emergency option and that stopping and firing would be the preferred engagement method.

    If it did have to fire on the move I would expect longer bursts would compensate for the reduced accuracy.

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    Post  medo on Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:17 am

    For Pantsir are guns the last line of defense be it stationary or on the move. But firing on the move is still good capability, that you do not need to actually stop the truck, if you don't have time or option in convoy, but just to slow down and fire and than go faster, specially if Pantsir in that time work passively and have to react quickly on given target. But usually Pantsirs will work stationary and then move to another position and than again work stationary, etc. Other story is for tracked version of Pantsir for ground units, which will more often work on the move and capability to fire on the move is a big + for them.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:32 pm

    Other story is for tracked version of Pantsir for ground units, which will more often work on the move and capability to fire on the move is a big + for them.

    The ability to fire and guide missiles on the move will make them much more effective because they will be more difficult targets and they can immediately fire on targets.

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    Post  Austin on Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:29 am

    New Video on Pantsir


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    Post  IronsightSniper on Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:14 pm

    Funny, I found that on youtube before I slept.

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    Post  medo on Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:29 pm

    http://www.lenta.ru/news/2011/02/18/s300/

    Russian air defense units around Moscow will in two to three months get new Pantsirs, to operate together with S-400.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:16 am

    Interesting the number of sand coloured Pantsir-S1 systems there are... I remember comments for naysayers that most of the production Pantsirs were that colour because they were all going to the Middle East and the Russians weren't getting very many at all.

    Nice to see Russian sand coloured systems... Smile

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    Post  medo on Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:29 pm

    To get back to Pantsir, any news about tracked version of Pantsir and if army air defense will buy them to replace older Tunguska. There is a silence for a longer time about tracked Pantsir and about Tor-M2U also.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:10 am

    You have a short memory... Laughing Razz

    You posted: http://www.redstar.ru/2011/02/22_02/2_02.html

    In the "Army will get no tanks in 2011" thread...

    It says in the 2011-2012 period what major purchases will be made and it includes these paragraphs:

    In addition, the air defense troops the Army will have upgraded the
    S-300V4, Buk-M2 and Buk-M3, anti-aircraft missile systems, short-range
    Tor-M2U (M), portable anti-aircraft missile complexes "Igla-S" and
    "Willow".

    I would suspect, though I have no evidence to back this up, that because they already have Tunguska in service and a new model entered production and service in 2003 ( http://kbptula.ru/eng/kbp/rusarmy.htm ) that the plans if I were making them would be that a Tunguska upgrade would be developed based on unifying the sensors of the new Pantsir with the existing Tunguska but leaving the missiles the same as they likely have lots in stock. The issue of missiles would depend on what production capacity I had for each type of missile (which is also used on Kashtan and Kashtan-M) and I would try to scale back production of the older shorter ranged missiles and convert that production capacity to the new types with older short range missiles in stocks gradually used up and replaced with newer longer range models.
    Assuming the article above is about new models it is all together possible that this upgrade might already have started.
    As these new SAMs are related to HERMES and the difference is that HERMES has a terminal homing seeker it would make a lot of sense to replace all the different existing types of SA-19 with the new missile compatible with HERMES so one missile can be made with different seeker options (including no seeker for the SAM). Obviously making MMW radar homing and IIR homing models as SAMs makes the low altitude penetrators job that much harder.

    Regarding the warhead they could use the same warhead in every missile. A powerful shaped charge warhead to penetrate 2m of RHA Steel should not be too hard as the warhead is almost 30kgs of HE. In addition to the large shaped charge the sides and rear can be covered in fragmentation material and rod penetrators can be positioned radially around the warhead to increase terminal effects around armoured targets and for soft targets like aircraft... the multi effect being controlled by the fusing. Detonating at the front of the warhead should result in a nice symmetrical fragmentation pattern but not great armour penetration. Detonating from the rear should result in fragmentation but also powerful armour penetration to the front.

    They could put two warheads separated by quite a distance with full calibre warheads of 15kgs each which would maximise the fragmentation and also act as a powerful precursor charge to defeat ERA.

    Lots of options there.

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    Post  medo on Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:01 pm

    You have a short memory... Laughing Razz

    You posted: http://www.redstar.ru/2011/02/22_02/2_02.html

    In the "Army will get no tanks in 2011" thread...

    It says in the 2011-2012 period what major purchases will be made and it includes these paragraphs:

    My bad. I'm getting old. Embarassed

    It seems I mixed articles with the one with Tor-M2E which Belarus will buy.

    When the original Pantsir come in air force units, Russian army said, that their version of Pantsir need some improvements and that they will get them a year or two later. I think, after that time, a version for ground forces was never mentioned. Who knows what are those improvements and if this development is finished. It would be fine to see final configuration and how much it is different comparing with Pantsir for air force.

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:26 am

    In many ways the in service Tunguska is probably already meeting the needs of the Army, though that roof mounted pod thing with EO stuff might be a useful addition, and maybe replace the existing search radar and tracking radar with the newer models and of course the electronics that go with that to improve multi target performance would be useful, but I doubt they would urgently want new 20km range missiles and would continue to use existing stocks of 10km range missiles as good enough.
    As I mentioned however from a pure producers perspective I would think only having to make two types of missiles (SAMs and HERMES) would make mass production cheaper and easier... for the Army, Air Force, and Navy... and export.

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    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:36 am

    GarryB wrote:In many ways the in service Tunguska is probably already meeting the needs of the Army, though that roof mounted pod thing with EO stuff might be a useful addition, and maybe replace the existing search radar and tracking radar with the newer models and of course the electronics that go with that to improve multi target performance would be useful, but I doubt they would urgently want new 20km range missiles and would continue to use existing stocks of 10km range missiles as good enough.
    As I mentioned however from a pure producers perspective I would think only having to make two types of missiles (SAMs and HERMES) would make mass production cheaper and easier... for the Army, Air Force, and Navy... and export.


    Laughing The bold part made me laugh, considering our officials greed, they will make 50 types ( number out of my head for example)

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:58 am

    Pantsir is something I think that will be sold widely and will be very popular so I think maximising production capacity for its missiles will be very profitable.

    Selling the same missile for the Army, Air Force, and Navy model will just increase the required volume.

    HERMES on the other hand... I don't think Russia will be in a hurry to export them... especially as the main platforms would be the Ka-52, Mi-28N/M, and Su-25SM? The ground based systems seem to be truck based and mainly drawings so the focus seems to be on the air platforms... which would need to be purchased first.

    Right now I don't think the Russian armed forces has the ability to fully exploit the 15-20km range of these missiles let alone most of Russias export customers.

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    Post  medo on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:11 pm

    http://rian.ru/defense_safety/20110408/362374037.html

    More than 20 Pantsirs will be put on duty around Moscow in May after parade. I wonder if those 20+ Pantsirs are all new ones from this year or they included 10 Pantsirs, which air force got last year.

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    Post  GarryB on Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:27 pm

    I would expect those Pantsirs would be new... UAE ordered 50 systems and seem to have gotten them, so there is no issue with production of these systems at the moment.

    The air force seems to be losing its PVO component to a new air and space defence command being set up this year.

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    Post  Austin on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:57 am

    Can we expect the next version or what ever follows Pantsir will have a higher caliber gun from the current 30 mm round to say 57 mm anti-aircraft gun or some thing else ?

    Is the current 30 mm round on Pantsir an effective and accurate one for aircraft and cruise missile ?

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:01 pm

    I think the 30mm will remain effective for a while in air defence and in the airforce and navy.

    I think it will first change as armament for BMP type vehicles first and possibly BTR vehicles last with air defence vehicles somewhere in between.

    The real question is how effective will the guided 57mm shells be, and of course how much will they cost.

    They are really moving for large numbers of dumb weapons to much smaller numbers of guided weapons so it would follow that trend to go from a burst of 30mm shells to one to two 57mm guided shells.

    Potentially the shift to 57mm rounds might allow for a return to APHE rounds.

    Modern anti armour rounds tend to just punch through armour because of the amount of armour they generally have to deal with doesn't leave much room for anything else.

    A shift to a good penetrating 57mm round might allow an APHE to be developed to increase the lethality of a penetration.

    Very simply there are well armoured vehicles and there are armoured vehicles and developing two 57mm AP rounds... one for maximum penetration for Tanks or tank like AFVs, and another round with a HE component that doesn't penetrate as much armour but does more damage to the vehicles it can penetrate... the latter could be fired at the engine compartment of a tank for example or the turret bustle of a tank.

    I would expect to see 57mm guns firing guided ammo in whatever replaces the Su-25... which might be manned or might not be.

    At sea we already see small boats fitted with automatic 57mm guns and the addition of guided ammo and vertical launch missiles might lead to less use of 30mm gatlings at sea.

    Ie a really big ship might have 57mm gun mounts where it might have had two single 30mm gun mounts so instead of having 8 single 30mm gun turrets plus 6 Kashtan systems it might have 2 twin 30mm gun turrets and 4 57mm gun turrets and 6 Kashtans.

    Very small boats might have a 57mm gun instead of a 30mm gun.

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    Post  Austin on Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:05 pm

    Do they have a 57 mm anti-aircraft gun with guided projectile or any thing in development that they are aware of ?

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:42 pm

    http://www.russiadefence.net/t927-a-potential-replacement-for-tunguska-type-solutions-to-air-defence-for-tank-units

    http://www.kbtochmash.ru/press-centre/articles/articles_2.html


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    Post  medo on Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:57 pm

    http://www.ausairpower.net/APA-Rus-Low-Band-Radars.html

    In this article is mentioned, that Russians are testing new AESA Nebo-M radar complex, which is developed from Nebo-SVU, Protivnik and Gamma-SE radars. Is Russian army make any orders on this radar complex? Working in different wave lenghts, it will be great support for both ground based air defense and fighter air force.

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    Post  medo on Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:52 am



    The first ten Pantsirs for Rassian air force in 2010.




    Pantsirs from rehersal for Parade in 2011.

    It seems this year Pantsirs are not the same as they were last year. One difference is that this Pantsirs have green radar cover, the first have orange radar cover. The second more interesting difference is, that newer Pantsirs have modified stabilization legs better hide under the container and with no pipes outside as it was with first ten Pantsirs.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:32 am

    Just looking at their pattern with other systems they will likely keep platforms and systems that are inter service systems.

    What I mean is that Tunguska, Pantsir-S1, and Kashtan-M are related systems, with the Pantsir-S1 being the most upgraded and up to date.

    I would expect the Pantsir-S1 system will replace Tunguska and Kashtan-M in service, though for the Tunguska it will need to keep up with tanks and armour so will likely get a chassis similar to the vehicles it operates with which will likely include wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles for light, medium, and heavy brigades.

    TOR and BUK are both used by Army, and Navy, with the Navy model of BUK the most sophisticated so we might see the vertical launch navy model on an Army vehicle... the missile is too long to mount vertically so it will likely be like the Vityaz pictures with a truck or perhaps tracked vehicle with a large box of missiles stored in the horizontal position that is rotated back 90 degrees to allow vertical launch for engagements from any direction.
    For the TOR the current Army model is the most sophisticated with more ready to use launch-able missiles and better electronics so that model will likely be adopted by Navy vessels that need a cheap light defence missile.

    There is talk of a new optical/IR guided missile to replace the SA-13, and the SOSNA system which includes the navy PALMA missile gun turret for export and cheap domestic use that has the advantage over the Kashtan that it doesn't need under deck space for equipment so it is easy and cheap and simple to mount it on a vessel.

    Then we have Morfei and Vityaz which have only been seen in truck mounted versions, plus the S-400 and the S-500.

    The S-500 system is interesting in that I think it will likely be deployed with an S-400 battery with a Pantsir-S1 regiment protecting it.
    The S-500s role is strategic, but it still needs to be protected from air attack so operating an S-500 battery within an S-400 regiment with Pantsir-S1 vehicles as site protection should enable the S-500 to perform its role and also greatly improve the protection of the site being protected.

    I think of Desert Storm when the US used helicopter gunships to take out large long range radar sites to blind them before the cruise missiles and stealth aircraft were sent in... a Pantsir-S1 battery would have stopped that from working.

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    Post  medo on Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:39 am



    This Pantsir looks like the third batch of Pantsirs. It is the same as second batch, which was on parade in 2011, but have orange radar cover instead of green one. This one participate in demonstration of new transport technique in June 2011 near Moscow.














    Pictures from the same demonstrations. Different BAZ trucks for different components for Triumfator (S-500), Vytjaz, Morfei and Buk-M3. Interesting drawings of those systems.

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    Post  medo on Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:12 pm



    Here is interesting photo of complex with AESA radars and EO ball from naval show. Maybe this system is build for use on ships, but I think this complex could be also used on Morfei SAM system. Looks quite similar.

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