New Russian Gibka-S air defense missile system ready for preliminary trials.
The new Russian advanced Gibka-S
air defense missile system is being prepared for preliminary trials, General Designer of Russia’s Machine-Building Design Bureau Valery Kashin told TASS. The system is based on a 4x4 light tactical vehicle Tigr
fitted with an Igla-S
or 9K333 Verba
surface-to-air missiles launch station.
Russian-made Gibka-S is based on a Tigr 4x4 light tactical vehicle armed with four ready to launch Igla-S or 9K333 Verba surface-to-air missiles
"In accordance with the Defense Ministry’s technical specifications, we are developing the Gibka-S system based on the Tigr light platform. We are carrying out the work in cooperation with our subcontractors on our own initiative," Kashin said.
"The system is currently being prepared for preliminary trials. It has been manufactured and is being adjusted now. We hope that its preliminary trials will be followed by the state tests and then the system will be accepted," he added.
According to the general designer, the company is also discussing the development of another light short-range air defense missile system similar to the Strela-10 complex.
"The talk is about the Ptitselov R&D work. If the task is assigned, we will seek to take part in the work," Kashin said.
As the design bureau’s press office told TASS earlier, the Gibka-S system’s squad combat and reconnaissance-control vehicles are designed to defend combined-arms units from aircraft flying at low and extremely low altitudes both in the daytime and at night.
is based on the Russian-made Tigr 4x4 light tactical vehicle with four ready-to-launch 9K338 Igla-S (SA-24 'Grinch')
or 9K333 Verba (Willow)
surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), mounted on a launching station which can be lowered inside the vehicle in road position.
This would find great use at those superlight brigades, or at missile units (both Iskander
brigades and RVSN (Strategic Missile Forces)