Zivo wrote:I wonder if there's any plans on making a lightweight ground based carrier for the 20km Hermes-A. Israel has some designs based on the spike NLOS.
The VDV would probably take interest in something like that.
There's a pic of something like that in the first page of this thread.
Looks a lot like a Pantsir vehicle actually, crossed with an MLRS.
I wonder if the Hermes would be compatible with existing Pantsir installations or such launchers can be made compatible with only a modest upgrade.
I seem to remember the Pantsirs as being specified to be able to use their missiles against ground-targets too if neccessary, although they didn't have the Hermes in mind. But electronically speaking, the capability should already be there.
The Pantsirs could get a new role then. Ground-Air ass-kickers
Those medium-range Pantsir vehicles with the extra tubes (forgot the name) look especially ripe for the role.
Since the VDV's getting the Pantsir; they will be able to field the Hermes too.
And of course I would assume that for the army, the Pantsirs will be mounted on Armata and Typhoon truck chassis, with perhaps a lightened version for the Kurganets and Bumerang chassis.