This may come as a surprise to a majority of the netizens, but from images or other forms of information about a radar, sometime it is possible to categorically identify its type, sometimes it is possible to make an assertion about its type with only a degree of probability, and sometimes no identification of its type is possible.xeno wrote:I don't believe Russia will have luxury to equip them with AESA from points of view of finance and technology(T/R unit mass production) when they enter service in 2016. A typical example is Vityaz SAM system, which is much more expensive and important than Pantsir and much less regarding to quantity. It will enter service around 2016 as well and be equiped with PESA. Russia cannot afford Vityaz with AESA, how can they afford Pantsir-SM with AESA in 2016, even we supose Pantsir-SM's AESA may be cheaper than that of Vityaz?Morpheus Eberhardt wrote:
Not that it is of any significance, but what makes you conclude that the radar/radars depicted are PESA?
Secondly the radar in that video doesn't look like AESA to me although I am not a radar expert...
I have not made an assertion about the type of the radar, but irrespective of whatever type this radar may turn out to be, virtually none of your assertions constitute valid reasoning, and the majority of them are “Not Even Wrong” if I may quote Peter Woit’s book title. To explain why virtually none of those constitute valid reasoning would require too much “time” and would be impracticable, but I will include some images at the bottom of this post as food for thought.
As for myself, one of the first things that I want to find out is to see if the two “antennas” (It’s too hard to categorically say from the images if they are antennas?) at the top corners of the fire-control radar are missile gathering antennas, lobe nulling antennas, or something else. The answer to this question can have an impact on determining, with some probability, if the radar in question is an AESA, a PESA, or something else.
A minor point regarding spelling/transliteration, Pantsir’, Pantsir’-SM, etc are the correct transliterations, as the “ь” (мягкий знак, myagkij znak) at the end of “панцирь” transliterates into an apostrophe.
Here is a variant of Pantsir'-S with a different fire-control radar.
Here is an AESA on a Tor-M2E. The 2 antennas at the top corners are missile gathering antennas.