The Russian Army will conduct live firing tests of its Pantsyr short-range gun-missile system against cruise missile targets at a range in northern Russia, a government official has revealed.
The source was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that the trials would represent the missile's first live firing tests against real-time cruise missile targets.
"The system has been flown several thousand kilometres to an airfield near the Pemboi Range in the Komi Republic, after which it will be driven to the firing range," the official said.
During previous test firing attempts, the missile was launched against simulated cruise missile targets, according to the official.
Manufactured by KBP Instrument Design Bureau, the Pantsyr is a short-to-medium range ground-based air defence system designed specifically to safeguard national and military facilities against a wide range of low-flying targets, such as cruise missiles, aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
An advanced variant of SA-19/SA-N-11 missile, the anti-aircraft artillery system features a fire-control radar, electro-optical (EO) sensors, two 2A38M 30mm twin-barrel cannons, as well as up to 12 57E6 two-stage radio-command guided short-range missiles in sealed, ready-to-launch containers.
Pantsyr is mounted on tracked and wheeled vehicles, as well as used in a stationary position for acquisition, tracking and engagement of high-precision targets at ranges of up to 20km and 4km using the missile and cannon respectively.
In addition to destroying underwater and surface light-armoured targets, the missile is also capable of providing defence against enemy stealth aircraft.
The missile is also operational with Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and UAE militaries.
Image: A Pantsir-S1 SAM system mounted on KAMAZ-6560 truck during demonstration at Bronnitsy test range in Russia. Photo: courtesy of Vitaly V Kuzmin.