Pantsir-SM-SV Upgrade to be Completed in 2022

Russia’s Battlefield Air Defense Chief Lieutenant General Alexander Leonov said in an interview with the Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Friday that work on the Pantsir-SM-SV new surface-to-air missile/cannon system modification will be completed in 2022.

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"Work is simultaneously underway to develop the Pantsir-SM-SV tracked surface-to-air missile system modification for the Army and the Airborne Force. The system will employ two types of surface-to-air missiles and will have an increased strike range. Its work is set to be completed in 2022," the general said.

According to LeonovRussia is developing a new anti-aircraft missile system dubbed Ptitselov. The new system will employ two types of missiles with different thermal and laser homing missiles.

The missiles of the new launcher will be outfitted with an optoelectronic homing warhead that is resistant to any existing and future optical interference, the general said.

Next year, Russia will also finish work on the Taifun-PVO combat vehicle for squads of anti-aircraft gunners that will be capable of employing both existing man-portable air defense systems (MANPADs) and new shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile launchers currently being developed under the Metka R&D work.

The Pantsir missile system is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery systems. Starting with the Pantsir-S1 as the first version, it is produced by KBP Instrument Design Bureau of Tula, Russia.

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