Army 2019: KBP group unveils Pantsir-SM cannon missile air defense system
The Pantsir-SM implements some of the lessons gained from combat engagements in Syria. Hence, the new variant improves the capability of the system in dealing with guided weapons and UAVs of all types.
Pantsir-SM cannon-missile air defense system unveiled at Army 2019 Forum. In the background: new S-350 air defense system (Picture source: Army Recognition)
The Pantsir-SM is to replace the Pantsir-S1 but remains compatible with it. The Pantsir-SM is superior to the Pantsir-S1 by 1.5-2 times. It incorporates a multi-functional targeting radar station, increasing target detection range from 40 to 75 km and engagement range from 20 to 40 km, thus twice more efficient than the current Pantsir-S1. The weapon station is fitted on a new KamAZ K-53958 8×8 chassis with armored cab.
The new Pantsir-SM incorporates a multi-functional targeting radar station, increasing the target detection range from 40 to 75 km and the engagement range from 20 to 40 km. It is able to destroy aerial targets at a maximum range of 40km and at a 15km altitude, twice more than the current Pantsir-S1. The new radar is able to detect targets at a distance of 75 km. The weapon station is mounted on a new 8x8 Kamaz truck chassis with armored.
Pantsir-SM is intended to enter service with the Russian army in 2021.