Russian armed forces receive Typhoon-PVO armored vehicles


Typhoon-PVO armored vehicles debuted at May 9, 2021 parade in Red Square. They carry man-portable air defense systems (manpads) and will be shortly supplied to the armed forces. The Izvestia daily quoted Defense Ministry sources as saying all air defense units of the Eastern Military District would be armed with Verba 9K333 manpads, mobile radars, and Typhoon-PVO vehicles. The rearmament pace will depend on the fulfillment of the arms procurement order by the industry.
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K-4386-PVO / Typhoon-PVO (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)


Typhoon-PVO was for the first time displayed at the Clear Sky contest in May 2019. The 4x4 armored vehicle carried Igla manpads. It has a combined ceramic armor and a smaller weight to increase the mobility of air defense units and the effectiveness of repelling hostile air attacks.

In August 2020, Typhoon-PVO demonstrated combat capabilities at the Ashuluk range in the Astrakhan region. The event was held on the sidelines of Army-2020 forum. Typhoon-PVO is designed on KAMAZ-4386 undercarriage by Remdiesel plant and Kupol electromechanical enterprise of Almaz-Antey.

The crew comprises five men: driver, commander, shooter, and two manpads operators. The vehicle carries Igla, Igla-S, Verba manpads, power sources, and radar interrogators to identify air targets. Experts say an advantage of the vehicle is the ability to receive outside guidance. Crewmembers do not have to leave the vehicle. The R&D to create Typhoon-PVO has to be completed in the third quarter of 2021.

Verba manpads have been replacing Igla since 2014. They for the first time use three-spectral homing warheads for antiaircraft-guided missile 9M336, which operate in the ultraviolet, short and medium infrared bands. The innovation provides more information about the target. Designers paid specific attention to the higher sensitivity of the homing warhead to simplify the destruction into the front hemisphere and increase the lock-on range of hostile aircraft. The design increases the engagement range against low-emitting targets, such as the US Apache AH-64 helicopter gunships of various modifications.

Verba has a higher aiming precision at the long-range. It also carries friend-or-foe identification. Verba mates with Barnaul-T control system and can receive outside guidance. Verba is a development of Igla-S and experts said it exceeds all foreign analogues by characteristics and capabilities. The new manpads can successfully destroy aircraft and helicopters, as well as low-signature cruise missiles and drones. The three-spectral homing warhead operates in the ultraviolet, short and medium infrared bands to obtain big data about the target. Three sensors constantly check each other and decrease the target chances to escape by using heat traps. The warhead automatically determines the heat traps and selects the real target with a slower thermal emission. The sensitivity of the homing warhead increased eight times. The lock-on and destruction area increased 2.5 times against Igla-S. Verba will gradually replace all previous manpads modifications in the Russian army and Typhoon-PVO will soon carry only Verba.


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