Brazil discusses the purchase of Russian Pantsir-S air defense systems

According to information released by the Russian press agency TASS on November 1, 2021, Russia and Brazil continue discussing the deal to purchase Pantsir-S air defense missile guns, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk.
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Pantsir-S Russian-made cannons/missiles short to medium-range air defense system. (Picture source Army Recognition)

“At the moment, the issue of Brazil’s purchase of Pantsir is still on the table and discussions continue,” he said.

Brazil has been discussing the purchase of Russian air defense systems since 2013. Originally, the signing of the contract was scheduled in 2015. In May 2016, then head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin said that Russia was prepared to deliver Pantsir systems to Brazil, but the contract had not been signed yet due to internal problems in that country.

In April 2017, during the LAAD defense exhibition in Brazil, Army Recognition has reported that Brazil was interested in buying Russian-made Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name: SS-22 Greyhound) anti-air gun/missile systems. It was reported in the press that the Brazilian Defense Ministry has planning to buy 12 Pantsir-S1 systems based on a truck chassis MAN from German company Rheinmetall in order to activate three batteries for its armed forces.

The talks on the Pantsir-S1 acquisition have been underway since 2013 and a contract was initially due for signing in 2015. In May 2016, the then FSMTC director, Alexander Fomin, said that Russia was prepared to supply the Pantsir-S1 to Brazil, but the contract had not been signed due to Brazil’s domestic problems.

The Pantsir-S1 is a missile/gun air defense system designed to protect military complex, administrative and industrial installations against fighter aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, and precision-guided weapons. The system combines missiles and cannons including twelve 57E6 surface-to-air guided missiles and two 2A38M30-millimetre automatic guns developed from the two-barreled 30mm GSh-30 gun.

The Pantsir-S1 is able to destroy aerial targets from 200 to 4,000 with an altitude from 0 to 3,000 m with the cannons and a range from 1,200 to 20,000 m with the missile at an altitude from 15 to 15,000 m.