Brazil could buy Russian-made Pantsir S1 and Igla MANPADS air defence missile systems 0302133
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Defence News - Brazil
|Sunday, February 3, 2013, 11:55 AM|
|Brazil could buy Russian-made Pantsir S1 and Igla MANPADS air defence missile systems.|
Brazil’s Defense Ministry intends to discuss purchasing air defense systems from Russia during talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev later this month, the ministry said on Sunday, February 3, 2013. "We are interested in acquiring three batteries of Pantsir-S1 missiles and two batteries of Igla (SA-18) missiles," General Jose Carlos De Nardi, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces, said in a statement.
Russian-made Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound NATO code name) air defense missile-gun system.
(Credit photo Vitaly Kuzmin)
The possible purchase of Russian anti-aircraft weaponry will be discussed during Medvedev’s visit to Brazil scheduled for the end of February, De Nardi said.
An agreement, if signed, would envisage the construction of a factory in Brazil and the transfer of technologies, he said.
The Pantsir-S, produced by Russia's KBP, is a gun-missile system combining a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannons and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles, and is designed to take on a variety of targets flying at low altitudes.
The Pantsir can engage targets up to 20 km (12 miles) by missiles and 4 km (2.5 miles) using cannons, KBP claims.
The export version of the system, Pantsir-S1, has been sold to the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Algeria.
The SA-18 Grouse or Igla or 9K38 is a Russian made man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile defence system (SAM/MANPAD). The SA-18 Grouse is Intended to engage low-flying targets on head-on and pursuit courses in clutter and IR jamming environments from 100 to 3,500 m (Altitude).