Russia armed forces create new Pantsir-S air defense regiment to protect the sky of Moscow 2811131

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Thursday, November 28, 2013 08:42 AM
 
Russia armed forces create new Pantsir-S air defense regiment to protect the sky of Moscow.
Russian air defense forces have taken delivery of six Pantsir-S short-range air defense systems to be used by a new missile regiment formed to protect the skies over Moscow, military officials said Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The Pantsir-S battalion is set to form part of a third S-400 air defense missile regiment deployed near the Russian capital.
     
Russian air defense forces have taken delivery of six Pantsir-S short-range air defense systems to be used by a new missile regiment formed to protect the skies over Moscow, military officials said Wednesday. The Pantsir-S battalion is set to form part of a third S-400 air defense missile regiment deployed near the Russian capital.
The Pantsir-S is armed with two 2A38M 30mm automatic anti-aircraft guns developed from the two-barreled 30mm GSh-30 gun, coupled with twelve 57E6 surface-to-air missiles on launchers.
     

The new regiment is expected to be put on combat duty in December, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Dmitry Zenin said.

Pantsir-S is primarily designed to defend higher ranking air defense systems, such as the S-300 and S-400 regiments.

Two S-400 regiments currently deployed around Moscow include a Pantsir-S battalion each, according to the Defense Ministry.

Pantsir-S is a gun-missile system combining a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannon and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles, and is designed to engage a variety of low altitude targets.

The Defense Ministry has reportedly ordered some 100 Pantsir-S systems for the Aerospace Defense Forces.

 

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