The Pantsir-ME, unveiled to the public on June 28 at a naval show in St. Petersburg, is an on-board version of the Pantsir-S missile system and could be installed on Russia’s next-generation warships.
Reminiscent of a combat robot from a sci-fi movie, the Pantsir-ME is capable of simultaneously attacking up to four targets flying at speeds of up to 2,240 miles per hour, with a reaction time of three to five. seconds.
The naval version of the Pantsir-S can hit targets with missiles at a range of up to 12.4 miles and at an altitude of up to 9.3 miles.
The system has a feature to automatically fire artillery armaments if a “target is found not to be hit or insufficiently hit” after a primary missile attack.
“The Pantsir-ME creates a 20 km (12.4 mile) anti-aircraft dome around the ship it is installed on. This makes it an effective defense weapon in potential future conflicts, ”said the CEO of the holding company High Precision Systems, Alexander Denisov.
The system is also capable of intercepting missiles in rough seas, rain, wind and even storms. It is also more compact compared to its terrestrial version and is covered with an anti-corrosion sheath to ensure its longevity.
The Pantsir-ME fires missiles with independently targeted warheads, which explode destroying their target with a “cloud” of razor-sharp steel rods.
A pair of six-barreled 30mm cannons with a rate of 5,000 rounds per minute add to the system’s impressive firepower, making it a weapon to be reckoned with.
These are three radars – optical, long range (up to 50 km) and target tracking – “seeing” oncoming flying targets, no matter how small, even parachutes.
In an interview with Sputnik, Yuri Savenkov, the chief designer of the Shipunov Instrument Design Bureau in Tula (KBR), which developed the Pantsir-ME, said the system can be installed on just about any vessel in war, aircraft carriers all the way. to 500-ton missile boats.
Russia’s newest naval anti-aircraft missile system has already received export status and is offered to foreign customers.
According to Alexander Denisov, which includes KBP, the company has already signed the first contracts to supply this system to the Russian Ministry of Defense.