Crews of Pantsyr-S1 antiaircraft/missile systems have started its combat duty on Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.
According to the TASS news agency, citing Pacific Fleet spokesman Vladimir Matveyev, crews of Pantsyr-S1 antiaircraft/missile systems have started its combat duty on Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.
“Crews of the Pantsyr-S1 antiaircraft missile/gun system from the air defense missile regiment in northeast Russia have assumed combat duty in Kamchatka,” Matveyev said.
According to the earlier reports, six Pantsyr-S1 antiaircraft missile/gun systems had been handed to the missile forces in Kamchatka.
A regiment of S-400 Triumf antiaircraft missile systems also went on combat duty in the region in early August.
Pantsir-S1 is a combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system produced by KBP of Tula, Russia. The system is a further development of 2K22 Tunguska (NATO reporting name: SA-19/SA-N-11) and represents the latest air defense technology by using phased array radars for both target acquisition and tracking.
The Pantsir-S1 was designed to provide point air defense of military/industrial/administrative installations against aircraft, helicopters, precision munitions, cruise missiles and UAVs and to provide additional protection to air defense units from enemy air attacks employing precision munitions especially at the low to extremely low ranges.
The Arctic version of the system can operate at a temperature of −50° Celsius. After testing, it was decided to design a new version specifically for the Arctic, to use at temperatures below −50° Celsius.