The Russian military service will induct an improved Pantsir-S2 combined gun-missile system before the end of this year.
“We are receiving new systems, above all S-400 and Pantsir complexes. The upgraded Pantsir-S2 has just completed trials and will join the force already before this year is out," Viktor Gumenny, Commander of Air Defense Troops of the Russian Air Force, was quoted as saying by Sputnik on Friday.
Pantsir-S2, is an updated version of the Pantsir-S1 – a short-range, mobile, fully autonomous air defense system combining two 2A38M 30mm anti-aircraft guns and six 57E6-E ready-to-fire missiles in steered launch containers.
Pantsir-S1 can shoot down airborne targets flying up to Mach 3 (1,000 m/s) at ranges between 1.2 to 20 kilometers and altitudes varying from 5 to 10,000 meters.
The two automatic anti-aircraft guns deliver a maximum rate of fire between 4,500 and 5,000 rounds per minute.
The gun system is able to take out targets at ranges between 200 to 4,000 meters at altitudes between zero and 3,000 meters.