Russia has plans to develop Crawler-mounted Pantsir air defense system by early 2017 for replacing the Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon.
"The first prototype will be completed in about three months, in early 2017," head of the Sheglovsky Val company, part of the Rostec Corporation, Vladimir Popov was quoted as saying by Sputnik News today.
The Pantsir-S (SA-22 Greyhound) is a Russian short-to-medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, which first entered service in 2012.
This system is capable of engaging a wide variety of aerial targets, such as aircraft, helicopters, ballistic and cruise missiles, guided bombs. Developers claim that it is also capable of engaging stealthy aircraft, such as the F-22 and F-35.
Presently, Russia is undergoing a $325-billion rearmament program to modernize 70 per cent of its military's weaponry by 2020.
The Pantsir-S1 is designed by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau of Tula, Russia, and is manufactured by the Ulyanovsk Mechanical Plant, Ulyanovsk, Russia.