The Naval Version of Pantsir Air Defense System was tested from a Russian Warship for the first time today. The Russian Navy has tested for the first time the Pantsir-M close-in-weapon-system (CIWS), which is a marinized version of Pantsir-S1 air defense system. The live fire tests have been conducted from Baltic Navy's 22800 Karakurt-class corvette Odintsovo – the first Navy’s platform armed with Pantsir-M.
"The crew of the Odintsovotogether with the representatives of the industry during the tests successfully performed missile and artillery fire at an air target from the Pantsir-M anti-aircraft missile and gun system. Small-sizedM-6 aircraft targets, delivered by the Su-27 fighters of the Baltic Fleet naval aviation, were used as air targets", - reports the Russian MoD. All assigned targets were successfully hit.
TheOdintsovois the first Project 22800 ship carrying the Pantsir-M system which is developed and produced by KBP Instrument Design Bureau (part of the High-Precision Weapons holding company).
Russia officially unveiled the export-oriented naval Pantsir at the IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi. According to Rosoboronexport, the Pantsir-MEprovides protectionfrom all types of aerial threats, including low-flying anti-ship missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. The system is capable of simultaneous firing at four incoming targets with its missiles engaging aerial targets flying at a distance of up to 20 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 15 kilometers. The system can be used against land targets as well.
"The distinctive feature of the system is the combination within a single turret mount of missile and artillery weapons and of the integrated radar-optical weapon control system, which increases its combat efficiency as compared to counterparts that have each type of weaponry separately", - says KBP in its presentation of the system. The combat module is designed to contain 32 containerized SAMs, emphasizes the developer.
The Odintsovocorvette was laid down at the Pella Shipyard in St.Petersburg in July 2016 and launched in May 2018. The developer of the project is Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation). The export version of 22800 project is called 22800E Karakurt-E. According to the official information of Almaz, 22800E corvette is a new-generation small missile ship that incorporates the latest achievements in the field of precision weapons, and defense subsystems. The ship is designed to destroy critical shore-based targets and surface ships and boats, and to repel air strikes.