Russia to Start Serial Production of its First VSHORAD

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Russia to Start Serial Production of its First VSHORAD
Gibka-S VSHORAD

Russia’s Design Bureau of Machine-Building, part of Rostec-owned High Precision Weapons Company is preparing to start serial production Gibka-S, the country’s first Very Short-Range Air Defense (VSHORAD) system.

"The export-oriented modification of the Gibka-S air defense system is fully ready for serial production," Rostec Industrial Director for armaments Bekhan Ozdoev was quoted as saying by government-owned TASS on Wednesday.

Gibka-S is the first vehicle-mounted SHORAD/VSHORAD system produced in Russia. It passed state trials back in 2019. It is armed with four Igla, Igla-S or Verba missiles. The system can successfully counter planes, helicopters, drones, cruise missiles and high-precision weapons flying at low and extremely low altitudes, at any time of the day and in limited visibility. It is mounted on the wheeled chassis of the Tigr-M armored vehicle.

During trials at the Kapustin Yar testing range in southern Russia in late 2019, Gibka-S proved its effectiveness against aerial targets while moving at the speed of up to 30 kmph.

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