MOSCOW, July 18 (RIA Novosti)
The Russian Navy will soon receive a new ship-based gun/missile air defense system, KBP Instrument Design Bureau, the developer of the system, said on Monday.
The system, dubbed Pantsyr-M, has been developed on the basis of the land-based Pantsyr-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound).
"Pantsyr-M will replace the Kortik air defense systems and will be installed on all new classes of Russian combat ships, from corvettes to cruisers," said Alexander Zhukov, a senior KBP official.
Zhukov cited specifications for an export version of Pantsyr-M as the data on the system for the Russian Navy is still classified.
The export Pantsyr-ME version has a response time of 3-5 seconds and can track and destroy simultaneously up to four targets.
Its missiles have a range of 20 kilometers and can hit targets at altitudes from 2 meters to 15 kilometers, while its guns have a range of four kilometers and can hit targets at altitudes up to 3 kilometers.
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