Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Rostec unveils advanced naval anti-aircraft weapon system Pantsir-ME

The naval missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system Pantsir-ME developed by the Tula KBP (part of the High Precision Systems Holding) provides the ultimate protection against modern air threats, including low-flying and small-size unmanned aerial vehicles.

Pantsir-ME is a fully automated pedestal-mounted close-in weapon system (CIWS) that can carry two six-barrel 30 mm guns and eight infrared guided missiles, equally split on either side of the turret superstructure.

The modular design remains intact: 1 command module and up to 4 combat modules depending on ship type, which allows a flexible defence. The combined missile and artillery armaments ensure an effective engagement of all types of targets within the whole range of field conditions and counter-weapons with a potential for further development until 2020 – 2025.


Pantsir-ME. Key characteristics

  • The Pantsir-ME complex combines a powerful artillery weapon system, effective multimode missiles and an integrated multispectral radar and optical fire control system fitted on the turret.
  • The combat capability and kill capacity of one channel of these missile and artillery systems are 2 to 4 times higher than those of systems comprising only artillery weapons.
  • Engagement zone:

– missiles, km:  range: 1.5-20;  altitude: 0.002-15

– artillery, km:   range: 0.3-4;   altitude: 0-3

  • Number of targets simultaneously engaged by one module: 4
  • A combat module can be operated independently or within a battery consisting of 4 modules.
  • Control system – radar and electro-optic, television + thermal imager, laser rangefinder
  • Automated control system
  • All-weather 24/7 operation
  • All the stages of combat performance are performed in motion

Russia’s newest naval anti-aircraft missile system Pantsir-ME has already received export status and is being offered to foreign customers.


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