The Russian military has successfully tested the latest Pantsir-SM air defense system at the Ashuluk range in the Astrakhan region in southern Russia, the commander of the Russian Air Defense Forces said.
“The Pantsir-SM (the latest version of the air defense and gun system) showed its high efficiency against ultra-small targets of quadcopter type,” he said.
A system was also tested that is capable to misguide or land a drone, he added.
The Pantsir-SM is under development to replace the Pantsir-S1 system currently in service with the Russian Armed Forces. The system will be equipped with a new high-speed missile having the twofold increase in the range to 40 km. The Pantsir systems are intended for the close defense of civilian and military facilities, including the long-range SAM complexes.
The Pantsir-SM variant incorporates a multi-functional targeting station, increasing target detection range from 40 to 75 km (25 to 47 mi) and engagement range from 20 to 40 km (12 to 25 mi). The system also uses a new high-speed extended range missile, and existing Pantsir systems can be upgraded to SM standard. It is fitted to a new 8×8 Kamaz truck chassis with an armored cab.