Russia plans to deliver to its air force more than 100 Pantsir-S and 30 Vityaz air defense interceptors by the end of the decade, ITAR-Tass reported on Monday (see GSN, March 22, 2011).
"Work is under way to arm air defense units of the air force with new weapons. The units currently armed with S-300P air defense systems will replace them with Vityaz medium-range systems shortly," air force representative Col. Vladimir Drik said.
"In the first half of 2012, one of the brigades of the [aerospace defense forces] will be armed with Triumph S-400 air defense systems, and air defense units of the territorial air force commands will be armed with new Pantsir-S systems," he said.
The Pantsir-S system is designed to shoot town ballistic and cruise missiles as well as other aerial targets, according to ITAR-Tass. Each firing unit is equipped with 12 interceptors, a pair of 30-millimeter guns and detection equipment for spotting possible enemy aerial objects at ranges exceeding 18 miles.
The Vityaz air defense system holds 16 interceptors, four times the capacity of S-300P units. In addition, the Vityaz is capable of simultaneously targeting more in-flight objects than the S-300 system (ITAR-Tass, Jan. 23).
Russia plans to deliver to its air force more than 100 Pantsir-S and 30 Vityaz air defense interceptors by the end of the decade, ITAR-Tass reported on Monday.