Russian company Rostec has unveiled its new Pantsir-ME naval missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, which has been designed to protect ships against modern air threats such as low-flying anti-ship missiles and small-size unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Pantsir-ME was developed by the company's subsidiary Tula KBP, and combines an artillery armament, a multimode missile armament and an integrated radar-optical armament control system in a single turret mount.
The weapon system provides naval vessels with enhanced protection against air threats with an absolute probability that is virtually equal to one.
It also has the capability to first open fire on a target with missiles and then use artillery armaments in the dead zone of anti-aircraft missiles in the event that the target is not destroyed.
Pantsir-ME's combat module features a multifunction radar station with a phased antenna and an intercept missile with an engagement range of 20km.
This offers the capability of simultaneous engagement of four targets, in addition to an engagement of new types, updated anti-ship missiles and small-size air threats and surface targets.
The combat module can work automatically as part of a cell of four modules, and the system can be deployed on naval vessels with a displacement of 300t and more.
Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said: “The creation of almost each primary system required brand-new high-tech solutions.
"As a result, the destructive potential of Pantsir-ME is three to four times higher than that of Kashtan-M.
“Thus, the missile intercept zone has been increased from 10km to 20km in length and from 3km to 15km in height.
“All the stages of combat performance, from target search to firing, are performed in motion. The combined use of radar and optical control systems provides an all-weather 24/7 operation.
"All the system processes are automated; the crew ensures only supervision and control.”
The company expects to carry out further development work on the system until between 2020 and 2025.
Image: Rostec’s naval missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system Pantsir-ME. Photo: courtesy of Rostec.