Rosoboronexport, a subisidary of Russian state-owned Rostec, and its partner High Precision Systems are planning to demonstrate the Pantsir-ME naval air-defence system at IDEX 2019 in the UAE.

The showcase at the defence expo in February will involve a full-scale specimen of the fully automated Pantsir-ME shipborne air-defence missile and artillery system, which is in development for the Russian Navy.

Rosoboronexport director general Alexander Mikheev said: “The current trends in the development of the navies force the maritime powers to equip their ships with reliable assets to counteract air threats, i.e. cruise missiles, unmanned aerial systems, helicopters and planes.

“A sophisticated system of countering practically all the possible aerial kill assets has been developed in Russia, and it will be represented at one of the largest world defence exhibitions in Abu Dhabi. Pantsir-ME can be installed on most Russian warships and is very well fit for ships manufactured by other countries.

“I am confident that it has very good export prospects in the Arab countries, South-East Asia and Latin America.”

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The Pantsir-ME naval air-defence system can be deployed on larger ships, typically those with more than 300t water displacement, and is claimed to provide reliable protection from air assault weapons, including low-flying anti-ship missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

"Pantsir-ME can be installed on most Russian warships and is very well fit for ships manufactured by other countries."

Capable of firing at four targets simultaneously, the Pantsir-ME can destroy guided anti-aircraft missiles from 20km away, and at a height of 15km. If the Pantsir-ME’s missiles miss the target, the system is equipped with secondary artillery fire, which according to the company, has a 100% hit-rate guarantee.

It also includes multi-mode adaptive radio-optical control system, which is designed to automate the system from target acquisition to firing, and assists the system’s ability to be effective in all weather and light conditions.

Rostec industrial director of the armaments cluster Sergey Abramov said: “Currently, the Pantsir-ME air-defence missile and artillery system has no direct countertypes in the world market in the segment of shipborne air defence systems, and such will hardly pop up in the near future.

“Demonstration of a full-scale specimen at the IDEX exhibition is a perfect opportunity to present this new state-of-the-art Russian weapon to our partners from the Middle East and Northern Africa – the strategic region of Rostec’s presence.”