India is considering the acquisition of Russian Pantsir-SM

India considering the possibility of acquiring the Shell made in Russia. The corresponding issue was discussed during a visit to Moscow by a delegation led by Rajnat Singh,defence Minister of India.

According to source the importance of India acquiring such complexes. One of the reasons for the aggravation of relations between the country and China on the border in the region of Ladakh. The expert also drew attention to the fact that Russia had already proposed New Delhi to purchase the “Shell”, moreover, we are talking about their modern modifications with an efficient maintenance network. The observer believes that Russian air defense missile systems, if used correctly, can be a serious weapon to destroy all kinds of air targets, including strike UAVs.

According to the press, the Russian Federation offers India to transfer some technologies with the possibility of producing individual components of the “Shell”. A similar step corresponds to the Make in India program.

Pantsir-SM firing V missile
Pantsir-SM firing V missile

Here also we cant ignore that five month ago Indian official Refused Russian Pantsir Missile System , The Indian defense officials were dissatisfied with the real tactical and technical characteristics of the Russian Pantsir missile system (Pantsir-S1), and are likely to give preference to its South Korean counterpart system. May be India is showing interest on Pantsir-SM because its improve variant of the previous version of Pantsir-s1 .

The Pantsir-SM is to replace the Pantsir-S1 but remains compatible with it. The Pantsir-SM is superior to the Pantsir-S1 by 1.5-2 times. It incorporates a multi-functional targeting radar station, increasing target detection range from 40 to 75 km and engagement range from 20 to 40 km, thus twice more efficient than the current Pantsir-S1. The weapon station is fitted on a new KamAZ K-53958 8×8 chassis with armored cab.

The new Pantsir-SM incorporates a multi-functional targeting radar station, increasing the target detection range from 40 to 75 km and the engagement range from 20 to 40 km. It is able to destroy aerial targets at a maximum range of 40km and at a 15km altitude, twice more than the current Pantsir-S1. The new radar is able to detect targets at a distance of 75 km. The weapon station is mounted on a new 8×8 Kamaz truck chassis with armored.

Pantsir-SM is intended to enter service with the Russian army in 2021.

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