Monday, February 4, 2013

Brazil Wants to Buy Russian Pantsir-S1 SPAAG and Igla-S MANPADS

According to Russian sources, General Jose Carlos De Nardi, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces, is to discuss the acquisition of 3 batteries of Pantsir-S1 / SA-22 Greyhound systems and 2 batteries of 9K338 Igla-S / SA-24 Grinch Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS).

The Igla-S is the latest version of the 9K38 Igla, weighs 19 kg with a 2.5 kg warhead and comes with a two-color infrared seeker to engage targets at a distance of up to 6 km.

The Pantsir-S1 is a combined gun-missile Self Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) system from Russia's KBP Design Bureau and designed to succeed the Tunguska-M1 for short to medium range air defense.

The system is usually mounted on a 8 x 8 wheeled truck, but can be modified according to customer needs. A naval version also exists.

The Pantsir-S1 can detect targets at up to 36 km and normally comes with both a search and tracking radar. Targets can also be engaged through electro-optical means.

The Pantsir-S1 can engage targets at up to range of 20 km and an altitude of 15 km with 2 x 6 57E6 surface-to-air missiles guided by radio command. It can also engage targets at a maximum range of 4 km and a maximum altitude of 3 km with two dual 2A38M 30 mm guns.

The Pantsir-S1 has previously been exported to the United Arab Emirates, Algeria and Syria.

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