Russia's High Precision Systems Holding (HPS) is in the final stage of testing a tracked version of the Pantsir-SM short-range air defense system.
"Work on the development of a modification of the Pantsir-SM-SV anti-aircraft missile and gun system on a tracked chassis for the ground forces is at the final stage of testing," HPS announced at the MILEX defense exhibition currently on in Minsk.
The Pantsir-S1 and later versions have shown great success against drones, rockets and low flying helicopters during the Ukraine war and Lybian conflicts.
In December 2021, the head of the military air defense of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Alexander Leonov, reported that the Pantsir-SM-SV modification was intended for ground and airborne troops.
"The complex will have two types of anti-aircraft guided missiles and have an increased kill zone," Leonov said in an interview with the Russian Defense Ministry newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda.
The Pantsir-SM-SV will be fitted with the GM-5970.25 weapon station developed by the Mytishchi Machine-Building Plant. Besides two-barreled 2A38M 30mm automatic cannons, the weapons station will be armed with 12 launchers for surface-to-air missiles, with 6 missile containers mounted on each side of the turret.
Equipped with an improved targeting radar station, the detection detection range will go up from 40 to 75 km and engagement range from 20 to 40 km compared to the current Pantsir-S1.
The Pantsir-SM-SV will be able to fire the new high-speed two-stage missile 57E6M-E which has a maximum firing range of 30 km, and the 57E6-E with a range from 15 to 18 km.