Russia will upgrade Pantsir surface-to-air missile/gun systems operational with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, TASS reported citing Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Russia’s Rostec State Corporation Viktor Kladov.
“We are dealing with the upgrade of Pantsyr systems operational in the United Arab Emirates. If the UAE authorities wish to acquire new systems, we will be glad to deliver them but so far we are talking about the upgrade of available complexes,” Kladov was quoted as saying.
Russia delivered 50 Pantsir-S (also Pantsyr-S) systems in its export configuration and 1,000 missiles to the UAE in 2009-2013, in a deal worth $800 million. UAE is also the launch customer of Pantsir-S1 system.
The Pantsir-S (NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound) is a combined short to medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system developed by Russia’s JSC Konstruktorskoe Buro Priborostroeniya (KBP).
The system was designed to provide point air defence of military/industrial/administrative installations against aircraft, helicopters, precision munitions, cruise missiles and UAVs; and to provide additional protection to air defence units against enemy air attacks employing precision munitions, especially at low to extremely low ranges.
The Pantsir system mounted on a truck chassis for greater mobility and is armed with two 30mm guns, each of which is capable of firing up to 40 rounds per second, as well as 12 anti-aircraft missiles.
All 50 systems operated by the UAE Armed Forces are mounted on German MAN SX 45 8×8 military trucks, as well as the support vehicles.