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Russia, Brazil getting ready for Igla and Pantsir-S1 delivery

July 04, 2013, 23:03 UTC+3
Russia has a variety of maritime equipment to offer Brazil
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ST. PETERSBURG, July 4 (Itar-Tass) - Russia and Brazil are in the “active stage of preparations” for the delivery of Igla and Pantsir-S1 man-portable air defence systems, Alexander Fomin, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said.

“We have not yet moved over to contract negotiations. There is a certain procedure we need to complete and we hope to complete it smoothly,” Fomin told ARMS-TASS at the International Maritime Defence Show in St. Petersburg on Thursday, July 4.

He noted that Russia has a variety of maritime equipment to offer Brazil. “Probably not finished ships - the Brazilian Navy consists mainly of ships made by our competitors - but at least joint production. Why not? Brazil is an industrialised country with a strong defence industry, aircraft, firearms and maritime capabilities. And we, after all, are members of the same community -- BRICS - and can offer different joint project to each other,” Fomin said.

Pantsir-S is considered to be a universal system capable to fighting lanes, helicopters, ballistic and cruise missiles, guided aerial bombs, and other high-precision weapons. It can also be used for destroying underwater and surface light-armoured targets and manpower.

The system consists of 12 surface-to-air guided missiles and two 30-millimetre automatic guns. It is provided with a multi-range radar capable of detecting aerial targets with effective surface of dispersion of up to 2-3 square metres at a distance of more than 30 kilometres and track them down from a distance of over 24 kilometres.

It can also work in a passive mode using an infrared channel in the long-wave band with logical processing of the signal and automatic tracking.

The system can conduct fire at two targets at the same time and attack up to 12 targets within a minute. The system's effective range for missiles is 20 kilometres and the maximum altitude is eight kilometres, and for artillery shells up to three and four kilometres respectively.

The probability of destroying the target is 0.6 to 0.8 depending on its type and obstacles. The time of response is 5-6 seconds.

Igla is designed to engage fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, cruise missiles and UAVs at their optical visibility and in the night-time conditions in head-on and tail chase in background clutter and thermal countermeasures environment.

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