NATO reporting name: SA-22 "Greyhound"

Pantsir-S1 on 8×8 Truck KAMAZ-6560 TLAR
Type Transportable gun/SAM system
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2012–present
Used by See list of operators
Production history
Designer KBP Instrument Design Bureau
Designed 1994
Manufacturer Ulyanovsk Mechanical Plant
Unit cost US$ 13.15[1]–14.67[2] million (export)
Produced 2008
Number built 200[3]
Variants Pantsir-S (prototype), Pantsir-S1, Pantsir-S1-O (or Pantsir-S1E), Pantsir-S2
Specifications (Pantsir-S1)
Crew 3

57E6, 57E6-E
Two dual 2A38M 30 mm autocannon guns

Pantsir-S1 (Russian: Панцирь-С1, NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) is a combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system produced by KBP of Tula, Russia. The system is a further development of 2K22 Tunguska (NATO reporting name: SA-19/SA-N-11) and represents the latest air defence technology by using phased array radars for both target acquisition and tracking.

The Pantsir-S1 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 from enemy air attacks employing precision munitions especially at the low to extremely low ranges.[4][5]


The first finished version was completed in 1995 with the 1L36 radar, later was designed another.[6] It is a short to medium range ground based air defence system, wheeled, tracked or stationary with two to three operators. Its air defense consists of automatic anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles with radar or optical target-tracking and radio-command guidance.

Its purpose is protection of civil and military point and area targets, for motorised or mechanised troops up to regimental size or as defensive asset of higher ranking air defence systems like S-300/S-400. The system has capability for anti-munitions missions. Can hit targets on the overwater/above-water.[7] Can operate in fully automatic mode.[8] Ability to work in a completely passive mode. The probability of hitting a target for 1 rocket is not less than 0.7. The reaction time of 4–6 seconds. Can fire missiles and gun armament in motion.[9] For main radar station, early detection in height may be between 0-60 ° or 26-82 ° depending on the mode.[10] The system has significant advantages over other systems, such as Krotal NG (France), Roland-3 (France + USA), Rapier 2000 (UK), Searam (Germany + USA). This is not confirmed by comparative testing, but clearly follows from declared limit of possibilities of systems (2010).[11][12] Since 2013, a variant with two radar station for early detection * standing back to back *.[13] The system has a modular structure, that is fast and easy replacement of any part.[14] After receiving target coordinates (from any source) may defeat the purpose (using all the radar except the early detection radar) within a range from -5 to +85 (82[15]) degrees (vertical).[16][17] The interval between missile launches 1-1.5 seconds (a world record for the analogues).[18]


An alternative mounting of antiaircraft complex Pantsir-S1 on a tracked GM-352 chassis

Originally Soviet strategic missile systems had been placed in fixed, hardened sites. Newer systems such as the S-300PS/PM (SA-10/20) on the other hand was much more mobile which reduced its vulnerabilities to attack, However, once the S-300 unit was found by enemy forces it was still very vulnerable to precision weapon systems. One of the roles for the Pantsir-S is to provide air defence to the S-300 missile systems.[19]

It was also decided that a wheeled chassis would be better suited for the Pantsir-S rather than a tracked chassis. The reasoning being that wheeled vehicles are faster, less prone to breakdowns, easier to maintain, and cheaper to produce.[20]

Development as Pantsir-S started in 1990 planned to be successor of Tunguska M1. A prototype was completed in 1994 and displayed at the MAKS-1995. The program soon ran into difficulties which resulted in a halt in funding. However, KBP continued development of the program using its own funds. This resulted in a complete re-design of both the turret and radar systems and removal of any older Tunguska equipment.[21]

Some sources refer to this redesign as Pantsir-S1-O or Pantsir-S1E but it is, as of August 2007, not offered by KBP as a separate variant. The system has two new radars with increased range, capable of tracking more air targets but also land targets and has an integrated IFF system. Within the cabin two new LCD multi-function displays have replaced the multiple CRT display and a new central computer system greatly decreased the reaction time, single operator operation can be achieved when needed. Due to the new technologies adopted, the overall volume of the weapon station is reduced by a third while the overall weight is reduced by half. The system also has enhanced missiles (from type 57E6 to type 57E6-E probably interchangeable) and guns (from type 2A72 to type 2A38M).

Live firing tests took place in June 2006 at the Kapustin Yar firing range, Astrakhan Region, Russia. Final test series prior to delivery in May 2007 at Kapustin Yar included a forced march of 250 km to an unprepared launch position simulating the accomplishing of a typical air-defence mission.

The Pantsir-S1 air-defence missile-gun system was adopted for service with the Russian Army by an order of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev on 16 November 2012.[22] Modernized Pantsir-S2 entered service in 2015.[23]

Russia is developing a track-based Pantsir system to be more maneuverable with Russian Ground Forces and Airborne Troops. A next-generation Pantsir system is announced for 2017, with "absolutely superior" technical characteristics compared to the existing system.[24]

A version called the Pantsir-SM is projected with improved interception capabilities for unmanned aerial vehicles and shall be adapted to operate in Arctic climates.[25] It comprises a new missile with an extended engagement range from 20 km (12 mi) to 30 km (19 mi). The Pantsir-SM is to enter service in 2016–2017.[26]

On 19 October 2012, two missiles fired from a Pantsir shot down a live cruise missile in a test in Russia.[27] In 2014 tests, targets moving as fast as 1,000 metres per second (3,300 ft/s; Mach 2.9) were shot down with Pantsir.[28]


Pantsir systems will be deployed on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. Russian destroyers and other large ships will be modernized to accommodate the system.[24] Entered series production in 2015.[29] Russia's Defense Ministry has purchased three Naval "Pantsir-M"s.[30] The Pantsir-M differs from the land-based version by having two GSh-6-30K/AO-18KD 30 mm six-barrel rotary cannons, as found on the Kashtan CIWS, in place of the single-barrel autocannons, and an additional radar separate from the one fitted on top of the turret itself. One Pantsir-M combat module can simultaneously engage four targets with four missiles and has an ammunition supply of 32 missiles. The ship-based complex may include several combat modules, with module ammunition supply stored in the storage and reloading system under the deck. The system may also be armed with the 100 km (62 mi; 54 nmi)-range Hermes-K missile. The Pantsir-M will be mounted aboard the Karakurt-class corvette.[31][32][33]

Arctic version

The Arctic version can operate at a temperature of −50 °C (−58 °F).[34] After testing, it was decided to design a new version specifically for the Arctic, to use at temperatures below −50° Celsius.[35]


The Pantsir-SM variant incorporates a multifunctional targeting station, increasing target detection range from 40 to 75 km (25 to 47 mi) and engagement range from 20 to 40 km (12 to 25 mi).[36]


The specific feature of the Pantsir-S1 system is the combination of a multiple-band target acquisition and tracking system in conjunction with a combined missile and gun armament creating a continuous target engagement zone from 5 m height and 200 m range up to 15[37] km height and 20 km range, even without any external support.


Using a digital data link system up to six Pantsir-S1 combat vehicle can operate in various modes.




Type Surface-to-air missile
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2012–present
Used by See list of operators
Production history
Designer KBP Instrument Design Bureau
Designed 1994
Produced 2008
Variants 57E6, 57E6-E,[38] 57E6Y[39]
Specifications (57E6-E[38])
Weight 90 kg and 74 kg without container packing and storage of missiles[40]
Length 3.2 m
Diameter 0.17 m
Warhead frag-HE and multiple continuous rod
Warhead weight 20 kg
Contact and proximity

Propellant Solid-fuel rocket
20 kilometres (12 mi)
Flight altitude 15 kilometres (9.3 mi)
Boost time 2 s
Speed Start 1,300 m/s (Mach 3.8), 780 m/s (Mach 2.3) to 18 km distance[41]

Pantsir-S1 carries up to twelve 57E6 or 57E6-E two-stage solid fuel radio-command-guided surface-to-air missiles in sealed ready-to-launch containers. Missiles are arranged into two six-tube groups on the turret. The missile has a bicalibre body in tandem configuration. The first stage is a booster, providing rapid acceleration within the first 2 seconds of flight, after which it is separated from the sustainer-stage. The sustainer is the highly agile part of the missile and contains the high explosive multiple continuous rod and fragmentation warhead, contact and proximity fuses as also radio transponder and laser responder to be localised for guidance. The missile is not fitted with seeker to keep target engagement costs low. Instead high-precision target and missile tracking is provided via the system's multiband sensor system and guidance data is submitted via radio link for up to four missiles in flight. Missiles can be fired at up to four targets, but more often in salvos of two missiles at one target. Missile is believed to have a hit probability of 70–95% and have a 15-year storage lifetime in its sealed containers. Pantsir-S1 combat vehicles can fire missiles on the move.

Warhead weight 20 kg (44 lb)[42] (5.5 kg (12 lb) explosive + 2,000 14.5 g fragments and rods).[40] Fuses: contact and non-contact radar adaptive (a range of up to 9 m).[41]


Two dual 2A38M 30 mm autocannon guns are fitted with 700 rounds of a variety of ammunition—HE (High Explosive) fragmentation, fragmentation tracer, and armour-piercing with tracer. Ammunition type can be selected by the crew depending on the nature of the target. Maximum rate of fire is 2,500 rounds per minute per gun. Range is up to 4 km. The combined gun-missile system has an extremely low altitude engagement capability (targets as low as 0 m AGL can be engaged by this system).

Wheeled combat vehicles have to be jacked up to keep the machine in the horizontal position and be able to fire the gun with full accuracy. The KAMAZ-6560 has four oil hydraulic jacks for this purpose.


Fire control

The Pantsir-S1 fire control system includes a target acquisition radar and dual waveband tracking radar (designation 1RS2-1E for export models), which operates in the UHF and EHF waveband. Detection range is 32–36 km and tracking range is 24–28 km for a target with 2 m2 RCS.[43] Can also reliably achieve more, to 45 km.[10] This radar tracks both targets and the surface-to-air missile while in flight. Minimum target size 2 – 3 cm sq (0.0004 m2)[40]

As well as radar, the fire control system also has an electro-optic channel with long-wave thermal imager and infrared direction finder, including digital signal processing and automatic target tracking. A simplified, lower-cost version of Pantsir-S1 is also being developed for export, with only the electro-optic fire control system fitted.

The two independent guidance channels—radar and electro-optic—allow two targets to be engaged simultaneously. And 4[44] for more recent options (2012). Maximum engagement rate is up to 10-12[9] targets per minute.

Types of purposes. Aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, anti-radar missiles (detection range of AGM-88 HARM missile 13–15 km), air-launched cruise missiles.[42]

Support vehicles

In order to increase high operational readiness KBP has designed several vehicles to support the Pantsir-S1 in the field.[45]

CP Capabilities: Battalion CP – up to six launchers (battalion); Regimental CP – up to three bns; 24 hour continuous operations; Time of shutting down/deployment – 5 min; Number of work stations – 4; Crew – combat crew (3); driver-mechanic (1).

Multi-sensor system

Pantsir-S1 Weapon System. In the centre the EHF phased-array tracking radar. Two twin-barrel 2A38M automatic anti-aircraft guns and 12 ready to launch missile-containers each containing one 57E6-E command guided surface-to-air missile.

Target acquisition radar:

Target tracking radar:

  • Type: Passive electronically scanned array
  • Coverage: cone +/−45°
  • Maximum tracking range: at least 24 km, up to 28 km
  • Maximum number of targets can be tracked simultaneously: 20
  • Maximum number of targets can be engaged simultaneously: 3
  • Maximum number of missiles can be radio-controlled simultaneously: 4
  • Band: EHF
  • IFF: Separate or integrated upon customer's request

Autonomous Optoelectronic System:

  • Type: Detection, automatic acquisition and tracking of air and ground targets
  • Target tracking band: Infrared 3–5 µm
  • Missile localisation band: Infra Red 0.8–0.9 µm
  • Maximum number of targets can be tracked simultaneously: 1
  • Maximum number of targets can be engaged simultaneously: 1
  • Maximum number of missiles can be localised simultaneously: 1
  • Limits for minimal height of 5 meters[41]


  • Number of targets that can be simultaneously engaged: 4 (three by radar, one by EO)
  • Maximum number of targets engagement rate: 10 per minute
  • Crew: 1–2 operators for the air defense system and 1 driver
  • Reaction time: 4–6 seconds (including target acquisition and firing first missile), 1–2 seconds for autocannon engagement

Operational history

A Pantsir-S1 unit of the Syrian Armed Forces reportedly scored the first combat kill of the type by downing a Turkish Air Force RF-4E carrying out a reconnaissance flight over the Syrian coast near Latakia on 22 June 2012.[46][47]

Various independent experts believe Pantsir-S1 was operated on the rebel side during the War in Donbass. It was filmed in Luhansk and photographed in Makiivka on the rebel-held territories in early 2015.[48][49][50][51] Its used rocket components were also reported to be observed in Ukraine in November 2014.[52]

The system has also been deployed by the Russian armed forces in Syria to guard its deployment during the Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War.


Map of Pantsir-S1 operators in blue

Current operators

 United Arab Emirates

See also


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