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Russian Baltic Fleet to receive 6 ships with Kalibr missiles and Pantsir systems


The Baltic Fleet will receive a batch of six Project 22800 missile corvettes, armed with the Kalibr cruise missiles; four of them will also be armed with the Pantsir-M close-in weapon systems, which will soon undergo testing on the Odintsovo corvette, Russian Navy Commander Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov announced Monday.
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Russian Baltic Fleet to receive 6 ships with Kalibr missiles and Pantsir systems 925 001Project 22800 missile corvette (Picture source: Alexander Demianchuk/TASS)


"Soon, the surface part of the Baltic Fleet will be reinforced with a batch of six Project 22800 missile corvettes. Four of them will carry a naval version of the Pantsir system. Odintsovo will become the first one, the Pantsir system will undergo testing on this ship," the Commander’s congratulatory telegram to the sailors, dedicated to the Fleet’s 317th anniversary, says, according to the Fleet press service.

The Odintsovo corvette was initially laid down under Shkval name at the Saint Petersburg’s Pella shipyard on July 29, 2016; it was commissioned on May 5, 2018. The corvette is the first ship to be equipped with the naval version of the Pantsir system.

The Project 22800 corvettes are equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles, modern control, radio, navigation, electronic warfare systems, counter-diversion armaments, man-portable air-defence systems. The ships are designed to act either as part of naval groups or on their own.


Russian Baltic Fleet to receive 6 ships with Kalibr missiles and Pantsir systems 925 002Close up view of the Pantsir-M CIWS aboard Project 22800 corvette Shkval (Picture source: forums.airbase.ru)


About Pantsyr-M

Pantsir-M is a Russian jamming-resistant naval close-in weapon system (CIWS). Pantsir-M is equipped with friend or foe identification system and armed with the naval version of the Pantsir’s 57E6 missiles and Hermes-K missiles. Its secondary armament are two six-barreled 30×165mm GSh-6-30K/AO-18KD rotary cannons (range 5 km).

Same as on Kashtan-M. Pantsir-M is fully automated and can engage up to four targets simultaneously at a range of up to 20 km and can operate as a battery of up to four modules. Pantsir-M can intercept sea-skimming missiles flying as low as two meters above the surface. If a target isn't sufficiently destroyed by Pantsir's missile attack it can automatically direct its cannons against it. Pantsir-M's phased array radar, electro-optical/infrared targeting and identification system are based on that of Pantsir's 1RS2-1.


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