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    Russia has created several prototypes of advanced surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, the Pantsir-SM.

    Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper cited Alexander Denisov, general director of the Russian company High Precision Complex, as saying that state tests of the country's state-of-the-art air defense system Pantsir-SM are already under way.

    He said that research and development work pertaining to the Pantsir-SM is due to be completed in 2019.

    Denisov touted the Pantsir-SM a "completely new system" which he said will exceed the previous version, the Pantsir-S1, by up to two times in terms of combat capability.

    The Pantsir-S1 short-to-medium range gun-missile system on the march in the Moscow Region. File photo
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    The Pantsir-S1 short-to-medium range gun-missile system on the march in the Moscow Region. File photo

    Rossiyskaya Gazeta also cited open sources as saying that the Pantsir-SM is due to be equipped with a new high-speed missile and that the range of detection and destruction of targets will increased by about a half.

    The Pantsir-SM is expected to be capable of detecting a target at a distance of 75 kilometers and destroying it at a distance of 40 kilometers.  As for the Pantsir-S1, these figures stand at 40 kilometers and 20 kilometers, respectively.

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    As for the Pantsir-SM's new missile, it will have "good" characteristics and can even be used by previous Pantsir versions, according to Denisov.

    The Pantsir-S1, codenamed by NATO as SA-22 Greyhound, is a short-to-medium range surface-to-air missile/gun system that first entered service with the Russian army in 2012.

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    combat capability, development, state tests, air defense system, Pantsir-S1, Pantsir-SM, Russia
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