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Yury Laskin

The Research institute (VNII) Signal used ARMY-2020 to reveal Planshet-A, a man-portable automated artillery fire control system. The brain of the system is a lap-top sized computer using the Russian national elementary base, although the computer itself can be placed in the breast pocket of a military field uniform. The batteries and charges can be carried and transported in the attache-case size boxes.

Planshet-A is intended to optimise artillery fire, diminishing the time needed for preparation and extend precision in addition to mission performance for any type of self-propelled and towered artillery, including howitzers, mortars and MLRS. The Planshet system includes several computers (which link using a sixth generation system) and means of communication distributed among the battery/ battalion commanders and their sub-units including platoons and separate guns/vehicles. The system can obtain data from upper headquarters, UAVs and GPS in addition to being connected with the AMK-01 automated meteorology-ballistic complex. It will come into regular service with the Russian Army by the end of 2020 and will be ready for export from early 2021.

VNII Signal is based in the city of Kovrov, Vladimir region and is a subsidiary of the High Precision Weapons Holding (HPW). Other HPW enterprises include the Tula-based Shipunov KBP Design Bureau, Kolomna-based KBM Design Bureau, Kurgan machine building plant (Kurganmashzavod) and Degtyarev plant. HPW is responsible for electronic system for tri-service application to equip Russia’s best-sellers including PANTSIR SHORADs, KORNET ATGW, the BMP IFV family, MSTA and SMERCH MRLS, etc.