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Rosoboronexport has released details of some of the exhibits that will feature at the Russian national pavilion (Hall 12) at IDEX 2021.

Counter UAV measures have become a key subject after a number of drone attacks in the Middle East and successful UAV performance during the Azerbaijani operation in Nagornyi Karabakh. Accordingly, the company will hold a public presentation of the Integrated Counter UAV System on 22 February 2021.

The system proposed by Russia includes radars to track various UAVs as well as jamming devices and SHORADs vehicles. The anti-UAV jamming systems are reportedly effective against light and partly medium-class drones. These assets are capable of countering a massive air raid by UAVs through suppressing their command/telemetry and navigation channels. According to Russian MoD the system has been effectively operated from Russian  bases in Syria where terrorist attacks UAVs have been successfully repulsed.

Also among the anti-UAV jamming equipment to be presented at IDEX is the Repellent-Patrol EW system, capable of jamming drones at a range of up to 20 km according to the Rosoboronexport press-service. The PISHCHAL electromagnetic gun, one of the lightest handheld jammers on the market, weighing approximately 3.5 kg, will also be on display. It can jam UAV control/navigation channels at a range of 2 km.

Hard Kill Counter-UAV Systems as Part of Presence

As a hard-kill component of its counter UAV system, Rosoboronexport offers short-range air defence systems in the form of High-Precision Weapons (HPW) from Tula-based Shipunov with the KBP PANTSIR-S1M self-propelled anti-aircraft gun/missile (SPAAGM) system or Izhevsk-based KUPOL Tor-type SAM system. According to the KBP Head designer Valery Slugin, the company has been developing smaller missiles to be employed against drones. The new missile is to be approximately four times smaller than the existing one to increase the ammunition load of every PANTSIR combat vehicle.

Pantsir SHORAD (Photo: Yury Laskin)

These systems are capable of effectively engaging a variety of air attack weapons, including UAVs. The PANTSIR-S1M has missile and gun armament and destroys air targets at up to 30 km in range and up to 18 km in altitude. The Tor-M2E’s engagement envelope against air targets is 15 km in range and 10 km in altitude.

Close-range air defence will be provided by the VERBA or IGLA-S MANPADS, both designed and manufactured by the Kolomna-based KBM of HPW, as well as the GIBKA-S MANPADS squad combat vehicles, capable of firing the VERBA or IGLA-S. These weapons are to destroy targets at a maximum range of six km at altitudes from several metres up to 3.5 km.

The integrated use of the proposed electronic warfare and air defence assets will enable effective countermeasures against UAVs of any class provided air enemy reconnaissance and automated control systems are in place.

Rosoboronexport claims to offer a tailour-made solution for any customer to incorporate the above mentioned anti-UAV system within the frame work of national defence.

Russian Assault Rifle Debut

Also on display will be the KORD 6P68 7.62mm assault rifle, making its international debut at IDEX 2021. The rifle has been designed and manufactured by the High Precision Weapons subsidiary – Degtyarev Plant based in the town of Kovrov, 200 km east of Moscow.

KORD (Image: ROE Press Service)

Experts note its unique characteristics in automatic firing mode thanks to the innovative balanced automation system. Extensive experience in creating machine guns, sniper rifles and other weapons allowed the manufacturer to select the most modern light and strong alloys for high reliability of weapons. Constant interaction with law enforcement agencies enabled the most convenient design for performing various tasks.

The weapon, a new member of the KORD small arms family which also includes a 7.62mm machine gun, has a sighting range is 800 m and weighs 3.5 kg with a 30 round magazine.

Other small arms novelties to be noticed at the Rosoboronexport pavilion is the AK-19 submachine gun and PLK Lebedev compact pistol.

Yury Laskin