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Several new Russian products have been displayed at Russia’s ARMY-2021 exhibition. The Almaz-Antey Air & Space Defence Corporation used the event to present a new version of the SOSNA short-range Air Defence Missile System (ADMS) based on the chassis of the BTR-82A APC. Previously, SOSNA was demonstrated on different platforms including:

  • the lightly armoured MT-LB
  • the BMP-3 IFV
  • the BTR-82A wheeled

The exhibit also included the SOSNA version on the MT-LB tracked chassis and the combat compartment of the ADMS itself.

The short-range SOSNA ADMS is designed to protect military units on the battlefield and on the move. It can also cover military, industrial and government facilities against air assault and reconnaissance at any time of the day.

Photo: Yury Laskin

SOSNA can engage aerial targets, including drones, cruise missiles or smart munitions in addition to lightly armoured ground vehicles. The ammunition load is twelve missiles and the crew includes two people.

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St.-Petersburg-based Vektor research institute of the Ruselectronics Holding also presented its new PENICILLIN acoustic-thermal reconnaissance system in an export version at the event. This system has passed the state acceptance tests and is now in service with the Russian Armed Forces.

PENICILLIN is designed for the reconnaissance and detection of:

  • artillery firing positions
  • mortars
  • multiple launch rocket systems
  • launch sites of anti-aircraft and tactical missiles

Unlike most of similar available systems, PENICILLIN detects the hostile artillery with a new combination of sound and thermal reconnaissance rather than with radar. The system does not emit radio waves which makes it resistant to jamming.

PENICILLIN detects acoustic and thermal signals of shots and explosions, identifies the exact coordinates of guns and lays them out on a digital map. Obtaining coordinates of a single target takes less than five seconds. All information is processed by the computer system.

The system’s observation range is between two and 17 km. Depending on the version, the system is capable of detecting targets at distances from 7 km (mortars) up to 38 km (S-to-A and BS missiles). Minimum time for deployment deployment is 20 minutes.

The system consists of two elements on KAMAZ chassis: a sound-ranging reconnaissance vehicle and an acoustic-thermal reconnaissance vehicle. Depending on the variant, the system may combine two (one vehicle of each type) to six vehicles.

Rosoboronexport currently offers PENICILLIN to a number of potential foreign customers, in particular, to those who operate the Post-3M electronic reconnaissance stations.

Photo: Yury Laskin