Russia deploys acoustic-thermal systems Penicillin in Ukraine

MOSCOW ($1=63.88 Russian Rubles) — The Russian Federation will deploy a new Penicillin sound-thermal reconnaissance system to Ukraine in what Moscow calls a “special military operation.” The system is called Penicillin, also known as 1B75 Penicillin. The information was published by two Russian sources – RIA Novosti and Izvestia.

Russia deploys acoustic-thermal systems Penicillin in Ukraine
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According to the press release, the new batch of sound-thermal reconnaissance systems Penicillin has already been delivered to the Ministry of Defense of Russia. The system will be used for anti-battery combat, the two Russian online portals write. This is not the first time that the Russian armed forces will use Penicillin in Ukraine. Reports say that “Penicillin has already proven successful against NATO artillery in Ukraine,” referring to a successful countermeasure against artillery munitions supplied to Ukraine by its allies.

The delivery of the new batch of Penicillin systems follows the order of the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin, to increase the production and supply of weapons to the Russian army to secure military operations in Ukraine.

Penicillin is Moscow’s response to the Washington-supplied HIMARS MLRS. The Russian acoustic-thermal Penicillin systems do not emit radio waves but detect enemy artillery through seismic and acoustic sensors. Penicillin’s manufacturer, Russian company Ruselectronics, says the system is designed to counter enemy artillery, mortars, MLRs, anti-aircraft, or tactical missile fire positions.

A Russian 8×8 Kamaz chassis was used by the developer to transport the system to the battlefield. The system itself is a telescopic boom on which a 1B75 sensor set is mounted. Separately, several ground-based seismic and acoustic receivers are scattered on the ground. According to the technological characteristics of the Penicillin system, it operates in an operational range of 40 km, being able to work completely autonomously without a crew.

Russia is the only operator of this system. It is from the new generation of weapons of the Russian Federation. It was developed in 2017, tested in 2018, and in 2020 it will officially enter service with the Russian army.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th. In recent weeks, the Russian armed forces have been carrying out massive aerial missile strikes against critical Ukrainian infrastructure sites.

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