Russian Navy received a Zyklon warship armed with the Pantsir-M

Yesterday [July 12] there was a solemn transfer to the fleet of the newest Russian RTO with the name “Cyclone”, which was built by the shipbuilders of the Kerch “Zaliv” under project number 22800, also known as “Karakurt”.

Russian Navy received a Zyklon warship armed with the Pantsir-M
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The Cyclone was laid down in the summer of 2016 and was the first hull of the Karakurts being built on the Zaliv. In the summer of 2020, RTOs were launched, then the ship was completed afloat and sent to undergo the necessary tests.

By the way, “Zaliv” is building a couple more “Karakurt” to replenish the surface forces of the Black Sea Fleet – this is “Askold” with “Amur”. Moreover, they are planned to be handed over to the customer before the end of this year.

Project 22800 ships are designed to solve problems both independently and as part of naval detachments. With a displacement of 800 tons, these RTOs have a total length of almost 67 meters with a maximum width of about 11 meters and a draft of 4 meters.

As weapons, the Karakurts received universal launchers for eight Calibers, the AK-176MA gun mount, the Pantsir-M ZRAK type, as well as MTPU – 12.7 or 14.5 mm machine gun mounts.

Russian Navy received a Zyklon warship armed with the Pantsir-M
Photo credit: Dzen.ru

About Naval Pantsir-M

The naval version of Pantsir-M is a modified version of the land-based Pantsir-M missile and artillery system. The primary difference between the two versions is that the naval version is designed to be used on ships and other naval vessels, while the land-based version is designed to be used on land.

One of the key differences between the two versions is their mobility. The land-based version of Pantsir-M is mounted on a wheeled or tracked chassis, which allows it to be easily transported across land. The naval version, on the other hand, is mounted on a specialized platform that is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the sea.

Russian Navy received a Zyklon warship armed with the Pantsir-M
Photo credit: Dzen.ru

Another major difference between the two versions is their range. The naval version of Pantsir-M has a longer range than the land-based version, which allows it to engage targets at greater distances. This is due in part to the fact that naval vessels are often larger and more visible than land-based targets, which makes it easier for the system to acquire and engage them.

The naval version of Pantsir-M also has several specialized features that are designed specifically for use on ships and other naval vessels. For example, the system is equipped with a specialized radar that is designed to detect and track targets on the water, and it has a unique stabilization system that allows it to maintain its accuracy even in rough seas.

Pantsir-M operational range

The range of the naval version of Pantsir-M is up to 20 kilometers, which allows it to engage targets at a considerable distance from the protected vessel. The system is equipped with a radar that can detect targets at a range of up to 75 kilometers.

Russian Navy received a Zyklon warship armed with the Pantsir-M
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The accuracy of the naval version of Pantsir-M is very high, thanks to its advanced radar and electro-optical targeting system. The system can engage targets with a high degree of precision, which minimizes the risk of collateral damage and maximizes the effectiveness of the system.

The naval version of Pantsir-M is also capable of engaging multiple targets simultaneously, which makes it a very effective air defense system for naval vessels. The system can engage up to four targets at the same time, which allows it to protect the vessel from multiple threats at once.

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