The Tula-based instrument-building design bureau, KBP, plans to test the Pantsir-S1 combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system beyond the Polar Circle, KBP's first deputy managing director, Nikolai Khokhlov, told reporters on Monday.

"The state defense order for Pantsir-S1 systems for the Arctic region has been placed. The domestic variant, with different temperature diagnostics, will be used for the Russian armed forces, unlike the systems exported to the United Arab Emirates and other countries," Khokhlov said.

Following tests beyond the Polar Circle, Pantsir-S1 systems will be assigned for use in the Arctic, he said.

The Pantsir-S1 systems have been developed by the Tula KBP. It has been in service with the Russian armed force since the autumn of 2003. It is capable of hitting current and prospective air strike means (first of all smart weapons) within a range of up to 20 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 15 kilometers.

Missiles develop a speed of 1,300 meters per second and can be fired at four targets simultaneously. In combat conditions the system can be used to hit and destroy land and sea light-armor targets, as well as personnel. It can be employed on the move, from a static position and during short stops. The system includes 12 missiles and 1,400 artillery rounds.

The Tula KBP is part of the NPO Vysokotochniye Kompleksy (High Precision Systems). It is a major producer of air defense systems.

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