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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport At Army-2021 has offered its Palma Shipborne automated anti-aircraft artillery system with a sosna-r surface-to-air missile system that is designed for protection against anti-ship missiles, anti-radar missiles, guided aerial bombs, aircraft, and helicopters as well as for engagement of small-displacement vessels and small-size sea and ground targets to India.

Palma can engage aerial targets at distances between 0.2 km and 4 km, while the SAMs are capable of engaging aerial targets at a range of up to 10 km. The Palma’s ammunition load integrates 1,000 30 mm cartridges and eight ready-use missiles. The station’s reaction time reaches 3-5 seconds. A combat module of the Palma weighs 6,900 kg and can be mounted on small surface ships.

India has equipped the newest Project-15A (Kolkata)/Project-15B (Visakhapatnam) destroyers and Project-28 (Kamorta) frigates with Russian 30mm AK-630 close-in weapon systems (CIWS). AK-630 is a much heavier system than the Palma CIWS that has been offered to India.

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