The Head of the Russian state intermediary company for the export and import of final products, technologies, and services for military purposes (Rosoboronexport), Alexander Mikheev, announced that the Russian air defence system will be integrated into a foreign ship for the first time, RIA Novosti reports.
It is noted that Rosoboronexport signed a contract at the Army-2021 international forum for the integration of the Russian ‘Palma’ air defence system into the armament system of the foreign customer’s ship. In general, this is one of almost 20 contracts concluded by the company during the forum.
According to Mikheev, the industrial partnership today is one of the main and fastest-growing trends in the global arms market. He reminded that Rosoboronexport has a large-scale and long-term cooperation programme with India, and also there are large joint projects with Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Brazil, Jordan and a number of other countries.
Interestingly, even though the Russian missile and artillery complex is called ‘Palma’ which means “a palm tree”, it looks totally humanlike, like a real soldier, maybe a gangster… or at least a “Terminator”. Just compare yourself:
It is specified that the ‘Palma’ complex is in service with the Vietnamese frigates of the project 11661’Gepard-3.9′ purchased in Russia. In the Russian Navy, this complex is installed in the artillery version on frigates 22350. The complex is designed to protect ships and boats, military bases, airfields, radars, and industrial facilities from cruise missiles, guided bombs, aircraft, and helicopters.
The armament of the complex is two AO-18KD guns, on the anti-aircraft missile and artillery complex, there are also anti-aircraft guided missiles ‘Sosna-R’. As for the zones of destruction, these are missile weapons at a range of up to 10 kilometres, at an altitude of up to 5 kilometres, and artillery weapons at a range of up to 4 kilometres, at an altitude of up to 3 kilometres; the reaction time is 3-5 seconds.