The Russian army received the latest Penicillin artillery reconnaissance systems, Vyacheslav Mikheev, general director of the Vega concern (part of Ruselectronics of the Rostec state corporation), told RIA Novosti.
“In December 2020, in accordance with the signed contract, the first batch was handed over to the customer,” he said.
“Penicillin” is intended for reconnaissance of firing positions of cannon and rocket artillery, as well as anti-aircraft and tactical missiles. The complex captures acoustic and thermal signals from shots and explosions and gives out the exact coordinates of the location of the enemy’s weapons, which are then applied to an electronic map.
According to Vega, Penicillin works effectively at any time of the day at temperatures from -40 to +50 degrees Celsius. The time for obtaining the coordinates of a single target firing does not exceed five seconds. The complex was developed by the Vega Research Institute, which is a part of Vega.
According to open sources, “Penicillin”, unlike most other similar systems, detects enemy artillery not using radar, but thanks to a new principle of combining thermal and sound reconnaissance, which makes it impossible to suppress it by electronic means. In addition, the new system does not unmask itself with the radiation of a radar station, but at the same time ensures high accuracy. The complex is installed on the KamAZ chassis, the reconnaissance optical-electronic module of the system is mounted on the lifting mast.
The Russian army was previously supplied with counter-battery radar systems that detect enemy shells and missiles using radar stations, as well as sound-metric systems equipped only with acoustic sensors, which have significant errors in determining the positions of enemy artillery.