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Russians Want to Put Pantsir SAM On an Armored Train

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russia's armored train / Illustrative image from open sources
russia's armored train / Illustrative image from open sources

It seems that this is how the occupiers hope to protect their railway logistics from the strikes by Ukraine’s military

The propagandists of russia’s media uploaded a diagram of the probable construction of one of their armored trains, which will protect the communications of russia’s army in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

The picture indicates that this armored train can have two "covering carriages", one platform with the ZU-23-2, both sleeping and staff cars, platforms with a radio station and EW devices, one or two locomotives. And as "additional modules" to this armored train, the occupiers can attach a platform with a tank or an APC, engineering equipment, or even a platform with the Pantsir-S1 air defense system.

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The composition of one of russia armored trains / Open source photo

Installing the Pantsir SAM on an armored train looks as irrational as the decision to install ship's 2M-3 anti-aircraft gun from the 1940s on the MT-LB.

The russians might believe that a platform with such a system as part of an armored train can provide an anti-aircraft "umbrella" around a railway line with a radius of up to 10 km, which in theory will cover from UAV attacks or even the M142 HIMARS.

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russia's Yenisei armored train, June 2022 / Open source photo

In addition to everything else, such a "binding" to armored trains may indicate that russia is now extremely dependent on the regularity of the delivery of ammunition by rail. That is why the enemy army is engaged in such things as putting the Pantsir-S1 on an armored train.

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The ChME3 diesel locomotive converted into an armored locomotive for the Volga armored train, January 2023 / Credits: Necro Mancer twitter profile
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