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Defence News 07/07/2017
Serbia's MTI develops hybrid air-defence system

Serbia's Military Technical Institute (MTI) has unveiled a self-propelled (SP) hybrid air-defence system that has been designated Pasars.

The platform has been under development since 2016, and consists of a locally developed FAP 2026 (6x6) all-terrain chassis fitted with an armour-protected engine compartment and a fully enclosed and protected two-door crew compartment.

The base vehicle features power steering, and all six wheels are provided with a central tyre inflation system, which enables the driver to adjust the tyre pressure to suit the ground being traversed.

To the immediate rear of the cab is a flatbed on which has been fitted the upper section of a Bofors 40 mm L/70 towed anti-aircraft gun.

The 40 mm L/70 weapon system has unlimited traverse through 360° at a maximum rate of 85°/sec, while elevation is from -4 to 90° at a maximum rate of 45°/sec.

The 40 mm L/70 gun has a maximum effective range of 4,000 m and a cyclic rate of fire up to 300 rds/min. This version of the gun is already fitted with a laser rangefinder and day/night sighting system on the left side. Ammunition is fed in clips from the top, with the empty cartridge cases being ejected forwards of the mount.

An auxiliary power unit (APU) is mounted at the rear of the platform, which powers the weapon mount when the main engine is switched off.

To provide a more stable firing platform four hydraulically operated stabilisers are lowered to the ground, with this function being carried out by the commander seated in the protected cab to the right of the driver.

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