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Russia’s ‘Penicillin’ Anti-Artillery System Suppresses Fire in Five Seconds Flat


This message brought to you by the same people who said the entire USS Cook system was taken offline by one aircraft in 2014, and again in 2015.  By the same people who said, “one bomb” can disrupt the electronics of the entire United States. By the same folks who have made countless outrageous claims since the resurrection of the Russian propaganda mechanism – since the popular uprising in Maidan, through the Russian takeover of Crimea and the invasion of Ukraine, and through the US and French elections.

In other words, this article in Sputnik is probably blown way out of proportion.  It is most likely completely bogus, but at a minimum is off by a factor of ten. Sputnik and RT are certified Russian propaganda outlets.

I sent a request for a statement to a fairly large number of EW experts.  They all said ‘Russia is full of crap but you can’t use my name’.  

This system is indeed passive and cannot be easily found.

Problem issues will be all in the accuracy of the  acoustic capability, because sound does not really travel in straight lines near the ground, especially in complex terrain. You get complicated and unpredictable fading effects, as the sound wave interferes with itself, and bounces off terrain features. Consider using human ears to track a low flying helicopter – not easily done with any accuracy.

The infrared tracker will not work with low cloud or fog or haze, since IR signals get soaked up by atmospheric moisture like water by a sponge 🙂 On a bad day unusable, on a good day, excellent.

Summer in an open steppe or flat farmland this might work well. The rest of the time all bets are off.

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13:33 14.05.2017

This week, Ruselectronics, the company behind the ‘Penicillin’ automated artillery reconnaissance system, announced that the advanced new system would go into production in less than two years’ time, with state trials expected to wrap up soon. ‘Penicillin’ is able to pinpoint the location of enemy artillery less than five seconds after firing.

In a press release published Thursday, Ruselectronics, a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec state-owned technology corporation, confirmed that mass production of the new artillery reconnaissance system would begin in early 2019. The St. Petersburg-based Vector Research Institute, part of Ruselectronics, is tasked with developing the system.

Relying on a combination of visible and infrared imaging, along with acoustic and seismic signals, ‘Penicillin’ can detect the firing positions of enemy artillery, mortars, MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems), anti-aircraft and tactical missiles, and adjust friendly artillery suppression fire accordingly.

Unlike traditional tactics for adjusting artillery fire, which include the use of scouts operating close to the frontlines, ‘Penicillin’ works at safe distances away from the enemy, and can operate in automatic mode, without a human operator. This allows for precise artillery reconnaissance without risking the lives of army personnel.

The mobile system, mounted aboard a Kamaz-6350 chassis, operates in a combat radius up to 25 km wide. It consists of the 1B75 electro-optical module, which works in the infrared and visible spectrum using imagining cameras placed on a telescopic boom, and several ground-installed 1B76 sound and seismic receivers; the system receives and processes thermal, acoustic and seismic signals from enemy fire, calculating their location and transmitting the data to friendly artillery in less than five seconds. The system works at any time day or night.

‘Penicillin’ can coordinate the fire of a single friendly artillery battery, or that of an entire division. The system also sends its data to commanders using an automated system of control on the tactical and operational level, with a radio communications range of up to 40 km.

Trials carried out at a range outside the city of Orenburg, 1,500 southeast of Moscow have already demonstrated the system’s reliability and efficiency, and confirmed that the system’s characteristics and capabilities match those declared by developers.Lieutenant-General Sergei Bakanev, the head of St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Military Artillery University, has offered high praise for the system, saying that its effectiveness is double or more that of existing systems. Even in conditions of massed enemy shelling, ‘Penicillin’ is capable of accurately mapping out 90% of enemy firing points, thus allowing for near-instantaneous retaliation.

A BM-21 Grad multiple-rocket launcher. Large-scale artillery drills at Chebarkul firing range in Chelyabinsk region, Volga-Ural Military District.
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A BM-21 Grad multiple-rocket launcher. Large-scale artillery drills at Chebarkul firing range in Chelyabinsk region, Volga-Ural Military District.

According to independent military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov, one of the main advantages of the Penicillin is that it is a passive detection system. “That is, unlike radar-based counter-battery systems, Penicillin does not emit radio waves, which can be detected and suppressed by enemy artillery, missile or ground attack aircraft fire. Penicillin is not afraid of anti-radar missiles,” he wrote.

Source: https://sputniknews.com/military/201705141053601059-penicillin-artillery-system/

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