Panda Hobby 1/35 Russian 2S6M/TOR-M1 Tunguska Air Defense Self Propelled Gun Kit
The 2S6 Tunguska (NATO designation SA-19 Grison) was developed to replace the ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled anti-aircraft gun and 9K31 Strela-1 and Strela-1M2 mobile surface-to-air missile systems. It is worth mentioning that the ZSU-23-4 had no early warning and struggled to counter new ground attack aircraft, such as the A-10 Thunderbolt II, designed to have resistance to 23-mm cannon rounds. Soviet analysis indicated, that 30-mm ammunition would be much more lethal. The Tunguska (also referred as the 2K22) is a low-level air defense gun/missile system. Its development began in mid-70s and first prototypes were completed in 1980. Some sources claim, that its design was heavily influenced by the German Gepard SPAAG. The vehicle was accepted to service with the Soviet Army and deliveries commenced in 1982. The 2S6 Tunguska and its variants are currently in service with Russia, Belarus, India, Morocco and Ukraine.