Introduced in the 1980s in order to replace the relatively unsophisticated Shilka, the Tunguska was originally armed with a set of two 30mm autocannons and four surface-to-air missiles. A new version of the vehicle was adopted during the modernisation of Russia's military arsenal in the 2030s. The Tunguska-SM essentially combined the sturdy tracked chassis of the original model with the more advanced weapon platform and targeting systems of the lighter Pantsir-S1 truck, making it one of the most reliable self-propelled anti-aircraft weapons in the world.
Nothing more than a lightly armored vehicle carrying machine guns and AA missiles, this unit must be protected against tanks. Although it does not come cheap, with the Mass Production upgrade, you can mass enough to protect your armored columns against helicopter raids. Like most tier 0 AA vehicle, the Tunguska is also effective against infantry.
Although excelling against helicopters, the same could not be said for aircraft; aircraft like the Raptor and Nighthawk could bypass Tunguskas or destroy them outright; that work, therefore, has to be relegated to Russia's heavy anti-aircraft vehicle, the S-300P Grumble.
- Can attack both air and ground targets
- Can use smoke grenades to distract enemy fire
- Vehicle wreck can be recovered
- Very effective against infantry
- Can fire while moving
- Missiles cannot attack ground targets
- Not effective against jet aircraft
- Cannons are not effective against tanks
- Weak armor