The Russian military conducted its first nighttime launches of missiles of operational-tactical complexes “Iskander-M”, of particular concern to NATO. This was done during the exercise of rocket connection Central military district near Orenburg, reports RIA “Novosti”.
“Officers missile connection CVO perform combat training launches at night from the PTRC “Iskander-M” at the methodical collection in the Orenburg region”, – quotes Agency the press service of the CVO.
During the exercise the rocket scientists work out the problem in full, including in collaboration with other departments and in an environment as close to combat, reads the press release.
It is noteworthy that the first night test “Iskander” carried out in Day of missile forces and artillery of the Russian Federation.
It is also worth Recalling that, on 10 November, President Vladimir Putin promised to prepare a new response to the deployment of the American missile defence system in Europe, the real purpose of which, according to him, is not as declared.
Russia will take retaliatory measures to strengthen its strategic nuclear forces, will develop a shock system capable of overcoming any missile defense system, the President said.
Moscow earlier threatened a tough response to the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system, including the placement of “Iskanders” near the borders of NATO. In June, the defense Ministry repeated the threat to place these missile systems in Kaliningrad region – the westernmost region of the Russian Federation – in response to the deployment of American weapons in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States.
Along the way, the Russian military actively equip the “Iskander” missile connections in different regions and conducted combat training launches. So, 18 November the second “Iskander-M” entered service of the southern military district troops, reports the defense Ministry.
According to the Agency, the missile’s armed forces in the framework of the tactical exercises held in September and October at the Kapustin Yar, completed combat launches of “Iskander-M”, practicing to launch rocket attacks on various ground targets and the infrastructure of the imaginary enemy at a distance of 300 km.
Earlier, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu promised that all missile brigades of the country will be rearmed with Iskanders by 2018.
“Iskander” is a family of tactical missile systems, the development of which was started in 1988. For the first time publicly presented in August 1999. Firing range of up to 500 kilometers. “Iskander” is designed to destroy small and area targets: missile systems, jet systems of volley fire, long-range artillery, aircraft and helicopters at airfields, command posts and communications nodes.