Putin continues to maintain tension in Europe through exercises with Iskander-M tactical missiles. The 26th Missile Brigade located at the base near Luga, Russia, Photographed by ISI during a loading training on the Iskander (SS-26) vehicle.
The 26th Missile Brigade is one of the veteran tactical missiles brigades in the Russian army. “The 26th Missile Brigade rearmed with Iskander missiles in 2011 and 2013 was set to be supplied with the modernized version (including an extended range)”, according to osw.waw.pl.
Russian news media reported that the first of the three Missile Battalions at Luga had completed training, and the Iskander accepted for service on July 8, 2014. [Source: fas.org]. According to estimates, Iskander missiles range 500 km. “U.S. officials said the main INF violation had been multiple tests since 2008 of a new cruise missile identified as the R-500, which has a range of about 1,243 miles “, Reports the washingtontimes.
The Iskander system is composed of a command and staff vehicle, life support vehicle, transporter loader vehicle (TLV), mobile data processing center, maintenance vehicle and Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL). Two types of missiles utilize this system: The 9M723, a ballistic missile, and the R-500/9M728, a cruise missile. [Source: jamestown]
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