Bad News for Bad Guys: Russia Decides to Export Iskander Missile Complexes

Exercises for installing Iskander missile system

 

Short-range nuclear-capable Iskander missile complexes will be offered for export.

Russia’s largest arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, plans in the future to offer the country’s Iskander missile system (NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) on the foreign market, Rosoboronexport General Director Anatoly Isaikin said Tuesday.“The Iskander [missile system] will be offered for export in the future,” Isaikin told journalists without specifying the possible date for future export deliveries.

Russian servicemen equip an Iskander tactical missile system at the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2015
Russian servicemen equip an Iskander tactical missile system at the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2015

Iskander-M is a Russian mobile short-range ballistic missile system, which entered into service in 2006. Iskander missiles are nuclear-capable and can engage a wide range of targets, from enemy military units to underground command centers.

The Iskander is characterized by its high mobility and maneuverability, as it takes just 20 minutes to put the system in operational readiness.

Tests of the latest missile for Russia’s Iskander tactical missile system are set to be completed by the end of 2015, according to the the bureau which designed the system

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Saudi FM certain contract on Russian Iskander missile supplies will be signed soon

Over the past two months there have been several visits by Saudi Arabia’s military delegations to Russia

 

MOSCOW, August 11. /TASS/. Saudi Arabia is discussing buying Russia’s Iskander tactical missile systems, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

“Saudi Arabia is set to intensify relations with Russia in all the spheres, including in the military field,” al-Jubeir said.

In general, the deliveries of Russian armaments are being actively discussed and a contract may be signed soon, the Saudi foreign minister said.

“In the past two months, our military delegations have made several visits to Russia to hold substantive talks on the types of armaments,” he said.

“I’m sure such a contract will be signed soon,” he added.

Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems are capable of hitting both small-size and large-area targets at a distance of up to 500 km to destroy missile and multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery guns, aircraft and helicopters at aerodromes, command posts and communications centers.

The Iskander tactical ballistic missile complex includes a launcher, a loader-transporter, a routine maintenance vehicle, a command post vehicle, an information post, an ammunition equipment set and training aids.

Russia Stations Iskander Missiles in Kaliningrad: NATO Cries Wolf

Exercises for installing Iskander missile system

The deployment of Iskander-M missile complexes in Kaliningrad will “fundamentally change the balance of security in Europe,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a speech at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday.
 

Stoltenberg described Moscow’s actions as “unjustified, destabilizing and dangerous” while adding that the alliance did not wish to deepen its confrontation with Russia.In Moscow President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov dismissed the NATO chief’s words about Moscow allegedly using military drills as a cover for moving troops to Ukrainian territory as “irrelevant.”

On Wednesday, Czech General Petr Pavel who will assume office of Chairman of the NATO Military Committee on June 1, 2015, said that Russia is capable of seizing the Baltic countries and the Ukrainian capital of Kiev within two days.

The general also believes that if Russia launched an offensive then NATO forces would be incapable of repelling the attack.

Major General Mikhail Matvievsky, chief of Strategic Missile Forces and the Artillery of the Russian Ground Forces, said earlier this month that a missile brigade redeployed to the Kaliningrad region would be equipped with Iskander-M complexes before 2018.

The Iskander-M (also referred to as NATO’s reporting name SS-26 Stone) is characterized by high mobility and maneuverability, as it takes just 20 minutes to place the system in operational readiness.

The system is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, with a precision of around 30 centimeters. It can hit adversary troops or underground command centers, depending on the warheads placed on the rockets.

The system can also fire high-precision R-500 cruise missiles.

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Russian arms exporter ready to sell Iskander ballistic missile systems abroad

 

April 14,  RIO DE JANEIRO
The designing bureau was preparing a contract to sell Iskander to a foreign buyer earlier but the agreement was not signed for political reasons

© AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev 

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 14. /TASS/. Russia’s main arms exporter Rosoboronexport is ready to sell Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems abroad once the necessary amount of production has been reached under the state defense order, a specialist from the company designing the Iskander-E export modification told TASS at LAAD 2015 Defense and Security International Exhibition.

“Successful implementation of the state defense order has created conditions for advancing them to the global market,” said a representative from Vysokotochnye Kompleksy Holding, which incorporates the Kolomenskoye Mechanical Engineering Design Bureau (KBM) designing the export modification.

He said some countries were eyeing the purchase of the state-of-the-art missile system, and Rosoboronexport currently worked on a commercial proposal from one of them. If the proposal suited the potential buyer, Rosoboronexport would sign a contract, the specialist said.

The managing director and general designer of KBM, Valery Kashin, said that previously when the defense order was quite small, the bureau was making active marketing effort, even preparing a contract through Rosoboronexport to sell Iskander to a foreign buyer. However, the agreement was not signed for political reasons.

Kashin said the company dropped efforts to advance the missile systems to the global market after receiving a long-term contract for the Russian army from the Defense Ministry, for which production had to be increased four-or fivefold.

Potential foreign clients were asked to apply for Iskander deliveries no earlier than 2015, he said.

“Now, as we have reached the necessary level of production, we have renewed efforts together with Rosoboronexport to advance the missile system for exports,” he said, adding that they already had proposals.

Ballistic missile systems to be redeployed to Russia’s westernmost region — source

 

March 17,
The Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems will be redeployed to the Kaliningrad region as part of the ongoing snap check of combat readiness in the Russian Armed Forces

© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Savostyanov

MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. The Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems will be redeployed during a surprise inspection of troops to the Kaliningrad region in Russia’s northwest, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS on Tuesday.

“The redeployment of the fighter and bomber aviation is planned to the Kaliningrad region, and the army grouping in the Baltic region will be reinforced with the Iskander missile systems of the Western Military District that will be moved by the large landing ships of the Baltic Fleet,” said the source.

A surprise inspection of the Northern Fleet and separate formations of the Western Military District is being conducted in Russia in the period from March 16 to 21. The snap check involves some 38,000 troops, 3,360 units of military equipment, 41 warships, 15 submarines, 110 warplanes and helicopters.

Kazakhstan May Purchase Russian Iskander Missile Systems

12.08.2014 Siberian Insider

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Kazakhstan has filed a request concerning the deliveries of Russia’s Iskander missile systems. This came in a statement by Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Konstantin Biryulin.

“We have received a request from Kazakhstan, but no decisions have been made so far,” Mr. Biryulin pointed out, adding that both sides are involved in the discussion.

It’s worth noting that Russia’s tactical ballistic missile system Iskander is one of the country’s most powerful missiles. Iskander missiles can use different types of reentry vehicles to engage a wide range of targets, from enemy military units to underground command centers.

Iskander systems were successfully tested in 2007. The Russian Army currently uses its Iskander-M and Iskander-K variants. There is also an export version, dubbed Iskander-E, with just one rocket on the ballistic missile launcher instead of two.

Russia’s Iskander-E Missile System Ready for Deliveries to Other Countries

Iskander-E tactical missile system

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MINSK, July 10 (RIA Novosti) – Iskander-E mobile theater ballistic missile systems are ready for export, awaiting a decision by state authorities, the head of the Russian delegation to arms and military exhibition MILEX-2014 Valery Varlamov said Thursday.

“Iskander-E [NATO reporting name: SS-26 Stone] is ready for deliveries to other countries, as well as S-400 Triumf [NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler], but the state authorities need to approve it first,” Varlamov said.

The representative said that Russia “will deliver [the systems] to any country, if there is such a decision of the president and the government.”

A few years ago, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that S-400 will be produced only in the interests of Russia. Even partners such as Belarus and Kazakhstan will receive them only after the Russian missile defense system is fully equipped, the ministry said.

No such statements have been made about Iskander in public, but in practice the situation is the same, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.

Iskander is one of the country’s most powerful missile strike systems used in the nation’s ground forces. Iskander missiles are nuclear-capable and can make use of different types of reentry vehicles to engage a wide range of targets, from enemy military units to underground command centers.

Iskander systems were successfully tested in 2007. The Russian Army currently uses its Iskander-M and Iskander-K variants. Iskander-E is an export version, with just one rocket on the ballistic missile launcher instead of two, and a range of up to 174 miles