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.


Russian Baltic Fleet marines perform naval landing from world’s biggest hovercraft

The landing was a part of a military drill

“The crew of The Yevgeniy Koshechkov, the world’s biggest aircushion amphibious ship has successfully performed the tactical assignment to establish a party of marines on an unimproved beach near the Kmelyovka testing range,” he said

The ship’s artillery simulated bringing down an aerial attack vehicle and an onshore battery of the simulated enemy and cut up a corridor for the marines. The landing party got to the shore on BTR-82A armored personnel carriers where it drilled a breaking through the defense lines of the simulated enemy, Capt. Matveyev said.

The Yevgeny Koshechkov and its twin, The Mordovia, belong to The Zubr family of ships and are the largest operational aircushion amphibious ships. They can move on land surface and swamps and drop landing parties deep inside the enemy defenses.

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.

Missile Forces Drills From Baltic Fleet Kick Off in Russia’s Kaliningrad

Tochka short-range tactical ballistic missile launched from test area in the Kaliningrad Region

Defense Ministry’s Western Military Region for the Baltic Fleet’s press service said that joint Missile Forces from the Baltic Fleet have begun in Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad.


MOSCOW (Sputnik) Joint Missile Forces from the Baltic Fleet have begun in Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad, the Defense Ministry’s Western Military Region for the Baltic Fleet’s press service said Tuesday.“Upon arrival at the assigned region, the missile forces will complete exercises on the deployment of complexes in unprepared positioned regions…and the military servicemen of the joint forces will in the end develop a complex of drills with the tasks of multiple changes to starting positions without any live fire,” the press service said in a statement.

Exercises will be held in Kaliningrad until the end of March, the press service said.

The Baltic Fleet carried out similar exercises last October, in accordance with its combat training plans.

The drills included the simulated destruction of enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups and passing contaminated areas, according to the Defense Ministry.

The Kaliningrad Region is Russia’s westernmost exclave, bordering Poland and Lithuania.

In 2008, Russia made international headlines when it announced it could place Iskander missile systems in Kaliningrad on a permanent basis in response to NATO deploying its missile shield close to Russian borders. The move would enable Russia to hit targets in Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

Russian Defense Ministry says no Russian warplane violated Estonia’s airspace


December 29, 21:49 UTC+3
A Russian An-72 transport plane was conducting a preplanned mission in the area but didn’t violate other countries’ airspace

An-72 (archive)

An-72 (archive)

MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry has refuted allegations of a Russian Air Force plane violating Estonia’s airspce, the press service of the ministry said Monday.

The press service said a Russian An-72 transport plane was conducting a preplanned mission from Saint Petersburg to Russi’a westermost Kaliningrad Region. The plane flew over neutral waters of the Baltic sea in strict compliance with the international rules and with no violation of air space of Estonia or any other state, the press service said.

NATO raises number of warplanes in Eastern Europe

Chief Commander of Russia’s Air Force Colonel General Viktor Bondarev earlier said that NATO has raised the number of its aircraft at airfields in NATO states in Eastern Europe using the current crisis in Ukraine as a pretext. The number of tactical fighter jets patrolling the air space in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia with deployment at airbases Zokniai in Lithuania and Amari in Estonia has been increased 3.5 times, he said. Meanwhile, US and NATO air squadrons of up to 12 tactical fighter jets have been deployed additionally at Polish airbases in Malbork and Minsk Mazowiecki and Campia Turzii in Romania on a rotation basis since the start of this year.

Russian military completes rapid-deployment drills in Kaliningrad

FILE PHOTO: A state-of-the-art Iskander-M short-range tactical missile system (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)

FILE PHOTO: A state-of-the-art Iskander-M short-range tactical missile system (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)


The Russian military has concluded a massive surprise drill in the Kaliningrad region to test the combat readiness of some 9,000 troops and 642 vehicles, including tactical Iskander-M ballistic missile systems rapidly deployed from the mainland.


The drills took place December 5-10, the head of the main Operation Directorate of General Staff, Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov announced on Tuesday. Military units and formations deployed in the Western Military District were brought to their highest level of combat readiness at 7 p.m. Moscow time on December 5.


The exercises involved missile and artillery units, mechanized infantry, airborne troops and marines, division reconnaissance, communications, logistics, as well as the crews of combat and military transport aircraft and helicopters, and vessels of the Baltic Fleet.

Tactical Iskander-M ballistic missile systems of the Western Military District’s missile brigade were rapidly transferred from Russia’s mainland to conduct off-the-march combat training tasks. Within two days, two brigades were deployed in Kaliningrad by the military transport aircraft and vessels of the Baltic Fleet.

Meanwhile, the Air Defense forces repelled a simulated attack of the maneuver enemy on strategic government and military installations. The tactical border protection exercises also included sea and underwater drills.

A fully operational and self-sufficient interspecific group of troops was created within a “very short period of time,” Kartapolov said, adding that currently all the units taking part in tactical exercises have returned to the places of their permanent deployment.

In 2014, the Russian military held numerous maneuvers in several districts of Russia, including two major exercise events – Vostok-2014 and Russia-China Naval Interaction-2014. Vostok 2014 was the most prominent military drill, held in 11 areas in the Far Eastern part of Russia with about 150,000 people participating.

Radar in the Kaliningrad coast will control all airspace over Western Europe and the North Atlantic

Radar in the Kaliningrad coast will control all airspace over Western Europe and the North Atlantic

Nezavisimaya gazeta 26.06.2014

In the Kaliningrad region the state testing of being on pilot duty radar “Voronezh DM.” has started. Construction of the station started in 2010. Except for the radar in an area of 136 hectares was created a cantonment with engineering and utilities and social infrastructure. After completing the tests, designed for three months, the station will be transferred to the military for continuous operation