Belarus buys Russian Iskander and S-400 missile systems to face NATO threat

According to information published by the Belarus Press Agency "BELTA" on May 19, 2022, Belarus bought Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems and S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia.
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Belarus confirms the acquisition of Russian-made Iskander ballistic missiles and S-400 air defense missile systems.

A statement was published by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko, that Belarus has bought an undisclosed number of Iskander mobile ballistic missiles and S-400 air defense missile systems to equip Belarus's armed forces.

Ever since NATO enlargement emerged as a reality, Belarus and Russia have increased calls to enhance military integration, and in some instances, turn their military cooperation into a powerful and effective counterbalance to NATO.

By 1999, the Belarusian president began to voice a strong interest in transforming the Belarus Russia Union into a viable counterweight to NATO.85 At the core of repeated government policy statements was the desire to foster an alternative to a unipolar, NATO-centric security system.

Belarus is a strong ally of Russia and allowed Russian forces to launch its attack on Ukraine from its borders. For the whole world, Belarus collaborated with Russia to prepare for the invasion of Ukraine and now also suffers sanctions from Europe. By purchasing Russian equipment, the country wants to further strengthen its military capabilities in the face of the NATO threat.

Iskander Missile SS-26 Stone is a short-range tactical missile system developed and produced in Russia. The missile is designed for mobile, autonomous operation and is capable of striking point and area targets at ranges of 50 – 280 km. The latest version, the Iskander-M is able to reach a target at a distance of up to 400 km.

The S-400 nicknamed Triumf or Triumph, NATO code-named SA-21 Growler is a long-range surface-to-air missile system produced by Almaz-Antey. The missile is designed to engage, ECM, radar-picket, director area, reconnaissance, strategic and tactical aircraft, tactical and theatre ballistic missiles, medium-range ballistic missiles and other current and future air attack assets at a maximum range of 400 km, and an altitude of up to 30 km.