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Russia deploys Iskander-M mobile tactical missile systems on eastern border of Ukraine

According to information published by the "UKRINFORM" website on April 24, 2022, the Russian army deploys Iskander-M mobile tactical missile launcher vehicles in In Belgorod region, 60 km east of Ukraine’s state border.
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The Russian army has deployed the Iskander-M mobile tactical missile launcher vehicle to conduct military operations on the territory of Ukraine. (Picture source Russian MoD)

Citing information published by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on April 24, 2022, in the Slobozhansky direction, the Russian army increased the grouping of troops by transferring and concentrating additional units in the Belgorod region. Thus, according to available data, 60 km from the state border of Ukraine deployed launchers of ground-to-ground ballistic operational-tactical missile systems 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 Stone).

In recent days Russian forces have concentrated pressure on the eastern part of Ukraine but continue to bombard the whole of Ukraine. With the deployment of Iskander-M missile systems on the east border of Ukraine, Russian troops are on the way to launch a large offensive in the eastern part of Ukraine.

The Iskander 9K72, NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone is a mobile short-range ballistic missile system produced by the Russian defense industry. The missile is mounted to the MAZ-543 truck, the 9P78E is the self-propelled launcher and the 9T250E is the transporter-loader vehicle.

The Iskander SS-26 Stone tactical missile system is designed to destroy enemy weapons, command posts, communications nodes, tactical aircraft parked on airfields, air and missile defense installations and other critical targets in operational depth round the clock and in any season when countered by heavy regular and precision-guided munitions, weapons of mass destruction, as well as anti-missile defense and EW (Electronic Warfare) assets.

The missile of the Iskander is designed for mobile, autonomous operation and is capable of striking point and area targets at ranges of 50 – 280 km. The Iskander-M is an improved version of the Iskander using a new missile able to reach a land target at a range from 400 to 500 km. The missile uses both inertial and optical guidance systems to achieve an accuracy of 10-30 m CEP (Circular Error of Probability). It can carry conventional and nuclear warheads up to 700 kg and employs a maneuverable re-entry vehicle (MaRV) and decoys to defeat theater missile defense systems. It can also use conventional warheads that can be equipped by the Iskander including cluster warheads, fuel-air explosives, bunker-busters, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) warheads.

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