Russian tactical missiles SS-21 Scarab Totchka-U temporarily deployed in South Ossetia 0503111

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Defense News - South Ossetia
 

Saturday, March 05, 2011, 08:16 AM

 

Russian tactical missiles SS-21 Scarab Totchka-U temporarily deployed in South Ossetia.

 
 
A division of operational tactical missiles Totchka-U (SS-21 Scarab NATO code name) was temporarily deployed in South Ossetia within the framework of military exercises, declared 05 March 2011 to RIA Novosti the Russian vice-minister of the Foreign affairs Grigori Karassine.
     
A division of operational tactical missiles Totchka-U (SS-21 Scarab NATO code name) was temporarily deployed in South Ossetia within the framework of military exercises, declared 05 March 2011 to RIA Novosti the Russian vice-minister of the Foreign affairs Grigori Karassine.
Russian tactical missiles Totchka-U (SS-21 Scarab NATO code name) during a military parade
     

“The Totchka-U missiles systems were deployed on the territory of South Ossetia in order to enable them to take part in the exercises of our military base, this deployment is temporary”, indicated the vice-minister, without however specifying the date of their withdrawal.

The diplomat as announced that in the beginning of May, Russia would subject a report to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on manpower of the Russian army present in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The Russian troops are deployed in South Ossetia accordance with a bilateral intergovernmental agreement. The Russian military base is equipped with 41 tanks and 151 armoured vehicles. The number of soldiers is limited to 4.000 people, but it can be modified where necessary.

Totchka-U are tactical missiles with solid fuel with a range of 120 kilometres. They can be equipped with nuclear warheads, with fragmentation or others. They are able to reach targets such as aerodromes, military bases, radar tracking stations, and fuel deposits.

 

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