MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti)
- Russia Repeats Iskander Deployment Threat
- Russian army to receive 120 Iskander tactical missile systems
- Western military district gets first Iskander tactical missile system
- Russia to deploy Iskander missiles in all military districts
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will hold a meeting in Kolomna in the Moscow Region on Monday to discuss modernizing production facilities for Iskander tactical missile launchers, the government’s press office reported on Sunday.
The meeting will be held on the premises of the Kolomna Machine-Building Design Bureau and will also be attended by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, heads of core ministries and departments and defense enterprises.
Russia is currently building and modernizing the production capacities of 17 core enterprises for the serial production and deliveries of Iskander-M tactical missile launchers. Total investments from the federal budget and the enterprises’ own funds are estimated at 40 billion rubles ($1.25 billion).
The Iskander-M system (NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) is a mobile theater missile system equipped with two solid-propellant single-stage 9M723K1 guided missiles with "quasi-ballistic" capability.
The missiles have a range of 400 km (250 miles) and can reportedly carry conventional and nuclear warheads.
Moscow reiterated in late April it may deploy Iskander theater ballistic missiles in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad that will be capable of effectively engaging elements of the U.S. missile defense system in Poland.
The missile defense system in Poland does not jeopardize Russia’s nuclear forces, Army General Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, previously said.
“However, if it is modernized…it could affect our nuclear capability and in that case a political decision may be made to deploy Iskander systems in the Kaliningrad region,” he said.
“But that will be a political decision,” he stressed. “So far there is no such need.”
NATO members agreed to create a missile shield over Europe to protect it against ballistic missiles launched by so-called rogue states, for example Iran and North Korea, at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010.
Russia has strongly criticized NATO’s reluctance to provide written, legally binding guarantees that its European missile shield will not be directed against Moscow.
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- SirkoA Ridiculous Statement23:32, 22/07/2012"The missile defense system in Poland does not jeopardize Russia’s nuclear forces, Army General Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, previously said."
- arsanlupinHave you forgotten?04:11, 24/07/2012The radar installation the Czech Republic and the interceptor installation in Poland were cancelled by president Obama in September, 2009. (They were a stupid idea from the start, as were so many ideas from the 2nd Bush administration. Good riddance to bad rubbish.) On September 18, 2009, Russian Prime Minister Putin welcomed Obama's plans for stationing American Aegis defense warships in the Black Sea.
Let’s try to keep up with current events, people!
If at all possible, let’s also maintain our math skills beyond the need to take off our shoes when counting past ten. Missile defense in southeast Europe would have the ability to intercept ballistic missiles targeting Europe ONLY from the Middle East – far south of anything Russia is capable of fielding. They would interfere with Russian ICBM’s only if they were being launched against Africa! It’s all in the numbers – and it isn’t all THAT hard to understand.
Iran has been a central Russian ally in the Middle East, despite considerable tensions between the two. But by renewing dialogue with the West, the new Iranian leadership has chosen another direction. The shifting terrain in the region creates new strategic, political and economic challenges for Russia.