19 Nov 2020
Missile and Artillery Chief Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky said “the scientific basis” has already been laid for the new system. He said: “The Iskander-M will conform to modern requirements for quite a long time and will remain the staple weapon for missile and artillery forces at least until 2030.”
The general continues: “As for the future weapon, we can say that a fairly substantial scientific base is already available today for its development.
“The Iskander-M tactical missile system is unique and its enhanced potential has been exploited by less than half.”
General Matveyevsky said that Russia is currently conducting scientific work on the concept of advanced rocket artillery weaponry while improving the capabilities of existing weapon systems.
He said Russian artillery troops were receiving upgraded Tornado-G medium-caliber multiple rocket launchers and upgraded Tornado-S launchers.
The Iskander-M tactical missile system has a range of just over 300 miles.
It is designed to strike small and on-site targets such as missile launchers, multiple rocket launch systems, long-range artillery, airplanes and helicopters at airfields, command posts and communication centers.
The move is another sign that Vladimir Putin is stepping up his weaponry amid tensions with the United States and Europe.
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Earlier this month, the chief designer of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology revealed that the Kremlin will complete rearm its strategic missile force with Mobile Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) based on Yars silos here. 2024.
Yuri Solomonov said: “I think everything is moving towards the situation that the old group will be fully rearmed with Yars missile systems by 2024.”
The ICBM was developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology under the supervision of Mr. Solomonov.
In September, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Siberian Strategic Missile Force’s missile division had been reinforced with Yar ICBMs.
Last month, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed that two Yars missiles had already been placed in silo launchers in the Kaluga region in central Russia.
Russia currently operates eight types of missile systems and plans to rearm all of its missile formations with the latest Yars, Avangard and Sarmat systems.