Russia re-equips armed forces with modern Iskander-M missile system as war escalates

The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that all missile troops of its armed forces have been re-equipped with modern and unique Iskander-M missile systems. “Currently, all missile forces have been re-equipped with the modern Iskander-M missile system, which has no analogues in the world,” the ministry said in a statement. Citing the ministry’s statement, Sputnik News also reported that rocket and artillery formations are armed with “modern samples” that “have been successfully used in special military operations.”

According to information from Sputnik, the ministry clarified that “Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) are delivered for large and medium caliber rocket formations.” The ministry also claimed that the arsenals of “artillery units continue to be replenished with upgrades”. The statement claims that the vehicle is capable of operating in a “barrage of fire” which hits the target with intensity and guarantees the defeat of the enemy.

What is the Iskander-M missile system?

The Iskander-M missile system is a carrier-erector launch system as well as a short-range ballistic missile exclusively used by the Russian military. The system, which was successfully launched in 1996, is used to fire ground-launched cruise missiles. The mobile ballistic missile system is designed to destroy a variety of ground targets at a range of over 300 miles.

In August, Russian defense spokesman Igo Konashenkov claimed that a Russian Iskander missile hit a train station in eastern Ukraine, killing around 200 Ukrainian soldiers. According to Sputnik News, while speaking to the media, Konashenkov said: “As a result of a direct hit of an Iskander missile on a military echelon at the Chaplino railway station in the Dnepropetrovsk region, more than 200 reservists of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and 10 units of military equipment were destroyed as they headed towards the combat zone in the Donbass, he added: “A high-precision strike by the Russian Aerospace Forces near the settlement of Novy Bug in the Nikolayev region destroyed a command post of the Kakhovka Ukrainian troop grouping.Equipment with the Iskander-M missile system made the whole world more worried about the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian war.