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Missile Forces and Artillery Chief Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky said “scientific groundwork” had already been laid for the new system. He said: “The Iskander-M will comply with modern requirements for quite a long time and will remain the basic weapon for the missile forces and artillery at least until 2030.”
Substantial scientific groundwork is already availablefor the new weapon’s development
Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky
The General continued: “As for the future weapon, we can say that quite substantial scientific groundwork is already available today for its development.
“The Iskander-M tactical missile system is unique and its upgraded potential has been tapped by less than a half.”
General Matveyevsky said Russia was currently carrying out scientific work on the concept of advanced rocket artillery armament while upgrading the capabilities of existing weapon systems.
He said Russian artillery troops were receiving upgraded Tornado-G medium-calibre multiple launch rocket systems and modernised Tornado-S launchers.
The Iskander-M tactical missile system has a range of just over 300 miles.
It is designed to strike low-sized and site targets such as missile launchers, multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery, aircraft and helicopters at aerodromes, command posts and communications centres.
The move is yet another sign Vladimir Putin is beefing up his weaponry amid tensions with the US and Europe.
Earlier this month the Chief Designer of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology revealed the Kremlin will complete rearming its Strategic Missile Force with Yars silo-based and mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) by 2024.
Yuri Solomonov said: “I believe everything is moving towards the situation that the old grouping will be fully rearmed with Yars missile systems by 2024.”
The ICBM has been developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology under the supervision of Mr Solomonov.
The Yars development is a modification of the Topol-M missile system.
According to reports, six missile divisions have already been rearmed with the Yars mobile ICBMs in Russia.
The first regiment to be armed with these road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles assumed combat duty in 2011.
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Back in September, Russia’s Defence Ministry announce the Strategic Missile Force’s missile division in Siberia had been enhanced with Yars ICBMs.
Last month, Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister, revealed 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 their missile formations with the latest Yars, Avangard and Sarmat systems.
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