KBM supplied dozens 400 km-range ballistic missiles for Russia

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MOSCOW ($1=60.85 Russian Rubles) — Just a day ago, on November 19, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation disclosed that a missile unit of the Central Military District had been re-armed with the Avangard hypersonic missile system. The system went to a missile division in the Orenburg region and was of the silo launcher type.

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Today it became clear that the Russian Federation continues to rearm its missile forces. According to the latest press release from the Russian Ministry of Defense, also dated November 19, all missile divisions on the territory of the Russian Federation have been rearmed with additional units of Iskander-M ballistic missile systems.

Iskander-M is a mobile missile system. It has two launchers for two missiles. Each of the missiles is a 9M723, which is quasi-ballistic. The range of the missile is just over 400 km, but according to some claims [slokhs, unproven], it can reach a target at 500 km. The 9M723 is a stealth missile capable of carrying a nuclear payload. The maximum speed of the rocket is between Mach 6-7.

The 9M723 has a ballistic trajectory during flight, but it can be controlled by the missile operations center. From launch to impact, the missile maneuvers continuously. Maneuvering at the end is done to counter, by avoiding an opposing interceptor.

The developer and manufacturer of the ballistic missile system of the Iskander family is the Russian state enterprise KB Mashinostroyeniya or KBM. Besides Iskander, KBM produces other key Russian weapon systems, including the famous Soviet tactical ballistic missile OTR-21 Tochka and the mobile theater ballistic missile OTR-23 Oka.

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The rearmament of the Russian missile forces with Iskander-M takes place on the official holiday of the Russian missile forces. Along with new missile systems, Russian troops have re-armed themselves with rocket artillery and artillery compounds. These are the volley fire systems of the Tornado family. One part of supplied systems is for the long-range and another part for the delivery is small range. Currently, in the territory of Ukraine, Russia uses these Tornado systems.

In addition to volley fire systems, Russian artillery units have also received new Msta-S self-propelled howitzers. This howitzer is also used in Ukraine. Msta-S are the most successful and long-range Russian self-propelled howitzer. Ukrainian armed forces have managed to destroy or capture a small amount in recent months.

This combat vehicle can operate in the “wave of fire” mode, during which several shells fired from one gun at different angles simultaneously reach the target, thereby increasing the density of fire and ensuring guaranteed destruction of the enemy.

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The delivery of all these weapons systems and missiles comes at a time when the US and Ukraine are questioning Russia’s stockpile of artillery shells, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that such claims from Washington intensified in the last 48 hours after it became clear that the Russian army launched a nuclear cruise missile that fell in Kyiv. The Kh-55, however, had a deliberately dismantled nuclear warhead and an empty block imitating a warhead. This again fueled claims that Russia may be depleting its stockpile of conventional warheads.

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