“We purchased six [Iskander] systems in 2010, and plan to acquire up to 120 more,” Bulgakov told a news conference in Moscow on Monday.
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.
According to the Moscow Centre for Strategy and Technology Analysis, the Iskander-M system was combat-tested in the brief war with Georgia in August 2008, and it proved highly effective in destroying military targets and infrastructure.
Russia threatened to deploy Iskander-M tactical missiles in its Kaliningrad Region, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania, if the alliance placed elements of its proposed “missile shield” close to Russian borders.
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