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Russia Conducts Simulated Launches of Iskander-M Missiles

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An Iskander-M missile unit of Russia’s Eastern Military District performed a computer-simulated launch of one of Russia’s most advanced rockets during a snap drill, the RMD’s press spokesman Alexander Gordeyev said Friday.

"Members of a missile brigade of the Eastern Military District deployed Iskander-M missile complexes at the Bidzhan test range and performed electronically simulated launches as part of a test check for the winter training season," Colonel Gordeyev said.

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The Iskander-M tactical missile system (also referred to as NATO's reporting name SS-26 Stone) is considered to be among the most advanced surface-to-surface missiles available today.

The system is characterized by high mobility and maneuverability, as it takes just 20 minutes to be readied for launch.

The system is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, with a precision of around 30 centimeters.

It can hit adversary troops or underground command centers, depending on the warheads placed on the rockets. If necessary, its missiles can also be armed with nuclear warheads.

The advanced missile system has been used by the Russian military since 2006.

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