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    Russia's Southern Military District Holds Iskander Missile System Drills

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    The missile divisions of Russia’s Southern Military District have practiced using the Iskander [NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone] tactical missile systems in the country’s region of Astrakhan, the district said in a statement Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "During the active phase of the training, the crews of the Iskander-M operational tactical missile system completed missile attacks on various ground targets and infrastructure sites of a simulated enemy, located 300 kilometers [186 miles] away," the statement said.

    The 9K720 Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) is a Russian mobile short-range ballistic missile system, which entered into service in 2006 to replace the OTR-23 Oka missile system, retired following the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union.

    Iskander missiles are nuclear-capable and can engage a wide range of targets, from enemy military units to underground command centers.

    The Iskander is characterized by its high mobility and maneuverability, as it takes just 20 minutes to put the system in operational readiness.

    Tests of the latest missile for Russia's Iskander tactical missile system are set to be completed by the end of 2015, according to the the bureau which designed the system.

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