Russia tests new missile for 9K720 Iskander SRBM system

The Russian Defense Ministry has tested a new missile for the Iskander short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system, TASS news agency reported citing an official.

The testing was conducted at the Kapustin Yar testing ground in southern Russia’s Astrakhan Region, Maj. Gen. Oleg Kislov, the chief of the testing range, was quoted as saying to the reporters.

“Among the most significant events recently held [at the training ground] is the completion of inter-departmental trials of a new missile for the Iskander missile system,” Kislov said.

About 9K720 Iskander:

9K720 Iskander (Russian: «Искандер»; NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) is a mobile short-range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by Russia.

The missile systems (Искандер-М) are to replace the obsolete OTR-21 Tochka systems, still in use by the Russian armed forces, by 2020.

The system is capable of hitting other missile systems, multiple rocket launchers, long-range artillery, aircraft and helicopters at airfields and command and communication centers up to 500 kilometers away.

The missile travels at hypersonic speed of 2100–2600 m/s (Mach 6–7) at a height of 50 km. The Iskander-M weighs 4615 kg, carries a warhead of 710–800 kg and achieves a circular error probable (CEP) of 5–7 meters.

It is rumored that during flight it can maneuver at different altitudes and trajectories and can turn at up to 20 to 30 G to evade anti-ballistic missiles

The maximum power for the nuclear warhead is 50 kiloton TNT (Iskander-M).

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