Russia to develop improved variant of ISKANDER missile

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The State Corporation Rostec has announced a plans to develop an improved variant of Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile system for the Russian armed forces.

According to the company, Rostec is planning to improve its operational-tactical missile systems in the next ten years. After 2020, the upgraded version of PTRC Iskander-M will be presented.

The improved variant of Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile system will have an increased range and will be based on the new highly mobile wheeled platform.

The Iskander-M system is equipped with two solid-propellant single-stage guided missiles, model 9M723K1. Each one is controlled throughout the entire flight path and fitted with an inseparable warhead. Each missile in the launch carrier vehicle can be independently targeted in a matter of seconds.

Range: published 415 km, rumoured 500 km. Flight altitude up to 6–50 km, stealth missile, controlled at all stages, not ballistic flight path. The intense maneuvering on takeoff and descent complicates prediction of target. Missile constantly maneuvers during the flight.


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