Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Russia upgrades Iskander missiles to strike targets in Ukraine

Russia has implemented modifications to its Iskander missile systems, incorporating lessons learned from the war in Ukraine into its design.

Reports indicate that ballistic missiles, specifically the 9M723 missiles utilized by the Iskander-M tactical missile system, have undergone enhancements to strike targets in Ukraine.

Analysis of missile remnants recovered from recent strikes in Ukraine suggests that the previous use of radio-emitting decoy warheads, designed to distract Ukrainian air defense systems by emitting false radio signals, has been replaced. These decoys have been replaced with additional satellite signal-resistant receivers, akin to those used in glide bombs and Iranian-made Shahed suicide drones.


One of the founded missiles revealed the integration of a protected, interference-resistant GPS module known as the Kometa-R8.

This shift in design indicates a reassessment by Russian engineers, prioritizing the enhancement of missile resilience and accuracy over the use of decoys.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more