Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Truck crashes into Russian tactical missile system

A huge transporter carrying tactical ballistic missiles appears to have been involved in a car crash in Russia.

An image has emerged on social media that shows the aftermath of a bad car crash involving a Russian short-range ballistic missile system and a truck carrying bottles of water.

The accident occurred on Friday near the city of Armavir, near the turn of Kurganinsk in the Krasnodar region.

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The military vehicle involved in the accident was Iskander’s transporter and loader vehicle on the MZKT-79306 chassis. The missile carrier did not suffer much, but the crew have been injured.

The 9K720 Iskander is a nuclear-capable Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by the Russian military.

According to Russian sources, the Iskander 9M723-series of quasi-ballistic missiles have a range of 400-500 kilometers (250-310 miles), while the 9M728/R-500 ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) — frequently erroneously referred to as the Iskander-K — possesses a range of under 500 km. The export variant, the 9M720 has a reduced range of 280 km while carrying a 480 kg payload.

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