Russia plans to improve its Iskander short-range ballistic missile system

  • Mirka Pavlíková
  • 28.8.2017 10:37

On Tuesday 22 August, Russia announced a plan to develop a new improved variant of the mobile short-range ballistic missile system called Iskander. The improved version will have a boosted range and a new highly mobile wheeled platform. The missile system is currently deployed in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad near the Baltic states. The improved version should be ready in about ten years.

The modernisation and deployment of the mobile ballistic system can destabilise relations between Russia and NATO, namely with the Baltic states, who are in permanent uncertainty about Russia’s unclear intentions at NATO's eastern border. Another worrying issue besides the missile system modernisation is Russia's massive Zapad military exercise planned to roll out in a few weeks. The Baltic countries fear that this demonstration of power may turn out to be similar to the actions in Crimea in 2014. Moreover, Lithuanian officials inform about massive information war against their country by Russia. According to NATO officials, the Alliance’s military presence in the region is needed as a security guarantee for its members.

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