Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu took part in the ritual transfer of brigade sets of operational-tactical missile complex "Iskander-M".
The ceremony was held on Friday at the 60th Combat Training Center application of missile troops and artillery Army in the Astrakhan region. Here one of the missile formations was Brigadier-handed set of rocket complex "Iskander-M. "
"First, — Shoigu said — we sent a team immediately set Armament "Iskander-M", and not to re-equip the compound rocket stages, as it was before. "
"This new approach to the re-equipping of military units will require problem solving to a new level as from enterprises of the military-industrial complex and the Armed Forces. Therefore, the most important thing — to create the necessary infrastructure for the operation of weapons and military equipment, as well as training of personnel ", — said Sergey Shoigu.
The Minister noted that, "despite the fact, no matter how new and modern equipment was not supplied to the troops, exploit it — the people."
"Therefore, production of new missile systems require personnel of the brigade of high professional skills and proficiency," — said the Minister of Defence.
Shoigu noted the report missile brigade commander and personally inspected the battery "Iskander-M" on the starting position, the deployed command post, missiles and warheads.
"During the ceremony, Shoigu said:" The country’s leadership takes unprecedented steps to equip the armed forces with new and modern weapons and military equipment. Today missile brigade transferred newest missile complex "Iskander-M", which according to its performance characteristics are not unique in the world, "- said the Russian Defense Ministry, which was received by the" Interfax "on Friday.
By 2018, Shoigu said, will "equip all this missile complex missile brigades the Army."
PTRC "Iskander", developed by Engineering Design Bureau (Kolomna, Moscow Region), is available in two versions — "Iskander-M" (for the Armed Forces) and the "Iskander-E" (for export). The export version of the martial characteristics somewhat different from that of the complex, which is made to order Russian Defense Ministry.
Starting weight PTRC "Iskander-E" — 3800 kg, payload weight — 480 kg. The complex has a high rate of fire, capable of hitting targets at ranges of up to 280 km, with an interval of one minute shoot at two targets. The trajectory of the missile — not ballistic, difficult to predict for the enemy, the missile is controlled during the whole flight.
The structure of the PTRC, "Iskander-E", except for the launcher with two missiles, includes transportation and loading vehicle, which also carries two missiles, machine-Routine maintenance, command post vehicle, click the preparation of information, a set of equipment, and even of the Arsenal training training facilities.
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