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Crews of Iskander-M tactical missile systems practice strikes in west Russia

October 20, 2016, 12:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The drills involved about 100 servicemen and more than 20 pieces of combat hardware of a missile formation of the Western Military District
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Iskander missile firing in April 2016
MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. Crews of Russia’s Iskander-M tactical missile systems have held drills at the Luzhsky practice range in the Western Military District as part of a final check in the 2016 training year, the district’s press office said on Thursday.

"During the check, the district’s command assessed the commanders’ ability to make independent decisions in various conditions and also the practical skills of Iskander-M crews to prepare the missile systems for firing and accomplish single and multiple electronic missile launches against targets imitating a notional enemy’s command posts and radar stations located at a distance of several hundred kilometers," the district’s press office said in a statement.

Missile crews have performed multi-kilometer marches to the areas of training, practiced tasks to deploy Iskander missile systems and change launch positions, load missiles from transporter and transporter-loader vehicles, the press office said.

The drills involved about 100 servicemen and more than 20 pieces of combat hardware of a missile formation of the Western Military District.

Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems are capable of hitting both small-size and large-area targets at a distance of up to 500 km to destroy missile and multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery guns, aircraft and helicopters at aerodromes, command posts and communications centers.

The Iskander tactical ballistic missile complex includes a launcher, a loader-transporter, a routine maintenance vehicle, a command post vehicle, an information post, an ammunition equipment set and training aids.

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