MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. A missile formation of Russia’s Eastern Military District covering the Trans-Baikal Territory in East Siberia and the Russian Far East has received a brigade set of Iskander tactical missile systems, the District’s spokesman, Col. Alexander Gordeyev said on Monday.
"The servicemen of the missile formation of the Eastern Military District have received Iskander tactical missile systems. The systems cover a brigade set, which comprises over 50 pieces of combat hardware," the spokesman said.
Work has started at a special range in the Astrakhan Region in south Russia to train missile crews to operate launcher systems, transport and load vehicles, control and technical support complexes, the spokesman said.
"The practical training will end in September this year with tactical drills and a live-firing exercise, after which the personnel of the formation will make a march with organic combat hardware by railway to the place of their permanent location to Buryatia," the spokesman said.
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.