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Russia to test-launch Iskander-M missiles, missiles from bombers — defense ministry

MOSCOW, June 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian military forces will hold live fire drills of missile systems Iskander-M and will test-launch missiles from bombers within the war games planned in missile formations in the Western Military District and the Command of long-range Russian aviation, the press service of the Defense Ministry told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

Tactical military exercises will be held from May 27 to June 5, the press service said. “At the drills, the military forces will deliver ground-based and airborne high-precision weapons’ combined strikes at vitally important facilities of an imaginary enemy,” the press service noted, adding that “a missile formation of the Western Military District armed with tactical missile system Iskander-M and long-range warplanes will participate in the war games.”

The missile formation will go on a mission of more than 2,000 kilometers, at first to an airfield, and then to the military exercise area, by military transport airplanes. Then missilemen will go to a firing range.

“In the planned area, missilemen will drill reconnaissance of maneuvre routes, covert deployment and taking of firing positions and engineering development of the area. At the final stage of war games, they will drill joint actions with the long-range aviation command to hit mocked targets by ground-based and airborne cruise missiles at the maximum possible fire range,” the Defense Ministry said.

Domestic drones equipped with modern digital visualization and data transmission equipment will be used to assess the effectiveness of striking targets. The video signal from drones is transmitted in the real-time mode to a command post at a firing range and a combat control center, which is in general command of missile test-launches and gunfire drills.

“A common system of automated control, reconnaissance, striking, radio-electronic warfare, communications and information support of ground-based and airborne high-precision weapons will be also checked” at military exercises, the press service said.