Russia: Russia is set to test-fire Iskander-M long-range missiles, involving the Western Military District and Long-Range Aviation Command, during tactical exercises. Carried out at an undisclosed location, the exercises aim to train soldiers to engage critical targets with high-precision missiles, and evaluate the readiness of various control systems and equipment responsible for electronic warfare and intelligence gathering. The tactical exercises are scheduled to conclude on 5 June.
Iskander-M is an upgraded version of the Russian Army's 9K720 Iskander mobile-theatre ballistic missile system, which is designed to engage a range of ground targets, including command posts and communications nodes, troops in concentration areas, air and missile defence facilities, and fixed and rotary-wing aircraft at airfields. Also known as SS-26 Stone, the missile features inertial and optical-guidance systems for improved firing accuracy and an electro-optical (EO) seeker for self-homing capabilities. It has an operational range of 400km with a potential for extension. The missile was also considered for deployment in the country's Kaliningrad region to counter any potential threats posed by the US-led Nato anti-missile defence (AMD) shield in Europe, which Moscow fears will lessen its own strike capabilities.
Source: Army technology