UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)
NATO will respond to the deployment of Russian Iskanders by strengthening air defense and missile defense, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with German N-TV.
The Iskander family of operational tactical missile systems (OTRK) is designed to destroy air defense and missile defense systems and the objects they cover. The Iskander-M complex uses a rocket with a correlation guidance system and a quasi-ballistic trajectory.
The missile of the complex remains virtually unattainable for missile defense systems at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, and with the cruise missile R-500 – up to 2500 km.
NATO will strengthen its air defense and missile defense after Russia’s deployment of the Iskander-M tactical complex with 9M729 missiles, Stoltenberg noted. According to him, Russia’s actions violate the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF). ”
9M729 missile is a modification of the R-500 (9M728).
“When it comes to SSC-8 (Iskander-M according to NATO classification), we will work on air defense and missile defense systems, on conventional weapons, on increasing the level of preparedness and increasing the warning time,” Stoltenberg explained.
NATO defense ministers have already agreed on this decision. Stoltenberg confirmed that NATO is not going to deploy new ground-based nuclear missiles in Europe.
According to NATO estimates, Iskander-M cruise missiles have a range of more than 2 thousand km and can be equipped with nuclear warheads. When they, when maneuvering, approach their programmed targets at low altitude, unlike ballistic missiles, they are much more difficult to intercept.
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