Belarus says Russian Iskander missiles now in service

Published: Updated:
Enable Read mode
100% Font Size

Belarus said on Wednesday that its armed forces were now in autonomous control of Russian-supplied nuclear-capable Iskander mobile guided missile systems after completing training in Russia as well as exercises on home soil.

The missiles are capable of hitting targets at a range of up to 500 kilometers (310 miles), Minsk’s defense ministry said.

The commander of Belarusian rocket and artillery forces told Minsk’s Military TV that they had until now lacked a strike weapon with a range of more than 300 km.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

In comments posted on Military TV’s Telegram channel, Ruslan Chekhov praised the Iskander for its “simplicity of use, reliability, maneuverability and firepower.”

Russian forces used Belarus as a launchpad for their abortive attack on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in February last year, and a recent flurry of joint military activity in Belarus has fanned speculation that Moscow may be leaning on Minsk to join its war in Ukraine - something Minsk has ruled out.

The Iskander-M, codenamed “SS-26 Stone” by NATO, replaced the Soviet “Scud.” Its range reaches deep into Belarus’s neighbors Ukraine and NATO member Poland, whose relations with Belarus are badly strained.

Read more:

Belarus leader says he has been asked to conclude a non-aggression pact with Ukraine

Russia, Belarus start joint air drills: Defense ministry

Belarus says Russia-deployed Iskander missile systems and S-400 ready for use

Top Content Trending