July 17, 2015
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
Just short of July 16, 2015, the Standardized Military Production Acceptance Day, KBM Kolomna delivered another complete operational-tactical 9K720 Iskander-M missile brigade to the 103rd Red Banner, Order of Kutuzov and Khmelnitskiy, Separate Missile Brigade of the 36th Combined Arms Army of the Eastern Military District, based in Ulan-Ude.
The ceremony was attended by the Eastern Military District chief of staff Lieutenant General A.P. Lapin, Ground Forces Rocket and Artillery Forces chief Major General M.M. Matveyevskiy, KBM Kolomna General Designer V.M. Kashin, and several others.
The Ground Forces received a complete missile brigade, including self-propelled launchers, missiles, transporters and loaders, the automated command and control system, a data processing center, maintenance and training equipment, 51 pieces of equipment all told. Specialists from KBM and other defense contractors helped the 103rd Brigade in the conversion to the new equipment.
This is already the fifth Iskander-M brigade delivered under the 4 August 2011 defense contract between Russian MOD and KBM for the delivery of ten Iskander-M brigades, and the first delivered in 2015. With the Iskander-M brigade delivered in 2010-2011, six of Ground Forces missile brigades are equipped with these weapons.
In 2014 KBM delivered two Iskander-M brigade sets, for the 112th Guards Separate Missile Brigade of the Western Military District based in Shuye (Ivanovo Region), and the 92nd Separate Missile Brigade of the Central Military District based in Totskoye-2 (Orenburg Region). In 2013 KBM delivered two brigade sets for the 107th Separate Missile Brigade of the Eastern Military District (Birobidjan) and the 1st Guards Separate Missile Brigade of the Southern Military District (Krasnodar).
Prior to the 2011 contract, KBM delivered a brigade set for the 26th Separate Missile Brigade of the Western Military District (Leningrad Region). Moreover, Iskander-M systems still equip the first unit to receive it in 2005-2007, the 630th Separate Missile Battalion of the 60th Combat Training Center of the Rocket Forces in Kapustin Yar. This battalion was the first to use Iskander-M in combat during the Five-Day War with Georgian in August 2008.
KBM General Designer V.M. Kashin said that the next brigade set will be delivered on schedule, in November 2015.
J.Hawk’s Comment: As a side note, the third photograph above shows the reason why the US and Russia are at loggerheads over the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Because the launch vehicle can launch two types of missiles, the “usual” Iskander-M ballistic missile, as well as cruise missiles of the Kalibr (“Club”) family. And that’s what the launch vehicle pictured above sports–two Kalibr launch containers. The land-attack weapon of the Kalibr family has a very long range indeed (3000km…) which means the system has a much longer reach than usually acknowledged.
By the way, in case you are wondering “gee, how are things in Ukraine,” bmpd’s preceding story provides a pretty good illustration, dealing as it does with Ukraine’s own proud and mighty missile industry, the flagship of which, Dnepropetrovsk-based Yuzhmash, is giving a new meaning to the term “state of the art” in the realm of…mobile barracks.
MOBILE BARRACKS, KARL!
Or, in plain English, converted shipping containers of the sort that drive European human rights activists batty when used to house migrants from North Africa and the Middle East. But, they are clearly good enough for the hardy UAF soldier…