The capabilities of the Iskander-M ballistic missile system make it possible to repel even a nuclear threat, which is relevant in light the worsening situation around North Korea, RIA Novosti reported, citing the head of the Defense Committee of the Federation Council and former Commander of the VKS (Russian Space Forces) Viktor Bondarev.
Earlier this week, the chief of the Kapustin Yar rocket launch and development site, Major General Oleg Kislov, announced the completion of tests for a new missile for Iskander complex, without specifying what kind of missile it was. According to Bondarev, the successful tests "once again demonstrated the powerful military potential of Russia." He said that the “Iskander-M is a unique armament system designed to curb the large-scale aggression of the enemy and no one in the world has something similar to this system."
"Its mobility, accuracy, and power make it possible to counter even a nuclear threat, which is especially important in the context of the latest developments on the Korean peninsula and the US reaction to them. I believe that the active development of the domestic operational and tactical missile systems is an important deterrent," the head of the Federation Council Committee said.
According to him, in the context of a complicated geopolitical situation, the increasing tensions on the world arena, strengthening the defensive capabilities of Russia is of particular importance. "The development and subsequent adoption of new high-precision missiles for missile defense and air defense facilities is a guarantee not only of Russian, but also of international security," Bondarev said.
Presently the Iskander-M brigades are deployed "in many geographically vulnerable regions of Russia, which border on territories where NATO anti-ballistic missile systems are deployed," the senator said.