A new unit of Iskander-M tactical missile system was delivered to the Russian Eastern MD air-defence missile formation during a ceremony at Kapustin Yar firing ground on Wednesday.
The Eastern Military District is one of the four operational strategic commands of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
First Deputy Commander of the Eastern MD, Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Alexander Lapin and the Chief of missile and artillery troops of the Land Force Major General Mikhail Matveevsky, representatives of the defense industry took part in the ceremony.
The Eastern MD missile formation received missile launchers, transporter loaders and command vehicles, life support and maintenance equipment, as well as an information center.
This is the fifth missile formation and the second in Eastern MD, which has been fully equipped with modern guided missile system.
With a range of 500 km, Iskander-M flies a non-ballistic flight path and is controlled on all stages. Intense maneuvering during take off and homing makes the missile unpredictable and difficult to engage.
The crews has started to practicing to operate the missile systems at firing range located in the Astrakhan Region.
Training will finish in this September with combat exercise, after which all the formation personnel together with organic hardware will perform march by railroad transport to their permanent bases.