9 photos of Russian troops setting up and test firing the Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile
May 2, 2018, 02:37 IST
The Iskander is a mobile short-range ballistic missile that became operational in 2007.
It has three different variants: the Iskander-M, the Tender, and the Iskander-E, which is the export version.
It's about 24 feet long, about three feet wide, and has a launch weight of about 8,378-8,863 pounds.
The Iskander has a range of about 300 miles, which is just under the threshold set forth by the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.
It has a single warhead payload that can be equipped with high explosives, submunitions, fuel-air explosives, high explosive penetrators, or nuclear warheads.
Since it's a short-range ballistic missile, it launches into a ballistic arc at an altitude of about 163,000 feet before the warhead separates from the missile and then flies down on its target at hypersonic speeds.
And here it goes ...
... Up ...
... And up ...
Watch the Iskander-M in action at the Kapustin Yar testing grounds below: