Russia relocates Iskander to verify parameters of U.S. spy satellite
The Russian Defense Ministry was not making a big secret of the relocation of the Iskander ballistic missile system to Kaliningrad, using it to verify parameters of a U.S. spy satellite, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Oct. 8.
This was a comment from the Russian Defense Ministry on reports in the western media, where some publications referred to the U.S. reconnaissance saying about relocated Iskander complexes to the western Kaliningrad region.
"Nobody was making a big secret from transportation on board the Ambal dry-cargo carrier," he said. "Even more, we have exposed one Iskander before the loading on the Ambal right under the flying above U.S. reconnaissance satellite in order to verify parameters of that space apparatus."
"We did not have to wait too long - the U.S. counterparts in the ‘heat of revealing’ have confirmed everything for us," he added.
The Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile system (NATO reporting name: SS-26 Stone) is designed to destroy missile and multiple launch rocket systems, long-range guns, command posts, communications centers and aircraft at airfields at a distance of up to 500 kilometers (311 miles).