The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) will complete modernisation of its ground-based tactical missiles in 2019. It plans to deploy Iskander-M short-range missile brigades in Kursk and Znamensk, the TASS state news agency reported at the beginning of the year. The MoD is procuring missiles and associated equipment for two brigades under an August 2017 contract.
New Iskander-M systems will be fielded with the Russian Army’s 448th Missile Brigade in Kursk and a resurrected brigade in Znamensk. Kursk is the last of 12 extant Tochka missile brigades to be rearmed during the past decade. It was supposed to receive the Iskander-M in 2018, but the schedule slipped to 2019.
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