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​Russia Runs Out of Iskanders, Uses ‘Spoiled’ S-300s to Replace

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Launch preparation from 9K720 Iskander short-range ballistic missile system / open source
Launch preparation from 9K720 Iskander short-range ballistic missile system / open source

Russia feels lack of missiles for 9K720 Iskander short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) systems. So in usage are “expired” missiles for S-300 surface-to-air missile systems (SAM). They have enough of them to continue shelling Ukraine for 3 years

Vadym Skybitskyi, representative of Defense Intelligence of Ukraine said in the "(un) Safe Ukraine" podcast that russia has less than 200 9K720 Iskander SRBMs that’s why they use 35-year-old missiles that have to be disposed of.

“Rarely, do they use Iskanders. The number of missiles depends on what the russian federation is currently using. We counted the S-300s – these are missiles that have been in storage for more than 30 years, and most of them are 35-40 years old. And instead of spending money on recycling them, they will simply be fired on our territory. If you calculate how many [S-300s] they use [per day], it will appear they still have enough of these missiles for three years. There are about 7,000 of them” said the representative.

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But it doesn’t mean they have enough systems and every 35-year-old missile will work properly.

Russian S-300 SAM Defense Express Russia Runs Out of Iskanders, Uses ‘Spoiled’ S-300s to Replace
Russian S-300 SAM / open source

Yesterday, on September 8, Olexii Hromov, deputy chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that russians had launched 34 cruise missiles and 47 air-to-air missiles in a week. Only few of them were fired from 9K720 Iskander SRBM system, one was downed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Launch preparation from 9K720 Iskander short-range ballistic missile system Defense Express Russia Runs Out of Iskanders, Uses ‘Spoiled’ S-300s to Replace
Launch preparation from 9K720 Iskander short-range ballistic missile system / open source

A stock of 200 missiles is miserable. Before the full-scale invasion russia had 14 brigade sets of Iskander systems, each had 16 vehicles with launchers. Theoretically, 14 brigades could launch 448 ballistic and cruise missiles. In a conclusion, now russian army has half of missiles for only one volley.

As Defense Express reported, the russians lost another vehicle of Iskander mobile short-range BMS and a "Pion" self-propelled gun.

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