Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

Medvedev Touts Russian Iskander Ballistic Missile

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday touted the capabilities of the Iskander ballistic missile, a short-range weapon that Moscow has threatened to deploy against the evolving U.S.-NATO missile shied, RIA Novosti reported (see GSN, May 14).

The Iskander M missile "without doubt" stands above comparable systems deployed by other nations and ought to form the backbone of Russian ground forces missile detachments, he said.

At present, the ballistic missile is delivered in separate components that are later assembled prior to deployment. "So our decision on the need for these weapon systems to be delivered in complete sets is absolutely right," Medvedev said.

Moscow has issued a number of warnings that it could field Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave that borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania, if an accord is not reached regarding NATO plans to field ballistic missile defense infrastructure in Europe. The Kremlin suspects the Western antimissile plan is secretly aimed at undermining its strategic nuclear weapons though Washington and Brussels insist the missile shield is aimed at protecting against a possible Iranian missile strike.

Russia has authorized $750 million in contracts to 17 weapon builders for development of ground-transportable KBM high-altitude Iskander missiles, Medvedev said. (RIA Novosti I, July 23).

The tactical weapon can travel up to 250 miles and is reportedly nuclear-capable (RIA Novosti II, July 22).

Note to our Readers

GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.

NTI Analysis

  • Sub-Saharan Africa 1540 Reporting

    Oct. 20, 2015

    The UNSCR 1540 implementation process in sub-Saharan Africa has been slow. As of October 2011, 26 of the 48 states in the region have submitted 1540 national reports.

  • Latin America and the Caribbean 1540 Reporting

    Oct. 16, 2015

    This report is part of a collection examining implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to-date.

Country Profile

Flag of Russia


This article provides an overview of Russia’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

View Country Profile →