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Iskander (SS-26 Stone)

Short-range ballistic missile

Iskander (SS-26 Stone) ballistic missile

The Iskander short-range ballistic missile was designed to overcome air defense systems

Entered service 2006
Crew 3 men
Launcher dimensions and weight
Number of missiles 2
Combat weight ~ 40 t
Length 7.2 m
Width ?
Height ?
Missile length 7.2 m
Missile diameter 950 mm
Missile launching weight ?
Warhead weight 480 kg
Warhead type conventional, nuclear
Range of fire 400 / 500 km
CEP 5 - 7 m
Chassis mobility
Engine YaMZ-846 diesel
Engine power 500 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Chassis maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1 m


   The Iskander (NATO designation SS-26 Stone) short-range ballistic missile is a successor to the Oka (SS-23 Spider), which was eliminated under the INF Treaty. It was first launched in 1996 and was initially designated by NATO as the SS-X-26. It is considered the most advanced missile of its kind. The Iskander-M missile system was officially adopted by the Russian Army in 2006. Currently Russian Army operates only about 20 of these missile systems. Its export variant, the Iskander-E, was sold to Syria (26 units).

   The Iskander road mobile missile system is equipped with two short-range ballistic missiles, which substantially increases firepower of missile units. Each missile can be targeted independently. These missiles are capable of hitting moving targets, as target coordination can be adjusted while the missile is in-flight. The Iskander has several different conventional warheads, including cluster, fuel-air explosive, bunker-busting and electro-magnetic pulse. It can also carry nuclear warheads despite the fact that this will violate INF treaty. Maximum range of fire is 280 km for the export version and 400 km for the Russian Army version. Minimum range is 50 km.

   The Iskander was designed to overcome air defense systems. Missile files at supersonic speed, excessively maneuvers in the terminal phase of the flight and releases decoys. In some cases this ballistic missile can be used as an alternative to precision bombing.

   Missiles can be launched 16 minutes from traveling or 4 minutes from highest readiness. The second missile can be launched in less than a minute once the first missile is launched.

   The transport-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle uses MZKT-7930 Astrolog 8x8 high mobility chassis. It is powered by the YaMZ-846 diesel engine, developing 500 hp. Vehicle can be airlifted by the An-124 transport aircraft.

   The Iskander TEL is supported by a reloading vehicle, based on the same 8x8 chassis, which carries two reload missiles. Full missile system also includes command vehicle, information preparation vehicle, maintenance and repair vehicle and life support vehicle. All of these vehicles are based on KamAZ 6x6 trucks.




   Iskander-E, export version, specially designed to meet MTCR restrictions. It a maximum range of 280 km. This missile is fitted with internal guidance system and has a CEP of 30-70 m. This missile system has been exported to Syria (26 units);

   Iskander-M improved version adopted by the Russian Army. It has a range of 400 km and is nuclear-capable. This ballistic missile is also fitted with both internal and optical guidance and has significantly improved firing accuracy. It has a claimed CEP of only 2 m. Optical seeker provides self-homing capability. This improved version can also launch R-500 (Iskander-K) cruise missiles in the same manner as ballistic missiles. This cruise missile has a range of more than 1 000 km. It is worth mentioning that missile with such range violates INF Treaty. Some sources report that R-500 missiles are already in production.


Video of the Iskander-E short-range ballistic missile system

Iskander (SS-26 Stone) ballistic missile

Iskander (SS-26 Stone) ballistic missile

Iskander (SS-26 Stone) ballistic missile

Iskander (SS-26 Stone) ballistic missile

Iskander (SS-26 Stone) ballistic missile

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