Armenia’s Iskander missiles have created a major buzz after they were unveiled during the country’s 25th independence parade in September. The quantity of missiles delivered has been speculated ever since then.
In an interview with RBTH, Ret. Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, former commander-in-chief of the Strategic Missile Forces, said the following:
“We are becoming allies, and therefore as an exception have delivered one battalion (three batteries, each consisting of three launchers, plus support vehicles) of Iskander operational and tactical systems to Armenia.”
He noted that Russia has received many applications for the purchase of this system, but Moscow will not export the Iskander in the coming years.
“Until manufacturers replace the Tochka-U systems in ground brigades for the latest Iskander-M, there will be no talk about mass deliveries abroad,” said Yesin.
Yesin did not rule out that Iskander-M systems may turn from a means of deterrence into a weapon of war in case of a renewed outbreak in hostilities around Nagorno-Karabakh.