Russia openly displayed 9M729 missile: 480 km range without default!

 Russia openly displayed 9M729 missile: 480 km range without default!

[Global Network Military Report of January 24] Russian Satellite News Agency reported on January 23 that the Russian Ministry of Defense displayed to foreign military officers for the first time a modernized and upgraded version of the 9M729 missile, which was accused by the United States of violating the Guidance Treaty.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the 9M729 missile is a modern upgraded version of the 9M728 missile, which is used in the Iskander-M strategic operational missile system. It improves warhead strength and acquires new air control devices to ensure higher accuracy in hitting targets. The Ministry of Defense had previously said that the missile had increased by 53 centimeters due to changes in the number of warheads and the use of additional equipment. At the same time, the Russian military said that the maximum distance of missile flight has been reduced by 10 kilometers, and now it is 480 kilometers, which does not violate the provisions of the China Guidance Treaty.

Lieutenant General Mikhail Matveyevsky, commander of the missile and Artillery Forces of the Russian armed forces, said on the same day that Russias 9M729 missile did not violate the Guidance Treaty, which is an upgraded version of the 9M728 missile contained in the Iskander-M missile system. At a briefing with foreign military officers, Matveyevsky said, The modernization of the 9M728 cruise missile aims to increase the strength and accuracy of warheads. 9M728 and 9M729 missiles are common in most systems. Matveyevsky pointed out that the upgraded 9M729 missile has acquired a new launcher, which can carry four missiles, compared with only two in the past.

Matveyevsky stressed that the maximum flight distance of the 9M729 missile has been reduced by 10 kilometers to 480 kilometers, which is in line with the provisions of the China Guidance Treaty.

The Treaty on the Elimination of Medium-Range Missiles and Short-Range Missiles between the United States and the Soviet Union was signed by President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev in Washington on December 8, 1987. The treaty prohibits both sides from testing, producing and deploying land-based cruise missiles and ballistic missiles with ranges of 500 to 5500 kilometers, but does not impose restrictions on sea-based and air-based cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. In recent years, Russia and the United States have repeatedly accused each other of violating the treaty.

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