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Russia’s ‘Double Tap’ Blitz: Iskander-M Strikes Ukrainian Positions

According to Russia social media reports, the country's armed forces have implemented a new tactic known as "Double Tap," which involves launching multiple tactical ballictic missiles, the "Iskander-M," at the same Ukrainian military targets on specific intervals.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) – Russian forces is reported to have employed new tactics in launching attacks on Ukrainian military positions using ground-to-ground tactical ballistic missiles, the “Iskander-M.”

According to Russia social media reports, the country’s armed forces have implemented a new tactic known as “Double Tap,” which involves launching multiple tactical ballictic missiles, the “Iskander-M,” at the same Ukrainian military targets.

“This tactical shift has seen Russia launching successive Iskander-M missile attacks on the same Ukrainian military positions on specific intervals.”

“Field reports indicate that Russia’s tactical shift surprised the Ukrainian military, resulting in a high casualty count among Ukrainian forces as they gathered at the impact site after the initial barrage,” according to the Russian military social media reports.

Despite facing a shortage of the 9K720 “Iskander” missile system early during the Ukrainian conflict, Russia has successfully increased the production of the ballistic missiles to levels predating the conflict with Ukraine, leading to the application of this system in Moscow’s tactical adjustments.

Iskander

According to reports, the tactical ballistic missile system “Iskander-M” poses a distinct threat to its adversaries, not only due to its capability to carry a special penetrative warheads but also because of the difficulty faced by enemy air defense systems in intercepting it.

With a payload ranging from 400kg to 700kg, the “Iskander-M” guided missile can strike enemy positions up to 500km away.

The tactical guided missile system “Iskander-M” is based on the OTR-23 guided missile used during the Soviet Union era.

However, the OTR-23 system missile system was decommissioned by the Soviet Union under pressure from the United States after the end of the Cold War between the two blocs.

Together with the S-400 “Triumf” air defense system, the “Iskander-M” tactical guided missile is increasingly valued for its role in Russia’s current conflict with Ukraine.

Iskander

While Ukraine is grappling with a shortage of guided missiles and artillery ammunition, Russia has successfully mobilized its defense industry to continue producing critically needed military products for its forces in the field.

Russia has managed to increase the production of guided missiles and artillery ammunition despite facing stringent international sanctions on its defense industry.

Not only has it successfully met the demands of Russia’s military needs, but the country’s defense industry has also continued to export various weapon systems. – DSA

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