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Russia Began Drills on Preparation, Use of Non-Strategic Nuclear Arms

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The Iskander, also known by its NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone, is a tactical ballistic missile system developed by the Russian Armed Forces. It has a range of approximately 500 kilometers and can carry a payload of up to 1,000 kilograms, making it a highly effective and versatile weapon for conducting precision strikes against ground targets.

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The Iskander, also known by its NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone, is a tactical ballistic missile system developed by the Russian Armed Forces. It has a range of approximately 500 kilometers and can carry a payload of up to 1,000 kilograms, making it a highly effective and versatile weapon for conducting precision strikes against ground targets.

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Non-strategic nuclear weapons, also referred to as tactical nuclear weapons, are specifically engineered for use on battlefields or against particular military targets.

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Non-strategic nuclear weapons, also referred to as tactical nuclear weapons, are specifically engineered for use on battlefields or against particular military targets.

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The Russian Aerospace Forces participating in the drills are practicing arming special warheads, such as hypersonic "Kinzhal" missiles.

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The Russian Aerospace Forces participating in the drills are practicing arming special warheads, such as hypersonic "Kinzhal" missiles.

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Russia possesses a substantial arsenal of non-strategic nuclear weapons, which includes air-dropped bombs, artillery shells, and missiles.

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Russia possesses a substantial arsenal of non-strategic nuclear weapons, which includes air-dropped bombs, artillery shells, and missiles.

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Russia's non-strategic nuclear weapons include the nuclear-tipped variants of the Iskander missile, the OTR-21 Tochka, and the 3M-54 Kalibr cruise missile, among others.

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Russia's non-strategic nuclear weapons include the nuclear-tipped variants of the Iskander missile, the OTR-21 Tochka, and the 3M-54 Kalibr cruise missile, among others.

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Nuclear weapons can be categorized into two main groups: strategic deterrence, also referred to as the nuclear triad, and tactical nuclear weapons, also known as non-strategic weapons.

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Nuclear weapons can be categorized into two main groups: strategic deterrence, also referred to as the nuclear triad, and tactical nuclear weapons, also known as non-strategic weapons.

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Tactical nuclear weapons are designed to destroy large military installations and concentrations of enemy forces at close range.

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Tactical nuclear weapons are designed to destroy large military installations and concentrations of enemy forces at close range.

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Russia observes a moratorium on nuclear testing. Moscow's basic position is that they can only be mirror tests. During nuclear exercises, the nuclear forces use nuclear weapons simulators or conduct electronic launches.

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Russia observes a moratorium on nuclear testing. Moscow's basic position is that they can only be mirror tests. During nuclear exercises, the nuclear forces use nuclear weapons simulators or conduct electronic launches.

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Like the nuclear triad, tactical nuclear weapons have delivery vehicles on land, in the air, and at sea.

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Like the nuclear triad, tactical nuclear weapons have delivery vehicles on land, in the air, and at sea.

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The main strike force is the Iskander complex. Its missiles can be equipped with a nuclear payload of 5 to 50 kilotons.

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The main strike force is the Iskander complex. Its missiles can be equipped with a nuclear payload of 5 to 50 kilotons.

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