Ruslan Pukhov, head of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), explained the “strike” of a Russian-made Iskander missile on a residential area during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The corresponding comment was published in the Telegram channel “Sputnik Near Abroad”.
According to the expert, Iskander “was purchased to a large extent as a deterrent weapon.” “But rockets always have circular [вероятное] deviation… Obviously they were shooting at a military airfield [второго по численности населения в Азербайджане] the city of Ganja, but the rocket fell on residential areas, ”the specialist said.
Pukhov noted that the fact that during the conflict the Osa anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) “will show itself badly”, and the Tor air defense system – good, “it became clear only during this war [в Нагорном Карабахе]”. “Purchasing policy [Армении] could have been built differently, ”concluded the head of the CAST.
In November, the American publication, referring to videos appearing on the network, reported that a few hours before the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the first side for the first time used an Iskander missile against the second missile. Subsequently, this information was confirmed by the former head of the military control service of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, Colonel-General Movses Hakobyan, who did not name the “direction” of the “Iskander” use.
In October, Aviation Week, referring to a statement by US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, reported that the circular probable deflection (CEP) of the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (CHGB) hypersonic gliding unit during a test conducted in March by the Navy and the Army USA, was 6 inches (about 15 centimeters).
In June 2019, the American magazine The National Interest reported that the accuracy of the R-30 Bulava-30 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), intended for deployment on Russian submarines of Project 955 Borey, is not sufficient for the use of weapons in the first strike “, involving, in particular, the destruction of silo launchers of American ICBMs LGM-30 Minuteman.