The Iskander missile system is ready to be launched by the Russian military. Photo/TAX
This was revealed by a high-ranking Russian general to the TASS news agency on Friday (11/25/2022).
When asked about the possibility of recreating the famous Oka missile system in the Soviet Union, Lieutenant General Mikhail Matveyevsky, head of the Russian Army’s Rocket and Artillery Forces, replied: “No, because all the functions of the Oka are now performed by Iskander.”
The OTR-23 Oka tactical ballistic missile system entered service with the Soviet military in 1983 and was, at the time, the world’s first system capable of penetrating all missile defenses.
According to military experts, the Oka system rendered the most advanced Patriot air defense missile system of the United States completely ineffective at the time.
The system is fully self-contained and has all-terrain and water barrier capabilities.
The missile can be delivered immediately to any location in the world by rail, air or sea, and requires only a crew of three to launch it.
The Oka system had a range of 400 km and, as a result, was excluded from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, but was nonetheless canceled under the treaty.