The Russian and Azerbaijani military servicemen hold discussions over the detection of the fragments Iskander-M missiles in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, said President's Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
Note, the mine clearance specialists of Azerbaijan identified the missile fragments to belong to an “M” type of the Iskander missile complex in Shusha, which is not possessed by the Armenian forces. Russia reportedly supplied Armenia’s military with the “E” labeled variant of the missile produced for export purposes.
The Iskander missile system is produced in two variants: Iskander-M and Iskander-E. The M version is intended for use by the Russian military, while the E type is purposed for export. The Iskander-E system is reported to offer a reduced payload, less operational range than the most sophisticated version of Iskander-M. The export variant has a maximum range of some 280 kilometers, while the ballistic missile baseline – the Iskander-M travels up to 500 kilometers.
Russia dispatched Iskander missiles, which were believed to be Iskander-E, to Armenia in September 2016. Armenia has demonstrated the newly purchased weapons in a military parade dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the country's independence on September 21 of the same year.