Russia Deploys Cruise Missile, Violates INF Treaty

On February 14, a senior military official reported that Russia has deployed a battalion of intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missiles, violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The missile has been referred to as the SSC-X-8 since it was first reported as a potential INF violation in 2014. The missile is likely a ground-launched variant of the SS-N-30, potentially launched from a truck-based TEL that closely resembles an Iskander ballistic missile launcher. The SS-N-30 has a demonstrated range of 1,500-2,500 km. The INF Treaty states that neither the United States nor Russia may possess ballistic or cruise missiles with a range capability of between 500 and 5,500 km.

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