Mil.ru provided quite a few good pictures of the new base of the Russian Army’s 26th Missile Brigade at Luga in the Western MD. They were taken during Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s recent inspection trip.
Yes, what follows is ripped-off photo journalism, but the pictures are too good to pass up.
The army erected what are termed “tent-mobile shelters” at the missile brigade’s obviously new base.
Shoygu wanted to see that his orders to build essential basing facilities for new arms and equipment are being followed. The 26th brigade not too long ago received its Iskanders. Mil.ru noted that the brigade’s vehicle storage area has space for 200 pieces of equipment including the Iskanders.
The defense minister noted that “tent-mobile shelters” also need to be heated, so the missile launchers are always ready. One wonders, of course, how they’ll hold up against heavy snow, ice, etc.
Shoygu repeated familiar words about synchronizing the arrival of new systems like Iskander with the selection of contractees to operate them.
He checked on the construction of concrete weapons bunkers, but nothing of this is shown or shared.
Thanks for the post. In the 1980s, I commanded a Lance Missile Battery in Aschaffenburg, GE and these recent photos brought back many memories. The new Russian facilities look better than what we used 30 years ago, so I guess progress is being made. Sad, however, as I thought we had outgrown this madness.
Link below will take you to Zvezda video of this visit. Curious to know which company got the contract for this construction. I’m assuming a Russian firm won the tender, but I know that the Germans are also helping Russia to build training areas.