Russia has Connected Their Military Internet and Iskander Rockets – What’s Next?

  • The new system allows the exchange of information at a distance of several thousand kilometers.
  • It allows central command to receive instantaneous information from the battlefield.
  • Putin's Russia continues move ahead with their ambitions for world domination.

Russia announced their 9K720 Iskander rocket has been connected to the military internet. The Iskander is a mobile short-range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by the Russian Federation. The missile systems are a replacement for the obsolete OTR-21 Tochka systems. The Russian military internet has the capability of trading information at 300 megabytes per second. Additionally, the Russian ministry of defense uses special equipment and more than 1,500 mobile communication and encryption systems.

The new system allows the exchange of information at a distance of several thousand kilometers. Moreover, all communication channels are protected from hacking. The high-speed crypto router Nickel was used, which allows you to create secure networks for transmitting information and encrypt any streaming information. The military managed to deploy all the equipment within an hour.

Furthermore, the military internet allows large flows of protected information to be transmitted during conference calls at the National Defense Center. During the calls, video communication is organized with all the main parties and specialized individual units. It allows central command to receive instantaneous information from the battlefield.

Currently, Russia is working on the sovereign special military information exchange known as the multiservice transport communication network (MTSS). This system is an addition to the already designed Russian intranet modeled after China’s Great Firewall where these is a total lack of privacy for its citizens.  The system will be completed by 2021. MTSS will have its own search engine, and for its independent functioning, the military will lay a fiber optic cable through the Arctic.  The Russian military will also get its own iCloud closed storage for classified information. Russia’s Ministry of Defense is also creating a network of geographically distributed disaster-resistant data centers (TRCOD). This system will connect to the “military Internet.” One of the segments is already operational, but the full launch is scheduled for mid 2020.

The new connection of the Iskander system to the military internet allows a commander to remotely control the operation from central command, as well as the commanders in the field. It will create a tactical advantage during offensive operations and will allow quicker execution of commands.

An important part of combat operation success is preparation, including the collection of information for a ballistic missile control system and automation of warheads. The system will provide timely flight info, coordinates of the target, the trajectory of the rocket, engine start times, and also set the moment and the height of the blast.

Putin’s Russia continues move ahead with their ambitions for world domination. The military internet could possibly be used by Russia to control additional rockets, which will be placed in retaliation for the recent EU denial of Putin’s proposed warhead moratorium.  It could be also part of Putin’s recently announced need for a new military strategy for 2020. The trajectory is clear. We’re headed towards a new arms race. Russia is a threat to the geopolitical balance shift and Putin has desires for empire.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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