Rocket 9M729 "Innovator". SSC-X-8. Specifications. A photo. Video.
Rocket 9M729 "Innovator". SSC-X-8. Specifications. A photo. Video.

Rocket 9M729 "Innovator". SSC-X-8. Specifications. A photo. Video.

9М729 Novator is a Russian cruise missile that is part of the Iskander and Iskander-M OTRKs. The 9М729 rocket, according to the arguments of the American side, is one of the types of weapons that violate the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Short Range Missiles, but according to the TTX, the maximum range of the 9М729 missiles is 490 kilometers.

The history of the development of rocket 9М729 SSC-X-8 "Innovator"

9М729 “Innovator” cruise missile photo

The development of the Russian cruise missile 9М729 Novator began in the 2000-ies. The key goal of its creation was the need for a tactical missile capable of effectively delivering accurate strikes at distances up to 500 and more than kilometers, which, according to Western sources, indicates that Russia violated the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Small-Range Missiles.

Photo: 9M729 Novator cruise missile

Thanks to a series of successful tests, the 9М729 rocket SSC-X-8 Novator was adopted by the Russian army, but this fact led to the fact that the United States of America declared a violation of the INF Treaty by Russia, and in early February 2019 began the exit procedure from Of the contract.

Tests 9М729 rocket SSC-X-8 "Innovator"

The first tests of the 9М729 SSC-X-8 Novator were conducted in the 2008 year, after which the rocket underwent a number of changes, however, its successful tests contributed to the fact that it was adopted by Russia.

In 2017, at the Kapustin Yar test site, full-fledged combat training launches of the Novator 9М729 missiles were conducted, and at the beginning of 2019, the rocket was subjected exclusively to electronic launches.

9М729 SSC-X-8 Novator and DRSMD rocket

Western analysts and experts believe that the Russian cruiser missile 9М729 Novator has a significantly longer range than 500 kilometers. According to experts, the range of this rocket can be about 2,5-3,5 thousand kilometers, which clearly violates the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Small-Range Missiles.

Rocket 9M729 "Innovator". SSC-X-8. Video

At the beginning of 2019, a press conference was organized, at which the Russian military demonstrated the Novator 9М729 rocket and disclosed its performance characteristics, but this fact was inconclusive, as a result of which the United States left the INF Treaty. Against this background, Russia announced its intention to increase the range of the Novator's flight (9М729 rocket) to 2-3 thousand kilometers.

Technical characteristics of the rocket 9М729 SSC-X-8 "Novator"

  • Warhead: nuclear;
  • Flight range: 480 km .;
  • Starting complex: Iskander and Iskander-M.