The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) reported that the construction of garage facilities for Iskander missile launchers, which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, has been completed on the territory of the 465th Missile Brigade in Asipovichy.
This is confirmed by analyzing fresh satellite images. According to FAS, construction began in October 2022 and was completed in April 2023.
A Maxar image taken on July 4, 2023 shows 4 Iskander launchers (or transporters) and two smaller support vehicles outside the garage. At the same time, the missile storage compartment on one of the launchers is open.
FAS writes that the new facility is located only 7 km from the Asipovichski training ground and 12 km from a weapons depot, where potential upgrade of the temporary nuclear warhead storage could take place. In addition, the distance from the garage to the tent camp of PMC Wagner in Tsel village is 16.5 km.
We recall that the Iskanders came into service with the 465th Missile Brigade of the Belarusian Armed Forces back in February 2023, while previously the brigade had only a few divizion sets of Tochka-U launchers in service. In this regard, it seems absolutely logical to build a new hangar to maintain a new type of equipment for the brigade. We also know that as soon as the first Iskander systems arrived at the brigade, they were initially placed in temporary boxes — simply put, just under a canopy, and again, the construction of a hangar for them was just a necessity.
We also note that back in April we wrote that the Iskander-M crews of the 465th Missile Brigade were taking practical training in Russia. At that time, it was reported that the personnel were studying the maintenance and use of tactical nuclear warheads.