Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces

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Oleg Bukharin, Pavel Podvig, Pavel Leonardovich Podvig, Frank Von Hippel
MIT Press, 2004 - History - 692 pages
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This encyclopedic book provides comprehensive data about Soviet and Russian strategic weapons, payloads, and delivery systems and on the nuclear complex that supports them. The data are drawn from open, primarily Russian sources. All the information is presented chronologically, arranged by individual systems and facilities, and is not available elsewhere in a single volume.Following an overview of the history of Soviet strategic forces, the book discusses the structure of the political and military leadership in the Soviet Union and Russia, the structure of the Russian military and military industry, nuclear planning procedures, and the structure of the command and control system. It describes the nuclear warhead production complex and the Soviet nuclear weapon development program. It then focuses on the individual services that constitute the so-called strategic triad -- land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, the strategic submarine fleet, and strategic aviation. It presents an overview of Soviet strategic defense, including air defense systems, the Moscow missile defense system, the radar and space-based early warning networks, and the space surveillance system. The book also includes a description of the Soviet nuclear testing program, including information on test sites and on all Soviet nuclear tests and peaceful nuclear explosions. It concludes with a look at the future of strategic nuclear weapons in Russia.

  

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Contents

The Structure and Operations of Strategic Nuclear Forces
33
The Nuclear Weapons Production Complex
67
The Strategic Rocket Forces
117
Major Weapons Systems
132
R5M SS3 Shyster
177
R9A SS8 Sasin
192
RT2 SS13 Savage
205
UR100N SS19 Stiletto
220
R31 SSN17
328
Strategic Aviation
339
Tu4 Bull
366
Tu95 Bear
379
Tu160 Blackjack
394
Strategic Defense
399
Nuclear Tests
439
Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces in Transition
567

TopolM SS27
234
Naval Strategic Nuclear Forces
235
BallisticMissile Submarines
244
Project V611 Zulu IV 12 and Project AV611 Zulu V
283
Project 667B Delta I and Project 667BD Delta II
298
R13 SSN4
313
Designations of Soviet and Russian Strategic Systems
581
Notes
587
Index
657
The Center for Arms Control Energy and Environmental Studies
693
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Pavel Podvig is a Research Fellow at the Center for Arms Control Studies at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

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