Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces

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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

Soviet and Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces
1
The Structure and Operations of Strategic Nuclear Forces
33
The Nuclear Weapons Production Complex
67
The Strategic Rocket Forces
117
Naval Strategic Nuclear Forces
235
Strategic Aviation
339
Strategic Defense
399
Fighter Aviation of the Air Defense Forces
408
Antisatellite and Space Surveillance Systems
432
Nuclear Tests
439
Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces in Transition
567
Designations of Soviet and Russian Strategic Systems
581
Notes
587
Index
657
The Center for Arms Control Energy and Environmental Studies
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The EarlyWarning System
420

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About the author (2004)

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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