|Type||Intercontinental ballistic missile|
|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
|Used by||Russian Strategic Rocket Forces|
|Weight||45,100 kg (99,400 lb)|
|Length||21.5 m (71 ft)|
|Engine||Three-stage solid propellant|
|Accuracy||Maximum error: 4 km, CEP: 1900 m,|
The RT-2 was an intercontinental ballistic missile deployed by the Soviet Union, which was in service from December 1968 until 1976. It was assigned the NATO reporting name SS-13 Savage and carried the GRAU index 8K98. It was designed by OKB-1 and about 60 were built by 1972.
The RT-2 was the first solid-propellant ICBM in Soviet service, and was a development of the earlier RT-1 series. It was a three-stage inertially-guided missile that is comparable to the American Minuteman III. It was armed with a single 600 kiloton warhead and was silo-launched, although a rail-based version was contemplated by Soviet planners. It was deployed in the Yoshkar-Ola missile field.
The RT-2 was capable of delivering a 1,200 lb (540 kg) class payload to a maximum operational range of approximately 5,500 nautical miles
Command and Control
Numbers of launchers were monitored by a single launch control center (LCC). The hardened and dispersed silo concept increased system survivability and provided steady environmental controls from the solid-propellant motors. Normal control of the RT-2 missile force was exercised by Headquarters RVSN, through an intermediate RVSN Army and launch complex headquarters (HCC). A launch complex consisted of an HCC and several LCCs, monitoring numerous underground launchers.
Flight test history
|RT-2 Test Launches|
|26 Feb 1966||RT-2 Mod||Kapustin Yar|
- Length: 20 m (65.6 ft)
- Diameter: 1.7 m (5.57 ft)
- Launch Weight: 34,000 kg (33.46 tons)
- Guidance: inertial
- Propulsion: solid, three-stage
- Warhead: 600kt nuclear
- Range: 8,000 km (5,000 mi)
- Soviet Union
- The Strategic Rocket Forces were the only operator of the RT-2.
- List of missiles
- List of rockets
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