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RT-2 (SS-13 Savage) Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

This was almost certainly the first large Soviet missile to have solid propulsion; it has three stages linked by open Warren-girder trusses, each having four TVC nozzles. It was developed in parallel with SS-11, though it is smaller and more akin to Minuteman III. Shown in the May 9th 1965 parade, it reached IOC in 1968 and about 60 have since been in RVSN service around Plesetsk. SS-11 has much greater payload and accuracy, and SS-13 development appears to have ceased prior to 1970. No MRV version is known (despite some reports), yield of the single warhead being estimated at 1 megaton. The two upper stages are thought to form SS-14, and there has been speculation that SS-13 itself has been deployed in a mobile role. Successor is SS-16.

Dimensions: Length about 65 feet 7 inches; diameter of first stage 5 feet 7 inches.
Launch weight: About 77,160 pounds.
Range: Over 5,000 miles.

RT-2 (SS-13 Savage) Russian-Soviet Intercontinental Ballistic Missile