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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


RT-23 / SS-24 SCALPEL


Specifications
  R & D Mod- Mod-2 Mod-1
DIA SS-24
PL-04
SS-24 SS-24V SS-24
NATO Scalpel Scalpel Scalpel Scalpel
Bilateral   RS-22B RS-22A RS-22V
Service RT-23 RT-23 RT-23 UTTKh RT-23 UTTKh
OKB/Industry 15Zh44 15Zh52 15Zh60 15Zh61
Design Bureau SKB-586, NPO Yuzhynoy Acad. V. F. Utkin SKB-586, NPO Yuzhnoye Acad. V. F. Utkin SKB-586, NPO Yuzhnoye Acad. V. F. Utkin SKB-586, NPO Yuzhnoye Acad. V. F. Utkin
Approved 7/23/1976 6/1/1979 8/9/1983 8/9/1983
Years of R&D 1/1969 ? 3/1977 11/1982 - 1987 1983 - 1989/TD> 1983 - 1989
Engineering and Testing 1985-87      
First Flight Test 10/26/82 Failure, 12/1982 Success 4/ /1984 7/31/1986 2/27/1985
IOC canceled 10/20/87 8/19/1988 12/1987
Deployment Date Canceled 11/ /1987 11/28/1989 11/28/1989
Type of Warhead MIRV MIRV MIRV MIRV
Warheads 10 10 10 10
Yield (Mt) 0.55 0.35 -0.55 0.35 -0.55 0.3 -0.55
Payload (t) 4.05 4.05 4.05 4.05
Total length (m) 23.3 23.4 - 23.8 18.8 - 23.4 23.3
Total length w/o warhead (m) 18.8, 19 19 19 19
Missile Diameter (m) 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4
Launch Weight (t) 104.5 104.5 104.5 104.5
Range (km) 10,000 10,000 - 11,000 10,100 -11,000 10,100 - 10,450
CEP (m) (Russian Sources) 500 500 500 500
CEP (m) (Western Sources) 150-250 150-250 150-250 150-250
Basing Mode   Silo Silo Railroad

Number of Stages 3
Canister length (m) 21.0 - 22.4
Canister length w/o
Front meters (m)
19.4
Canister diameter (m) 2.7
Booster guidance system Inertial autonomous

  1 Stage 2nd Stage 3rd Stage Bus Stage
Length (m) M1 9.7 4.8 3.6  
Length (m) M2 9.5      
Body diameter (m) 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4
Fueled weight (t) M2 52.5      
Fueled weight (t) M1 53.7      
Dry weight (t)        
Design Bureau        
Solid Motor Designation 15D305 15D339    
Propellants Solid Propellant Solid Propellant Solid Propellant  
Burning time (sec.)        
Solid Motor Thrust Sea Level/Vacuum (Tonnes) ?/210 107 21  
Specific Impulse (sec.)        
         

Hardness  
Launching Technique Cold
Deployed boosters 56
Test Boosters  
Warheads Deployed 560
Training Launchers  
Space Booster Variant Yes, concept only Space Clipper

Deployment Sites

START Locale US-Designation
Kostroma Kostroma
Pervomaysk Pervomaysk
Tatishchevo Tatishchevo
Bershet Bershet
Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk




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