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Topol - SS-25 Specifications


DIA PL-5 & SS-25
NATO Sickle
Bilateral RS-12M
Service RT-2PM/Topol
OKB/Industry 15Zh58
Design Bureau (MIT) Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, Acad. A. D. Nadiradze
Approved 7/19/1977
Years of R&D 1974-80
Engineering and Testing 1980-85
First Flight test 10/27/1982 failure, 2/8/1983 success
IOC 7/23/1985 authorized, 8/2/1985 operational
Deployment Date 12/1/1988
Type of Warhead Single
Warheads 1
Yield (Mt) 0.550
Payload (t) 1,000 ? 1,200
Total length (m) 20.5 - 21.5
Total length w/o warhead (m) 18.5
Missile Diameter (m) 1.80
Launch Weight (t) 45.1
Fuel Weight (t)  
Range (km) 10,500
CEP (m) (Russian Sources) 900
CEP (m) (Western Sources) 150-250

Number of Stages 3
Canister length (m) 22.3
Canister length w/o front
Meters (m)
Canister diameter (m) 2.0
Booster guidance system Inertial, autonomous

  1st stage 2nd stage 3rdstage 4th.Stage Bus
Length (m) 8.1 4.6 3.9 2.1
Body diameter (m) 1.86 1.55 1.34 0.8
Fueled weight (t) 27.8      
Dry weight (t)        
Solid Motor Designation        
Propellants Solid Propellant Solid Propellant Solid  
Burning time (sec.)        
Solid Motor Thrust Sea Level/Vacuum (Tonnes)        
Specific Impulse Sea Level/Vacuum (sec.)        

Basing Mode Road-Mobile/Silo
Launch Technique Mortor/Cold
Deployed boosters 288
Test Boosters 5
Warheads Deployed 288
Training Launchers  
Space Booster Variant START-1

Deployment Sites

START Locale US-Designation
Krasnoyarsk Gladkaya
Mozyr ?  
Nizhniy Tagil Verknyaya Salda
Teykovo Teykovo
Yoshkar Ola Yoshkar Ola
Yur ? ya Yurya

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