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Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces : The MIT Press - Pavel Podvig

Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces

The MIT Press

By: Pavel Podvig (Editor), Frank N. Von Hippel (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 2nd March 2004
ISBN: 9780262661812
Number Of Pages: 716
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

"In 1999, the secret police confiscated the available Russian hard copies and the computer disks--but not in time to deprive readers in the English-speaking world of a valuable reference work." - Foreign Affairs"

List of Major Weapons Systemsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
About the Authorsp. xix
Soviet and Russian Strategic Nuclear Forcesp. 1
Making the First Nuclear Weaponsp. 1
The First Strategic Weaponsp. 4
Achieving Quantitative Parityp. 6
The SALT I and ABM Treatiesp. 8
Strategic Modernization in the 1970sp. 10
The SALT II Treatyp. 12
The Modernization Program at the End of the 1970sp. 16
The START I Treatyp. 19
The Breakup of the Soviet Unionp. 23
The START II Treatyp. 25
The Current State and Future of Russian Strategic Forcesp. 27
The Structure and Operations of Strategic Nuclear Forcesp. 33
The Structure of the Armed Forcesp. 33
The Decision-Making Mechanismp. 38
The Defense Industryp. 43
Operations of Stragetic Forcesp. 49
The Nuclear Weapons Production Complexp. 67
The History of Nuclear Weapons Developmentp. 67
The Nuclear-Industrial Complexp. 74
The Nuclear Fuel Cyclep. 78
Production of Fissile Materials for Weaponsp. 88
Nuclear Weapons Developmentp. 102
Nuclear Warhead Assemblyp. 106
The Nuclear Weapons Life Cyclep. 109
Nuclear Warhead Designp. 111
Warhead Management in the Ministry of Defensep. 113
Warhead Dismantlementp. 115
The Strategic Rocket Forcesp. 117
The History of the Strategic Rocket Forcesp. 117
The Organizational Structure of the Strategic Rocket Forcesp. 142
Missile Systemsp. 153
The Missile Industryp. 155
Missile Life Cyclep. 168
Combat Operations of the Strategic Rocket Forcesp. 172
Land-Based Missile Systemsp. 177
Naval Strategic Nuclear Forcesp. 235
The History of the Creation of the Ballistic-Missile Submarine Fleetp. 235
The Structure of Naval Strategic Nuclear Forcesp. 245
Strategic Missile Submarines and Sea-Launched Ballistic Missilesp. 259
Development of Missile Submarines and Their Weaponsp. 259
Strategic Submarine Designp. 262
Strategic Submarine Productionp. 263
Sea-Launched Ballistic Missilesp. 266
Naval Reactorsp. 267
Combat Patrolp. 273
Ballistic-Missile Submarinesp. 283
Sea-Launched Ballistic Missilesp. 309
Strategic Aviationp. 339
The History of the Development of Strategic Aviationp. 339
The Structure of Strategic Aviationp. 349
Bomber Development and Productionp. 355
The Development of Bombersp. 355
The Production of Bombersp. 357
The Development of Aircraft Enginesp. 360
The Development of Cruise Missilesp. 362
Strategic Aviation Operationsp. 363
Strategic Bombersp. 366
Strategic Defensep. 399
Air Defense Forcesp. 399
Radio-Technical Troopsp. 400
Surface-to-Air Missile Troopsp. 402
Fighter Aviation of the Air Defense Forcesp. 408
Missile and Space Defense Forcesp. 412
The Early-Warning Systemp. 420
Antisatellite and Space Surveillance Systemsp. 432
The Present Structure of Russian Air Defense Forcesp. 435
Combat Dutyp. 436
Nuclear Testsp. 439
The Main Stages of the Soviet Nuclear Test Programp. 440
The Organization of Soviet Nuclear Testsp. 457
Test Rangesp. 461
Industrial Nuclear Explosionsp. 471
Summary List of Nuclear Explosionsp. 480
Afterword: Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces in Transitionp. 567
Structural Reformp. 568
The Arms Control Agendap. 571
Strategic Modernizationp. 574
Conclusionp. 579
Designations of Soviet and Russian Strategic Systemsp. 581
Notesp. 587
Indexp. 657
The Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies and The Security Studies Programp. 693
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ISBN: 9780262661812
ISBN-10: 0262661810
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 716
Published: 2nd March 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.11