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SS-8 Sasin ICBM

Country of Origin: Russia


The SS-8 Sasin was smaller and more accurate than the earlier SS-6 Sapwood or SS-7 Saddler intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The limited production run of only 23 missiles (of which only 19 were deployed) may have reflected a return to nonstorable-liquid rockets which, while burning more consistently, limited launch flexibility. The SS-8 carried a 3-megaton nuclear warhead. The Sasins were exchanged for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) under the SALT I...

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